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Q: Do you have a favorite quote or line from this book? If so, please share.A: Reports of shrieking, ghostly sightings and blood-spattered walls abounded until the place closed.
Q: Who is your favorite main character from this book? Why?A: I like both the heroine and the hero in this one because they both bring really interesting perspectives to the story. She’s somewhat naïve, but gutsy and curious. Rick is worldly, and cynical in many ways, but his softer side comes out with Cinthyia.
Q: Who is your favorite secondary character? Why?A: There is only one secondary character, and she’s the “villain” of the piece, she’s cold and deadly, but almost pathetically broken in some ways.
Q: What was the hardest part of writing this book?A: Keeping the pacing right, and making it fun as well as sexy – there are a ton of Halloween trappings in place to make the story work, too – so keeping it exciting and not overdoing the atmosphere was a balancing act in some ways.
Q: What question do you wish that someone would ask about your book?A: Since it’s a story set at Halloween, is there a paranormal angle to it?
Q: Convince readers to buy your book in 25 words or less.A: Reckless Assignation is a fantasy - an exciting and passionate lover lures his lady to a dangerous place, and when she arrives, it’s an elaborate seduction.
On Writing and Writing Erotica
Q: Why did you choose to write in this genre/subgenre?A: I like to experiment, and I write in so many genres, I like to not stay in one consistently because if it’s boring for me it will be boring for anyone who reads it.
Q: Do you outline or do you start with a basic idea and let it flow? (plotter or pantser)A: I’ve discovered that while I can do both, I am a much more efficient writer if I outline. More and more I see the distinct advantage of knowing how a story is to flow and evolve, so definitely prefer that to just writing blind.
Q: Do your family and friends know what you write? If so, what do they think about it?A: My family has always known what I write, and while they support it totally, they read the non-erotic titles, but not the erotic ones.
Q: In erotica/erotic romance, the sex is depicted graphically. Are there any specific words or phrases you aren't comfortable using in your stories? Word or phrase that makes you say “ick”?A: There used to be, but not so much now – now I find it’s more often the way certain phrases are used, or in what context. ANYTHING can be shudder-worthy if it’s badly used. Things that feel forced and out of character have an ick factor, big time.
Q: What is your favorite part of writing erotica/erotic romance?A: The best part of this genre is the freedom it allows every author. You can take your imagination and love scenes to whatever level you’re comfortable with and works for your story/characters.
Q: How long ago was your first story accepted by a publisher and did you pee your pants? JA: I won my first contract back in 2004 as part of a writing contest. I think I was too stunned to do more than just stare.... J
Q: What are your favorite and least favorite parts of the publishing process?A: Favorite part is editing, believe it or not. I love the editing process, making a good story better with the right guidance and insight from a good editor. Least favorite is trying to select excerpts and write blurbs that will entice people, I always find that hard than it should be.
Q: Tattoos. Hot or not? And do you have any?A: Depends, really. Some are beautiful, but too much ink is unattractive to me. I have none, though I have thought about it.
Q: Wine, Beer or Liquor?A: Wine, Italian white.
Q: Dogs, cats or other?A: Dogs, huskies, since they’re the closest to wolves, and I adore wolves.
Q: Kindle, Nook, Paper? Other?A: Paper and Kobo – the Canadian Kindle.
Q: Vibrators, nipple clamps or butt plugs? JA: Vibrators.
Q: Why did the chicken cross the road?A: To chat up the chick who’d caught his eye, of course.
Q: What is the meaning of life?A: Finding happiness and peace in each day and what it offers you.
Word of advice: Enjoy every day, smile often, and don’t waste your love on what might have been, or what might be – live in the here and now as much as possible – and make it the best it can be. That’s the only way I know how to stay sane, be at peace, and be someone people genuinely care about. At the end of the day, all we leave behind is the love we’ve given and the hearts we’ve touched, the rest is transient.
Back cover blurb: A haunted and abandoned hotel on Halloween is the setting for a very private party between two lovers, one of them a world-class, sophisticated intelligence operative who’s trying to teach his young and innocent lady that curiosity can sometimes take you places you’d be better not to go. Amid elaborate trappings meant to scare and entice, Rick’s seduction takes some unexpected but wickedly wonderful twists. But, Rick also has a lesson to learn, when his past collides with his present, and almost destroys everything he cherishes most. Coming Soon from Ellora’s Cave
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