Silver Under the Moonlight by Lisa Wood Genre: Paranormal Romance
A young woman, cast out by her family. A man, desperate to find his mate.
On the worst day of her life, Silver Remington never expected to be approached by a large, beautiful white wolf. She felt an inexplicable bond with him, wishing she could find the same link with a human.
Dax Ishal was the first born son of the pack alpha and, as such, in line to take his father’s place. There was just one problem. Pack law demanded any alpha be paired with their fated mate before they could step up. At 34 years old, he’d all but lost hope he’d ever find her.
Stumbling across his mate, desolate and sobbing, in the park came as a total shock. As a human, how would she react when she learned about shifters?
Violence lurks in the shadows. Not everyone in the pack is happy about Dax finding his mate. What happens when what you want most in the world is threatened?
This is a HEA story with no cliffhangers. Due to adult content and language, this book is intended for readers 18+
The leaves rustled in front of me and I froze, gasping when I was met with eyes the color of whiskey. I was mesmerized by those eyes, even once I realized they belonged to the largest white wolf I’d ever seen. I should have been terrified, but I wasn’t. If anything, I was drawn to this animal. Before I could stop myself, my feet were moving towards the majestic beast. I watched in awe as he knelt before me, nudging my hand with his snout. I sank down to my knees and gently stroked his head.
I had never seen a wolf outside the zoo, let alone within city limits. I never would have guessed it would be so docile. The connection between us was confusing to say the least.
How could I be linked to this wild animal when I didn’t feel it with my own family or anyone else in my life? I was suddenly spilling the events of the evening to him as though he were my closest confidant. It wasn’t until I noticed I was surrounded by darkness that I realized how late it was. I rose to my feet, saddened to be leaving my new friend. My heart broke a little when he whined at my feet. It seemed like he felt just as connected to me as I did to him. I had no bloody idea what was happening right now.
“I’ll come back, same time tomorrow,” I whispered, dropping a kiss on his soft fur.
I could have sworn he nodded, but dismissed the idea with a chuckle. The only thing I knew for sure was I needed to see him again.
I was born in Niagara Falls, Ontario, Canada. I am a retired software tester with two kids, both grown, and a granddaughter that I love to spend time with.
I write erotic romance because the perfect man has to exist somewhere! My alpha males include billionaires, grumpy mountain men, and the boy next door who generally need a little guidance to get their happily ever after with their heroines. I write a variety of different tropes including romantic suspense, second chance love, ménage, reverse harem, bdsm romance, and even paranormal romance.
Expect many new books in 2021 for you to read and enjoy!
Can you, for those who don't know you already, tell something about yourself and how you became an author?
I’ve always been a writer in some form or fashion. It kind of got pushed to the wayside for many years, between raising my children as a single mom and the crazy hours I had to work.
Several years ago, due to health reasons, I was unable to work as I had been. Suddenly my life wasn’t something that made sense anymore. It was at that point I turned to writing. I needed an outlet for the pain and frustration and it fit perfectly. Now that my kids are grown, I have the time to truly dedicate to writing
What is something unique/quirky about you?
I’m very bendy LOL. I can Bend and lock my fingers in some very unnatural positions. I can dislocate my shoulders on command. Both very useful traits if I want to get out of restraints of some sort ;).
What are some of your pet peeves?
Hmm, so many to choose from LOL. I hate when people chew/talk with full mouths. Just…ewww. Getting stuck behind people going 10 under the speed limit in the fast lane. My biggest pet peeve though, is people who judge others based on their life choices. I don’t believe any one person is in a position to control who or what another person is or thinks.
Where were you born/grew up at?
I was born in Niagara Falls, Ontario, but grew up about an hour north of Toronto. I’ve moved a lot in my life though, so there’ve been lots of cities between. Two years ago, I landed back in Niagara.
Who is your hero and why?
For a very long time, my mother would have earned this spot. I love her dearly and she’ll always be a hero to me, but my youngest son has stolen this spot. He has faced a lot of adversity in his life, but always fights his way through it. I’m so proud of the way he’s able to stand up for himself and be confident enough to do so, at the young age of 18. Once he sets a goal, he does everything in his power to reach it, even if it seems impossible.
What do you do to unwind and relax?
Since Covid hit, I’ve stayed very close to home, focusing on my writing, reading a lot. I listen to music quite a bit. I watch too much TV. A lot of my normal activities were off the table due to the state of emergency/lockdown for so much of the last year.
Now that people are finally getting vaccinated, I feel more comfortable going a bit further than home. This weekend I’m staying with friends that I haven’t seen for a year and a half. Of course, it’s 4am, they’re asleep and I’m answering these questions!
I’m hoping that, at least once this summer, I’ll be able to get away for a few days, free of technology. Everyone needs to step away sometimes
How to find time to write as a parent?
The most I accomplished while my kids were growing up was journaling and some poetry. I’m not sure I could have done then what I do now. I’m in awe of the parents that manage this and so much more!
