LF: It’s been a pretty intense (and intensive) learning process for us. We decided to go indie from the start, thinking that way we would have more control over our work and be able to publish more quickly and frequently than if we’d gone the traditional route. We published our first book, After The Ending, in February of this year, and released its sequel, Into The Fire, in November. Nine months between books sounds like a long time, but it’s really not on our end! I also released the first book in my solo series, Echo Prophecy, in August. Three books in one year for a first time author-publisher is pretty crazy. I’m definitely proud of what we’ve accomplished.
LP: Agreed! And I have to say that I’m not sure we would have come as far as we have or as quickly and successfully without LF’s metaphorical blood, sweat, and tears. I can’t be as involved in the publishing process as either of us would like me to be, so the fact that we’re doing so well for first time authors is a testament to her dedication and drive for us to succeed.
What do you love about being an author?
LF: Nothing is better than hearing from a perfect stranger how much they loved something I authored. It doesn’t matter if it’s a review or just a “Hey, I loved your book” email. It’s such a high!
LP: I definitely get giddy when a reader tells us they enjoyed our book so much that they’re hubs had to fend for themselves for dinner, that the cleaning didn’t get done, and that there was little sleep involved as they devoured page after page, only wanting more in the end. What greater compliment could two budding authors ask for?
What part do you dislike about being an author?
LF: The need to develop a thick skin. Negative reviews can be difficult to swallow, especially at first, but they’re necessary and unavoidable. There’s never been, nor never will there be a book written that is universally loved. Slowly but surely, my skin is toughening up.
LP: As LF knows, I don’t do well with negative reviews either, especially when they’re unnecessarily harsh, but I too am getting better at not internalizing them as much. My greatest struggle though is grammar. It is not a skill that comes naturally to me, and I strongly dislike having to worry about it. It’s an incessant nagging that distracts me as I’m trying to get my creativity down to paper.
What is the best advice you’ve ever been given?
LF: I have no idea who said this to me, but it’s a little gem I used to pass on to my students back when I was a history teacher: you may try and not succeed, but the only way to ensure failure is to never even try.
LP: “If you write a hundred short stories and they’re all bad, that doesn’t mean you’ve failed. You fail only if you stop writing” ~ Ray Bradbury. This is a quote I came across that deeply resonates with me. I’ve always been afraid of failure. In fact, it’s why I never attempted to published anything prior to The Ending Series. I’m finally beginning to realize that failure looks different for everyone and if I take the “leap,” regardless of the outcome, I can never truly fail and because of that belief I’m doing something I always dreamed of doing.
If you could have dinner with a literary character – who would it be and what would you eat?
LF: Such a good question! I love food! And characters! Hmmm…tempted as I am to pick some super-hot alpha male, I think I would be too intimidated to enjoy either the meal or the conversation, so I won’t go that route. Today, I think I’ll choose Charley from Darynda Jones’s Charley Davidson series, just because I know I’d laugh a lot. And we could eat whatever Reyes wants to cook for us, just so long as he personally delivers the food to our table.
LP: Haha, this is fun to think about. Oh, the choices! I would have to say that I would love to have dinner with Blaylock and Quinn, two of my favorite characters from J.R. Ward’s Black Dagger Brotherhood Series. As most of her fans know, they are inseparable, so it would have to be a dinner with both of them, and I wouldn’t have it any other way. Just watching them interact would be entertainment enough for me.
Zombies are everywhere! What do you do first?
LF: Get a shotgun—then it doesn’t matter if you have bad aim!
LP: Assuming the bullets of a gun will eventually run out, I would start off with outfitting myself with some sort of body armor—I don’t care if it’s foam mattress pads to wrap around my body or full plated armor from the 1600s. If zombies can’t bite me, I have a chance of survival.
What was the last book you read and what were your thoughts on it?
LF: Darkness Rising by Keri Arthur. It’s the second book in her Dark Angels series, and I loved it. I adore that each book of this series contains a solid plot line along with some great steamy bits.
LP: Dare To Love by Carly Phillips. It was raw and felt real and gritty. The characters were likeable and complex…those are things I don’t often find in romance novels, and she truly delivered. I just finished Susanna Kearsley’s The Rose Garden and loved that as well. Very different sort of romance, but it’s enthralling all the same.
What’s the one question you’d dread on an interview?
LF: None that I’ve come across yet.
LP: If I had to cast the characters of our book, who would I choose.
You have a time machine, which era do you go back to and why?
LF: The end of the 6th Dynasty (around 2100 BCE) in Old Kingdom Egypt. It was the time of the collapse of one of the first great civilizations in the world—ever—and nobody really knows why it all fell apart. Plus, so little remains from that part of Egypt’s history—it would be amazing to see what those ancient people’s lives were really like.
LP: I love a good proper romance, but I also know as “proper” as the Regency and Victorian eras were, everyone was still human. I’d like to see what life was really like back then—to see the way people in love interacted when it was considered improper to touch, show ankles, and speak your mind. It’s what happened behind closed doors that has always intrigued me.
LF: I write both Dani’s and Mase’s POVs in After The Ending and Into The Fire, so I’ll cast the leads from their perspectives. Dani is a mystery to me—I’ve never come across an actress who really fits how I see her in my head. Jason, however, has always been as clear as day to me—I’d cast Jensen Ackles as Jason Cartwright in a heartbeat. Like with Dani, I don’t have a perfect actor to play Mase, but for Camille I would cast a teenage Kristen Kruek.
LP: Ahhhh! The dreaded question. I never have a good answer for this one. Zoe has always been a conundrum to me. Part of me sees a young Jennifer Connelly in there somewhere. Jake is also a mystery. When I first started writing him, I pictured someone like Sam Worthington, but he’s sort of evolved into someone else, a character all of his own. Harper has always been the flirtatious and charismatic Shemar Moore in my mind, with his dancing eyebrows and wickedly delicious grin.
You free a Genie from a lamp, after wishing away all those zombies from the previous question, you have 2 wishes left, what are they?
LF: I think my first wish would be for the ability to dive into and leave fictional worlds at will. There are so many worlds, so many characters, so many conflicts—it would be amazing to be able to experience them in person. The second would be to be able to talk to animals, just like Dani. That would be so damn awesome!
LP: The first would be that I could see my grandpa one last time, tell him that I’m following my dreams to become a writer, and that I wouldn’t be doing it without his curiosity and nudges growing up. The second wish would be that I could afford to stop working a day job so that I could write full-time.
What’s your favourite TV show, and why?
LF: Currently, Supernatural and Game of Thrones because they’re AWESOME!!! My all-time favorite show however, is Buffy the Vampire Slayer. I think I fell in love with it as a young teenager because I felt like I could relate. It has a lot of themes about being an outcast and just wanting to belong, and I think those are feelings pretty much every teen struggles with. Buffy was sort of an outlet for me.
LP: I too enjoy watching Supernatural because the Winchesters are hot and I love their banter. I LOVE Game of Thrones because it’s like a constant mind f@!*k. Plus the characters are written beautifully. I also have to confess I like watching Tosh.0. I don’t mean to, but every time my fiancé has it on, I can’t help but watch it…like a car crash, you know? Same with Always Sunny in Philadelphia. I love to hate that show, but can’t look away no matter how hard I try.
Where can fans find you online?
The Ending Series website: http://www.theendingseries.com/
Lindsey Fairleigh’s website: http://www.lindseyfairleigh.com/
Lindsey Pogue’s website: http://www.lindseypogue.com/
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