An Interview with Louise Herman
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Thank you for taking the time to answer a few questions. Can you begin by introducing yourself, please?
I’m a teacher of Computing and a keen fantasy movie fan from the leafy suburbs of North London.
I absolutely adore any film from Guillermo del Toro (especially Pan’s Labyrinth, Devil’s Backbone and Cronos) and am a big 80s fantasy film fan (with my favourite’s including Labyrinth, Big Trouble in Little China and Blade Runner).
I also have a big passion for Anime and amslightly obsessed by the genius director, Hayao Miyazaki for his work on Spirited Away, Princess Mononoke and Howl’s Moving Castle.
From an early age I had always had a passion for writing stories which would take the reader to different fantasy worlds and realms. With a little confidence and the ease of publishing novels on the internet, I have now self-published five fantasy stories to date:
The Orcus Games Trilogy
The Orcus Games: Blood Moon (Book 1)
The Orcus Games: Mistress V (Book 2)
The Orcus Games: New Awakening (Book 3)
The Split Blood Series
Split Blood: The Ancient Codex – Part One (Book 1)
Split Blood: Rise of the Wolf (Book 2)
What made you decide to start writing?
I always loved creative writing in school and gained valuable feedback from my teacher who encouraged me to pursue my passion for writing further.
Unfortunately, I did not continue my writing after high school (other interests, lack of confidence and college work took presidency) and it was only in the last ten years that I picked up one of my old stories and the ‘flame was reignited’.
How do you find your inspiration or where do you get your story ideas?
I absolutely adore fantasy, sci-fi and Anime films and find inspiration in the wacky characters and unique worlds in these story-lines.
I also love to listen to music when I write (Bjork, Evanescence and Royal Blood are in my top 3!) and it is not uncommon for a song to give me ideas about a new character’s personality or a new scenario.
Do you have a character that has been your favourite to write about?
I don’t think I have one favourite character because they are all unique but I did enjoy writing Faith’s character.
I liked creating her curious, fearless personality but I also enjoyed testing her boundaries with scenario’s that some teenage books shy away from.
I also enjoyed introducing Lily (the fairy) and am excited to show more about this torn character and how she deals with the rules set by her fairy circle and her conflicting human desires.
Do you have any vices?
I think my only vice would be listening to music whilst writing and it is not uncommon for me to write a character one way and then completely change them if another song gives me more inspiration and a better direction to take them in.
Is there another genre that you would like to try?
At the moment I would just like to focus on the YA urban fantasy genre, however I would not like to rule out testing my writing skills in another genre.
I love to read horror, suspense and thriller novels so these genre could be interesting to experiment with but at the moment I am happy writing about my paranormal characters and settings.
What do you do when you are not writing?
I am a computing teacher by day and this takes up a lot of my time but I do try to take some time out of marking, lesson planning and writing reports by watching films, listening to music and baking (a new hobby!).
If you could be a paranormal being, what would you like to be and why?
Now this is a good question.
I think I would be a good witch because I could still fit into human society but have my circle where I could create potions, practice spells and have hidden power (plus I’m pretty sure a few of my students have called me a ‘witch’ in the past so why not!)
Thanks again for taking the time to answer my questions. Is there anything else you would like to say to readers or fellow authors?
Fellow authors: I would just like to say that if you have writers block or are finding the self publishing process difficult, I have found that forums have been an excellent way to network, communicate and gain valuable advice from fellow authors who are in the same boat.
I can go from weeksand months of looking at the page and not knowing what to write but when I stop thinking about what to write and just look in a few forums, it really helps.
Readers: I would like to thank you all for taking the time to read this interview and to tell you that the third book in the ‘Split Blood’ series will be published by April 2016.
All books are available on Amazon and Smashwords.
For more information, please go to: http://www.louisehermanauthor.com/
SPLIT BLOOD: THE ANCIENT CODEX – PART ONE
(Book #1 in the Split Blood Series)
When Faith’s mother starts organising the second stage of her arranged marriage to wizard, Damien, Faith knew she needed to escape, so she used her school as a place to retreat.
Throughout her after school duties, she meets the intense, alluring Rohan, who changes her life forever.
With his ice cold skin, transfixing eyes and enchanting voice, Rohan took hold of Faith’s heart and soul as soon as they looked at each other.
She knew it was wrong.
They were from two different circles and if the Elder’s found out, the consequences would be catastrophic for all involved, but the more time they spent together, the stronger they’re love grew, until one day someone sees them…
Will their love be strong enough to combat their conflicting mythical needs? And what will they do when Faith is dealt a life threatening blow that forces her to make a heartbreaking decision?
