Interview: LaVerne Thompson

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Why did you choose to write in your particular field or genre?

I’m one of those people who live in my head. I love to create worlds within worlds and stories that transcend modern day living.

Where did your love of books/storytelling/reading/writing/etc. come from?

I’ve always been a reader. I guess it started from as early as I can remember my grandmother and mom reading to me and then me trying to create my own stories.

How long have you been writing?

Since I could hold a crayon in my hand.

What kind(s) of writing do you do?

I write under 2 names so multiple genres. Under LaVerne
Thompson I write contemporary, fantasay, sci/fi romance and under Ursula Sinclair I write romantic suspense and new adult

What cultural value do you see in writing/reading/storytelling/etc.?

Most of my work to date is IR, interracial romances where the main characters are of different races. But race as we understand it is not an issue in my stories, specially my fantasy ones where I’m dealing with mythical beings. I hope to show that love adventure and excitement can be found in a story where the heroine doesn’t always look like you. Yet can still be a good story.

What do you think most characterizes your writing?

In my fantasy work my world building is complex. But in all of my work my heroines tend to be able to stand toe to toe with their heroes and most have non-traditional jobs. Such as in one story my heroine was a physicist in another she was an aeronautical engineer.

What was the hardest part of writing this book?  

The hardest part of writing any book for me is time. Even though I write full-time I work on 2 or 3 stories at a time in different stages of the storylines. I always need more time in the day to finish everything I need to do. lol

Who are some of your favorite authors that you feel were influential in your work?  What impact have they had on your writing?

Julie Garwood for showing me how to write a true alpha hero and the kind of woman that could walk by his side. J. R.R. Tolkien and Robert Jordan for helping understand world building and the complexity of creating a world. Stobie Piel for introducing me to romantic fantasy, Octavia Butler for helping to understand there are no limits other than what we set ourselves. Jane Austin for teaching me romance. There are others but that’s a good start.

Are you a full-time or part-time writer?  How does that affect your writing?

I write full-time and still don’t seem to have enough time. lol

What are some day jobs that you have held?  If any of them impacted your writing, share an example.

In another life I used to be an attorney. I’ve used some of my legal background in some of my writing and plan on doing even more. I started a series that launched Young Gunns.

What do you like to read in your free time?

I love fantasy and sci/fi and tend to read or listen to audio books in those genres most of all then historical then contemporary.

What projects are you working on at the present?

I’m in a few boxed sets, Wings of the Wicked my contribution is Soul Collectors and I’m also working on another boxed CrossRoads. I’m also working on some single projects. I’m finishing the 4th book in my Ballerina Series, Choose Me, The Ice Man Cometh the second book in my Elemental Series.

What do your plans for future projects include?

I’m starting 2 new series next year. One is a cat shifter series the other is a fantasy YA project I’ve been kicking around.

Do you have any strangeiting habits (like standing on your head or writing in the shower)?

I get great ideas in the shower but I don’t put pen to paper in there.

If you were an animal in a zoo, what would you be?

The kind that would burn the zoo down probably. A dragon.

If you could have any accents from anywhere in the world, what would you choose?

LOL I actually should have an accent. But I out grew it. I was born in Trinidad. There are some words I kinda mispronounce if I’m very emotional it’s the accent coming out.

 

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A romantic fantasy.
Can you hear my dragon roar?

After losing her mother at a very young age, Arianna’s world changed when her father came to get her. He took her across the Atlantic Ocean, away from everything she’d ever known and loved. But once again she’s forced to cross the Atlantic, this time leaving everything she’d grown to love behind. Running from the thing that had killed her remaining parent, running for her life. And fleeing from the being she’d dreamt of for half her life. Nothing could save her, she didn’t believe in myths and fairytales. Didn’t believe in the man with the eyes that flashed gold. She could trust no one. Not even the voice whispering inside her head she recognized as her own.

Talon had come to Earth searching for his truemate. Knowing she was near but still so very far away. Only able to reach her when they both closed their eyes, but waking up to find it had all been nothing but a dream. Until one day he heard her cry of pain and felt the crippling pang of fear that invaded her mind. She needed him, but he couldn’t find her. Not until she released her block against him. He just hoped it would not be too late. Because an ancient enemy roamed Earth once more and hunted his truemate. It was a race as to which one of them would find her first. Talon would not lose.

This is not an erotic romance but it does contain sexual content and violence suitable for 18+

 

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My name is LaVerne Thompson. 

I am a USA Today Bestselling award-winning author. I write paranormal, fantasy and sci/fi romances with story lines that focus on romance and happily ever afters. Sometimes there’s a touch of intrigue or suspense and maybe–maybe a dash of violence. I also write romantic suspense and new adult romance under the pseudonym Ursula Sinclair. I have written stories for as long as I can remember, and I hope you enjoy them.

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