Hey, everyone! Today, Lisa Beth Darling is here to talk about her book, “Child of War!” Here she is:
What was the inspiration for your book?
“Child of War-A God is Born” is the second novel in the OF WAR Series of contemporary adult fiction, it picks up shortly after the first novel, “The Heart of War”. The whole series came to me in a flash of inspiration when the Muse posed the question: What would happen if Ares God of War fell in love?
I’ve always adored Greek mythology and thought that was wonderful question as the God of War, according to most legends, never actually married or fell in love even though he had many children and lovers including a torrid affair with Aphrodite.
In this novel, Ares and Alena, our happy but unlikely couple, are settling down on Olympus to await the birth of their first child, Raven. While Ares adores his wife and unborn son, the rest of the Olympians hate her and they have many ways of making life difficult for her the most effective of which is turning Raven against his mother.
What scared you the most about writing “Child of War?”
The scariest part was wondering if the Muse and I were doing the right thing by making this into a series. “The Heart of War” was supposed to be a standalone novel and it is. Anyone of a mind to read it can do just that and come to a satisfying ending without ever having to go further into the series. I didn’t know if anyone would even want to read further but I knew that we’d only scratched the tip of iceberg when we got to The End in “Heart”.
What was your favorite part about writing “Child of War?”
The Olympians are my favorite part of this book, they’re all so catty and each has his or her own agenda. It’s the most delightfully dysfunctional family ever and, as nasty as they can get, they are a lot of fun to work with.
What advice do you have for authors trying to expand their audience?
Grinding the Promo Wheel is hard work and it takes up so much time, time that you could be writing. But it’s a necessary evil. Establish your Web Presence with a good site, FB, Twitter, and whatever other social media you like. Establish a mailing list people can easily sign up for and then use it to let people know whenever you have a new book coming out or when you’re on virtual book tour. Don’t crazy spending money on things. Find all of the free places you can to advertise then start venturing money on book tours and emags. If money’s no object for you then by all means jump right in with some $1,500.00 advertising package but don’t be shocked when your ROI is far less than half that investment. Start slow and steady, this is a marathon not a sprint.
What’s the worst thing you’ve ever done?
I don’t know I’m a pretty good person though I can get cranky sometimes when riled up. I tend not to hold back when my opinion is strong and in today’s atmosphere it’s very easy to offend people. I imagine I’ve a few Hurt Feelings Reports in my wake.
If you were a superhero, what would your name and power be?
Ginger Witch and I’d be able to manipulate people with the power of my mind.
Which authors inspire you?
Being a child of the 70s and 80s I grew up on Stephen King, VC Andrews, Judith Rossner, Jacqueline Susan, and Harold Robins. All of it, save King, was very hot steamy stuff. My writing tends to combine all of those writers best qualities.
Name a book you wish you would’ve written.
“Rita Hayworth and Shawshank Redemption” by Stephen King, honestly it’s the best story I ever read, I was a wreck for a week after finishing it. The movie never ever fails to make me bawl my eyes out.