Marcy Spellman-An Interview

Today I ‘m interviewing Marcy Spellman, the main character in my upcoming new book, Blind Magic.

Me: Good to have you with us, Ms. Spellman. That’s an awesome polka dot dress you have on.

MS: Thank you, you can never go wrong with polka dots. But please, call me Marcy. I’m not one for formality.

Me: I understand you have a pretty unconventional job. Can you tell us about it?

MS: I’m a witch. A garden variety of witch. I own a witchcraft shop called Polka Dots and Eye of Newt just down main street in town. You should visit. I have just the thing for your droopy aura.

Me: My aura is droopy? Never mind that–I wanted to ask you a very important question.

MS: Go right ahead. I’ll try to answer it the best I can. (she stares at me with her big, smoky blue eyes)

Me: Why should I buy Blind Magic when there are so many other awesome romance books out there?

MS: Who told you Blind Magic was a romance? (she giggles) Just kidding… not totally though. It has so much more than just romance. There is mystery and intrigue, drama and heart-wrenching emotion. You gotta read it.

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Me: Do you cast many spells in the book?

MS: I’m not that kind of witch. I help people in different ways, but I don’t have a cauldron or anything. (she stares bashfully at her polka dot high-heels)

Me: But didn’t you meet your man because of a magic potion?

MS: Hardly a magic potion. It was a simple tea, that’s all. A very efficient one by the way.

Me: Come on, fess up! You do cast a love spell in the story, don’t you?

MS: (blushing furiously) Yes, I confess. I did something very unethical for a witch: I concocted a love spell for myself. The thing is, I fell hard for Oliver right away. I could feel the connection between us as soon as I laid eyes on him. I couldn’t resist the temptation .

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Me: Your face just opens up when you talk about Oliver. Tell me a little about him then.

MS: Oliver Dawson… there are no words to describe him. He’s my heart, my soul, that piece of me I didn’t know I was missing until I met him. He’s also handsome and sweet and has the most gorgeous blue eyes you can ever imagine. I go all gooey inside when I look at him.

Me: Last question for you. Hypothetically speaking, if I was to put a love spell together for me what ingredients would I need?

MS: (looking vaguely suspicious) Are you trying to trick me? (she relaxes) Rose petals and lavender. I’d throw an amethyst in there for protection and healing. You can never go wrong with amethyst.

Me: You drink that?

MS: Of course not, silly. You have to perform a little ritual with it. You really should read Blind Magic and find out (she winks at me again). I have to go now. My store is unmanned.

Me: Are you telling me you left the store open and alone? Aren’t you afraid of being robbed?

MS: (laughing) Who would steal a bunch of rocks, candles and teas? Besides I have a protection shield going while I’m gone. No worries. (her bright red hair bounces around her head as she nods)

Me: Thank you, Marcy, for coming and talking to us. A pleasure, as always.

MS: Well? Are you going to buy the book?

Me: I wrote it, so– (she gives me the evil eye) Okay, I will. I will most definitely buy the book.  (she smiles) Be sure to tune in again later this month when we interview more characters from Blind Magic, releasing November 18 and available for pre-order right now.  Thank you, Marcy.

P.S. Marcy just informed me that if you have any questions for her, she will be more than happy to answer them. Leave your questions in the comments. Thank you.

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A Character Interview- Sam

I am here today with Sam Corra, the main male character in my novel We Will Always Have the Closet. Several of my readers complained that they thought I didn’t give them enough about Sam; that they felt they really didn’t get to know him well. So, I thought I would interview him (and yes, writers are crazy that way. I talk to my characters all the time. Sometimes out loud.).I hope you enjoy it and feel free to add any question in the comments. I will make sure that Mr. Corra will answer them (wink, wink).

Hi Sam. I hope you don’t mind if I ask you a few questions about you and your life. I will start with some real basic stuff. What did you eat for breakfast? Did you make it yourself? Do you wash the pan after you cook the eggs or do you leave it for the maid to clean? Do you have a maid?

(Sam laughs) Okay…strange question to start but… I like to make a good egg sandwich with lots of cheese and spinach on it for breakfast. Needless to say, I have to have a nice hot cup of java to go with it. And yes, I do clean my dishes right away. I hate messes and I do NOT have a maid.

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(Not Sam, but just what I kind of envision him to look like. This is actor Colin Egglesfield)

Do you have a pet?

