1. Before we start talking about your book, why don’t you tell everybody a little bit about yourself?
What does it take to be a bestselling author? Determination, skill, talent, luck or taking a risk with a venture into a totally new genre. For me it was a little of some and a lot of the others.
In 2008 when I got 2 books published I thought it was due to skill; little did I know it was more luck than anything. Over the next three years I wrote, submitted, got rejected. I then did what I tell everyone who asks; I wrote some more. I didn’t give up.
More on a dare than anything I tried my hand at a regency, one of the most difficult genres because of the rule, which I might add I broke almost every one. Within two days of its release the book was on a best seller list and stayed there for two months.
Turns out it is all of the aforementioned.
After two failed marriages, one from divorce while with the other she dies unexpectedly I decided upon retirement to move. That opportunity came in September 2012 when I migrated to Texas.
For me, as a multipublished author it was one of the best things I’ve done to date. Now, every day I can write, creating stories to take my readers to places they can only dream about.
I’m also a member of the Published Authors Network (PAN) by the Romance Writers of America (RWA).
2. Besides writing, what other things do you enjoy doing in your spare time?
What little spare time I have is usually taken up between reading, contemporary or regency romance books, and watching a variety of TV shows; NCIS, Bones, Castle to name a few of my favorites.
3. What is your daily routine as far as when you have an idea for your story?
For me ideas for my current WIP come at all times of the day and night. If I’m not in my room at the boarding house where I live I have my smartphone with me and will dictate the thought. Then, when I get home I’ll transcribe it, fill in the details and insert it its proper place in the story.
4. Where do you get your ideas from?
Many times I wish I knew where I get my ideas from. This is especially so when starting a new series, then while writing the first book I’ll get an idea for the sequel. I found this particularly true with the regency series, Countess for the Crown. The first book, Don’t Cross the Countess releases in October from Secret Cravings Publishing. The ideas for the A Jessica Sales Novel series all started with word prompts I got while writing for Tuesday Tales. I’ve also gotten several book ideas from pictures from different places.
So, really there’s no one place or way I get my story ideas.
5. Out of all of the stories you’ve written so far, what would be your favorite and why?
If I was to single out one book as my favorite I’d be doing injustice to the characters in the books. Trust me, the last thing I want is having them mad at me.
6. Tell us something funny about yourself that not a lot of people know about?
I really can’t think of anything, sorry.
7. Does any of the stories you’ve written based on real life experiences or basically just from imagination?
I would say that 99% of the things I write about in my books are from my imagination. The 1% is from things I’ve experienced or have firsthand knowledge of.
8. Does your ‘muse’ have a name and if so what is his/her name?
Dakota and he’s a real pain sometimes.
9. What other genre besides the one you are writing about now would you like to venture into writing?
Currently I’m writing contemporary and regency romantic suspense but have started a fantasy romance. I’m hoping to have it finished later this summer.
10. Who are your favorite authors that are out now?
I’d rather not answer that question since there are so many and I’d feel bad at leaving someone out.
11. Who is your favorite female and male characters from your books and why?
I’d have to say Jessica Sales and her boyfriend Ronny are my favorites. One minute she’s sexy as hell in a designer dress or swim suit and the next looking through a rifle scope and prosecuting a bad buy at 800 meters. Ronny backs her up all the way, well maybe not when she’s wearing a tiny two-piece bikini on the French Rivera.
12. What do you think is the hardest thing about being a writer?
Waiting for the first round of edits from my editor and doing them. After they’re done then everything goes smoothly, I hope.
13. What advice would you give someone who wants to start off being a writer?
Write, then write some more and when you think your ready write even more. Don’t choose the genre you want but let it choose you. Most importantly, never give up or get discouraged.
14. If you hadn’t become a writer, what do you think you would be doing right now?
I never gave it a thought as it’s what I’ve wanted to be for years. At least being an author keeps me out of trouble, sort of.
15. What would be the perfect Romantic getaway?
I never thought about this question but I guess it would be anyplace with the person you love.
