Interview Author Lori Handeland + Giveaway

Filed in Giveaways , Interview , Lori Handeland , The Geeky Lover Posted on February 28, 2011 @ 7:00 am 42 comments
We are very happy to welcome author Lori Handeland here at Book Lovers Inc today. When I found out that Lori started writing Nightcreature novels again I was more than thrilled. And even more so when she agreed to being interviewed about them So here we are today talking Nightcreatures in celebration for her new release Moon Cursed, which will be out in stores tomorrow. Be sure to ask her a question and you might win an awesome prizepack!

The Geeky Lover: Lori can you please tell us a bit about yourself?
Lori: I live in Wisconsin (which is still painted green and gold due to the Packers winning the Superbowl-wooh, hoo!) with my contractor husband. Both our boys are in college.
I’ve been writing since 1991 and have sold over 50 novels to seven different publishers in multiple genres. I am the lucky recipient of two RITA awards from Romance Writers of America-for Best Paranormal (Blue Moon) and Best Long Contemporary (The Mommy Quest).
The Geeky Lover: Describe a typical day of writing? Are you a planner or pantser?
Lori: My typical day of writing starts around 7 with me taking my coffee into my office to do my email. That’s my warm up. By 8 or so, I start writing. I take a break around noon
to jog and have lunch, then write until I complete my required pages for the day.
I’m a pantser, though I do like to sketch out how things will end, the turning points, etc. Then everything usually changes by the time I get there.
The Geeky Lover: What do you think is the difference between a reader and a real Book Lover?
Lori: I’ve always seen them as the same. A person who couldn’t imagine not having a book, or two, or three, in the process of being read. Someone who keeps a book in their car,
their purse, their bedroom. Someone who never wants to be stuck without one. This is why I now have the Kindle app on my cell phone. I never leave home without it and therefore
am never caught without a book.
The Geeky Lover: There was a long wait between Thunder Moon and Marked by the Moon for your devoted fans of this series. And yes I have to admit after finishing Thunder Moon I really thought the series was complete. What made you revisit The Nightcreature world?
Lori: The Nightcreatures became caught in the vagaries of publishing. The series had not been selling well. I was told to end it and try something else. Then the bottom fell out of the
economy and suddenly not well looked pretty good. I was asked to revive the series. However they wanted me to do so in third person instead of first. I was open to anything if I
could bring them back.
The Geeky Lover: Moon Cursed is book #10 in your Nightcreature series. For all those who haven’t followed that series so far: What can you tell us about the world your books are set in?
Lori: The Nightcreature world is a world of shapeshifters and legends. Every culture has legends of the darkness and in the Nightcreature Novels we discover they are real and that
there is a secret force that fights them. The Jager-Suchers, or Hunter-Searchers, is an elite team of monster hunters formed by Edward Mandenauer, a former double agent in WW2.
He discovered Mengele was fashioning a werewolf army–among other things– for Hitler. But when the Allies landed, he released them. Edward and his people have been hunting
them ever since. But in the hunting, they’ve discovered there were monsters here before Mengele.
The Geeky Lover:  I always found it rather fascinating how you build your paranormal setting on a German Myth. How did you come up with this?
Lori: I had the idea of genetically engineered werewolves, and I wondered: Who would be evil enough to do something like this? Hitler’s always the answer.
The Geeky Lover: What can we expect of Moon Cursed?
Lori: Moon Cursed deals with the many legends of the Loch Ness Monster. The book is set at Drumnadrochit, a village on Loch Ness. Is the monster truth or fiction?
Come along and find out.
The Geeky Lover: Your heroine Kristin Daniels is working for a show with the fitting name Hoax Hunters. Her goal is it to unveil the strangest and most unbelievable myths of all time. Does her character fit her job? Is she easily brought to believe in the “paranormal”?
Lori: Kristin does not believe in the paranormal. She loathes lies. She is out to debunk what she sees as the biggest lie of all time.
The Geeky Lover: Do you like tv shows like that yourself?
Lori: I don’t. I prefer pure fantasy over reality when I watch TV.
The Geeky Lover: Your hero, the mysterious Liam Grant has something that makes Kristin weak in her knees and actually pulls her to him- full force. What makes him so magnetic?
Lori: He’s hot. He’s got an accent. He’s mysterious. His abs ripple. He saves her life. How can she resist?
The Geeky Lover: Will there be more books in this series?
Lori: CRAVE THE MOON will be released in July. This book is set in Colorado and deals with an Aztec werewolf/sorcerer.
The Geeky Lover: Are there any more Phoenix Chronicles novels planned?
Lori: Not at this time.
The Geeky Lover: What is next on your schedule? I saw on your website that you plan have a realease titled Zombie Island: A Shakespeare Undead Novel. Can you tell us a bit about that? Sounds rather intriguing to me.
Lori: Zombie Island is a follow up to my novel SHAKESPEARE UNDEAD, which told the tale of vampire William Shakespeare and his Dark Lady, who turns out to
be a zombie hunter. They must save London, and the Queen, from a plot to destroy them.
Zombie Island is my take on The Tempest. Will and Kate are stranded on a dessert isle with all sorts of strange creatures. And zombies too, of course.
The Geeky Lover: Now to the mean questions: Can you tell us 3 reasons why people should read your books?
Lori: My books are sexy, scary and funny. Three things I love in novels and so put them in my own.
The Geeky Lover: What do you think defines the perfect couple and do Kristin and Liam fit that bill?
Lori: The perfect couple would do anything for each other and in that case Kristin and Liam fit.
The Geeky Lover: The Geeky Lover: Could summarize your new novel twitter style for us? (140 characters or less)

