Jul 30, 2015

Authors Lisa Mantchev and A.L. Purol Interview and Amazon Gift Card Contest


Authors Lisa Mantchev and Amanda Purol Interview

Lost Angeles by Lisa Mantchev and A.L. PurolBBB: Describe yourself with five adjectives. LM: Dramatic, fannish, nerdy, bossy, extroverted-introvert AP: Pragmatic, funny, dirty, OMG, WTF
BBB: What real-life science, pseudo-science, history, religion, or mythologies did you research for your book?
LM: You name it, we had to research it. The city of Los Angeles itself, real estate, commuting times, supercars… AP: Greek mythology, theology, explosives, guns, blood types. You name it, really. That’s not to say that everything in this book is 100% biblically/mythologically accurate, because I mostly just took all the bits I liked and stuck them together like a mutant gummi bear.
BBB: Would your main character win on the show Survivor by strength, cheating or not at all?
LM: I am laughing at the idea of Xaine on a celebrity season of Survivor. Given that he’s a vampire, he’s not only got superior strength on his side, but predator skills. Also, he would cheat. AP: Lore would probably die. That or… skate by because she wears a mean bandanna bikini and shy smiles at everyone.
BBB: Have you ever gone out in public with your shirt on backwards, or your slippers on, and when realizing it, just said screw it?
LM: Yup. Done the shirt inside-out thing AND driven all the way to the kids’ school before I realized I had slippers on. AP: Yes. My shirt was on inside-out for an entire day and nobody at my job said a thing… despite the big, white tag stamped at the back of the collar. Jerks.
BBB: Please tell us more about Lost Angeles and the storyline that drives it. (Don’t use the book synopsis, please write this in your own words.)
LM: It starts on a personal level, with Lourdes trying to unravel her mysterious past and Xaine’s current dilemma of blond girls that keep turning up dead on his property. Their stories intersect, and then a much larger story arc slowly comes into focus. AP: Much, much… so much larger. You start meeting everyone, start seeing all the characters little-by-little. We introduce them all to you, then throw them into the chaos of a world gone mad. This isn’t going to be the usual romance spin-off story, where we take a minor character and give them their own book, leaving your old favorites to molder. This is a character-driven story; you’ll see everyone again. Nobody’s moment is over when their book is done.
BBB: How many more books will there be in the Lost Angeles series?
LM: We’ve drafted the first three, and will probably keep going after that until Amanda flies out here to strangle me and bury me in a shallow grave. AP: She severely underestimates my hole-diggin’ skills.
BBB: What sets the Lost Angeles series apart from other books in the same genre?
LM: It’s a new take on the vampire origin story, pretty sure. And it has a charmingly high level of pop-culture and snark. AP: The humor. It definitely takes itself seriously, but not too seriously. There are parts where the book makes fun of itself, its genre, its characters. It’s a vampire book, and it knows it.
BBB: What types of characters / creatures can readers expect in your world?
LM: The roster to date includes humans, vampires, archangels, sin-eaters, and reapers. We hint at a few other things, but SPOILERS. AP: Then there’s PFC, where the dudes are dudely and the testosterone is monstrous. Also, kittens.
BBB: What does your protagonist think about you? Would he or she want to hang out with you, the author, their creators.
LM: *eyes Xaine* Well, I’m not certain how he feels about nerdy writer girls, but he seems to like nerdy musical girls well enough. AP: I suppose that Lore and I would just kinda sit awkwardly across from one another, shuffling our feet and looking around while we waited for anyone else to show up and save us. I think we’d both think the other was just fine, though, if a little awkward.
BBB: What are the 5 books your hero or heroine loves best!
LM: All Xaine’s favorite books are in Italian. I’m going to need a translator. AP: Anything with music notes in, on, or around it.
BBB: What’s the weirdest thing you’ve Googled?
LM: How much of a specific explosive I would need to blow up a hospital. I am pretty sure I am on every watch list ever. AP: I was looking up fetishes last week, because there was a discussion that came up about… certain fetishes… and their followings. I will not go into detail, but I’m pretty sure I am also on every watchlist ever.
BBB: What’s coming up for you for the rest of 2015?
LM: My picture book STRICTLY NO ELEPHANTS comes out in October, immediately followed by a young adult collaboration, SUGAR SKULL. Plus… AP: The second LOST ANGELES book is due out in November. It’s titled LOOSE CANON, and will be followed at the top of 2016 with LOVERS NAUGHT.
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About Lisa Mantchev

Author Lisa Mantchev
Author Bio:
Lisa Mantchev is a temporally-displaced Capricorn who casts her spells from an ancient tree in the Pacific Northwest. When not scribbling, she is by turns an earth elemental, English professor, actress, artist, and domestic goddess. She shares her abode with her husband, two children, and three hairy miscreant dogs.

About A.L. Purol

Author A.L. Purol

Author Bio:
Amanda Purol resides in a tiny mouse house in Baltimore with a lion named Aslan, who disguises himself as a tuxedo cat. When not composing immortals smut, she enjoys rescuing plants from near death and actually baking the things she pins on Pinterest. LOST ANGELES is her first novel, though she has been writing since she was old enough to sound out swear words.
11 Quick Things About Lisa and A.P.
Favorite Food?
LM: BREAD
AP: Fro-yo.
Favorite Color?
LM: Green
AP: Purple
Favorite Movie or TV Show of all Time?
LM : How To Train Your Dragon
AP: Eurotrip (super classy)
Favorite Drink?
LM : Anything with coffee or vodka.
AP: Tea. Earl of the Grey.
Favorite Current Book?
LM : The Chicago Manual of Style
AP: Vamped by David Sosnowski
Favorite Season?
LM : Autumn
AP: Fall, but definitely not Autumn.
Favorite Online Hangout?
LM : Pinterest
AP: The KDP sales dashboard.
Favorite Animal?
LM : Red pandas
AP : Kittens.
Favorite Band or Musician?
LM : Ellie Goulding
AP : 30STM
Favorite Mode of Travel? (Trains, Planes or Automobiles)
LM: Planes
AP: Bed.
Favorite Vacation Destination?
LM : Disneyland
AP: Also bed.

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