Current Release: Bound to Be a Groom
Describe your current release in two sentences?
In the tumultuous summer of 1808, Spain and England are close to war and four young lovers are close to ecstasy. What begins as a series of erotic escapades soon evolves into a deep, unbreakable bond between two men and two women who yearn to explore the shifting boundaries of passion, love, and commitment.
What are you working on?
I'm finishing up a series of contemporary standalones featuring four French heroes (similar to my Unruly Royals, very jet-setty, glitzy, over-the-top, etc.). I've also just started plotting a series of queer Regency romances (both F/F and M/M). I love being able to create stories in two completely different fictional worlds.
Getting a book to market often takes a village. Who has helped you on the way?
Oh my lord. Everyone. Seriously. I am blown away by every level of support I've received. Review sites and blogs like this one that help get the word out and support writers on a daily basis; everyone in my twitter feed (from the smallest, "You can do it!" when I am struggling with a scene, to the biggest NYT bestseller saying they loved one of my books); other authors who provide friendship, business acumen, laughter, drinking at conferences; my agent, always supportive and realistic and just awesome. (Do I sound like Sally Field yet?) In terms of each individual book, I think my editors have been the most instrumental. I've worked with four very different editors so far, and each one brings a unique perspective and gift to the project. Did I forget anyone? Oh, my mom of course (my most avid reader) and my husband (for picking up all the parental slack while I'm over here playing with my imaginary friends). I live in a really awesome village!
Do you have a favorite or interesting reader meet moment?
Yes! When I was at RT in Kansas CIty in May, 2013, three women of varying ages stepped up to my signing table. It turned out they were a grandmother (70s), a mother (40s), and a daughter (20s) and they had been talking to Nancy Naigle (I totally won the alphabetical jackpot!) And then they picked up one of my books and we talked about it for a little while and then the grandmother said, "Oh! This sounds like something all *three* of us would love!" I just…man, I totally swoon over the idea of families of women who love to read.
What is your favorite way to procrastinate?
Twitter. Hands down. But (*cue defensive rationalization*) I've tried to pin my procrastination to productivity by forcing myself to do writing sprints after I've been tweeting for any length of time. The old saw (maybe from Ray Kroc?) comes to mind, "If you've got time to lean, you've got time to clean." Except, you know, if I've got time to tweet, I've got time to hit my daily word count.
Thank you so much for having me! I'm really grateful for every single reader, and if I can bring a smile or a happy sigh to someone while they read one of my books, then, mission accomplished! I don't think I'll ever really get over feeling like this is all some lengthy, elaborate dream in which I get to write romance novels for a living. Pinch me.