Tuesday, April 12, 2016

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Sunday, September 21, 2014

SPOTLIGHT AUTHOR INTERVIEW WITH JEAN HART STEWART!




The Interview:

GRACIE: I’m excited to have you here at The G-Spot, Jean! Please tell us a little about yourself (or a lot J) and how and when you got into writing?

JEAN:  I had a successful career in real estate but when the business turned snarky just walked into my manager’s office and quit. His response was a shocked ‘you can’t’ and  I smiled,  waved, and walked out.

GRACIE: Is there any one thing or person in your life that inspired your writing? Any one thing or person that influenced the genre you write in?

JEAN: Mary Balogh’s advice to me once still guides me out of the dreaded void of dangling middle. I asked her once what she did when she hit that and she said “Make it worse”.

GRACIE: As a prolific author with an extensive backlist and current titles, can you still remember when you got The Call and what was your first published book?

JEAN: Druid’s Daughter was my first published book. I was doubly excited when my new editor asked me if I had anything else ready and I sent her the next book in the series, My Darling Druid.  Two books at once after three years of rejections! I think I’ll always remember that.



GRACIE: What do you know now about writing and the publishing industry that you wish you’d known before you started?

JEAN: That publicity and promo are endless and I mostly dislike this part of the business.

GRACIE: Please, give us a little story behind the story and what inspired your Passionate Pursuits series.

JEAN: Elves seems a natural sequel to Druids and Mages. There are so many elf types and I want the strong blonds found in Scandinavian literature. Some elves are tiny, as in the leprechauns and of course I wanted elves that were sexy.

GRACIE:  What brought about your interest in Elves, Druids and Mages?           

JEAN: I grew up reading a lot about King Arthur and those tales are really about magical super heroes.  And I’m a dreamer.  Seems a natural progression to me

GRACIE: In Forbidden Pursuit, besides destiny, what is it you believe makes Arden and Brielle a perfect match?



JEAN: Arden is destined to fall in love only once and that love will last forever. That’s part of an elves’ destiny. Brielle needs plenty of help, including growing into her feelings.  They need each other.
                               
GRACIE: What do you believe is Gareth’s Achilles’ heel and how do you go about stomping it in Gareth’s Gambit?

JEAN: That’s interesting phrasing for this book!  Gareth has one leg a little shorter than the other and he’s conflicted by his feelings of power as a Mage, and his feelings of inferiority over what he regards as a defect. Our heroine has a big job on her hands to get him to declare his love when he doesn’t feel worthy. In spite of the fact his strengths are quite evident. He’s unsecure.

GRACIE: Of all the stories you’ve written, which is your favorite and why?

JEAN: My first one published, Druid’s Daughter. It  brought me so much joy and was the start of my career. In fact my license plate is Druids  1.

GRACIE: I know this is like asking a mother which is her favorite child, but which of your characters is your favorite and why?

JEAN: Now that one I really can’t answer. Maybe Gareth in Gareth’s Gambit. Wounded heroes always grab at my heart.



GRACIE: What about your characters makes them unique?

 JEAN: Not an easy question to answer. I don’t really know, except for the fact  that I love them all and maybe that comes through.

GRACIE: What is your favorite aspect of the writing process? Your least favorite?

JEAN: The best part is the days when the words just flow. The worst part is the publicity.

GRACIE: Are you a pantser or do you outline?

JEAN: I’m a pantser who outlines as she goes.  Does that make sense to anyone but me?

GRACIE: Makes sense to me! You mentioned a previous career in real estate, but if you weren’t a writer, what other profession would you have chosen to pursue?

JEAN: Something artistic, but I don’t know what.

GRACIE: Who are some of your favorite authors and why? Name some of your favorite books and why they’re your favorites.

JEAN: Mary Balogh, Sabrina York, Judith McNaught, Tina Donahue. As you can see I have pretty eclectic tastes. And I love history.

GRACIE: What are you working on now and what should readers be looking forward to from you in the future?

JEAN: A loooong historical titled The Lame Lord.  Also a shortie for a boxed set of Romance4Us writer. Not titled yet, but it will be a short, sensual historical, set right after the Peninsular War.

GRACIE: Do you have a website and/or how can readers contact you?

JEAN: www;jeanhartstewart.com   jswriter@earthlink.net  I would love, love, love to hear from a reader.

GRACIE: Where and how can readers purchase and/or read samples of your work?



