written by L.G. Kelso
published by L.G. Kelso
About the book – from Goodreads: Tori’s MMA career was taking off, until she beat the wrong man. Her training partner, nursing a bruised ego, snapped—shattering her trust and confidence.
Three years later, Tori’s keeping her fists to herself as she struggles to put herself through college. But when a group of gangbangers hassle her at work, old habits kick in and her fists fly. Max Estrada, a frequent diner customer, steps in and gets them out of hot water, but Tori is still fired… days before tuition is due.
With no other option, she’s forced to take a desk job at her old pounding grounds, where her demons still haunt the cage and the temptation to go glove-to-glove with familiar pro-fighter, Max Estrada, is too much. The sexy Colombian draws her back into the world of MMA and revives her dreams of becoming a professional face-puncher—until Will, her old partner and current Middleweight Champion, struts back into the gym. The secret they share is an unexpected liability to his career, and he’s determined to keep her silent.
With her life on the ropes, Tori will have to face the past for a shot at winning back her future, or carry the weight of a loss even greater than before.
Please tell us in one sentence only, why we should read your book. Fierce is a compelling and unique story with a kickass heroine that offers an authentic look at fighters and the world of MMA.
Why did you did you decide to write Fierce? I don’t think there was ever much of a choice, to be honest. I fell in love with boxing, and Fierce came about shortly after. It was just something I had to write. It evolved as I got more involved in combat sports, and at that point, the characters weren’t going to let me work on anything else.
Which genre do you enjoy writing more, contemporary or speculative? Speculative. I enjoy writing the Whatever It Takes (which includes Fierce) novels, but I definitely am a fantasy girl at heart.
What kind of combat sports do you participate in? I do boxing, kickboxing, Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, no gi grappling, and MMA.
Because you play combat sports, do you find it easier or harder to write about these sports in your books? Easier! In fact, writing the sport parts (such as the fighting and the sparring scenes) of the books are therapy for me. I tend to obsess over the martial arts, and I’ll go home after a session at the dojo, and keep myself awake because I obsess over what I learned, and how to do certain techniques, and how to fit them into a combination and my mind just goes crazy, so writing it gives me an outlet to get that obsession out, and (hopefully) get some sleep.
Any other books in the works? Goals for future projects? I’m working on the next Whatever It Takes novel. It’s a companion to Fierce, so there are character crossovers, but this one focuses on Shane and a new leading lady. It’s steamier and faster-paced than Fierce, and goes into some more themes only touched on in Fierce, as well as introducing some new subcultures in the MMA world. It’s a bit more romantic, and the new leading lady embraces being a girl in the gym differently than Tori.
I’m also working on a paranormal I finished a few years ago that I am revising significantly. I’m pretty excited about it as my mythology geek gets to come out and play.
What is your favorite genre to read? Fantasy. I love dark fantasy and urban fantasy.
Who is your favorite author? I would have to say Anne Bishop, especially for the adult department, and Richelle Mead for her young adult novels. I also really enjoy Nova Ren Suma when I want something contemporary with a literary bent.
In your opinion, what is one book that everyone should read? …this is a really hard question. I don’t know that I have an answer. I have books of various genres, from classics to epic fantasy, that I strongly recommend depending what the person is looking for. We all have such different taste, though, that I find it hard to really give one suggestion.
I guess one would be 17 & Gone by Nova Ren Suma. Beautifully crafted and intriguing novel.
For the dark fantasy crowed, the Black Jewels Trilogy. The point-of-view work is AMAZING (seriously, some of the best third pov I’ve read), and the story is awesome to. For me, it really upped the game in fantasy.
What did you want to be when you grew up? An author. And a ninja. I’m working on both 😉
Tell us three things about yourself that cannot be found on the internet … at least not found easily.
-I love France but dislike cheese and wine. Baguettes it is!
-Sharks are seriously terrifying but I love the ocean.
-Cooking is not my friend.
About the author: L.G. Kelso is a fantasy and contemporary novelist. Having grown up watching Xena and Hercules with her grandmother, she inherited her passion for all things magic, paranormal and mythological. She also has a probably unhealthy obsession with martial arts, and as a boxer she strives to give readers an authentic view of MMA in her contemporary sports novel.