Is the Loch Ness Monster truth or fiction? Read Moon Cursed and find out.


Lori has generously offered a set of 3 first Nightcreature novels to one lucky commenter!

All you have to do is ask Lori a question or leave a meaningful comment about the interview. 
(You can read our full giveaway policy here)

Please leave us a way to contact you.
(Email in blogger profile or twitter name – no way to contact you – no entry).

This giveaway is open worldwide!

Giveaway ends on Saturday, March 5, 2011; and we will announce the winner on Sunday.

Good luck!

About Susi

Susi is a geeky vegetarian from Gemany. She just finished university and now works as a civil engineer in steel construction. Besides her reading addiction she also knits like a maniac while listening to audiobooks. Susi also blogs at the Secret HEA Society.

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  • Birgit February 28, 2011 at 7:22 am

    Greta interview – I always love to find out more about the person behind the books!
    My question: Do you believe the Loch Ness Moster is real?

    danaan at gmx dot at

  • Sullivan McPig February 28, 2011 at 7:36 am

    An Aztec werewolf?! Hmmm, I must get hold of Crave the Moon I think.
    Are any other of your books about Native American and South American myth/legend?


  • StacieDM February 28, 2011 at 7:43 am

    Hello Lori!
    I love the idea of undead Shakespeare! After Zombie Island do you plan on writing any other books based on the works of Shakespeare?

    GeishasMom73 on twitter

  • Twilighter February 28, 2011 at 7:52 am

    Great interview. I have never heard of these book before but I dont know how I missed them before. They sound great, just the type of books I love.

    My question for for Lori: What was her favorite book as a child?

  • debbie February 28, 2011 at 7:53 am

    I enjoyed the interview. I would like to ask, what was the most unusual thing that inspired you, and what did it inspire?

  • jen7waters February 28, 2011 at 8:17 am

    Hello Lori!
    Did you visit the Loch Ness for inspiration/research? Of course one doesn't need an excuse whatsoever to visit fair Scotland…*sigh*

    jen7waters AT gmail DOT com

  • JerseyGirl22 February 28, 2011 at 8:24 am

    My question for Lori: If you could be a paranormal creature for a day, what would you be?

  • Welzen February 28, 2011 at 9:53 am


    Great interview.

    I would like to ask, Is it hard to surprise the reader of today?

