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Author Interview: L.K. Manegold

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1. Was Dark Territory always going to be a series in your mind, or did that take you by surprise?

I initially began Dark Territory based off of work I had started when I was a Freshman in high school. I at first thought this was just one book but as I was writing it all I realized there was more to it than what I had.

2. The house that you mention in your blurb – was that a real house, or was it purely from your imagination?

I actually lived in an old farm house when I was younger. It wasn’t like the one that I mention but the idea of it having a creepy feeling was sure real, as most may agree when it comes to any old farm houses.

3. Tell us a little bit about Gemma and Brenner. What are they like and what is important about them?

Gemma starts out as a teenager, young and naïve. She’s a country girl and does have a tough interior past her soft exterior. Her character is of importance in that she has something within her that is not human and belongs elsewhere, or should, yet she doesn’t realize it. Brenner is an older male, family friend type. He’s handsome in that rough exterior sort of way and he’s quiet; he’s got a past that no one else is aware of and he is constantly trying to outrun it or push it away, even though it is proven that he can’t hide who or what he is.

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

It would be great to be a full-time writer but unfortunately that’s not the case. I have a ‘day’ job as well and that takes up eight hours a day of course. The only writing time I am able to squeeze in would be in the evenings after the mommy duties of dinner, children, cleaning, etc.

5. If your book were made into a movie, who do you picture playing each characters part?

I love this question! Since I have three main characters, those being Brenner, Gemma, and Ezra, I have always had a set three in mind. For Brenner, I always pictured Jeremy Renner crossed with Norman Reedus. With those two you have the edgy attitude and silent demeanor with the appealing looks. Gemma was an easy one; I always envisioned Alexa Vega as she has soft features but can play tough when needed and she gives the appearance of being young when in fact she isn’t. My final is Ezra, which is my personal favorite now. The Avengers came out while I was working on this and I noticed the character Loki and thought wow! That is Ezra! So Tom Hiddleston is a definite on him as he has the personality, wit, and those dark and mysterious looks.

6. Are the characters from Dark Territory going to appear in Book 2, or are they one-book only characters?

These are characters that will appear in the full series, aside from the final book which is actually more like a ‘book one’. The series is primarily on them as a trio and how things change, etc.

7. What do you like to read in your free time?

When I have the time to read I love reading about all things paranormal; anything on possession, etc. I also enjoy the works of Stephen King (of course!) and I’ve read John Grisham as well, along with some others.

8. How would you describe your writing style? Do you plan ahead, do you have a system or do you write as and when things come to you with no idea how the story will continue?

I have tried to have a ‘system’ or set time but that doesn’t always work for me. I will usually write when the story needs me to. It may take a while but that’s just how it goes. I cannot force a story out or it will just be a written piece with no connection.

9. How do you get past writers block or distractions like the internet?

I usually have something on in the background while writing anyway, I guess as a way to keep myself company. When I am really stumped or feeling that there is nothing there at all, I will listen to music and hit the treadmill. Not only do I get my exercise that way but it also helps to visualize my characters and see what they are up to exactly.

10. What question do you wish that someone would ask about your book, but nobody has? Write it out here then answer it.

When writing your erotica or erotic scenes, are you really into those things as much as the characters that are experiencing them are? This is a question that I find interesting merely because some may think because you write something like this that you must be like this and that you are THAT exciting, which isn’t always the case. I mean, I’m not boring but I’m not that extreme either. Writing erotica and erotic scenes is a great way to get fantasy out there and to share it with others.

Book: Dark Territory

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The house had always scared Gemma when she visited; there was an invisible energy that lingered there and something just seemed off. There was something different about Brenner as well, as if he weren’t human either but she never dared ask. He was human, just not entirely or he was involved with something inhuman. This didn’t matter to Gemma as Brenner was someone she still felt she could trust. She climbed the old steps to the front door, closed her eyes, and prepared to knock.

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