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"The gift of fantasy has meant more to me than my talent for absorbing positive knowledge." Albert Einstein

Sunday, April 13, 2014

MWP Blog Tour

Hi, everyone! If you don't already know me, my name is Lisa Kumar, and I write fantasy romance and time-travel Regencies.

My good friend Brenda Dyer, who pens fantastic paranormals, chose me to carry on the next spot in the MWP blog tour. I have to say I love her Prophecy series, which features vampires. But these aren't your normal vampires. No, these hot men have a totally different history--and angels are involved. So if this sounds right up your alley, drop by her website and her blog. You won't be sorry.

Here are my answers to how I craft my tales:

1. What am I working on?

Right now, I'm working on the second story in the Love in Time series, which are my Regency time-travels. In the current book, Maryanne, the heroine, is a socially awkward young research scientist from the future who's stranded in 1813 England. She finds shelter with a retired research scientist who "went native" and married an earl from that time. There, she meets the handsome Marquis of Avingdale. Though she can't fathom why, he's interested in her...but he's the whole reason she's in 1813 England in the first place. He's her mission, and he's fated to die. Well, he was until she stopped a potential dalliance that would've led to his death. What's a girl to do in this situation? Maryanne doesn't have a clue. And neither do I--I just know they have to fall in love and end up with a HEA.

2. How does my work differ from others of its genre?

For my time-travel Regencies, my heroines go to the past on purpose, as they work for the government-controlled agency, Intellitravel. That agency's services are open to only the highest bidders who want to pay obscene amounts of money to know the how and why of past events. That's where my heroines come in--they're sent back in time to "research" the mystery in person. Of course, that never goes smoothly, and they're somehow stuck in the past for awhile.

As for my fantasies--well, they feature hot elvin males who are nothing like Santa's helpers. The elves of Eria are as tall as humans and, on the whole, extremely good-looking. They love nature, but even their powers can't stop their world's magic from fading--the very magic that nurtures Eria's land. Their only hope is Earth and its humans. But the elves have closed themselves off from humanity--and don't trust them. This is where my human heroines come in. They are normal women who have no special powers, but each of them has her own individual personality, with her own strengths and weaknesses. These women have a far greater destiny in Eria than they could ever have on Earth, and they will help bring about a prophecy that will shape the fate of Eria.

3. Why do I write what I write?

I love anything with a fantastical twist, as you can see!

4. How does my writing process work?

Good question! I'm not quite sure how I ever finish a book. I'm very much a pantster, where I write by the seat of my pants. Of course, since I write romance, I have a fair idea of how the ending should come about. The same can be said of the beginning, and then I have a few fuzzy points in-between plotted. I've tried to plot more extensively, but find it kills any drive I have to write the story.

Now, I'm going to pass off the torch to D'Ann Lindun, who will be hosting the next stop on the MWP blog tour. She's an awesome writer of romantic Western suspense novels. If you love smoking-hot cowboys and their resourceful heroines, you'll love her books. Check out some of her great covers below. And if you'd like to take a gander at her blog/website, click here.

Thanks for stopping by and visiting!


Brenda said...

Wonderful post! LOL, like you, it's a wonder I ever finish a story.

Lisa Kumar said...

Thanks for stopping by, Brenda! Lol, we're two peas in a pod, aren't we? But we still get some writing done!

Melissa Keir said...

I love D'Ann's books. Thanks for sharing your writing process. I love learning more about author friends!

Andrea Cooper said...

Great novels! from fabulous writers. Tweeted.

Lisa Kumar said...

Melissa and Andrea, thanks for dropping by! And thanks for the tweet, Andrea!

Ella Quinn - Romance Novelist said...

What wonderful covers and books! I tweeted.

Sheri Fredricks said...

Way to go, Lisa! Best wishes for much success.

Lisa Kumar said...

Thanks for stopping by, Ella! I appreciate the tweet!

Sheri, thank you so much!

D'Ann said...

Love your books, Lisa! Thanks for having me on!

Lisa Kumar said...

Thanks, D'Ann! It was a pleasure to talk a bit about your genre and show off some of your covers:)