Lisa Oliver joins us today and talks about writing her Cloverleah series.
Welcome to the blog, Lisa. It’s great to have the opportunity to ask you some questions as you release book number 5 in the Cloverleah Pack series.
I’m really interested to hear about some of the aspects of world building. Was it difficult to come up with the world that the Cloverleah Pack inhabit?
Lisa: In short, not really, no. The Cloverleah pack is mainly situated in a small fictional town in the United States. I tried the base the location on my own ideals of what a small town would be like – friendly people, small independently owned shops and plenty of countryside around so my men have plenty of room to run in their animal forms.
After five books in the series (so far), how do you keep things fresh, for both your readers and also yourself, when you are writing the stories?
Lisa: It’s not always easy, lol. I try and make sure that I finish the story line in each book, so that when I go into the next one, I can take that storyline wherever the fancy takes me. I don’t plan my stories so sometimes I am as surprised as my readers about where my characters end up.
Can you share any secrets about Matthew’s past? It sounds intriguing.
Lisa: Matthew is such an awesome guy – he was born into a pack and because of his Alpha blood he was ‘encouraged’ to leave his home pack when he turned eighteen. Pack life was all he knew, but when Matthew started travelling around, looking for another pack to make a home with, he found out about the treatment of the Omega wolves. Abuse sickens Matthew in every way – he just doesn’t understand the need for it, and so over the years he lost heart with the whole idea of having a pack at all, and was a firm lone wolf when he met up with Damien, and then later the Cloverleah pack. Kane’s leadership and the fact that his mate turned out to be an Omega, gave Matthew the chance to protect and to care for the whole pack, although Dean is his main focus – as it should be.
Of all your books, what characters hold a special place in your heart?
Lisa: I adore all of them, for different reasons of course. But if you are forcing me to make a choice, then my favourite would be Griff. I think Griff has more of his story to tell, especially now he is mated to Diablo. But I really loved the idea of a man who could lead, but chose not to, and who was totally comfortable in his own skin. Out of all of my characters, I think Griff embodies that the most.
Do you have any favourite authors in the genre? Any particular shifter books you would recommend?
Lisa: ha ha, I have dozens of favourite authors as I read at least two to three books every day – all in the MM genre, with shifter books being my favourite. Just a couple I would recommend off the top of my head (without delving into my kindle lol) would be Stormy Glenn, Charlie Richards and Sandrine Gasq Dion. They all write the type of shifter books I wish I could write, and they are all on an auto-buy for me. The Midnight Mating series by Stormy Glenn, the Wolves of Stone Ridge series by Charlie Richards and the Twelve Olympians series by Sandrine Gasq Dion are all in my favourites folder.
Can readers expect another book in the series? And what will be your next release after this book?
Lisa: Yes. Book 6 of the Cloverleah Pack should be out any day – that is Jax’s story (Fae for All) and then Josh’s story (Book 7) will be out later in the year. There are around ten books planned for this series, so they will be coming for a while yet.
Thank you for hosting me on your blog today. I really enjoyed our chat. Have a great day.
Thanks for joining us, Lisa. And thanks for your recommendations. My TBR now has another of few books added, including yours! 🙂
Book Five – Cloverleah Pack Series
Can be read as a standalone.
Dean Weir has finally found happiness in his position as Omega wolf of the Cloverleah pack. He has his friends, his work and his art and he has never looked for anything else. Badly abused by his ex-home pack and Alpha, Dean keeps his head down and stays out of trouble. That is, until his mate joins the pack.
Matthew Charmichael is over a hundred years old and has been a lone wolf for longer than he can remember. Joining the Cloverleah pack after he heard they were having trouble with another wolf shifter, Matthew is overjoyed to find his mate is the cute little Omega of the small pack. But Dean’s past, and the constant attacks on the pack from the mysterious Kylan, could mean that Matthew and Dean won’t get their HEA after all. Can Dean overcome his past, and embrace the powers that a claimed Omega is purported to have, or will his ex-pack kill him before he and Matthew have a chance.
Warning: This is a love story between two male wolf shifters. It includes graphic depictions of sex between men as well as some violence and coarse language. Historical abuse themes are referred to, but not described.
“You matter to me,” Matthew said. “One day you will share your personal horrors with me, purely and simply because eventually we won’t have any secrets from each other. You will trust that I am strong enough to handle it, and that I will comfort you when you need me to. Those things come with time.” Matthew lifted his arms, encouraging Dean’s hands to come back up to his shoulders. As though he couldn’t get enough, Dean went back to tracing Matthew’s collar bone.
Matthew swallowed a moan and forced himself to keep speaking. “But right now, in this moment, I need you to know, that to me, any scars you have are a testament to your strength and ability to survive. And you have no idea how thankful I am that you did survive and that you feel comfortable enough with me to sit here and touch me like this.”
“You make me calm, like I have found my center,” Dean explained. “I don’t know why, but when I’m around you I don’t have any fear, of anything.” He looked up and Matthew was blasted by the pure need in Dean’s eyes. “Could you, would you mind maybe kissing me again, please?”
“As often as you like,” Matthew promised as he leaned over and carefully brushed his lips over Dean’s mouth.
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About the author
Lisa Oliver had been writing non-fiction books for years when visions of half dressed, buff men started invading her dreams. Unable to resist the lure of her stories, Lisa decided to switch to fiction books, and now stories about her men clamor to get out from under her fingertips.
When Lisa is not writing, she is usually reading with a cup of tea always at hand. Her grown children and grandchildren sometimes try and pry her away from the computer and have found that the best way to do it, is to promise her chocolate. Lisa will do anything for chocolate.
Lisa loves to hear from her readers and other writers. You can friend her on Facebook here, or email her directly at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Where to find the author:
Lisa’s Blog – http://www.supernaturalsmut.com
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