Describe yourself in 5 words or less!
Overachiever, fair, fiercely protective, sarcastic.
When did you first consider yourself a writer?
I’ve been reading longer than I can even remember. My mom taught me to read and write at the age of 3 and I never looked back. My down time, in school and at home, was always taken up by one or both of them. I started winning contests in elementary school and continued through high school.
I wrote mainly poetry until a few years ago. What started off as a “short story battle” with my son, quickly turned into my first published book, and then my second. It was enough to make me realize how much I’d missed writing and decided to make a go of it.
Do you have a favorite movie?
I’m not sure I could ever choose just one favourite! It really just depends on my mood. Some days, I want a feel-good movie, often based, at least in part, on a true story. Others, I really need to see explosions or bad people getting the crap beaten out of them (Equalizer :P). If I just need something in the background while I read or write, I’ll throw on something like Twilight. No idea why, it’s just kind of my go to for when I can’t decide on something!
Which of your novels can you imagine made into a movie?
I’m not afraid to admit that I laugh, cry, and get angry right along with my characters as I write. I think, if I had to choose, it would be either Accepted or Dark Trio.
As a writer, what would you choose as your mascot/avatar/spirit animal?
I think my spirit animal would be a phoenix I love the idea of rebirth and rising from the ashes. Many times in my life I’ve been knocked down and forced to completely change the way I live my life. Whether it be family changes, health issues, or otherwise, I start new and just keep fighting.
What inspired you to write this book?
I had wanted to branch out into PNR and kind of battled back and forth on what to choose as my first. I very much liked the idea that family wasn’t just about blood, that the family you choose can be so much more. The pairing of Dax and Silver was fated, but for her, it was about so much more. It was about learning about who she was and what she could do or be, despite her biological family.
What can we expect from you in the future?
I really enjoyed writing Silver, though I sometimes struggled with it. Flipping to the paranormal side has definitely been a challenge, but hopefully one that has paid off.
Do you have any “side stories” about the characters?
At this point, I don’t have any side stories planned, but that doesn’t mean that won’t ever happen. More than anything, I just have a lot on my plate right now with other books!
Can you tell us a little bit about the characters in Silver Under the Moonlight?
Sure! Silver is a young woman who is kind of floundering. She was the unplanned 6th child and wasn’t given the love a child should always be able to count on from their parents. She’s not sure what she wants to do with her life because nothing ever seemed to be a good “fit.” She’s a lot stronger than she gives herself credit for, and her fighting spirit comes in handy on more than one occasion!
Dax is a wonderful man. He’s a strong leader, kind and fair. He is well liked by everyone because he treats them well. Despite being surrounded by friends and family, he’s lonely. In his mid-thirties, he’s all but given up on finding his mate. When he finally does, he really comes into his own. He is fiercely protective of the people he loves and isn’t afraid to step up when necessary.
Where did you come up with the names in the story?
I’m not entirely sure. I came up with the title first. Once I had that, I decided to name my FMC Silver, for her uniquely silver eyes. I chose Dax for my MMC because I wanted something equally unique to Silver. “mike” or “Josh” just didn’t fit his personality.
What did you enjoy most about writing this book?
This was the first paranormal romance I’d ever written. I loved just having something new to sink my teeth into. It definitely had some challenging moments, including rewriting some sections and adding to many others.
Who designed your book covers?
My covers are a mix of professionally done, from image right down to the text, to buying a cover and doing my own text, to done completely by me using stock images. The latter accounts for about 60% of my books as, financially, it’s the most logical choice.
If you had to do it all over again, would you change anything in your latest book?
I actually made huge changes in Silver before it even made it to the second set of edits. I don’t believe any book is perfect. There’s always something that could be changed to make it better, I just don’t know what it is yet.
Did you learn anything during the writing of your recent book?
When I write a book, if I’m including things I don’t necessarily know a lot about, I research the hell out of it. While it’s not always easy to find the information I’m looking for, eventually I do. Silver was more of a challenge for me. It’s easy to research cruises for a book that takes part on a cruise ship, or laws for a romantic suspense novel, but I found that information on shifter books widely varied. I didn’t find anywhere near the black and white answers I’d come across on other topics.
My takeaway from this experience was simple. There’s a lot more freedom when writing a paranormal romance. Essentially, I can write it in any way I like as it’s pure fantasy. There’s no one right answer!
If your book was made into a film, who would you like to play the lead?
I would love to see Dax played by Chris Hemsworth (Can’t go wrong with Thor!). I would cast Katherine McNamara as Silver.
What is your favorite part of this book and why?
Well, I don’t want to give too much away, but I think what I love best is seeing Silver show so much strength and determination in the face of adversity.
Are your characters based off real people or did they all come entirely from your imagination?
The characters in themselves are fictional, however, I have taken certain traits from friends, family, and, in one case, someone I don’t have very much respect for.
