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Tired of romance novels that just portray young women with bodies to die for, novelist Sonja Paris tried a new approach in her first novel "Make The Cougar Purr" (ISBN: 978-1452824543; 494 pages; paperback; CreateSpace). This book is about betrayal, loss and sexual identification, and even though Paris put her work into a fictional "skeleton" its "vital organs" are in part based on autobiographic reflection of her own very turbulent life (she's the widow of Johnny and the Hurricanesr saxophone legend Johnny Parisr). "Cougar" depicts the life of Hannah, a middle-aged woman in a small Ohio town. Constantly betrayed by her husband, she drowns her sorrow in booze and spends his money freely, until he reveals to her that his last affair with a much younger woman is based on true love and not on pure lust. Driven by rage and desperate to find a new identity for herself, Hannah turns into a prancing cougar on the hunt and stumbles from one sexual escapade into another on her search for true love. Paris' writing style combines all the five senses with raw sex and deep-felt emotions, described so vividly, as if watching a screenplay.
MAKE THE COUGAR PURR has been recommended by Publishers NewswireT as one of nine books "worth a look" for media and booksellers, as well as avid readers of new and unique literary content on its 2010 semi-annual Q2-2010 `Books to Bookmark' List of Interesting New Books. To learn more about these and other books in detail, visit: http://publishersnewswire.com/2010/07/06/PNW1922_143920.php
(Powells.com) "The author has a real talent for drawing the reader into the story. You find yourself wondering what Hannah (the main character) is up to when you aren't reading. This is an adult novel--make no mistake, the subject matter is mature, but the use of adult language makes the characters seem like real people and not fictional creations. A very believable and enjoyable read. "
Reading Sonja Paris' "Make the Cougar Purr"--what a read! Oddly fascinating, it depicts cougar Hannah as a real flesh and blood woman. 9:39 PM Jul 22nd via web (by Diana Faillace) https://twitter.com/reneofc
If you had to do it all over again, would you change anything in your latest book?
Dividing the book into chapters instead of just dividing the scenes with lines and keep it slightly shorter. At 494 pages it is quite a large book.
Who is your favorite author and what is it that really strikes you about their work?
Even thought I studied German and English language and literature at the University of Hamburg (I am German and grew up in Germany before I followed my husband to the USA at the age of 32), and I was editor and journalist for the German celebrity publication "Wochenend". However, I never had a favorite author or even book. However, I like books that make you drown in the story in a way that you completely forget that you are even reading. Books, that put you almost into a hypnotic state while reading.
Do you have a specific writing style?
Not really. As I wrote for many years for a magazine focused on celebrities AND erotic, I am still not shy to write things as I see them and feel the, regardless of language and description of the scenes. I personally find that if you write the way you think, you are most truthful to yourself and your writing, even though it might not always be pleasant what you bring to paper (or rather nowadays to screen).
Do you see writing as a career?
I wrote two books so far and worked as a journalist for many years. Writing is and will always be a big part of my life. How far it will go from here, only God can tell!
Do you recall how your interest in writing originated?
I come from a family of writers. My older brother worked as a journalist. My own father wrote several books, even though he himself never got any published. He was not stubborn enough in that sector to approach publishers way back when.
However, already in the first grade my teacher called my parents and made them aware about my writing talents. And that was way before my older brother found this talent in himself. I guess it was somewhat always in my blood.
Do you have any advice for other writers?
Maybe a few novels down the line, if there ever will be more novels down the line.
How does your family feel about having a writer in the family? Do they read your books?
They do read it and absolutely love MAKE THE COUGAR PURR. But then again, I do not have to see them blush when they go through the pages.
What did you do before you became a writer? Do you write full time?
I went right from the University into the writing business. I stepped back from it after I married my husband, who was a professional musician. And I started catering just to him and his career, like so many women do in their marriages. Just after his passing I kind of got back where I left off. First with a biography about my husband in collaboration with one of his guitarists, Duane Thomas Griswack. MAKE THE COUGAR PURR is just an extension of the bio (the working title is SAX MAN, and it will be published via BANK HOUSE BOOKS out of the UK end of this year). MAKE THE COUGAR PURR is more my own life put into a fictional frame. It is IN PART a reflection of my own life, but it is not a true bio like the book that I wrote about my late husband Johnny Paris.
What is your writing process? Do you outline, fly by the seat of your pants or a combination of both?
FLY BY THE SEAT...FLY BY THE SEAT...and again: FLY BY THE SEAT! Way too many novels nowadays are structured to conform to the norm or what writing and a novel: OUGHT TO BE! I find many of these works masterpieces when it comes to the writing and the style, but somehow dead inside, as if the real fire of the author has been smothered. If authors would just write without always concepts in their mind, we would see much more variety in literature and literary content.
Do you have a favorite object that is pertinent to your writing? If so what is it and please describe it. (Pen, Coffee Cup, Pet, Blanket, Chair)
I always go to Panera Bread and write there with a couple of lattes. I get nothing done at home, because my two pooches always demand my full attention. I also prefer to write in the winter time when it is dark and gloomy outside. It makes it easier for me to let my mind drift away. In the summer time I am too free of a spirit. In that respect, I think I would get nothing down on paper if I were to live all year long in a hot climate where the sun always shines.
What main genre do you write in?
Nonfiction, Romance, Erotica / Spicy Romance
Current Release Details:
MAKE THE COUGAR PURR - ROMANCE AND BECOMING OF AGE (Midlife Crisis)- 5/22/2010