Romance Author ~ Sharon Hamilton

1. If you could trade places with any of your leading ladies, who would it be and why??

I’d have to say Christy Nelson in my first book, Accidental SEAL. She gets tied up by the hero in the first chapter, with her own pantyhose. Yum!

2. In 5 words, please describe your ‘Romance Writing Style’.

Lots of sexual tension, lots of sex, lots of swearing.

3. Are any of your more ‘passionate’ scenes, based on any real life experiences?

Just in my own head. I did find a naked man in a house I was showing, however.

4. What is your ‘girl vice’? ie getting your hair done? Nails? Shopping? Gossiping? Chick flicks?

Mani and pedi. Hot stone massages.

5. Are any of your leading ladies, based on your you or any of the ladies in your life? If so, who?

I only wish I was a size 4 with big boobs that were still perky!

6. When writing your more ‘adult’ scenes, do you picture what’s happening in your head, then write what you see? Of do you use another technique?

I have my favorite love scene music I play over and over again while I write the scene. Thank God for the repeat button on iTunes.

7. This or That ~ Wine or Beer? Sex in the City or Caroline in the City? Perfume or Jewelry? Painted nails or Au Natural? Tall or Dark or Handsome?

Wine (I live in wine country). Sex anywhere is fine with me. Even in a pickup. Jewelry. Definitely painted nails. I like them tall, dark AND handsome, and married me one!

8. Do your leading men come from any place in particular? Dreams? Movie stars? Your partner? Past partners?

In my Guardian Angel series, Daniel was a Brazilian painter. I based his character on Rodrigo Santoro. Do yourself a favor and look up the Chanel No. 5 commercial he did with Nicole Kidman. That’s my Daniel. I’d run away with him in a heartbeat.

9. What is the first romance novel you ever read? How old were you?

Some trashy novel someone left in the last pew at church. First time I read a sex scene. Loved it.

10. Do you write for a particular audience or for yourself and pray others like it as well?

I guess if it gives me goosebumps and slightly turns me on, I consider it good. If I read it the next day and like it better, then it’s a keeper. Next day test is critical.

11. What was the LAST (most recent) romance novel you read? Did you enjoy it?

I read Marliss Melton’s The Protector. Loved it. Love all her work. She’s also a good friend.

12. As a write of romance, do you ever put yourself in your leading lady’s shoes and ‘walk’ around in them before you write?

Most definitely. I put myself right into those lacy bras and panties.

13. Would You Rather ~
Live 1 wk in your leading lady’s shoes
Or
The leading lady from another author? Who & Why?

That’s a hard question to write. Can I say I want to live in all their lives? Does that make me evil that I want full on experiences and as many as possible in my mind?

14. Do you have any advice to give the leading lady of the novel you are currently working on or just finished?

Go with your gut, Devon. Take the SEAL. He’s the real deal, and he’ll never leave you or let you down. He loves as hard as he works. He’s deadly on the battlefield and even deadlier in bed. You won’t regret it, my dear!

15. How hard do you try to keep your ‘love’ scenes realistic and flow with the plot? Does it come easy for you?

Most people read my books for the love scenes. I think they flow easily for me.

16. in 5 years, where would you like to be in your career as a romance author? 10 years?

In 5 years I’d like my husband to be able to retire from real estate so we can travel and I can write while we travel. Means we have to finish our landscaping job at the house so everything can be automatically watered instead of the 2-3 hours every day it takes for me to water my flower and vegetable gardens. I love it, but it takes me away from writing.

17. When it comes to mainstream Romance authors, who do you enjoy curling up with to read?

For paranormal: Kresley Cole. Contemporary Romance: Marliss Melton, Cathy Mann.

18. If your sweetheart wanted to sweep you off your feet, what would they need to do??

Romantic getaway with lots of sex. Surprise trips to Europe in a chartered jet.

19. In the spectrum of ‘Romance’, where would you place your most recent novel? Closer to the ‘Sweet’ side or ‘Naughty/Erotica’ side or somewhere in the middle??

My most recent novel would be in the middle. I don’t write erotica, but I do write hot. The book I’m currently working on has a heroine who is a virgin when she meets the SEAL of her dreams. But not for long.

