Hi L.J., welcome to Book Chick City. Please tell us what Awaken is about.

Awaken is about two individuals: Lacy, who discovers that there are things that exist that she couldn’t have ever believed if she hadn’t witnessed the impossible with her own eyes; and Michael who, After tragic circumstances and being on his own for almost a year trying to deal with things he can’t explain, discovers things about himself that he thought were no longer possible. They come together in a story about good virsus evil, self discovery and about finding love in almost impossible circumstances.

Tell us a bit more about the hero/heroine in Awaken

Michael Warden isn’t the same anymore. He’s a far cry from the confident, successful businessman that he was. Now, instead of negotiating business deals with corporate companies he’s on the hunt for whoever, or whatever, is responsible for his tragic circumstances. He’s had no choice but to adapt to survive.

How did you research Awaken?

There honestly wasn’t much for me to do for Awaken but what I did research I just did on the internet. I wish I could give you a much more glamorous answer, like how I travelled around a number of exotic countries and how I lived in the wilderness for three months, but unfortunately I can’t. Though, I am quite glad I didn’t do that last one! Who knows where my books might take me in the future though.

Is Awaken the first in a series or a stand alone novel?

It’s the first in a series. I felt that there was too much to Michael and Lacy’s story to cram into just one book and felt that a series was the best way to tell it.

When and where is your favourite time/place to write?

I don’t really have a favourite time to write. I have a lot of spare time with my job so I can write during the day or night, sometimes day and night! But my favourite place is at home in my writing room. When I’m in there, I’m left completely alone for however long I need to be.

When did you decide to become a writer?

To be honest it wasn’t something I thought about doing until about 6 or 7 years ago even though I’ve been an avid reader for a long time. After a job change, I suddenly had some spare time on my hands and from nowhere this idea for a story kept niggling at me. I couldn’t ignore it anymore so I sat down in front of my laptop and before I knew it, the little idea had suddenly grown into something that I just had to finish. And that was it. I was hooked.

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