Today TNL is joined by the burgeoning author of the bestselling Los Perdidos Motorcycle Club series, Daphne Loveling! She's generously taken the time to answer some questions about her life, self-publishing, and her newest series, Fugitives MC. So sit back boys and girls, and have a listen:
I've always wanted to write – in fact, I've always written creatively – but so much of the work involved in going the traditional route seemed to be about marketing, schmoozing, compromising, and frankly, luck. Self-publishing gives me control of the decision-making process. My stories can be about what I want them to be about, not what some publishing house decides is “hot” right now.”
Did you set out to become an author as your profession?
No, not initially! I started self-publishing as an outlet for my frustrated creative juices and as a way to make extra income. I never dreamed it would be something I could eventually do as my full-time job.
Which authors have inspired you the most?
That’s a tough question. I have learned so much from so many authors, and I appreciate different things about each one. I’m in awe of H.M. Ward’s connection to her readers. I like K. Bromberg’s dark writing style. Although that’s not at all the tone of my books, I appreciate her ability to create compelling erotica stories that have an edge to them. Lately, I've enjoyed reading Shayla Black, as well.
What have you written lately?
I’m currently working on the third part of a trilogy of motorcycle club novellas called Fugitives MC. The first two are already out, and the third will be finished within the month. Each of the parts is designed to be completely free-standing, so you don’t have to read them in any particular order, and reading just one still gives you a complete story of a set of characters.
What is the book about?
The first book in the series, entitled simply Fugitives MC, is about a young woman named Tallie who lost her older brother to the Fugitives motorcycle club when she was just a little girl. Now that she’s older, she’s bent on revenge, and comes back to try to get justice for her brother’s death. What she doesn’t count on is meeting her brother’s best friend, who of course doesn’t recognize her because it’s been so long. She’s torn between what she thought she wanted and these new, difficult feelings she’s struggling against.
What is your favorite part of the book?
I really like how both Tallie and Spider (the man she’s trying not to fall for) are both really battling different versions of the same demon: guilt and grief over the past, which has completely informed and in some ways blinded them to the future. What they don’t know is, the same person’s death is what has caused this demon in both of them.
Where do you see the self-publishing industry going in the future?
The sky’s the limit! Honestly, with the evolution of digital media, the audience for self-publishing is only going to grow in the next years and decades. We self-published indie authors are at the forefront of something huge. I’m thrilled to have discovered it, and thrilled to be a part of it.
Who designed your cover art?
A small indie designer who freelances has done covers of some of my longer works. Generally, I have designed my own covers for shorts and even novellas, but for longer works, I go with a professional!
Awesome! Thanks for joining us, Daphne!
If you'd like to get your engines revved, check out some of Daphne's work at the links below: