Interview with paranormal romance author Randa Flannery

I’d
like to introduce Randa Flannery to
you today. She’s here to chat about her new paranormal romance novel, Love the One You’re Witch.

As
she does her virtual book tour, Randa will be awarding a $25 Amazon or Barnes
and Noble (winner’s choice) gift card to a lucky randomly drawn winner. To be
entered for a chance to win, use the
form below.
To increase your chances of winning, feel free to visit
her other tour stops
and enter there, too!

Bio:
Randa
Flannery has an a degree in English and writes a variety of romantic fiction, including
suspense, comedy, and urban fantasy. Randa is a member of the Romance Writers
of America and lives as an expat with her husband and children in FuYang,
China.



Welcome, Randa. Please tell us about
your current release.

Love the One You’re Witch is a
paranormal romantic comedy. It follows Ana Gregor, a snarky witch PI, as she
works to save a family of vampires from a love spell. Ana, herself, is not a
fan of vampires. Then she meets Lucas. Sure, he’s good looking and intriguing
and just all around perfect, but he has a big drinking problem…namely that he
drinks blood. There’s a little mystery, a bit of action, a tiny twist, and a
ball of fluff named Ollie. As things get complicated, Ana has to decide whether
to hitch a broom out of town or stay and face the fang.

What inspired you to write this book?
I had only recently started reading the paranormal genre and was intrigued by
the witches. I got a bit hooked on a series by Suza Kates called the Savanah
Coven Series and, when I needed a break from writing the more serious topics in
the novel I’d been working on at the time (Missing), I decided to dip my toe
into the paranormal waters. Around that time, I’d read several stories that all
seemed to have a whiny heroine pining after a dark, brooding, tortured hero.
Drove me crazy. I hate whiny. I don’t find brooding and silent to be all that
sexy, and didn’t see how in the world the characters were drawn to each other.
So as I set out to write Ana’s story, I focused on making it the exact opposite
from that. Love the One You’re Witch
is the result.


Excerpt from Love the One You’re Witch:
“Can you fix it?” She said it with a touch of desperation
and I wondered how long this had been going on.
“I can if it’s a spell,” I offered. “How long has she been
like this?”
“I’ve loved him forever!” the young vamp declared as she and
Lucas finally made it to the couch. “And I will love him forever, no matter
what you try to do to us!”
“It’s been about a month,” Lucas answered, frustration
edging that smooth voice while she ran fingers through his hair. “She was fine
one day, chatting and joking, completely normal. The next, she couldn’t keep
her hands off of me.”
I nodded. “Yes, well, have you seen yourself? I think that
may be the normal reaction for teenagers when confronted with…” I waved a
hand at him. I stopped mid-gesture when I realized the silence around me was
now more of a shock reaction than the discomfort of having the errant vamp
pawing at her man. “Sorry, just trying to lighten things up,” I mumbled. This
is why I didn’t like vampires. No sense of humor. Well, the trying to kill me
thing was also a put-off. That in mind, I got back to business and refused to
drool over Lucas any more. Or at least, I’d try.

What exciting story are you working on
next?
I’ve just finished the first draft of the second book in the Magically
Yours series, which follows Ana’s coworker and friend, Lucy. Lucy is very
different from Ana, but no less fun, and you get to know a few of the other
characters a bit better, as well.

When did you first consider yourself a
writer?

When
I was about 7 or 8, I wrote my first story. I’ve always loved writing stories and
have been doing it forever, but always on the side. When I was applying to
colleges, I actually considered not going because I wanted to write and I
didn’t need college to teach me to do that. (HA!) But once there, the dream
faded with a lot of other naivety and I looked for a direction in life that
would keep me fed. Never really took, though. After changing majors about five
times, I finally graduated with an English degree…and still didn’t consider
the writing as anything more than a hobby. It wasn’t until we moved to China,
where I can’t really work outside the home, and all of my kids were in school
all day that I finally, with a push from the husband, decided to make a real go
of it. It still felt funny to tell people I was a writer, and I still blush
when I say it, but it’s true! I am a writer! Whether it’s been for over twenty
years or only one year, I am now a writer.

Do you write full-time? If so, what’s
your work day like? If not, what do you do other than write and how do you find
time to write?

I do write full time. I get the kids to school and get back home by 8am. I
immediately sit down at my computer and get to work. I check email, social
media, blog, goodreads, and amazon reviews. Take care of anything that needs
attention there. Then I start writing. I take a couple breaks to exercise and
shower, maybe watch a little TV if I’m feeling stuck, but ultimately, I’m at my
desk until about 3. I make the rounds to pick up all my kids and get home at 5.
While they do homework, I return to my office and keep plugging away (starting
with the email and social media again) until it’s time for dinner at around 7.
If i’m not under deadline, that’s the end of my work day. If I am, then I go
back to the office after a quick dinner and stay there until I can simply take
it no more and fall into bed.

What would you say is your interesting
writing quirk?

I
generally have to have two stories going at the same time, ones that are
completely different from each other. Then I jump back and forth between them
as I start to lose focus. My mind seems to constantly be kicking ideas around,
so I lose focus a lot.

As a child, what did you want to be when
you grew up?

Oh,
it changed a lot. A veterinarian (but I ended up hating science), a journalist
(because, hello…Lois Lane got Superman), a boy (because peeing standing up
seemed so much more convenient), a spy (heck, I still want to be that), and a
writer (check).

Anything additional you want to share
with the readers?

I’d like to thank them for reading. It’s why I write, to share a story with
people who love stories. I’d love to hear from them, too, if they want to drop
me a line through the Website or on
Facebook, Twitter, or Goodreads.

Thanks, Randa! Happy writing.

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13 thoughts on “Interview with paranormal romance author Randa Flannery

  1. Unknown says:

    thanks for having me on today. i am pretty proud of this book and loved ana and lucas. i'm happy to hang out and chat or answer any questions people might have. just leave a comment, and good luck on the drawing!

  2. Unknown says:

    @Mai, i would probably be a bird or cat. the bird because it would be awesome to fly (not so much the eating worms, but it's only for one day, right?). the cat because they look so comfortable and content. i could lay around in the sun by the window all day.

  3. Unknown says:

    I really enjoyed your interview, thank you for sharing! This has been a great book tour and I wish you well with your writing!

  4. Unknown says:

    thank you, betty! it has been a good tour. it's my first real tour, so i wasn't sure what to expect, but i've really enjoyed it. thanks for being a part of it!

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