Friday, February 25, 2011

Star Light, Star Bright...Interstellar Interview with Lydia Dare



Lydia Dare is the wild and witty writing team of Tammy Falkner and Jodie Pearson. Both ladies are active members of the Heart of Carolina Romance Writers, as well as Board members! They live near Raleigh, NC.


I had the pleasure of meeting Jodie and Tammy when they were pre-published, and new to HCRW. Though my path took me away from the group, I still kept tabs on the authors. But I was shocked when I walked into my local Barnes and Noble to find a whole end cap lined with their novels! And I was proud of their hard work, since I knew that both of them had been honing their craft and really getting to know the nitty gritty details of publishing. Now I'm ecstatic that they're about to unveil their 5th release. My how time flies and how things can change in the blink of an eye...but I know they're still the two lovely ladies who shared stories over coffee. And they deserve every little iota of their success!









How did you concoct the combination of characters in your Wolf series, and now the connected Bite series? What is the most important characteristic each hero or heroine must possess?

Lydia/Jodie - Tammy and I are both "panters" so we don't plot the combination of characters at all. It just happens organically. As for the most important hero/heroine characteristics... We try to stay within the guidelines our editor, Deb Werksman, says she's always looking for - "A heroine you can relate to and a hero you can fall in love with."

Lydia/Tammy – We actually came up with the wolves while Jodie and I were sitting at a conference. We started making up characters and scenarios, and there they were! Then in book two, our wolves met some witches. And our witches needed some formidable heroes. So the vampyres were born.






When did you decide to branch out from historical werewolf paranormals to mix in witches and now vampyres? Has the variety made your writing easier or more complex?

Lydia/Jodie - Oh, we decided fairly early on to bring the witches into the mix. The coven first debuted in the second book TALL, DARK and WOLFISH. As for the vampyres, there is a small introduction to one of our vampyre heroes in THE TAMING OF THE WOLF, but if you blinked you missed it. We decided to add more paranormal characters to our world to make it more mystical and add new layers. I don't think the variety has made the writing easier or more complex, but as our world grows and books are cast in stone, we don't have as much freedom to create as we did originally.

Lydia/Tammy – As we built our Regency Paranormal Historical world, we had to decide who would and would not be in it. And the witches were a very natural progression, because, honestly – who else could heal a broken Lycan? I vaguely remember that Jodie kept trying to write a dragon into our pages, and I kept writing him out. But we very well may see him at a later date. Who knows?















Since settings are critical in historicals, what one place stands out as your favorite to write about? Have you taken any sight seeing trips for inspiration?

Lydia/Jodie - My father's family stems from Scotland, so I have to say Edinburgh has been my favorite locale. I have not been to Scotland, but I have been to London and the southern counties of England. Spending time there feels more like home than where I live.

Lydia/Tammy – I have never been to any of the places we’ve written about, but I did visit a lot of them online. Since I was a novice at the Regency terminology, I had to go look at old photos of Drury Lane (the popular old theater) so I could picture it in my head. When we wrote IN THE HEAT OF THE BITE, Jodie sent me pictures of some old lochs so I could see the area where our castle was set. So, while we’ve not seen any of these places in person, we have certainly toured them in our minds.








How long have you been working together and what kind of sparks flew when you became Lydia Dare?

Lydia/Jodie - We've been writing together 2 1/2 years, but we've been friends a lot longer. I think sparks fly whenever we're together. We seldom agree.

Lydia/Tammy – Spark? What sparks? Jodie adores me 100% of the time, and I feel the same way about her. Just because I say, “I hate you Jodie,” at least once every time I see her doesn’t mean anything.








What is the best and worst thing that's happened since your rise to success? What are your wishes for the future?

Lydia/Jodie - The best thing about being so busy is interacting with readers. Talking to someone who is a fan is the highest high. The worst thing would be we would both like the time to work on individual projects, but we've been too busy to do so. Hmm - wishes for the future - hitting the NYT list!

