Welcome, I would like to take this opportunity to thank
Deanna Lee for taking time out of her busy schedule and
answering a few questions for Coffee Time Romance. Today
we are asking Ms. Lee about BLOOD MOON, and about some
of her other works. First of all Deanna, I finished the Blood
Moon; it was fabulous! Are you going to write any more Kyra
hanks, that’s always great to hear! I had a lot of fun creating Kyra and her world. I’ve
plotted 6 books for the series but I’m sure I’ll have more ready to plot after I’ve written
the four remaining. The next book in the series will take place almost entirely in space
and is currently titled “Close Quarters”.
I noticed you made the hero black, what made you decide to use mixed couples?
Blood Moon is my third interracial title and the decision to make Alex Waters African
American came rather easily. I am the white half of an interracial couple and it’s a
dynamic that I find comfortable, interesting, and sexy.
When I wrote my first interracial title, Undressing Mercy (with Liquid Silver Books) I did
worry how it would be received. I was relieved to discover that there was a market and an
audience for the story I had to tell.
Where did your inspiration for this book, series come from?
Kyra Moray was born out of frustration. I was so tired of reading books about women that
supposedly had tough jobs but weren’t that tough. They need a man to rescue them, or
they are uncomfortable with their own weapon, or they’re damn near emotionally crippled
by a wretched past.
While Kyra has a past—it’s something she’s dealt with in a healthy way. She enjoys her
life, her job, and her man. Sex isn’t a complicated thing for her, but she does have enough
heart and courage to risk getting deeply involved in a relationship.
She loves and hates with a great deal of passion, something I’ve seen often in women in
my own life.
So, Kyra came first and her world formed around her. In the first few plot drafts the series
was set in modern day—but my love of technology pushed me into the future. I’m a
technocrat at heart—and I gave that to Kyra. I tried to picture things I would want in my
world and situated Kyra in a time in place where she could have some pretty fancy stuff to
Deanna, you where or how did you get the research for Investigator, cops and forensic
information? Did you interview coroners, policemen ect....?
It’s a lot of research! I love to research and since my day job is in a large university
library—it’s easy to get my hands on new articles out of science and law enforcement
I watch Forensic Files, Cold Case Files, The Investigators, FBI Files, and all kinds of
documentaries on Court TV and A&E. I love that stuff. My TIVO is full to the brim with it.
I have a BA in Psychology and have always found the criminal mind very interesting. I
have books as well on crime scene investigation and criminal profiling.
All in all I find the human experience—criminal or not very interesting. With the first Kyra
book, Still Waters, I did a lot of ‘thinking’ in the killer’s head. Getting my head around the
motivations of the criminal at work in my books takes effort but I believe it pays off!
How did you come up with some of the gadgets of the future?
The technocrat in me took over. I wanted a phaser and a flippy communicator like on Star
Trek—lol—when I was a kid. Hell, I still want them. When I was creating Kyra’s world I
tried to keep in mind that I had built a world full of political strife, war, and drastic
changes in society as far as established governments went. I opened the series only a
few years after a major war.
Why a futuristic mystery?
I love to read science fiction but I’ve come to realize that I’m not very good at writing it.
Futuristic is about as close as I ever should get to the science fiction genre.
The mystery part…. Well I’m a huge fan of Elizabeth Peters actually. I love a good twisty
mystery and found that once I started plotting one that I was rather good at it.
Deanna, how long did you have the idea for this book, before you started writing?
I plotted Still Waters in two weeks and wrote it during the month of October of last year.
Still Waters came out in April of this year and two days after the release I started plotting
Blood Moon…. And I probably spent two months on it. The plot for Blood Moon had several
layers and became complicated to say the least!
Deanna, why New Orleans for location?
First and foremost, I knew I would need a southern city because I didn’t want Kyra to be
in a domed city--- at least not when the series opened. I thought about the southern
cities that I had visited and how each is unique but in the end I chose the New Orleans.
I love New Orleans! It was (and will be again) a beautiful city full of a rich and amazing
culture. The people of New Orleans have heart, soul, and faith on a level I’ve rarely
encountered elsewhere. The devastation in that area broke my heart and I’ve given all I
could to the relief efforts. I hope those who can help, will.
Can you tell us where if any of your ideas for Clara the Voodoo aunt came from?
Clara is actually the brain child of my best friend, Sable Grey (www.sablegrey.com). Still
Waters actually started out as an anthology idea but when that didn’t pan out—it became
a stand alone full length title.
So Clara with all of her temper, zeal, and Voodoo is Sable’s fault. She’s also responsible
for the scarecrow… because as creepy as I can think I never would’ve thought of that on
Will the second characters, Kyra's staff, be staying with her? And if so are there any
surprises for us there?
I currently have no plans to “lose” or otherwise maim any of Kyra’s staff so they will stay
firmly in place through at least book 6. I dealt readers a bit of a surprise in Blood Moon in
regards to Ana, Kyra’s partner, so there won’t be much else on her front to make mouths
Each of the characters will continue to grow and change in the series. I hate to see series
where only the main characters ever seem to change. That just doesn’t happen in real life.
There are some painful things ahead for the series and Kyra will need all the support she
can handle and then some.
Alex has a problem; do things look up in that area for Alex and Kyra?
No- currently I have no plans to see Alex’s “problem” corrected. Kyra’s response to it is
important to their relationship and I think it says a lot about how she really feels about
Deanna, can you give us your website address?
Is there anything exciting happening to you now or in the near future?
Well... I did accept a three book deal with Kensington! Undressing Mercy will be expanded
and in print next year. I just recently finished the expansion of the novella and I tried very
hard to stay true to the characters and the story I told originally… I didn’t want to ruin the
story for those who really loved and enjoyed it as a novella. I believe that I just made it a
richer experience. I can’t wait for people to read it!
Is there any little secrets or clues you would like to give out on your Kyra Moray Mystery's?
Gosh… I’m not sure. I will tell you that there are LOTS of secrets floating around in Kyra’s
world. In book 5 we learn more about Alex’s time in the military and in book 6 Kyra will
learn something unexpected about her mother.
Deanna, do you have any advice for aspiring writers?
If there is a person in your life that often says… “You know I always thought I could write
a book” when ever you mention your own writing… slap them really hard in the back of the
head because they suck.
Okay- for real- write every day but don’t forget to live your life, too. Nothing is good or
healthy if you are consumed by the need to do it every minute of your day.
Thanks so much Deanna, I truly enjoyed the book and the interview! I want to thank
Deanna Lee on behalf of Coffee Time Romance for chatting with us today.