ONLY MINE, HQN Books, contemporary romance, July 26, 2011.
You can't win if you don't play...
Her town's lack of men may make headlines, but it isn't news to Dakota Hendrix. The beautiful blonde has bigger problems to deal with, such as overseeing the romance reality competition filming in Fool's Gold. Screening eligible bachelors is a difficult enough task, but Dakota hits an unexpected snag when a sexy stranger comes to town.
Finn Anderssen will do anything to keep his twin brothers- the perfect contestants- off the show. Despite Dakota's better judgment, she finds herself drawn to the mysterious outsider. Like her, Finn knows about heartbreak and how a family can fall apart, so she doesn't dare to hope for anything more than a fling. After all, even in the Land of Happy Endings, finding true love is never as easy as it looks on TV.
Please tell us your latest news!
My latest news is a return to Fool's Gold, California, the setting of my ongoing series of romance novels. ONLY MINE was released on July 26, and ONLY YOURS and ONLY HIS will be released over the coming two months. One after the other, the Hendrix triplets will fall in love. And their mom, Denise, gets a little romance in her life, too, after ten years of being widowed. You can read a free excerpt of ONLY MINE at www.susanmallery.com/excerpts.php.
Please describe your writing environment.
I write in a cozy office with big windows that give me a view of Seattle streets. People watching sometimes distracts me. Every morning, my dog comes with me to work. I sit in my ergonomic chair, and she lies down on the mountain of pillows that befits her status as a true princess. Her adorableness sometimes distracts me. I have a fabulous desk that I had made this past year, with drawers for my files and a thousand nooks for everything else. The wood grain is soooooo pretty, it sometimes distracts me. (Yes, I'm easily distracted, especially when I hit a plot snag.)
Do you recall how your interest in writing originated?
I had always loved reading, but it wasn't until I was in college, taking a night school class called "How to Write a Romance Novel" that I realized that writing could be a valid career path for a girl from Burbank. I had always assumed that writers had to lead fabulous, exciting lives. Which we do, but interestingly, our exciting lives happen primarily in our imaginations. Our real lives are filled with grocery shopping and picking up after the dog. Not so glamorous, but the mix keeps me entertained.
Do you have any advice for other writers?
If you truly want to succeed as a published writer, then my best advice is to never give up. Keep writing, keep learning, keep submitting until you find an editor who loves your voice. Don't get stuck on one project, either. Finish it, learn from it, and move on to the next. Every new book you write has the potential to become your first sale.
What main genre do you write in?
Do you like to mix genres?
I love writing romance. These days, I also write one non-romance, women's fiction per year, which gives me the opportunity to dig into some of the other relationships that mean so much to women.
What book are you reading now? What are your thoughts on it?
I'm reading HOW TO SEDUCE A BILLIONAIRE, a Harlequin Desire from author Kate Carlisle. It's terrific! Brandon Duke is the billionaire in question, and the book starts out with him being completely flummoxed by his secretary's sexy makeover. Kate tells the story with her trademark humor. (She also writes a fun series of mystery novels called the Bibliophile Mysteries.)
What inspires your writing?
I find inspiration everywhere, but especially from stories on National Public Radio. I can't express the depth of my love for NPR. You learn the most interesting things on their programs, and you never know how this jumble of disparate facts might come together to form a fabulous story. The Fool's Gold series was inspired by a story about the 2010 census, which hadn't happened at that point. They were talking about all the interesting things that towns can discover about themselves, and I started to wonder what was the most embarrassing thing the census might reveal about a town. and I thought, "What if there weren't enough men?" Thus, the town with the man shortage was born.
Do you have any cool promo tricks you can share with other writers?
Scheduled tweets are fabulous and handy. Most of the time, when you see me post something on Twitter, I'm there live. But I do schedule promo tweets the day a book is released, to make sure that I touch base with my Twitter followers.
Do you have any animals? Do they influence your writing?
I have a tiny but intrepid toy poodle named Nikki. She's six pounds of pure love. She inspired a super sweet service dog who plays an integral role in ONLY YOURS, my September release.
If you had to choose one person to have dinner with, who would it be? And why?
I would love to have dinner with Tim Gunn of Project Runway. He seems like a genuinely nice man. He's sophisticated, educated, and still warmly accepting of everyone he meets. Also, I think there would be a lot of other very interesting people at a Tim Gunn dinner party, and the conversation would be sparkling.
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