JEAN: I’m at Ellora’s Cave, I blog regularly at Romancebooks4us and
Seven Sexy Scribes, Facebook, Twitter, my own e-mail at jswriter.earthlink.net, and just about any place they have internet.  I’ve soon have eight books at MuseitUp.  I find I no longer enjoy writing erotica and Ellora’s Cave wants only that, so I’m shifting a lot of my stuff.

GRACIE: What advice do you have for beginning writers?

JEAN: Keep writing.  Don’t let anything stop you. Don’t listen to the negative voices.

GRACIE: Anything else about yourself or your writing you’d like to share with your readers?

JEAN: Nope, think this excellent interview covers everything.  Thank you so much for having me.


GRACIE: Jean, thanks so much for taking time from your busy schedule to share yourself and your work with us at The G-Spot and giving us a little insight into your writing and the writing process! We’ll let you get back to writing those wonderful books you write! All the best!

Sunday, July 20, 2014

SPOTLIGHT AUTHOR INTERVIEW WITH BERENGARIA BROWN!



Author Bio: Berengaria Brown is an award-winning, best-selling, multi-published author of erotic romance with over one hundred published digital, print, and audio books.  She writes contemporary, paranormal (magic, ghosts, vampires, fairies, dragons, and werewolves), futuristic, medieval, and Regency-set historical. She loves to read all different kinds of romance so that is what she writes: MMF, MFM, FMMM, FFM, MM, FF, and MF. Whatever the characters need for their very hot happily-ever-after, Berengaria makes sure they get it.

The Interview:

GRACIE: I’m excited to have you here at The G-Spot, Berengaria! Please tell us a little about yourself (or a lot J) and how and when you got into writing?

BERENGARIA: Hi Gracie. Thank you for inviting me to visit with you today. I’ve always loved to read. One day I had no new books to read and didn’t feel like rereading any of my old favorites so I began to write a book myself. When it was finished, I still didn’t have anything new to read so I wrote another one, and another one, and…. the rest, as they say, is history.

GRACIE: Is there any one thing or person in your life that inspired your writing? Any one thing or person that influenced the genre you write in?

BERENGARIA: I write all different genres because that’s what I read. Anything from sweet to very kinky and everywhere in between. My dad had to watch me when I was very small and my mom was ill, so he taught me to read. I credit him with giving me my love for books.

GRACIE: When did you get The Call and what was your first published book?

BERENGARIA: I wrote three books one after the other and sent each one to a different publisher. All three were accepted and all three were published quite quickly one after the other. But the very first one was “Intensity” which released from Siren in April 2010.

GRACIE: What do you know now about writing and the publishing industry that you wish you’d known before you started?

BERENGARIA: I did a lot of research before I sent off those first three books, so there were no big surprises. But I guess I never stopped to think how difficult it would be to find appropriate names for characters after I’d written quite a few books. All the “best” names have already been used.

GRACIE: Please, give us a little story behind the story and what inspired your Siren Publishing, Menage Amour series, Possessive Passions.




BERENGARIA: I wanted a world where ménages would be reasonable and logical. There have been cultures in the past where all the brothers in a family shared the one woman, so I started thinking what if. What if one of those cultures had moved to America many years ago, but they’d had to hide from everyday life to continue their cultural traditions. What if the men still choose their woman like that and treat her as their treasured possession. What if they chose a woman not from their culture and brought her to their hidden community.

GRACIE: In Possess Me, what do you think is Shiloah’s Achilles’ heel and how do you go about stomping it?

BERENGARIA: Shiloah’s two fathers were murdered in the outside world for sharing Shiloah’s mama. Shiloah falls in love with Goa and Stan, but they live outside on a farm. Shiloah can’t leave her mama alone but she can’t expect her to leave the safety of the hidden community either. So Shiloah has to work out what to do. Her mama or her men. Or maybe….

GRACIE: Aside from the fact that Connor and Patrick have just saved Phoebe’s life in Flash Flood and she shares one of the most memorable and fulfilling nights of sex with the two men, what makes Phoebe a perfect match for Connor and Patrick and vice versa?

BERENGARIA: Phoebe loves to work out mental puzzles and there are things about the men which don’t quite sit right with Fi. Oh, they’re kind and helpful and very sexy, but there’s something about them that she doesn’t understand and she’s not going to rest until she’s figured it out. Connor and Patrick learn that they can trust Fi and share their story with her.

