Meet L.J. LaBarthe
L. J. LaBarthe is the author of many series and novels (listed below).
To get to know L.J. LaBarthe a little better, she agreed to an interview. Look for her guest post below and the Down Under Scavenger Hunt question and clue found somewhere within.
L.J. LaBarthe is a French-Australian woman, who was born during the Witching Hour, just after midnight. From this auspicious beginning, she went on to write a prize-winning short story about Humpty Dumpty wearing an Aussie hat complete with corks dangling from it when she was six years old. From there, she wrote for her high school yearbook, her university newspaper, and, from her early teens to her twenties, produced a fanzine about the local punk rock music scene. She enjoys music, languages, TV, film, travel, cooking, eating out, abandoned places, urbex, history, and researching.
L.J. loves to read complicated plots and hopes to do complex plot lines justice in her own writing. She writes paranormal, historical, urban fantasy, and contemporary Australian stories, usually m/m romance and featuring m/m erotica.
L.J. lives in the city of Adelaide, and is owned by her cat.
Facebook Author Page: https://www.facebook.com/lj.labarthe.9
Google +: https://plus.google.com/117252756118475570457
Author’s Books, Series, and Stories:
The Archangel Chronicles with Dreamspinner Press.
• No Quarter
• No Surrender, No Retreat
• No Shadows Fall
• The Wind-up Forest
• The Crystal Lake
• The Bone Cup
• A Shot in the Dark
• A Fire in the Heart
• A Candle in the Sun
- City of Jade with Dreamspinner Press
- Mythica with Bottom Drawer Publications
- Waiting for the Moon and You with Dreamspinner Press
- Brick by Brick with Dreamspinner Press (Co-written with Cate Ashwood)
- Swimming with Elephants with Dreamspinner Press (forthcoming release available as a novella and part of the Piece Us Back Together anthology)
- Ice with Less Than Three Press
- The Body on the Beach with Dreamspinner Press (available as a novella and part of the Under the Southern Cross anthology) – one of the Down Under Author Scavenger Hunt Prizes!
- Capsicum Head in the Rockin’ Hard Vol. 2 anthology with Less Than Three Press
- Sunburnt Country in the Something Happened on the Way to Heaven anthology with Less Than Three Press
With the exception of Brick by Brick, Swimming with Elephants, Capsicum Head, The Body on the Beach, City of Jade and Waiting for the Moon and You, all my books are paranormals.
Contemporaries: Brick by Brick, Swimming with Elephants, Capsicum Head, Waiting for the Moon and You.
Historicals: City of Jade, The Body on the Beach.
1. Today’s Giveaway (thank you,L.J. LaBarthe) is an eBook copy of any of the first 6 Archangel books, City of Jade or Mythica. Enter using this Rafflecopter link here.
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2. Down Under Scavenger Hunt – find Question or “Word“. Collect all the words/clues from each author and submit the list in writing no later than midnight on February 1st. Make sure you include an email address where you can be reached. Prizes will be given to 5 people selected, from 1st place to 5th! Happy Hunting.
**************Now on to our Interview with L. J. LaBarthe….
Q• When did you start writing?
I don’t remember not writing, to be honest! I used to draw a lot and write little stories to go with my drawings.
Q• Were you a reader as a child?
Voracious. I was a shy kid, and spent a lot of time with books.
Q • Where do you draw inspiration from?
Everywhere. From the weather, the garden, places I’ve visited or documentaries I’ve seen, to history, research (I love research!), news articles to movies, music, TV shows. Just about anything and everything!
Q• Favorite genres to write in and why?
Paranormal, historical, fantasy and science fiction, because those are the genres I prefer to read.
Q• Title or characters or plot? Which comes first?
Usually, it’s a scene and then everything springs from that. There are exceptions to that of course, the book I’m working on at the moment, “Song of Song,” the title came first and everything else fell into place in my head with a loud clunk!
Q• Do you have a favorite character that you have written?
Archangels Gabriel, Raziel and Uriel and Archdemon Adramelek from my Archangel series.
Q• Favorite quote (doesn’t matter the source)?
“You keep using that word. I do not think it means what you think it means.”
– Said by Inigo Montoya, from “The Princess Bride.”
Q• Favorite book/story you have read as an adult?
Only one? I can’t do just one! I love the “Night Watch” series by Uzbek writer Sergey Lukyanenko, those are fantastic books. Then there’s the Danilov series by Jasper Kent, which is brilliantly done. “The Prince and the Program” by Aldous Mercer, “Child 44” by Tom Rob Smith, “31 Things” by Cate Ashwood, “The Cuckoo’s Calling” by J. K. Rowling… so many more.
Q• What’s the hardest part of writing your books?
Titles! I am really terrible at coming up with titles. “No Quarter,” for example, went through thirteen title changes until it became that, and that was thanks to my good friend Meredith Shayne suggesting it to me.
Q• What book are you reading now?
“New Watch” by Sergey Lukyanenko, which is his latest release; “The Silkworm” by J. K. Rowling.
Q• How do you think books written from authors in Australia or New Zealand differ in style, language, and culture?
I think we use a lot more slang. Our slang is rhyming slang and is often quite colourful. We also spell with British English, so the ‘u’ is still present in words like colour.
Q• My first impression of AUS/NZ was from stories and novels like Colleen McCullough’s The Thorn Birds or Nevil Shute’s A Town Like Alice as well as from movies like The Man from Snowy River, The Dish, Rabbit Proof Fence, Strictly Ballroom, and yes, Crocodile Dundee! There are so many out there. What is your favorite AUS/NZ stories and favorite Australian/New Zealand movies?
I’m going to be a bit different here and choose a TV show. The Australian show, “Offspring” (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Offspring_(TV_series)) is my choice, because not only is it brilliantly written, it’s a pretty accurate representation of middle class, inner suburban life. The show also doesn’t shy away from topics like death, addiction, child birth, and has not just heterosexual couples but gay and lesbian couples as well. The last three episodes of season four, for instance, had me bawling, completely ugly crying. And Twitter was on fire because of this particular plot line, so much so, that the band, The Offspring, took to Twitter to say that nothing had happened to them, and the police department local to where the show is set, had to issue a statement saying there would be no investigation into what happened. (I’m avoiding spoilers, in case readers want to watch the show!)
And there were more tears in season five, and I hate crying at TV/movies/books, but I love, love, love this show, even though it turns me into the ugly crying author!
Q• If you were a tour guide, what would you like a visitor to see and what impression would you want them to take away with them when they leave?
The Flinders Ranges in outback South Australia. Not just because this is my own favourite part of the country and I live in SA, but because it really is stunningly beautiful, no matter what time of year you visit.
Q• What are your current projects?
I have six (!!!) titles coming out in 2015, so I foresee a LOT of editing in my near future. The last three Archangel books are coming out, as is “Brick by Brick,” “Swimming with Elephants” and “Waiting for the Moon and You.”
I’m also on the home stretch of the first draft of my sci-fi space opera m/m romance, called “Song of Song,” and I’m really enjoying writing it, so much so that it feels as if the book has written itself.
• What’s next up for you?
A bit of rest, I think. Then I’ll get back into it. I’ve got a few works in progress that I’d like to finish and a few plot bunnies I’d like to start. Either way, there will be more tales told, and more books.
Q What are the questions you would like to see answered for the Scavenger Hunt? one answer will do.
1. Aussie slang – what am I doing if I’m using the telling bone? or.
2: Aussie slang – what bird is on the South Australian coat of arms? send your answers to me along with the other words/clues at the end of the month.