Please join me in welcoming author KH LeMoyne to P.S. I Love Books!
KH LeMoyne was born into a naval family, experiencing total emersion in Spanish kindergarten in Rota, Spain. Her childhood of migrating up and down the eastern US seaboard, with hops from California to Arizona to Virginia, inspired her love of stories and myth. After fifteen years as an Information Systems professional, she now writes full time in romance: fantasy, futuristic and paranormal and straight urban fantasy under another pseudonym. She lives in Maryland with her wonderful husband and a pair of corgis. Much to her dismay, she rarely encounters supernatural beings other than on paper.
KH Lemoyne’s current series books Betrayal’s Shadow, Warrior Reborn, XX and Return of the Legacyare available in eBook, with paperback editions coming late summer. She is currently finishing the second in the Phoenix series, Shepherd, (due for release in August). You can find out more about her books at http://www.khlemoyne.com/ and her blog: http://khlemoyne.wordpress.com/
Welcome KH! I appreciate you taking the time out to visit P.S. I Love Books while on your blog tour.
Mishel, thank you for having me here to interact with you and your blog readers.
Can you tell us a little bit about your Guardian of Eden series and its newest release Warrior Reborn?
I’ve often wondered if we humans haven’t had help at critical times in our development. Out of those musings the Guardians of Eden were born. They are a race originated in the same Eden as Adam and Eve. They are bound in a covenant to ensure the evolution of mankind, each Guardian child releasing the souls for mankind’s spiritual well-being. However, their race is composed of a finite group of people, representing segments of humanity from all over the world. Each adult Guardian in a generation is gifted with a unique power. Compliance with the covenant rewards each Guardian with a mate with whom they share a soul for eternity.
And life was good, until two hundred years before the series starts chronicling the Guardians. A plague killed most of the adult Guardians on earth. The children under the age of maturity were sent back to the Sanctum in Eden for their protection. It was children raising children. Not only has much of their history been lost, but now as adults they’ve are unable to find mates within their race, and the curse of the plague still hovers over them.
Warrior Reborn launches with one of the feistier of the Guardians, Briet. Hiding in plain sight among humans, she utilizes her skills of DNA level visibility in her role as a doctor in pediatric clinic trials. And despite her intelligence and tenacity, Briet is a beacon for trouble. It is Jason Ballard’s job as the project manager for the clinical trial to keep an eye on all of his doctors and participants, but he is forced to go beyond anything he’s ever imagined to safeguard Briet’s contribution to the project, as well as keep her alive.
What was one of your favorite and least favorite things about writing it?
Most favorite: I enjoy creating the supernatural world, researching for the mythic storyline, and mapping character personalities, names, and back-story to fit each Guardian in the series. Least favorite: Writing about children as victims of cancer because the reality saddens me.
Which of the characters did you enjoy working with the most?
I enjoyed working with Jason’s introduction to Briet’s power of DNA level vision. Each of the powers is fun to twist and depict in vivid pictures for the reader. However, I have to admit I love working with Ansgar’s character, Briet’s brother. He takes form so clearly in my mind and I keep refining the overall characteristics of the woman who will ultimately challenge him to settled down and come to peace with the Guardian coexistence with humanity.
If you had the chance to do it all over again would you change anything in Warrior Reborn?
I suspect I would keep editing and editing and editing. I’ve been told I obsess on this. In truth, I am pleased with the way Warrior Reborn turned out. It is much faster paced than book one in the Guardian series, but it is also very representative of the two main characters, Jason and Briet and their circumstances. And without giving away spoilers, I’ve been working on the book 3, Destiny’s Mark and Tsu’s book, and I’m happy to say both Jason and Briet make an appearance in that story. I enjoy having a continuity of characters across the storylines but definitely have to work to keep the compelling secondary characters from taking over with their own strong personalities.
What do you think of the cover?
I worked with a wonderful cover designer, Robin Ludwig and am very happy with the cover for Warrior Reborn. It took a lot of work searching for the right representation of Briet and a representation of her power, but the image correlates to the character very well. Robin does an incredible job putting together something beautiful from my rather random snippets of specifications. Actually, each of the Guardian book covers share components of design, with books one through three all depicted on my blog site at http://khlemoyne.wordpress.com/the-guardians-of-eden/. Each cover hosts the actual Guardian on the front (I anticipate having their mate on the back cover of the paperback editions), as well as each Guardian power highlighted in the circle at the bottom of the cover. It’s a form of branding the series.
If The Guardian of Eden series were made into a movie who would be your ideal cast for the main characters?
What a fun exercise. I have images in my mind of what the characters would look like, and snippets from internet pictures, but I’ve never used actors. So here’s who I think would be great: Briet Hyden – Emma Watson with blonde hair (bright, smart, pixie – yep that’s her), Jason Ballard – Zac Efron (yep, dark hair, blue eyes and soft spoken), Ansgar - Adam Copeland (no doubt about it – just give him a long blond braid. He already has enough wonderful attitude!), Tsu – Brian Tee (he was my vision for Tsu when I saw him in an episode of Bones).
If you could write a book about absolutely anything with any other author (dead or alive) what would it be about and who would you choose?
Actually that’s a very interesting question. I find the idea of writing with someone else to be …difficult. But for that reason it would be a great challenge. I have had some discussions with my critique partner about writing a romantic fantasy suspense story where each of us would alternate writing a chapter with one of our existing characters. That hasn’t come to fruition yet, because we both have a huge list of stories to finish on our own, but I’d love to try it with her someday.
If you didn’t have a passion for writing books what do you think you’d be doing as a career?
Actually, I changed from a career in telecommunications and systems development to write! So, I’d have to say that I’m doing what I love. However, if I had the talent I would enjoy augmenting writing with drawing and artwork. Unfortunately, my best attempt would be stick figures so I’ll stick with painting pictures with words.
I’m always looking for books to add to my ginormous TBR (to be read) pile. What books are you currently reading or have read recently? Any good recommendations?
In paper, I’m currently reading Game of Cages by Harry Connolly, and waiting for the new Harry Dresden book, Ghost Story. On my kindle, I’m finishing LJ DeLeon’s, Absolution and determined to finish The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss.
What are some of your favorite things to do when given a break from the writing life and other work-related things?
I spend time with my family and my DH and I both love to read. Even in the midst of projects, I try to read a little every day, though not in the genre I’m writing at the time. It’s handy that our new corgi puppy likes to nap with me while I read!
Are you currently working on any projects that we may see from you in the future?
I am finishing the second book, Shepherd, from my futuristic/cyberpunk series which is due for August/September delivery. Then I’ll be continuing work on book three of the Guardian series, Tsu’s book: Destiny’s Mark.
Thank you so much for stopping by KH! Where can readers find out more about you and your work?
My new releases, extras for my books, and excerpts can be found at my website: http://www.khlemoyne.com/
and my blog: http://khlemoyne.wordpress.com/ . And to all of you reading this interview please don’t forget to visit my blog site and sign up for the final prizes for the Warrior Reborn tour.
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