Interview with L.P. Dover, Author of Claimed by the Moon (A Royal Shifters Novel) | NewInBooks
What’s the story behind the story? What inspired you to write Claimed by the Moon?
Claimed by the Moon is the 6th book in my Royal Shifters series. The main characters are Zayne and Amelie. You see them throughout the other books. Zayne is a complicated character and I kept putting off writing his story because of that. I didn’t know if I’d have the mind power to even do his story justice. As luck would have it, I found the courage to write his book. It turned out to be one of my favorites in the series. Basically, Claimed by the Moon is a second chance type of story. Zayne lost the woman he loved many years ago and he wasn’t there to protect her. That’s haunted him for decades. He hasn’t let himself love another since then. That is, until Amelie. And Amelie also has a daunting past. She was mated before to an evil alpha and almost didn’t survive him, but in the end, she killed him and freed herself. In Claimed by the Moon, I had to give them both a happy ending. They were due for one.
What’s your favorite scene from your new release, Claimed by the Moon?
My favorite scene would have to be when Knox (Amelie’s past love and Zayne’s enemy) shows up at Amelie’s house. Zayne is there in the woods and you can feel the anger and tension. I love a good angsty love triangle.
If you had to write a blurb for the last book you read, what would it say?
The last book I read was Claimed by the Moon so I guess that doesn’t count. It’s been so long since I actually read something that I can’t remember what it was. If I’m not writing, I’m spending time with my family or binge-watching TV shows.
What romantic couple from literature makes you swoon? Which one is over-hyped?
My favorite series in the world is the Need series by Carrie Jones. So I’d have to say her characters Zara and Astley are who I swoon over. I’ve read those novels a gazillion times already. I think I’m due for another re-read … lol. As far as a romantic couple that’s overhyped, I can’t think of one. I’m a sucker for romance so any romantic couple is great.
What’s your favorite genre to read? Is it the same as your favorite genre to write?
My favorite genre to read is Fantasy/Paranormal and it’s also my favorite to write. It gives me a break from reality. When I write about magic, anything goes. I can make my own rules.
Do you have any quirky writing habits? Where did you write Claimed by the Moon?
I wrote Claimed by the Moon in my first ever office. We just moved to a new house and turned one of the bedrooms into my office. I’ve never had one before and it feels amazing to have my own space. I can shut the door and block everyone out. 🙂 As far as writing habits, I don’t think I have any quirky ones. The only thing I have to have is silence. I can’t write with music or with people talking all around me. I’m fascinated by those who can write in restaurants/cafes. I would be too busy people-watching instead of writing … lol. If my cat was still alive, she’d be on my lap and lying over my keyboard with her face on my hands, bobbing up and down as I type. I miss my writing buddy. However, now I have a goldendoodle who loves to put her toys on my lap and wait on me to throw them across the room so she can fetch them. When she does that, It’s hard not to stop writing and play. She’s a bad influence, but she’s also a cute one.
What’s the best advice you’ve ever received?
Write what you want, not what’s on-trend. There was a time when I did write what was popular but I learned it’s best to write what your heart is in to.