1. Before we start talking about your book, why don’t you tell everybody a little bit about yourself?
Okay, I’m a North Carolina girl gone West, currently residing on the Colorado Front Range. I am a Southerner at heart, even if my accent doesn’t hold out much longer.
I’ve been married for ten years to a man who still doesn’t quite get when I’m being sarcastic (I have the most masterful “blank face” EVER) and have two young kids who sometimes let me write in peace.
I write contemporary romances ranging from sweet to erotic, mundane to fantasy, and often interracial.
2. Besides writing, what other things do you enjoy doing in your spare time?
Free time? What’s that?
3. What is your daily routine as far as when you have an idea for your story?
I really don’t get much writing done until dark. That’s just the way my brain is wired. The sparks don’t start flying until I’ve been up 8-10 hours. When I do sit down to write, I set a timer for 25 minutes at a time and try to stay off the Internet for that period. I do my marketing, promotion, and socializing in the mornings.
4. Where do you get your ideas from?
They build on each other for the most part, although sometimes I snatch weirdness from my dreams or I’ll get inspiration during long drives.
5. Out of all of the stories you’ve written so far, what would be your favorite and why?
Probably Love by Premonition (due April 2013). It’s first person POV quirky paranormal romance, which really is my favorite kind of story to write, and the heroine is very mixed up—in more ways than one. She kind of reminds me of me with her biting sarcasm and uncombed hair.
6. Tell us something funny about yourself that not a lot of people know about?
When I get drunk, I forget important things…like how to use an elevator.
7. Does any of the stories you’ve written based on real life experiences or basically just from imagination?
Some have very loosely spawned from actual events. For instance, in Her Resident Jester, the female main character—Shane Andrews—goes under the knife for some abdominal surgery. I’m familiar with what happens behind the curtain because I’ve been there are few times myself. That part about her not being able to see anything because the nurse took her glasses? That was me.
8. Does your ‘muse’ have a name and if so what is his/her name?
I don’t know my muse’s name. I probably have more than one. I can tell you I have a spirit guide named Candace, though. She’s awesome. She would have to be, I guess.
9. What other genre besides the one you are writing about now would you like to venture into writing?
Sci-fi romance. Space opera, I guess. I’ve got something in the planning stage I hope to start working on in spring.
10. Who are your favorite authors that are out now?
I love everyone a little bit. Really.
Seriously, my TBR list has become out of control since I’ve started writing professionally. If you have an awesome cover and a “wow!” blurb, I’ll buy your book.
That said, I read pretty much everything Janet Evanovich puts out because even though the stories have a bit of sameness to them, I never fail to feel fabulous after I’m finished with one. They’re so funny. I emulate her humor style.
11. Who is your favorite female and male characters from your books and why?
Female: see number 5. Her name is Marcia Andrews and she’s a hot mess of a psychic. She’s a medium who’s afraid of ghosts. She’s snarky and she uses her attitude as a defense mechanism. She’s a product of the American melting pot to the extent she doesn’t really want to identify as anything in particular. That’s a hot-button issue for her, and I made her that way because I think it’s okay for people to not have to pick.
Male: that would be a Scotsman named Spencer McCoy. He’s not ready for primetime yet—his story is still in the works. What I can say is that he’s the brother of Marcia’s love interest. He’s also a hot mess of a psychic, but for different reasons. Oh! And he’s a pop singer. And a lush. You can imagine the shenanigans he gets into.
12. What do you think is the hardest thing about being a writer?
The marketing bits: writing back cover copy, taglines, synopses, query letters and so on. I find that if you’re a great fiction writer, you probably suck at business writing. I think they require two different parts of the brain.
13. What advice would you give someone who wants to start off being a writer?
Read a lot in the genre you want to be published in, but not so much that you copycat another’s style. Read WIDELY from a variety of authors. Learn what different publishers acquire and how their tastes differ. Find authors whose books are similar to what you write in heat level and style (there’s a lot of cursing in my books—that doesn’t fly everywhere, but it’s part of my style even in the “sweet” stuff), and submit to the houses where they’re published. You’ll save yourself a lot of frustration that way.
14. If you hadn’t become a writer, what do you think you would be doing right now?
I’d totally be a supermodel. Still might do that. Just waiting to grow that last eight inches.
15. What do you like on a man…..briefs, boxer briefs or boxer shorts or nothing at all?
Me personally? I like boxers. For my heroes, well, that depends on how they’re built. Heh heh.
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?
My last release was an erotic holiday novella called Mrs. Roth’s Merry Christmas. It’s a naughty Santa/marriage of convenience paranormal that I hope will make you laugh out loud. I can’t get through that one without wheezing.
I have two stories coming out in February pretty much right on top of each other, but I’ll tell you about Her Resident Jester (from Calliope Romance/Musa Publishing) because I mentioned it earlier and because it sparked a series. That one’s a chick lit-style novelette that features Marcia Andrews’ sister Shane.
Here’s the blurb:
Marketing executive Shane Andrews’s reluctant participation in a research study leads to the stunning discovery she needs immediate surgery.
Out of sorts, and in a moment of spectacular tactlessness, she insults a man wearing a red rubber nose and big floppy shoes. He turns out to be Derek Palmer: Edenton’s hottest young surgeon…and the resident observing her operation.
With her body and pride both on the mend, Shane hides out to prevent further humiliation. She can’t avoid the gorgeous clown too long, however. Edenton is a small town, and Derek isn’t content with letting her wallow. What kind of clown would he be if he did?
“Looks fun,” the clown said. His voice, rather than being high-pitched and grating, was deep—melodic. He squatted down next to me and rolled up his sleeves to reveal a quotation tattoo on one strong forearm. He pulled his rainbow afro wig off to rake fingers through his damp blond hair and raised one scribbled-on eyebrow at me.
I slammed the cover of my notebook closed and could feel myself burn in a full-body blush.
“The notebook, I mean,” he said. “Crocodile?”
I could feel my blush receding. He hadn’t been able to read that fast. I nodded. “Yeah. Faux. My friend, Laura, gave the cover to me one Christmas. My sister has one, too. Hers in blue.” Mine was hot pink.
Derek rested his hands on the tops of his thighs and met my eyes. “So, you come here often?” he asked, repeating his question from the first time we’d met.
I cringed, and then laughed. “Yeah, I guess I do. It doesn’t always seem planned, though.” I scrambled to shove all the literature back into the portfolio in my bag upon realizing it was all laying out with titles apparent. I didn’t really want to talk about it.
“So, you’re a clown?” I asked, fearing my raised eyebrows expressed disdain more than curiosity.
“Would it be better if I said I am an actor?”
I pondered that, but didn’t really have any personal experience in that domain. I shrugged.
“Or a lawyer?”
Definitely not. The idea of having someone argue with me on everything was unattractive and, given my propensity to stutter like a motorboat when drawn into debate, probably not a good relationship fit.
“I’m a student.”
Philosophy. I was willing to stake my next paycheck on him being a philosophy geek. They do make the best slackers, after all. Well, that’s not true. Marcia had been a philosophy minor, but she did it to balance all the physics courses she was taking.
“This is where you ask, ‘Oh! What do you study?’” he said in a falsetto, mocking my would-be question voice.
“What do you study?” I asked too late and lacking sufficient enthusiasm. I think I saw a smile curl on his lips, but he looked around the tree I was leaning against, smiled, and pulled his wig back on. When I twisted around to see what the new cacophony of sound was, I quickly located a fresh group of moms with toddlers who’d all arrived simultaneously. I watched the back of Derek’s drooping polka-dotted pants as he shuffled away from me in floppy shoes.
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