GRACIE: Of all the stories you’ve written, which is your favorite and why?

BERENGARIA: The “Elinor’s Stronghold” series. These are medieval-set historical ménage romances which were a lot of work to research, but the characters just gripped me and wouldn’t let go. Besides, what’s not to like about half-naked warriors with big swords?

GRACIE: I know this is like asking a mother which is her favorite child, but which of your characters is your favorite and why?

BERENGARIA: Okay, this will be right out of left field, but two very minor characters. Deborah is nine and the youngest child in the Arnott family whose stories are in the “Virgins No More” series. She’s very clever and always thinking of new ideas, some of which have entertaining consequences for the adult members of her family.
Ava is only six. Her father was killed when their village was attacked in the Elinor’s Stronghold series. She has courage far beyond her years, and her tiny, frail body, and plays a part in “Restoring Garnet’s Heart”.

GRACIE: In general, what about your characters makes them unique?

BERENGARIA: They are all different. Each one has his or her own quirks, beliefs, problems, weaknesses, and strengths. However all my heroines are strong on the inside, even if it takes a perceptive man to realize this.



GRACIE: What is your favorite aspect of the writing process? Your least favorite?

BERENGARIA: Favorite: When the book is almost finished and I finally understand how everything is going to come together. Least favorite: Sitting down, concentrating, and getting from the excitement of the beginning to the resolution of the end.

GRACIE: Are you a pantser or do you outline?

BERENGARIA: A mixture. I don’t start writing until I have the characters clear in my mind with a beginning, an end, and a few points I want to make along the way. How I get there is pure pantsing. Things happen that I never expect and often new secondary characters just turn up and start talking to me.

GRACIE: If you weren’t a writer, what other profession would you have chosen to pursue?

BERENGARIA: I want to be the mistress of a 90-year-old billionaire.

GRACIE: Who are some of your favorite authors and why? Name some of your favorite books and why they’re your favorites.

BERENGARIA: Georgette Heyer introduced me to historical romance and she’s a long-time favorite author. I love Anny Cook’s Mystic Valley books. Edith Pargeter’s Brother Cadfael books are also firm favorites of mine. But basically I just love to read.

GRACIE: What are you working on now and what should readers be looking forward to from you in the future?

BERENGARIA: I’ve just sold a new MM series, “The Paint Store Boys”. It’s a series of four books about men who buy a paint store.

GRACIE: Do you have a website and/or how can readers contact you?

My website: http://berengariabrown.com/

GRACIE: Where and how can readers purchase and/or read samples of your work?


GRACIE: What advice do you have for beginning writers?

BERENGARIA: Keep reading, keep writing, keep perfecting your craft. Never give up.

GRACIE: Anything else about yourself or your writing you’d like to share with your readers?

BERENGARIA: I love to hear from readers. Please drop by and say hi.

GRACIE: Berengaria, thanks so much for taking time from your busy schedule to share yourself and your work with us at The G-Spot and giving us a little insight into your writing and the writing process! We’ll let you get back to writing those wonderful books you write! All the best!

BERENGARIA: Thank you for letting me visit with y’all today.

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

SPOTLIGHT AUTHOR INTERVIEW WITH DENYSE BRIDGER!



BIO: Canadian born and bred, and a lifelong dreamer, I began writing at an early age and can’t recall a time when I wasn’t creating in some artistic form. My life has had several on-going love affairs that shape much of what I write, the American West, Victorian England, cowboys, a passion for pirates, Greek Gods, and Ancient Egypt. The other endless love affairs in my life are Italia and Romania, and all their magic, beauty, and dazzling culture. That passion spills into all aspects of my life.

The Interview:

GRACIE: I’m excited to have you here at The G-Spot, Denyse! Please tell us a little about yourself (or a lot J) and how and when you got into writing?

DENYSE: Thanks so much for having me as your guest, Gracie. It’s wonderful to be here. I really don’t know what to tell you about me. I’m an avid reader, and writing has been something I’ve done for as long as I can remember. I started in school with class essays, and discovered I loved creating stories. I got lost in music for a lot of years, but found my way back to the written word after I left school. Oddly, it was one of my English teachers who told me I could have a career as a writer, and I thought she was kidding... that wonderful lady attended my first book launch party back in 2007, brought me flowers and had me sign my book for her. It was an incredible moment.

