More information about me, for those of you who have asked for it. ;)
Who is Laken?
I live in Ohio and I write urban fantasy. Laken Cane is a new pseudonym for me--I also write erotic paranormal romance for publishers like Loose Id, Ellora's Cave, and Liquid Silver Books under a different pen name.
Shiv Crew is my first book as Laken, and I've never been as satisfied writing as I am with this series. I have a sort of end game planned for the crew, but I have no idea how many books it will take to get there. I'm having too much fun with them to think about ending them!
I do have plans to bring in a new character for one book, just so she can eventually get her own series when (or maybe before) the Rune Alexander series ends. That's the plan.
Besides writing--when I have time to do something other than write or read--I play the heck out of my Playstation 4, my Nintendo 3DS XL, and occasionally I find time to play my Xbox 360 or Wii U. Yes. I have a sickness.
I also drink coffee. Lots and lots of coffee. But I have been trying to dilute all that coffee with some green tea. Decaf green tea. That makes up for all the caffeinated black coffee, right? Yeah. That's what I thought.
What quirks do I have? Hmmm. The word "quirks" makes it sound so cute. I don't swallow pills. I chew them. Yes, I chew them. Tylenol, vitamins, doesn't matter. Even if I crush it and put it in ice cream first, I still chew. I chew ice cream. For some reason, people seem to think that's weird. I don't get it.
One of my favorite authors is Stephen King. That man can tell a story.
I'm obsessed with vanilla bean lotion from Bath and Body Works, journals, electric blankets, and ink pens. And electronics, coffee, and books. And pizza. And any candy that has peanut butter in it.
I'm something of a hermit, but I don't feel that makes me weird. I don't like the sun on my face and I can't stand the scent of garlic. Maybe I'm part vampire. Maybe. Quirky. Just quirky.
Math and bugs are two things I don't like. At all. I always have a calculator handy and I scream when I see bugs. I've been known to set off the security alarm when I spotted a spricket in my house. Shudder.
A little about my past:
I grew up in the country with six siblings. We went to church. A lot. Pentecostal.
We had no TV for much of my childhood. Books were everything to me. I was only allowed certain books, so the others--the good ones--I had to sneak and read. I did a lot of sneaking! I read everything I could get my hands on. Didn't matter what it was, I'd read it. I was not a fan of school.
When I was very small, my main goal was to grow up and eat all the ice cream sandwiches and potato chips I could hold.
Then I grew up and decided they had too many calories. Sigh.
I was lucky enough to be a mother to two truly amazing children, a son and a daughter. My little girl was born with a variety of severe health issues, and on a bleak December day in 2009, I lost her.
I'm a lefty. I'm a pretty terrible driver--possibly because I get lost in daydreams and stories and forget I'm driving. I'm very short.
Here are some places you can find me:
Why are you so secretive? We want a photo of you! We want to know your other pen name!
I'm shy! And secretive. But maybe I will post my photo. Soon. As far as my pen names, maybe I'll divulge that soon as well. I want to keep the two pen names separate because though the writing style might be the same, the types of books are SO not. ;)
About the books:
How many books are you thinking of doing total about Rune?
Honestly, I haven't a clue. I don't have a certain amount of books I plan on writing. I'll write them until I can't find anything new to say about the crew. A long time :)
Do you really have no idea how the story will turn out or do you think you know and while writing things change?
I have a vague, fuzzy sort of end game. And yes, it could change :)
Why use a pen name with this series?
I also write under a different pen name, and I really didn't want the two connected. I write totally different things under both pseudonyms.
Is this the favorite book you have written so far?
This series is my absolute favorite to write.
Do you read? If yes tell me some of your favorites!
Definitely. I have Kindles and shelves full of books. I love everything from Stephen King to Jude Deveraux to Robert R. McCammon. Jeffery Deaver, Dean Koontz. Laurell K Hamilton's earlier books. John Sandford, Linda Howard. J.R.R. Tolkien and George R. R. Martin, to name a few.
Have more questions? Ask me!
Here are some places you can find me:
Email: laken at lakencane dot com
Facebook and other conversations I've spotted :)
Jerah Johnson: feeling pumped
So I'm only 6% along reading "Strange Trouble" by Laken Cane, and already my mind is blown!! This is gonna be epic
Shiv Crew-book 1
Blood and Bite-book 2
If you are not reading these, chances are your not doing something right!
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Jennifer S. Mollett: Text me when you get to the part where you throw your Kindle across the room.. I'll be waiting.
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Jerah Johnson: Around 5 mins after I posted this I started freaking out! But the way you say that leads me to believe that I will be calling you with a more dramatic "he imprinted on the baby" type of call!
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Jennifer S. Mollett: EXACTLY!!!
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Jerah Johnson: Ohh I just can't believe it!! I hope they are all ok!! I don't want to post spoilers so ill just say that I have chewed all my nails off, and was more or less hyperventilating by the 10% mark!! Laken Cane to absolutely ROCK!!
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