I’m interviewing Leila Lacey, the author of contemporary romance “Phoenix Rising”. Enjoy the interview!
Are you a plotter or a pantser?
Well I am a little bit of both. I outline to start out, I make sure that I am clear on the characters relationships and personalities. Then once I start, depending on how I am feeling the story or plot can go completely left of what I thought out in the original “outline”.
Where did you get the inspiration for Phoenix Rising?
Actually Phoenix Rising is book 3 of a 5 book series. The Curvy Goddess Series is my tribute to the, BBW that is successful, strong, happy, and fierce. Curvy women get no credit for being a sexual force to be reckoned with in today’s society and I write to portray those women in a light of smarts, strengthen and a sister bond that most women have a hard time maintaining in “real life” but it does happen.
Is this a series?
Yes. The Curvy Goddess Series
What is your daily page or word count record?
To date the largest word count I have done in a day was 12000
Please tell us a little about Phoenix Rising?
Phoenix is a strong, sexy, sassy, intelligent, business woman. She had worked hard to get where she is in her life. She loves her family and friends, to a fault. She is loyal, sometimes almost to the point of it being harmful to herself. She has a very tense relationship with her family, but keeps trying to make things better. She had everything she wanted as a little girl except love. She has in her past been willing to let men come along mistreat her and use her for the sake of “having a man” but no more.
Nick from across the pond. The Eldest son of a British crime family he knows what its like to have money and power and how dangerous it can be. Nick was married to the love of his life and was happier than he could have imagined being until his wife and daughter were killed because of his family ties. After he buried his family. He got on a plane to the US, never to look back.
Nick and Phoenix meet and the spars instantly fly. Only problem, Phoenix is ready for a loving committed relationship and Nick doesn’t do those.
Phoenix Rising takes you on the ride of finding love or finding more heart break for these two people.
What is your favorite story of all time?
Lawless by Diana Palmer
What are you working on right now?
- I Do… She Doesn’t.
- The Curvy Girl Next Door
- Feel Good.
Author: Leila Lacey
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Phoenix James is plus sized dynamo, she is tall and light skinned, very earthy and eclectic in the way she dresses.
Phoenix is funny and fun loving; she has the personality that can make friends in the desert. Outgoing and charismatic, easy to talk to. She is the girl that all the girls want to have as a friend and the girl that all the fellas think is cool. She is loyal to her friends and family to a point of sometimes hurting herself if they are not being true to her.
She is single and has no kids, she has been married once and that relationship ended in divorce after he cheated on her. Although on the outside she seems totally confident and comfortable in her own skin to the public; she is sad and insecure about her weight and finding true love, Because of her insecurities her choices in men have been bad and most times disastrous.
Nick Crowne is 6’2” with broad shoulders and chocolate brown skin and brown eyes. He was born and raised in Britain so has and accent. His dimple on his right cheek gets him out of a whole lot of trouble with the ladies. Always being a slender man he is not much of a gym rat but still has an amazingly toned body with a deep sensual voice; he was married to the love of his life who died in a car accident 6 years ago, with their two year old daughter. He is not looking for nor does he have a desire to be in a relationship. He has decided that he will never let that pain touch him again. Besides the fact that being married to him was dangerous because of his family.
Nick is a man with culture and pride in being a black man. He donates extensively to scholarships for under privileges black children to go to college. He is a shark in business and a teddy bear in private.
He does not lie or sugar coat things he feels that, is just a way to cause more heart ache in the end. Being that he is so blunt and honest many people feel he is cruel and do not understand him. Born to a…. what American’s would call mafia family, he once worked 3 jobs and went to school full time to create a good life for himself and his family outside of a life of crime. He has worked hard for all he has and will fight dirty to keep it.
Leila Lacey is a romance author living in Michigan. With 3 Amazon Best Selling Books. Her unique, yet titillating, genre blurs the lines between romance, interracial love and erotica. Now in her late 30’s, Leila has been passionate about writing since age 10. She can often be found traveling the world, enjoying water sports, listening to jazz music or volunteering at Vista Maria, a local youth program for young women. Leila, above all else, loves her friends and family. It is with their support that she is able to create magical scenes of true human intimacy on every page. Follow Leila Lacey on her endeavor to be America’s next New York Time’s Bestselling Author!