I got my start with writing as an adult when I was so bored with the stories on one of my favourite TV shows. So, an idea came to me, a full story, and I decided to write it. I’d never heard of fan fiction back then, I was writing it for me. I sent it to the actors in the show, and one of them called me 13 days later. He told me I should consider a career as a writer, too–so I was blown away. I spent the next 20 years writing fan fiction, learning, and finally daring to take a shot at a pro contract. I entered a contest 24 hours  before it closed, wrote the story and proofed it in that time–12K words, and a few weeks later I was told I was one of the winners–that’s how it all began back in 2004.

GRACIE: Is there any one thing or person in your life that inspired your writing? Any one thing or person that influenced the genre(s) you write in?

DENYSE: No one person, honestly. People I admired were very encouraging of my efforts, so there were a lot of influences. I write in so many genres, too, it would be impossible to nail down even a couple of influences. Writers I read avidly are Conan Doyle, Lara Adrian, Cynthia Garner, Nalini Singh, Lucy Monroe, Opal Carew, Barbara Conelli–to name just a few.

GRACIE: I know it might be difficult to remember the beginnings of your writing journey since you are so prolific and have countless books published in numerous genres, but when did you get The Call and what was your first published book?
                            
DENYSE: My first published book was a sizzling short story called A Safer Haven, which won the Amber Heat Award at Amber Quill Press in the Spring of 2004. I’d entered at the last minute, having written the story in under 24 hours, and I didn’t expect to win, believe me. My sister was doing my email back then, and she called me one morning a couple of weeks after the contest closed, and read me the message that told me I’d won. It was pretty amazing to us all!! And very exciting, of course. I published all of my first titles with AQP, though none of those books remain with them now.

GRACIE: What do you know now about writing and the publishing industry that you wish you’d known before you started?

DENYSE: The extraordinary amount of time you have to invest in building a brand, and a following. Making a public presence that people recognize is hugely important in this business, but it eats up days upon days of time that could be spent writing. Finding a working balance is very difficult.

GRACIE: Please, give us a little story behind the story and what inspired you’re espionage book Defector.



DENYSE: Oh that one is based on my love of an old television series from the late 80s. I had written a fan fiction of the same name, and it was nominated for a Fan Q Award. I revised and updated the story when Midnight Frost Books did a pitch session, looking for non-romance books, and they liked it, so here we are. It has one of the coolest covers I’ve seen in ages. I love it.

GRACIE: As the lone-wolf, life-long spy in Defector, what do you think is Andrew Dahle’s Achilles’ Heel and how do you go about stomping it?

DENYSE: Andrew’s weakness is his growing awareness that there are cracks developing in his armour. He’s a hard-ass, doesn’t care about anything but the job. Then he gets involved with people who actually like him and befriend him, and he finds himself wanting to be worthy of that trust. He hates it, but he can’t shake it–the cracks have begun, and he’ll have to adjust. I have a few more stories with him, so it could be fun watching him relearn his own strengths and weaknesses.

GRACIE: In your romance Texas Heat, what do you think it is about war veteran Chase Jordan that makes him a perfect match for the determined and enamored Cheyenne MacKenzie and vice versa?     



DENYSE: Cheyenne wants to break through Chase’s walls, to make him feel wanted, loved, and needed. Their attraction is burning hot, but their emotional attraction is the real chemistry. Chase has lost half his life to PTSD, and Cheyenne knows more about him than he knows about himself. That scares him and lures him at the same time. It’s her willingness to lead him back to his own life that makes them work. They need each other, Chase to find himself, and Cheyenne to be able to love the one man she truly wants.

GRACIE: Of all the stories you’ve written, which is your favorite and why?

DENYSE: That’s a toughie. One is published, and one is pending contract. The one that is published is The Devane Files: Out of Hell – a Victorian era mystery with ties to Jack the Ripper. I love historical fiction, and this one required research and a careful touch. I think it worked out well, though the book never really attracted the attention it should have.

My next novel is Grande Amore–a sensual romance set in the beautiful country of Italia, Roma and Amalfi to be exact. An internationally renowned singer, an injured tourist, and an attack that leaves the heroine in the care of the hero.

GRACIE: I know this is like asking a mother which is her favorite child, but which of your characters is your favorite and why?

DENYSE: Inspector Michael Devane of Out of Hell and An Unspoken Betrayal. He is deeply flawed, a man of honour, courage, and strength. He’s also an opium addict, and a clairvoyant. Makes him very interesting. After him it would be Austin Standish, from Champagne and Chocolate, one of my latest releases. He’s a gambler, gunfighter, and gentleman all rolled into one.

