I’m hosting an interview today with Lucy Varna, author of “The Enemy Within”, a paranormal romance and suspense novel. My questions are bolded, the author’s responses are in regular font.
What’s the hardest part of being an author?
Two things: The hours (I work long, long hours) and the uncertainty as to whether or not readers will enjoy my stories.
Can you give us a short synopsis of The Enemy Within? What inspired you to write this book?
Indigo Dupree faces her past in Bobby Upton, the man who sent her fleeing fourteen years before with a single kiss. Bobby has been hired to track down members of the Eternal Order, a group of immortal Daughters bent on stopping the Prophecy of Light from being fulfilled, including Indigo’s twin sister, India Furia. Together, Indigo and Bobby work toward ferreting out members of the Order, and eventually find love.
The Enemy Within is the third book in my Daughters of the People Series. Some of the plot elements pertain to the overall series arc, while others were inspired by the characters, particularly Bobby, who made appearances in the first to books in the series.
How many hours per day do you spend writing?
A lot! Usually, I spend at least six hours writing every single day, sometimes as many as eight to ten. Much of the rest of my workday, which can extend past twelve hours on any given day, is taken up in editing and revising, marketing, writing blog posts, and other book-related activities.
Name your top five favorite books.
In no particular order:
1. Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck
2. A Hunger Like No Other by Kresley Cole
3. Beggars in Spain by Nancy Kress
4. Agnes and the Hitman by Jennifer Crusie and Bob Mayer
5. Thursday Next by Jasper Fforde
What are you working on now?
My current WIP is Say Yes. It’s set in the world of the People, but the main character is a Son (the male offspring of a mortal Daughter). Levi Ewart is twenty-two and not quite ready to settle down when he meets Serafina Noland, a single mom who is not of the People. The father of Sera’s son, Petey, abandoned her when she was pregnant; understandably, she has a few trust issues where men are concerned, and is particularly wary of Levi, who is seven years her junior. Say Yes has afforded some wonderful opportunities for me to explore parts of the world of the People that I have to skip over when I focus on the Daughters, like how men are treated (very precious, but under the thumbs of the Daughters) within the People’s culture and how members of the People interact with “regular” humans. I hope to release Say Yes early next year, but right now, I’m very much enjoying writing it.
About The Book
Author: Lucy Varna
Genre: Romance (Paranormal/Suspense)
After fourteen years, Indigo Dupree returns to Tellowee, Georgia, to face the past she left behind. She’s tried of running, tired of hiding, and wants nothing more than to help her mother through the final days of her pregnancy. What she doesn’t want is to become romantically entangled, not even to the sinfully handsome Bobby Upton, whose kiss sent her fleeing a decade and a half before.
Bobby is the son of the Blade and a ruthless warrior in his own right. At sixteen, the age of manhood among the People, he tried to claim the woman he loved and failed, and spent the next decade hacking his way through Uncle Sam’s enemies. Now a successful businessman, he’s given the task of tracking down the People’s enemies, including India Furia, the twin sister of his heart’s only love.
Duty demands that Indigo atone for the sins of her sister by helping to bring her in. India has other ideas, ones that draw Indigo and Bobby into a deadly game involving the Prophecy of Light, forcing Indigo to choose between her duty and her heart.
Lucy Varna lives in Georgia, surrounded by her large, extended family.
Lucy has been a reader for as long as she can remember. After devouring every suitable book in her house, she moved on to newspapers, encyclopedias, and telephone directories. In desperation for new reading material, she began crafting her own stories, and thus was a writer born.
In addition to reading, writing, and studying dead people, Lucy enjoys knitting, music, and long drives through the countryside during autumn. Most of all, she likes to spend time with her family, particularly her teen-aged son.