Good Morning lovely people. Today I am excited to be joined by Lindsay J Prior to get to know her a little better…
Tell us a little about you…
I’ve been writing for over thirty years and have been published for the last four. I currently write dark, multi-layered Gothic paranormal romance set in the gritty and dystopian urban world of BLACKTHORN. An Amazon bestselling series, it has achieved numerous Gothic and PNR Amazon number ones both in the UK and the US.
I was discovered through an international romance writing competition after being a finalist for two years running. I was approached by Bookouture and asked to be their launch author back in 2012.
Although I now write full-time, I’m a qualified Psychology lecturer and English teacher. I taught for eighteen years, primarily to improve literacy for children with special needs. I was born and grew up in Wales but now live in England with my husband, our rescue bunny and a plethora of wild woodland creatures.
Tell us about your new book…
Blood Bound is the penultimate book in my BLACKTHORN series.
Set against a dystopian urban backdrop, BLACKTHORN is a dark, complex and multi-layered Gothic paranormal romance series. Primarily based around a polluted, over-populated, rotten core of a locale, Blackthorn itself is the district where the ‘third species’, such as vampires and lycans, are forced to live. They’re given the dregs in terms of location, provision, opportunities and rights whilst being ruled by the iron fist of the more privileged humankind from whom they’re segregated.
The series is about eight individuals who end up fighting to overthrow the oppressive human-led regime that has blighted their lives. It consists of eight books with an over-arching plot that follows the stories of these four couples whose forbidden romances could prevent the inevitable devastation that will occur for both the third species and humans should they fail.
The books are most definitely best read in order.
What is your favourite place to write?
I have a few different places around the house, but my reading room overlooks my woodland garden and is really peaceful. I mainly write there. It’s also my house rabbit’s favourite room and she loves to sit at my feet while I work.
Where do you get your character inspiration from?
Probably out of my fascination for complex, conflicted characters. It’s one of the reasons I enjoy writing Dark PNR so much – I love the flexibility the genre allows. Neither the hero nor the heroine need to be guaranteed to do the right and moral thing, nor fit society’s view of what that is. There’s no clear-cut good and bad. Dark PNR allows for its characters to be shades of grey – and there’s a heck of a lot of scope in grey for a writer. When you have grey characters it can, ironically for PNR, be a truer reflection of life.
What are your 3 desert island books?
I’m sat here looking at my bookshelf. This is such a tough question! Probably the biggest collection of short stories I can find; a reference guide of what food, plants or animals to avoid whilst living on a desert island (I’d like to survive my stay, if possible); and a notebook so I can write whilst I’m there – as long as I’m allowed a pencil too?
What is your favourite place to read?
I’ll read anywhere but my reading room, bed or bath come top.
What is your favourite book and why?
Wuthering Heights. For me, the beauty of Wuthering Heights was Emily Bronte’s willingness to push aside what is deemed appropriate and right as to how heroes and heroines should behave and interact on the page to, instead, focusing on enabling the rawness and power of the romance to take centre stage above social conventions.
What do you like to do when you’re not writing?
When I’m not writing, I’m reading or watching films and generally spending time with my husband. I love nature and walking so, when the weather’s reasonable, I trek along coastlines, through woods or over the moors. I definitely like the quiet life! I also make the most of spending my time chilling with my friends.
Chocolate or sweets?
Chocolate every time! Unless Jelly Belly jellybeans are on offer. I have zero willpower around those colourful little bundles of pure bliss.
Is there a book you wished you wrote?
Frankenstein by Mary Shelley. That woman was a genius and way beyond her years and her time. What she created at the age of 19 (21 when it was published) that now echoes so many issues that we face today is just incredible. I’m in awe of her.
You have a free flight and accommodation to anywhere in the world where would you go?
I’m a huge film fan so Universal Studios in Florida is the first place to spring to mind.
What is your favourite season?
Argh, this is tough! I’m a massive nature lover so every season has its merits. After spending far too long pondering this, I think I’m going to opt for Autumn. It’s still warm and dry enough to get out and about, cold enough in the nights to justify snuggling up in front of the log-burner, close enough to Christmas to start getting excited and, amongst all of that, you know that Spring and Summer are up next.
Where can we find you?
You can visit my website. Everything you could need to know is there. My other main place is my FB page where I regularly chat to my readers. I receive a lot of emails too, so never hesitate to get in touch is you prefer a less public forum. I’m also on Twitter and Pinterest. Basically, I’m happy to be stalked anywhere.
Blood Bound by Lindsay J. Pryor
Series: Blackthorn #7
Published by Bookouture on 21st September 2016
Genres: Dystopia, Fantasy, Love & Romance, Paranormal
Amazon UK, Amazon US
Love can be heaven. Or it can hurt like hell.
For exiled angel Jessie, falling for Eden Reece has been her salvation. When she discovers that her angel tears, used to heal Eden, are actually poisoning him the burden of guilt is crushing.
Jessie is determined to make things right and, with Eden by her side, they are a formidable team. But with Blackthorn surrounded by an impenetrable barrier and the army of Sirius Throme closing in, their mission is a desperate one. When Jessie discovers they are up against her own kind too, it looks impossible.
Eden and Jessie don’t just need a cure, they need a way out – and have less than 48 hours to find both.
Eden will fight to the last to protect Jessie, but when they are captured and separated, demons from his past return to haunt him. Suddenly, Jessie is forced to question everything she knows about the man she loves.
Yet the most shattering twist is still to come. Because what you care about most can be your biggest weakness.
For Blackthorn to survive, either Jessie or Eden will have to make the greatest sacrifice of all…
The thrilling penultimate story in the Blackthorn series will leave you breathless.
What readers are saying about Lindsay J. Pryor… ‘I don’t think I have read such a finely executed dark PNR world before…This series truly surprised me. I didn’t think I would love it that much or be intrigued by it. I couldn’t stop thinking about these books once I was done with them… The world-building is spectacular. The characters are enthralling and addicting… Plain fabulousness.’ Gaga Over Books
‘I am completely enthralled with this paranormal series. You get so wrapped up in the story and characters that you lose track of time… This is one of my favorite series so far this year!’ Paranormal Book Club
‘This is a paranormal universe like none you have encountered before… There are stories that are so powerful, so intense that I do not believe anyone should warn you about what is to come… I truly do feel that if you love the Paranormal genre and have not yet discovered Lindsay J. Pryor or these novels then you need to read them, experience them firsthand.’ Keeper Bookshelf
‘I am officially addicted to this series. Why, you ask? Because Lindsay Pryor is my kind of fearless author. She isn’t afraid to “go there”, to create characters and situations that challenge me as a reader.’ The Demon Librarian
‘Not only are Pryor’s characters and fathomlessly dark love stories fabulous, but her continual world building of Blackthorn blows me away.’ Gravetells.com
‘If you’re looking for a new PNR series that has a dark world and complicated characters, then you’ll want to grab a copy of this. I can’t wait to read the next book.’ FictionVixen.com
‘She writes paranormal romance mixed with urban fantasy the way I like it – clever world-building, intense characters and no easy options for them to take.’ Nocturnal Book Reviews
The Blackthorn series reading order: 1. BLOOD SHADOWS 2. BLOOD ROSES 3. BLOOD TORN 4. BLOOD DEEP 5.