Meet The Author: L.M. PRUITT

Winged Button 300 x 225Today’s blog is chock full of delicious tidbits – an author interview, a review of new paranormal release, WINGED, and an enticing excerpt that will leave you wanting more.

I’m so excited to host best-selling author, L.M. Pruitt. I love her books. I love her wit. And I love her new paranormal release, WINGED. (My review follows the interview.) She’s graciously agreed to tolerate my need to pry into authors lives and has even answered a few questions which have absolutely nothing to do with writing. 

Ms. Pruitt, you have an incredible wit and humor which I find endearing.  I refer to your author bio which I will post at the end of the interview. Killing Bamboo . . . twice? Not allowed on the card aisle of any store because of your giggles? LOL . . . see, I’m laughing. So I guess it came as a surprise when I read the blurb for Winged. I assumed I’d find a thread of humor. Instead I discovered an intriguing hook that sent me scurrying to buy the book.

Have you always written paranormal? What other genres interest you and why?

–The very first book I wrote could be loosely qualified as chick lit. I say loosely because it was a truly horrible book, lol. But it was the first one I finished, so I’m proud about that. After that first book (and an aborted attempt at a second one), I switched to urban fantasy/paranormal romance. I’ve also written one book in what could be termed crime fiction/noir, which was probably the funnest thing I’ve written to date. If I ever get a free schedule again, I’m going to delve deeper in to that genre.

When you develop a character, what comes first – the visual or the psyche? In other words, do you visualize a face and say, “That’s her!” or do you imagine the inner angst and later add the physical layers? And please tell us a little about how you came upon the idea of Winged.

–Let me take those questions in order so I don’t get confused, lol. As to which came first, it really depends on the character. I’ve had some characters, such as Jude, where I worked from the outside in, and others, like Cari and Joanne, who sort of sprang fully formed from my mind, no assembly required.

As to where the idea for WINGED came from, it was sort of the meshing of various bits and pieces of ideas and research. I know that’s not entirely helpful, lol, but that’s really the best I’ve got. The book and series were something I let stew for a while, convinced I could wait until later to write, until finally the book and characters said, “You’re writing us now.”

You’ve released several books already and I’m told more is on the way. I think every author has a favorite, born from a special character or plot that still resonates inside us. What has been your favorite book so far, and why?

–This is a tough call. I mentioned earlier that the crime fiction novel I wrote, TAKEN was the funnest to write and that still stands. It really was just fun, from start to finish. But as far as favorite, I’d say TAKEN and WINGED run neck and neck. Writing WINGED, I got to combine a number of interests and really write about something that I find intriguing. I also look at it as a chance to really expand and clarify my voice as a writer.

Is there anything you would have done differently as an author before you were published? And where do you see yourself in five years?

–Despite the mistakes I made, I’m going to say no—because if I changed something I might not end up where I am and I’m pretty stoked about where I am. As to where I see myself in five years, I want to be writing full time, still sharing great stories and making people laugh and cry. And hopefully I’ve hit “The List” a time or two, lol

And now for some non-romantic fun . . .

I’ve given you a magic stone. It has the power to transport you to any time, any place. Where are you going and why?

The Titanic on it’s fateful maiden voyage. Because I’m a sucker for history and as long as I can get out alive, I’d want to be there to see everything I’ve read and studied about.

What animal would you say best describes you and why? (Notice I used an animal and not a plant! LOL)

I’d have to say a cat—because I’m pretty good at being solo, when I want your attention I’ll pretty much demand it, and I like to take naps.

PruittAUTHOR BIO:

L.M. Pruitt has been reading and writing for as long as she can remember. A native of Florida with a love of New Orleans, she has the uncanny ability to find humor in most things and would probably kill a plastic plant. She is the author of the best-selling Jude Magdalyn series, the Moon Rising series, and the Frankie Post series. She is currently at work on the next Jude Magdalyn book, Shades of Blood. She makes her home in Florida with two cats—one smart, the other an idiot.

Facebook page: http://www.facebook.com/#!/pages/LM-Pruitt/364776895104

Blog: http://www.lmpruitt.blogspot.com

Twitter: https://twitter.com/#!/lmpruitt

REVIEW:

Winged e-bookI love angels. Good. Bad. Fallen. Flying. Handsome. Ugly . . . wait, I don’t think I’ve ever read about an ugly angel. Strike that. Anyway, I love angels. So a book with the title, WINGED, and a blurb that goes like this . . .

I fell from the Talmadge Bridge the week before I turned thirty.
 
I was given a choice: Go to Heaven. Go back to my life in Savannah. Or spend eternity fighting evil under the direction of the archangels.
 
I chose the demons–and the angels.
 
I chose the Winged.
. . . was sure to grab my attention. And it did. Page after page.

Ms. Pruitt has woven an intriguing tale in WINGED, using her proven ability to build vibrant, visual worlds and fill them with multi-faceted characters who remain with you long after the last page is turned.

WINGED is staged in a basic heaven/hell, angels vs. demons scenario. Nothing else is this book can be classified as “basic”.
Joanne Watson dies saving a baby. She’s greeted in Limbo by a curmudgeonly clerk who offers her 3 options. She can go back to her old life. She can go to heaven. Or she can join an elite group of fighters known as the Winged. However, if she chooses the third option, she faces permanent expulsion from heaven. Much to the clerk’s dismay, she chooses the Winged.
What she learns later is that she must first past a rigorous training camp ruled by the Archangels. If Joanne could have changed her mind upon arrival at the camp, I’m sure she would have. Combat training for the chosen humans proves much tougher than Joanne realized. She’s a bit fragile at first but knows she must pass all the tests to get her wings. It’s run like a military boot camp. There’s peer pressure, bullies, endurance tests and hard partying. Yes, this group of soldiers enjoy mortal vices but are exempt from death unless it comes at the hand of a demon or another Winged.
Outspoken, sarcastic, witty, and tough, Joanne proves her mettle and eventually wins grudging approval. She also snares the attention of Raphael, an archangel who, pardon the pun, takes her under his wing for some personal tutelage.
WINGED is the first book in this exciting paranormal series. UPRISING is scheduled to release in April. Trust me, after reading WINGED, you’ll be on the waiting list for the next one!
EXCERPT:

I used to think normalcy was overrated. I had normal. I had a mother, a father, the requisite sibling both annoying and funny. The boyfriend I’d had forever who was on the verge of proposing.

I had normal. And I wanted more.

I wanted adventure. Excitement. Anything to prove I wasn’t ordinary. Because in my mind, in my ignorance–or innocence, which term is correct would be debatable–being normal meant I’d failed. That I meant nothing.

I wanted to mean something. Anything.

I think I can safely say I was a fool.

You don’t appreciate normal until it’s gone. The same breakfast, the same lunch, the same dinner. The phone call that comes in right as you’re closing the store down. The kiss good morning and the one goodnight. Complete and total normalcy.

You don’t appreciate it–don’t understand it–until it’s gone.

I died six years ago. Or six weeks. Depends on where you were, when it happened and after.

The after–that’s when life got interesting.

My name is Joanne. Joanne Watson. What I am–is Winged.

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About Debra S. Sanders

Debra is an RV nomad, traveling full time with her husband, dog and cat. She writes, hikes, star gazes and explores myth, lore and curiosities from America's back roads. She also indulges in colorful sunsets and good wine.