The Lightning Luminary
by R.S. McCoy
Genre: Paranormal Romance/Urban Fantasy
Publication Date: April 26th 2016
Talia Stanley may look like the typical wealthy New Yorker, but she’s hidden her secrets for more than a thousand years. One of the last surviving members of an ancient race called Luminaries, Talia has suppressed her ability to control lightning in exchange for safety.
And for generations it worked. Talia’s hermit lifestyle protected her from strong Luminaries that want her power. All that changed the day Mason Rathbone walked into her life.
A good-looking artist, Mason is just the guy to get Talia out of her penthouse apartment and show her what it means to live again. But just as she starts to get comfortable, Talia gets sucked right back into her vicious past.
A new paranormal romance novel by RS McCoy, author of the Sparks Saga.
Q&A with the Author
1) Can you tell us a bit about your background?
I grew up in Austin, TX, home of live-music, dangerously good BBQ, and all things weird. My parents cultivated a creative environment but for my early years, I pursued marine science. It wasn’t until I had a degree, a job, and a full-blown science background that I decided to start writing.
2) Where and when did your writing journey begin?
My husband had been encouraging me to write for years, but it wasn’t until my cancer diagnosis that I finally put pen to paper. I really struggled to make sense of the severity of my diagnosis and needed a way to offset my negative energy. Writing was a fantastic outlet, and once I got started, I was too in love to stop.
3) Who are your favorite authors and how have they influenced your writing?
Growing up, I was a major fan of Isaac Asimov and Orson Scott Card (I’ve read every work by both authors). In my adult life, I enjoy Tracy Chevalier, Marissa Meyer, Amanda Hocking, and I loved Andy Weir’s The Martian. My science background and love of science fiction gives my books more of a technical aspect and complex world building to go along with my romance and adventure plotlines.
4) What does a typical day in your life look like? And how does your writing routine fit into your day?
First and foremost, I’m a mom! My kids take priority and the rest of my day is built around their school schedules. I’m lucky enough to get to write during the day while my husband is at work and the house is quiet. When the school bell rings, I’m off and moving, collecting kids and making dinner. My oldest recently started tee-ball and we’ve really enjoyed watching him learn the game!
5) How did you come up with the idea for your novel?
I knew I wanted a novel with a Greek theme but I also wanted to write an urban fantasy. I decided I could blend the two ideas to get an interesting mix of old-world culture and modern life. The characters are the inspirations for Greek mythology, and I had a blast connecting the old stories to my modern-day characters.
6) What do you think sets your novel apart from others current on the shelves?
The Lightning Luminary is unique in that the main romantic relationship isn’t one of the hot, millionaire dates poor, pretty girl with weak ankles. In this story, it’s Talia, a Greek-goddess of lightning who has all the power and money, while Mason, her romantic interest, is a working-class guy dealing with an epilepsy diagnosis.
7) Which character in your book is your favorite and how much of yourself is reflected in that character?
Hmmm, that’s such a hard question! (How can you ask me that?!) I really loved Mason, of course, as he’s the main character. He’s charming and funny and a little dorky, and I love that he’s not the typical meat-head boyfriend. But I also really love Grigori. Like, love love him. He’s lived longer than anyone and has a quiet confidence, but he’s not afraid to say what he wants or how he feels about the lady in his life. I love that about him!
8) Which scenes in your book did you have the most fun writing?
I loved writing the scenes with Talia and Mason, when they go on their sushi date and their museum date. It was fun to write their conversations and convey who they both are through their words and actions. I love those two!
9) What do you hope for your readers to take away after reading your book?
I hope readers remember that all great stories are rooted in a little bit of truth. Maybe the originals were twisted and warped until they’re no longer unrecognizable, but meaningful stories get passed on for a reason.
10) What are your hopes for this novel?
I hope this book reminds readers that sometimes it’s the chicks who do the saving. And I hope they laugh!
11) What do you have in store next for your readers?
This spring, I’ll be releasing a Beauty and the Beast reimagining, Blossom and the Beast, as I get back to my paranormal romance roots. After that, I’ll be releasing my first ever science fiction romance titled The Killing Jar. I’m stoked for both of these!