Today I’m very lucky to be interviewing Lisa Oliver, author of The Artist and His Alpha, book 3 in the Alpha and Omega series.
Hi Lisa, thank you for agreeing to this interview. Tell us a little about yourself, your background, and your current book.
Hi and thank you for having me here today. If I had to describe myself in one sentence it would be to say “I am a character driven writer with a love for all things paranormal.” All of my books are classified as M/M paranormal erotic romances, which is a bit of a mouthful, but those types of books are important to me for many reasons.
This book is another example of my belief in the power of love. Caden, the omega of the story, hides himself away, not in an attic as such, but pretty close, working as a successful artist but shunning the world because of past abuse. His fear of living is almost tangible. Sean, his Alpha mate is arrogant, self-absorbed and has done enough living for both of them. Their meeting was by chance, but because this is a true mate trope, it changed them both, and it is those changes that are explored in this story.
- What book do you wish you could have written?
I have read thousands of books over the years – thousands of them, and when I first started writing I wanted to emulate this author, or that one. But I quickly learned it was far better to speak with my own style. I respect all authors for the words they have shared.
- How important are names to you (in your books)? Do you choose names based on liking the way it sounds or meaning? How do you choose your names?
I am one of those people who believe names have power, so naming my character is an important element of my stories. I always check the meaning of names before I use them, and I often use Celtic or Latin sources to find the more unusual names I use.
- Were you already a great writer? Have you always enjoyed writing? How long have you been writing?
I have been writing for a living for twenty years, but I have only been writing my fictional stories for the past two and a half years. I have always been an avid reader, since I was four years old, and I think that is important for any writer.
- Which character, from any of your books, do you consider your greatest work?
All of my characters have traits that are special to me but my most recent character, Luke, from Tangling with Bears, was the most challenging because of his unique personality. I was thrilled when readers told me they got it – they got the type of personality I was trying to portray and they loved him.
- What hobbies do you enjoy?
I love reading and I make a point of reading at least one book a day. But when I am not at my computer I love photography, painting and drawing in charcoal. I am also a fan of online shopping and real world arts and craft markets.
The Artist and His Alpha
(The Alpha and Omega #3)
**Each book is a self-contained story and can be read as a standalone**
Publisher: Oliver Group Publications
Length: 65,900 words
Release Date: January 29, 2016
Caden Wolfe lives his life hiding from the world. As an Omega with a brute of an Alpha looking for him, he can’t afford to take any chances. He is happy enough with his art, his one good friend Felix and his agent who adores his paintings. It’s a far cry from life on the streets and Caden is determined to keep working hard, and stay out of the spotlight. Staying away from all things wolf is easy enough in the city, until he meets the one man with the potential to blow his cover and his way of life, out of the water.
Sean Black has it all – a brother for pack, a home pack that is still supportive but far enough away not to interfere with his daily life, a good business, and men who clamor for his attention every night of the week. The last thing he wants or needs is a mate, but after a brief meeting with a gorgeous artist, he realizes his life will change, and not necessarily in a good way.
A misunderstanding leads to danger for Caden and Sean has to make a choice. Can he give his Omega what he needs, or should he make sure he’s protected and then walk away? A rogue Alpha with an agenda of his own, a trap, and trouble from the council are just a few of the things this couple will have to contend with if they are ever to have their HEA.
Categories: Erotica, Fiction, Gay Fiction, M/M Romance, Paranormal, Romance, Wolf shifters, True Mates, Alpha and Omega
“Holy shit, he has a gun. Caden, for fuck’s sake don’t shoot!”
Sean heard Felix yell and he damn near pushed Liam off the fire escape, leaping up the last of the stairs. He could understand how Felix would want to talk quickly, especially if a gun was involved, but he had to see Caden for himself. As he stood on a rickety ledge he was momentarily stunned by the vision in front of him. A huge lit space littered with canvases spoke of hard work, dedication, passion for art and an apparent disregard for mess. And in front of it all stood Caden – locked, loaded and ready for bear.
The young man looked even better than Sean remembered. His slim, pale torso gleamed under the light, his unruly mop of straight blond hair falling just over the top of one eye. All Caden appeared to be wearing was a pair of jeans that hung low on his hips – a truly sexy picture. But it was the confident way Caden held the gun in his hands, and the unflinching glare in his eyes, that touched Sean’s heart. Felix had been right about one thing. Caden was determined to defend his home, and he looked more than capable of doing it. Damn, if that idea didn’t slam Sean in the groin and hang on.
“What are you doing here, Felix?” Caden’s voice held traces of nervousness that wouldn’t be noticed by human ears, but Sean noticed that the hands holding the gun didn’t waver.
“I was worried about you,” Felix called out, stepping closer to the glass, his hands spread to show he was unarmed. “We all were. You wouldn’t answer your door; you weren’t taking my calls. I had to know you were all right. We’re friends, Caden, I thought you trusted me. Now please, let us in. This damn ledge is fucking unsafe and you know I’m scared of heights.”
Caden held his glare for a long minute, and Sean wasn’t sure the young man would ever move. But then he carefully raised his weapon, removed the magazine, which he tucked in his back pocket, and then walked over to rest the gun against the wall. Only then did he come towards the large panes of glass, releasing a latch, which Sean realized was actually a door latch. What he had mistaken for windows doubled as large sliding doors.
Once all three men were inside of what was a huge space, Caden seemed unsure of himself. “I know we’re friends,” he said to Felix hesitantly – scared, but apparently determined to defend his actions. “I’m not doing anything wrong.” His eyes seemed to catch Sean’s automatically and Sean was shocked to see they were full of fear again. “I’m an adult. This is my place, my territory. I’m not intruding on anyone’s space. I have a right to be here.”
Sean realized in that instant that Caden’s immediate fear had a name – the Black Brothers – and damn, if that didn’t make him feel sick. He and Liam were full-blown Alpha wolves, and his little Omega must have thought that they had a pack, or at least a right to the territory he lived in. No wonder the poor guy had locked himself in and refused to talk to anyone. He was terrified of losing his home and possibly his life.
Felix looked confused. “No one said you didn’t have any right to be here. This is your home, bought and paid for. No one can take it away from you so long as you pay your taxes, and your trust does that for you.”
“Then why did you bring them?” Caden hadn’t stopped looking at Sean, but clearly Liam was included in the ‘them’ comment as well. “They know what I’m talking about. Why are they here, if not to beat me, torture me, rape me and then kick me out of my home? That’s what men like them do. What are they doing here?”
MEET THE AUTHOR
Lisa Oliver had been writing non-fiction books for years when visions of half dressed, buff men started invading her dreams. Unable to resist the lure of her stories, Lisa decided to switch to fiction books, and now stories about her men clamor to get out from under her fingertips.
When Lisa is not writing, she is usually reading with a cup of tea always at hand. Her grown children and grandchildren sometimes try and pry her away from the computer and have found that the best way to do it, is to promise her chocolate. Lisa will do anything for chocolate.
Lisa loves to hear from her readers and other writers. You can friend her on Facebook (http://www.facebook.com/lisaoliverauthor), catch up on what’s happening at her blog (http://www.supernaturalsmut.com) or email her directly at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Three print copies of the book sent via Createspace (International offer.)
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