Today we’re hanging out with author LB Dunbar! LB and I met through a rock star romance reader group, Rock Star VIPs, where we’re both featured authors! I’m very excited to have her here today and to learn a little more about her and her books. I’ve just begun reading The Legend of Arturo King, and I’m loving the spin on the classic story!!
About LB Dunbar, the author:
The Legendary Rock Star series is about Arturo King and his band, The Nights. A modern spin on the classic tale of King Arthur, The Nights discover the power of love.
The Legend of Arturo King
Full Series: iBooks
The Story of Lansing Lotte
The Quest of Perkins Vale
The Truth of Tristan Lyons
The Trials of Guinevere DeGrance
What genre(s) do you write in?
I write contemporary romance; specifically small town, sweet and sexy (Sensations Collection), rock star romance (The Legendary Rock Star series) and my latest, MMA (Paradise Stories).
Are any of your books your favorite?
My first love is always going to be my first book, Sound Advice, but I love The Legend of Arturo King. It was one of those stories that was pure fun to write.
Where do you get your inspiration from? How do you come up with your characters and stories?
I’m a teacher and each year I teach lessons about King Arthur. One day I was driving home and I thought: “If King Arthur lived today, he’d be a rock star.” Boom! An idea was born.
My Paradise Stories were born on a trip to Hawaii. Two brothers who are fated to fight each other, each striving to find love in their life.
Are there any characters you love more than others? Why?
Tristan Lyons is still one of my favorites (The Truth of Tristan Lyons), but I love Jess Carter (Sound Advice) and Perkins Vale (The Quest of Perkins Vale). Tristan and Perkins I love because the historical tales of Tristan and Percival are two of my favorites. Jess Carter is just because we always remember our first fictional love, especially when we write him.
Any characters you hate? Why?
I can’t say I “hate” him, but Lansing Lotte was the hardest character for me to write. It’s difficult story to make a love triangle that you don’t want to be a love triangle. Staying true to the history of the Arturo-Guinie-Lansing saga, I had to though. Then I had to give him a HEA after all.
You’re broken down on the side of the road, which one of your characters would you call? Why?
Jess Carter or Leon Ramirez – they are handy men.
Are there any pieces of you in your books?
Oh gosh yes, especially in Fragrance Free. Pam Carter is very, very much like me. Hard working woman who was a bit lost in my twenties.
Which of your books would you recommend to a new reader?
I always recommend Sound Advice if you like sweeter stories. Arturo King and the upcoming Paradise Found: Cain are for those that like it edgier.
Why and when did you start writing?
It’s a long story, but the short version is in 2013 I had my third “sign” that Sound Advice needed to be published. I didn’t have the patience for a traditional publisher, especially after rejection from 35 of them, so I went the indie route, and I love it!
What’s the most difficult part of being a writer?
Self promotion has to be the hardest part of being a writer. It’s unforeseen and difficult when it’s just you and a few loyal fans. I didn’t predict how hard it would be to market, market, market.
What’s your favorite part of the writing process?
Writing!! I just love creating a new character, a new little world to live in and lives I’ll never live.
How do you handle criticism…constructive or otherwise?
If it’s constructive, I’m very, very reflective. If it’s otherwise, like a review that’s insulting and makes no sense, I laugh. When it’s rejection, I’m not good with that at all.
What’s the best advice you’ve received as an author?
Most advice I receive has been so conflicting over the years that I find the best advice is stay true to you – who you want to be as an author and what you want your books to represent.
Do you have any quirky writing habits?
I’m not much of a planner. I’m more a dreamer. I write it as it comes to me.
How do you handle writer’s block?
Knock on wood…I don’t really have it. Overactive imagination and all.
Do you have a current WIP, upcoming release, or other exciting book news you’d like to talk about?
YES to WIP. YES to upcoming release – June 6, 2016 – Paradise Found: Cain, and YES to other news…just lots more stories to tell.
About LB Dunbar, the person:
What did you want to be when you grew up?
- Mother 2. Teacher 3. Writer — in that order and accomplished
What do you do when you’re not writing?
- Mother 2. Teacher 3. Wife
Favorite thing about your hometown?
Well, my hometown is small and I don’t have a favorite thing, but I’ve lived in Chicago longer than my hometown and I love the neighborhood feel inside a large city with lots to do.
Farthest place you’ve traveled from home?
London, England or Rome, Italy – not certain which one is farther.
Favorite…Food? Color? Place? Movie? TV show? Song? Band? Etc…
Place: Virginia Beach, Virginia
TV Show: Outlander — #outlanderobsession
Song: too many to list
Band: Snow Patrol was the inspiration for The Nights, so I’ll say them.
What is something you’d like the book community to know about you as a person?
I’m rather sensitive. Too sensitive, I’m sure, and it isn’t easy to grow a thick skin like some people say. It’s hard to put yourself out there and I just wish that everyone treated each other with respect and professionalism. I try to do that, why not do it in return? Ninety-nine percent of people do, but the one-percenters can drag you down, and make you cry (see – sensitive). I want everyone to be successful, and get along with one another, and that makes me naive to the whole process.
Paradise Tempted: The Beginning by L.B. Dunbar
Paradise Fought: Abel by L.B. Dunbar
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Thank you, LB, for stopping by!! I, for one, know I can’t wait to read the rest of your books!! 🙂