Welcome LM Preston! It is a pleasure to have you here. Can you tell us about your new release?
LMP: Purgatory Reign is an action packed, paranormal, romance with a splash of adventure, that takes the reader through several cities, into secret hidden sanctuaries while on the run with Peter Saints, our seventeen year old hero and his friends.
Describe the hero in three words.
LMP: Handsome, Gritty, and Complicated.
What traits does the hero posses that makes the heroine swoon?
LMP: His torment. His guilt, and his deep desire to be worthy of someone’s love.
What was your inspiration for this story?
LMP: Well about three years ago, I found a short story my husband wrote for a creative writing class. The story depicted a secret that was hidden from the world and how these adult characters fought to hide this secret. It sparked a story in me and I went to him and asked him if I could write a story, into the future about the kids of the people in his short story. He said ‘I don’t care, go for it’ and I put together the outline for Purgatory Reign and he was floored. He became my sounding board for the core of the story and then I went off and wrote it. When I read it to him (we read my books while we drive on long family trips) he was shocked and happy with what I developed. I now have three books in the Purgatory Reign series that’s already outlined. However, there is room for my husband to build an awesome story on the ancestors who spurned the adventure that my main character, Peter Saints gets caught up in.
Fascinating! It’s cool that you both share the love of writing. What genres do you write in, and what appeals to you about those genres?
LMP: I started writing Middle Grade and Young Adult Sci-fi because I love the freedom of creating a world completely new and exciting for my characters. Then I delved into sweet YA Romance with my short story series, Flutter Of Luv, and enjoyed doing something different to challenge my writing. Now, writing Paranormal that has a spice to it of sci-fi is really fun, since I get to stay in the real world, and add a believable layer of mystery and intrigue.
What other titles do you have published?
LMP: Bandits is a series based on Daniel who is a teen, futuristic pirate, who’s trying to uncover the secrets his father left upon his murder.
The Pack and The Pack-Retribution is a series based on Shamira a teen, blind, vigilante that’s on a mission to save the missing kids on Mars, it’s a Young Adult Sci-fi romance with a dystopian flair.
Explorer X-Alpha and Explorer X-Beta is my Middle Grade series that are based on a group of kids that have been genetically altered to adapt and conquer the species of any planet they encounter.
Flutter Of Luv is the first book in my YA Summer Love short story series that will have three short summer love stories. This story is set in an urban city and tells Dawn’s story of how she landed the school jock.
What are you working on now?
LMP: Wastelands is my current work in progress, I worked on it for nanowrimo and am in the editing stages. It’s the second book in the Bandits series and should be coming out Fall, 2013. Also, I’m finishing up edits on Thundering Luv, book 2 in my Summer Love series that will be coming out in July, 2013.
What writing/writer’s organizations are you involved with? Can you explain how they help your writing and/or your writing career?
LMP: I’m in Maryland Writer’s Association, Yalitchat.org, Mid Atlantic Book Publishers Association, and The Writer’s Guild. All of these organizations are great sources for networking and growth as a writer. But the best way to make ANY organization work best for you is to volunteer. Get involved, and grow the organization. You don’t have to be famous or experience to be a part of growing a group like any of the above.
Do you belong to a critique group or have critique partners? If so, what have you learned from them? How has it affected your writing?
LMP: My main critique partners are my husband and my teenaged kids. They are brutally honest. Once I’ve gone through their ripping up, I send my manuscript out to other authors who beta read for me. Once that’s done, I do it three more times. By using critique partners and beta readers, I get to see how the ‘reader’ is interpreting the story. It helps me to improve my work and make it a fuller experience for the reader.
Where can my readers find you?
LMP: I’m always on facebook or twitter. I participate in several twitter chats, like the #yalitchat that is every Wed at 9pm EST.
Thanks so much for visiting with us today!
Title: Purgatory Reign
Series: Purgatory Reign, Book 1
Release: ebook (March 2013) Print (May 2013)
Publisher: Phenomenal One Press
Genre: Young Adult, Paranormal Romance, SciFi
Tagline: Something evil this way comes, unfortunately for it, Peter Saints is waiting.
Seventeen-year-old Peter Saints’ life stinks. But things are about to get much worse. First, his parents are murdered in front of him. Then another victim dies in his arms.
Visions plague Peter with warnings that something wants him for a sinister cause. It desires the one thing that Peter refuses to give - his blood.
On the run with Angel, a scruffy kid, Peter starts to unravel the mystery. It’s the one secret the heavens sought to hide from the world. Unfortunately, when Peter finds the answer he hopes that will save the girl he loves, he opens the door to a great evil that happens to be salivating to meet him.
A sickening thump made Peter jerk around. His face crinkled with fury. The car threw the sparse girl’s body upwards into the air, and sped off down the street. She bounced several times on the pavement. Peter ran and knelt beside her. Blood dribbled from her lip. And he felt like garbage, being the cause of her injury.
She smiled at him. “Petah. I…knew you would come.” Her dazed eyes never left his face. “Take me home, Petah.”
He shook his head and searched around. Surprised the street was now deserted. Tendrils of guilt filled his chest. Another one…my damn fault.
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LM. Preston was born and raised in Washington, DC. An avid reader, she loved to create poetry and short-stories as a young girl. With a thirst for knowledge she attended college at Bowie State University, and worked in the IT field as a Techie and Educator for over sixteen years. She started writing science fiction under the encouragement of her husband who was a Sci-Fi buff and her four kids. Her first published novel, Explorer X – Alpha was the beginning of her obsessive desire to write and create stories of young people who overcome unbelievable odds. She loves to write while on the porch watching her kids play or when she is traveling, which is another passion that encouraged her writing.