Lydia Dare Interview & Giveaway

November 19, 2010 Feature, Giveaway, Interview 0

Today we have the writing team Lydia Dare with us. You will find Jodie’s answers in Blue and Tammy’s answers in red. They are giving away a set of the four Lydia Dare books (A Certain Wolfish Charm, Tall Dark and Wolfish, The Wolf Next Door and The Taming of the Wolf.) more details below.

Hello Lydia Dare. Thank you to taking the time to stop by. I am honored to have you here.

My understanding is that Lydia Dare is really a writing team of Tammy Falkner and Jodie Person, is that correct? What inspired you to write a series of books together?

Lydia/Jodie: Well, Tammy and I have known each other for a few years. We belong to the same local Romance Writers of America chapter and joined about the same time. We were at a workshop a few years back and Tammy had an idea for a Regency era book, which is the era I was writing about. So we decided to try something together – fully expecting it to fall apart in less than a week.

Lydia/Tammy: I had this idea for a historical paranormal involving wolves. And, while historical are my absolute favorite genre to read, I just didn’t know enough about the era to write it. I pitched my idea to Jodie and she told me all the reasons I couldn’t write the story the way I’d intended. Like women can’t inherit, etc. So, she mentioned a couple of ways I could spin it. At the end of our conversation, it was no longer my story – it was our story. And it has been ever since.

To start with, would you mind telling the readers a little about yourself?

Lydia/Jodie: I’m Jodie Pearson. I work full-time. I’m a recently divorced single mother. And in all my copious amounts of spare time, I collaborate on the Lydia Dare books.

Lydia/Tammy: I’m Tammy and I have been married eighteen years, and have two boys who are 15 and 6. I work full time but I’m fortunate in that I get to do it at home, since I work for myself. I am the quintessential sports mom. I like nothing more than rooting on my kids from the bleachers. I want a cow bell, but my husband says he’ll disown me if I get one. I’m willing to chance it.

If you could, please tell us a little about The Taming the Wolf. What can we expect from it?

Lydia/Jodie: The Taming of the Wolf picks up right where The Wolf Next Door left off. The same night, in fact. Dashiel Thorpe, the Earl of Brimswroth, has been thwarted by the brothers Westfield and left to stew in duke’s study at Westfield Hall. Caitrin Macleod, our formidable heroine, is unaware of the fact when she enters the study to retrieve a book she misplaced there earlier in the day.

Lydia/Tammy: Little does she know that she picked up Dash’s journal of debauchery instead of her own book. In it, Dash details all the whores and haunts and his experiences with them, including what they cost and what their “specialties” were. But she also picks up something else, which is Dash’s immediate interest. She can’t see his future, and he can’t resist nibbling on her. But from that first bite, their fates are sealed. If she chooses to love him, that is.

What can you tell us about the other books in this series? How do they differ from other werewolf books on the market currently?

Lydia/Tammy: I think these books are much more lighthearted than many of the other werewolf books. The fact that these men are Lycans is more of a reason to keep them apart from the heroines of each book than a menacing trait. They walk on two feet and play the part of respectable gentleman every other day of the month. Or as respectable as any Regency rake can be.

How does you writing work since you are a team writing these books? Do you sit around together and write it?

Lydia/Jodie: Good lord, no! We’d never get anything done if we were writing together in the same room. One of us writes about 1500 words, then sends those pages to the other who then edits the pages and adds to them. We go back and forth like this from Chapter One to The End.

What inspired you to write paranormal romance novels?

Lydia/Tammy: I had an idea for a historical paranormal romance, which seemed to be a fairly untapped market at the time. I pitched it to Jodie while we were at a workshop one day and she told me all the reasons why I couldn’t write that in a Regency historical romance. I had to stay true to the era, and while I enjoyed reading historical romances, I didn’t know enough about the time-period to embark upon the journey myself. Jodie started telling me ways I could write it, and still keep the history correct. By the time we were done, it was no longer MY story. It was OUR story.

I believe the books five, six, and seven are going to be about vampires, can you tell us what we can expect from them? Any hints about them?

Lydia/Jodie: Well, they are all “gentlemen” vampyres. Book 5 – It Happened One Bitei (March 2011) stars James Maitland, Baron Kettering, an Elizabethan era vampyre who has been kept prisoner by a previous generation of Coig witches (the coven Cait, Elspeth, Blaire, Sorcha and Rhiannon all belong to during these books). Book 6 – In the Heat of the Bite (July 2011) features Matthew Halkett, Earl of Blodswell, who was at one time a knight in shining armor who followed King Richard the Lionheart into battle during the Crusades. And Book 7 – Never Been Bit… Well, I can’t say anything about that book or it will be a spoiler for books that come before it.

