Art of the Lie; Ellora's Cave; Erotica/Contemporary; 9/22/2010
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My next two releases are part of my Truth & Lies series for Ellora's Cave. Art of the Lie comes out on September 22, and Naked Truth will be available on October 22!
If you had to do it all over again, would you change anything in your latest book?
For once I think I can say NO! Or maybe just that I already did change it - whatever it might be. I ended up writing about three and a half major revisions of Art of the Lie, each one very different from the last. If a version of that book can be written, I've already been there and done that! But I did like the final version the best.
Who is your favorite author and what is it that really strikes you about their work?
So many to choose from! When I was a youngster I had a favorite romance writer, Laurie McBain, whose historicals really inspired me with their fantastic detail and compelling characters. Well, that and the very inspsiring hanky-panky scenes! I still plan to write a historical one day, and if I do I may well dedicate it to Laurie McBain.
Do you have a specific writing style?
"Eclectic". I tend to throw humor at uncomfortable situations, so even in the darkest scenes I guess my characters are likely to crack wise.
Do you see writing as a career?
Definitely. I see writing as the best career I've ever had!
Do you recall how your interest in writing originated?
I've always written, and from the time I was a young teenager I was writing stories. Then it was poetry, for awhile (fortunately that stage didn't last too long). I didn't start writing novels, though, until my late thirties. I should've started MUCH sooner!
Do you have any advice for other writers?
Write. Write every day, if you can. If you can't find the time, then find a way to make the time and do it anyway. When you aren't writing, read (particularly in the genre you're writing). Find ways to share your work with readers and other writers. There's no excuse not to, because the internet exists. And participate in National Novel Writing Month every November!
How does your family feel about having a writer in the family? Do they read your books?
Their reaction has been so flattering! Even though my genre is a little...intimate, my whole family has been very supportive. My mom even tells her country-club buddies my pen name (and a few of them have become readers!). Strangely, my very closest family haven't read my books. Hubby won't go near them, and my mom and sister keep saying they'll get around to it. I think my brother is the only one who's actually read one (poor thing, I gather he was shocked at his little sister!). But I have a very large family, and several more distant relatives had read and reported back favorably!
What did you do before you became a writer? Do you write full time?
I write full time now, but before that I was an educational diagnostician (the person who diagnoses kids for special ed services) for a suburban school district. Before that, I was a reading and dyslexia specialist. Before that, I was a special education teacher. And before THAT...I was an attorney.
I much prefer writing smut to all those earlier careers. I think I'll stick with it.
What is your writing process? Do you outline, fly by the seat of your pants or a combination of both?
A combination of both. I brainstorm, then outline, then write scenes in no particular order, then revise my outline, then brainstorm some more, and so on. I use a program called Scrivener that makes that process very seamless, though.
Do you have a ritual when it comes to writing? Example. get coffee, blanket, paper, pen and a comfy place
I have a little writing nook my husband built for me in the breakfast room. In it, I have a comfy chair, my computer, a few files and computer accessories (earbuds, my drawing tablet). And that's it. I have a view of the family room and kitchen so I can keep an eye on the kids, but mostly it's just my little nook away from the world where I can indulge in escapist fantasy. I mean novel-writing.
What main genre do you write in?
Erotica / Spicy Romance
Thanks to all my wonderful readers and friends for supporting my writing habit!
All the best,