Tammie King here. Today we have Madeline Hunter joining us to answer some questions. Her current release is Tall, Dark and Wicked.
Hi Madeline. It's a pleasure to have you over.
What's your book about?
The sensible Hemingford brother, the lawyer with sage advice, Ives has refined sensual tastes, and avoids real romance in his well ordered life. So no one is more astonished than he is when he falls hard for Padua Belvoir, the daughter of a man he is expected to prosecute for a major crime. She is a woman with whom an entanglement will probably spell ruin. . . but he can’t help himself as he is drawn to her distinct and unique character, and is impressed with her loyalty. Padua in turn sees Ives as an adversary, but a wickedly attractive one, whose cool demeanor masks an inner life of volatile passion. Together they untangle the intrigue surrounding her father's case, all the while discovering a special madness when in each other's arms.
What should readers expect from you titles?
Intriguing, layered characters; R rated sensuality (especially this one); humor; deep emotions; mystery
What's your writing process like?
I start with a kernel of an idea---a character or situation, and it all evolves from there. I write a basic outline and know where the book will end and its main points, but do not outline in depth. And I edit as I go, instead of doing one fast draft and changing it a lot afterwards.
Which authors do you follow religiously?
I never answer this question about romance authors because I am bound to leave out someone and then I feel bad that I did. Outside of romance I read Lee Childs, John Grisham, and Dave Barry.
What books have you analyzed to help grow yourself as an author?
I have not consciously done this. I have always read a lot, and absorbed a lot about how to write from my reading, and I still do. But when I read, I do not stand back and analyze like a school teacher or editor.
What's next for you as an author?
I am finishing up book three of the Wicked trilogy, a book titled The Wicked Duke. It is the story of Lance, the brother who inherited the title when the eldest brother Percy died--or was murdered. The heroine is not the sort of woman a duke marries, and the "why" of their marriage is the thread that holds the book together.
What is your favorite way to procrastinate?
I procrastinate by dithering on the web, or by coloring while I watch trash television. I really need to stop doing both!
Getting a book to market often takes a village. Who has helped you on the way?
My publisher, and especially my editors, cannot be thanked enough in this area. I could duplicate some of what they do on my own, but never the print distribution my books receive, or the visibility they have achieved for me. Also, my agent Pam Hopkins has been tremendously helpful to my career.
Do you have a favorite or interesting reader meet moment?
Last summer in NYC, at the RWA conference, I hosted about 10 readers to dinner after the book signing. I had a wonderful time with them. I also have had some very memorable and touching "meets" via email over the years. I have received some reader emails that moved me deeply.
If you could have dinner with an author, who would it be?
I know I am supposed to say someone like Hemingway, but I would pick one of the authors I already do have dinner with, an author with whom I can relax and laugh, like Terri Brisbin who writes Scottish historicals.
If you could travel to another time, would you choose past or future or would you stick where you are at? And Why?
If I were sure I could come back, I would travel back in time. Most likely I would choose Florence, Italy in the 15th century. It was the most creative, and intriguing time for that city, and there were historical characters from then I would love to meet.
What's a writing day like for you?
Oh, dear. Dare I be honest? I get up, have breakfast, hit the computer and check email, get coffee, go back and write for a while, get coffee, go back and fiddle with Facebook and Twitter, get coffee, go back and write a while, etc, etc.
Do you feel music has inspired your writing?
Not really. There are times when a song will fit a story I am writing and inspire me, but normally I write in silence and do not associate my stories with songs, or vice versa.
What's your day job like?
Right now it is writing. Up until two years ago I was a college professor of art history. Oddly enough, that day job was a lot like writing in its independence and long deadlines. If not for the students and teaching, it may have also been like writing in its isolation. The kids are what made it fun, and what I mostly miss.
Are you an introvert or extrovert?
Introvert. I am not shy, but I fit the official definition of introvert, which is that I derive my energy from within, not from what is outside of me. I also prefer small groups to big crowds, and all of those other introvert indicators.
What is your favorite or most fun place to shop online?
I like Zulily because it has a lot of items for children, and also for women of my size (grin). You just have to be sure to check each company's size chart, since all are different. http://www.zulily.com?
What's your best vacation experience?
This is a hard choice! Probably a cruise I took with my sons and husbands about ten years ago. I really enjoyed doing that as a family, and showing my sons some of the sites I love.
What technological advancement could you not live without?
Word processing. Well, actually I COULD live without it because back in the day I did, but I have to say that writing novels without it was a pain. So along with that are computers, of course. I could live without lots of other new technology. Actually, I do! I am a late adopter, and even after four years, still do not use my smartphone for one tenth of what it can do.
Thanks Madeline for joining us.
Thank you for having me!