When did you know that you wanted to be a writer? Was your family and friends supportive?

Lydia/Jodie: I’ve always written as far back as I can remember. My family growing up was always very supportive. These days my son worries I’m working too hard. So sweet of him.

Lydia/Tammy: My teenager is somewhat mortified by the romance in my books. But he’s still proud. My husband has always been the best and says “just write the damn thing” whenever I doubt myself. My friend Gina bet me that she’d dress as a blue fairy and do the told-ya-so dance from Will and Grace when these books started to fly off the shelves. I’m determined to hold her to her promise. I’ll even buy the stockings.

What is the writing process like for you? Do you have a particular writing process or any writing rituals?

Lydia/Jodie: Just whenever I have a few minutes to myself. That’s all I can ask for these days. I usually have my laptop with me and have it open so I can finish my pages with the few minutes I get here and there. I need a nice writing vacation.

Lydia/Tammy: The only thing I need to write is quiet and an endless supply of Diet Dr. Pepper.

In your free time what can you be found doing?

Lydia/Jodie: What’s this free time you speak of?

Lydia/Tammy: I attend every sporting event my kids participate in. That’s about my only free time. Aside from family movies watching NetFlix.

What are you currently working on? Anything you can share regarding your current Work in Progress?

Lydia/Jodie: We just finished the last vampyre book in the trilogy and we’re getting ready to delve back into the world of Regency werewolves.

Is there anything else you would like to share with us?

Lydia/Tammy: We had so much fun writing these books, and we hope people can see that in the pages and that it makes them smile.

THE TAMING OF THE WOLF BY LYDIA DARE—IN STORES NOVEMBER 2010

A fresh and imaginative world of noble werewolves, each of whom encounters nearly insurmountable problems in his quest to live a normal life among England’s Regency society.

Dashiel Thorpe has grown up with the sobriquet “The monster of Eynsford.” Each full moon, when he turns into a wild beast, he has been chained to the wall to protect those around him. He has never before encountered a creature like himself, until he goes to visit his university friend and encounters a family of Lycans living just next door.

When the full moon turns the pack of them into wolves, Dashiel’s feral ways bring him to near-disaster, and when he bites Caitrin McLeod he unknowingly sets off a chain of events that could lead to his ultimate destruction.

Banished to Scotland to find a mentor and get trained in how to be a proper werewolf, Dashiel must also find Caitrin and persuade her that she’s his only chance for salvation…..

About the Author: Lydia Dare is the writing team of Tammy Falkner and Jodie Pearson. Both Tammy and Jodie are active members of the Heart of Carolina Romance Writers and live near Raleigh, North Carolina. They are working together on their next paranormal historical trilogy as Lydia Dare, which will be released by Sourcebooks Casablanca in 2011! For more information, please visit http://www.lydiadare.com/

Giveaway…

They are giving away a set of the four Lydia Dare books (A Certain Wolfish Charm, Tall Dark and Wolfish, The Wolf Next Door and The Taming of the Wolf) To be entered please leave a question for Lydia Dare, and also fill out the FORM. You have until 11:59pm (EST) on November 23th to enter and the winner will be announce November 24th.

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  1. Anonymous

    Oh, it seems some of the things here on the site are not working, or its a problem with my browser.

    Anyways, I just want to say I really love those covers….some love man-chest there…hehe!!!

    Valerie
    in Germany

  2. MDOBSON

    Valerie,
    I am sorry you are having problems with the site this morning. I haven’t noticed any problems but we have bought the site so it is now http://www.sizzlinghotbooks.net and no longer at blogspot so it might be some problem with it still switching over. Let me know if whatever problems you are having don’t clear up in the next day or two.

    If the problem is entering the contest let me know.

  3. Teril

    That was a great set of interviews on your series. I loved your answers.
    My question then ladies, aside from doctor pepper do you enjoy tea or coffee? Also was their any musical inspiration while writing your series. Were there any songs you listened to while writing?

  4. Lydia Dare

    Hey everyone! Thanks so much for having us today. 🙂

    Valerie ~ I’m so glad you like the covers. We’re a little fond of them ourselves.

