But before of heading off to the interview (and checking out that giveaway found at the end of this post), please check out what Trinity Stones is all about:
*** This is the ‘Adapted for Young Adult Reader’ version of TRINITY STONES (The Angelorum Twelve Chronicles #1) ***
Angel Paranormal Romantic Suspense / Urban Fantasy. First book in a four-part series. No cliffhangers.
Anxiety-ridden New York investment banker, Cara Collins, has little to smile about on her 27th birthday between a hostile work environment and her impossible romantic situation with her longtime friend and first love, Dr. Kai Solomon. But before the day ends, she learns she has inherited $50 million—a windfall that must remain secret or risk the lives of those close to her.
As Cara unravels the truth surrounding her inheritance, she makes a startling discovery: angels walk among the living, and they’re getting ready to engage in a battle that will determine the future of the human race. In the midst of these revelations, she meets mysterious and sophisticated Simon Young, who offers her the promise of romance for the first time since Kai.
But when Kai and his daughter are kidnapped by dark forces, Cara must choose: accept her place in a 2,000-year-old prophecy foretold in the Trinity Stones as the First of the Twelve who will lead the final battle between good and evil . . . or risk losing everything she holds dear.
Hi L. G. O’Connor! Thank you so much for taking some time to answer a few questions.
To start it all off, could you please share with us a few random things about yourself and your books?
I’m a big believer that there are no coincidences, but honestly, six years ago, if anyone would’ve told me that I’d write a novel someday, much less five (some aren’t published yet), I would’ve told them they needed a psychiatric evaluation J I have an MBA, not an MFA. In high school, I chose Calculus over English, because that’s how much I disliked writing. Then again, it’s been the things I’ve fought against most that have sucked me in kicking and screaming, and have formed the base for my life’s success. I guess this is just another one of those things.
Other random things: I was a competitive figure skater in high school; I practice Reiki healing; I collect antiques; I’ve read thousands of books over my lifetime; I have two four-legged children, my whippets Chloe and Nevada. Chloe stars as my heroine’s canine companion in the series.
What do you love most when writing your books?
My characters come alive! I love them all, good and bad. When they take over and start driving, that’s when my writing is at its best. They constantly surprise me.
At the time I started writing the series (2009), there wasn’t as much out with angels, at least in the adult category. I’m a voracious reader of paranormal and urban fantasy, and mostly everything I was reading at the time was vampires in both YA & adult. I guess I’m drawn more to the light even though I don’t avoid the darkness in my series. Also, I wanted to create a story based on real biblical lore and use it as a springboard for my world building. Plus, I’ve always been fascinated by angels. Giving them the added burden of making them human creates an interesting internal conflict.
Who designed your covers? (I love them!)
Thanks! Derek Murphy of CreativIndie. He’s awesome, and quite the busy guy lately! I’ve worked with him for several years now, and he designed the covers for my unreleased series as well. He’s also done some of Joanna Penn’s covers, and is used by many indies.
I know that you have a YA adapted version of Trinity Stones, could you please tell us more about that?
Originally, I wrote this series for the young adults who have aged out of Happy Potter, Twilight, and the rest of the hot young adult series over the last five years. The themes are similar with older characters in the new adult phase of life. I released the YA adaptation specifically to capture a new younger audience (13+) who can grow with the series (there are a total of 5 books), as well as adults who like YA because it is relatively free from explicit love scenes. I also went out of my way to remove the profanity that’s in the adult version of the series. This way, as the audience ages or their preferences change, they can choose which version to read—new adult or young adult.
Did you happen to cut out many scenes from your books and is there a particular one you were hesitant to take away from the final versions?
In the first draft of Trinity Stones, there was a love triangle that emerged on the page between Cara and Brett. Their chemistry was red hot and I couldn’t ignore it, so I let it go and he was part of the cast for the whole second half of the book. My editor basically made me rip him out. Big pout. Brett stayed in one scene, but his story was pushed to book 2. He actually opens The Wanderer’s Children vs. Cara. I have to say, my editor was right. It detracted from Cara’s romance with Simon. Rewriting the series without that was hard (I had already started writing the next book which had to undergo a major rewrite because of it), but I couldn’t avoid some attraction in book 2 – but it’s there now for a different reason.