20. Do you ever daydream about people you see at the park? Airport? Train station? Mall? And build romance scenes around them while you daydream?

All the time. I make up stories. They inspire scenes I write and sometimes use later.

21. This or That ~ Romantic Dinner at Home or Romantic Dinner Out? Roses or Lilies? Diamonds or Emeralds? Demure or Sex Kitten? Making love on a secluded Beach or Making love in a secluded cabin in the woods?

Romantic dinners out, by a fireplace especially. Roses. Diamonds. Demure but hot when opened up! I like the cabin with a roaring fire. But it could be on the beach too. Love the sound of water. 

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Media Blitz ~ A.T. Douglas





Bio:
After growing up in the Pacific Northwest, A.T. Douglas ventured away from her quiet hometown for the bustle of college in the city of Boston.  Though she studied astronomy and was a science geek at heart, she always had a love for the written word and a story swirling in her head.

It wasn’t until she became addicted to the Young Adult/New Adult Contemporary Romance genres that she embraced her renewed passion for reading by self-publishing her debut novel, Someone to Listen.  Fueled by coffee and her love of music, she strives to turn daydreams and the realities of life into words the world can read.  Her writing is inspired by personal experiences and memories from her past.  She hopes to inspire others to break the silence and get their stories out into the world.  

A.T. Douglas lives in New Hampshire with her husband and son and wishes desperately that there were more hours in the day for family, reading, and writing.

Book Synopsis:
Abby wanted a fresh start, a new life thousands of miles away from her four difficult years of high school and the rumors that followed her.  As she begins her college experience in Boston, she finds friendship and love she didn’t expect, people who show her that she doesn’t have to be alone.

She is torn between two paths, inexplicably drawn to two completely different guys.  One understands her and reminds her of who she used to be, the broken shadow of a person wandering through life but not truly living.  The other is the key to her future, the guiding hand that she waited for years to pull her out of the darkness and into the light.

When Abby’s newfound happiness and renewed existence are threatened, everything changes.  She can fall back to that dark place within her or fight to save her future.

She faces the same struggle she has all along: getting someone to hear her, finding someone to believe her.

All she ever needed was someone to listen.

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Romance Author ~ J.S. Marlo

 

1. If you could trade places with any of your leading ladies, who would it be and why?

I’m not so sure I want to be in my twenties again, so I’ll go with Riley from Unscripted (Duty Bound #1). She’s a mom, a wife, and a writer for a television show. She has a great family, she lives in an awesome place, she has an exciting career, but I would skip on some aspects of the personal dramas she’s going through.

2. In 5 words, please describe your ‘Romance Writing Style’.

Romance wrapped intimately with suspense.

3. Are any of your more ‘passionate’ scenes, based on any real life experiences?

Well, you know what they say ‘Write what you know—because you know more than you think’…

4. What is your ‘girl vice’? ie getting your hair done? Nails? Shopping? Gossiping? Chick flicks?

Long bubble baths with a good book J

5. Are any of your leading ladies, based on you or any of the ladies in your life? If so, who?

Star, my leading lady in Salvaged, is a scuba diver who investigates underwater wrecks for a living. One of my daughters is a scuba diver who enjoys exploring wrecks. The two share some of the same qualities: strong, passionate, independent. That being said, when people who know me read Unscripted, they always ask if Rowan, Riley’s nineteen-year old daughter who goes to university in Iceland, is based on my daughter. It’s kind of the other way around. I wrote Unscripted before my daughter went to university in Finland. My dear child actually told me about her overseas plan the same week Unscripted was published. Still, the coincidence is striking.

6. When writing your more ‘adult’ scenes, do you picture what’s happening in your head, then write what you see? Of do you use another technique?

I always picture any scenes in my head before I write them. It doesn’t matter what kind of scenes they are.

7. This or That ~

Wine or Beer? Beer.
Sex in the City or Caroline in the City? I wouldn’t know (I don’t watch either show).
Perfume or Jewelry? Neither.
Painted nails or Au Natural? Painted toenails but natural fingernails.
Tall or Dark or Handsome? Tall AND dark AND handsome…that pretty much describes my hubby J

8. Do your leading men come from any place in particular? Dreams? Movie stars? Your partner? Past partners?

Everywhere, from real to fictional men.

