Today’s guest is urban fantasy author L.D. Rose, whose latest book, BLACK BULLET, was released earlier this month. I asked her to share her thoughts on time management, superheroes, her vampire series, what it’s like to live in Rhode Island, and pictures of her pets. She gamely answered all my questions, provided adorable furry friend photos, and a chance to win a $10 Amazon eGC + a print copy of her first book. Details below. Welcome, Linda!

Being a doctor is a demanding job. How do you balance work, writing, and having a personal life? Do you have any time management tips for writers who are struggling to find time to write?

To be honest, I’m not quite sure how I do it, LOL! I don’t have children and it’s just hubby, our pets, and me so that helps. I tend to do most of my writing on my rare days off, weekends, and especially staycations (I enter total author mode then!). A lot of my promotion is on the go, during quick breaks at work and such. I designate time to study and keep up with doctoring, exercising, writing/revising/promotion, and spending time with hubby every day. Sometimes it’s hard to stick to a schedule, and sometimes one thing takes up much more than the others, but it’s all a matter of just MAKING the time in the end. If you truly want it, you have to fit it into your daily life.

As for finding time to write, many people use timers and such, but that’s never worked for me. I generally designate complete days to write. If I have a day off coming up, I say, “Hey, I’m going to write for at least half of it, then spend time with family/friends/hubby.” Granted, the rest of the week will fill up with my studies and other extraneous things, but I prefer to get a huge chunk out and focus solely on writing for that period of time (rather than a half hour here and there). I know it doesn’t work for everyone, but it’s worked well for me so far. Writing every day is essentially impossible for me, so I tend to designate writing time on a weekly basis.

Your bio says you’re a wanna be superhero. Tell us more! What would your backstory be? What superpowers, weapons, or tools would you use? What would you wear while fighting villains? Would you have any sidekicks? Did you see Doctor Strange? What did you think of it?

Oh my goodness, what a question, LOL!

Yeah, my superpower is asking long, rambling questions… 😉

Well, I grew up poor and my family (and I) had to work our asses off to have even simple comforts. Experiencing this definitely influenced my perception and overall views on life, so I definitely wouldn’t have taken the Bruce Wayne route, haha! I’d probably end up more along the lines of Catwoman or Jessica Jones, where they kind of just stumble in on being a superhero, LOL.

As for superpowers, I’d love to be able to heal people (naturally), but I’ve always had a thing for psychic powers such as telepathy or telekinesis. Although it would be a huge burden, I’m always questioning people’s motives, actions, and what the hell they’re thinking! Telekinesis would definitely cater to my intermittent laziness (haha), but since I lack physical strength in general, it would prove useful if I want to kick some ass. 😉

I’m pretty good with a gun (shhh), but that’s boring, so I’d love to use knives or daggers as my weapon of choice. A dart gun loaded with some interesting drug cocktails would be useful too. 😉 As for clothes, I’d definitely go the more comfortable route, much like the modernized version of Wonder Woman. Anything I could easily maneuver in along with sneakers or boots. I’d wear my hair up too, nothing more annoying than getting hair in your face while you’re trying to lay the beat down! There’s no way I could fight with heels and a catsuit, either, that’s outrageous.

Agreed!

As for a sidekick, I think I’d go with my dog, haha! Animals make the best sidekicks. I didn’t see Doctor Strange, but I’d love to, and will soon!

You’re currently writing a vampire series called The Order of the Senary. What is the Senary? How many books will be in the series? Do the books have other supernatural creatures in them?

“Senary” means anything related to the number six, so essentially “The Order of Six.” The Senary is a group of six male mercenaries assigned to protect NYC, all genetically engineered half-human, half-vampire hybrids with side effects that lead to each having a distinct “superpower.” I essentially took everything I loved about the paranormal and comics and mashed them together into this series. Each novel revolves around one of these fellas and both the internal and external battles they endure. Not to mention how they each find their one true love, whether human, vampire, or something else entirely.

I’m planning for seven books in this series, one for each hybrid and an extra for a certain “good” vampire (whose story is BLACK BULLET, incidentally!). Maybe I’ll do a spinoff revolving around a separate Order someday, but for now I’m drawing a hard line there. The novels are dominated by vampires in a dystopian world where they seize their place at the top of the food chain and actively hunt humans. The hybrids with their “traits” are their own breed, and I do plan for cameos of a few other types of supernatural creatures, but I don’t want to give away any spoilers! 😀

What’s it like to live in Rhode Island? What are some of your favorite things to do there?

RI is a great little state and grossly underestimated! My favorite thing about RI is the ocean; we definitely have gorgeous beaches here and I spend way too much time walking on them! There’s also plenty to do, with mountains, snowboarding and hiking nearby along with some FAB restaurants (thanks to one of the nation’s premier culinary schools being located in Providence). I live just outside of the city and it’s perfect for me—not too overwhelming with plenty of activities to do. I definitely miss NYC (where I went to medical school), and someday I might return, but for now I’m enjoying my little stint here in America’s smallest state.

I’ve never been to Rhode Island, but your description makes me want to go!

Does your dog get along with your cats? Names? Pictures?

She does, shockingly! One of my cats, Oreo, definitely gets along with her and they frequently play with each other. Milk, on the other hand, tends to be more standoffish with her, but I’ve caught them cuddling. Milk and Oreo (both brothers) are eight years old and Kaia (my Boxer) came along when they were two. She adores them both like siblings, probably because she doesn’t know any better, LOL. It also helps that both cats are very friendly and “doglike,” so they all probably think they’re human, haha. I absolutely love them and I don’t know what I would do without them!

They are adorable! Love their names!!

More about Black Bullet

black-bulletFledgling vampire Jonathan Kerr has just met his match.

Not even his past life as a former marine and FBI agent could prepare him for the battle against the monster inside him, struggling to take hold. After an old nemesis of the Senary surfaces in Brooklyn, unleashing chaos and terror in the battered borough, Jon sets out to take him down. Instead, he ends up with far more than he bargained for when he clashes with the beautiful half-vampire hybrid, Lawan Knight.

After escaping near death and suffering unspeakable horror at the hands of vampires, Lawan trusts no one, regardless of species. In between bouts of drunken stupor, her only goal is to exterminate all those who’ve wronged her, including every member of Jon’s vampire bloodline. But Jon’s soulful eyes and quick smile crawls under her skin, transforming her black and white world into a hazy shade of gray.

As the days rapidly grow darker, Jon and Lawan turn to one another, but their inner demons threaten to tear them apart. The only way either of them will survive is if they overcome their greatest fear—love.

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More about Linda

L.D. Rose is a neurotic physician by day, crazed writer by night, and all around wannabe superhero. She writes paranormal romance and urban fantasy, but she’s been known to delve into horror, sci-fi, and medical suspense on occasion. L.D. Rose is a PAN member of the RWA, FF&P, NEC-RWA and CoLoNY. She currently lives in Rhode Island with her studly hubby, her hyperactive boxer, and her two devious cats.

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More about the Giveaway

Linda is giving away one $10 Amazon eGift Certificate and a print copy of RELEASING THE DEMONS. (U.S. residents can have the book signed). Click here for the Rafflecopter link. Click here for my complete giveaway rules.

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Thank you for the terrific interview, Linda! Best wishes for Black Bullet!