Tonya Kinzer

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Interview By: Tamazon

Date: March 16, 2011

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Office Training Goes Home | The Boss's Pet Series | Out Now

Somewhat new to the world of bondage, Sondra agrees to become a submissive. It just so happens, her Dom is her boss and business partner at the office. Can she obey all she is instructed to do or will her training and punishment continue in the dungeon at home? Can she handle all she has agreed to?

Please describe your writing environment.

My office at home is shared with hubby but he's usually at our main office. I write my erotic romances better when I'm alone so this works for me. Our cats keep me company and insist on sitting on top of my desk and lying in front of my keyboard, like there's room for that!

Please tell us your latest news!

I've just released 'The Contract', book one in The Boss's Pet series, as a free read and introduction to both main characters, Nick Carrington and Sondra Prentice. Book two is titled 'Office Training Goes Home'. Book three in the series and more will be upcoming releases.

If you had to do it all over again, would you change anything in your latest book?

I love both of the books in this series and wouldn't change a thing. Nick and Sondra become co-workers, although he is her boss, she is an intelligent woman who knows what she wants out of life and takes it....and Nick is next on her list!

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

I love a good Sandra Brown romance or an erie Patricia Cornwell mystery. Both writers pull their reader into the story, making one feel as though they're right there on location with the characters!

Do you have any advice for other writers?

One of my biggest pet peeves with writing or rather reading, is when the author feels they need to write 'he/she said' after every comment. If they write body language well enough for the reader to follow, 'he said' isn't necessary!

My second complaint is an author who head hops every two paragraphs and makes me go back and reread the prior page because I couldn't figure out which character's head I should be in. Trying to read the thoughts of two characters at once is to hard to read. Think about the last book that you read and it read too fast. That was because the author didn't hop, didn't make you wonder which character you were with and probably didn't use dialogue tags with every comment.....and I'm off on another soap box!

What main genre do you write in?

Spicy Romance

Do you plan all your characters out before you start a story or do they develop as you write?

My characters develop as I write, the same way they change my story line! I'm a pantster...I may jot down a few notes of where I want the story to go but I can always count on my characters filling in the juicy details for me. So far, I've not been disappointed!

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

Since I have a day job, finding time to write is the biggest challenge for me. Hubby and I own our own business and have several locations and over fifty employees so needless to say, writing time is precious to me! We're both at the office, he a bit more than I only because I use my mornings to market, work on covers and websites, and sometimes....writing!

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

Hhhmmm.....ok, yes, I also write under another name but I'd like to keep both separate. I know that isn't fair but for all concerned, I feel I have the right to keep that a secret. My other author name has two books out and a third in the process so writing is not new to me other than beginning my erotic adventures. Both genres are different, not opposite ends of the spectrum but different enough that I don't want them associated. I hope you can enjoy my erotic stories and keep coming back for more.

Do you like to mix genres?

I love mixing genres only because 'they' say an author should stick to one genre. Why? I love reading more than one genre so why not write in them! I love historicals and contemporary as well as murder mystery and time travels. My erotic romance is currently contemporary but who's to say I can't go historical with them?

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

Get to know other authors who write in your genre and get a link on their website but in turn, you also need to do the same for them. Backlinks in your website are a necessity.

Share promo items like book marks, postcards with your cover, excerpt brochures, etc. Some authors have monthly contests, book signings or conventions where they pass out goody bags filled with promo from other authors. Find them and send in your items.

Social networking is a must and you need to be there at least once a week. The same goes for a blog. Don't start one, get people to follow you, then never show up to add new postings to your blog!

How much research do you do for your books? Have you found any cool tidbits in your research?

Sometimes research is nearly as hard as writing but I also love that part of it. As much as we'd like to, not everything we learn can go into the book! If writing is done properly, the readers knows you've done your homework. I like to think I can pass on a few bits of info that my reader might not know.

If you had to choose one person to have dinner with, who would it be? And why?

That's a tough question. Today...I'd love to have dinner with cover model Jimmy Thomas because I think he is such a down-to-earth individual as well as being a gorgeous cover model for all in the romance industry right now. From reading about him, he cares about others, how they feel and is interested in what makes them tick. Not only is he a model, but a personal trainer, marshal arts instructor and loves to stay busy. Okay, off on another tangent, sorry!

How did you choose your publisher? What was the process?

At this point, I choose to self-publish only because I was taken advantage of by an online publisher. It was part my fault for not doing more investigation into the company before I signed a contract. Luckily, I didn't loose much but some of the authors lost a lot of money. Self-publishing isn't for everyone because of the time it takes to market your books, your platform and your name but I'm a bit more determined than the average author....just my opinion. When I want something, I go after it and don't quit until I've accomplished what I set out to do. I will be a sought-after author!

Tonya Kinzer