Interview with SA Dalton, Author of Lethal

06 Feb 2024

What’s the story behind the story? What inspired you to write Lethal?

I realised I hadn’t read a vampire romance novel in a long time and I really missed them! I’ve been writing thrillers for the last seven years, which I love doing, but I wanted to write something a little more light-hearted with some humour. While I love the angst of romance, I wanted to add a little of that light-hearted humours side in with some of the tropes I love about vampires.

If you had to pick theme songs for the main characters of Lethal, what would they be?

I actually made a playlist for this book and one of the most played songs is Vampire by Olivia Rodriguez. But the lyrics don’t really match the main character’s feelings. So, for Kira I would pick Cardigan by Taylor Swift. For Cyrus it would be Bring Me To Life by Evanescence. For Laila it would be Welcome to the Black Parade by My Chemical Romance.

What’s your favorite genre to read? Is it the same as your favorite genre to write?

I tend to read books from many different genres, including literary fiction, thrillers, science fiction, fantasy and horror. Right now I’m reading The Last House on Needless Street which feels like a mash up of all genres. I love it!

What books are on your TBR pile right now?

So many! I’d love to dive back into the Hunger Games world with The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes. It has been so long since I was in that world that I’m a little nervous to start the book. I really want it to be good!

What scene in your book was your favorite to write?

There’s a scene towards the end of the book that I loved. I don’t want to spoil it, but I will say that it involves teddy bears.

Do you have any quirky writing habits? (lucky mugs, cats on laps, etc.)

I tend to mix things up a lot. I move around the house with my laptop or go to a coffee shop. Sometimes I listen to music or white noise, but other times I prefer silence. I use the Pomodoro technique quite a bit and write in sprints too.

Do you have a motto, quote, or philosophy you live by?

There is one lyric from a Beyonce song that has stuck in my head. “Always stay gracious, best revenge is your paper.”

If you could choose one thing for readers to remember after reading your book, what would it be?

The friendships we made along the way!


SA Dalton is the author of the new book Lethal

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