Lord of Fire – Wytchfae 5 by Flossie Benton Rogers
Paranormal Fantasy Romance
Interview: Seven Secrets of a Wytchfae Author
Beverly and Tamara: Welcome to SSLY. Thanks so much for joining us today. So first why don’t you tell us a little about yourself?
I’m a former teacher and public library director who, upon retirement in 2011, made a solid commitment to become a published author. It had been my dream since age eight, when I wrote my first fairy tale. The dream went on the back burner for years, until 2005 when our library organized a NaNoWriMo program geared toward budding writers. Authors local to our area gave presentations to educate and inspire, and I began to see that my lifelong dream was not as farfetched as I once thought. For several years I participated in NaNo, winning but not looking at the manuscripts once NaNo was over. I was so fortunate to have a supportive husband who encouraged me when I retired to fulfill my heart’s desire. I couldn’t have done it without my beloved Ronnie. Another supporter was Loretta C. Rogers, who became a mentor and eventually a critique partner. In 2011, instead of packing away the 2010 NaNo manuscript, I decided to turn it into a publishable novel. After much critique help from Loretta and pitching it to Secret Cravings Publishing at a writers’ conference, it turned into the first in the series of Wytchfae paranormal fantasy romance novels in 2012.
Beverly: When did you start to write and who influenced you?
I started writing at age eight but became a committed writer in 2011. There are many writers, both literary and entertaining, who have inspired me. For the latter, I have to give a shout out to vintage Australian romance author Dorothy Cork, author of Red Diamond, and to Rex Stout, author of the Nero Wolfe mystery novels. I own and periodically reread most of their works and am constantly amazed at their engaging characters, intriguing plots, and clever writing styles.
Tamara: What are your favorite types of heroines? Do you like the damsel in distress who needs saving or the kick-ass variety? Why?
My heroines are the kick-ass variety. I find action scenes fun to write, and I enjoy heroines who learn their power and come into their own.
Beverly: How many books have you published? What genres? What drew you to that genre?
Six books have been published in the paranormal Wytchfae series, including a novel, four novellas, and an anthology comprised of two of the novellas. The next two Wytchfae novels are scheduled to be published in 2015. I write paranormal fantasy because I get to indulge my passion for mythology, which I absolutely love.
Beverly: What is your “guilty pleasure”?
My guilty pleasure is the soap, General Hospital, which I remember from college. I like to tell myself you can learn a lot about scenes and dialogue, and that’s true, but I also enjoy seeing characters I’ve known for years and the sheer drama of the sudsy show.
Tamara: What dream or goal have you yet to realize?
I want to publish a holiday novel, either Christmas or Halloween. So far, I haven’t managed to fit one into the writing schedule.
Tamara: If you could spend the day with any person from history, real or fictional. Who would you choose and why?
That’s a tough one, since I love history, classical writings, and historical romance novels. At this moment I’d choose to spend the day with the ancient Egyptian pharaoh Smekhkare, husband of Meritaten, related to the rebel pharaoh Akhenaten—possibly brother or son-in-law, and predecessor of the famous pharaoh we call King Tut. My reasoning is that I want to know the real scoop of the New Kingdom Amarna period of Egypt. There is so much conflicting information, and new discoveries have come to light in recent years, but wouldn’t it be exquisite to know what really happened? Besides, Smenkhkare and Meritaten always reminded me of my husband and me, in other words, soul mates.
Lord of Fire – Wytchfae 5
Blurb: When The Hawk meets his Wytchfae, the result is spontaneous combustion.
Garnet McAnna chases the demon responsible for attacking and enslaving innocent fae familiars. She never expected to run headlong into a mesmerizing stranger known as The Hawk. Nor did she anticipate the way his masculine power kindles a womanly flame within her.
Exiled from an elite warrior’s brigade, Lord of Fire Gabriel Hawk guards his heart and his solitude. He wants nothing to do with the world of men or the realm of fae. Then a beautiful Wytchfae bursts into his life, stirring desire and sparking need. Garnet is on a dangerous mission, and he can’t let her face the evil alone. What else can he do but fight beside her? When she disappears, he raises hell to find her. Will he be too late? Will darkness conquer this couple or will love burn their souls into one?
First Line Teaser: She’d catch the demon tonight if it killed her.
Memorable Quote: “Garnet McAnna, you’re the hottest woman in thirteen worlds.”
Lost in her thoughts, Garnet ran up against something hard and springy, and a sharp point pricked the soft flesh of her thumb. She squeezed off the pain with her other hand.
Damned barbed wire.
She had already made it to the fence line and hadn’t even realized it. Sucking in a deep breath, she cleared her mind to concentrate on the task at hand. She had to edge around the boundary to the north side of this large piece of private property to gain access to the portal. Then she’d hunker down in the bushes and wait on the demon Borros.
Moving swiftly again, she cut a wide swath away from the metal fence. Snorting sounds came from within one of the corrals she had noted early this morning when she skirted the property. Horses and a few cattle had grazed within.
Bearing around the corner to head north toward the portal, a splash of incandescent green appeared and then disappeared in front of her. Startled, she blinked and reached into her coat pocket for the revolver. The weapon lay cold and substantial in her hand. She stilled her body to a midnight silence.
The eerie green reappeared and dashed around her body without spotlighting her in any way. It formed a mysterious elongated glow. She clamped down harder on the gun handle to stop her hand from trembling, while shifting positions to keep the phenomenon in front of her.
Her mind tumbled over possibilities. The light couldn’t be swamp gas, as it seemed to proceed purposefully. Its movement created a slight whirring sound. A will ’o the wisp? Somehow she thought not, but what was it?
The presence darted behind her.
Before she could turn, a warm, corporeal hand covered her own and relieved her of the weapon. Whirling around, she came face to face with—a man.
A gasp escaped her lips. With his substantial height, he towered over her. A faint greenish residue of light illuminated him enough so that the fierce scowl on his face caused her heart to thump into overdrive.
She swallowed, fingering the sheath of one of the knives in her pocket. Damn it, next time she’d bring a backup piece. She forced herself to speak, but despite her efforts, her voice rasped. “Give me back my weapon.”
His sonorous growl reminded her of a feral animal. “Not so fast. What the hell are you doing sneaking around my property with a firearm in the middle of the night?”
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Flossie Benton Rogers is the author of the Wytchfae paranormal romance series. She is Sagittarius with a Libra ascendant and Taurus moon, or a 5th generation Floridian and freedom loving mystic. She pursues her passion for mythology by writing romances with fairies, goddesses, ghosts, angels, demons, and other magical beings. The Wytchfae world brims with dimensions parallel to our own. Some are welcoming, others dangerous and forbidding. Through the darkest night and the fright of unchained chaos, love will always shine.
Connect with Flossie:
Goodreads author page: http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/6553203.Flossie_Benton_Rogers
Amazon author page: http://amazon.com/author/flossiebentonrogers