Celebrating Romance Authors Interview – Laurie Olerich

Here is my author interview with Laurie Olerich for the Celebrating Romance Authors & Their Books Event. We will be featuring her book Benn so make sure to grab your copy.

Romance in itself is so much more than a genre and with romance being mixed with so many other genres do you find that romance is versatile and can easily be mixed or challenging to incorporate with other genres?
I’ve seen romance—in some fashion—included in all of the books I’ve read. Even buddy adventures usually include some romance or at least meaningless sex or an ex someone is trying to forget! The genre lines are becoming more and more blurred now that indie authors (like moi!) aren’t tied to traditional publishing templates and formats. My stories are a crossgenre blend of urban fantasy, romance, and action/adventure. Some books have the romantic relationship as the absolute center of the story. In others, the romance is an organic part of the plot but the mystery, crisis, or apocalypse is nearly equally as important to the book. As a reader, I want to see some romance because it’s fun to watch the tension between the two characters (or three, or four…). I don’t think it’s always necessary to have a lot of sex scenes in every story though. Don’t get me wrong—I love a good shagging as much as the next reader—but, it should be natural to the plot.

When it comes to writing romance who do you think does it better women or men and why?
I’ve never read a romance novel that’s been written by a man—at least not knowingly. I could assume women write it better, but only if I’m looking at romance from a female point of view… lots of deep emotion and angstiness. I tend to like funnier, playful characters who don’t spend a lot of time in emotional drainage so I’d probably enjoy a romance written by a man. Wow! That sounds a little sexist… in any case, I’m sure that male romance authors have a certain something they bring to the book.

If you had to write a romance novel about your own life what would the title be?
Ha! My romantic life is a horror story! The best title would be “Where did all the penises go?” Subtitle: They were harder when I was younger!”

What is the most romantic thing you have ever done for someone or had done for you?
My first husband was very romantic. On my birthday one year, he put together a picnic of cheese and bread and champagne. He took me into the woods to drink and eat. It was February and the woods were filled with two feet of snow. It was magical. It was cold as shit. He got lucky that night though!

Would you consider yourself a romantic and if so why or why not?
Depends on the day! When I’m in the middle of a romantic scene and my characters are connecting and loving on each other, I’m a puddle of mushy and love. Yay, romance!

Just for fun everyone knows that Valentine’s Day is all about romance and while we are a few months past that I am curious to know if you get into the spirit of things?
I bake. It’s what I do. For this holiday, I usually make cupcakes or cookies. Pink frosting, of course. I always do a little something for my son because he’s an awesome kid and will always be my valentine.

Do you have any special links that you would like people to follow or signup for?
Sure! People can follow me all over the internet planet! I’m very sociable and love chatting with readers, especially if they want to talk about books! I have a newsletter too. People should sign up for that. I’m starting a bunch of fun contests in July.

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Who is your most beloved character based on reader feedback?
Hands down my most beloved character is my Primani Declan Manning. He’s a core character in every Primani Series book. Dec’s the healer; the funny one; the sweet natured bad ass demon killer who makes everyone sigh. He’s everyone’s favorite book boyfriend. The funny thing is, he wasn’t supposed to be the most beloved character! When I started the series, he was a minor character. I thought Sean would be the favorite, but he’s not. It’s always been Dec. I’ll admit to having a soft spot for him too. He’s just the sweet, funny, sensual immortal you want to take to bed and keep there for eternity.

For those authors out there just starting out what advice can you give them as far as when it may become too much or you just need a break from the voices. What do you do when you just need to get away?
I listen to music or take my dog for a walk in the country. Music is my biggest escape AND also my biggest inspiration for my writing. Each author is different, of course, so we all have to find what works for us. The idea is to give your brain a break—do something that lets your thoughts roam without purpose. Some people go for a drive. That works too.

What platform have you found works the best for your books?
I sell most of my books through Amazon though iTunes is a close second. I love meeting readers in person though so I always have a table at Comic Con.

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