Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Interview & Giveaway with Eileen Wilks

Eileen Wilks is the incredible author of the World of the Lupi series. A world where magic, dragons and werewolves are part of every day life. You can read my review of Mortal Sins (book number five in the series) HERE.

1. When did you first start writing, and was there something in particular that inspired you?

I've always written little scenes now and then, and wrote some fanfic before anyone used that term. But I didn't seriously try to write until the plot for an entire book woke me at four in the morning. I wrote that book in a sublime frenzy--it was a magnificent feeling. Sadly, it wasn't a magnificent book. Didn't matter. I was hooked on writing by then and couldn't quit.

2. What first attracted you to the paranormal realm when it comes to writing?

I wrote science fiction/fantasy first. Not very well, mind, but that's what my first three books were. That was before I discovered the romance genre. When I did, I switched, and wrote and published nearly twenty romances before I found a way to merge my two passions--fantasy and love stories.

3. In regards to your own characters, who is your favorite and why?

Like parents, writers shouldn't have favorites . . . but I do. Grandmother, of course. I want to be her when I grow up.

4. What other genres (besides your own) do you enjoy reading?

Outside of urban fantasy/paranormal, I'm most likely to pick up a mystery or science fiction book, especially if they have a bit of romance. I'll give some examples from my most recent reading . . . Janet Evanovich's SMOKIN' SEVENTEEN, Elizabeth Moon's Vatta's War series, and I'm eagerly waiting on a short story by Laurie B. King that's on pre-order.

5. If you could not be a writer, what would you be?

Sad. Really sad.

6. As a reader I know how difficult it can be to name a ‘favorite’ book, would you mind listing your top three? (Past or present authors)

My favorites change, but at the moment I'd have to list Laurie B. King's Russell & Holmes series; Dorothy Dunnett's Lymond books; and everything Lois McMaster Bujold has ever written.

7. What are some must haves when you sit down to write?

Coffee. Privacy. More coffee.

8. If you became trapped as a character in a book or series, which would you choose and why? (Any book, any series, new or old)

Oh, this is a terrible question--all my favorite writers put their characters through hell. So do I. I think I'd have to opt for . . . The Hobbit. But I'd want to stay with the hobbits in their burrows. Otherwise I'm pretty sure the trolls would eat me before the adventure was half begun, and if I survived that, the goblins would get me. Which is good, because I don't want to run into the giant spiders.

Maybe I should just opt for Winnie the Pooh . . .

Eileen's Newest Release:

Death Magic:
It was white. Maybe that’s why she immediately thought ghost. It drifted on a diagonal like three-dimensional rice paper—translucent, not transparent, its edges too clearly defined for smoke, its shape vaguely human but faceless. It floated on a steady, nonexistent air current, starting at the left-rear of the range . . . and coming straight at her.

The quick clamp of fear, irrational and immediate, stiffened her spine as it widened her eyes. As the thing floated closer it stretched out a hand—and yes, it was a hand. For all the vagueness of the rest of the form, that milky hand was painstakingly clear, from the mound at the base of the thumb to the lines crossing the palm to the band of a ring on the third finger. A hand, palm up. Beseeching.

About the Author:

Eileen Wilks’ first book, THE LONER AND THE LADY, a Silhouette Desire published in 1996, hit the USA Today Bestseller List and was nominated for Romantic Times' Best First Short Contemporary award. Since then, her books have appeared consistently on national bestseller lists. With thirty two books in print and novellas in nine anthologies, she has been a finalist in the prestigious Rita Awards three times, as well as receiving several nominations from Romantic Times, including one for Career Achievement in Series Romantic Suspense.

Find Eileen:

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Eileen has kindly offered up a copy of Death Magic to one lucky winner! The contest is international, but if the winner lives within the US, they will receive a signed copy!

Rules for Entry:
- Giveaway ends November 22, 2011 12AM EST.
- Open internationally.
- Leave a comment.
- Fill out the form below.


  1. This was a great post. I love the World of the Lupi, with so many great paranormal characters it has a great cast I love to read along with.

  2. Wow! Writing when inspiration hits, even if it's at 4am, must be the best feeling ever!

  3. I love author interviews with authors that I love and this one with Eileen Wilks was fun to read. I own all of her books (except Death Magic), so would really love to win a copy.


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