Hello, February and happy day to all you lovely readers in the blogosphere! Author LaShawn Vasser dropped a new one, and it’s unlike anything she’s written before. You know I had to get the goods, so sit back and enjoy my five questions with…
Welcome, LaShawn Vasser! I’ve been following you since Jason & Vicky (from the Out of Nowhere series) way back when. And now, you’ve introduced us to a brand new series: Hot Voltage.
MRJ: This story sounds so different than what we’re used to reading from LaShawn Vasser. I’m used to rich, alpha moguls and mature, professional women when I read one of your stories. Where did the inspiration for this story come from?
LV: First, let me say thank you for all the support you’ve shown IR/MC authors like me over the years. We really appreciate you and your voice. Now that I’ve said that, I’m EXCITED to talk about the Hot Voltage Series, specifically, Magnetic Pulse, the first of three books.
For as much as Magnetic Pulse is different, it is the same. The primary focus of this book is the love-story developing between the two main characters, Austin and Bo. What’s different is the situation where I have placed them. Over the past year, I’ve often wondered how would we, as a nation, respond in the event of a nuclear war (If Hawaii was any indication–not well)? How would I as an individual? I have to admit I started asking myself these questions shortly after the last election (lol). Then, I began to research “The apocalypse” and “Doomsday scenarios” which led me to “The End of the World As You Know It aka #TEOTWAYKI” and when the “Shit Hits the Fan aka #SHTF” websites and groups. An entirely new world opened up to me–a world known as “preppers”.
I thought it would be interesting to merge the life of a prepper and a doomsday scenario with a steamy love story! So, while Magnetic Pulse doesn’t focus on nuclear war, there is an event so huge that it changes everything, leaving the main characters with no power, no communications, no transportation, and no food for the unforeseeable future.
Could you survive that type of catastrophe? That was the question I asked myself the entire time I was writing the book. The average person can only survive nine days without having to go to the grocery store . . . And sometimes it’s less than that. This is the situation where Austin and Bo find themselves. They, along with their families, are trying to survive the beginnings of this nightmare.
A reader left a review that said Magnetic Pulse reminded them of The Walking Dead and World War Z without the zombies along with a steamy romance to boot! That was the highest compliment because it was exactly what I was hoping for.
MRJ: What can you tell us about Austin and Bo (Bo is a woman, y’all) and how challenging or easy was it to bring these characters to life?
LV: I love these characters to life! They spoke to me before I put pen to paper. Austin is a lethal mix of sexy, loyal, and strong alpha, who is used to giving orders. He’s also accustomed to people following them without question. Bo, on the other hand, is strong-willed, too smart for her own good, a little naïve in their current situation, and doesn’t take too kindly to being told what to do especially when it goes against her core principles. Together, they are like magnets (lol)…drawn to each other but haven’t quite figured out how to fully connect.
Writing this series has been both challenging and easy, depending on the day. There were moments where BOTH of these characters drove me insane–especially Bo. I yelled at her a lot. Fortunately, as the series progresses, she will evolve.
MRJ: Were you at any point in the writing process concerned about how your readers would accept a story that was so different from the norm? I always feel like when an author deviates too far from what their readers are used to, it could be a homerun or a trainwreck.
LV: I am always concerned about how readers will receive every story I write (lol). However, I have to create from a place of honesty within myself. This might sound like the PC answer, but it’s the truth–each, and every time I hit that publish button, and people buy one of my books, I feel like not only is that a success, but I am damn lucky to have people who want to read something I wrote. If they leave a review or send me a message telling me how much they enjoyed it, I’m over the moon. However it turns out, I know I’ve given 110%. Knowing that, I’m okay if I sell one book or thousands, although I prefer thousands (lol)!
MRJ: Would you classify Magnetic Pulse as a high-octane adventure with romantic elements or a romance with non-stop adventure?
LV: I would certainly classify Magnetic Pulse as a romance novel but definitely with non-stop adventure. At the book’s core are two people who are falling in love during an unbelievable situation, and they are forced to see each other without any filters. Often, it’s not pretty, and at other moments, it’s quite beautiful.
So far, the reaction from those who have read the book has been FANTASTIC, and I can’t wait to bring Magnetic Attraction, the next book in the series to them!
MRJ: So… when can we expect book two?
LV: My hope is sometime in late February or March 2018 at the latest.
Thank you, LaShawn Vasser! I appreciate your time and insight. I’ve read the book, and I am telling y’all, it is definitely worth your time and your coins.
Magnetic Pulse is available on Amazon, B&N, Kobo, iBooks, and Google Play and nem. She don’t discriminate…