Thanks for joining me today on Night Owl Romance.
Tammie King of NOR: To get us started can you please start by telling us a little about what you are working on or have coming out?
Rena Marks: My latest release was a werewolf novel - I've received tons of requests for a sequel. I guess werewolfism is the latest thing! So this week while at RT, I started the second novel, which is Jonathan's story. Tammie King of NOR: Could you please tell us a little about yourself?
Rena Marks: I'm an Ellora's Cave author by night. During the day I attend school for nursing. I'm recently divorced, and having the time of my life dancing with all those luscious models at conventions! I may be a little biased, but I think the Ellora's Cave models rule!
Tammie King of NOR: If you could be one of the characters from this book - Who would you be? And why?
Rena Marks: Recently, I've mimicked Keara from Demonic Passions by wearing her devil horns during various conventions. She's a half breed who battles conflicts with her different sides and I can completely relate to the naughty versus nice personality!
Tammie King of NOR: Who or what influenced you when you wrote this book? Did you have a CD, Songs, environment, etc?
Rena Marks: I wrote Shared by Wolves by studying the full moon. My new office is on the second floor of my house, with a huge window and a perfect view. What better visual to influence your werewolf writing than the clear, yet mysterious details of the moon?
Tammie King of NOR: Can you please give us a sneak peek into the book?
Rena Marks: Jonathan needs to battle his alpha side - he's always been easygoing, so it was too easy to allow his big brother Duggan to take the responsibility reigns for the pack.
But once Jonathan discovers his own mate, the innate need to protect the abused woman overrules his basic nature.
However, the broken human female is hiding her own secret - she's sought out Jonathan's protection because her attacker was a horrifying, half-wolf creature that should only exist in fairy tales, not real life...
Tammie King of NOR: Please tell us what you have planned next?
Rena Marks: After the demanded "Joined by Wolves," I'll delve into the project I meant to start before the Romantic Times Convention. A third novel into the Hell Dimension known as Luciefyiore - where women rule and have to make the choice between naughty and nice.
Tammie King of NOR: What kind of research did you do for this book? Did you enjoy the research process?
Rena Marks: Ahh, paranormal is not as much a research genre as it is a creative, world-building concept. And I absolutely love releasing the imaginative side of me!
Tammie King of NOR: What would you like to tell your readers?
Rena Marks: I appreciate each and every one of them. I wouldn't be writing without their support. I welcome the feedback they give me, whether they want a sequel to a certain novel or whether they want a story hotter!
Tammie King of NOR: Do you belong to a critique group? If so, how does this help or hinder you?
Rena Marks: Yes, I've always belonged to the Soapbox Divas. We're a Circle of Three and write completely different, in genres and voices and styles. It's definitely a help; I can't even imagine life without my girls. We've been through the thick and thin, the highs and lows. We have critique down to a fine art between us.
Tammie King of NOR: What is the best and worst advice you have ever received?
Rena Marks: The worst advice I ever received was that the easiest way to publish was by writing erotica. It was actually the hardest genre I've ever written. Your characters HAVE to come alive. You HAVE to balance the sex with the plot.
The best advice I ever received was: If you can learn to write any genre, you can adapt to anything, to any writing curve the market throws at you. You'll always reach success with your work.
Tammie King of NOR: Do you outline your books or just start writing?
Rena Marks: I just start writing. It's really hard for me to tell you about an upcoming book because it may be completely different once done than the version I gave you!
I tried to outline once before, in fact, I tried to write in order (Chapter One to completion.) Usually I work on two or three books at once and I fell behind with critique when I started school on top of everything - so I figured if I could start at the beginning, I could turn in completed work without scrambling. That was a lousy idea - the novel they critiqued has been changed so drastically it'll have to be done over again!
Tammie King of NOR: Who is your perfect hero? And why?
Rena Marks: The perfect man looks good without being cocky. He's been hurt in the past, and is wary as hell. All the more reason for me to hug him to my breast - once there...well...
Tammie King of NOR: Is there a genre of book you would like to write but haven't yet?
Rena Marks: Not yet - I love writing paranormal so why stop? LOL
Tammie King of NOR: Can you please give us a sneak peek at any of your upcoming books?
Rena Marks: Once again, I'm trying my hand at contemporary. I've only tried it once before with my first summer quickie...however, it twisted back into paranormal by the introduction of magic. So I'll give it one more shot with a new upcoming novel about women who would rather have sex online than have a relationship with real men and their moods. However, Sin isn't about to be let off easy when her anonymous boyfriend discovers the code name for the standoffish woman is a shortened version from his own employee, Cynthia.
Tammie King of NOR: Is there anything else you would like to share with readers?
Rena Marks: Women connect through reading and that's important to all of us. We'll try anything once, twice if we like it.
Tammie King of NOR: When did you first decide to submit your work? Please, tell us what or who encouraged you to take this big step?
Rena Marks: My very first editor appointment was with Raelene Gorlinsky with Ellora's Cave. She was such a pleasant, professional woman, I thought - who knew it could be this easy?
I've been happy with EC ever since. What other publishing house can brag that they have their own lineup of models??
Tammie King of NOR: What was your first published work and when was it published?
Rena Marks: Born Again is my first novel with Ellora's Cave. It was centered around reincarnation - published in 2007.
I also had an anthology with a few other authors that same year called Tempting Fate - it was released through Phaze Publishing. My story was about the Fate, Lachesis.
Tammie King of NOR: What would be the best way for readers contact you? Do you have a website? Email address? MySpace site? Blog? Message Board? Group?
Thank you for this opportunity!