2013 Summer Author Blitz; L.S. Broomfield Interview & Giveaway!

Hey Guys!
So today I have for you all an interview with the lovely L. S. Broomfield as part of the 2013 Summer Author Blitz!
And at the end of it all will be a chance to win her book Cruentus: Rise to Power.

Hello L. S. and welcome to A Daydreamer’s Thoughts! Let’s start off with something easy, tell us a little something about your book(s).
Well, Cruentus: Rise to Power is staged in the late 1800’s and is centred mainly around the Cruentus and the Gallo family. The story was written mainly to give readers an understanding of where Dragos Cruentus, who will make his appearance in book 2, is coming from. It’s the tale of his parents and grandparents, with his grandfather Arturo taking center stage. That spotlight is shared by his parents, Donato and Emiliana. It’s a story of the pursuit of power, of betrayal, of innocence lost and inner strength found. It’s a society of magical beings where the supernatural both dominate and co-exist. It’s ruled by the Magia Council, or also known as the Council of Magics. Where there are boundaries, such as those set forth by society and the Magia Council, there are always ways to blur them. That’s what Arturo does. He skirts the law to get something he wants – a peasant girl, Emiliana Gallo. The Cruentus family is already powerful, a rather dominant force through the land. But no matter how much power they have, Arturo always wants more. Donato goes along with his father because Arturo will do what he wants regardless, but in this case, Donato knows something his father doesn’t. And he already loves the peasant girl. He vows he will do everything he can to have Emiliana fall in love with him. So there is a bit of a seduction and romance woven through and at the heart of this story of power and betrayal.

Every author has their own way of writing, some plan every detail, some don’t plan at all. What about you? Do you always have your ideas concrete before you start writing or do you just go with the flow?
I like to have key details in place but even those, once the character begin speaking, are subject to change. What I have in my mind throughout may not necessarily be where my characters lead me. I like the free flow atmosphere, it helps to keep the story exciting, even for myself.

Writer’s block can occur at any moment, if it’s ever happened to you, what did you do to get out of it?
I like to have key details in place but even those, once the character begin speaking, are subject to change. What I have in my mind throughout may not necessarily be where my characters lead me. I like the free flow atmosphere, it helps to keep the story exciting, even for myself.

We all have our naughty habits, what treats (if any) do you indulge in when you’re writing?
I’m going to be incredibly boring for this one I fear, but my indulgence when I write is only music. All different kinds of music. Right from Mozart to Korn. Whatever scene I am writing I will search for something that tugs at me.

Are you someone who writes better the minute the wake-up, in the middle of the day, or late at night when you should really be sleeping?
I do a lot of things better when I should be sleeping, as well as the afternoon. I’m not a morning person by any sense.

Are they any book(s) or author(s) that have inspired you to become a writer? If so, who or what were they?
I don’t believe it was any one writer or book that necessarily pulled and stirred the desire to write from within me. I do believe, however, that it was a combination of authors and books that contributed. Whether it was the possessive, dominance of J.R. Ward’s males in the BDB books or the sass and fire of J.D. Robb’s Eve Dallas, each book and author has stoked my fires of creativity.
The author I do love is a children’s author, Robert Munsch, and his book ‘I love you forever’. As a mother, that book ripped and tugged at my heart strings and left me awed that a children’s book had such a profound effect on me and thirteen years later, give or take a year, that experience has never left me.

This is one that often divides people. Are you a tea drinker or do you prefer coffee? Or is it simply that you dislike both?
I am probably among a minority here because I am neither. I may have an occasional tea, or a coffee here and there, but I won’t go out of my way for either and I don’t need either to function and kick start my day.

Do you have any ideas going on at the moment that could lead to fully-fledged novels? If yes, do you care to divulge us a little?
Currently, I am working on Cruentus book 2 that features Dragos Cruentus. If all goes well, he will be my first full length.

If you absolutely had to choose, who is your favourite character that you have ever written?
Ever written, right now is Arturo Cruentus from the Cruentus: Rise to Power book. To be written I will have to say it is Dragos Cruentus that will be book two. Book one was made so that readers would understand Dragos better, and I believe I accomplished that.

And finally, what writing advice would you give to an aspiring writer?
The greatest advice I could ever give is to believe in yourself and what you write. You, as the author, have to love your story. Be passionate about it. If you are passionate it will be felt through your words and through the story.

The next thing is to realize that it’s okay to take a break. Don’t burn yourself out and don’t force the words. It will happen, and when the words are ready, they will come. Don’t put pressure on yourself or deadlines. Those two things there will be the biggest things that will kill your story. Because if you issue deadlines and you don’t meet them, discouragement is quick on your heels. Have fun with your writing above all else.

Cruentus A prophecy of old continued to burn in the embers of time; long left dormant until the Cruentus family rose above all others as darkness ascended the lands. Greed and deception were the name of the game, and Arturo Cruentus would stop at nothing as he concocted the ultimate scheme to get everything he wanted. No price was too high. The scene was set, the pieces strategically placed. The Gallo family could not come against him, and in the end Guido and Palmiria Gallo would come out the biggest losers, watching their only daughter, Emiliana, be taken away to render a debt…

Cruentus: Rise to Power is available in both paperback and e-book on: Amazon

The rest of the tour can be followed by going to Books and Broomsticks!

Throughout the tour there has been two radio interviews which can be found here, and there is one final radio interview to be held tomorrow – keep an eye out for it here.

There is also a scavenger hunt happening throughout the tour as well, click the button below for more info on that!


One winner will win a copy of Cruentus: Rise to Power!

2. Winners will be e-mailed.
3. Winners will have 72 hours to respond before a new winnner is chosen.
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5. Ends: 7th August

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