Meet Lou Kelly!
Q: You were named as Best Debut Author in the 2016 Rainbow Awards and your first novel, The Edge of Control, won Best Debut Gay Book. Was that exciting?
A: Absolutely! The Rainbow Awards are such a brilliant idea. What a great way to raise money for LGBT causes, draw attention to writers who don’t always have traditional avenues to celebrate their books, and provide excellent reading material to readers who adore this genre. I was completely honored to be chosen as Best Debut Author and so excited to have The Edge of Control named as Best Debut Gay Book.
Q: Have you always loved writing?
A: Yes, ever since I was a kid. I’ve always been a voracious reader, and when I can’t find the exact book I want to read… I write it!
Q: What inspired you to write The Alpha’s Prey?
A: I love shifter stories, but I don’t happen to enjoy the Mpreg trope. (Absolutely no judgement here! Everyone has themes they love and those that don’t hit their buttons. Love what you love!) I was craving a certain kind of book, and I couldn’t find what I wanted. So, I decided to write the story I wanted to read, and I came up with the idea of a wolf shifter having a human mate with a wolf phobia. I kept thinking that would be a fun set-up because they’d have so much to overcome in order to be together. The story took shape from there.
Q: What was the hardest part of the story to write?
A: Probably the skating scenes. I had to do a lot of research about the figure skating world in order to write Devon’s scenes in a convincing way, and it’s really hard to recreate what’s so visually stunning when you watch it into something that feels compelling on the page.
Q: What was your favorite part of writing this book?
I loved the dynamic between Aaron and Devon. Aaron is such a strong alpha, but he’s also nurturing, patient, and kind. In some ways, Devon is broken, but he’s also incredibly strong. He’s a survivor who doesn’t have it in him to give up. I loved watching these two characters come together and complete each other. Both characters offer exactly what their partner needs.
If there’s one thing Devon O’Leary hates, it’s wolves. Everyone thinks the wolfman he remembers as his abductor is a figment of his imagination, but Devon knows the truth and he has the scars to prove it. Wolf shifters are real; they have sharp claws, horrible fangs, and show no mercy to their victims. And one of their Alphas has claimed him as its prey.
Can two men overcome impossible odds to claim the love that was meant to be theirs? Or will Devon’s past cause him to reject the mate who would do anything to keep him safe?
Meet the Author
Lou Kelly loves a great romance. Having honed her skills as an author through a decade of writing and publishing, she discovered m/m fiction and fell in love. What does she like best? The slow burn.
“No insta-love for me. I adore a well-developed full-length novel with characters who are believable and sympathetic. My favorite relationships are the kind where suppressed desire sizzles with sexual tension struggling for release. Give me a strong Alpha male who has to fight for his mate, or enemies who are shocked when hate turns into love, or a mysterious stranger who doesn’t want his secrets revealed … I crave books that keep me up past my bedtime.”
When she isn’t writing, Lou Kelly loves to travel. Sadly, most of her traveling these days happens between the pages of books, but top on her wish list is a trip to Greece. Followed by New Zealand, Ireland, Scotland, and Iceland. *sigh* Someday she hopes to explore them all. Until then, you can find her reading! – Lou Kelly is a member of RWA (Romance Writers of America), and a proud member of RRW (Rainbow Romance Writers).