Could you please start by telling us a little about yourself?
I've been a fine artist and an art therapist for most of my professional life. You can view my artwork at my web page.
I started writing romance about seven years ago and erotic romance about two years ago. Although I still paint and exhibit, I love writing about male/female relationships.
If you could be one of your characters - Who would you be? And why?
I'd probably be Marley Granville, the heroine of my latest book, MY DEMON LOVER. She's the different one in her family, more bohemian than mainstream, and I can relate to that. She's also passionate and willing to try new things, two traits that I admire. Marley goes through a transformation and a sexual awakening through her relationship with her demon lover. I love stories about transformation.
What's your favorite genre to read?
Favorite genre would have to be romance, and biography would be a close second.
Who or what influences you when you write?
Mostly my own imagination. I am always visualizing romantic stories, a form of daydreaming, I suppose.
What do you do on a typical writing day?
I usually work in longhand on lined yellow pads, the old fashioned way, and then transcribe and edit each chapter on the computer. I always have classical music on - I find it inspirational. I can work for about two hours at a time and then I need a break. Most writing days will see me putting in two hours in the morning and two hours at night.
When you have writer's block how do you break free?
I rarely have writer's block. If I do feel stumped, I'll take a long walk or a swim or else I'll paint for a few hours. This usually breaks the block and gets my creative juices flowing again.
Please tell us what you have planned next?
I have several short stories in Extasy Book anthologies - THE PURPLE HEART in Violet Visions and AMPHIBIAN ADVENTURE in Atlantis Allure. I am also working on a new book titled SIXTY MINUTE SEX SLAVE. The story revolves around an office situation. The hero is the owner of a large corporation, and the heroine is his personal assistant. It's a highly erotic romance with a darker sensuality.
In 5 years, where do you see yourself? -In general and in you're writing career
In five years I hope to have developed a loyal following for my books and also would like to try my hand at other romance genres such as romantic suspense.
Who is your perfect hero? And why?
My perfect hero is very much like Ian Blake in MY DEMON LOVER - rugged, confident, virile, and tender, as well as wickedly handsome-a real charmer.
What do you do for inspiration?
For inspiration I daydream different situations, usually just before going to sleep. I often use these story lines and characters for my books.
Is there a genre of book you would like to write but haven't yet?
Yes - I'd like to try writing romantic suspense.
What type of book have you always wanted to write?
There's a part of me that would like to try writing a literary type of book, something serious with a message. However, I love entertaining books and those books that take me out of reality, so I don't know if I will ever get that serious.
What kind of research do you do for your books? Do you enjoy the research process?
I am not a lover of deep research, I'd rather write. But sometimes it's necessary, so I usually use the library or the internet or talk to an expert in the field.
Do deadlines help or hinder your muse?
I don't like working under pressure, but it does force me to write more. I have a tendency to be lazy and procrastinate.
When did you first decide to submit your work? Please, tell us what or who encouraged you to take this big step.
I joined RWA and then a local chapter. With the groups' encouragement I began to submit my work.
What would you like to tell your readers?
I love the characters I write about, their problems, trials and successes. I hope my readers will love those things, too.
What is the best advice you have ever received?
The best advice I received was not to give up and to develop a thick skin when it came to rejections. The worst advice was that writing is too hard and not to bother even trying.
Do you outline your books or just start writing?
I just start writing usually after thinking about the characters for awhile. I am improvisational rather than a planning type of person.
Do you belong to a critique group? If so, how does this help or hinder you?
I do belong to a critique group and find it helpful. I appreciate the criticism and the camaraderie. I'm a groupie rather than a loner.
What was your first published work and when was it published?
I wrote a short story for True Confessions magazine which was published in their Sept. 2003 issue. After that I sold several more stories to True Confessions and True Story magazines. My first book, MY VIRTUAL LOVER, was published by Extasy Books in Sept. '06.
What would be the best way for readers contact you? Do you have a website? Email address? MySpace site? Blog? Message Board? Group?
My webpage is http://madelainegrant.millenniumpromotion.com/. My email address is email@example.com. I'd love to hear from readers. Visit my webpage for the latest information on my books or email me. Thanks for giving me a chance to talk about my writing.
Thank you for this opportunity!
Interviewed by Tammie King