January 6th, 2017

Winter Duet

Welcome Leona Windwalker - Accused

A big welcome today to Leona Windwalker as part of her blog tour for Accused.

Can you tell us a bit about yourself and your writing?
Hmmm. Well, I never actually know what I’m going to write down until it types itself out. No, really. I know which project I’m picking up, but my stories tell themselves to me. It’s kind of like automatic writing, I guess. I sit before the keyboard and hear it all whispered out in my head as I type, dialogue and all. I even hear the dialogue in the character’s voices, oddly enough. i used to worry about it, until I discovered a lot of other writers literally hear their Muses in their head too. Heh.

Can you tell us about your new release? What inspired you to write it?
Accused came to me while I was talking about evolution with my son. He was commenting on how limited marsupials are geographically, in terms of native habitat and how odd the duck billed platypus is even for a marsupial. He then jumped to wondering what life would have been like had marsupials became dominant, rather than mammals. This then led to to my brain somehow coming up with a three gendered, egg laying, marsupial, sentient, space-faring species.

As soon as my brain latched onto that idea, it sat there, unused. Should I write it as m/m/f? All aliens? If there was a human male, how would that work? Ironically, it was once I thought of how a human male might react to having a relationship with such an alien, that the opening scenes wrote themselves, along with the title for it and the other two books in the trilogy.

How did you come up with the title?
The title came to me the moment I knew how Matty was going to end up in space, with his hunky alien. The titles for the next two books int het trilogy also came to me then, as they are all related thematically: Accused, Judged, and Convicted.

Are there people in your life that annoy you, and you write into your books?
Yes, yes, there are. I find it quite cathartic to base a character loosely around someone who has pressed all the wrong buttons with me, and serve them imaginary karmic justice. It goes the other way, too, though. People who have made me really happy may also have a character loosely based on them appear. They just don’t have anything horrible happen to them.

Do characters and stories just pop into your head, or do you take your time thinking about them?
They pop into my head and not always at a convenient moment. I once was in the shower, shampooing my hair, and the opening dialogue for the next chapter started in my head. My other half had put in a really luxurious shower when the bathroom was remodeled and I had time that morning to really enjoy the six body jets, the rain head, and the lovely new body wash I’d just gotten. At least I did until I had to hurriedly rinse, jump out, dry, put on a bathrobe, and make a dash for my laptop lest I lose the story details. Fortunately, I’d left the laptop in my room so it wasn’t too far a dash, nor did I traumatize anyone along the way.

Are you a panster or a plotter?
I’m a pantser by nature- I simply have the beginning of a story tell itself to me, then I dash off to get it down on something so I can revisit it when I have time. This means I have various Open Office docs, plus paper napkins, once it was on a paper towel, and numerous sheets of paper fastened to clipboards at any one time. When I do settle to write a story all the way out, it does so linearly. The whole story unfolds under my fingers (though sometimes the next scene whispers itself in inopportune moments, such as while out shopping, or in the shower, etc. It’s always in a straight line though, never jumping around, though usually when the Muse whispers the beginning scene, she also whispers a basic spoiler for how the story will end.

Do you write often? Is it on a schedule, or whenever you feel like it?
I set aside time every evening to write. I also shoehorn extra writing time in as/when I feel like it and can make the time to write without getting too distracted.

What are your writing and personal goals for 2017 and beyond?
I intend to finish writing the final New Beginnings book, which is Andy’s story, as well as book 2 in the Urban Wolves series, and the sequel to Accused. In addition, Jared is being translated into Italian, so I’m looking forward to that release. There’s also audio and paperbacks planned for 2017. Oh, and my nose is being put to the grindstone to complete Haaken’s Honour.

What are you working on at present? Would you like to share a snippet?
I’m actively writing the sequel to Jared. It’s called Lamar and is Laurie and R.W.’s story.
“I've not eaten yet. I don't suppose you fancy showing your future husband the family biz, huh?”

“Well, since it's my future husband asking, no I don't.”

R.W. gave him a wan smile filled with equal measures of gratitude and relief. “Well, getting to know you means getting to know the business better and the rest of the coven, right?”

“Right. Especially since you'll be Prince Consort.”

“As long as I still get to sit around in my boxers to watch TV at home, I don't care what they call me.”

Laurie rolled his eyes. “Come on, let's go get you fed.”

“What about you?”

“I fed earlier. I can have a coffee.”

“See? I didn't know you could eat human food.”

“Just some liquids. Wine, coffee, water, beer, tea.”

“Right, right. I'll have to remember that,” R.W. said, following Laurie out the door. “So, when you say you fed, you meant something else, right?”

“Right. No one you know. Was just a bottle of Type O Negative.”

“Yeah, I didn't want to actually know.”

Laurie laughed, clapping R.W. on the shoulder. “Okay, okay.”

“Wait. They bottle the stuff for you?”

“It's less conspicuous in a bottle labelled Vampire Estates Wine than in a bag,” Laurie pointed out.

“True. Guess I never really thought about it.”

Are you a cat person or a dog person? Can you tell us about your pets?
I’m primarily a cat person. I do love dogs, but there’s just something about cats that make me want to love them all, lol. We own a dog, a year old Newfoundland/Golden Retriever cross who will only wade in water and never swims. He also thinks he’s the papa of the four youngest of our cats. The four youngest are all siblings, three black kitties and a tuxedo. Our other cats are two tuxedos and a white cat with tabby markings, like she’s wearing a jacket that also covers her tail and the top of her head. Come bedtime, you’ll find all the cats and the dog asleep on the landing, all snuggled up on the dog’s bed or next to it, on the adjacent dog bed the cats had before the dog came along. If I’m writing, you’ll find at least one cat and the dog with me- the dog at my feet and the cat doing its best to get in my way.

Matthias Reynolds loves his life. He's starting to make it as a graphic artist at last and has a job he really likes at a local café that pays the bills. When a night out clubbing leads to an awkward morning after, he's embarrassed and more than ready to forget all about it. When Talani Enforcers show up at the café, he doesn't know what to make of it all as he's led away in restraints.

Standing accused of crimes he struggles to understand, he finds he has an unexpected champion: the Talani warrior and war hero J'nah Quislin. J'nah knows that Matty is his. All J'nah has to do is keep Matty safe from those who engineered Matty's charges and sentencing. That, and get Matty to accept that universe always intended them to be together as one. All it requires is for Matty to return J'nah's devotion and offer his willing submission. Can Matty do it, with all that it will mean for his future?

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Author Bio:
Leona is a longtime staunch supporter of human rights and environmental causes. Her favourite genre to read is M/M fiction and she particularly enjoys science fiction, fantasy, and action/suspense subgenres—especially if they have a nice seasoning of romance. She has far too many books on her Kindle, has overloaded her phone with even more and, when not reading, writing, being driven to distraction by her children, or being overlorded by her three cats, can be found trying to locate the portal that the sock monster uses to steal socks from her dryer.

Recently head-reeling news for her included her novel Jared:Urban Wolves #1 being nominated for an Indie Award from Metamorph and placing as a finalist in the 2016 Rainbow Awards, earning an Honorable Mention. She's still suspicious that it's all been a dream, but as long as her readers are happy and she can find at least one of the missing socks, she's happy.

You’ll find her books on Amazon, including on Kindle Unlimited. You’ll also find her on Facebook at Leona Windwalker, where you can keep up on news regarding current, new, and upcoming releases.

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