REVIEW + AUTHOR INTERVIEW + GIVEAWAY: Phantom Lives: Collier by Elizabeth Loraine

July 30, 2012 Interview, Review 1

Elizabeth Loraine

Today I am pleased to welcome Elizabeth Loraine to Have Book, Will Read for an author interview. Elizabeth is the author of the Phantom Lives series of books as well as the Royal Blood Chronicles series.

Read on to find out more about Elizabeth and for my review of Phantom Lives: Collier, plus details on how you can win your own e-copies of Phantom Lives #1: Collier and Phantom Lives #2: Power, along with swag.

AUTHOR INTERVIEW:

Hi Elizabeth!

Thank you for taking the time to be interviewed for Have Book, Will Read.

You’re welcome, thanks for having me.

Could you tell us a little about yourself?

Sure. I grew up in a small northern Minnesota town, married my high school sweetheart, and have two grown children. We’ve now been married 35 years, but have been together 40 since I was 15 and he 17. Doesn’t seem like that happens so much anymore. We worked together too, building custom homes. I did the decorating and decorative painting. I started writing just two and a half years at the ripe old age of 52. I now write full-time, and I found it was what I was really meant to do.

What inspired you to write the Phantom Lives series? Did the idea for the story come to you first, or the idea that you’d like to write a book and then the story after?

I was inspired by a dream I had over and over as a young child, of a place that I couldn’t have known anything about. India in the early 1800’s. Maybe part of my past life. So that was the starting point.

How do you think you’d react to what Abbi finds out about Collier and the role she’s expected to play?

I think I’d be more intrigued than scared. I’m one of those who just jumps in and worries about things later. Abbi already knows this place intimately from her dreams. It’s exactly the same, she feels like she’s come home.

What was your favourite chapter (or part) of Collier to write and why?

It was important to me to show in the first chapter that, Dallas, her boyfriend couldn’t break her, that she was stronger than she knew and as strong as she needed to be. Establishing Collier for the reader in that chapter, the feel, the smell, the power of it, was the most fun.

Who are your favourite writers?

I love Anne Rice and J.K. Rowling. The way they describe things so you can picture them in your mind is amazing.

 Do you get a lot of time to read?

I try to, but it’s so hard to fit everything in these days. Usually on Sunday I try to fit some reading in.

What genre do you like to read?

I write YA because it’s what I love to read, especially fantasy.

Do you have an all-time-favourite book character?

Louie from Interview with a Vampire. He’s flawed and I like that kind of character.  I love all of my own of course. Katrina from my Royal Blood Chronicles is a favourite. A strong female character that doesn’t need saving.

Which authors did you like to read as a child??

Hans Christian Andersen was my favourite as a child.

What have you found to be the most difficult aspect of getting your work published?

I didn’t have trouble writing or publishing, and I love doing the covers. Marketing and promoting is what’s hardest.

What’s been the most enjoyable part of the journey to be a published author?

The readers, they’re the frosting on my writing cupcake. Hearing someone say they like what I’ve written is worth every minute of the process.

What do you think to the boom of e-reader devices? Do you personally prefer a book in your hand? Have e-readers opened up the door for authors to find a wider audience of readers?

I do love a print book, but I can keep so many books at one time even on my iPhone. It makes it so much easier. It also has given readers a chance to find authors they never would have before.

When you’re writing do you plan the book entirely before writing or do you have a vague idea of what you want the story to be about and start from there?

I never plan anything out. I start with a simple idea, and let it come as it comes. I really never know what’s going to happen and I am often surprised. It lets me feel what the reader will feel when they read it. It’s like I’m hearing the conversation in my mind and just writing it down.

Where do you do your writing and when? Is there a specific place and time that you’re most productive?

I write in my living room, every week day. Mornings are usually the best time, depending on where I am in the story.

What are you working on next?

I’ve just published book seven of Royal Blood Chronicles and I am expanding a novella I wrote last year called Lillian, a Vampire Tale. After that I’m writing a third Phantom Lives story and also a story that I’ve had in my mind for a while about shifters, which is tentatively called Green River.

A FEW FUN QUESTIONS:

What’s your favourite colour? Blue

Favourite animal? Horses

Favourite food? Pasta

Favourite holiday destination? We love the mountains, so the Western US is perfect

Favourite character from a book you’ve read? Katniss, from The Hunger Games

Favourite thing to do when you have time to spare? I love to garden and cook

Favourite season? Christmas

Describe yourself in 6 words or less: Funny, loyal, artistic

If you could be invisible and spy on one person for a day who would it be and why? Queen Elizabeth, wouldn’t that be interesting?

Pick 5 dinner party guests, past, present, famous or not, who would they be?

Edgar Allen Poe, Mary Shelley, Bram Stoker Salvador Dali, and Mozart. How about that conversation?

MY REVIEW:

Phantom Lives #1: Collier

This is the first time I’ve read any of Elizabeth’s work and I really enjoyed it. I found it had to put down once I started reading as I was eager to know what happened next.

It was fast paced, kept my attention, and was easy to read.

Abigail Black is a young woman with a LOT of money after the tragic death of her parents in a plane crash. At the start of the story she escapes from an extremely abusive relationship and is “drawn” towards Memphis as she flees across the country. It’s here she comes across the Collier Plantation and feels like she’s known it all her life. That’s because she has, it’s been in her dreams for as long as she can remember.

I found Abbi to be a determined and strong young woman who takes things in her stride. That’s important when you’re suddenly faced with the  things she’s faced with, and the evil ex-boyfriend pursuing you turns out to be even more sinister than you first thought!

The story follows Abbi as she finds out how she’s connected to the Collier Plantation, and how she and other key characters Bill, Tommy, Doug and Lizzie need to help in order to save Collier and the people of its past.

The story is a well thought out fantasy. There’s a lot of information to take in but it all makes sense and I didn’t feel any confusion as to what was happening and who had what power. Within the story there’s time travel, immortals, ghosts, past lives, and more! If that’s your thing then you’re in for a treat!

I can definitely recommend that you give this book a try to see what you think. If you want to try your luck and win it have a look below …

GIVEAWAY:

To enter to win Phantom Lives swag (US ONLY) and 2 sets of e-copies of both books (INT) click here –> a Rafflecopter giveaway <– GOOD LUCK!

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