Today, I bring you an interview with author L.R. Starr. She is a romantic suspense writer with a penchant for private investigator heroines, assassins, and complex hot baddies who you hate to love.
So, lets find out more.
Tell me about yourself
That’s a tough answer. I think I’ve been a lot of things already and lived a thousand lifetimes. Still on the eternal discovery path and uncovering.
Let me see if I can sardine it to this date. Lols. I migrated with my parents from the dirty South. (That’s what we call it.) North Carolina in USA when I was two or three years old to Australia. The only state in Australia I haven’t lived is Queensland and ACT. (Wait for it.)
I used to be more into sports and athletics in my younger years, and Michael Jordan and Lisa Leslie were people I looked up to. I was always a huge reader and liked to learn in class. I was the one taking all the notes in class and later in uni the one everyone wanted the notes from to copy.
I went to uni and got a degree that I now don’t use, but it was fun, and I did use it for a long time. I was a personal trainer, and then I worked my way into corporate and finance!
No idea how I ended up there… but I saw the creative light bulb turn on, and slowly worked my way out by running events. That was my last corporate job setting and I did that for ten years. I liked running events, and still do.
I love to travel and see foreign lands and to experience the vibes of new space and people. I love the ocean, mother nature, the arts, nostalgic old-world buildings and to tell a story!
How long have you been writing?
Professionally as a job for the last four years. Before that for fun and on and off for another four.
Do you have a day job? Does it inspire your writing in any way?
My day job is as a ghost writer, indie author, and visual artist. Absolutely, my art and writing go hand in hand. I’ve started adding illustration work into my books.
What do you like to read?
I’m open, but my last option is non-fiction unless it’s a memoir I think I can connect with. Right now, I’m reading Cassandra Clare’s The Dark Artifices, and two small Westerns.
What drew you to your chosen genre?
Romantic suspense and mystery? The grittiness of it, diving into the belly of the dark and bringing the truth to light. I don’t plan to stay locked in that genre though. I also have a huge contrast in what I like to write. I want to produce a rom-com series too.
Tell me about your latest release?
My latest release is Book Two of my romantic suspense slash mystery series. Braden – The Glam Ones by L.R. Starr. Each book is interconnected in a world of the glam, rich, and scandalous and there’s characters from across the world in it.
In each book there’s a love story and now the group expands.
The overall plot is about a group of twelve friends who were thirteen. One of them was murdered at a party, and somebody in the group knows about it.
Each book has the main character relive the night and how it panned out through their eyes. As each of the twelve books unfolds, we get a little closer to the truth.
What are you working on at the moment?
A small novella (25k) in my other romantic suspense/mystery series (The Starr Mystery Series) about a cowboy from West Virginia who falls in love with a Spanish femme fatale, but the good lady has secrets and if he thought the sport of bull riding was dangerous then he’s about to find out she’s even more lethal.
Thennnn, I’m going to swing back to Book Three of my romantic suspense/mystery series.
Which one of your main characters would you most get along with and why?
Probably two of them – Tasha, who was Book One of my romantic suspense series as she is super creative and bold. We would have some fun times, I think! She’s full of sass. The other one is her bestie who’s hippy and dreamy, loves crystals and all things esoteric. I can connect with that too.
What is your writing kryptonite?
Hmm. Commas!! Death by comma. Send help.
What advice would you give to a new author?
Do not quit, keep learning and honing your craft.
What do you like to do when you are not writing?
Explore. Avid movie watcher too. Create art. Find cute coffee shops. Ride my bike. Travel. Visit op shops. Discover new hobbies.
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