BP: Please tell our readers what SEMPER MINE is about:
LF: SEMPER MINE is about learning to forgive and love again after great tragedy.
BP: Can you tell readers a bit about the setting in the series and explain what's coming next?
LF: The series takes place in a contemporary, New England setting. It centers around several military service members who are friends trying to work through the loss and wounding of members of their team. The first book features Marine Captain Sawyer Matthis, the leader of the team that was ambushed in Iraq, and how he ends up falling in love with the sister of one of the slain.
The second book, SOLDIER MINE, is about a member of his [Matthis's]
team, a wounded Army Green Beret, who is struggling to adapt to the loss of his leg, his brother – and also his career. The third book will be about the SEAL member of the team returning to his small hometown after he loses a family member and trying to deal with post traumatic stress lingering from the ambush in Iraq.
BP: Share a bit about Captain Sawyer Matthis with us, and what makes him "hero" material:
LF: Captain Sawyer Matthis is dedicated, strong, smart, a natural leader – and hiding a great deal of pain. He’s tough on the outside to the point of coming across as cold with a soft center and of course, sexy as hell. Great at commanding his men and terrible with civilians, it’s also entertaining to watch him deal with the woman he’s attracted to, who is much more sensitive than the Marines and service members he normally orders around.
BP: Tell us what makes Katya the "leading lady" in SEMPER MINE:
LF: Katya is passionate, emotional, honest and mourning the loss of her brother, a few years after losing her mother. She drives her father and surviving brother crazy trying to take care of them, but it’s how she shows she cares. She’s got a huge heart and is secretly very self-conscious of the scars covering her body from the fire that killed her mother. She wants to understand Sawyer, the man that her brother gave his life to save, but she has a great deal of anger to work through first.
BP: What challenge, if any, did you face turning SEMPER MINE into fiction?
LF: Semper Mine is a very emotional book, because it deals with the loss of someone in combat. The challenge was respecting the emotions someone goes through in such a situation while also weaving in romantic elements for the hero and heroine.
BP: What was your favorite scene to write?
LF: I loved writing the dialogue between Sawyer and Katya. Their personalities, life experiences and upbringings are polar opposites, so it made their conversations entertaining to write!
BP: We've learned that you're a very prolific author. What is your writing routine like? How much of your time do you spend marketing, blogging, networking, and writing books?
LF: I don’t really have a writing routine. Haha! I tend to speed-write maybe two weeks a month or so and then work on other tasks when I’m not writing. I work about eight to ten hours a day, six days a week, and do everything from write to formatting my own books to maintenance of my backlist to hopping onto social media to planning. I also daydream a lot, which is probably not the best way to spend my time!
BP: How did your writing career start? Did you try to be traditionally published first?
LF: I’ve always been a writer since I was a child. I think some people are born with a calling, and writing is mine! I tried to get an agent or publisher for over ten years before I gave up. In that ten years, I submitted over a hundred queries and proposals and got back maybe two responses and a few form letters. All rejections! With the advancement of technology, I was able to start self-publishing in 2011. I released my first book, “Damian’s Oracle,” with no great expectations. It found an audience almost immediately, and I realized there was a great amount of potential in self-publishing, because it provided me a way to share my stories with the world. From there, my writing career took off!
BP: Do you have any unusual or quirky habits or traits that you use when writing?
LF: I always tell people I have televisions going on in my head, one for each story my muses are working on. I also dream in stories. I’m a vivid dreamer, and when I need a plot or scene worked out, I turn over the job to my muses who work it out in a dream. The stories never stop, and I’ve got a folder with a few dozen more started and a list of others I’m waiting to start when I have the time.
We cannot thank Lizzy enough for taking time out of her super busy schedule to chat with us. We can't wait to see what else Lizzy has in store for us over the next few months with her upcoming books, including a brand new book about time-travel and romance, with WEST, coming out this fall.
Lizzy Ford is the author of over thirty books written for young adult and adult romance readers, to include the internationally bestselling “Rhyn Trilogy,” “Witchling Series” and the “War of Gods” series. Lizzy has focused on keeping her readers happy by producing brilliant, gritty romances that remind people why true love is a trial worth enduring. Lizzy’s books can be found on every major ereader library, to include: Amazon, Barnes and Noble, iBooks, Kobo, Sony and Smashwords. She lives in southern Arizona with her husband, three dogs and a cat.
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