Lee Ann Sontheimer Murphy

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Interview By: Tamazon

Date: April 04, 2011

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Love Tattoo | paranormal romance | Evernight Publishing | March 28 2011

One unexpected late night encounter and one titillating kiss detours Cara Riley from reaching Nashville for her last shot at a singing career and lands her in Memphis.

Dark, mysterious truck driver Will Brennan oozes sexuality and Cara finds herself drawn to him. He brings her to a higher level of sensual pleasure than she even imagined could be possible. As their relationship explodes into something real, she learns he has more than a few quirks-he sleeps by day and prowls by night.

At his home-a castle-nestled in a wooded area just outside Memphis, she learns just what his sweet love tattoos really mean and must decide if she wants another. Whether or not they find their happy ending is all up to Cara.

Please describe your writing environment.

I write in the far end of our family/dining room. I have my desk facing outside because I love to look out when I'm working. I have the walls covered with everything including upcoming book cover art, my kids' artwork, album covers, etc. I have a lot of books around, filing cabinents, a stereo (that plays records as well as CDs), three computers iff you count the lap top which is mostly what I use these days, some stuffed animals.....think organized mess but it works for me!

What main genre do you write in?

Romance

Please tell us your latest news!

I have three more novels out in 2011 (maybe more, fingers crossed, waiting). These are KINFOLK, a contemporary romantic suspense novel set in Arkansas due out in July from Champagne Books, LOVE NEVER FAILS, a contemporary romance from Rebel Ink Press in September and a time travel romance, A TIME TO LOVE out in November from Champagne.

I also have two contracted for release in 2012, LONG LIVE THE KING, a novella from Champagne in May and WITNESS PROTECTION PROGRAM, another romantic suspense from Rebel Ink.

Do you see writing as a career?

Absolutely. I think to succeed it is very important to view writing as a career even if are still hooked to a day job. You have to treat it as a serious, professional endeavor if you want to find success with it.

I have a tight schedule that I keep, write and work long hours almost everyday.

Do you recall how your interest in writing originated?

I dictated stories to my mom before I could read or write, then scribbled illustrations for them in crayon. I wrote my "first novel" in the fifth grade in the back of my binder and my first publication, such as it was, came at nine in the local paper. They offered a kids sharing creativity page on Saturday mornings. I have dozens of cousins. The older ones - which is most of them - were often on the page with their artwork but I'm no artist so I wrote a poem. When that got published, I got hooked on the idea that I would become a writer.

Do you write full time? What did you do before you became a writer? Or Still do?

I do write full-time and have for several years. I spent a decade in broadcasting (radio) straight out of college and loved it. Just before I went full-time with writing, I was a substitute school teacher.

Do you plan all your characters out before you start a story or do they develop as you write?

My characters develop as I write. It is similar to watching your newborn infant grow into a "real" human being with a personality. I usually begin with just an idea or an image that begins the story and the characters show up. I get acquainted with them and begin to hear their voices. As I write, I get to know them more and more.

What are your hobbies?

When I'm not writing, I like to garden, to plant things, both flowers and edibles. I have a little herb garden outside my back door that I've been cultivating for several years now.

I also like to travel whenever I can. I do a lot of family history and have since I was about twelve. I also love to read although I have less time for reading now that I write full-time.

Do you have any cool promo tricks you can share with other writers?

I'm a shameless whore when it comes to self promotion. I pull out every trick from my old radio days and use them plus anything else I can dream up. I send out press releases to old media contacts, people I knew when I worked in media and also to those I don't. I put catchy little ad in the "shopper" free papers because they are usually very cheap and reach a lot of people. I had cards made up that I leave everywhere I go, restaurants, any public bulletin board I see, just everywhere. I also had refrigerator magnets made up to give away.

What's your favorite drink?

In the morning, I have to have my coffee, strong and sweet, never polluted with milk or cream. After that I am a tea drinker, hot or cold.

When it comes to adult beverages, I am fond of both my John Jameson's Irish whiskey and my Sobeski vodka.

One of the first things other writers told me is that I needed a tag line or logo so here is mine.....Lee Ann Sontheimer Murphy....romance that lives and breathes the power of love!

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