Do your characters seem to hijack the story or do you feel like you have the reigns of the story?
Quite often, they get away from me. My carefully planned characters sometimes end up going in a totally different direction than I originally planned.
Have you written any other books that are not published?
I have a few that I’ve finished that will be released later this year as a part of multi-author sets.
If your book had a candle, what scent would it be?
Definitely vanilla-citrus! It seems only fitting that Silver’s scent be the star
What are your top 10 favorite books/authors?
Wow, okay. Right now, I’m kind of on a dark/bully rh romance kick. So, top authors for me in that genre are:
Okay, so more than 10 LOL.
How long have you been writing?
By the time I was 6, I was writing poetry and short stories. When I was in grade 2, I’d finished my work long ahead of my classmates. To pass the time, I wrote a 10-page story about my dog, teaching myself cursive writing as I went. Yes, I was the teacher’s pet :P
Do the characters all come to you at the same time or do some of them come to you as you write?
My characters generally come to me right at the beginning. There have been times, though, where a character just didn’t seem “right” as the book progressed and I’ve made a huge change to him/her.
What kind of research do you do before you begin writing a book?
I think this definitely depends on what the book is. As an example, one of my summer releases is part of a multi-author shared world set. It takes place on a cruise, but never having been on one, I’ve researched things to death so that my book will be believable.
Sometimes my research is simply just to find a restaurant or club in a particular city. Others, it’s to check prices on something to ensure what I’ve written in my book is realistic.
Do you see writing as a career?
I would love to say I’m earning a living as a writer, but that wouldn’t be true. The way I look at it is, I would love to someday get to the point where it earns me even a little of a living, but I write because I love it.
Do you read yourself and if so what is your favorite genre?
I’m an avid reader. With the workload I’ve taken on this year, I haven’t had as much time to read as I’d like, though. I nearly always read romance, in a variety of tropes. Sometimes I read mystery/suspense/thrillers.
Do you prefer to write in silence or with noise? Why?
I don’t know why, but I cannot write in a quiet room. I need noise to be able to focus. Sounds backwards, but it works for me. I always either have music on, or my TV.
Do you write one book at a time or do you have several going at a time?
I wish I could write just one at a time, but sometimes I need to step away from one and will dive into another. As it stands right now, I have 6 on the go, but it isn’t usually quite that bad!
Pen or type writer or computer?
I write using my MacBook, but sometimes will do my planning in a spiral notebook.
What made you want to become an author and do you feel it was the right decision?
I’ve just always enjoyed writing and wanted to share the stories that are brewing in my mind. Most days, I think it was the right decision. As with anything, there are times I question my decision, but ultimately, this just feels “right”.
What makes a good story?
The way I know my book is going well is that I find myself laughing or crying with my characters, happy or angry on their behalf. I think any good book needs to draw these emotions from the readers. There absolutely needs to be a connection with the characters in the book.
What are they currently reading?
I have a couple of different books on the go right now. I’m reading Different Loving: The world of sexual dominance & Submission by Gloria G. Brame, Jon Jacobs, and William D. Brame as research for one of my upcoming books….okay, maybe not just for research ;) I’m also reading the 5 Boys series by Evie Kady.
What is your writing process? For instance do you do an outline first? Do you do the chapters first?
I didn’t used to plan much. I was more of the “by the seat of my pants” variety. This year, though, I took on a lot of books, to many to simply sit and write whatever. For the first couple this year, I did an overall outline, maybe two or three pages. It helped, but not enough. Now I plan chapter by chapter. That’s not to say that my characters never take me in a different direction, just that I now have a more fixed starting point.
What are common traps for aspiring writers?
I think a lot of authors, myself included, go overboard on paid advertising. Until you start bringing in money from your writing, unless you happen to have disposable income, there are tons of ways to advertise that are either free or really close to it. Social media and newsletter swaps, and group promos are free and can be even more effective than a paid ad.
If you could tell your younger writing self anything, what would it be?
Don’t second guess yourself! Getting too in your head can make writing so much more difficult.
What’s the most difficult thing about writing characters from other genders?
I actually don’t find it difficult to write in more than one gender. I like having the back and forth. To showcase how a man and woman approach the same things in different ways.
How long on average does it take you to write a book?
It really just depends. I’ve had books that I finish in two or three weeks, and books that have taken a couple of months.
Do you believe in writer’s block?
I get writer’s block sometimes. It’s why I never have just one manuscript on the go. If I get truly stuck while working on a book, I’ll switch to one of the others. It allows me to get work done on multiple books, but I also find that once I go back to the original one, my thoughts are flowing again.
What is your writing Kryptonite?
My writing kryptonite is…writing. Yup, sounds silly, right? I’ve been told that I have no off switch and it isn’t any different with this. My mind was drawn to so many different stories this year that I took on more than I should have. Now it’s my job to ensure I hit all my deadlines without sacrificing the content of the stories. Some days, this is easier said than done!