Well now that we got the question and answer out of the way…..why don’t you tell us about your latest story you have out now?
Military grade weaponry is disappearing from bases all over the world, only to end up in the hands of terrorists and dictators.
Governments are helpless as the threats of being overthrown mount. As a last resort the world leaders turn to The Consortium to bring the biggest arms dealer to justice. They set Special Operative Jessica Sale on the trail of Justin Grey.
Portraying herself as the go to person when a buyer is looking for quantity and quality Jessica easily instills herself into his organization.
Buried deep within the mountains of Wyoming she finds her target and something she didn’t expect-a traitor in the guise of her boyfriend.
With personal feelings aside she charges ahead with the mission. Flying to New York Jessica arranges for monies to be transferred and weapons shipped. Pleased with her work he invites Jessica back to Wyoming except he never makes it home.
With a mental brain shake, she lifted her head. As their gazes met she leaned back only to settle her elbows on the bar top. The effect was damn near instantaneous as it helped stretch the flimsy material over her breasts.
His heated smile of approval, she saw, confirmed the distraction was working. While part of her kept him occupied she positioned her booted right foot against the front of the bar. “You got it?” Her voice was soft with a touch of sensual huskiness.
“And more, if you want,” he replied, as he leaned forward to close the distance.
From the bottom of her vision she caught movement as he lifted a hand. She fought back a cringe when he brushed the tips of his fingers along the side of her breast.
“Nope, just what I ordered.” She paused to look him down and up. “Don’t see anything else that I could use,” her voice hardening ever so slightly.
“You sure?” he asked before his thumb drifted toward her peaked nipple.
“Yep, and if you don’t want to sing with the Vienna Boys Choir, I’d suggest you remove your hand. Oh,” she paused to let the words sink into his lecherous brain, “and look down if you don’t believe me.”
Never one to doubt or underestimate a dangerously beautiful woman he dropped his eyes. He could feel them open even wider when he saw a knife point glisten in the weak light of the room, a centimeter from his groin.
“You really are the Ice Queen everyone says you are.” He stepped back, taking his hand with him. “You have the money?”
“Sure am. That’s why I’m so good at what I do.” She saw he was about to say something but silenced him with a glare. “And don’t ask what I do—you might not like the answer.”
When he wouldn’t step back any farther she knew he was someone who liked to be control, not just people but situations. The problem was that wasn’t on her agenda. She had to make him know who was the boss. Without her connections he’d be just one of hundreds of weapons dealers. The only thing he had going for him was his inventory and ease of delivery.
With a menacing gleam in her eyes Jessica brushed the flat side of the tanto blade against the bulge in his pants. She watched as his eyes took on a panic-stricken glaze. Then, with a slow deliberate motion of her hand, more for her pleasure than his, she withdrew the instrument of torture.
She knew round one was hers when she heard a soft sigh of thankfulness that he was still intact slip from between his lips.
With victory hers, confirmed by the unconscious relaxing of his shoulders, in one fluid motion she sheathed the weapon. From the way his eyes still took her in she suspected Justin knew what would happen, especially if he made any sudden movement toward her, the blade would once again appear and cut off more than his manhood.
In July Secret Cravings Publishing is releasing my debut regency romantic suspense, Spy Catcher. This is the blurb-
While acting as chaperone to Lady Aleece at a house party, little does lady’s maid Debbi realize how her life will change.
Not prepared to fall in love nor see a man who bears an uncanny resemblance to her, Debbi’s world begins to turn upside down.
After several attempts on her life, and a run-in with yet another look-alike, she uncovers her true heritage, as the unknown daughter of a countess. Having been raised and trained as a lady's maid, but educated alongside her employer, Debbi begins to wonder in which world she truly belongs.
Only when her new love's life is threatened does Debbie claim her rightful place and do what’s necessary to save him.
Buy Link for Ice Queen
Where you can find me-
A Jessica Sales blog- http://ajessicasalesnovel.wordpress.com/
Murders and Mysteries blog- http://murdersandmysteries.wordpress.com/