Thank you for stopping by to talk with us about your Sweetblood series. To me, good, well-written characters are so important, and I have so enjoyed the characters you have introduced so far in your series.
Thanks so much, Lucy, for having me on today and I’m thrilled you’re enjoying the books!
Can you tell us a little about yourself? What do you like to do when you are not writing?
After going to college, I worked for a number of years for a Fortune 500 company doing testing/programming and underwriting. I live in the Seattle area on a small farm with my husband and two children. When I’m not writing, I ride my horse or clean stalls. In fact, I’d rather shovel horse manure than clean a toilet.
Do you read what you write? Are you a reader of the paranormal romance?
I haven’t read any vampire romance for some time now because I worry about those other worlds affecting my world, but I love reading paranormal romance!
Have you always wanted to be a writer?
Yes, but I didn’t take it seriously until a few years ago.
For anyone not familiar with your series, can you tell us a little about what a Sweetblood is?
A sweetblood is a human whose blood is extremely rare and highly addictive to vampires. One sip can make a good vampire (those who live in secret among us) turn bad. Darkbloods sell Sweet on the vampire black market. Guardians are sworn to protect humans and keep their existence a secret, so they battle the Darkbloods who believe it’s their nature to kill and feed from humans.
Who is your favorite Sweetblood character?
I love them all, but my favorites are usually the ones I’m writing about at the time.
Which character have you introduced that you are looking forward to finally writing about?
I’d love to write Kip’s story. Something terrible happened to him in Embraced By Blood and he hasn’t gotten over it. He’s become very cynical and jaded, and I have a feeling that things are going to get worse for him before they get better.
Your villains seem to be involved with a software/video game company, is there a personal message in that or was this just a clever and unique way for them to get messages out to their followers?
No, there’s not a personal message other than I love video games. However, because I have the ability to get too sucked into gaming, I don’t do it much anymore and consider myself a “reformed gamer.” I used to buy ranked lol accounts when I was playing League of Legends, which was fine, but I just spent far too much time playing. My trigger fingers get itchy just thinking about it LOL.
A friend is an animator for a game company, and he helped me figure out how the Darkbloods could use the game for their evil plots. He was such a good sport when I told him I needed to get the Guardians into the software company, so I needed him to tell me how I could steal his company’s intellectual property. He gave me lots of ideas. In fact, the My Little Pony reference was something that actually happened to his co-worker. When he told me about it, I laughed so hard and knew it would work perfectly in the book.
Thank you so much for stopping by and speaking with us today and sharing with us a little about your series.
Thank you for having me on!
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A graduate of Western Washington University with a BA in Business Administration and a former tester/programmer for a Fortune 500 company, Laurie London now writes from her home near Seattle where she lives with her husband and two children.
Her debut book, BONDED BY BLOOD, A Sweetblood Novel, came out February 2011 from HQN Books. It was followed by HIDDEN BY BLOOD, an e-novella June 2011; EMBRACED BY BLOOD July 2011; “Enchanted By Blood,” a novella in the anthology A VAMPIRE FOR CHRISTMAS Oct 2011; TEMPTED BY BLOOD March 2012; and SEDUCED BY BLOOD August 2012
Her writing has won and been a finalist in several prestigious contests including the Beacon, the Emerald City Opener, the Marlene, and the Orange Rose.
She is a member of Romance Writers of America®, Greater Seattle Area RWA, and the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators.
When not writing, she can be found running, reading, or riding and showing her horse. Someday she hopes to qualify for the Quarter Horse World Show – that is, if her horse doesn’t get hurt again
Visit Laurie’s website: Laurie London.com