JoeyPinkney.com Exclusive Interview
5 Minutes, 5 Questions With…
L.A. Smith, author of Making Love Last
(Black Angle Publishers)
Making Love Last exposes added layers of conflicting feelings from the characters of the first novel, Love ‘n Time, highlighting the many obstacles they encounter while making and keeping their romantic connections.
He’s a powerful man in the court room but a babbling idiot with women; that is until he meets the lovely Erion. Will Criminal Attorney Victor Rowe finally win the heart of the only woman he’s ever loved at first sight? He seems to think his charm is enough to reel her in to his arms but will her sordid past put a halt to this story book romance?
Is it possible for one man to be in love with two women … at the same time? DaRon Mitchell didn’t think so until it happened to him. His tangled life with his childhood girlfriend and his college sweetheart was going smoothly until a near tragic experience makes him a changed man. He realizes it’s time to settle down and commit to one woman. But the one who get’s the boot doesn’t go away so easily.
Taleed Wallace fought the mother of his son in and out of the courts so that he could be a father without having so much distance between the two of them. Even though he despises her decision to have the child, he finds himself protecting Candice from the physical abuse inflicted on her by her boyfriend. But, Taleed has a secret that constantly he can’t share with his friends now.
Joey Pinkney: Where did you get the inspiration to write Making Love Last?
L.A. Smith: My inspiration came early while reading great works from Edgar Allen Poe, Hemingway, and John Steinbeck. These authors could tell stories that made me wish I could be apart of the theme.
JP: What sets Making Love Last apart from other books in the same genre?
LAS: I’d like to think that my writing comes from the passion that I have within. Some erotica writers throw in a sex scene without setting the stage. My writing has a meaning and my readers are not surprised when two people meet up for an occasional roll in the hay. It’s expected at times and at others it becomes a welcoming act.
JP: As an author, what are the keys to your success that led to Making Love Last getting out to the public?
LAS: I enjoy meeting new people and talking with them about them and then it’s time to turn the table. It’s my opportunity to tell them about my titles, give out a bookmark and business card.
JP: As an author, what is your writing process? How long did it take you to start and finish Making Love Last?
L.A.: I don’t have a specific process because I write everyday. There’s always some idea lingering around in my head that needs to put on paper. Not everything I jot down goes into a story but for the most part it generally is a starting point for my next writing.
It took three months from start to finish for my first story Love ‘n Time because I knew what I wanted it to be about. I’m working on a story now that I started 3 years ago. I have it in a very rough stage but it’s only 80% complete.
Why the delay? Time and other writing projects caused me to place this one on the back burner.
JP: What’s next for L.A. Smith?
LAS: I’m releasing an anthology Rendezvous: Guiltless Pleasures with 2 other others in April 2012. It contains four short stories of love, lust, and passion. The authors donated their short stories to the Black Angle Publishers’ Secret Santa fund. It is a service where we provide toys and clothes to less fortunate children around Christmas time. All proceeds from the sale of this anthology will go to that effort.
I plan to finalize When Love Calls and release it in September 2012.