L.M. Pruitt has been reading and writing for as long as she can remember. A native of Florida with a love of New Orleans, she has the uncanny ability to find humor in most things and would probably kill a plastic plant. She knows this because she's killed bamboo. Twice. As a result, she's not allowed to walk in the gardening department of any store without supervision. She's also not allowed in the card aisle of any grocery store without an escort since she'll spend thirty minutes opening cards and laughing for no good reason. She is the author of the best-selling Jude Magdalyn series, the Moon Rising series, and the Frankie Post series. She continues to make her home in Florida in spite of the heat and mosquitos and shares her home with two cats--one of them smart, the other not so much.
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Do you plan everything or just let the story flow?
A little of both. I try to have a general idea of where the story is going to go and what events are going to happen but they’ve been known to change as I write. And sometimes things happen that I had no idea were going to happen.
Not completely. There have been tiny instances where characters did things that influenced the rest of the book, but nothing so huge as a character I’m planning to kill off going “I don’t think so.”
What is your favourite food?
Potato salad. It’s my ultimate comfort food.
Are you a morning person or a night owl?
I write best in the morning but I do more thinking at night. So I guess both, lol
Where do you dream of travelling to and why?
Ireland. I’ve read so many books set there and my family immigrated from there way, way, way in the past, so it’d be nice to actually see the country.
Do distant places feature in your books?
Yes. The middle of my series, Winged, takes place all over the globe. Google Maps and I are getting to be very good friends, lol.
Do you listen to music while writing?
Sometimes, yes. I just put my iTunes on shuffle and then tune it out, lol. I really just need it for background noise.
Short version—After dying, Joanne Watson is given a choice: go back to her old life, go to Heaven or spend eternity fighting demons. The story is about her choice—fighting demons—and everything that happens along the way.
What have you learned about writing and publishing since you first started?
You’re never ready. No matter how much you think you’ve studied and read and prepared yourself, you’re never ready. You will always be nervous before a book releases, even if you know it’s the best possible work you can do. You will always think to yourself, “I worked so hard, why am I still struggling while X, Y, or Z is just sailing along.” And you will realize that none of it matters the second someone tells you how much they enjoyed your book and how much they’re looking forward to the next one.
Is there anything you would do differently?
That’s hard to say. If I did something differently, I might be in a better place, but I might be in a worse one. And since I’m pretty okay with where I’m at, I’m going to go with no.
Who, or what, if anything has influenced your writing?
Everything influences my writing. I think if I were to say I’m never going to be influenced by this or that thing that I’m shutting out the possibility of really good ideas. Some of the best ideas can come from places that you would never even think to look. So I’d rather keep my mind open and weed out the things I know are just plain ridiculous than close my mind and risk the chance of missing out on something great.
Read. Read craft books, read books by authors you admire, read trade magazines, read blogs—hell, read Twitter and Facebook and Amazon forums. You’re going to have to be smart and sort out the wheat from the chaff, but there’s a lot more wheat than there is chaff. The more you read, the more you learn, whether it’s the things you need to do or the things you should avoid doing at all costs. Everything is a lesson. You just have to be willing to learn it.
What are three words that describe you?
Brutally honest.Sarcastic.Goofy. (Okay, that’s four, but the first two are really kind of like a hyphen deal, or so people tell me)
What's your favourite book or who is your favourite writer?
The idea of even having a favorite book boggles my mind. I could never choose just one book as my all time favorite. As far as writers, there are two—Nora Roberts and the writing team of Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child. Very different genres, but equally awesome in their own ways.
Book #1 in Winged Series
Book #2 Uprising due in April
by L. M. Pruitt
I fell from the Talmadge Bridge the week before I turned thirty.
I was given a choice: Go to Heaven. Go back to my life in Savannah. Or spend eternity fighting evil under the direction of the archangels.
I chose the demons--and the angels.
I chose the Winged.
Winged will be released on 5th February 2013.