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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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/
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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