Evelyn LaFont is a full time writer living in
with her perfect orange kitties and totally alpha hubby. Her debut paranormal romance series, The Vampire Relationship Guide, is a four-novella series that takes a satirical look at what it would be like if a clueless human chick really dated a vampire. Florida
Josie wants what she’s never been able to have—sex with a vampire. When she receives an invitation to a party thrown by one of the world’s richest vamps, she doesn’t stop to question her luck; she just jumps into her favorite stilettos and heads out to the event of a lifetime, secretly hoping that she’ll come home with a party favor in the shape of a sexy coffin dweller.
But the great undead, much to Josie’s chagrin, aren’t just pale sexbots with pointy teeth waiting to satisfy her carnal desires—they are dangerous…and sometimes cranky. With a single-minded focus on fulfilling her sole sexual longing, Josie unwittingly entrenches herself in the twisted and sometimes antagonistic world of vampire relationships with no one to guide her, but herself.
Evelyn, selcome to Romance Author Buzz. How long have you been writing and what was your call story?
Thanks for having me Marilyn! I’ve written professionally in the corporate world for many years. In 2009 I became a full time freelance writer. Fiction, I’ve dabbled in here and there doing some script writing and some short fictional essays but this was my first work of fiction over 1,500 words.
I don’t have a call story. Initially, I wanted to try traditional publishing but the more I read about self-publishing, the more I thought it would be a better fit for me considering my entrepreneurial background.
What are you currently working on?
Right now I’m working on book two of the Vampire Relationship Guide series. I also have another (more traditional) PNR series in the works as well as a potential zombie novella.
Is there a back story to The Vampire Relationship Guide?
I love the PNR genre, but some of the tropes and assumptions get funny after you’ve read enough of them. I wanted to create a series that made light of PNR while still providing a solid story for those who love the genre. I also wanted to create something that would be funny to people who don’t like the genre.
Do you plot your stories or let your characters lead you.
I generally have an idea of where I’m going, visualized scenes written down and a loose outline but for the most part, writing is about exploration for me so the characters really drive the story.
Of all of your characters, do you have a favorite you identify with and why?
I can identify a little bit with almost every character, for different reasons. In this particular book, I think Gregory is the only one I don’t identify with on any level. Although I have identified that he is hot.
What is the best thing about your job as an author? What is the hardest thing?
There is nothing better than spending your day living in your fantasies. The hardest part is probably trying to make sure that you create a story that others will enjoy, not just you.
Describe a day in the life of Evelyn.
Feed cats, get coffee, answer emails, blog, social network, write for clients, love on cats, write fiction, fit eating in there somewhere, take a walk or play Wii games (2 out of 7 days I hit this one), play with cats, read, feed cats again, maybe some TV, read, sleep.
What is something you definitely want readers to know about you?
Wow, that’s a good question and a hard one. I guess that I really just want them to have a good time when they read my books, and I hope they do!
Scene you like most and would never cut?
I love the post-sex scene that just shows how clueless Josie is. It really illustrates how much of her vampire education she gets from pop culture over educational books and other reference material, even though it abounds in her world.
Thing your heroine would never be caught dead doing/saying?
This particular heroine, Josie, faces each situation with a good amount of openness. I think she’d handle anything coming at her with a smart-ass remark, naiveté and a smile.
Scene in the book that moved you the most as you wrote it, or made you the most happy?
Throughout the book there are excerpts from articles etc. about vampires that Josie has, or should have, read. In one of them (a Dear Vampy column excerpt, I believe) the “columnist” talks about getting a happy ever after. I found that both funny and moving.
Have you learned or found any bizarre facts while doing research?
I did some sciencey research for my world building and the most interesting thing was learning the reason why cats can’t eat garlic or onions.
What is one thing in your history that has influenced your writing, whether it’s a character, your work habits, or your favorite plot conflict?
Being laughed at—no, wait, the good kind of being laughed at! Whether it was making my parents and grandparents laugh, or a crowd laugh when I did community theater, making people laugh is a frickin’ high that I cannot get enough of. I think that, no matter what I write, it will always have a comedic bent.
I’m trying to finish and publish all three remaining novellas in Josie’s series this year.
What are you currently reading?
Nothing really—I just don’t have time. But I plan to start the Karen Moening Fever series as soon as I have a chance.
Before I let you go is there anything I forgot to ask that you want the readers and fans to know?
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