19 October 2011

Interview: Riptide's Grand Opening Party - L.A. Witt

Q: First of all where are you from?

Born and raised about 30 minutes outside of Seattle.

Q: What do you like to read?

Pretty much anything that sounds interesting. I mostly read science fiction and fantasy, but I’ll read anything.

Q: What do you love about being an author?

Besides having a 15 second commute, working in my pajamas, listening to my own music, having my cat on my desk, taking breaks/vacations whenever I want, and being able to chat while I work? Being an author.

Q: Where do you get your inspiration?

Take two (or three) characters, put them in a crappy situation, add water remove clothing, stir vigorously.

Q: Do you tend to base your characters on real people or are they totally from your imagination?

They’ll usually have a real person’s face, but the characters come from my imagination. Meaning I need a visual of some sort – usually a photo, either of a celebrity or just some random picture I found online – so I can put a face with the name, but the character evolves on his or her own.

Q: What are your current projects?

It changes constantly, but I’m working on a BDSM novel at the moment, plus rewriting a hetero BDSM story that I wrote in 2010. Hoping to have both of those done and submitted by the end of the year, but considering I’m traveling and relocating from October thru December, I don’t expect to be quite as productive as I usually am.

Q: Where do you get the names for your characters?

Sometimes they come to me. Sometimes I have to spend an inordinate amount of time poring over a very tattered baby name book that lives on my desk. There is frequently some brainstorming with my Minion and my writing buddies.

Q: Tell us about your latest release(s)?

Chip in His Shoulder will be out on November 14, at Riptide Publishing.

Here's a blurb:

“Contract killer” is a fitting job for a vampire, and it suits Liam just fine. Cast down from the wealth and status of the Sky for taking a human lover, Liam lurks in the poor and pollution-choked Gutter, killing to survive. Between his natural strengths and his Cybernetix mods, no mark has ever escaped him.

Liam’s ex-lover Daniel is the heir to Cybernetix—and its greatest threat. Horrified by people less man than machine and the exploitation of Gutter factory workers, he’d rather destroy Cybernetix than inherit it . . . if his father doesn’t destroy him first.

Years of anger and a heap of mods have kept Daniel and Liam apart. When Liam is hired to slaughter a man in his glass Sky tower, he walks right into a Daniel-shaped trap. Daniel’s father has betrayed them both, and only by working together can Daniel and Liam survive the coming day. They have no reason to trust each other, but as the dawn looms, a bargain that began with the simple urge to live soon reminds them of the love they once shared. Can they find each other again, or will the Cybernetix assassins find them first?

The pre-order buy link

Q: What are you working on next?

At the moment, I’m working on a contemporary gay BDSM novel called Where There’s Smoke. After that, it’s on to the not-yet-titled second book in the Tooth & Claw series (book #1, The Given & The Taken, is due out in January from Samhain).

Q: What would you advise an aspiring author?

Sit down and write. The book will not write itself, so put your butt in a chair, your fingers on a keyboard, and write until you finish. If it sucks, don’t panic. That’s what editing is for. And for the love of all that’s good and unholy, when you submit your work, be persistent. You will get rejected. Probably a few times (I have about 300 rejections under my belt). Keep at it, be open to criticism, keep improving, and keep writing.

Q: Is there anything you'd like to tell your readers?

No matter what anyone says, argyle socks do not, in fact, go well with strappy stiletto dress shoes.

Q: How can readers connect with you?

Readers are welcome to e-mail me at thethinker42(AT)gmail(DOT)com if they have questions, comments, or Jared Leto’s home phone number.

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The Giveaway: From October 1 to December 31, Riptde authors and editors will set sail on a massive Grand Opening blog tour!

We're gearing up for three months of games, prizes, interviews, chats, and scavenger hunts, and we'd love to have you along! At each stop along the tour, we'll be giving away great prizes - tons of books from our authors' backlists, swag by the boatload, gift ceritficates to All Romance Ebooks, and entries into the Grand Prize drawings for a Nook, a Kindle, and an iPad.

Have you got a question to ask L.A. Witt? This is your moment! Ask away in your comments ;)


  1. I'd have never pictured argyle and stilettos together before now, but I bet somewhere, someone can pull it off. (Are you listening, Project Runway??) =)

    adara adaraohare com

  2. LOL argyle socks and stilettos? Yeah, that's a no-no.

    Great interview. :)

  3. I love your books. Keep writing. I'll wait for you to get settled in the new location and back on your usual track. Take care.

    sabrinayala at gmail dot com

  4. Great interview; I enjoyed reading it.

    I love your book covers. Do you work closely witht he cover artist?

    Tracey D
    booklover0226 at gmail dot com

  5. I love hearing about your favorite parts of writing. Being comfy in your pjs all day is definitely appealing. What do you like about being associated with Riptide? What makes them different from other publishers?

    joderjo402 AT gmail DOT com

  6. Lol, working in pjs would sure be the icing on the cake

  7. LOL! Very funny interview :-) I, too, would love to have Jared Leto's phone # ;-)

    smaccall AT comcast.net

  8. Great interview. I love wear pijamas when I'm at home ^_^

  9. Great interview.Chip in His Shoulder sounds really good

  10. I'm still laughing about the stilettos & socks. This was a great interview thank you.


  11. Finally got to stop by! I've been traveling and handling an overseas move, so it's been a little crazy. Anyway!

    ""What do you like about being associated with Riptide? What makes them different from other publishers?""

    I just like the fact that they don't mind being associated with me. Okay, kidding. Anyway, I really liked the vision Aleks and Rachel had for Riptide, and when they asked me to be part of it, I jumped on it. I'm really excited to see what the future holds for Riptide. What makes them different? Well, their editing is certainly more intense than anything I've ever experienced! (No, this is not a bad thing)

    ""Do you work closely witht he cover artist?""

    I submit cover art forms, and I try to give the artist as much detail as I can while still giving them room to be creative. I freaking love Chip's cover!!

    L. A. Witt

  12. I still have not decided whether or not I miss the Seattle area. On the one hand, when DH was stationed there, I spent a goodly proportion of the winter months dealing with SAD. On the other hand, there's no Half-Price Books where we are now, and I miss Point Defiance & the Seattle Aquarium.

  13. Late as usual but that's a wise advice to upcoming authors.

    I would never have thought you have like 300 rejected stories in your belt.

    I am a little curious though, what do you do with these 300 stories?

    moniqee (@) hotmail.com

  14. tracy - I missed Seattle, but I really want to go back to Okinawa. I loved it there.

    Monica - Most of those are multiple rejections for the same story. Over the last three years, I've submitted something like 35-40 books, most of which eventually sold. Sometimes it was a matter of subbing a story to the wrong market, or needing to hone my querying skills, things like that. Sometimes the book was just not up to snuff. Those were either rewritten and sold, or trunked, put on the back burner, etc.

    L. A.

  15. It seems the most important thing about becoming a write is well to write and to do so routinely and consistently. I hear this from so many authors and I agree. It sounds simple and yet it's easier said than done. I do think the best things are life are those that take some work to accomplish :)


  16. Great interview LA,

    I do have a question if I'm not too late. U seem to write under many genres do u have a favourite?



  17. Re: favorite genres/sub genres:

    Not sure I could pick one. I like trying different genres, mixing subgenres, etc. Steampunk and cyberpunk are my current addictions, but contemporary will always have a special place in my heart.

    L A Witt


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