Tuesday, 31 March 2015

A World Apart by L.J.K. Oliva + Interview

A World Apart
Shades Below #1
by L.J.K. Oliva

Genre:  Urban fantasy
Page Count:  224

"There are things that go bump in the night, Mr. MacMillian. It's my job to bump back."

Private investigator Jesper MacMillian was sure he'd seen it all. After all, in a city like San Francisco, strange is what's for breakfast. Following a long recovery after a horrific accident, his life is finally the way he wants it- or at least, close enough. The only monsters on his radar are the ones that keep him awake at night.

All that changes the day he meets Lena Alan.

Before MacMillian has a chance to brace for impact, Lena drags him into a world where monsters aren't just real, they're hiding in plain sight. Suddenly, everything he knows is suspect, starting with his current case. For Lena, a medium since childhood, it's just another day at the office. 

For MacMillian, it's the beginning of the end of everything he thinks he knows.

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L.J.K Oliva is the devil-may-care alter-ego of noir romance novelist Laura Oliva. She likes her whiskey strong, her chocolate dark, and her steak bloody. L.J.K. likes monsters... and knows the darkest ones don't live in closets.

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Q & A with L.J.K. Oliva

Q:  Tell us a little bit about your main characters.

Sure! A World Apart (Book #1 of my new Shades Below series) introduces psychic medium Powonia "Lena" Alan and private detective Jesper MacMillian. MacMillian stumbles across the spirit world more or less by accident during a fairly routine case, and Lena takes it upon herself to make sure he doesn't get himself killed.

Q:  Who designed the covers for your book and what was that process like for you as the author?
The cover for A World Apart was designed by Amy Mateyka: design genius and (I suspect) part-time superhero. In addition to being friends, we also have a great working relationship. It served us especially well during the design process for this cover.

A World Apart is my first foray into urban fantasy, my previous works having all been romantic suspense. As you might imagine, a romance cover—even a paranormal romance cover—looks very different from an urban fantasy cover. I had no concrete idea what I wanted; I just knew the feel I was going for.

Amy stuck with me until we achieved that, and the end result is pure magic.

Q:  What is the best advice you have been given?
I recently read an article titled "7 Reasons Why Most Authors Fail". The entire article is worth reading, but the bit that really stuck with me was this:

"Those who ultimately succeed understand that they are in their endeavors for the long haul... It may look like you’re going the wrong way, and I won’t lie; it’s possible you are. But that’s how it looks when you’re going the right way for a long time, too."

Q:  How do you keep busy when you're not writing?
Well, I have a toddler. Need I say more?

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