Penelope Rivers

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Interview By: Tamazon

Date: June 29, 2011

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Lollipop Lick | New Line Press | erotica/romance | July 1st

The very first time that Malan Woods talked to Kent Greenwood, he was sucking off another guy behind the dumpster at the college. He's been obsessed by him ever since. Malan is madly in lust with Malan and wants him badly but is too shy until one day after class Kent takes Malan for a lick that he will never forget.

Please tell us your latest news!

I'm very excited! Lust at First Sight is my first erotica series. Right now, my stories Lollypop Lick, The Naughtiest Student, and Eyes on You are available early from New Line Press. Dr. Perfect, the fourth in the series, will be out on July 11th.

Who is your favorite author and what is it that really strikes you about their work?

Oh dear, you've opened up quite a can of worms. My favorite is probably everyone's favorite: J.K. Rowling. I love her for more than her great characters, though. She pushed and pushed Harry Potter even when she thought that she would never make it. She had been going through a hard time in life, but she still managed to be resilient. I think that she deserved her big victory.

Along with Rowling, I love Janet Evanovich. Nothing makes me laugh harder on a rainy day than that fantastic writing voice.

Do you recall how your interest in writing originated?

When I was in second grade, we had "pig week" in my elementary school. My school librarian had a big display for books about pigs. I wrote and colored my own book. It probably was horrible, but she put it there with the rest of those shiny novels as if it belonged there. From that moment on, I knew.

Do you have any advice for other writers?

Don't ever, ever give up. If you love it, then you won't. No matter how many refusals that you receive, remember that it only takes one yes. Writing is an art form. Keep practicing and keep trying. Rome wasn't built in a day. Even though I'm published, I work tirelessly to get better.

What main genre do you write in?

Erotica Romance

Please describe your writing environment.

I like a quiet enviroment. My room is the best place in the world for me to work, and I am addicted to my ear plugs that I am supposed to use for sleep only. *Laughs nervously.* Besides that, I'm not too hard to please. As long as it's quiet and I'm alone, I could write in a dumpster.

What's been the most challenging part of writing for you?

The editing. Most people don't realize this, but a great deal of the work comes after the writing. I could whip up a two-hundred-and-fifty page manuscript in a month. I edit it three times before my publisher even lays a hand on it, which takes ages!

Who has been your best supporter? How have they been there for you?

My sister definitly is the most amazing person ever. I'm a young author. Actually, I started writing when I was fourteen and had my first book out at seventeen. (You guessed it. Penelope Rivers is my pen name. I primarily write young adult fiction.) Most people looked at me and said things like, "What a silly kid." Now that I'm twenty, people finally realize that I'm dead serious about being a writer.

Do you have any other author names? If so, what are they and what's different about what you write under each name.

Oh yes, but it's a secret. I write other stories under my real name.

Do you like to mix genres?

Do I like to mix genres? Psh. Of course! Staightlaced writing is no fun. Genrebenders makes things far more interesting for the writer and for the reader.

What book are you reading now? What are your thoughts on it?

I'm reading Janet Evanovich's latest novel! What can I say? That woman is a genius. She makes me laugh everytime.

Tell us all about "The Call" or "The Email"!

The first time I got an "email" from a publisher, I grinned and leapt about as if my pants had caught on fire. I thought I was such hot stuff. After that, it became second nature. For my erotica line, I had actually been working for New Line Press as a Contract Story Analyst and submitted my own work for review. I love Catherine, the editor there, so much. She is so incredible, and her insight is dead-on everytime.

What inspires your writing?

The way that it feels when I open up a book that I've already gone through a billion times and know that it's going to be a good read...or when I reach the end of the best novel ever and cry because it's never going to be as good as that first time. (And yes, I am dead serious. I bawl my eyes out.)

I fell in love with books and that made me a writer. I have three bookshelves in my room alone that are overflowing.

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

Use networking sites and don't be shy.(Though don't stalk people. That's scary.) I am the biggest and most slimy butt kisser in existance. I can only be grateful that I'm a 110 pound girl, though I'm sure that my face would still be creepy against a window.

Do you have any animals? Do they influence your writing?

I have dogs, fish, a Chinese Water Dragon, and countless other animals. They don't influence my work as much as they calm me down. My knowledge on horses, though, has helped me greatly regarding my fantasy novel.

Who's your agent? Please tell us about them.

I am currently agent-less. *Waves hand hopefully.* No, I know that process. I could wallpaper my house with my letters. I have had help from wonderful people, however. On one of my novels, Jenee Arthur negotiated a deal for free because I had done the footwork of finding publishers. Nathan Bransford has given me some great advice. All in all, I really respect agents and hope to have one soon.

Goodbye everyone! I wish for you the best of reads!

Penelope Rivers