Thanks very much for inviting me over today. I’m so glad to be here.
What was it that got you interested in writing?
I’m doing what “I was born to do” and only because I’m so driven to write. If any one thing provoked my initial interest, it was probably my genuine love of books.
Why do you write erotic romance and why do you lean toward western or paranormal genres?
When I made the leap from ghost writing and non-fiction to romance, pretty much everything I submitted was returned with conditions and many editorial notes suggested hotter content. Soon, I decided if I wanted to find a publisher in romance, I’d conform to expectations, as well as submission guidelines. As for paranormal: I hate to say I wrote to please the market but…I wrote to please the market. Paranormal was selling. I needed to sell my own work or face the possibility of returning to ghost writing so Winning Virgin Blood was born and a new series began. Now, I write a lot of paranormal because I have so many stories waiting to be written, many of which are pre-sold on proposal. As for writing westerns? I grew up on a working ranch so writing about cowboys must be in my blood!
You have teenagers from what I understand. What is the most difficult aspect of being a writer-mom?
Finding time to write is probably the most difficult aspect of being a writer-mom. I’m pretty structured but even on a schedule, there’s always an unexpected interruption.
What is your favorite childhood experience?
Every Sunday during football season was an experience. We’d race home from church, choke down a Sunday meal, and make a mad dash for the den so we could spend the day watching football games.
What is your writing process like?
It varies from day to day, from one manuscript to the next.
What advice would you give to a newly published author?
Stay true to yourself. Never base your business decisions on someone else’s experiences. Make industry-related decisions based on how you’re treated and on the business chemistry found with a publisher and fellow authors. Publishers want profits. Don’t be afraid to show them where you can help their bottom line. You have to be that kind of writer. Go the extra mile to make sure you hit and exceed national averages. Set the bar high because if you want to be a writer who sells and sells well, you have to get off your backside and work. Remember, overnight success can often take a lifetime to achieve.
Tell us about your most recent book release
Cowboys for Christmas just released from Aspen Mountain Press this week: www.aspenmountainpress.com.
Julie Kensworth opens her door to more than a blizzard and greets two wayward cowboys. She realizes right away she’s headed straight for the eye of the storm.
Brandon Blake and Quinn Stewart are a long way from home. They’re looking for a warm place to hang their hats while they try to wait out the snow and ice, which continues to gain momentum.
Julie is an author and she’s not just the average writer, she’s one of the most notorious writers in the world. When Quinn and Blake figure out Julie is an erotic romance author, well, needless to say, their minds churn with all sorts of ideas, most of them geared toward how they can heat up the cold winter nights ahead.
What do you have in store for readers next?
Steam Toys releases in January from Aspen Mountain Press. Resplendence Publishing will release the extended version of Bewitching Purpose in February. Siren Publishing will release my final Sports Wives novella, The Third Promise in early 2011. Several others are in the pipeline. Please watch my blog www.destinyblaine.blogspot.com for more information.
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