    Keisha ~ The vampyre trilogy is due out next year. I believe it will be April. We are very excited about them!

    Teril ~ This is Jodie, so I’ll answer for me. I drink Starbucks like it is going out of style. I’m only slightly addicted. And as for music… I can’t listen to anything musical when I write. I think the part of my brain that is creative is the part that listens to music and no matter what it is, I get so distracted that I can’t listen to anything. TV can be on and I can be around people talking, etc – but music just doesn’t work for me. 🙂

  5. practimom

    Hey Dare Duo,

    I loved all the books in the series you have written (so far!). I look forward to reading about the vampires and hope you have many more books to come!

  6. Johanna R Jochum

    I alway read books in order but I’m curious if these can be read as stand alone books? I’m looking foward to the vampire series! Great interview and thanks for sharing today!

  7. Lydia Dare

    Practicmom ~ Thanks so much! I’m so glad you’ve loved the other books.

    Johanna ~ Each of these books does stand alone (but like so many things, you’ll get inside jokes if you’ve read the previous stories.)

    Estella ~ We’re not quite sure how many there will be in the end. There are four books on the shelves right now. Three more come out in 2011. And three more are contracted for 2012. After that is anyone’s guess. 🙂

  8. Virginia C

    Hello, Ladies! Happy Holidays to all : ) Thank you for a great interview! Your posts are always interesting–I am intrigued by successful partnerships. What is the biggest surprise that you have had since becoming published authors? What happened that you weren’t expecting, and what “sure thing” has never materialized?

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  9. stacey

    Are you going to Keep doing this series as long as thay let you or are you going to start a new series after number 6?
    sasluvbooks(at)yahoo.com

  10. Jasmine1485

    I’m intrigued by the idea of a gentleman vampyre 🙂 Did you do any research on vampires before writing your books or did you write the vampire you wanted to read about?

    Kate1485 at hotmail.com

  11. jmspettoli

    Awesome interview! My question is why Regency werewolves and not some other time period? What attracted you to this time period in England?

  12. ninidee

    Great interview. I love the name Lydia Dare, how did you come up with the name?
    I’d love to win these books.
    I now follow the blog and retweeted on Twitter. My question is above.

    Maribeth:)

  13. JenM

    I love Regencies and I love werewolves so I’m looking forward to reading these. I was wondering, how hard is it for both of you to maintain a similar “voice” so that it isn’t obvious to your readers that it is two different people writing it?
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  14. Lydia Dare

    Virginia ~ I think the biggest surprise for us was that it would take LONGER to finish books than it did initially. We wrote the first three books in 6 months, and now we need about 4 months to finish one.

    Stacy ~ We are scheduled out through 2012 with this series. We have three vampyre books out in 2011 and three more wolf books out in 2012. They do all stand alone, but there are some original players throughout. 🙂

    Stephanie ~ Thanks! I like the colors of TAMING OF THE WOLF the best. Which one do you like?

    Jasmine ~ Thanks for the question. A little bit of both, actually. We did research vampyres to some extent, but we also made them creatures we would like for them to be. How is that for a non-answer? But it’s the truth.

    Stacy ~ Thanks so much for commenting!

    Carol ~ They ask our opinions about the covers, but the final say is with the publisher. As for what we would write on our own, I can tell you that before we were writing together Jodie worked on straight Regency Historical Romances, and Tammy worked on Romantic Suspense and Paranormal Romance.

    Elaing ~ We both are working on individual projects in our spare time – but we haven’t had a ton of spare time. 😉

    Jmspettoli ~ Jodie loves, loves, love Regency England – so no other time period would work for us. 😉

    Ninidee ~ The name was hard to come up with, actually. We joke that it was easier to make our children. Back then there were only two of us that had to agree. 😉 We agreed on Lydia right away and went through several last names before we, our agent and our editor could all agree. Whew! I just got tired all over again. 🙂

    c4casey ~ The best advice is to make sure you trust the other person before you start. You want to make sure you have the same goals and the same work ethic. And you want to make sure you can resolve conflict.

    Jen ~ We kindof lucked into the whole voice thing. I think a lot of it has to do with the fact that we edit each other’s work too, so the voice just sort of blends.

    Amy ~ We have a series coming out in 2011 about gentlemen vampyres. And several of our heroines have been witches. So other than that, maybe a faerie or some other sort of shifter. What is your favorite?

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