No, my life just is not right for a pet. Being an investigator I never know if I may have to be away from home for a few days. Having a pet is a big responsibility so if you know there is a chance you may not be able to take good care of it, just don’t get one.

Are you an only child?

Wow. You sure jump around with your questions (gives me a dirty look). I am an only child. My parents had me pretty late in life.

Are your parents alive?

(Lowers his gorgeous green eyes) Unfortunately, no. My parents died quite a few years ago.

Do you like to cook? Do you use recipes or make up your own recipes? 

I do like to cook once in a while. I don’t follow a recipe but I promise you that I can make you beg for more if you are ever fortunate enough to taste my mac & cheese (winks at me, the cheeky monkey).

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(Looks yummy, doesn’t it?)

Do you put both socks on first, or one sock, one shoe?

Holy crap! That’s a bizarre question. Never paid attention. I’m normally too busy thinking of what I need to do next to pay attention to that. Weird. You’d think I’d know something like that…

Are you married? Are you divorced? How many times have you been married?

I have never been married before, but as you know I will be tying the knot with my Petra here very soon. Then I’ll be Mr. Galatas (laughs at his own joke).

Do you live in an apartment or a house?

An apartment in the heart of Seattle. It’s not big, but it has an amazing rooftop garden with awesome views of the Cascade mountains. Very serene.

Do you mow your own lawn or use a landscape service?

I have a guy that comes and takes care of my garden. I do not have a green thumb and I would have killed all the plants—including the grass—by now.

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(Sort of like Sam’s rooftop garden)

What is your earliest memory?

(Becomes serious) My birthday when I was in elementary school. My parents were not much for celebrations, so I normally did not get a birthday party. Eventually I got used to it ,but when I was in first or second grade I used to see all the other kids having parties and it was hard for me not to have one.(I feel like kissing him right now but I don’t think Petra would approve)

Do you hold the door open for the person behind you or do you let it go and slam in their face?

(Raises his eyebrow) Hold the door, of course. What kind of person lets the door go on someone’s face?

Do you take chicken soup to your elderly neighbor when they are sick?

I don’t have any elderly neighbors, but I did take quite a few meals to Petra when she was injured. Does that count? (nice try!)

On Monday morning, are you excited to go to work, or are you sad?

It depends on what case I’m working on. And of course I don’t have a Monday through Friday job so my first day at work could very well be on the weekend. (notice he didn’t really answer that question?)

Do you honk at the car in front of you if they didn’t see the light turn green?

(Slaps his own knees. Ouch!) Hell yeah! Just to wake them up. Not out of anger…much. (winks)

Do you exercise or are you a coach potato?

I do exercise. My job is physically demanding so I have to keep in shape especially considering I am no spring chicken. (who cares? Hot tamale!)

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(No, not Sam either but a detective/investigator nevertheless)

Have you ever served in the military?

Yes, I was a marine for quite a few years and even did a tour in Afghanistan at the beginning of the war.(Obviously not too keen on talking about his military days)

What is your greatest fear?

Losing Petra. (Now I really want to kiss him.)

Would you like me to get you a glass of water? Or would you rather have soda? Wine? Whiskey?

You’re very kind. (smiles) I like a beer once in a while. A glass of a good red with dinner. But my drink of choice is coffee. Sorry to disappoint you. Any Starbucks around? (Honey, for you I would go fetch it in California).

Thank you Sam for those honest responses. Do you think you could get me an interview  with Miss Galatas?

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(The original Starbucks in Seattle.Been there.Pretty cool, eh?)

Marianne Rice – Interview

I am so pleased to have Marianne Rice here  with me today, celebrating the release of her new book, Then Came You, the second in the Wilde Sisters. I have read the first book in the series, Sweet on You, and I’m telling you; you are in for a treat 🙂

Marianne, welcome to my humble blog. When I write, I’m afraid I am not much of a planner. I normally start with an idea and a couple characters and I just let it develop as I write. What about you? Are you a plotter or a pantster?

M- I like to “cook” my stories in my head. I run through my main characters, the internal and external conflicts, and the resolution a few times before I actually sit down to write. I don’t plot anything out on paper…just sit down and go. But the story is pretty well thought out before I start Chapter One.

What genre do you write? What made you want to write in that genre and for that age group?

M- I write contemporary romance. It’s my favorite genre to read as well. U.S. History is my history of choice so if I ever write a historical it would probably be a western. Cowboys are pretty darn sexy.

