Hi Mac! (and everyone else!) and thanks for having me on your blog today :)
For those of you who don't know me, and of course, many of you won't, I'm Dottie from Tink's Place a.k.a. Lillie J. Roberts, the author of romance with a twist, and often, a smile. I'm also a new author with Crimson Frost Books/Midnight Frost Books.
One of the questions I'm asked about writing is why I chose to write under a pen name? I have a ready answer for this question which usually goes something like this: I live in a very small town. Everyone every where knows everybody else's business. This way, I'm given the freedom to write whatever I want. It's kind of freeing to have the knowledge that few people in my hometown know what happens in my writing life, few associate the writer with the small town girl whom everyone knows.
Just for a bit of background information, before I started writing, I blogged for years, I was blogging before vlogs were possible, and now I'm wondering if I should try it as well, vlogging I mean. Whether or not to vlog has become a kind of a perplexment for me (I think I just made that word up, but it's a good word and describes my situation to perfection). Maybe there should be a poll listed somewhere: To vlog or not to vlog, and everyone gets to vote – I wonder?
Oh, well, I digress – back to the original topic. Why I chose a pen name? It wasn't only to have a little privacy. Some of my books are quite... oh, what's the right word? Edgy, dark, sexy? Yeah, that just about covers it. Edgy, dark, and sexy. That's me – not. Remember, I'm a small town girl. It's my alter ego who writes all those... oh, so that's why I chose a pen name, and I didn't even know it... so my alter ego has the ability to come to life. (I kind of feel like a superhero!)
So, now everyone knows my real deep dark secret. I have an alter ego. Or maybe it's really just the voices in my head, the characters who force me to tell their stories. Who knows? (Until I started writing this, I thought I did.)
What did E.L. Doctorow say? “Writing is a socially acceptable form of schizophrenia.” I guess he's right.
My new release with Midnight Frost Books is a YA novel, SoulFire, which happens to be a bit edgy and a wee bit dark, but definitely PG. Since it is my newest release, maybe I should let you know a little about it:
What's worse than finding the monsters from your nightmares are real? Discovering you've spent lifetimes trying to defeat them. And lost.
Seventeen-year-old Rena Langley wants her life to be normal. She works hard to not attract attention, to be a face lost in the crowd. A gamer, she succeeds in flying under the radar. Except for the nightmares. They've plagued her life and they're worse than ever.
Petrov DeForest claims that the monsters from her nightmares are deadly real and hunger for the pureness of her soul. She's starting to think he's right, even if she doesn't believe they've spent lifetimes together. Then Petrov tells her she has the defense against the monsters held deep within her body, her SoulFire. She's certain he's insane. Until the monsters invade her waking hours. Using her SoulFire to defeat the monsters means accepting her destiny.
Ben Foster is a detective investigating the murder of two students at Rena's high school. Can she be involved? Her name is the last word his partner spoke before being swallowed by the darkness.
Can Rena and Petrov survive? Or will this lifetime end like so many have before?
So, now you know a little about me (and my insanity) and about my book (the possible answer to the aforementioned questionable sanity).
I hope you'll give me and SoulFire a try.
Thanks again for having me Mac! :)
Thank YOU! I can relate to the value of a pen name when living in a small town! And Im looking forward to the chance to read SoulFire!