9. What is the first romance novel you ever read? How old were you?

It was during the summer and I was at my grandparents’ cottage. On the top floor, there were hidden crawling spaces between the closets which I loved exploring. One day, I must have been 10 or 11 years old at the time, I found a book in a dark corner, covered with dust bunnies. It was a Harlequin novel with the pages all yellowed and wrinkled. I can’t remember the title, but there was a nurse in the story. It was the first romance novel I read, and I read it hidden in the closet with a flashlight.

10. Do you write for a particular audience or for yourself and pray others like it as well?

I write stories I like to read, and I hope someone else likes them too.

11. What was the LAST (most recent) romance novel you read? Did you enjoy it?

I’m currently reading “When love calls” by Lorna Seilstad. One more bubble bath, and I’ll be done. Lorna is an inspirational writer and her books are captivating. This one is no exception.

12. As a writer of romance, do you ever put yourself in your leading lady’s shoes and ‘walk’ around in them before you write?

My version of “walking around in her shoes” is to daydream about her in different contexts that don’t always have anything to do with the story and imagine her reaction in order to build her personality.

13. Would You Rather ~
Live 1 wk in your leading lady’s shoes OR The leading lady from another author? Who & Why?

When I write a novel, I feel like I live in my leading lady’s shoes for months J I would definitely like to live in all my leading ladies’ shoes for a week. They all lead very exciting lives.

14. Do you have any advice to give the leading lady of the novel you are currently working on or just finished?

My advice to Phoenix, the leading lady in my new novel “Cold Sweat: Heart & Endurance Series” which is coming out in November: “It’s never too late”.

15. How hard do you try to keep your ‘love’ scenes realistic and flow with the plot? Does it come easy for you?

The love scenes have to be realistic and they have to have a purpose in the story, or else I skim over them. They are probably the hardest part of the story to write, mainly I think because English is not my first language, and when I play the love scene in my head, the words come to me in French.

16. In 5 years, where would you like to be in your career as a romance author? 10 years?

I enjoy writing, so I just hope I’ll still be writing in 10 years. As far as the next 5 years go, I aim to write 1 or 2 books a year, and translate my current novels in French so my mother can read them.

17. When it comes to mainstream Romance authors, who do you enjoy curling up with to read?

Joanne Fluke (for the storyline AND the delicious recipes inside the story) or Mary Higgins Clark.

18. If your sweetheart wanted to sweep you off your feet, what would they need to do??

Buy me chocolate and give me a massage.

19. In the spectrum of ‘Romance’, where would you place your most recent novel? Closer to the ‘Sweet’ side or ‘Naughty/Erotica’ side or somewhere in the middle??

Somewhere in the middle.

20. Do you ever daydream about people you see at the park? Airport? Train station? Mall? And build romance scenes around them while you daydream?

I do it all the time. That’s one perk about being a romance writer, you can daydream in public, and if anyone says anything, you can tell them you’re working on your new book.

21. This or That ~

Romantic Dinner at Home or Romantic Dinner Out? Definitely at home.
Roses or Lilies? Rose.
Diamonds or Emeralds? Neither, I prefer blue sapphires.
Demure or Sex Kitten? Demure.
Making love on a secluded Beach or Making love in a secluded cabin in the woods? In a secluded cabin in front of a fireplace in winter. What can I say…I’m Canadian J

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Romance Author ~ Bette Lee Crosby

1. If you could trade places with any of your leading ladies, who would it be and why??
I think it might be Lesley in Cupid’s Christmas—not because I think she is most like me, but because she is young and madly in love with a man who adores her.

2. In 5 words, please describe your ‘Romance Writing Style’.
Family friendly stories of love.

3. Are any of your more ‘passionate’ scenes, based on any real life experiences?
I am smiling and nodding yes because my most passionate scenes are about the love in a person’s heart, but I never divulge what goes on beneath the covers.

4. What is your ‘girl vice’? ie getting your hair done? Nails? Shopping? Gossiping? Chick flicks?
All of the above, except take out gossiping and add in a massages.

