Sunday, January 29, 2012

Author Interview and Giveaway with Keri Lake

Please give a big welcome to Keri Lake, author of Somnium.

Would you tell us a little about yourself?
I am a married mother of two living in Michigan.  I graduated from Michigan State University with two degrees in science.  Like many writers, I’ve been making up stories for a long time.  Mine started out as poetry and eventually evolved into the very first novel I wrote in 2008.  Somnium is my first published work.  

Do you have a process in your writing routine?

Actually not so much of a process – I pretty much write when I can.  Sometimes it means getting up at three in the morning to do that.  All I need is coffee and my iPod…and I’m ready to go.  I have a pretty eager muse that never fails me.  Editing is another issue.  I need silence and typically something sweet nearby.  Swedish Fish or dark chocolate M&M’s usually help stave off mental blocks.  

In your book Somnium, Allie has an unfortunate dinner involving wicked lobster.  What was the inspiration behind this scene?

Well the book is actually based on my youngest sister.  She moved out of state while I was writing Somnium and to keep in touch, she’d send pics and texts.  I remember her posting a bunch of pics after she’d ordered fresh Maine lobster for the first time.  I cracked up when I saw the picture of a lobster with a napkin folded over its eyes.  

Can you tell us what you are working on next?

Currently, I’m working on Requiem, book 2 of the Halos trilogy.  I’ve also been working on a novella and some short stories written from the POV of different Halos characters. 

Fun Questions:   
Do you have a favorite food or place to eat? 

My favorite food is chips & salsa, thanks to my best friend.  That’s pretty much all we ate our freshman year of college.  However, my favorite place to eat is probably PF Changs.

Do you have any pets? 
Yep.  Two fish.  Although, we’re considering a puppy now that my kids are a little older.   

Keri is giving away one autographed copy of Somnium. To enter, leave a comment below along with your email. Open Internationally. 

For more information on Keri Lake, please check out the following links:


  1. Love the interview, especially the bit about the lobster(:


  2. Great interview, i imagine the scene with the lobster


    thanks you for the international giveaway
    all the best

  3. I would love to read "Somnium" thank you. I'm wondering how the science features or if it does??? Two Degrees in Science - I'm impressed.


  4. Please enter me in the giveaway also. I agree about the part with the napkin over the lobsters eyes. This books sounds great.

    Rachel V

  5. that cover is full of the smexy! Love black wings ;) thanks for the visit! sstogner1 at gmail dot com

  6. Great interview. Had this one on my wish list for a while now.

    icequeen at vianet dot ca

  7. Enjoyed the interview, laughed when I read the part about the lobster and the napking over its eyes.

    skpetal at hotmail dot com

  8. Great Interview, very entertaining! I agree that sweet things are very inspiring :)
    It would be interesting to read, knowing the inspiration is based somewhat on your sister!!
    ms.georgia.forever AT

  9. You sound like a very down to Earth person, and the book sounds very interesting. I look forward to reading it!


  10. I have to gush about the cover of your book, Keri. It's just gorgeous and so intense - it's so dark, it really draws me in, like a mystery. Something about it makes me NEED to find out what is behind those shadows around the edges. It gives me goosebumps! It's just so well done!
    Loved the napkin over the lobster's eyes, that's a hoot! Guess it's so the customer isn't freaked's a bit late for the lobster, obviously, hahaha!!
    Great interview!
    Thank you for the giveaway chance!
    Gena Robertson

  11. Enjoyed the interview , now I really want to read the lobster dinner part :) Whole book sounds great.

  12. Great interview. Love the black wings. Thanks for the giveaway.

    lizzi0915 at aol dot com

  13. Loved the interview thanks for the chance to win! And I really like your book cover!

  14. Your comment about the lobster was great and makes a nice memory even nicer when in a book. Thanks for the giveaway and wish you well with your book!

    dsadler53 at yahoo dot ca

  15. Oh the napkin over the lobster's eyes is too funny! That's priceless!

  16. I love the napkin over the eyes. I was just watching chef John Besh on tv this weekend and he was saying shrimp eyes taste great, but if you couldn't take it, cut them off. Gack!

  17. Great interview. Can't wait to read Halos Somnium. The bit about the lobster with the napkin over his eyes was hysterical.


  18. Nice to learn a little more about you. Best of luck writing you second novel :)

  19. I can just that lobster with his eyes covered!! I would love to be entered to win this book, it sounds really great.

    mlawson17 at hotmail dot com

  20. Loved the interview...LOL @ Lobster...too funny.
    I'm looking forward to reading this book.

  21. GREAT interview and giveaway! And like everyone else...I too think the cover is FAB! I've read an excerpt on another site and I can not wait to read MORE...this is going to be an AWESOME series!

  22. Loved that your sister covered the lobsters eyes as it's the kind of thing I would do too. I also love that cover artwork - absolutely gorgeous especially the wording on his back :D

  23. Now I'm curious about this lobster scene in the book. I'm glad your sister helped inspire the story.


  24. Email addy correction: Cambonified(at)yahoo(dot)com

  25. Thanks for introducing me to another new author. I think it is so great that someone takes the leap to put their thoughts on paper and manages to create a book. Thanks for the giveaway.

  26. I enjoyed reading the interview. I'm looking forward to reading the book. Thanks for the giveaway.


  27. I look forward to reading this one!


  28. Great interview! I would do the same thing with the lobster! That is if I ate lobster! Halos Somnium just went on my to buy list.

  29. Thanks for the interview! My son loved fish when he was little, and now he has a German Shepherd. I definitely recommend getting your little one a puppy! And thanks for the chance for a copy of the book!

    Ann Roberts

  30. Ooh! Chips and Salsa. Now I'm hungry!
    Two science degrees- wow!
    I'm interested in knowing how Somnium is based on your sister:)
    I prefer fish over puppies as pets- there's something soothing about gazing into a fish tank at the end of a long day.

    Thank for this great post and giveaway:)

    Best wishes for 2012!:)


    sarah DOT setar AT gmail DOT com

  31. Great interview and I love the cover. Thanks for the chance.

  32. Thanks for the giveaway :)

  33. I really enjoyed the interview thank you for sharing. Chips and salsa is one of my fav snacks too...and I eat way to many when we go out for Mexican, the bowl is devoured before the food is ever brought to the table.

    I think the concept for this series is interesting. I am looking forward to seeing it progress and can't wait to read this first book!

    pams00 @

  34. Thanks for the international giveaway!!


  35. Thank you for taking the time to share with us today. It is definitely mission worthy to find the perfect salsa to go with the chips LOL I love the cover and would love to read Somnium :)

  36. ^Appreciate giveaway! Helps those like me on fixed income/SSI {perm/multi disabled: wheelchair/home- bound} who need & enjoy to read, attain books can't normally afford <3
    ^Thought interview was really good & yes Lobster 'Tail' really caused belly laugh... ;-D
    ^So many New Books...So little Time!Preview has peaked my interest, especially as haven't read may story-lines of this type/characters before! So look forward to learning new things, while follow twists of adventures, romance & magickal journey thru paranormal world created!
    ^Paranormal Romance Addict, with eclectic tastes & enjoy reading something with 'new' characters & story-line, especially if well written!

    )0( Warmest Blessings )0(



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