L.P. Maxa lives in Austin Texas with her husband, daughter, 3 rescue dogs, 1 stray cat, and 1 adopted on purpose kitten.
She loves reading romance novels as much as she loves writing them. L.P. has several novels out, and several more planned for release this year. She says that inspiration can come from anywhere; a song lyric, a quote, a weekend with friends. The tiniest things spark amazing stories.
So, what have you written?
Well. Where to start. I’ve written five books in my rock romance series, The Devil’s Share. There will be one more book, and then one spin off novel. I’ve written a shifter series, that’s self published through Kindle Direct. I just released Happy Place with Borough’s Publishing Group, it’s a second chance romance with a brother’s best friend twist. There will be a companion novel to that one as well. I have so many books started on my computer it’s unreal.
Do you think that giving books away free works and why?
I think the answer to this is yes and no. I think that Amazon makes giving away free books or ARC’s a bad thing. They tend to not publish those reviews, which hurts you in the long run. But I love to giveaway books. And I’ll continue to do so. I think if you have a series, giving away the first two or three is a great marketing. If people enjoy it, they’ll buy your other books.
Is there a certain type of scene that’s harder for you to write?
Conflict. Character conflict is so hard for me and it’s something that I’ve always struggled with. I don’t like conflict; in the movies I watch, the books I read, or in my personal life. I try to make the tension in my novels come from outside sources. I like it when my main characters band together to face a challenge. I don’t like when things rip people apart.
Have you ever written a scene that reduced you to tears?
There is a scene in Play Fair that got to me. The main female lead kind of puts herself on the line for this little girl. She realizes in that moment, when she puts someone else’s happiness and well being before her own, what it means to be a parent. To be a mother. Her actions are so selfless, so loving. And it made me tear up. I have a daughter, and I would do absolutely anything to make sure she never feels sadness or pain. I think any parent, blood related or chosen, can relate to that emotion.
Is there a character you feel especially connected to?
Harlow! She’s the female lead in Play Hard and I love her. She’s sarcastic and she has all kinds of anxiety issues. She’s forgiving. I don’t want to come across as conceited, but I like her. I put a lot of myself in her. All the good parts of me that is.
5 things people wouldn’t know about LP Maxa
- I am in the process of adopting a child. It’s a long rode, but we’re getting close.
- I have more animals living in my house than I do humans. It’s a zoo.
- I love classic rock. I love oldies. I rather listen to music from 20 years ago than music from today.
- I am terrible at math. Really, really terrible. I need a calculator to do simple addition/subtraction problems. I’m not a great speller either. But there’s spell check and I get better with every novel I write.
- I have six tattoos. And counting. I want lots more. I love words. I want words and phrases all over my body.
Bucket list things
I want to be on the Talking Dead, the talk show after the Walking Dead. I’m obsessed. With both shows and with Norman Reedus. Huge crush back from Boondock Saints days. He follows me on Twitter.
Ireland. I want to go there and sit in a bar and listen to people talk.
Happy Place Blurb
Cassie Huntington and Declan Preston began crushing on each other when they were kids. For years, neither acted on their feelings. Then, on one fantastic, reckless night in Seaside, Florida, just before Cassie was to marry another man and Declan was to leave for London, they shared everything they ever wanted. Then Declan left.
After the best sex of his life, Declan knew he’d return to reclaim his first love when his two-year stint in London ended. But when he learns Cassie has been hiding life-altering secrets, he realizes he doesn’t know the woman he’d left behind. Worse, just when he thinks one deception is cleared up, she lays another whopper on him—a fake holiday wedding. Yet what starts as lies will end as a truth that could never be denied: Declan and Cassie are meant to be together. Forever.
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