Monday, 18 February 2013

Musa Monday: Wench Lizzie T. Leaf

Welcome to Musa Monday. Today I have Wench, Lizzie T. Leaf, author of the DEAD series, which tickles the funny bone. I loved DEAD Awake and looking forward to reading the rest of the series. 

In fact Halie at Sweet 'n Sexy Divas named the DEAD series a Best of 2012

Take it away, Lizzie!

Humor is Good, Even in Bloodsuckers! 

I like humor in my life. I like to read humor and to write it. So when approached to write a Halloween story, no surprise my mind went in the humor direction.

When I mentioned to a friend the possibility of a vampire story that wasn’t horror, she suggested making the heroine Jewish (which my friend is) and throw in Kosher (yet again, my friend’s food style) to add conflict to the drinking blood issue. I took the bull by the horns and off I went. Thus evolved DEAD Awake, where the heroine is a socialite whose grandmother, a Reform Jew, keeps a Kosher Kitchen.

Our gal, is a little on the wild side and a paparazzi darling…think Paris Hilton. Her connection with the hot guy in a vampire costume at her Halloween party, leads to a life change she’s not too pleased about.

She wakes up smiling pine and discovers, thank to the helpful stranger lurking outside the mortuary, she’s not one of the living dead. And, her new main food supply is blood. Yuk! She doesn’t eat food that’s snuggled with blood, let alone drink the stuff.

Not to bore you with details, I finished the book and moved onto other work—my vampire days behind me—so I thought.

After DEAD Awake originally released (at another publisher & under the title Waking Up DEAD) readers started to ask, “When’s the next book in the series?” Series? My mind hadn’t gone down that path, so what to write next? Then another friend said, “How about a vampire who faints at the sight of blood?”

Once she planted the seed, my mind wouldn’t leave the idea alone and DEAD Faint came to be and with that the DEAD series. After that came DEAD Hunter, about what else…a vampire hunter (or so she thinks…snicker). Then DEAD Memory in which a vampire has lost his memory. The latest entry in the series is DEAD Hot where both the shifter heroine is a shifter afraid of her own shadow and the hero is a shifter with a twist and guess where the hang out.

Vampires don’t always have to be blood thirsty beasts. They can have an attitude that will make you smile and love problems, too. Check out Mary Janice Davidson’s, Undead series (which I had not read until after DEAD Awake released and readers said I had a similar style, to which I say “thank you for the compliment,”) and you’ll find humor. There’s even humor in the Sookie Stackhouse stories by Charlaine Harris. So just like us, even creatures of the night and their assorted friends can have humor.

Are as for the DEAD series I write, there can be moments of horror. That’s part of our lives too. But a steady diet of horror isn’t something I want in my life. Humor makes the days easier to get up for whether you’re DEAD Awake or really alive.

Do you like humor in your reading? 

Deb Stein loved to party until she took the hunk dressed as a vampire to her bed. Now she's one of the living dead and pissed about it. Plus, she has to find a new identity and WORK!

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Thanks, Lizzie.

You can visit Lizzie at her website, blog and follow her on Twitter



Sara Daniel said...

I love humor in my reading, Lizzie. I especially love with an author can make me laugh and cry in the same book. Your DEAD series is on my TBR pile. Sounds like great fun!

Lizzie said...

Thank you, Sara. Hope you enjoy your read when you get to the DEAD series.

Sharon Ledwith said...

Love your unique take on the whole vampire franchise! You're so innovative, Ms. Lizzie! Keep up the good work! Someone needs to knock Ms. Meyer off her podium! Wink. Cheers!

Lizzie said...

Love the way you think, Sharon. Thank you for the compliments.

Eleni Konstantine said...

Lizzie, thanks for your brilliant post on my blog. I'm so looking forward to reading DEAD Faint.

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