Tell us about you, the person. What do you do when you are not writing? Hobbies? Guilty Pleasures?
LC: I catch up on TV I’ve missed—marathon sessions of Game of Thrones, for instance. I play video games. Read. Catch up with friends—God knows I ignore them when I’m deep into the book or editing! Last time I had a break I went to the Ohio State Fair. Next month I’m heading out of town to a pumpkin festival. 😉
What genre(s) do you write? Can you give little insight as to why you write in that genre?
LC: Urban Fantasy. I write it because I love it. I love writing dark. I love the strong female lead, the vampires and werewolves and monsters, the danger.
Grab your iPod…Hit Shuffle, and tell us what the third song on the list is. Does that song have a special meaning to you, or is it simply awesome?
LC: Here With Me by Susie Suh. It’s awesome, but also is the type of song I listen to when I need to reach deep and get the emotions Rune is feeling when she’s either with the berserker, or thinking of her Z.
Pimp your book(s)! Start with your first release and end with your next release. Throw in a little synopsis of each, if you’d like.
LC: My first release was SHIV CREW, book 1 in the Rune Alexander series. Book 2 was Blood and Bite, book 3 was Strange Trouble, and book 4 was Obsidian Wings. My next release, book 5, is called New Regime, and it’s due out on October 18th. It’s available for preorder right now at http://amzn.to/1t89cxR
Here’s a short blurb of the books—
There is a world where Others exist.
Where the only constant is darkness.
But there are heroes.
There are protectors.
Damaged and scarred and brave.
They are Shiv Crew.
Join those who have discovered Laken Cane’s Rune Alexander series.
Grab your blades.
Become your monster.
Get addicted to the crew.
You can find a bio, blurbs, and reviews for all the books on my Amazon author page at www.amazon.com/author/lakencane and updates on my Facebook page at www.facebook.com/laken.cane.3. I love new friends, so come on over!
How long have you been writing? When did you realize, that you wanted to share your stories with the world?
LC: I’ve been writing since I was a little kid. It’s something I’ve always done and always wanted to do. I’ve only been published for a few years, though. I got my first contract with The Wildrose Press, and followed that with Loose Id, Liquid Silver Books, and Ellora’s Cave. But once I struck out on my own I changed my pseudonym and started writing the Rune Alexander series.
If you were stranded on a deserted island with three people, who would they be?
LC: Wow. My mind went straight to the people in my books. We get involved with our characters, don’t we? Hmm…well, the first person would be someone who could cook, because I get grumpy when I’m hungry! Person number two would be a handy builder, so he or she could build us a boat to get back to a place with coffee. Person number three would be someone really hot. Just because. If you’re stranded on a deserted island, you have to have someone hot to take your mind off the fact that you’re stranded on a deserted island. Where there is no coffee. Or chocolate.
What is the hardest part of the story to write? Beginning? Middle? End?
LC: The middle parts, usually. I’m not a plotter—so I write as I go. That can get a little difficult sometimes but that’s how I do it.
If you could have ONE of your characters over for dinner, which one would you choose, and what would be on the table?
LC: Rune, I think. I’d tell her I have a feeling that something good is coming. On the table would be coffee, as we’re both coffee addicts, and something sweet. Whatever my personal chef wanted to whip up for us. 😉
Who inspired you to write?
LC: I don’t think anyone actually inspired me to write. It was one of those things I’ve done since I can remember. The desire has always been there. I read an enormous amount growing up, so I’m sure all that reading helped. 🙂
When you sit down to write and you are in the zone, describe the room around you? Is there music? Complete silence? Snack? Wine?
LC: I have a huge window right in front of me. Even though I’m not crazy about having my back to my office doorway, I love my view, which is why I put my desk in front of the window. I stare out the window a lot while I’m writing. It’s sometimes distracting when I see someone walking down my street, and the birds, and the dogs…but I love it. I usually have coffee beside me. I have a Keurig in my office and I use it a little too much. I almost always listen to music while I write, and what I listen to depends on the scene. I listen to a lot of heavy metal, because that’s Rune and her world.
If you could change the color of the sky, what color would it be?
LC: Maybe vivid shades of red. But not for long…just for a couple of hours. I don’t want to mess with the sky. 🙂
Where can we find you online? Post your links.
LC: I’m on Facebook a lot, and update nearly every day. www.facebook.com/laken.cane.3. My Twitter is www.twitter.com/lakencane. My website is www.lakencane.com. I’m also on Goodreads at www.goodreads.com/lakencane, and my Amazon author page is www.amazon.com/author/lakencane.
What do you prefer? E-Reader or physical book?
LC: I love my Kindles. I love the convenience, helping save the trees, how easy it is to pack a hundred books with me wherever I go. No pages to hold open, either. 😉
What is the ONE item you can’t leave home without? (You can only choose ONE)
LC: My cell. When I take my cell, I take my peeps, my internet, my Facebook, my email, my camera, my notepad—always jotting down notes! My bank, my GPS, my pictures…so actually, I’m taking much more than one item when I leave the house 😛
Okay, last question….Tell us about your fans.
LC: Sigh. My fans. My friends. I know I gush about them a lot, but I LOVE them. I remember when I wrote without fans. With fans—whole new world! They’re everything to me and my writing. They encourage me and keep me company. They make me laugh and make me feel loved. They give me my big head. They support me and pimp me and post pictures to my FB that make me smile. They are incredibly loyal. They give me their time and answer my questions and share my links. They send me cards with the sweetest messages. Being an author can be a lonely career, but I never feel alone because they’re always just a mouse click away. Every time they tell me my books have had an impact on them or touched them in some way, or they let me know they’re eagerly awaiting the next one…it just makes all the hard work worth it. I love them. There. I just wrote a love letter to my fans and to my street team, Cane’s Crew. 🙂
I would like to thank Laken Cane for doing the interview!
This interview was previously posted on the Indie by Indie page.