Author Interview with Lisa Llamrei

11 May

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Today it’s interview time! We’re interviewing Lisa Llamrei, author of urban fantasy “Reflection of the Gods”. Enjoy the interview!

1)                 First, tell us about yourself – where you live, your family, and those sorts of details.

I was born and raised in and around Toronto, Ontario, Canada. In my wild and crazy youth, I spent a few years as a professional belly dancer, and was even offered an opportunity to tour Egypt and the United Arab Emirates; unfortunately for so many reasons other than my dance career, the first Gulf War broke out at that time. I also did a great deal of acting and other stage work, but never achieved professional status. I am now a single mom to four girls aged 2, 13, 14, and 16. We live north of Toronto.

2)                 How long have you been writing?

Since high school, so about thirty years. In grade 10 I wrote a short story that won the school competition and was published in the school newspaper. Around that time, I started my first novel, but lacked both the knowledge of how to do it and the discipline to see it through. It took twenty-five years to overcome those things.

3)                 Do you have a favorite place to write?

I almost always write at the desk in my bedroom. I wouldn’t call it my favorite spot, it’s just the only one where I can write undisturbed with a house full of teenagers.

4)                 Why did you decide to write Reflection of the Gods?

Because once the story started to take shape in my mind, it wouldn’t let me rest until I wrote it down.

5)                 Who is your favorite character in your book and why?

Aislinn because I can relate to her feeling of always being an outsider. She’s half-human, half-Sidhe, and so never really belongs with either group. As a result, she doesn’t really understand either group, and everything she does ends in disaster. But she means well.

6)                 How about your least favorite character? What makes them less appealing to you?

Iarlugh. He has all of the hubris and lust for power of the Sidhe, and none of the playfulness.

7)                 Do you proofread/edit your own books or do you get someone to do that for you?

I do some of the initial editing, but I hire professionals to do both substantive and copy editing. I’m too close to my own work to see all of the errors.

8)                 Tell us what you’re working on at the moment.

I’m just about finished the first draft of a novel about a deaf woman who is reluctantly dragged into the crop circle phenomenon when her best friend goes missing.

 

Reflection of the Gods

Reflection_oftheGods_LRes_COMP_2Title: Reflection of the Gods

Author: Lisa Llamrei

Genre: Urban Fantasy

Newly divorced Das MacDermott longs for a fresh start. As he packs up and prepares to move out of the city, he spots a young woman being held at gunpoint by three men. Despite being outnumbered and unarmed, Das does his best to intervene. Once liberated, the victim seems oddly ungrateful, but on an apparent whim decides to join Das in his new life in rural Ontario. Aislinn, as she is called, returns the favour; with her encouragement and support, his start-up photography business takes off, and more importantly, Das is saved from loneliness and self-doubt.

Das, however, is never quite able to fully dismiss the contrary aspects of Aislinn’s nature, and is strictly forbidden from asking about Aislinn’s past. All seems too good to be true, and indeed it is. Aislinn’s unusual talents and odd behaviour, unbeknownst to Das, come from her demigod status. Aislinn is half-Sidhe, daughter of Fionvarra, Ireland’s fairy king, and a human woman. Sidhe wars have so disrupted the mortal world that Aislinn has joined with other immortals in an effort to permanently separate it from Tir N’a Nog, the fairy realm.

Born in ancient Ireland, Aislinn spends millennia as the plaything of the cruel and narcissistic gods. The pain of being neither human nor Sidhe is offset by her relationship to the Fir Bolg, another race of fair folk who take pity on her lonely state; and the refuge she takes in being Das’s lover and protector. As Das comes to accept the possibility that Aislinn belongs to a supernatural world, he discovers that the two worlds are set to collide in a way that may mean the destruction of all humanity.

Author Bio

Lisa Llamrei blackLisa Llamrei was born and raised in the Toronto area. She studied languages at York University. At various times, she has been an actor, professional belly dancer, holistic nutritionist, and entrepreneur. She currently lives north of Toronto with her family. Reflection of the Gods is her first novel.

Links

Book Trailer:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0TjGeqv4e5A

The print book can be purchased here:

http://www.alcherapress.com/product/reflection-of-the-gods/

The e-book can be purchased for Kindle here:

http://www.amazon.com/Reflection-Gods-Lisa-Llamrei-ebook/dp/B00CK09R84/ref=sr_1_2?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1391385106&sr=1-2&keywords=reflection+of+the+gods

Or for Kobo here:

http://store.kobobooks.com/en-CA/ebook/reflection-of-the-gods

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