L.M. Preston may be another new author to me but she is yet another great example
of why #IndieGirlMarch ROCKS!!
Meet L.M. Preston
LM. Preston loved to create poetry and short-stories as a young girl. 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. She has an 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. In addition to being an author, she's also a Moderator for Yalitchat.ning.org, 2012 Vice President of Mid Atlantic Book Association and 2012 co-chair for the Maryland Writer's Conference.
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Tell us a bit about yourself.
I’m a mother, a wife of 20yrs married to my best friend since I was fifteen. I’m also an engineer project lead by day and an obsessive insomniac of a writer by night. Also, I volunteer with Yalitchat.org, Mid Atlantic Book Publishers Association and Maryland Writers Association.
How long have you been writing?
I started writing around 12yrs old. I kept a diary of short stories, songs and poems.
Tell us about PURGATORY REIGN. What’s the story about?
It’s about Peter Saints, a kid that can’t seem to get a break. One that wants to be loved and love so badly but realizes that all of the people he’s cared about have died in rather violent ways. When he meets the one girl that captures his heart, she’s stolen from him and the only way he can save her is to unleash something that only his blood holds the key to, something deadly and dangerous.
How did the idea of the story come to you?
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.
Do you have a critique group/partner or beta readers, or do you self-edit?
I usually have to write the story out first. Then I use beta readers I find randomly and some who I use frequently to give me feedback. As far as editing goes, I use several editing tools online to find repetition and grammar issues prior to submitting the manuscript to my editor.
Are you a planner or a pantser?
I plan out everything only to increase my writing speed and to keep me on plot. (Lol!)
What’s the hardest part of writing for you?
Focusing on one story at a time. I tend to have many ideas for books and want to write them all at the same time, but if I did that I wouldn’t finish one. So I force myself to do one book at a time.
What do you absolutely have to have nearby when writing?
A heater or a blanket. I get so cold. <-- Me too!!
If you could have any super power, what would it be?
I need the power to duplicate myself :-D
What's the weirdest thing you've googled?
Blood red water.
Here’s the part where you thank the people who are supporting you. Let's hear your shout outs.
Willow Cross you are the best beta reader ever!! K.L. Brady you were my inspiration to do the impossible. John Kremer thanks for your encouragement on the beginning of my writing journey. Jonathan Maberry thanks for your tips, Leslie Banks you are so missed.
And finally, where can people find you and your book online?
Purgatory Reign can be ordered on Amazon, B&N, BooksAmillion, IndieUnbound and more!
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