Interview with fantasy author D. Lieber

Author
D. Lieber joins me today to talk about
her new steampunk adventure fantasy romance, The Exiled Otherkin.



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Bio:
D.
writes stories she wants to read. Her love of the worlds of fiction led her to
earn a Bachelor’s in English from Wright State University.
When
she isn’t reading or writing, she’s probably hiking, crafting, watching anime,
Korean television, Bollywood, or old movies. She may also be getting her geek
on while planning her next steampunk cosplay with friends.
She lives in Wisconsin
with her husband (John), retired guide dog (Samwise), and cat (Yin).

Welcome, D. Please share a little bit
about your current release.

Exiled from Faerie when her father dies, half-Fae Ember is surprised by how
much the human realm has changed since she was there last. She takes a
dangerous job on a merchant airship, hoping a life on the move will keep her
well-hidden. Sure, she misses her brother, but years of apathy have numbed her
emotions.

When the optimistic and
naïve Reilley follows her, it’s annoying to say the least. But when she starts
feeling responsible for him, long-stifled emotions crack the ice around her
heart.
Faeries,
pirates, and traveling players meet in this steampunk fantasy adventure as
Ember tries to cope with feelings long forgotten and a past that pursues her.

What inspired you to write this book?

I
really enjoy steampunk, and my friends in the Kenosha Steampunk Society
encouraged me to write a steampunk novel. With that in mind, I just sat down
and thought about what else I wanted to be in there. I landed on Fae because I
was interested in how the combination of genres would turn out.

Excerpt from The Exiled Otherkin:

Clutching my new tambourine, I
walked to a clearing to have more room to dance. Reilley grabbed the drum and
started a beat. Like before, I moved to the rhythm. This time, my red skirt
danced with me, and I shook my tambourine appropriately. We discovered that as
long as I let Reilley choose the pace, we could improvise an entertaining
performance.
We fed on each other’s energy and
ended at a natural breaking point, exchanging smiles as the last beat echoed
off the trees.
“You’re enchanting,” Reilley
complimented smoothly.
“I’m only expressing your music and
following your lead.”
He flushed with pleasure at the high
praise.
“Could you do me a favor?” I asked
him.
He nodded.
“Would you unplait my hair? It
should be dry by now.”
His eyes gleamed like I’d given him
a gift, and I turned my back to him. With long, deft fingers, he gently
unbraided my hair. Undone, he ran his hands through the soft waves to separate
them. I shivered.
“Thank you,” I whispered.
As his hands gently stroked the dark
locks, I became aware that we were very alone. We’d been alone before, but this
time was different. An air of anticipation settled between us. His hands
stilled. Neither of us knew what should happen next, and the pressure quickly
became uncomfortable.

What exciting story are you working on
next?
My next novel will be released on June 21, 2018. It’s a paranormal romance
called Intended Bondmates:

No one said guarding a faeling from bloodthirsty vampires would be easy. In
fact, Runa trained all her life to protect her intended bondmate, Konner, until
he could awaken his full magic.

She
was looking forward to her time with the young fae until tragedy shattered her
plans. For the last thirteen years, she’s been bound with Mikhail. Neither of
them was happy with the arrangement, but she never thought he’d request to
unbind from her early.
When
all hope of Runa fulfilling her rite and joining werewolf society is
threatened, Konner comes through and agrees to become her bondmate.
But
Konner hasn’t forgiven her for abandoning him. And Rowan, bound with Konner’s
brother, is hostile toward the fellow werewolf who left him to protect two
faelings alone.
As
Runa tries to make up for her past betrayals, forbidden thoughts and urges
imperil all of their futures.


When did you first consider yourself a
writer?

I
really struggled to adopt the writer label actually. I didn’t start introducing
myself as a writer until I had completed my first novel. It was a little
ridiculous to be honest. I write for a government agency for my day job. But
even then, when people would ask what I do for a living, I would always say I
write rather than I am a writer. Even if that’s how I earn my living, it felt
too arrogant to call myself a writer. Isn’t that silly? One day, I decided I
needed to own the title if I was going to realize my full potential. After I
had been writing for years, I forced myself to say, “I’m a writer” until I
believed it.

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 write full-time, but not fiction. I write articles for a government magazine
for my day job. I find time on nights and weekend to write fiction by forcing
myself to do it, usually with a guilt trip.

What would you say is your interesting
writing quirk?
I write everything out longhand before I type it on a computer. I can’t get
the words flowing otherwise.

As a child, what did you want to be when
you grew up?
I wanted to be a paleontologist.

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