LOL.  Something about those Stensons. When did you decide you would like to be a writer? Have you always liked to write?

M- When I was on maternity leave with my newborn son and my two and four year-old daughters. It was my means of escape. I always read a lot and the more I read the more I created stories in my head. Then one day…I wrote the story.

I know what you mean. It’s like going on vacation without ever leaving the house. What book do you wish you would have written? Why?

M- The Great Gatsby is my all-time literary favorite. Such a classic full of love, mystery and drama. As for contemporary romances, geesh, that’s hard. I’d be honored to have my name slapped on the cover of pretty much any book by Jill Shalvis, Susan Mallery or Kristan Higgins.

Have you written or plan to write in other genres?

M- No plans yet, but as I mentioned earlier, maybe a cowboy series someday.

 Is there a certain type of scene that’s harder for you to write than others? Love? Action? Racy?

M- Love scenes are definitely the hardest, although I’m getting better at it. Each book seams to increase in heat rating.

I’m sure your readers appreciate that, lol.  What’s in your reading list right now?

M- I currently have 234 books on my Kindle, and more than I can count that I need to review. Time, please freeze for me!

I hear you. I’m on the same boat. Looking forward to the Summer so I can get through some of those TBR books. Now, I know your books are going to be extremely successful and one of these days a big Hollywood producer is going to want to make a movie out of it. Who will play your main characters?

M- Well, my hero inspiration for Grayson Montgomery in Then Came You is Liam Hemsworth (his brother Chris was my inspiration for my football book, False Start). And the lovely, adorable Rachel McAdams would play the ever bubbly youngest sister, Thyme Wilde.

Do you write full time? How do you find time to write and do you have a special place where you write?

M-  That is my dream. I teach high school English and am a mom to three children (9, 12 and 14) who are all very active in sports. Oh, and there’s the husband as well! I am fortunate to have school vacations free, which is when I get most of my writing done. I spend the in-between months “cooking” up my story so when I have a moment I can bang out a pretty high word count in a short amount of time. I have a lovely office space off the living room, but my children find me too easily there. I tend to be more productive when I retreat to my bedroom with my laptop.

I have to “hide” in coffee shops in order to get away from my family and write, so I totally get it. Do you ever feel attached to your characters as if they were real? How do you come up with them? Do you base them off people you know or something else?

M-  Oh, so very much. But the sad thing is, as soon as I delve into my next book I sort of forget about him/her. I guess that’s a good thing, right? You want to love your next characters even more.

 Do you have any advice to give new writers? When you first started writing for publication what were your expectations and were they met?

M-  Don’t stop. I wrote for seven years before I seriously pitched and queried my books. I’m glad I didn’t rush my first book and try to put it “out there” for the public. It wasn’t ready. I wasn’t ready. Join writer’s groups, attend writer’s conferences, network online. Never stop learning. I learn something with each book, with each editor, with each publisher. That’s a good thing. And when you type THE END, don’t rush back to edit. Give yourself some space, maybe start your next book, then go back and edit. And edit. And revise. And revise. And then send to beta readers and then edit and revise. Then, if you’re ready, send to an agent or publishing house. Too many writers are rushing their work and not giving themselves the time or the credit they deserve.

Just my two cents.

And great advice it is. It’s been a pleasure chatting with you, Marianne and I wish you all the success in the world. And readers, don’t forget to go show her some love and check out her author’s page–and buy her book, of course!

See you all next time!

 

 

 

Sophia Valentine-Author’s Interview

 

I’m here today with Sophia Valentine. Thank you for taking the time to answer some questions. You are the author of the erotic romance titled “His Confession”  . When I write, I am afraid I’m not much of a planner. I normally start with an idea and a couple characters and I just let it develop as I write. What about you? Are you a plotter or a pantster?

S – I’m definitely a pantster. I usually write the blurb first, character bio’s, and then just go with it. I don’t like to plan as the story usually takes a different course anyway, for me.

I know you write erotic romance, but do you write in any other genre?

S – I write several genre’s, for a mature audience – erotic romance, contemporary, thriller / suspense.

When did you decide you would like to be a writer? Have you always liked to write?

S – I loved writing from a very young age. I was always winning awards for my creative writing in primary school. I have manuscripts I wrote when I was 18. I started writing again a few years ago.

