One of my very talented Evernight Publishing sisters, Ella Grey, asked me to partake in a “chain” interview. You know.. like the old “chain letters.” A writer tags another writer and all of us answer the same questions. There are no warnings of bad luck or growing warts if you don’t participate, but it is definitely fun to see how others in your field do what they do. Authors are interesting folks and each one is unique in what they write, why they write and how they write it.
Make sure to check out Ella’s answers http://ellagrey.wordpress.com/2013/05/02/an-insight-into-ella-grey/
Next stop on the chain is Stephanie Berget. www.stephanieberget.com
My answers are below:
What are you working on right now?
I’m working on a few things right now. I have started writing a contemporary erotic romance involving a Florida cowboy. I’m planning on making it into a series because this cowboy has two brothers as well. The brothers work and run their family citrus farm. And of course, they need love, so I have found them some love interests! I’m a sucker for a cowboy hat! 🙂
I’ve also had a short story accepted for Evernight’s Romance on the Go line entitled, Board Stiff. It will be a part of a short series called Taking Advantage. The series captures a snapshot in the love life of three younger men that sit on the board of directors for an insurance company called Advantage. It’s been a blast to write.
I’m also working on a sequel to my first published novella, More Than Friends. The demand was high for more of Jeni and Brian’s story, so I am just starting on that. I also have a short story that I just completed and submitted. Let’s just say… I’m not sitting around twiddling my thumbs! 😉
How does it differ from other works in its genre?
I think it differs because it’s written by me! 😉 I write contemporary erotic romance. There is a lot in the genre, especially right now. But each writer has a distinct voice and style and that’s what separates all of us.
What experiences have influenced you?
I am a survivor of sexual assault. By far, that was the most influential event in my life. I was young when it happened and it shaped my perceptions of myself, men and sex. I had many years of counseling and a lot of determination to move beyond the actual incident itself. Though it was a horrible thing to experience, it made me who and what I am today… and I’m good with that because I like me.
Why do you write what you do?
I write erotic romances because I also like and read them. I know since I started reading this genre, I’ve learned so many things… some of which I use in my own relationship. 😉 And of course, what woman doesn’t love romance?!
How does your writing process work?
My writing process is rarely the same. Usually, a scene pops into my head. I let it play out a bit… write some notes. Then, I sit down and write out the scene. Sometimes the characters are not quite developed… or I don’t know what the underlying conflict is. I just know this scene. From the scene, a story develops. On occasion, I’ll go back to the beginning and write from there. Other times, I hop all over the place and then weave the story together. Most of the time, I have to go back and tweak the original scene that started it all, but I’ve yet to take out the original scene from my stories.
What is the hardest part about writing?
To be honest, the hardest part for me is finding the time to write. I work a full-time job that involves some travel. I have three children six years old and younger. I have a husband, a dog and a house to run. I am a social butterfly with lots of friends. And I love to spend time with my family. So, my days are busy. I force myself to write 45-60 minutes a day. A lot of days, I write more than that. Some days I just write 45 minutes and it’s all crap! 🙂
Aside from the time aspect, my only other struggle is finding the right title for a story! You need something that not only captures the story, but will also capture the readers’ attention.
What would you like to try as a writer that you haven’t yet?
I have not written a full-length novel yet. My Florida cowboy story is going to be full-length and I’m excited about that!
Who are the authors you most admire?
I’ll admit… I’m a huge fan of Sylvia Day. I LOVE the Crossfire series. I’m also a big fan of Olivia Cunning, Alice Clayton and Cherrie Lynn. I’ve always loved reading their books. I’ve enjoyed Laura Kaye. Since signing on to Evernight Publishing, I’ve also become a huge fan of Jenika Snow. Her stories are great and she writes like a fiend. She has a new book out almost every week! 🙂
From an old school perspective, I’ve always admired Ernest Hemingway’s storytelling.
Who are new authors to watch out for?
Stephanie Berget. Our Evernight Publishing releases came out right around the same time, so we became fast buddies. I’ve read her book, Sugarwater Ranch, and I love it. She’s got some serious talent!
What scares you?
Spiders! Plain and simple! I don’t care if my husband has to use a magnifying glass to see it in order to kill it. If it’s a spider, I scream and jump up on whatever I can to make sure it doesn’t get near me! My husband will then walk in the room with a tissue and a smile and ask me where it is. He calls it my “spider scream.” 😉
Hope you enjoyed learning a little more about me, Ella and Stephanie!