Thursday, August 7, 2014

Warrior Lord by Nancy J. Cohen

Nancy J. Cohen writes the humorous Bad Hair Day mystery series featuring hairdresser Marla Shore. Several of these titles have made the Independent Mystery Booksellers Association bestseller list. Nancy is also the author of Writing the Cozy Mystery, a valuable instructional guide for writers on how to write a winning whodunit. Her imaginative romances have proven popular with fans as well. Her titles in this genre have won the HOLT Medallion and Best Book in Romantic SciFi/Fantasy at The Romance Reviews. A featured speaker at conferences, libraries, and community events, Nancy is listed in Contemporary Authors, Poets & Writers, and Who's Who in U.S. Writers, Editors, & Poets.

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A fantasy wedding in Las Vegas turns into a nightmare when contest winner Erika Sherwood realizes she’s married an alien.

Pottery sculptor Erika Sherwood has no idea her televised wedding in Las Vegas is for real until an official confirms she and the stranger she’s just met are legitimately wed.

A Drift Lord and warrior of the Tsuran, Magnor tricks the redhead into marriage because she’s one of six women prophesied to save Earth. But as he’s forced into her company in their race against the apocalypse, he wonders if he risks his heart more than his life.

Can a free-spirited ceramic artist and a fierce swordsman trust each other enough to prevent disaster?

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Q) What inspired you to write this story?
Warrior Lord continues the Drift Lords saga begun by Warrior Prince and Warrior Rogue. The Drift Lords are a band of warriors whose mission is to defeat invaders from another dimension. These enemy soldiers are called Trolleks. In Warrior Lord, Magnor’s mission is to find an ancient book that contains a clue to a weapon that can defeat the Trolleks. An anonymous tip has led him to the Viking Vegas Resort. As he steps inside the casino, he’s drawn to a red-headed woman playing at the blackjack table. Is she one of the prophesied women he’s destined to meet?

Prophecy says the six sons of Thor must unite with the six daughters of Odin to chant the ancient words and dispel the evil demon, Loki, back to his underground prison. Loki has manipulated the Trolleks into attacking Earth. So while Magnor searches for the weapon, his fellow Drift Lords and their women seek to locate the rune in the prophecy.

I’ve always liked reading marriage of convenience stories. So as I was plotting this book, I considered setting the first scene in Las Vegas. The Trolleks lure people to tourist attractions for nefarious purposes, and Vegas is one big theme park for adults. What better place for them to set up a recruitment center for human mind slaves?

Vegas has a reputation, not only for gambling and glitz, but also for quickie marriages. A light bulb burst in my head. Although my story is a paranormal romance with scifi/fantasy elements set in contemporary times, I might be able to make the marriage of convenience trope work for this book. And so as soon as Magnor spots the redhead and realizes she’s his destined mate, he decides the best way to protect Erika is to marry her. His arrival activates her dormant power and alerts the Trolleks to her presence. Thus begins their adventure.

Q) How long did it take you to write?
It took me at least six months to write. That doesn’t count the plotting and research time up front or the numerous revisions I do at the back end.

Q) What is your favorite thing about writing?
The best part of writing is when I am in “the zone.” Usually this occurs about halfway through the book after each character has been on stage for the first time and the story gets rolling. The plot threads are in my head, and it’s only a matter of time and story magic to get it down on paper. As for a writing career, I like getting feedback from readers, especially when they’re hooked on my series and can’t wait for the next story.

Q) What is your least favorite thing about writing?
Beginning a new book is the hardest part for me until I get to know the characters in action. Then it’s the constant marketing efforts that can wear me down. You always have the fear that if you let up, your numbers will slide. I work twelve hours a day, and only a portion of this time is spent writing. It takes hard work and dedication to produce book after book and then to promote yourself online. That’s why it is so gratifying when readers help out by writing customer reviews, sharing posts, recommending your books to others and so on.

Q) If you could be any famous person for one day, who would you be and why?
I’d be J.K. Rowling. How fantastic to have your fictional worlds made into movies and then theme park attractions. It’s like seeing them come alive.

Q) What is the oldest thing in your fridge and how old is it?
Good reason to make me clean out my refrigerator! I just located a bottle of orange flower water. It’s so old I don’t remember why or when I got it or for which recipe.

Q) What can readers expect from you in the future?
I am doing a final polish for Peril by Ponytail, my twelfth Bad Hair Day mystery. Then I’ll work on getting my mystery backlist titles into audio formats. And I have an indie project about to make a debut. It’s my late father’s account of his hitchhiking adventure across the U.S. in 1929. I am excited to make this available to fans of travel adventure and American history. After these are done, I’ll work on the next series title.


Nancy J. Cohen said...

Thank you for having me here!

sydney st. claire said...

loved the interview. I agree with wanting to be Rowling and having her world come alive. Love Vegas as well!

Nancy J. Cohen said...

It would be amazing to see any of my books in film or better yet, as a theme park! Every writers dream, huh?