Blogger’s Note: Beyond Magic includes erotic sexual scenes. If such material offends you, please don’t read the interview or buy this book.
Synopsis: Following the Powers directive to unite soul mates, a Scottish Cailleach’s magic will have repercussions in several realms.
Mixed-blood author Ian McCabe, grandson of Fae and gods, tries to deny his powers, while hiding his true origins from the human world. When he discovers mortal, Emma Grant, unconscious at his front door, his world starts to change.
Tour director, Emma Grant, leads a group of senior ladies through Scotland. The breakdown of their bus on a rural Scottish backroad has her sloshing through the rain and mud on foot. Her efforts to seek help results in a fall that knocks her unconscious. She awakens to find the man of her dreams staring into her eyes.
Both feel an instant attraction, but will his secrets and her distrust of men keep them apart?
CH: Today’s Guest Author is Lizzie T. Leaf. She is living her dream by creating stories to share with others. Welcome to my blog, Lizzie.
CH: This book is about secrets and distrust. So, please tell us in one sentence, why we should read this novel.
LTL: In addition to the secrets and distrust, Beyond Magic is a blend of humor, heat, and forming the bonds of friendship and learning to trust.
CH: How did you come up with the premise for this book?
LTL: Brainstorming with my critique partner about the trip I took to Scotland and about the folklore planted the seed. Some scene ideas occurred to me in the shower. Something about the water splashing on my head, I guess. And dreams.
CH: Did you have to do any special research to write this book or is it all imagination?
LTL: Quite a bit. I needed to research Celtic folklore and mythology more deeply. I read several books on the subjects and spent time on the internet researching the same subjects.
CH: What is different and exciting that you bring to your readers through your writing style?
LTL: My writing has been described as ‘character driven.’ I plot, but in addition to a storyline, strong characters that a reader can love, or hate are needed to drive the plot. Guess my writing reflects the type of books I read. Also, humor plays a part in most of my books. Everyone needs to smile once in a while.
CH: Humor does make a reader smile. Was it hard creating believable situations and issues, or did you take them from real life and elaborate?
LTL: There are some situations from my life that work their way through some of my writing, even though a lot of it is enhanced, the idea occurred from reality.
CH: Where do you get inspiration for your characters?
LTL: Research plants ideas and then, I play the ‘what if’ game with myself, writing down the ideas that pop into my head. What does this character look like? What kind of family life did they have as a kid? What are their favorite foods? I ask those questions and many more in order to get to know the character.
CH: Which character was hardest to write?
LTL: Probably Ian. He has his mortal existence and then, there is the immortal life in which he must deal with various family members from different worlds.
CH: Which character was your favorite to write?
LTL: I enjoyed creating the ladies in the tour group, especially, Mildred. She reminded me of a lady from my childhood—quite the character and a bit on the naughty side.
CH: Which character was hardest to develop?
LTL: Possibly, Emma. She’s smart, but also carries the pain of her childhood she has never really dealt with until some of the situations happen, and the truth about exposed secrets give her the relief she needed.
CH: Where do you get inspiration for the passionate encounters in your writing and do you find them easier to write from the male or female perspective?
LTL: Reality. After all, I’m not a virgin (grin). And the female perspective is easier for me to write. When working on the male POV, there have been times when I ask my husband questions.
CH: How much of your leading lady is based on you?
LTL: I grew up in the South. I also learned about a family secret, when I was an adult that rocked my world a bit.
CH: Is there a message in your novel that you want the readers to grasp?
LTL: You are never too old to make friends and find love.
CH: Has this book won any awards?
LTL: The original release of Beyond Magic won the 2012 Colorado Romance Writers Award of Excellence for Best Paranormal and was a finalist in the Aspen Gold 2012 for Best Paranormal/Fantasy.
CH: What is your next writing project?
LTL: Lizzie is currently working on the third Magical Love book. And Lizzie’s alter-ego is researching a WWII Historical that is non-romance.
CH: How to Find Lizzie T. Leaf:
- Lizzie’s Website: http://www.lizzietleaf.com
- Lizzie’s Amazon Link: http://tiny.cc/ovvery
- Lizzie’s Author Page: http://tiny.cc/ewvery
- Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/lizzie.t.leaf
- Twitter: https://twitter.com/lizzietleaf
CH: Can you tell my audience where this book is sold?
LTL: Currently it is only in eBook on Amazon. The plan for later this year is to have all the novels in print, also.
CH: Any closing remarks?
LTL: Thank you for inviting me to do this interview, Cheryl. I’m happy you enjoyed Beyond Magic and reached out. I love hearing from readers and appreciate their comments and reviews.
CH: Thank you so much, Lizzie T. Leaf, for taking time out of your very busy writing schedule to join me and my blog followers. It has been a real pleasure discussing your book with my audience. And readers, if you’re like me and would enjoy this book. I suggest you pick up a copy at your earliest convenience.
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