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Wednesday, November 7, 2012

The Next Big Thing

My dear friend and critique partner, Jessi Gage, tagged me for The Next Big Thing, where I get to spill some secrets about my current WIP (work in progress) and send you all to her blog where she talks about Jade’s Spirit, her paranormal romance that still gives me chills on multiple reads. Check her out here.

Since my paranormal fairy tale romance, Red and the Wolf, is just about done with edits for its April release, I thought it only fair to delve into one of my other stories, one that fits the WIP requirement and I hope you’ll see on shelves in the near future.

So, with no further ado...The Next Big Thing.

What is your working title of your book?
Loreley, the first book in my The Kaismann Chronicles series.

Where did the idea come from for the book?
Karl, the hero of Loreley, started as a villain in Red and the Wolf, my paranormal fairy tale romance coming out April 2013 with Lyrical Press Inc. A villain with a noble heart, Karl was such fun to write. As an agent of The Holy Roman Empire in Red and the Wolf, he hunted the dangerous creatures behind fairy tales. I started asking questions about where he had come from and what might happen to him after his debut, and the answers spun all sorts of ideas.

The second major element of this story’s birth is Loreley. In Germany, near the town of St. Goarshausen is the deepest, swiftest, and most dangerous part of the Rhine River. There, legends have risen associated with an enormous rock, the Loreley (or Lorelei) Rock. Whether Loreley was a nymph who distracted sailors so their ships crashed and they perished in the depths or she was a young woman who threw herself off the cliff rather than be deprived of her true love, it is a place full of dark romance and glamour. I first came across the place and legends while researching for another book. Since, Loreley has haunted me, demanding I write her someday, and I’m happy to say that she has finally stepped from the recesses of my imagination to co-star with Karl in a fight for her beloved people and her freedom.

What genre does your book fall under?
Loreley is fantasy. To pin it down more specifically, you might call it historical urban fantasy. Set in 1438, it has a dose of the historical. With a first person POV (point of view) and following a character story and a touch of mystery, it borrows heavily from the urban fantasy sub-genre. And, of course, romance is another big element of this one.

Which actors would you choose to play your characters in a movie rendition?
A younger Mark Ruffalo (Hulk from The Avengers) with a beard could play Karl Kaismann, German monster hunter with a blend of calm calculation and impassioned honor, and Amanda Seyfried (Mamma Mia and Red Riding Hood) would play the young and beautiful Loreley Sanger.

What is the one-sentence synopsis of your book?
When Karl, a monster hunter for The Holy Roman Empire, is shipwrecked on the Rhine, he wants nothing more than to retire to a quiet life, but the plea of a beautiful young woman, the sight of mauled and ritually slaughtered people, and his honor demand truth and he stand up as defender, no matter how much of his heart it may cost.

Will your book be self-published or represented by an agency?
I intend to find Loreley a nice home with an agent and a traditional publisher.

How long did it take you to write the first draft of your manuscript?
If you subtract the month I did edits on Red and the Wolf from the time, Loreley took about two and a half months to write.

What other books would you compare this story to within your genre?
Loreley is relatively unique. First of all, the hero is a human, plain and simple, fighting the supernatural from the walking dead (zombies if the story took place in a more modern time), a sorcerer, fae, and monsters. I don’t know of any urban fantasy that has such a setup. However, it has some of the darkness of Stina Leicht’s The Fey and the Fallen series, though we’re talking a number of centuries difference in timelines.

Who or what inspired you to write this book?
I don’t know if anyone or anything specifically inspired the book. The closest I can say is that the image of Karl inspired a lot of the story. Beyond that, my husband originally suggested the idea of a spinoff series from the fairy tale romances I’m writing for Lyrical Press Inc., so he certainly gets some credit.

What else about your book might pique the reader’s interest?
Loreley is a book for anyone who likes zombies, sorcerers, Germany, the beautiful Rhine, love stories, fantasy, or who would be interested to see a human monster hunter face off against the supernatural. It’s a tale about how far a man will go to defend his country. It’s about the costs of honor and goodness and the truths and choices that define us.

More exciting new projects can be found next week with some authors whose next books I can’t wait to see.

Candice Gilmer: She’s a fellow Lyrical Press author with the best version of Rapunzel, Rescuing Rapunzel, I’ve ever read. Funny, sweet, and engaging, you’ll want to check her out.

Stina Leicht: She’s a fantasy author of the series, The Fey and the Fallen, dark tales set during The Troubles in Ireland. Her characters will haunt you and her stories leave you long remembering their depth.

Autumn Piper: Not only is she my editor, but she can turn an engaging and original tales full of romance and sensuality. Check out what she has in store next.


  1. I love the sound of this new WIP, Laura. Fantasy is a genre that I don't think I'll ever outgrow. Like fairytales, I revisit it over and over again. I'll be anxiously following the progress of this one. Lovely glimpse into what sounds like a wonderful tale!

  2. How cool that Loreley is based on a rock/legend. The German landscape sounds very dark and mysterious.