INTENSELY PASSIONATE WITH EXTRAORDINARY TWISTS AND TURNS, SPLIT BLOOD IS A LOVE STORY WITH A DARK MYTHICAL DIFFERENCE
SPLIT BLOOD: RISE OF THE WOLF
(Book #2 in the Split Blood Series)
‘You are the oil to my fire and no one will ever extinguish us’
Enya said as she stroked the scar, which reminds him of his horrific childhood.
Lowell was always the outcast in his pack. Coming from a poor, abusive background, the only attention he knew was when his father used him in illegal Lycan fights. He never knew what love was until he met werewolf, Enya.
Experiencing a similar, isolated upbringing, Enya was the glue that helpedLowell stick together. She was intoxicating to him and he was her addiction. With every second they spent together, they gave each other the rush they needed – Unfortunately, this union was not to last as the rules of the Aliis World clearly state that Lycans are forbidden to communicate, let alone be romantically involved with werewolves.
So what happens when Lycan, Lowell tries to fight his attraction for lower class werewolf, Enya? And can they escape the wrath of vengeful witch, Raven when she finds out Lowell is partly to blame for her sister, Faith’s disappearance?
SEVERELY THOUGHT PROVOKING WITH A STING OF ROMANCE,
SPLIT BLOOD: RISE OF THE WOLF IS A DELICATE TALE OF LOVE, LOSS AND VENGEANCE WITH A BITE
THE ORCUS GAMES: BLOOD MOON
(Book #1 in The Orcus Games Trilogy)
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Guilty until you survive all zones…The Orcus Games is ready to put you on trial…
The lives of a witch and wizard couple, a new vampire and a rogue lycan intertwine in three magical tales of love, loss and revenge.
The Craft – When witch and wizard couple, Heather and Phoenix make that fatal mistake on that, ‘Blood Moon’ night, they never thought they would be forced to working with a loner lycan but…is he the only one who saw the, ‘accidental’ fatal act?
The Clan – Ardan would do anything for his wife and daughter but he could not protect them from the new blood thirsty life that was about to be bestowed onto them but what happens when he risks his immortal life for them?
The Pack – Caleb was always the lycan that wanted more! With constant schemes and risky deals, to increase the potential of a better lifestyle, he thought his latest underground deal was the perfect idea, until he loses more than just his money…
The first book in the prequel to the, ‘Split Blood’ series, this novella is a mind-blowing magical tale of belonging, sacrifice and revenge…The Orcus Games: Blood Moon will drag you, kicking and screaming, on this deadly journey with the ill-fated prisoners.
THE ORCUS GAMES: MISTRESS V
(Book #2 in The Orcus Games Trilogy)
The Underworld has no fury like Mistress V scorned…
Mistress V had it all…looks, power within the vampire clan and men at her disposal but she wanted more.
She wanted Ardan, to be precise.
He was unlike any other vampire she had turned before and she wanted him, needed him and was determined to do anything to get him…
Frustrated by his lack of interest and constant rejection, Mistress V is dealt another blow as Ardan is accused of a crime and is thrown into The Orcus Games, leaving her to watch her obsession fight for his life, whilst witnessing a second by second account of his budding friendship with fellow vampire contestant, Luan.
Unable to admit defeat, Mistress V plots and plans ways of getting to her man before it was too late but with every minute he is in the show, he grows closer to Luan, enraging Mistress V, leaving her to become more erratic and mentally disturbed, which has disastrous results…
The second book in the prequel to the, ‘Split Blood’ series, this novella is a deliciously dark tale of power, lust and obsession…The Orcus Games: Mistress V will leave you licking your lips, thirsty for more…
THE ORCUS GAMES: NEW AWAKENING
(Book #3 in The Orcus Games Trilogy)
You can run but you can’t hide…
Escaping The Orcus Games, each of the fugitive’s dreams of a happy reunion with loved ones are short lived as they each find out there is a bounty on each of their lives.
Ardan finally accepts his new life as a vampire and enlists the help of Cathal, the vampire leader of the district, to help him make a proposal to the Elders so he can live…but what ulterior motives does Cathal have?
Heather and Phoenix return to their coven, only to find they have moved. After much searching, they find their circle and are reunited with their daughters. They beg their coven to hide them but why is the Grand Witch so reluctant to agree with the plan?
And with Mistress V agreeing to marry Cathal, have the damned foursome finally found peace and safety? Or is there one more ‘hurricane’ coming to destroy all they hold dear?
The last book in the prequel to the, ‘Split Blood’ series, this novella is an enticing end to a tantalising fantasy trilogy…The Orcus Games: New Awakening gives you the electrifying conclusion, with a seductive surprise, to keep your blood flowing for another possible bite…
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