We all lust over other author’s books–I know I do, lol. What book do you wish you would have written?

S – Savages, by Don Winslow, or Gossip Girl or Sex And The City. I loved the movie, and the shows also.

Are you planning to write in other genres?

S – Yes. I have a contemporary and thriller novel I hope to release at some point.

There are certain scenes I agonize over. Is there a certain type of scene that’s harder for you to write than others? Love? Action?

S – Love scenes can take much longer than ordinary scenes, as you want to ensure that it’s written perfectly. If the chemistry isn’t right, it can deter people from feeling for the characters, and caring about the romance aspect and whether they end up together.

Right now I’m reading–among others–Lady Midnight by Cassandra Clare. What’s in your reading list right now?

S – Way too many books! My to-be-read list is huge, and that includes eBooks and paperbacks. Jackie Collins is always on my reading list, and so is Danielle Steele. I want to get through all of their books.

I know just what you mean. I don’t think I will ever be able to go through my TBR list. Now, I know your books are going to be extremely successful and one of these days a big Hollywood producer is going to want to make a movie out of it. Who will play your main characters?

S – I would love Blake Lively to play Gabriella Woods, Charlie Hunnam to play Darion Milano, and Angelina Jolie for Eva.

Do you write full time? How do you find time to write and do you have a special place where you write?

S – I write full time at the moment. No particular special place, although nothing beats taking a notepad to the pool / beach in the summer.

The beach sound awesome right now. Do you ever feel attached to your characters as if they were real? How do you come up with them? Do you base them off people you know or something else?

S – For sure. I need to care for my characters, and feel connected to them, else the story won’t flow. I use some traits from people I know, or celebrities, especially appearance-wise.

Before we go, do you have any advice to give new writers?

S – I would advise anyone that wants to write to research a lot to perfect their craft, read a lot, talk to other writers, and begin building an author platform straight away. Also, never give up, even if it takes years. Believe in yourself.

Thank you. It was a pleasure talking to you. Make sure you check out her book here. Best of luck Sophia 🙂

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ABOUT S.VALENTINE

Valentine grew up in England. Studying English language and literature, as well as law, she worked in a solicitors for many years before moving to Spain. She does however still visit the UK, which in a way, will always be home.

Returning to her lifelong passion of writing books, she’s also a weekly columnist for The Ibizan newspaper on: lifestyle and fashion. Her other interests include reading, shopping and a nice glass of wine to shows such as Sons Of Anarchy, Dexter, Gossip Girl and SATC. She’s a social media addict, and loves connecting with new people.

 

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TITLE: HIS CONFESSION. (Book #1)

SERIES NAME: The Black Door trilogy.

GENRE: Erotic romance.

PUBLISHER: Limitless Publishing

Synopsis

When Gabriella Woods finds matches from a gentlemen’s club in her fiancé’s pocket, her suspicions require a search for answers.

At the club, she realizes it’s not her fiancé’s fidelity that can’t be trusted…

It’s her own.

Darion Milano is daring, intriguing, and unpredictable…

Unable to get him out of her head—and against Darion’s explicit warning—Gabi begins a torrid affair. No longer fighting the urge to enter the depth of his dark and mysterious lifestyle, she indulges in his most intimate desires.

They become the most exciting, wild, infatuated couple everybody knows.

Until his confession changes everything…

Her heart is telling her to stay.

Her instinct is telling her to run.

She can never match his outrageous ex-wife and become the fun, fearless woman he craves…

Or can she?

Discover a world of sex, secrets, and seduction.

 

 

A Chat with Debbie De Louise

Today I have with me Debbie De Louise a fellow writer at Limitless Publishing. Debbie has authored a self-published romantic suspense novel, “Cloudy Rainbow” (Booklocker 2008) that received an honorable mention in the Writer’s Digest self-published awards. Her second romantic suspense  novel, “A Stone’s Throw” was released by Limitless Publishing, LLC in November 2015. She is hoping to publish the sequel (possible 2nd in the series) in Spring 2016.

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Hi Debbie, welcome to my blog.

D- Glad to be here, Natalina.

When I write, I am afraid I am not much of a planner. I normally start with an idea and a couple characters and I just let it develop as I write. What about you? Are you a plotter or a pantster?

D – I used to be 90 percent pantster and 10 percent plotter. Now I’m about 80 percent pantster and 20 percent plotter, but I would like to change that to 50/50 or at least 60/40 eventually because planning is important as long as you can keep it flexible.

