1. On a scale of one to ten, rank your current level of insanity–where ten is belongs-in-lunatic-asylum insane–and tell us why.
My level of insanity stays at an even average of 7-8 pretty much most days. I simply have more to do than I have time. My days are highly intense, fast moving, action oriented—just like my books. It keeps the adrenaline flowing and maintains my productivity that way.
2. You’re currently writing for FOUR publishers! How do you keep up? And do you think you’d like to be able to slow down at some point? Or is it your natural writing pace? And if it is, I’ll be turning very, very green.
The funny thing is when I started in epublishing I put out 20 books in my first two years, so I’m actually writing at a slower pace now than I used to. And don’t ask me how I did those first two years. I have no earthly idea, because no way in hell could I do that now. But I wrote shorter books back then, and I’m writing more plot complex books now, so the book output is slower, plus the edits are more intense and there’s a lot more in the way of copyedits, promotion, revisions, juggling between publishing houses and the like than I ever had before. The pull on my time with things other than writing is more consuming than ever.
My writing pace hasn’t changed, though. I write every day. Some days a lot, some days a little. And in between I do all the other things and somehow try to fit in a little fun and have a life, too.
In 2007 I will release 6 books (scheduled so far, anyway), but several of those are single titles, which are the biggest books I’ve ever written. So it balances out, I guess. And they sure seemed like a lot of work to me!
3. You’ve co-written books with your husband, Charlie. How did your marriage survive it? Seriously, any tips for collaborating with other writers?
Charlie and I had fun writing together! We spend so much time together and he’s heavily involved in my writing career anyway. He helps me with my plotlines and with editing my books, so writing together was a natural extension of that. Though he claims he isn’t a writer, he has the male POV down extremely well and handles that aspect of the story, while I do the female POV. I do all the typing because I’m faster, so I put down what he wants to say, then we both edit. We’ve done two books so far and I’d have to say the second book went way smoother than the first. It’s probably my favorite Ellora’s Cave book.
As far as tips, I’d say patience is the number one thing when collaborating with another writer. Since Charlie works full time, he wasn’t always available when I was ready to move on our story. I had to wait. When writing with a partner, their schedule isn’t always going to match your schedule.
The second thing to remember is every writer’s style is different. Everyone sees a scene, dialogue, setting and characterization differently. Willingness to compromise is essential. The end objective is the best book possible and both partners must agree to that.
4. Is there a romance subgenre you’ve not written in? Do you think you’ll write non-romance novels in the future, or is the Happy Ever After necessary for you? (by HEA, I mean the RWA definition)
I’ve never written a Historical, but I think I’ve dabbled in just about everything else.
I won’t ever write a romance that doesn’t have a HEA. I’m writing heavy erotic for Berkley HEAT, but my editor is more than happy to let me write my Happily Ever Afters into whatever type of story I submit, which makes ME Happily Ever After *g*
5. Surviving Demon Island is your debut NY pubbed book. Do you think publishing in NY might, at some point, mean toning down some of the wilder sex scenes?
Not really. Language use, definitely, because erotic romance goes a little more hard core in some of the language terms than mainstream does. But the heat in the scene, no. It’s funny because when I wrote the first draft for Surviving Demon Island, I deliberately toned down the sex scenes thinking, ‘okay, this is NY, I can’t write hot like I’m used to’. My editor came back during revisions and said….’uh, where’s the heat?’ lol. She told me to heat it back up. So I did, and I couldn’t be happier with the result. I hope the readers are too, because I think the love scenes in Surviving Demon Island are smokin’ hot and yet fun, without crossing the line into erotic.
Did that makes sense to anyone but me? *g*
6. Has moving from e-publishing to print as well lead to a change in the way you approach book promotion?
Yes, because I’m trying to reach a broader audience now. With my NY books being distributed as mass market paperbacks, I have to reach a new readership. The genres are different too, especially Surviving Demon Island being paranormal romance instead of erotic romance. I hope to reach new readers so my promotion is gearing up to introduce my books and my writing in a whole new way. It’s fun, exciting and a little scary. Kind of like being the new kid in school again.
7. What do you bribe the muse with?