5. Are any of your leading ladies, based on your you or any of the ladies in your life? If so, who?
My female protagonists are almost always based in part on my Mom. She was funny, tender-hearted and tough as nails when the chips were down. I hope I picked up a lot of her traits, but that’s a maybe. Definitely my Mom. Especially Olivia Westerly Doyle from Spare Change and Abigail Lannigan from The Twelfth child.

6. When writing your more ‘adult’ scenes, do you picture what’s happening in your head, then write what you see? Of do you use another technique?
I can see every scene I write in my head. I get so into the characters that I actually start to think like they do.

7. This or That ~ Wine or Beer? Sex in the City or Caroline in the City? Perfume or Jewelry? Painted nails or Au Natural? Tall or Dark or Handsome?
Definitely wine. Sex in the City (Love those gals.) Perfume, I don’t like a lot of jewelry hanging on me but I do love tee shirts and shoes with glitzy rhinestones.

8. Do your leading men come from any place in particular? Dreams? Movie stars? Your partner? Past partners?
My dreams and my partner, since I happen to be married to the man of my dreams.

9. What is the first romance novel you ever read? How old were you?
Cinderella. I was seven years old and it instilled in me the lifelong belief in Prince Charming.

10. Do you write for a particular audience or for yourself and pray others like it as well?
I write stories from my heart so I suppose you could say that is writing for myself, but I am so attuned to what my readers like that it does affect the stories and characters I choose to write about.

11. What was the LAST (most recent) romance novel you read? Did you enjoy it?
The Night Circus and yes, I did enjoy it very much.

12. As a writer of romance, do you ever put yourself in your leading lady’s shoes and ‘walk’ around in them before you write?
Absolutely. Sometimes those shoes are very comfortable and at other times they are not.

13. Would You Rather ~
Live 1 wk in your leading lady’s shoes Or The leading lady from another author? Who & Why?
The truth is I would not trade places with anyone, from one of my novels or anyone else’s. I love being who I am and feel that I live an ideal life. The poor women in my books and most others are faced with some of life’s greatest challenges.

14. Do you have any advice to give the leading lady of the novel you are currently working on or just finished?
I just finished writing Jubilee’s Journey and I guess I would tell Olivia to hang in there, the problem will resolve itself.

15. How hard do you try to keep your ‘love’ scenes realistic and flow with the plot? Does it come easy for you?
I do try to keep them very realistic, I don’t think just tossing in a bedroom for the sake of sizzle makes for a very interest heroine or story. And yes, it does come easy since I almost always put myself in the protagonist’s mind-set.

16. in 5 years, where would you like to be in your career as a romance author? 10 years?
Like most authors, I would love to be on the New York Times Bestseller list – this year, five years from now or ten years from now.

17. When it comes to mainstream Romance authors, who do you enjoy curling up with to read?
Debbie Macomber always has sweet love stories with a happy ending, so although I can’t say there is one specific author, she would definitely be high on my list.

18. If your sweetheart wanted to sweep you off your feet, what would they need to do??
Romantic candlelight dinner, music, dancing, and a bottle of wine.

19. In the spectrum of ‘Romance’, where would you place your most recent novel? Closer to the ‘Sweet’ side or ‘Naughty/Erotica’ side or somewhere in the middle??
Definitely on the sweet side.

20. Do you ever daydream about people you see at the park? Airport? Train station? Mall? And build romance scenes around them while you daydream?
I don’t think there is an author in the world who doesn’t do this so yes, I do. I can sit there and look at someone for ten minutes and dream up an entire life for them.

21. This or That ~ Romantic Dinner at Home or Romantic Dinner Out? Roses or Lilies? Diamonds or Emeralds? Demure or Sex Kitten? Making love on a secluded Beach or Making love in a secluded cabin in the woods?
Romantic dinner out. Lilies. Diamonds. Demure. Secluded beach.

 

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Romance Author ~ Angela McCallister

 

1. If you could trade places with any of your leading ladies, who would it be and why??
Hands down, it would be Alice from my upcoming release, Bad Cop. She has the best man EVER! Ian’s so funny, sweet, thoughtful, and just there for her, you can’t even see his flaws. And sexy as hell doesn’t hurt J

2. In 5 words, please describe your ‘Romance Writing Style’.
Like chocolate, dark, delicious, sensual.

3. Are any of your more ‘passionate’ scenes, based on any real life experiences?
Hahaha, I wish. I live vicariously through my characters.

