Today I’m very lucky to be interviewing Lisa and Thomas J. Oliver, authors of Uncaged (Shifter’s Uprising #1).
[Thomas] Hi there, thank you for hosting us here today. Our book, Uncaged is set in a world where shifters can be imprisoned for life if they break any shifter laws. The laws are upheld by a force called the Elite who work for a ruling family, the Masons.
[Lisa] At the heart of this story is a true mate romance. Lucas is a hybrid shifter who is fighting his way up through the ranks of cage fighters. Carlin is an Alpha Wolf shifter who has already attained one of the top positions and is quite happy with his lot…until he meets Lucas and realizes they are true mates. Now freedom is on his mind, and he will fight to get it.
This book is a little different from my other books (the Cloverleah Pack, Bound and Bonded, Stockton Wolves and the Alpha and Omega series) but that is to be expected with a collaborative effort. For me the important element of the story was the love growing between two men…
[Thomas] …and for me it was the fight scenes and the underlying theme of this series which is how men will act under an oppressive ruling family. I think we got a good balance and hopefully readers will think so too.
- Tell us something no one else knows about your characters.
[Thomas] Well, Carlin loves to cook but it’s not something he gets a lot of chance to do very often…
[Lisa]…and Lucas loves to listen to jazz music, something even Carlin doesn’t know.
- Have you ever written something that made you cry?
[Lisa] I have – some of the Cloverleah Pack books, like where Scott walks away from Damien in book 3, and Anton acts like such an ass to Troy in book 4 – for some reason both of those scenes made me tear up at the thought of it, and I had to work extra hard to get those men their HEA.
[Thomas] This is my first book, so the short answer is no. But I imagine Mom will have me thinking of some soppy stuff in the next one…not that it will make me cry, but Mom probably will.
- Have you ever co-written with someone before?
[Lisa and Thomas] No.
[Lisa] I have always wanted to collaborate with someone else. Writing can be quite a lonely occupation. I never thought my first co-writing project would be with my son, but it was really fun to do and I am looking forward to working on the next book.
- What is the most difficult part of writing for you?
[Thomas] I didn’t realize that the writing process itself took so long. I have these ideas in my head, but when we came to putting them on paper it was like…you have to be able to convey what’s in your head, clearly enough on paper so others can see what you are thinking. I found that hard – as well as the sex scenes…my Mom did those and no, I didn’t even talk to her about them…talking to my mother about sex is just freaky.
[Lisa] Yep, you left all that to me, lol. Not a problem. I have trouble with action scenes, I always have. That is what made writing this book so much more fun because I had someone who I could talk to about specific movements, sensations and things like that – there are more action scenes in this book than in any of my other ones.
- Name your four most important food groups.
[Thomas] I try and eat healthy when I can – fruit, vegetables, a lot of water, and fish/chicken. I can guess what Mom is going to say.
[Lisa] too right, lol. Chocolate, chocolate, tea (for fluids) and more chocolate.
Thank you Lisa and Thomas!
Here is an excerpt from their book:
Carlin knew he was behaving like an idiot pacing up and down the floor of his small apartment, but he couldn’t stop. How long did it take for one man to have a shower for fucks sake? He’d ordered food for the both of them. Having been a fighter for more than five years, Carlin knew that Lucas would be hungry – hopefully for food and sex. But if the bloody man didn’t get his skates on then Carlin would eat alone and get straight to dessert when Lucas arrived.
About to call Brian and find out where his errant fuck had gone, Carlin caught the sound of people outside of his door. He threw himself on the couch and picked up a book. He didn’t want Lucas thinking he was waiting for him or anything.
Brian came in, Lucas a few steps behind him.
“Alpha Fighter Carlin. This is Lucas, ranked fifth after today.”
Carlin was surprised. He’d heard the man had moved swiftly up the ranks, but he didn’t realize that Lucas was so close to a shot for an Alpha ranking. In theory, one more fight and he might have to fight Lucas in the ring. For a moment Carlin was tempted to send the man away. He did have some conscience, even after so many years of being a fighting machine. He didn’t want to have to kill someone who had been in his bed.
But then Lucas stepped past Brian, and Carlin was caught in angry eyes. Silver eyes. Something tugged at Carlin’s brain – the eye color had some significance, didn’t it? But then Lucas’s scent hit Carlin’s nose and any rational thought fell straight out of his brain.
“Leave, Brian,” Carlin said, standing up and not breaking his stare with Lucas. He knew his body radiated the power he was famous for, and guessed he might look intimidating, as he heard Brian whisper to Lucas as he scurried out of the door, “I told you not to stare at an Alpha. You’re dead meat pup.”
“Better dead than a fuck toy,” Lucas snarled – his comment for Brian, but those silver eyes stayed fixed on Carlin.
“I agree,” Carlin said, his voice dropping as he got closer. Before Lucas could react, he reached his hand around, grabbing Lucas by the nape and pushing the man’s face into his throat. Whatever Lucas was going to say was muffled by Carlin’s skin, although the man was kicking, punching and doing everything he could to get free.
“Sniff, damn you,” Carlin said urgently. “Fucking sniff, and then I’ll let you go.”
Carlin felt Lucas quieten, although his body still stayed rigid in Carlin’s grasp. Lucas’s deep inhale was the only sound in the room. Carlin knew the moment Lucas had worked out what Carlin was trying to say.
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Meet the authors:
Lisa Oliver had been writing non-fiction books for years when visions of half dressed, buff men started invading her dreams. Unable to resist the lure of her stories, Lisa decided to switch to fiction books, and now stories about her men clamor to get out from under her fingertips.
When Lisa is not writing, she is usually reading with a cup of tea always at hand. Her grown children and grandchildren sometimes try and pry her away from the computer and have found that the best way to do it, is to promise her chocolate. Lisa will do anything for chocolate.
Lisa loves to hear from her readers and other writers. You can friend her on Facebook here, or email her directly at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thomas Oliver doesn’t have a lot of time for writing itself although he can talk about his ideas for hours. A construction worker by day, he has a wicked imagination and it was from sharing some of his ideas with Lisa, that the idea for this series was born.
When not working, Thomas is like any other young man. He loves to spend time with friends, his girlfriend and working on his car. His dream is to do up a project car – something mean, with attitude and plenty of power under the hood.
Anyone wanting to contact Thomas can do so through Facebook.
Where to find the author:
My Blog: http://www.supernaturalsmut.com
Goodreads Link: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/25695445-uncaged
Publisher: Oliver Group Publications
Cover Artist: Lisa Oliver
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