Welcome to Delighted Reader, Lindsey! We’re so pleased to have you stop by for a little visit to tell us about yourself and your Dragon Kings books including this latest Hunted Warrior.
Before we get started, I have to tattle on myself. I confided to Estelle that I hadn’t actually read any of your books though I’ve seen a few strongly favorable reviews on the series (I’m slow about getting to things at times). She was gracious enough to send me links to check out. Lo and behold, I have read your books as your alter ego, Carrie Lofty. Loved them, by the way! You have a few names and I suspect it’s not because you are a female James Bond though maybe I’m wrong… Am I right to guess that it has to do with sorting out the various romance genres? Like Lindsey is for paranormal, Carrie is for historicals and Katie is for erotic?
I’m about as far from a Jamie Bond as possible, unless you count my English husband! Yes, my names are for keeping my genres straight. Lindsey Piper is a dark, moody author who revels in paranormal world building. Carrie Lofty is mostly for historicals, including my Christies series, but I’ve also got a contemporary under the name that’s near and dear to my heart – Blue Notes. As Katie Porter, I co-write erotic romance with Lorelie Brown.
I’ve always been curious about the multiple names thing with authors. I mean you have all the extra work of separate social media pages to keep up, extra publishers and editors and stuff, right? Is it hard to keep all that sorted out?
So hard! So very hard. I’m not great with social media to begin with, since I’d much rather stay in my make believe worlds. But then to throw in silly things like one publisher wanting T-shirt capitalized and the other wanting it all lower case? Thank God for amazing copy editors.
I confess that I got all excited when I learned the title of your paranormal romance series- Dragon Kings! I have since learned that there are no actual dragons involved. Can’t say that I was so very disappointed when I checked out the details and read the reviews because gladiators and mafia bad guys sounded pretty exciting stuff too. Why don’t you tell us a bit about this darker, gritty and passionate series and where the idea for it came from?
Don’t give up on me yet! There is a dragon. It shows up in this new book, but I can’t say more than that because we’ll be in spoiler land, and no one wants that.
The original, tiny kernel of this idea was actually Spartacus. I watched season one with (poor, dead) Andy Whitfield years and years ago, the first time it was on Netflix streaming. The gladiator world on that show was dark and sexy and I started wondering what would happen if they had super powers of some sort. Boom! The Dragon Kings were born.
Now that you’re a few books into the series, is it following your original game plan or have any charismatic characters come along to hi-jack the storyline and take you somewhere else?
So far, it’s following my original plan. Knock on wood, right? I’m so happy that readers have been patient with me. I’ve been waiting three books to be able to hit a very exciting moment that comes at the climax of Hunted Warrior. It’s big and splashy in a way that can only happen in paranormals.
Has there been a special moment as you wrote this latest book- or any of the others for that matter- that just took your breath away?
That finale! I got to bring together characters from my other stories to bind together and fulfill a prophecy that’s been haunting them through the whole series. It’s the culmination of the arc of the Dragon Kings, as well as the final realization of Mal and the Pet’s love.
Tell us what you find hot and ever so attractive about your hero? What about your heroine has the most appeal for you?
Malnefoley is the leader of the Dragon Kings, their Giva. It’s a really hard job and he’s not even sure he can do the job well, but he’s giving it his all. I love that about him, his earnestness. (Though he’d probably electrocute me if he heard me call him earnest.)
The Pet had a really difficult upbringing that was compounded by being essentially enslaved by an evil doctor. She is maladjusted and broken. That’s probably not supposed to be appealing, is it? But I love how she comes into a better version of herself because of the love that grows between her and Mal.
This is out of the blue, I know, but hopefully not too off subject. I am curious about something since your series has some darkness and grit to it. Oh and perfectly fine if you don’t have some clinical psychologist sort of answer. What makes a person a villain to you? Are there special traits, thoughts, actions? Do you feel distant when it comes to your villains or do they insist on how they want you to write their story?
Villains are selfish people to me. I mean, we’ve all heard the phrase that a villain has to be the “hero” of his own story, right? Well to them, they’re the only hero. At the same time, I can understand them pretty well. We all have selfish impulses now and then. Writing villains has to do with tapping into that part of myself.
Okay, I’ve picked on you with heavy questions enough. So I’ll move along to some fill ins (feel free to spill over the lines if needed):
I can’t write if I don’t have my_really good headphones. I can’t stand the sound of my actual typing! It draws me out of the moment.
Favorite place to go eat is the Melting Pot.
If the zombie apocalypse happens, I’m grabbing my best friend Lorelie Brown because she’ll find a gun and keep me safe!
Next book on my reading pile is Sherry Thomas’s The One In My Heart. I’ve adored her contemporaries, so I’m excited to follow her into contemporaries.
Weirdest thing I learned while researching for a story is that certain orders of medieval monks could get married! I used that in Scoundrel’s Kiss, one of my first historical romances.
My dream vacation is Salzburg, Austria.
What a good sport you’ve been, Lindsey! Before you head out, did you wish to share anything about future book releases or writing projects?
Under my Katie Porter name, BIND is going to be in audio very soon! “Ropes, passion, danger, diamonds . . . mission accomplished.”
It was a delight to have you visit. Thanks for your time, Lindsey!
Thanks for having me!
Hunted Warrior by Lindsey Piper
Part of the DRAGON KINGS series.
Pocket Books | April 28, 2015 | 384 Pages | 9781451695939 | Goodreads
When the head of the Five Clans of the Dragon Kings wants something, he gets it. Raised among the most privileged of his dying race, Malnefoley conceals a devastating tragedy from his youth. Now, many call him the Usurper because of his unconventional rise to power. His influence is waning while the Dragon Kings must solve the puzzle of their slow extinction. So when a particularly important captive escapes his compound in the Greek mountains, Malnefoley leaves nothing to chance. She is his prisoner to retrieve.
The woman is known as the Pet, a former associate of a sadistic doctor from the Asters, a human crime cartel. Her loyalties cannot be trusted, even when she claims to hold the secret to conception—an invaluable secret for a race unable to procreate. Neither can her unique gift from the Great Dragon be believed. She’s a soothsayer, able to see glimpses of the future. Her quest is to find and save a Cage warrior on the verge of her first match—a young woman whose destiny is bound to a timeless prophecy.
Malnefoley has no respect for the ancient superstitions that brought about his childhood trauma. His only goal is to return the Pet to his compound and use her knowledge for the betterment of their people. Yet her restless energy and raw sensuality are as intriguing as her predictions about the rise of the Great Dragon. He dares not trust the crafty fugitive’s loyalties, but as their treacherous chase turns passionate, can he even trust himself?
About the Author:
Since 2008, two-time RITA-nominated and multiple RT Reviewers’ Choice-winning author Carrie Lofty has over thirty books to her name—or four names, to be precise. Currently with Pocket, her historical romances have been described as “nuanced and superbly realized” (The Chicago Tribune), while her “Dragon Kings” paranormal series, written as Lindsey Piper, is “sexy, brutal and somehow innocent” (All About Romance).
During her junior year abroad, she lured an unsuspecting Englishman to the Midwest, where she’s kept him a happy ex-pat for seventeen years. With two pre-teen daughters and a master’s degree specializing in Old West outlaws, she’s a movie buff, a former ballroom and bellydancer, a connoisseur of music, and a woman in desperate need of a maid service.
Carrie’s 2015 titles include Hunted Warrior, the stunning conclusion to the Dragon Kings Trilogy. In addition, her co-written Katie Porter series “Command Force Alpha” began with Own, and continued with Snap and Bind.
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