  • Teril February 28, 2011 at 12:06 pm

    I need some sexy scary funny books right about now. This series sounds amazing. What hole have I been living in that I missed them. I have to say I love the shifter books. Thank you for letting me know yours were out there.

    terilhack at yahoo dot com

  • Kaya H February 28, 2011 at 12:07 pm

    I really enjoyed seeing all of your covers and Shakespeare Undead?! Yes! I cannot wait to pick that up.
    I would love to read your series. A romp would do me good .

    kasuranna at yahoo dot com

  • Cindy L February 28, 2011 at 12:42 pm

    Lori you had me at "My books are sexy, scary and funny." Looks like I have some catching up to do!


  • Chelsea B. February 28, 2011 at 12:49 pm

    Hi, Lori! Thanks for the great interview! Wow– your series sounds great! *jots down names* I will definitely check them out!


  • Blodeuedd February 28, 2011 at 1:06 pm

    Hi Lori,
    Nice interview 🙂

    If I should ask a question for once….
    Is it hard coming up with moon titles? or do others help out?

    blodeuedd1 at gmail dot com

  • Lori Handeland February 28, 2011 at 1:32 pm

    Hi, Birgit–I do think there's something to the Loch Ness Monster legend. There's something there, just not sure what.

    Sullivan-Blue Moon, Hunter's Moon and Dark Moon all deal with Ojibwe legends. Crescent Moon, Midnight Moon and Rising Moon have voodoo, Hidden Moon is a Gypsy legend and Thunder Moon is Cherokee.
    My Phoenix Chronicles urban fantasy series deals with many legends, but quite a bit of Navajo.

  • Lori Handeland February 28, 2011 at 1:34 pm

    Stacie–I do hope to be able to do more Shakespeare Undead novels.

    Twilighter-My favorite books as a child were the Little House books.

    Debbie-I get most of my ideas from research, and all of the legends I've read about are pretty awesome.

  • Lori Handeland February 28, 2011 at 1:35 pm

    Jen7-I would have loved to go to Scotland but unfortunately didn't have the time before the book had to be written. Someday . . .

    Jerseygirl-I'd love to be a fairy for a day. Flying and magic. Very cool.

    Welzen-I've been told my books hold a lot of surprises so I hope I'm still managing to surprise some readers.

  • Lori Handeland February 28, 2011 at 1:37 pm

    Teril-Hope you enjoy them.

    Kaya-Shakespeare Undead is great fun.

    Go, CindyL! LOL!

  • Lori Handeland February 28, 2011 at 1:37 pm

    Thanks Chelsea.

    I've been lucky on the titles so far, Blod. I have a list where I jot things down as they come to me.

  • Stephanie February 28, 2011 at 1:46 pm

    I love this series and cannot wait to read the new book.

    smccar1 at hotmail dot com

  • Estella February 28, 2011 at 3:29 pm

    I have read all of the released Nightcreature books and can't wait to get my hands on Moon Cursed.

    kissinoak at frontier dot com

  • LSUReader February 28, 2011 at 3:32 pm

    Don't enter me in the contest. I'm a long-time fan of Lori's Nightcreatures series and already have these books. I just wanted to let Lori know how happy I am to see her Nightcreatures novels being published again. Thanks!

  • Lori Handeland February 28, 2011 at 3:39 pm

    Thanks, Stephanie and Estella.

    Me too, LSU!

  • BooksforCompany February 28, 2011 at 3:52 pm

    These are GORGEOUS covers and what great reasons to read your books, they look and sound great!!
    Thank you for both the interview and giveaway =)
    booksforcompany @

  • Beverly February 28, 2011 at 4:05 pm

    Thanks for the great interview! I was excited to see it – I have read a bunch of your books! Do you get to play a part in your covers?
    Please enter me – old follower!

  • Sandy Jay February 28, 2011 at 4:59 pm

    Hi, Lori. I haven't read any of your books yet but this looks like a really good series and I'm definitely adding them to my wishlist.

    forwhlz at gmail dot com

  • Lori Handeland February 28, 2011 at 5:12 pm

    Thanks, Books. They've done a nice job with the covers.