4. What is your ‘girl vice’? ie getting your hair done? Nails? Shopping? Gossiping? Chick flicks?
I’m pretty much a Tomboy, but at the risk of a ‘duh’ answer, it’s the romance novels. I read about 300 per year in various subgenres. They are my drug, and I start having withdrawals when I’m in edits and can’t read for a few days. Hm, plus gawking at hot mancandy pics!

5. Are any of your leading ladies, based on your you or any of the ladies in your life? If so, who?
All of them! There are elements of me and people around me in each one, but I have the strongest resemblance to Alice, introduced in Bad Mouth and taking the lead in Bad Cop. Like her, I absolutely hated cops much of my life due to exposure to some corrupt ones until a devastating event showed me just how much of a Godsend they truly were. Labels are never a good idea anyway, and no one is defined by their job.

6. When writing your more ‘adult’ scenes, do you picture what’s happening in your head, then write what you see? Of do you use another technique?
Absolutely. It plays out like a movie, and how the scenes progress depends on the characters involved. And then I rewind and play it out again because they’re just too steamy to only view once J

7. This or That ~ Wine or Beer? Sex in the City or Caroline in the City? Perfume or Jewelry? Painted nails or Au Natural? Tall or Dark or Handsome?
Definitely beer, preferably a wheat beer. Neither (give me horror or scifi). Jewelry. Au Natural—or French Tip. Dark!!! I don’t need perfect looks, but I’m drawn to dark hair, dark eyes, darker personalities.

8. Do your leading men come from any place in particular? Dreams? Movie stars? Your partner? Past partners?
Sometimes dreams, but almost always fantasies of what I love most in a man.

9. What is the first romance novel you ever read? How old were you?
Too long ago to remember, lol, but it was life-changing. Reading was my biggest hobby, a book a day or more—where I lived in the boonies there wasn’t much else to do. When I was 11, my aunt gave me my first ones in a huge bag of thrift store books, and I devoured them. I needed those happy endings so much, like air and nutrients.

10. Do you write for a particular audience or for yourself and pray others like it as well?
For myself at first, but once I found others loved what I wrote, I was a goner for sharing. Above everything, it’s most satisfying to know I can offer the same joy, excitement, and pleasure that I get from reading a good book.

11. What was the LAST (most recent) romance novel you read? Did you enjoy it?
I just read a bundle by JS Scott, The Billionaire’s Obsession, and loved it. Had to get the bundle because there’s nothing I despise more than cliffhangers. I had to give the author a chance for redemption after being terribly disappointed with one of her other books, and I’m super pleased that I did. Read it in one sitting. The hero, Simon, made me want to hug him and squeeze him and do dirty things with him!

12. As a write of romance, do you ever put yourself in your leading lady’s shoes and ‘walk’ around in them before you write?
Yes. I think of every story as a chance to be someone else, to experience a different life. It helps to step into the role because it’s easier to draw on her emotions and actions to make them come to life on the page.

13. Would You Rather ~
Live 1 wk in your leading lady’s shoes
Or
The leading lady from another author? Who & Why?
My heroine Alice again, of course! Not only because she has Ian, but because she has a sweet new abilities, a fresh new life to explore with that amazing man, and she’s happy for the first time after six years of misery.

14. Do you have any advice to give the leading lady of the novel you are currently working on or just finished?
I’d tell Geneva, the heroine of my third Immortalis book, that despite Declan’s darkness, his life revolves around justice, saving lives. The darkness is a thick barrier, and she’ll have to dig very deep to find the real Dec. Keep your eyes and your mind open, Gen!

15. How hard do you try to keep your ‘love’ scenes realistic and flow with the plot? Does it come easy for you?
I try veeeeery hard. The scenes themselves come pretty easily to me as if they’re coming from a foreign place, but I have a hard time not jumping the gun with them. I want the leads together so much, it’s difficult to not make it happen too soon.