GRACIE: What about your characters makes them unique?



DENYSE: I don’t know if they’re wholly unique, really. I think they’re flawed, which makes them accessible to readers, so they can relate. They make mistakes, have fears and do stupid things–just like real people! Maybe that’s part of their charm. But, they are, at the core, people who are strong and determined, and passionate about what they want. Loyalty and trust is key to each of them, heroes and heroines.

GRACIE: What is your favorite aspect of the writing process? Your least favorite?

DENYSE: Favourite part of the process is editing. I love to edit. The polishing and fine-tuning, working with a good editor can be more exciting than initially writing the book. I’m not a lover of first drafts. Once that dreaded part is done, then I have fun. J

GRACIE: Are you a pantser or do you outline?

DENYSE: I have to outline. I tried the pantster approach and didn’t like not knowing where I was going with a story. So, for novels I have often detailed outlines, with settings, research notes, and even partial scenes written in so I don’t forget things. If it’s a short, I still end up with a page of notes and a general idea of beginning, middle, and end to keep me on track.

GRACIE: If you weren’t a writer, what other profession would you have chosen to pursue?

DENYSE: I have no idea. I seem to have a flare for promotional stuff and networking, because I know a lot of amazing people. Maybe I’d do advertising or marketing.

GRACIE: Who are some of your favorite authors and why? Name some of your favorite books and why they’re your favorites.

DENYSE: All of the Sherlock Holmes stories and novels that were written by Conan Doyle. It was through reading Holmes that I learned to pay attention to detail and the small little foreshadows in a story. Margaret Mitchell, Gone With The Wind is probably my all-time favourite book–it’s epic in that it not only sweeps us up into the Civil War and the suffering it inflicted, but it’s a love story of incredible reach. Terry Brooks’ The Sword of Shannara is also my favourite fantasy novel, it was the first one I read in the genre, and it’s never been topped for me. Also, Anne McCaffrey’s Dragonriders series, I love them. Lara Adrian’s Midnight Breed, Nalini Singh’s Guild Hunter series. All are sweeping, well plotted and executed stories that live and breathe in a reader’s imagination.

GRACIE: What are you working on now and what should readers be looking forward to from you in the future?

DENYSE: I’m always working on new things, at the moment, I have a list of things that I want to get working on once I have the current edits and revisions done. I have a new Western, a contemporary with an older couple, a couple of fantasy stories plotted and waiting, a gargoyle novel, and two djinn tales. All in all, I never know if I’ll live long enough to do half of what I want to get done in terms of storytelling.

GRACIE: Do you have a website and/or how can readers contact you?


GRACIE: Where and how can readers purchase and/or read samples of your work?

DENYSE: The best place is probably on the books page of my website: http://www.denysebridger.com/booksV2.php

GRACIE: What advice do you have for beginning writers?

DENYSE: Write, read, and learn. When you finish a project, begin another. Accept that there is no such thing as a perfect book, but each one is a learning process. If you spend all your time trying to perfect one book, you will never write another. Also, and this is critical, be gracious and work with a decent editor. Your best friend, your mother, or your husband/wife is going to be enthusiastic and praising. They love you. You need the impartial thoughts and insights of someone who will be constructive, helpful, and above all honest. There are a lot of excellent guides and instructional books out there, written by people who are experts in their field. Take advantage of that, and read those books that pertain to your genres. Learn to address your weaknesses and make them strengths.

GRACIE: Anything else about yourself or your writing you’d like to share with your readers?

DENYSE: Nothing I can think of at the moment. I think it’s important to find inspiration in everything you see and let your imagination weave beautiful things for your spirit to embrace and share with the world. If you write with positive energy and a desire to create something that makes people smile, I think you will win hearts in all you do. I’m a firm believer in all things coming when they are meant to, so faith really can make miracles happen. If this is your dream, give to it, and it will give back, in wonderful ways.

GRACIE: Denyse, thanks so much for taking time from your busy schedule to share yourself and your work with us at The G-Spot and giving us a little insight into your writing and the writing process! We’ll let you get back to writing those wonderful books you write! All the best!

DENYSE: Thanks so much for sharing your time with me, Gracie. It’s been my pleasure.

Blessings and much happiness to you and your readers, always.
Denysé

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