I love it when I get opportunities to meet authors I’ve known only online, and a few weeks ago I had the chance to have a face-to-face meeting with Mysti Parker. She and Lindsey R. Loucks are busy writing and promoting their brand-new series, labeled as “paranormal royal reverse harem romance.” The first book in the series will be available in about a month, but I asked Mysti if she and her writing partner would mind visiting us and sharing a bit about writing this series together. Last year, Mysti and writing partner M. J. Post interviewed each other about writing their City Meets Country series, so she and Lindsey decided to do the same thing about this new series, called Sever The Crown.
Mysti: Funny, this seems familiar! Oh, right, I tortured my other coauthor MJ here last year LOL.
Lindsey, you and I go even farther back than MJ and me. We first met (I think) in Critique Circle online back in 2010. We both liked each other’s writing and kept coming back for more and eventually became regular critique partners. Do you remember those days?
I remember loving your fun and original paranormal storylines and unique descriptions of simple things like facial expressions and visceral reactions. When critiquing, you were great at pointing out where I needed to beef up the emotions and physical reactions, among other things. What did you like about my writing and critiquing that made you not want to rip your eyeballs out?
Lindsey: I remember our Critique Circle days fondly! I started reading the beginning of A Ranger’s Tale and then was thinking, “Yeah, I’m going to need more of this!” I even declared myself the president of your fan club! Your descriptions were gorgeous, and you knew the stages of attraction to build up a killer romance. I was hooked and have been ever since!
You were the perfect critique partner for me while I was starting out because you were patient, kind, and offered suggestions instead of saying, “The rules state you must do this because rules!” I needed help on a lot of things back then, but you were really good at pointing out character inconsistencies and tightening up sentences. Critique Circle taught me SO much, and I kind of miss those innocent, fresh-faced days. Now I feel like a hardened warrior! Well, a hardened warrior with a sleepy cat in her lap, anyway.
Do you ever miss helping the newbies?
Mysti: I miss those early days in that it felt less like work then. Now we have to do things like marketing and paying taxes *gasp*. I definitely learned a lot in those days. Some of those early critiques were painful, but I hung in there and grew a thick skin, which is good when those critical reviews roll in. I still laugh over the one that called A Ranger’s Tale a “nickel nasty” LOL.
I still enjoy helping newer writers which I’ve done since the Critique Circle days through being on panels in conferences and in the F2K creative writing class through Writers Village University.
Just a couple weeks ago, I had the joy of meeting MJ in person finally in NYC. We had a great time double dating with our spouses and attending RWA conference sessions. Now if I can just meet you face to face, my life will be complete. LOL
What would a Mysti and Lindsey meet-up look like?
Lindsey: That’s so cool that you got to meet MJ!
A Mysti-Lindsey meet-up would involve a lot of laughter, I bet, because I’m a relatively smiley/happy person, especially when I’m excited! It would probably also involve coffee and/or wine (*gasp* both at the same time?!) as well as sharing our love of cats! OH! We could go to a coffee/wine/cat cafe!!! How do we make this happen?
Mysti: A coffee/wine/cat cafe sounds like heaven, but only if it’s a coffee/wine/cat/chocolate cafe. Then you couldn’t keep me away 🙂 You’ll either have to come to KY or I’ll have to come to KS. Or we can meet in the middle or maybe at the next RWA conference? We definitely must make it happen before we get too old to remember our names.
In the meantime, we get to write an awesome series together! I remember after writing the flash fiction that inspired this series, that it could definitely be expanded into something bigger. I wasn’t sure what, but I thought it could be made into either an urban fantasy, paranormal romance or reverse harem series. What did you think when I approached you about the idea?
Lindsey: Oh yes, if the cafe had chocolate, I would just bring my suitcases with me and move in! Next year’s RWA might just work! My husband hates the idea of me travelling alone, and yet I think he’d be bored out of his mind if he came with me. Usually I can spin it to make him think letting me go will be an excellent idea, though. I have my ways. 😉
I’m so excited about our series! After reading about Wren in your flash fiction story, I was hooked! She’s such a spitfire with a huge heart, and I want her to be my best friend. Hanging out with her throughout our series has been a real treat! Do you remember what inspired her?
Mysti: Honestly, I can’t remember exactly what inspired her, but it might have been that movie Let Me In, starring Chloë Grace Moretz who was a vampire kid that befriended a bullied young boy. Her guardian had to keep finding her “food”. Anyway, it was creepy and even though she was deadly, you just wanted to take care of her. I wondered what a little abandoned vampire girl might do if she had no guardian, and what might have happened to her parents. Then I thought maybe her mother was murdered, and she could grow up and hunt down her mom’s killers.
So, yeah…that’s where Wren came from. Now that we’re almost five books in, do you think you’d enjoy writing more stuff with me, or would you rather run for the hills? Also, do you see a potential for spinoffs for this series?
Lindsey: I flippin’ love that movie! That makes total sense that you drew inspiration from it to create Wren.
As for writing future books together, I now have the song “Run to the Hills” by Iron Maiden in my head. LOL! I would love to write more books with you! Maybe a book about the SFBI and one of our side characters? Or a different vampire clan! The possibilities are endless! I’m going to need to stock up on more chocolate though. What’s your favorite part about collaborating?
Mysti: It’s great to have someone to bounce ideas off of and to share the load and listen to me whine, then tell me to suck it up. Heehee. I really enjoy two distinct voices and writing styles in a book. It distinguishes the characters better. A spinoff of another vampire clan would be a good idea. We already named 4 different clans.
Final question from me: What should we do to celebrate once all these babies are published?
Lindsey: Yep, those are my favorite things about collaborating too!
As soon as these books are all published, I’ll probably re-introduce myself to my husband and cat and treat myself to an entire night of vegging on the couch! LOL! How about you?
Mysti: Bad movie night with plenty of chocolate and wine. And maybe a bath. And a foot rub. Because foot rubs.
I think that’s about all we have for you guys for now! Please stalk us gently (not creepily) at the following locations. We’re a hoot, if I do say so myself.
Mysti’s Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/RomanceforEveryReader/
Mysti’s Facebook group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/675192926016765/
Lindsey: I don’t mind a little creepy stalking! LOL! You can come find me at:
Lindsey’s Legion: https://www.facebook.com/groups/1138813132822855/
Lindsey’s FB Page: https://www.facebook.com/LindseyRLoucks/
As I mentioned, the first book in this new series, entitled Emergence, will be released next month. Here’s the blurb:
Wren has a dark obsession—to find her mother’s murderers before they find her. Every new singing gig brings her closer to crossing their names from her list.
When a detective shows up with a new lead, she jumps at the chance with fangs bared.
But to get the info they need, they’ll have to bust someone out of jail.
Sure. No problem.
Ashe has just been framed for high crimes against the Southern Vampire Clan—but he’s not exactly innocent either.
While waiting for his fate, a five-pointed star tattoo appears on his wrist, similar to the tattoo of a stunning platinum-haired vampire. The sudden attraction between them is undeniable. Better yet, she’s just offered to free him.
Sounds like a great deal. So what’s the catch?
Turns out, as their enemies close in, the catch could very well be their lives.
You can pre-order Emergence at Amazon.