So excited for our first KEMPS Pages post of 2017! Just in time for Valentine’s Day, Paranormal romance writer Erica Lucke Dean drops by to talk with us about her seriously funny and melt your undies steamy Suddenly novel series:
Suddenly Spellbound (Book 2 in Suddenly series) (genre: sci-fi/fantasy; length: 319 pages)
Kindergarten-teacher-slash-sorceress Ivie McKie has officially sworn off magic. With her father back from the dead—just in time for her upcoming wedding to sexy former magician Jackson Blake—Ivie has plotted a course straight to happily-ever-after-ville. And she won’t let anything get in her way this time.
But Daddy Dearest has something sneaky up his sleeve. When “just one more spell” goes horribly wrong and detours her into the path of her father’s dangerously hot new apprentice, Ivie has to scramble to get the magic… and her love life… back on track.
Along the way, she encounters a promise made before she was born, a clan of Scottish sorcerers in kilts, and yet another goat. All while suffering from a wicked case of Post Magical Syndrome.
Suddenly Spellbound is a new madcap adventure featuring Ivie McKie from Suddenly Sorceress.
Your paranormal romance has a very healthy dose of humor. How did you develop your writing style?
I think a large part of my writing style comes from my real life personality. I’m convinced life is way more enjoyable if you find the humor in everything. My kids might prefer I didn’t find humor in the drive-thru window at the local Wendy’s, but hey…if you can’t laugh at yourself who can you laugh at?
Where do you get your magic information? Do you make it up or does it come from particular sources?
I researched the heck out of the magic stuff. I found out a few years ago that my family is directly related to at least two women who were hung in Salem during the witch trials. They may not have been witches, but I felt a responsibility to get it right. I wanted to make sure my moon phases matched up with uh, reality? And I may or may not have asked an actual witch. I’ll never tell.
Family is a big part of your stories. You write all members of the family in a very human and fallible way. What inspired you to approach it from that angle?
My secondary characters are often my favorites because I write people I’d wanna hang out with in real life. And I have a lot of interesting characters in my actual family. We’re a hoot. I draw from whatever I have at hand.
Which of your characters is your favorite?
From the Suddenly series, I’d have to say Chloe. She’s totally bad ass.
What’s with all the extreme cliffhangers?
Extreme cliffhangers? Me? Nah… I may have written one… or two? No more than two though, right? LOL.
The Suddenly series isn’t what you expect from paranormal romance. A cross between Bewitched and Fifty Shades of Grey this is a steamy serial crack up. Erica Lucke Dean’s penchant for cliffhangers is a harbinger for many more installments to come. And I’ll keep reading, because even as my critical hat thinks these are silly beyond belief and a little over the top, there is something fun and fantastic about the series that makes me keep coming back.
Readers wanting more of Dean’s unique brand of paranormal can gorge on her Flames of Time series (the newest installment Scattered Souls just released!), Katie series, and Gem series with Elisa Delacroix.
KEMPS thanks Erica Lucke Dean for stopping by and giving us a sudden dose of magically disastrous and deviously funny romance!
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