16. in 5 years, where would you like to be in your career as a romance author? 10 years?
Bestseller lists, lol. I can say from experience, sales are not about the money for most authors I know. It’s about doing what you love, making enough to be able to leave the day job and write, write, write. To live where your heart is. And then it’s about giving. There’s no better feeling than making readers happy with something you poured your soul into. And I have so many stories in me, I absolutely want to put a dent in them by year 5 or 10, though the idea factory never closes. I really want a big backlist by then, at least four books per year.

17. When it comes to mainstream Romance authors, who do you enjoy curling up with to read?
Too, too many! Gena Showalter, Kresley Cole, Darynda Jones, Karen Moning are favs. I have a weakness for Ruthie Knox. Her characters! The characters will hook me every time, even in a plot that doesn’t stand out. Susan Wiggs, Pamela Clare (loooove her American historicals), Zoe Archer, Monica McCarty, Joey W. Hill, Cherise Sinclair, Tiffany Reisz. I also have a thing for Highlanders and paranormal historicals.

18. If your sweetheart wanted to sweep you off your feet, what would they need to do??
Keep me laughing. I’m easy like that J A wicked sense of humor will get to me every time, and it’s even better when a man wants to know you well enough to do the little things only you would appreciate.

19. In the spectrum of ‘Romance’, where would you place your most recent novel? Closer to the ‘Sweet’ side or ‘Naughty/Erotica’ side or somewhere in the middle??
Hot, steamy, naughty for sure. Though I don’t take it as far as erotica (I love external plot too much to make the sex primary), I don’t prefer to write or read sweet. I need the whole picture or I feel like I’m missing something.

20. Do you ever daydream about people you see at the park? Airport? Train station? Mall? And build romance scenes around them while you daydream?
Oh heck, yes! I get tons of ideas from people-watching. It’s so much fun to dream up the stories of their lives. I have trouble not doing this.

21. This or That ~ Romantic Dinner at Home or Romantic Dinner Out? Roses or Lilies? Diamonds or Emeralds? Demure or Sex Kitten? Making love on a secluded Beach or Making love in a secluded cabin in the woods?
At home (easier to control the setting and take it past public decency!). Lilies. Emeralds. A Demure Sex Kitten—always the best to keep him guessing. Cabin in the woods, if I must choose!

 

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Romance Author ~ Harper Bentley

 

1. If you could trade places with any of your leading ladies, who would it be and why?? Well, since I’ve only published one book so far, I guess it’d have to be Julia since she gets to spend time with sexy Chase 😉

2. In 5 words, please describe your ‘Romance Writing Style’. Humorous, sassy, sexy, hot, romantic

3. Are any of your more ‘passionate’ scenes, based on any real life experiences? I wish… lol Actually, a couple could be, but only from back in the day when I was a little more “bendy” O_o

4. What is your ‘girl vice’? ie getting your hair done? Nails? Shopping? Gossiping? Chick flicks? Is eating chocolate considered a girl vice? ‘Cause if it is, I’ve nailed that bitch.

5. Are any of your leading ladies, based on your you or any of the ladies in your life? If so, who? Um, Julia’s pretty snarky & I take great pride in my snarkiness, so she’d be a tad bit based on me in that way, I guess! 🙂

6. When writing your more ‘adult’ scenes, do you picture what’s happening in your head, then write what you see? Of do you use another technique? Definitely picture it in my head… but as I write, I’ll also mimic certain things that I have my characters doing, like hand placement or head movement, which if anyone were to walk in the room when I’m doing this, they’d probably try to perform an exorcism on me…

7. This or That ~ Wine or Beer? Sex in the City or Caroline in the City? Perfume or Jewelry? Painted nails or Au Natural? Tall or Dark or Handsome? Wine~Sex in the City~Perfume~Painted~Dark (they’re more intriguing) 😉

8. Do your leading men come from any place in particular? Dreams? Movie stars? Your partner? Past partners? One particular past partner *sighs*

9. What is the first romance novel you ever read? How old were you? Forever by Judy Blume. It was my older sister’s book, but I snuck it out and my best friend and I went to the park to read the “dirty parts.” I think we were about thirteen and, boy, did we little innocent girls receive an education that day…

10. Do you write for a particular audience or for yourself and pray others like it as well? I honestly write for myself, but I do like to please others, so I’d like to think that I try at least to write for others… then pray that they like it too lol

11. What was the LAST (most recent) romance novel you read? Did you enjoy it? Shadow’s Claim by Kresley Cole. I love her writing. The woman could write about a root canal & I’d devour it.

