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Look Who’s Going to RT: Lizzie T. Leaf

Can you introduce yourself to my readers?

I’ve always lived with the stories in my head and at various times attempted to put them on paper.  Like a lot of us, life would get in the way and I’d set them aside.  Then six years ago, the voices demanded to be heard and I started to write again.  My husband encouraged me and I attended a writers group and met two other ladies and we became critique partners.

They both wrote Erotic Romance and dared me to try.  I did and that started my publishing career.  My current Paranormal series is spicy as a lot of romance books are today, but doesn’t fall into the erotic category.  And, as with most of my books, the new series has humor.

Can you introduce us to the world that you have created?

The Magical Love Series crosses into a lot of realms, bringing together various immortals and mortals.  It is based around a Scottish Cailleach the Powers direct to unite several pairs of soul mates.

In Beyond Magic, the first book in the series, the Cailleach uses her magic to bring together Ian McCabe, grandson of a Greek Goddess and a Nordic God, on his father’s side, and grandson of the faerie King and Queen on his mother’s side.   The heroine, Emma Grant is a tour director who in unaware of her magical bloodlines.  There are supporting characters that make life frustrating for Emma and Ian, and of course one that complicates and almost ends their opportunity of happiness.

My current WIP is the second book in the series and will release late summer/early fall.  This unites a witch and a vampire and the union has the Cailleach reluctant to set the magic into play.

A theme through all the books is the love of chocolate and will build in each book since one of the scheduled heroines will become a chocolatier.  Each of the books will have a chocolate recipe at the end that is made and consumed in the book.  Each of the books in the rest of the series will have a fun contest for readers to have the opportunity to have their recipe used and of course the credit going to them.

Future books will feature a banshee, a selkie & siren and a faerie working to regain her magical powers.

Will this be your first RT or are you a veteran?  Any advice for those who are going for the first time?

No, I’ve attended several RT conventions.  For first timers, I say enjoy!  Network and meet new friends.  Attend as many presentations as you can, especially if you’re an aspiring author.

And don’t be afraid to approach authors and introduce yourself.  I think most authors love to meet fans and it’s great to have a face to go with a name.  I’ve suggested to my FB friends we set up a time and place to meet if they’re attending RT and some are excited about the idea.

Are you speaking on any panels during RT?  Are there any you are looking forward to?  What panels are you planning on attending?

I am speaking on the MARKETING: Champagne Self-Promotion for Authors on a Beer Budget

There are several panels/presentations I want to attend.  My goal each day is to get in at least one in the morning and one in the afternoon.  Which ones vary each time I read the offerings and I’m sure will change once I get there.  I do want to make one of the YA panels since I’m also working on a Mainstream that a librarian friend told me crosses over into YA.

If someone were wanting to meet up with you at RT, who should they look for?

In addition to the panel mentioned above, I will be in Club RT twice.  Wednesday afternoon and Thursday morning.  I will also be at both book signing events…the small press/epublisher signing on Friday and the larger book signing on Saturday.

And they can look for a tall, redhead with a shortish bob hairstyle.  I’ll be wandering and of couse, networking in the bar…

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