Tuesday, 18 October 2016

Q&A with LD Towers, author of The Raveners

Now available to purchase from BadBird Productions is the paranormal thriller The Raveners by author LD Towers.

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The author has taken a few moments from her busy schedule to answer a few questions about her novel.

When did you become interested in storytelling?

I became interested in writing as a tween. I was trying to be just like my older sister! Her storytelling really fascinated me, and like many younger siblings, I wanted to be just like my elders. Then I realised I had stories I wanted to share and the rest is history.

What was your first book/story published?

My first book published was Teufel of my Riesa series. While not paranormal at all- it’s a piece of historical fiction set in Germany in the 30’s- I’m still incredibly fond of it.

What inspired you to write The Raveners?

I had this great idea for a ‘vampire’ story- or really a retelling of the whole vampire legend. To be fair- I was going to write something mass market to see if I could catch onto the wave of vampire books and then it turned into something a little more. It has a lot of my thoughts on spirituality and the universe as well. I hope that doesn’t make it sound too heavy?

What character in The Raveners is the most/least like you, and in what ways?

I am probably a lot like Lexa, our heroine. She’s a plus sized military historian- as am I! :) I think if anyone in the book is ‘me’, that would be it.

As for least like me, that would be Ludwig von Gravenreuth. Even though he’s getting his own book soon, we aren’t much alike. He’s a follower. He’s spent his life in service to Karl, our hero, and he’s very content to be in the background.

What is your favorite part in The Raveners?

I think my favourite part is ‘the big scene’ in Collioure, where the bad guys chase the good guys up to the lighthouse and the commando trainees have to intervene. I lived in Collioure for 6 months and it made a huge impression on me. I loved watching the French army commandos practicing in the bay. I just had to put it in the book.

What was the hardest part to write?

There are two sex scenes, and I find them pretty hard to write. Which isn’t to say that I haven’t written erotica before, but it’s not my favourite thing to do. In some ways, I find writing about sex a little tedious.

What would your ideal career be, if you couldn't be an author?

As a teen I dreamed of being a doctor. Sadly, that was derailed by all that pesky math I would have had to have done. Math and I aren’t friends. In fact, we wouldn’t sit together as strangers at a table. I think in my absolute dream world, I would love to be a history prof. I’ve just gone back to university with an idea of making that happen.

Do you read reviews of your books? If so, do you pay any attention to them, or let them influence your writing?

I totally read them, but I don’t think they influence me. I think I can only be who I am, and write the way I do. Either people will like it, or they won’t. I can’t get hung up on the whys and wherefores of other people’s opinions. In the end, I have to do this because it comes from inside me.

What well-known writers do you admire most?

I love David Eddings, the fantasy writer. His first four series were a huge influence on me. I love the way he does dialogue. It’s witty and just a real pleasure. I hope that his work has its stamp on mine.

In terms of mass market? I like Kathy Reichs. Her books are very consistent. She’s one of my go-tos when I need a little book snack when travelling or when I’m sick.

Do you have any other books/stories in the works?

I do! I have a WWI murder mystery called Murder Amid Slaughter that I have been working on. Totally unrelated to any of my other works. I also have the sequel to The Raveners on the drawing board, as well as Anschluss, the sequel to Teufel and New Austrian Order. So… Expect more from me soon!

About the Author: LD Towers travels the world like a rootless vagabond! A military historian, she searches out places of conflict to find a deeper insight to the things she writes about. Presently enjoying the warm weather and azure seas of Central America, she has lived all over Western Europe, including 5.5 years in the incomparable Berlin.

Primarily working in Historical and Military Fiction, LD sometimes sneaks in the odd Dystopian or Modern Thriller piece. In fact, her new book is a complete redo on the vampire concept.

For more information about the author, please visit her website at: ldtowers.net 

You can follow the author on Amazon, Twitter, Facebook, and Goodreads.

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