This week, our Authors After dark feature focuses on L. A. Witt / Lauren Gallagher.
Name and aliases: My name is Lori, and I write as L. A. Witt and Lauren Gallagher.
Most Recently Published Work:
Where Nerves End (Amber Allure, June 2012), which is book #1 of the Tucker Springs series, which I’m writing with Marie Sexton and Heidi Cullinan.
Tell us a little bit about yourself.
I’m a full-time writer living in the exciting metropolis of Omaha, Nebraska with my husband and two bratty, entitled cats. I enjoy traveling, photography, and long walks on the beach. One of these things is rather difficult to accomplish while living in Nebraska.
Describe your writing style using just one sentence.
Able to describe a lot of things in a single sentence, with the notable exception of my writing style.
Complete this sentence: I write erotic romance because...
...I’m fascinated by relationship dynamics, especially in a sexual context. It never fails to amaze me how much sex, the pursuit of sex, and the exploration of a sexual identity can affect a person or a relationship, and the possibilities are endless. So, erotic romance gives me a place to play with all of that. I also write in numerous subgenres – BDSM, ménage, cyberpunk, steampunk, suspense, SFF – partly because I need to change things up to keep from getting into a rut, and partly because stories sometimes come along that simply fall into a particular subgenre. I don’t usually set out to write in one. If I do, the characters usually rebel and wind up in a completely different one. Example: The original incarnation of one book was a medieval-style fantasy with vampires taking place in a castle. I’m reasonably certain the characters were just doing it to spite me, but they decided it needed to be a futuristic cyberpunk story taking place in the penthouse suite of a high rise building in city that was both a dystopia and a utopia. With vampires. That was A Chip In His Shoulder, and its upcoming sequel, Something New Under the Sun.
Do you prefer to see your work in electronic, print or both forms? Why?
I like my books to be available in both formats. Some people like ebooks, some like print, and I want my books available to both types of reader. That said, there is nothing quite like the feeling of opening up a box of brand new, hot off the presses copies of a new release.
Tell us about your favorites and why:
Hero – Scott from Light Switch and Reconstructing Meredith. He’s a Dom and he’s a sweetheart. What’s not to love?
Heroine – Kristen from Light Switch or Jocelyn from Damaged Goods. They know what they want, get what they want, and aren’t ashamed of it.
Villain – Not one of mine, but… I just finished reading Margaret Atwood’s The Robber Bride a few months ago, and my mind keeps going back to the character Zenia. She’s a manipulative user who screws up other people’s lives just because she can. In some reviews, people have said she was really over the top and unrealistic…but I’ve actually known a couple of people in my life who were just like her. Eerily similar, in fact. So I’d have to say she’s my favorite villain simply because even months after I finished reading the book, I’m still thinking about her.
Conflict – I like any conflict that can’t be resolved until a person takes a good, hard look in the mirror and realizes something profound about themselves.
Happy ending – See my answer re: conflict. Favorite happy ending would be when they either realize the profound something needs to change in order for them to be happy, or they realize they need to embrace that profound something no matter what others might think.
Depends on what they like. On the hetero side, if you like straight-up erotic romance, I’d start with Damaged Goods or Until It’s Over. If you prefer something kinkier, then Light Switch, which is about the heroine’s exploration of all things kinky. On the M/M side, For The Living if you want something angsty, Out of Focus if you want something kinky, The Closer You Get if you want something smutty but also emotional, Cover Me if suspense is your thing, and The Given & The Taken if you’re into vampires and werewolves. I’ve got a little something for everyone on my backlist. Even some steampunk (Noble Metals) and cyberpunk (A Chip In His Shoulder).
My upcoming releases include Cold Feet in Hot Sand (Carnal Passions) and The Healing & The Dying (Samhain Publishing). The former is a short little contemporary novella about a woman whose attempt to get through to the man who left her sister at the altar doesn’t go quite the way she planned. The latter is the sequel to my vamp/were ménage book The Given & The Taken, and is the second in the Tooth & Claw series. The boys from the first book aren’t out of the woods yet, and it’s not just the world trying to rain hell down on them: they’ll be lucky if they don’t kill each other before it’s all said and done. I also have a bisexual ménage novel, Who’s Your Daddy?, coming from Samhain Publishing right around AAD. This one’s about three friends – a woman, her best friend, and his boyfriend – who wind up in a bit of a mess. They had a threesome, now they’re having a baby.
Tell us about your upcoming work.
So what else is coming down the pipe? Lots of stuff. I’m working on a contemporary western right now, along with a kinky contemporary story. I’ve got some science fiction on the menu, a suspense novel, and even an historical. In other words, you never know what my next book will be about.
Why are you attending Authors After Dark 2012? Why should your readers attend?
Quite simply? Now that I’m back in the States, I want to meet readers and authors! I’ve been geographically isolated for most of my career, so it’s really exciting to get to attend live events now. I’ve heard AAD is a great event for meeting readers and authors alike, so I’m looking forward to it.
A personal note from Lori to her readers.
To my readers: You have all made this career even better than I ever thought it would be. I love hearing from all of you, and I’m thrilled you’re enjoying my books. You are all more appreciated than you can possibly imagine.