Sunday inspirational interview at the Tower of the Archmage: STEEL BLOOD Blog Tour Stop #7

One of my life goals is to eventually see the Steel Empires series adapted into a table-top RPG. A lot of my history and passion for gaming has gone into this series, which the Tower of Archmage captures nicely in it’s Sunday Inspirational post, featuring an interview with me! A quick look:

Let’s jump right into it: How has gaming influenced how you write?

JLG: As a table-top gamer since high school, I think the other players have influenced me more than the mechanics of gaming itself. Gaming involves working together with other people to solve problems, so I’ve never been one for the “lone wolf’ protagonist. My characters are surrounded by friends and loved ones and allies of convenience, who must all work together to solve conflict or escape their current situations. The variety of characters, played by such variety of people, that I’ve experienced over the years definitely helped me realize that relationships are just as important as plot.

If you’re interested in gaming, be sure to follow the Tower of the Archmage blog for all sorts of cool tips and ideas!


Tomorrow, it’s Victory’s turn in the spotlight — she’s being interviewed at the blogs of fellow RDSP authors Lee Murray and Dan Rabarts. Meanwhile, I’ll be interviewing the main characters of their upcoming novel, Hounds of the Underworld, which releases this Wednesday!

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STEEL MAGIC Blog Tour, Stop 5: Whose Fault Is It, Anyway?

For the final stop on the Steel Magic blog tour, I swung by the online home of YA Dark Fantasy author Andi Adams! She asked me to talk a little bit about the origin of the Steel Empires series. Read my post, “Evolution of an Urban Fantasy Series” to learn how Highlander inspired my love of urban fantasy, swords, and hot Welshmen!

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(There are no hot Welshmen in the Steel Empires series. Yet.)

STEEL MAGIC Release Day and Blog Tour, Stop 4: After “The End”

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It’s finally book release day! The Steel Empires series now has two books, making it officially a series!

I know I’ve been spamming it a lot, but here’s the link to purchase your print or ebook copy of Steel Magic, just in case you’re new to my little corner of the internet. If you are, welcome! Help yourself to tea and don’t mind the cats loudly demanding attention.

I’m also pleased to announce today’s stop on the blog tour. I visited fantasy author Cara McKinnon and shared the step-by-step process that I go through for revising my books: So You’ve Finished Your Novel. What Next? I hope that this is a handy guide for all writers, regardless of whether you have any sort of additional editing experience.

I’m planning a celebratory dinner with my writing group tonight (well, treating myself to ice cream at our usual Wednesday-night writing spot), but alas, the work doesn’t stop. I’m currently on step 7 of my revision process for book 3, and if all goes well, we’ll be right back here in a year to celebrate the publication of Steel Blood!

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STEEL MAGIC Blog Tour, Stop 3: My turn!

It’s my turn on the grill today for the Steel Magic blog tour!

First up: I answer some questions about the writing life on contemporary romance author Jennifer Loring’s blog!

An excerpt:

Do you have a special writing place? What’s in it? What can’t be in it?

I have an amazing home office that I practically live in for editing and marketing work. But for some reason, it’s really hard for me to actually produce words there. It’s not even an access to the internet thing, because the first thing I do when I get to one of my multitude of local writing spots (coffee shops and cafes) is turn on the WiFi. Perhaps it’s just knowing that I can’t go home until I get my daily word goal finished!

Elsewhere on the interwebs, the beginning of my three-part interview at Calico Writes was also posted today! This is part of a feature called “Calico in Conversation,”so join us for a bit as we talk about things like how my day job affects my writing and who some of my biggest inspirations are.

Another excerpt:

Can you talk a bit about editing? You say you freelance: is that fiction or medical or both? I can see how editing fiction helps you as a writer, but what about the medical side of things? Do you utilize medical research for your fiction?

While I enjoy medical editing, it is definitely what I do to pay the bills. Fiction editing is my first love, so those are the sorts of freelance jobs I take. However, I feel like the basic knowledge set I have acquired after editing journal articles about everything from spinal cord injury to traumatic brain injury to post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) has improved my storytelling, especially as a fantasy author. Too many times, injury (both physical and mental) is either not portrayed realistically or completely brushed aside. I cringe when I see characters receive blows to the head and wake up later with no ill effects, both on screen and on the page. I am also challenging myself with a PTSD storyline later in the Steel Empires series because I am constantly amazed when heroes are put through the wringer book after book with no lasting effect stronger than the occasional nightmare.

Don’t forget that today is the LAST DAY to take advantage of the Kindle 99 cent sale for Steel Victory! You’ll definitely want to be caught up before Steel Magic is released tomorrow.

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STEEL MAGIC Blog Tour, Stop 2: Let’s Get Meta!

Happy Independence Day to everyone else to who lives in the United States! (Please don’t blow yourself up.)

Or, if you live in the old country:

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Today, I’m still enjoying my beach-side view for a final day in the company of my awesome husband. I think there are brunch plans in my immediate future.

If you are not having brunch today (or even if you are), make sure to take a few moments to stop by the online home of YA paranormal author Jessica Knauss to check out my interview with Steel Magic protagonist Toria Connor! It’s a little bit weird to interview someone who is functionally part of my brain. But that’s the cool part about being a writer. Imaginary friends become totally acceptable! Here’s a small taste:

Your mom is a vampire? What is the rest of your family like?

Just as epic. Grandpa is also a vampire. He found me as a baby after my parents died, but didn’t really want the responsibility of a kid, so he took me to his progeny. Mama also had no interest in a kid, but that’s where Dad stepped in. He’s a daywalker—a human bonded to my mom, which grants him long life, too. Kane, the guy I consider my brother, is my partner in all things magic and mercenary, since we’re a bonded warrior-mage pair. And Syri, my best friend, is an elf. We’re definitely not a normal bunch around the dinner table. Especially since it’s breakfast for half of them.

Click on the link above for the rest of the interview!

If you’re not yet familiar with Toria, make sure you take advantage of the 99 cent sale currently going on for book 1 in the Steel Empires series, Steel Victory!

And don’t forget to stay current with Toria’s adventures by pre-ordering Steel Magic, available this Wednesday!

STEEL MAGIC Blog Tour, Stop 1: Werecreatures Galore!

YA humor and paranormal author A.J. Culey hosted me on her blog today for the first stop on the Steel Magic blog tour. To tie in with her newest release, The Trouble with Antlers (a.k.a. Melvin’s Rampant Rack), I introduced some of the werecreatures in my Steel Empires series as new students at Shifter High. This includes a new werewolf featured in Steel Magic, Earl Henry “Hal” Delacour!

Stop by to meet Hal before pre-ordering Steel Magic and enjoy a visit with some old friends (and enemies!) from Steel Victory. Haven’t met them yet, either? Steel Victory is still 99 cents until Tuesday, so there’s plenty of time to catch up.