    Beverly-I do get to add input to the covers now, but when I first started they just showed up in the mail.

    Thanks, Sandy! Enjoy.

  • Robin K February 28, 2011 at 6:11 pm

    Is the Loch Ness Monster truth or fiction? Read Moon Cursed and find out!? Really!? This books answers this question. Sweet! It keeps me up at night, I swear!!!

    robin [at] intensewhisper [dot] com

  • Amy February 28, 2011 at 6:25 pm

    I love the idea of combining shapeshifters and legends. I've always loved reading about shifters (wolves, tigers, panthers, and so much more). I find them very sexy because they tend to have primal instincts, and I love how protective and possessive they are!


  • Sarah February 28, 2011 at 6:42 pm

    I love books that are "scary, sexy, and funny" – a great combination 😉 Would love to have the first three books so I can start this series!

    smaccall @

  • winnie February 28, 2011 at 7:31 pm

    Great interview! I have not read any of the books in this series yet, but they really sound like my kind of read! I really like how each one has a focus on a different legend and even just the "what if" aspect to explore some well-known legends is very intriguing, let alone adding in the sexy and funny factors.

    Thanks for the awesome giveaway!


  • Kaity February 28, 2011 at 10:18 pm

    Loved the interview especially the short answer questions (twitter etc).
    My question is: Out of your books, which cover is your favorite and are there any you would make changes to?

    bittenbooks at gmail dot com

  • JenM March 1, 2011 at 12:49 am

    It sounds like you are drawing on quite a diverse set of legends in writing your books. I always like to learn more about mythologies that I'm not familiar with. I'll definitely have to check these out.

    jen at delux dot com

  • marybelle March 1, 2011 at 2:37 am

    Do you have any say in the cover design?? I ask because they are all divine & after checking out the Author's name, the cover will draw me in.

  • Tore March 1, 2011 at 9:02 am

    Great interview. What suggestions would you have for someone who would like to trying writing a book? Do you think you might write books with some mythology. Please enter me in contest. I would love to read your books. They sound very good.

  • Lori Handeland March 1, 2011 at 10:32 am

    Snort. Good one, RobinK.

    You would enjoy the Nightcreature novels a lot then, Amy.

    Same for Sarah.

  • Lori Handeland March 1, 2011 at 10:33 am

    Thanks, Winnie.

    Kaity-I'm not a wild fan of the earlier NC covers, but the newest ones I like a lot–Marked by the Moon, Moon Cursed, Crave the Moon. And I thought my Shakespeare Undead cover was a hoot.

    JenM-I love learning about the legends with every book.

  • Lori Handeland March 1, 2011 at 10:35 am

    Marybelle-I get to see the initial mock up of the cover and make suggestions.

    Tore-My advice for writing a book is like Nike. Just do it! Get in there and write daily and see what happens.
    As for mythology, it's interesting, but so many authors have already done it I doubt I'll go in that direction. But you never can tell . . .

  • Lisa R/alterlisa March 1, 2011 at 11:03 pm

    I'm so glad you and the publishers decided to keep Night Creatures alive. I cut my Paranormal Romance canines on them and one of those pesky readers who kept sending you letters begging you to give us more.

  • Lori Handeland March 2, 2011 at 8:08 am

    I'm thrilled they came around too, Lisa.

  • Andra March 3, 2011 at 9:46 pm

    If I say that Lori's comment on Liam that "He's hot. He's got an accent. He's mysterious. His abs ripple" is absolutely the best reason(s) ever for falling for someone, is that a meaningful comment? No?

    Great interview, Lori. My question, though: if you had to pick one of your heroes, just one, as your favourite, could you do it? Or do you love them all equally?

    andra dot always at gmail dot com

  • Sullivan McPig March 4, 2011 at 4:49 pm

    Thanks for the info. I will have to put your books on my wishlist now.

  • Crystal ♥ March 4, 2011 at 5:46 pm

    Great interview!
    Wow, you have it all. Shapeshifters, German myth, reality tv, AND they're sexy & funny? I will def. have to check these out!


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