May 19, 2010
Hi My wonderful followers! Today is Day #2 in JoJo's 30 Day Birthday Bash, and i have brought with me the wonderful Author of KISS OF MOONLIGHT , MOONLIGHT MENAGE , and EDGE OF MOONLIGHT
~How do you think romance has changed in the last 30 years?
I first started reading romance when I was in grade school. Literally. I discovered Harlequin Presents and oh, baby, I was hooked. From there I moved on to historical romance, Kathleen Woodiwiss, in particular. The women were barely women, the men were little more than cavemen but there was something about two people falling in love that drew me in. Over the years, romance has become a story of equals. Before, the men were always the dominant factor in the relationship, sweeping the woman off her feet. Today, the women can sweep back and I love that.
~What type of romance do you prefer to read?
Paranormal romance. I love world-building and magic and werewolves and vampires and those are the kinds of stories I like to read. And if they have hot, hot sex, all the better.
~What are your favorite types of Heroes &/or heroines?
I love wounded heroes. There's just something about a guy in pain who's healed by the love of a good woman. Or vice versa. I also love those old Presents stories where the arrogant male gets cut off at the knees and has to grovel for his woman. What? I LOVE those. Julie Porter always did those so well.
Depends on the day. Today, it's red, the color of the walls of my office. It's very creative.
Okay, I love the smell of lilacs blooming in the garden, but when I catch a whiff of bus fumes (yeah, yeah, just stick with me a minute), I'm transported back to the three tours I took to Italy in high school. Amazing trips and I loved Italy.
Chocolate and mint. And rum and mint. And orange and peach.
Big, huge, blow 'em up, super hero, fantasy love stories. Yes, Avatar would apply, but so does The Lord of the Rings trilogy. And Armageddon does as well. Don't judge me.
~Can you tell us about your favorite / strangest fan experience?
Just happened at RT. A woman ran up to my table, told me how much she loved my books and took off before I even really had a chance to get her name or say thank you more than a few times.
~What are some of your favorite Hero / Heroine names?
Gabriel for a male. I'm hoping you all get to meet my Gabriel someday. I love him.
~What do you like to Read? Your Favorite Genre?
Paranormal romance, the hotter the better. I'm a huge fan of JR Ward and Lora Leigh. But I also love Samantha Kane's Brother's In Arms series, which is historical and m/m/f, and Shana Abe's Drakon series, also historical.
~What are you reading at the moment?
I just started Jim Butcher's Small Favor. I love Harry. Love him, love him, love him.
~Is there a Genre you have always wanted to write in but for reasons you have not been able to?
Nope, I love writing paranormal erotic romance. There's too much "stuff" that goes along with writing historicals that I just never wanted to write them.
~Do you have a new release, or a new release coming out soon? Can you tell us about it?
My latest release, EDGE OF MOONLIGHT, was released in May and features John Simmons and wolf shifter Kaine Giliati.
For months after he and his sister escaped a crazed kidnapper, John has been dreaming about a beautiful woman he's never met but who seems so familiar. A woman he's shocked to find in a dark bar one night. A woman who agrees to come back to his apartment for raw, passionate sex.
One erotic, stolen night reopens old wounds, uncovers buried memories and sets Kaine and John on a path filled with danger, magic and potential heartbreak.
~What are 3 things that are must haves for you when you sit down to write?
I can only think of two: My glasses and my Junior Mints. Well, my computer but that's a given.
~Do you have a website or blog that your readers can keep up with you and your books?
I have both:
~How do you come up with character names?
I actually can't begin to write unless I have the right name for the character and if I try to write with the wrong name, the character doesn't sound true. My Etruscans almost always have variations on ancient Etruscan or Roman names. My eteri, those who have no magical blood, I try to pick names that you'd recognize, like they could live across the street from you. I always figure out background first, what their parents were like, where they come from and then I search for the name that would fit what their parents would think would be a good name.
~How did you come up with the idea for this series? From a dream, from watching tv, while reading another book?
Before I started the Magical Seduction series, I knew I wanted to write a book about magic but I wanted to draw on my Italian heritage. There's a lot of Celtic lore out there, but not a lot on Italian folk magic. Then I discovered Raven Grimaldi, a contemporary magic user who has written a series of books based on old Italian folk magic, and I discovered the 1800s book Etruscan Roman Remains by Charles G. Leland, from which I drew a lot of the folklore. And then I let my imagination have free rein.
~Did you have to do any type of research before writing this book?
I love to do research. I love to haunt Amazon for books like ETRUSCAN CIVILIZATION: A CULTURAL HISTORY, ETRUSCAN ITALY, DAILY LIFE OF THE ETRUSCANS, ETRUSCAN LIFE AND AFTERLIFE. If the book has 1000 pages and at least a hundred of them are footnotes and endnotes, I'm so there.
Pizza or burger?
Dress or jeans?
Jeans, short or long.
Highlander or vampire?
Vampire. Make him a Highlander vampire... ooh.
Fire or water?
I'd rather be hot than cold, so I'll take the fire.
Up or down?
Feet on the ground, please.
Black & white or color?
Color, unless it's "Casablanca." Don't mess with perfection.
Half full or half empty?
Oh, I'm a half empty girl, as my critique partner likes to tell me, but I do think it keeps me grounded.
Day or night?
Day. Sunny, bright, warm.
Star Trek or Star Wars?
I'm a long-time Trekker.
Sword or gun?
Sword with a big strong man attached to it.
Eyes or mouth?
Ooh, hard one. Hmm, have to think about that...
Strawberry or cherry?
Cherry limeades from Sonic. Yum!
Paperback or hardback?
Paperback. Easier to hold.
Coke or pepsi?
Winter or summer?
Summer. Bring on the heat.
Dog or cat?
Dogs are half-wits. Cats are way smarter.
Movie theatre or movies at home?
Movie theatres. The bigger the screen, the better.
My Review of Kiss of Moonlight HERE