Lydia/Tammy – The best thing – my husband tells everyone he’s the man on our covers. The worst thing – my husband tells everyone he’s the man on our covers.




Which "must have" item do you need when you're writing? A certain drink, pen/laptop or picture for inspiration?

Lydia/Jodie - I've become quite the Starbucks addict. I don't have to have a venti cinnamon dolche latte, but it does help.

Lydia/Tammy – I need quiet, Diet Dr Pepper, and a whole bunch of ice. But that’s about all!






Are there any upcoming appearances or other news fans need to know about?

Lydia/Jodie - I'm headed to Clearwater FL this weekend and plan on signing stock at the local bookstores.

Lydia/Tammy – I’ll be at Romantic Times in LA in April, and I’ll be in New York in June for the Romance Writers of America national conference.





If you'd like to learn nmore about Lydia Dare go to http://www.lydiadare.com/. One lucky person who posts a comment or question for Tammy or Jodie will be entered in a drawing to win a signed copy of IT HAPPENED ONE BITE...their March release! Please include your e-mail address in your post!

13 comments:

Jane McCarthy Lefler said...

I've loved every book I've read of Lydia Dare's. I hate to admit that I am 2 behind, but hope to catch up very soon. The characters are wonderful and the plots are well thought out. Keep the books coming.

Jane
nadinemccarthy@hotmail.com

JRGosselin said...

LOVE Lydia Dare's books! I can't wait for the new ones! I do have a question. After you've written about the vampyres, will you write any more books about Lycans?

Jennifer
jrgosselin13@gmail.com

Lydia Dare said...

Jane ~ Thanks!

Jennifer ~ I'm so glad you love the books. We do have more Lycan books planned. In fact we are working on the first of a trilogy that will be due out next year. If you read THE TAMING OF THE WOLF, there are three young Lycans who are briefly discussed. It will be their tales that we tell after the vampyres. :)

Jon Batson said...

"It Happened One Bite" You two are just too funny! Wishing you the best.
Jon Batson
Writers Morning Out
Raleigh

Jane McCarthy Lefler said...

Perhaps in the future you could think about other mystical beings like mermaids or incorporate a doppelganger into the mix.

PS said...

@LydiaDare I saw your tweet about more lycans, but I was thinking about Simon's ward...

I <3 you guys! I heard about you from @RikaAshton and now you have your own shelf :)

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Marquita Valentine said...

Lycans, Witches and Vampyres...OH MY!!!

I can't wait to read about all the Vampyres. You two know how to write an addictive series!!

All the best on this release.

annalisa said...

All of your books ROCK!!! Can hardly wait to read your Vampyre series and then more Lycans! :)

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Lydia Dare said...

Jon ~ Thanks. That's very sweet.

Jane ~ Hmm. We'll have to think about that.

PS ~ I am so glad you enjoy the books. As for Oliver York, the Earl of Maberley... At the time of the trilogy we are writing now, he is only 16. Oliver might have a story eventually, but not quite yet. ;)

Marquita ~ Thank you!

Annalisa ~ We so hope you enjoy the vampyres as much as you did the Lycans. :)

Jane McCarthy Lefler said...

I have a question on logistics of writing. I've wondered this for quite some time. How do you keep track of the various character traits of each character and the facts concerning each character so that in subsequent books, the facts that you talk about in previous books doesn't change.

When I was writing, I used a notebook but I can see with all your books, a notebook would be filled quickly. Just curious.

Nadinemccarthy@hotmail.com

mariska said...

I haven't read any of your books. 've been trying to win one of them since last year but no luck so far. hope i can get one this time :)

uniquas at ymail dot com

Johanna R Jochum said...

I would love a chance to win this book! Looks awesome. I love Lydia Dare's books. Thanks ladies for sharing with us today!

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Coley said...

I've really been looking forward to It Happened One Bite, so I can't wait to read it. I think Vampyres are a wonderful addition to the world you've created.

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