You mentioned that one of your characters is a French chef, tell me - Why did you choose that profession for him and not something else?
Ah! Yes. First off, there is nothing sexier to me than a man who can cook – and I don’t just mean cook, I mean cook. Even better when it comes in an unexpected package. Simon, my hero, has a soft side that I love, and he gives himself to people through his food. Painting is his other passion. In his heart of hearts, he’d love to open a restaurant, but that doesn’t fit well with his mission to help Cara save mankind. When he was at his lowest, he left the Guardianship to escape for a while. That’s when he pursued his love of food. I love a beta hero with the right amount of alpha. Simon makes cooking masculine and alpha, yet it gives him a sensitive touch.
What is your favorite quote/scene from the Trinity Stones and why?
My favorite quote is the tagline: “There are no coincidences, only destinies to be fulfilled”
But my favorite scene, is toward the end of the book after Cara has an emotional confrontation with Simon, and ends up on the roof deck with Zeke—a young and irreverent Guardian who gives her some unexpected relationship advice. That scene is not only pivotal for Cara, but has some fabulous dialogue that gives us other revelations and this great sense of Zeke who is while Cara takes a hard look at herself.
What was the thing you were most afraid of when starting to write the Trinity Stones?
I didn’t know enough to be afraid :)
In what did you do most research on for your books?
Two things: genetics, since this series has a blended sci-fi (light, not hard core) and urban fantasy theme; and biblical angel lore. I found some great research sites on angels in addition to books already in my personal library, in addition to the translated Books of Enoch online.
I had to refresh all my genetics research for the prequel novella, Hope’s Prelude, which launches in May. That had a much heavier genetics focus than the initial book, since the main character is the scientist who started it all.
What are you currently reading?
I’m in the middle of a few books, and starting a few more. Some for my blog, and other’s for pleasure. Here are the books I’m currently reading:
On the slow burn reading list:The Fiery Cross (Diana Gabaldon) – Historical Time TravelThe Pact (Karina Halle) – New AdultThe King (J.R. Ward) – Paranormal Romance Reading with the intent to finish fast:As White as Snow (Salla Simukka) – YA NoirMidnight Betrayal (Melinda Leigh) – Romantic Suspense Next up: A Vampire’s Soul (Carla Susan Smith) and Red Carpet Day Job, my writer friend, Tasha Cotter’s debut novel.
What inspires YOU as a writer?
A story that won’t let me stop writing it
Do you usually eat something while you write?
I have a full-time job, so I write at nights and on weekends. So, I’m usually eating at least one meal or having a cup of coffee as I’m writing.
Share with us a super secret thing that hardly anyone knows about you as an author!
I wish I had a super secret thing!
What is your favorite book-to-movie adaptation?
It would have to be book to TV series, and that is Outlander – by far :)
Who is your favorite book couple?
In YA, it would be Tris and Four in the Divergent Trilogy, and in adult fiction, Claire and Jamie Fraser in the Outlander series.
Harry Potter or Chronicles of Narnia?
Harry Potter :)
Thank you so much again L.G. O'Connor! Can't wait for my sister to finish your book so she can tell me all about it. :D
About L.G. O'Connor
L.G. O’Connor is a member of the Romance Writers of America. A corporate strategy and marketing executive for a Fortune 250 company, she writes adult urban fantasy, paranormal romance, and contemporary romance. She is currently working on the third book in the Angelorum Twelve Chronicles, Book of Four Rings, for publication in 2015. In addition, she is writing an adult contemporary romance series set in Morristown, New Jersey. L.G. lives a life of adventure, navigating her way through dog toys and soccer balls and loaning herself out for the occasional decorating project. When she’s feeling particularly brave, she enters the kitchen…
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