12. As a writer of romance, do you ever put yourself in your leading lady’s shoes and ‘walk’ around in them before you write? Yes, definitely. I do that with all my characters. I have to get in their heads so they can tell me where to go next.
13. Would You Rather ~
Live 1 wk in your leading lady’s shoes
Or
The leading lady from another author? Who & Why? I’d probably choose my own leading lady because that way, I’d feel better about smacking some sense into her when she’s being stupid when it comes to the hot leading male 😉

14. Do you have any advice to give the leading lady of the novel you are currently working on or just finished?The one I’m currently working on–I’d tell her not to worry, that it’ll all work out in the end (even though she’s gonna have to go through some major crappola to get there)

15. How hard do you try to keep your ‘love’ scenes realistic and flow with the plot? Does it come easy for you?
They come pretty easy for me for some reason. I think I’ve read enough smut that it’s all sunk deep into my brain by now which helps a lot…

16. in 5 years, where would you like to be in your career as a romance author? 10 years? I’d LOVE LOVE LOVE to be making a living off my writing for the rest of my life! That’s my ultimate goal!

17. When it comes to mainstream Romance authors, who do you enjoy curling up with to read? Kristen Ashley is a big fav of mine. No one beats her alpha dudes—HOT! I also love Kresley Cole, J.R. Ward, Sherrilyn Kenyon, Colleen Hoover, Cherrie Lynn, Jill Shalvis, Pamela Clare, Jennifer L. Armentrout, Karen Marie Moning, Charlaine Harris, Nicole Williams, Karina Halle, Samantha Young… Okay, I’ll stop now

18. If your sweetheart wanted to sweep you off your feet, what would they need to do?? Hm… he’d need to catch my attention by having an awesome sense of humor, be amazingly sexy and confident. Oh, and it wouldn’t hurt if he had a huuuuuuuuge…….. bank account either

19. In the spectrum of ‘Romance’, where would you place your most recent novel? Closer to the ‘Sweet’ side or ‘Naughty/Erotica’ side or somewhere in the middle?? I’d have to go with somewhere in the middle

20. Do you ever daydream about people you see at the park? Airport? Train station? Mall? And build romance scenes around them while you daydream? All the time. People are so interesting to watch and I can create stories just from observing them.

21. This or That ~ Romantic Dinner at Home or Romantic Dinner Out? Roses or Lilies? Diamonds or Emeralds? Demure or Sex Kitten? Making love on a secluded Beach or Making love in a secluded cabin in the woods? Romantic dinner out (unless he’s the one cooking & he cooks well then home). Lilies. Diamonds. Demure. Cabin, definitely (have you ever had sand get in places that sand should never be? Not. Pretty.)

 

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Romance Author ~ Denise Flora

1] Question: If you could trade places with any of your leading ladies, who would it be and why??
Answer: part one: That would have to be , “Mckenna” the heroine in my first book. Part two: She is modeled after me in many ways to start with, beginning with her life in the future. Her business, her first husband, [very much like my own first husband, her childhood, and where she grew up. And then there is the dream of traveling back in time, to a place I have always dreamed of. And finding a man like ‘Colin’. A true highland warrior with a heart of gold.

2] Question: In five words, please describe your ‘Romance Writing Style’.
Answer: Telling a tale of love

3} Question: Are any of your more ‘passionate’ scenes, based on any real life experiences?
Answer: Of course. I think a writer has to feel what she or he writes about, and that includes experiencing it firsthand. So yes, I have lived every one of them!!

4] Question: What is your ‘girl vice’? Getting your hair done? Nails? Shopping? Gossiping? Chick Flicks?
Answer: My ‘girl vice’ is everything listed above except, gossiping. I own a Nail salon, and hear plenty of that every day. After awhile you want to turn it off.

5] Question: Are any of your leading ladies, based on you or any of the ladies in your life?
Answer: Yes. As in question one, ‘Mckenna” is based on my life somewhat, and other characters I have created are also based on people I have known or even my mom for example.

