Tell us a bit about your chosen genre. Do you feel your strength as a writer is within one specific genre or do you dabble in a number of different genres?
I love to write all types of genres. But I mostly love horror, thriller, suspense, and romance. But deep inside I love writing erotica.
Is there one particular author or book that influenced you when you were younger, and if so, how did that influence shape who you are as a writer today?
I have to say is Lois Duncan. I was eight years old when I first got my book. It was Duncan's I Know What You Did Last Summer. Ever since that day, I've enjoyed reading.
Physical books or ebook? Everyone has a preference...what's yours?
I personally love hardcovers but today most books are in paperback. Ebook are great but I stick with hardback and paperback.
If one of your books was to be made into a movie or television series, who would you cast--if given the choice--to play your main characters?
For my book The Brotherhood, I would like to see Stephen Amell play my main character. He is an outstanding actor and I believe he can pull off the role.
Can you tell us about any memorable interactions you've had with readers of your work?
I enjoyed their feedback, both good and bad, because it helps me to be a stronger writer.
Have you ever attended any writing workshops or seminars or anything of that nature? Did you find them helpful or not so much?
I've never been to one.
If you could collaborate with another author, who would it be and why?
Half my writing comes from personal experience; the good, the bad, and everything in between comes from deep inside of me. With my writing, I feel like I can let go if it all, lay myself bare inside my books.
What can you tell us about your preferred writing environment? Music, no music? At home, locked in your office, or out in the world in a coffee shop?
I listen to freestyle music in the background. I write in my bedroom while my husband is at the other end of the room playing Call of Duty on his computer with his cyber friends.
A simple question: why do you write?
I always wanted to be a writer because I love sharing my stories with everyone, and I have lots of adventure in my world.
Do you use beta readers, and if so, how does the feedback from those beta readers help to shape your work?
No, I never use them.
How often do you read new authors? Any you'd like to recommend here?
I love reading new authors because just like me I love sharing my work with everyone. I personally recommend an upcoming author name J.M. Chalker. Her first book is titled Bound. I was happy to read an advance copy of her book. It's amazing and I think teens all over the world would enjoy this book.
Do you have a favorite local bookstore you like to support or do you get your book fix from Amazon or some other online outlet?
I go to Barnes & Noble a lot but I get most of my books from Amazon.
Do you buy new or used books, or both?
I buy both because most of the books I am looking for are hard to find.
L.A. MALDONADO was born and raised in Pompano Beach, Florida. At the age of 17, he moved to West Texas for the next 16 years. In 2010 he thought it would be a good idea to head back to his roots in his home state.
Maldonado now lives in Lehigh Acres, Florida, with his small family and two dogs, Esme and Sammy. He's a fan of most things geeky (think: Buffy The Vampire Slayer, Charmed, Once Upon A Time, The Walking Dead, all kind of books like Beautiful Creatures, The Vampire Chronicles, Twilight Saga, The Hunger Games, Fear Street, Harry Potter...). He has been in love with books since he was given his first novel on his 8th birthday called I Know What You Did Last Summer by Lois Duncan, way before Hollywood ever thought of making a blockbuster movie out of it.
Everyone who knew him in school says that he is caring, giving, and the brave one out of the group of friends. Every time you see Maldonado, he always has a book in his hand reading. While he was in high school he wrote poems and short stories and had a number of them published in the school newspaper.