What genre do you write? What made you want to write in that genre and for that age group?

D – I write adult fiction. The exact genre is hard to pinpoint. My books are a blend of mystery and romance with minimum gore and no explicit sex. Reviewers consider them cozy mysteries.

I find it hard  to place my writing into a single genre, as well. When did you decide you would like to be a writer? Have you always liked to write?

D – I’ve loved writing since I first learned how. Authors were my heroes, and I still admire them.

There are a lot of books and authors that I admire and I sometimes wish I could have been the one writing a particular work. For example, I would have loved to have written the Book Thief by Markus Zusak. What book do you wish you would have written? Why?

D – That’s an interesting question, and I don’t really have an answer except to say that I’d like to write the best book I can, not necessarily a bestseller although that would be nice, but the best book that’s inside of me and waiting to come out.

My current project is in a very different genre than my first. Have you written or plan to write in other genres?

D – My first book that was self-published was a paranormal romance. I always like to put a little mystery and romance in my books. I’ve written one soft science fiction story, but I wouldn’t want to write in that genre or in horror (although I like reading both occasionally). I had hoped to write a children’s book with my daughter a few years ago, but neither of us found the time to do that and now she’s approaching her teens and busy with her school work and social life.

Is there a certain type of scene that’s harder for you to write than others? Love? Action? Racy?

D – I really can’t write really explicit sex scenes. I just feel they detract from a good book. I know some people enjoy them, but I like to write emotionally appealing scenes and develop characters. I’d rather be inside a character’s head than with them in bed if you know what I mean.

What’s in your reading list right now?

D = Lol. Do you really want to know? My TBR is huge, but here are some of my upcoming reads. I just finished J.P. Ratto’s wonderful mystery, Everything to Lose, and am currently reading Pretty Girls by Karin Slaughter. The top layer of my TBR pile of print books includes Dial QR for Murder by A.E.H. Veenman; The Locker by Adrian Magson; Mr. Splitfoot by Samantha Hunt; and Copper Lilies by Bradon Nave. My Kindle TBR pile of ebooks includes His Confession by Sophia Valentine; Love or Money by Elizabeth Roderick; Sweet on You by Marianne Rice; Maggie’s Marriage by Gloria Herrmann; and Without You by Lisa Detwiler. I also have some books in my Amazon cart including your book, We Will Always Have the Closet; Till Death Us Do Part by Cristina Slough; Changing Teams by Jennifer Allis Provost; Russian Tattoos Obsession by Kat Shehata; and The Dangerous Gift by Jane Hunt.

Your list is about as long as mine. LOL. Now, I know your books are going to be extremely successful and one of these days a big Hollywood producer is going to want to make a movie out of it. Who will play your main characters?

D – This is a great question, but it’s hard to answer because I don’t watch many movies or even TV. I spend most of my time on the computer or reading. However, I can see Julia Roberts as Alicia and Matthew McConaughey as John.

Good choice. I work full time as a teacher and it’s really hard to find time to write. You work as a librarian. How do you find time to write and do you have a special place where you write?

D – I write from 5 am to 6 am every morning before my daughter gets up for school. I also try to write another hour at night if I’m not too tired and can fit it in after work. On the weekends, I sometimes write less because I’m off schedule and have to do household stuff.

Do you have any advice to give new writers? When you first started writing for publication what were your expectations and were they met?

D – I can only repeat what all writers say because it’s true. You can’t give up. You have to be persistent. It’s not an easy field to break into and even when you do, it’s extremely hard to become noticed. It takes time. You have to build a fan base. You have to keep writing. You have to learn so many things. You need to network with other authors. You have to learn to sell yourself as well as your books. It’s fun, but it’s exhausting. You have to love it and not worry about making money immediately. But when people write good reviews of your work or compliment you on your books, it’s all worth it.

As far as my expectations, I think publishing lived up to them pretty much because I knew it would be difficult, but I also knew it would be exciting and rewarding to see my words in print and know that people all over the world can be reading them at any given minute.

Thank you Debbie for your time. It was very nice talking to you. I hope I get to chat with you again soon.

Check out Debbie’s book “A Stone’s Throw” at Amazon http://amzn.to/1MjaJgN 

Or visit her blog https://debbiedelouise.wordpress.com/