6] Question: When writing your more adult scenes, do you picture what’s happening in your head, then write what you see? Or do you use another technique.
Answer: Absolutely. I picture every love scene while writing. Great antadote for menopauseal symptoms.

7} Question: This or that~Wine or Beer? Sex in the City or Caroline in the City? Perfume or Jewelry? Painted nails or au natural? Tall or Dark or Handsome?
Answer: THAT. WINE~CAROLINE IN THE CITY~JEWELRY~AU NATURAL~TALL, DARK AND HANDSOME!!!!

8] Question: Do your leading men come from any place in particular? Dreams? Movie Stars? Your Partner Past Partners?
Answer : Dreams mostly. Although there are qualities in all my leading men that come from my imagination, and some movie stars, such as Henry Cavel, from the Tudors and Superman. And mostly traits from elsewhere in my mind. My partner of course is the kindest, most thoughtful man I know, and he guards my heart like a true and faithful knight.

9] Question: What is the first romance novel you ever read? How old were you?
Answer: It was my sisters book. I stole it from her room. I think it was by Kathleen Woodiwiss, Petals on the River.

10] Question: Do you write for a particular audience of for yourself and pray others like it as well?
Answer: I write for all those who love romance, and want to be loved by a hero. I write for myself. It is my parallel life. And I write to please my audience, hoping they will enjoy the ride as much as I do.

11] Question: What was the last most recent romance novel you read? Did you enjoy it?
Answer: Phillipa Gregory~ The White Queen was the last romance novel I read, and I enjoyed it very much. I was watching the series on Starz and had to read the book.

12] Question: As a writer of romance, do you ever put yourself in the leading ladies shoes and walk around in them before you write?
Answer: Yes. Throughout my day at my regular job, I imagine myself in her clothes and braiding her hair, and thinking about who she wants to be. And then she emerges there, waiting until I can put her on paper.

13] Question: Would you rather live one week in your leading lady’s shoes. Or the leading lady from another author? Who & Why?
Answer: Although there have been many ladies shoes I would have stepped into written by other authors, I still would rather step into the slippers of my own leading ladies.

14] Question: Do you have any advice to give the leading lady of the novel you are currently working on or just finished?
Answer: Yes! Never, never, go near a dark alley alone!!!!!

15] Question: How hard do you try to keep your ‘love scenes’ realistic and flow with the plot? Does it come easy for you?
Answer: Not sure I understand this question, but I every love scene I write I consider realistic. What would an unrealistic love scene be? And it comes easy for me, yes.

16] Question: In five years, where would you like to be in your career as a romance author? 10 years?
Answer: In five, I would like to retire from my day job and write full time. In ten years, I would like to travel the world on my royalties.

17] Question: When it comes to mainstream romance authors, who do you enjoy curling up with to read?
Answer: There are so many, but if I have to pick one, it would be ‘Karen Marie Moning.’ I love her sexy Highlanders and time travel romances. Have them all on my shelf!

18] Question: If your sweetheart wanted to sweep you off your feet, what would they need to do?
Answer: Marry me all over again, and then park my new car in the driveway!

19] Question: In the spectrum of ‘Romance’, where would you place your most recent novel? Closer to the ‘Sweet Side’ or ‘Naughty/ Erotica’ side, or somewhere in the middle.
Answer: Defiantly, somewhere in the middle.

20] Question: Do you ever have a daydream about people you see at the park? Airport? Train station? Mall? And build romance scenes around them while you daydream?
Answer: I keep hoping that will happen one day, but alas, not so far. All my scenes are from my fantasies.

21] Question: This or That~ Romantic Dinner at Home or Romantic Dinner out? Roses or Lilies? Diamonds or Emeralds? Demure or Sex Kitten? Making love on a secluded beach or making love in a secluded cabin in the woods?
Answer: That~ Romantic Dinner OUT! [Rarely go, and it is always a treat./ This~Roses. I am allergic to Lilies/ This~Diamonds/ This and That~ A bit of both/ That~ tried the beach once. [ not a good idea] The secluded cabin in the woods is by far my favorite!!!

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