Monday, August 31, 2020
From Promise Me to Unhallowed Love
A: The Unhallowed Love Series (so far, A Good Year, Year of the Demon, and Year of the Incubus) was born out of the Promise Me Series, after it ended. My heroine of Promise Me, Sar, had been on an emotional rollercoaster of five years of alternate Hell and Heaven throughout the eighteen books, and I thought she needed a break. I also needed a break from writing as Sarelle; I both admired her and was horrified by some of her rationalized missteps. There was an inert self-destruction in her that made me want to give her a happy ending, or as happy as the consequences of her choices made possible. Yet I missed the surviving sub characters of the series end—Devlin Dalcon’s danger and seductiveness, Danial Racklan’s loyalty and cunning, Lash’s impolitically-correct nastiness and brutality and most especially Shaker’s perfect charm and hilarious sense of humor—and wanted them to go on. The Unhallowed Love Series came into being to tell more about Shaker’s view on life and give him a chance for more than just a supporting player. Instead of a Northeast farm or rural setting, I decided that a demon would be more comfortable in a large city where victims were faceless and plentiful, involved with a woman who was the opposite of Sarelle: Debbie Deal, a ruthless, plotting corporate CEO who viewed her film company, Pandora Productions, as the most important thing in her life, and wouldn’t know how to bake cookies any more than she would know how to take care of a pet.
Q: What can we expect in the future?
A: The series will continue in a 4th book, tentatively titled Year of the Siren. I’m also at work making a sequel inspirational book, Deep Breaths II: Tales of Inspiration, and a third short horror story anthology called Under a Setting Sun.
Q: How do you come up with the names of books?
A: A book’s name needs to be intriguing, fit the genre(s) it inhabits, and be as original as possible, to avoid confusion with other stories. Choosing a few words that needs to sum up your entire work is incredibly hard, and so I often operate with a working title, then change it at least once before the book is published…unless I already know the entire plot and have a brilliant stroke of inspiration for a title, which does happen once in a very great while, lol.
Q: Do your characters seem to hijack the story, or do you have the reins of the story?
A: I definitely do not have the reins, I’m along for the ride. When I try to rein in characters, my writing feels forced, like a dressed-up child going to a family event who can’t move well because their fancy outfit coupled with the decree “do not get dirty!” puts on so much restraint that the result is a fake version of the real thing. It’s not interesting for me to write, and it’s not interesting for readers, either. You’ll find no cookie-cutter stories here.
I'm an OSHA-certified safety and health inspector at a metal fabrication shop in upstate New York. I have a bachelor’s degree in mathematics with a double minor in chemistry and biology from Binghamton University.
My writing credits include nonfiction, horror, suspense, erotica, and contemporary and historical paranormal romance.
I am the author of the demon romantic suspense Unhallowed Love series, the paranormal action-adventure fantasy Lash series, and the vampire romantic suspense Promise Me series. I also co-authored (with Eric Dietrich) the nonfiction book Forbidden Conversations. I divide my free time unequally between writing novels and short stories, chainsawing firewood, caring for stray animals, and sewing cat beds, catnip mats, & cat toys for donation to animal shelters.
Sunday, August 30, 2020
There are stories and legends written, all around the world, about my father. Many of those tales, although highly fictionalized, do speak some semblance of truth. My father is what you’d call “The Sandman.”
For eternity, the men in my family have traversed the realm of dreams, putting the world to sleep. It’s a great honor and fantastic ability…at least, that’s what my father says.
I wouldn’t know, because I have yet to gain my legacy.
As the school year comes to a close, and I spend more time with the loneliest girl in class, things begin to change.
What will happen when her secrets come to light?
Will I be able to help her?
Will she be able to help me?
My name is KAE Galla and I've loved writing since before I knew how. I'd sit with my mom and grandma telling them exactly what I wanted my story to be, and they would write it down under misshapen scribbles I tried to pass off as art work. It wasn't until years later that I finally decided to go full throttle with my passion and share it with the world. Now, thanks to the support of my loving family, great friends, and an amazing team, my dream of becoming an author are reality. My heart is in Paranormal Romance, and Romance in general, but I love challenging myself and broadening my horizons so you can bet there is more to come!
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Saturday, August 29, 2020
- Can you tell us a little bit about the characters in Casting Shadows?
The main character, Alex, recently discovered she’s part fae, but is keeping it secret from the authorities. A good plan considering the rising persecution those of mixed descent are experiencing. Her good friend Emma recently registered as a practitioner (a human who can perform magic) and has since been disowned by her mother, had her workplace vandalized, and blames herself for the abduction of her little sister--the catalyst that kicks off the story.
Alex’s romantic interest, James, plays a greater role in this book as Alex opens up more about both her hopes and her fears for the future.
This book also explores the past of one of Alex’s enigmatic sidekicks, Chase, a fae who can change shape between human and a small gray cat.
- What is your favorite part of this book and why?
My favorite part of this book is probably the interaction between Chase and Haru, who have a mountain of unresolved issues between them centered around tragedy and abandonment--both issues Alex also struggles with. I found their sub-plot engaging both because they’re snarky characters who tend toward cutting remarks, and because of the parallels I could draw between Chase and Alex regarding the merits of confronting and moving on from your past. Their story was both a good echo of the lessons Alex was learning and provided a number of entertaining exchanges.
- If you could spend time with a character from your book whom would it be? And what would you do during that day?
There’s a character in Casting Shadows named Morgan who has the ability to walk into a shadow and walk out of any other shadow in the world, thereby traveling great distances in only a few short steps. I would love to spend the day with her, traveling all over the world. With her help, I could cross every country off my bucket list in a day!
- Do your characters seem to hijack the story or do you feel like you have the reigns of the story?
For the most part I’ve got a pretty good handle on my stories. Sometimes scenes move around, and sometimes they take me in unexpected directions, but I always find my way back to somewhere near where I thought I’d be. The one place where my characters get free reign is in dialogue. Sometimes while I’m writing, I’ll find my characters have started chatting, or arguing, or they’ve gone off on some tangent, and I have trouble figuring out how to get them back on track.
- If your book had a candle, what scent would it be?
- What was your hardest scene to write?
The hardest scene for me to write in this book was Alex’s naming trial. I needed to balance having her revisit events from her past, and therefore from the three previous books, without the encounters becoming boring or repetitive for the readers who may have just read those stories. I also had to make significant challenges for Alex to overcome while keeping her success believable. I ended up writing the entire ordeal twice (not including smaller re-writes), with her facing different challenges each time.
- What did you enjoy most about writing this book?
I loved finding ways to make the sup-plots of the secondary characters mirror issues that the main character, Alex, was dealing with. For example, Jynx and Ava deciding to get married despite the fact that one is immortal and the other isn’t played right into Alex’s worries about the future of her own relationship. And Chase’s difficulty in working with Haru because he can’t let go of the past reflected Alex’s trial, which forced her to revisit and overcome her own ghosts.
Born and raised in Colorado, award-winning author L. R. BRADEN makes her home in the foothills of the Rocky Mountains with her wonderful husband, precocious daughter, and psychotic cat. With degrees in both English literature and metalsmithing, she splits her time between writing and art.