Can you tell your readers something about why you chose this particular topic to write about? What appealed to you about it? Why do you think it is different and your approach is unique?
Immortal Defiance is a slow-burn paranormal fantasy romance, where the lines blur between heroes and villains, and where things are far from what they seem. In its heart is an elven heroine who finds that not all heroes are good… or even alive.
The story of Immortal Defiance is a story of friendships, love, valor, and courage against the backdrop of a freedom war, set in a medieval-like world. There’s magic, elves, talking dragons, vampires, ancient castles, and a cure that may be deadlier than the poison.
I wrote Immortal Defiance and its sequels (it is the first book in a trilogy) because I wanted to explore a soul-reaching connection between two unlikely people. Dulcea and Krath’s story is a story of overcoming conflict. On the surface, these two people, an elven lady and a vampire, are as dissimilar as can be, but they may yet discover that differences are often only skin deep.
I feel the approach is unique, because I’ve not yet read a book with elves, vampires, and dragons, questioning whether something perceived as evil can be good or neutral. Also, I wanted to explore a more realistic way in how our mortal elven heroine might overcome her prejudices and see the man who our vampire truly is (and he is no Mr. Nice Guy), and yet still come to appreciate him for exactly who he is.
Enemies to best friends to lovers is one of my favorite tropes, and one you’ll find for this series as whole.
What do you read when you are ill in bed?
The same as on any other day – whatever I am currently reading on my Kindle. Or these days, my Kindle App on my smartphone. More likely than not, it’ll be something from my favorite genre (see answer below).
What is your favorite genre?
I read a lot of fantasy. Serve it to me with a side of slow-burn romance, and I am a happy camper. I also like suspense and thrillers and historic romance, but the fantasy genre is my favorite.
If you could recommend a living author – who would it be? A dead author?
For a living author, C.J. Sansom and his splendid Matthew Shardlake series. For a dead author, I struggle between J.R.R. Tolkien and Jane Austen, and… let it be undecided. May each of you make their own decision, based on the genre you more prefer.
What have you done with the things you wrote when in school?
Rewrote them time again. I have been writing since my early teenage years, for about 25 years now. Immortal Defiance, the slow-burn paranormal fantasy romance now releasing, is based on writings began during those days. To my memory, it took about twenty years and four complete rewrites to come to this situation, to the release of the first book in the trilogy.
I have spent a long time with these characters and know them like the back of my hand. I have grown up and matured along with their story, rewriting it to suit my current level as a writer.
Do you have an unusual hobby?
I would call it anything but unusual these days, but growing up in a small northern European town, it was an oddity. Like… 25 – 30 years ago. I am talking about gaming. Us gamer girls were a little odd back then. I am still an avid gamer; I love playing RPG games. They often have excellent stories; some of them could easily compete with many other forms of entertainment.
If you could be any fictional character, which would you be? And why?
Elizabeth Bennet from Pride and Prejudice. She is one of my favorite heroines. She is bold, smart, and loves to read! But she can also admit to her mistakes and learn from them.
If you could choose to live in another country/town – which would you choose? And why?
I have long loved Scotland. The image of its highlands appeals to me on a deeply spiritual level. I have visited the country before and hope to do so many times still in the future.
What would you take on a desert island to read if you could only take 3 books?
For my love of romance, Pride and Prejudice. For my love of fantasy, the Lord of the Rings. And for my love of mystery/suspense, any of C.J Sansom’s Shardlake novels.
Would you like to add a jpg of yourself? Or something that is important to your writing? Why is it important? Does it have an emotional impact?
I am pleased for this question. I have long also been an artist, for over 20 years. I find that my writing and art hobby support each other. Art allows me to bring my characters and scenes to life in a way that nothing else can.
I would like the show your readers a piece of my artwork featuring the leading lady Dulcea, together with her friend and dragon guardian, Amparo Darksun; both enjoying a rare moment of peace.
“I live in my own little world. But it’s ok, they know me here.” (Who besides me has this fridge magnet; raise your hand!)
That’s sometimes what it feels like. Who says stories aren’t real? I live in the land of the Midnight Sun and Polar Nights, together with my husband and daughter, and a cast of fantasy characters running around in my head. It’s busy here. Care to stay and chat a while?
Laura Maybrooke is an 80s’ child, who works too much and writes too little, but who’ll never say no to a thrilling romance, a high fantasy adventure, or a cookbook full of delicious treats she’d like to bake