I got to meet her once again earlier this month in Las Vegas at the Romance Novel Convention.
Today I have her talking with me about her latest book "Red's Bear"
Jamallah: Before we start talking about your book, why don’t you tell everybody a little bit about yourself?
Yvette: How does a person talk about themselves? That’s always the most difficult part for me. LOL. Okay, the basic answer is I’ve been writing romance since 1999. My husband got me to start. In 2006, Bridget Midway convinced me to give erotic romance a chance. I’d never really written short stories before then and definitely not erotic ones. I tried it and feel in love with it. My life, self awareness and stories took off in a completely different direction. I’m still married to my high school sweetheart and we have a spoiled daughter still in the house with us and an even more spoiled Chihuahua.
Jamallah: Besides writing, what other things do you enjoy doing in your spare time?
Yvette: I love to travel. I lived in Germany for almost five years and got to see so many places and meet interesting people; that was fantastic. I travel around the states as much as I can, my motto is have ‘passport and ID, will fly’. Of course I love to read. My reading tastes stretch across the spectrum but it has to be a romance. Also, I’m a foodie… Spicy food particularly. I’m one of those people that take pictures of my drinks and food at a restaurant, just for my own viewing pleasure.
Jamallah: What is your daily routine as far as when you have an idea for your story?
Yvette: My daily routine is up at five in the morning. Sometimes four in the morning when I have edits to do. But, seven days a week I am turning on the computer at five. I’m not really a night time writer my Muse doesn’t like to ‘put out’ after about for in the afternoon. LOL. I always have ideas rolling around in my head, not matter what I am doing. I’ve found myself on the treadmill with me cell phone in hand typing on the memo pad a line for a story. It never stops.
Jamallah: Where do you get your ideas from?
Yvette: My ideas always come from life. I think I was born to be nosey. I like interesting facts about places and I love people…really couples. Give me a hot romance scene in a movie and I am just seeing characters from a book. I like to watch the man who places his hand at the small of his woman’s back or the lean in that is accompanied by a whisper… What are they saying to each other, something naughty or is it just words of affirmation? When something sparks my Muse, I put a twist on it and ask… “What if…”.
Jamallah: Out of all of the stories you’ve written so far, what would be your favorite and why?
Yvette: Today? Because that always changes for me. *smiling* usually it is the story that I just completed. But overall for an author, me, it is the first thing I ever wrote and completed. So, that would be The Marriage Clause. Even though it is probably not the best of my writing skills by far, it is the one where I was bitten by the writing bug and it didn’t let go. I had no clue what I was getting myself into but it changed my life. Other than that, I am in love with my Bears and my Stir Stick & Stilettos series. The bears are mine, my creation and I love all the intricacy of their breed and SS&S stories are just built of my “What if…” but in a naughty sort of way.
Jamallah: Tell us something funny about yourself that not a lot of people know about?
Yvette: I’m a sap. That’s right I said it. I cry during any emotional part in a movie, television show…cartoon. Okay, not cartoons, I’m not really one for those. But, let the music change in a movie and it get all low and sad…I’m water-works city.
Jamallah: Does any of the stories you’ve written based on real life experiences or basically just from imagination?
Yvette: Both. All I need is a snippet of reality and I run with the rest of it. Everything I taken from the people I know can be played out in a story I’m writing somehow, usually it is a lot different, but the seed of it is still the same. However, the romantic part of any of my stories comes down to life experiences, not just mine but relationship stories of people I know. Usually not the stories people stop you and say, “You’re a writer…Oh, you have to tell my husband and my story.” Uh, not so much. That usually causes my mind to go blank. My muse is like… “I’m going for coffee, want a cup?” LOL.
Jamallah: Does your ‘muse’ have a name and if so what is his/her name?
Yvette: Wow. You know, no one has ever asked me that? Too funny. My muse does not have a name. Now that you’ve said that, I’m sure SHE is rolling her eyes and really pissed that SHE doesn’t have one. Hell, even my cars and GPS has a name… don’t know why I’ve never given SHE one. However, I guess her name is SHE. *smile*
Jamallah: What other genre besides the one you are writing about now would you like to venture into writing?
Yvette: I’m planning to do a couple I/R erotic historical romances. I have one about halfway completed.
Jamallah: Who are your favorite authors that are out now?
Yvette: Oh, goodness. So many wonderful authors and so little time between writing to consume them. Beverly Jenkins, Bridget Midway, Kate Pearce, Aliyah Burke, Janet Eckford, Lorraine Heath, Elle D Hayes, Sienna Mynx and Latrivia Nelson… I could go on. Oh, JD Robb is my favorite “travel” audio book to listen to.
Jamallah: Who is your favorite female and male characters from your books and why?
Yvette: My fairy tale characters. The whole town of Den County. There is just something about those Bears. I’ve always loved fairy tales and being able to let my Muse draft these bear shifters to play them out, is priceless to me. I never know what the next one will be until I’m writing the one before it.
Jamallah: What do you think is the hardest thing about being a writer?
Yvette: Not being an octopus. I just want to type one story on my computer and have another set of hands to type another story on my laptop and then have another set of hands to write blurbs and book descriptions on all the other ideas rolling around in my brain. SHE would man and run the control center.
Jamallah: What advice would you give someone who wants to start off being a writer?
Yvette: Learn the craft. Go to romance writing conferences and sit in the workshops with a notebook and take notes. Don’t just go to the social events or sit in the bar chatting…learn your craft. When I pick up a book by some of the new and self pubbed authors I can tell instantly that this author has never been to a romance writing session. Usually they don’t understand when someone reviews their work and says “This is Women’s Fiction, not a romance.” They don’t know which lines they crossed or what rules were broken. Heart breaking, to say the least.
Jamallah: If you hadn’t become a writer, what do you think you would be doing right now?
Yvette: A Lit teacher in some college or still active duty in the military.
Jamallah: What would be the perfect Romantic getaway?
Yvette: Venus with my husband in early Spring.
Jamallah: 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?
Yvette: *clapping hands* Red’s Bear. Red’s Bear. It is one of my Erotic Shifter Fairy Tales, the second book in the series. The story is a twist on Little Red Ridinghood. I try to stay true to the story we all feel in love with but at the same time changing it up, more modern, more spicy and lots of honey and shifting going on. This story follows Bear’s Gold which was a take on the classic Goldilocks and the Three Bears.
Rena “Red” Hoodman is on her way to her grandmother’s house. After a crazy year that ends with the loss of her job she agrees to cabin sit. Now, she’s trapped in the woods and drawn to a rugged mid-night blonde, onyx eyed handyman contracted to do work around the house. This man is no stranger to her, even if she’s suppressed those memories in her mind, her body knows. Years later, there’s still something about him that makes the hair stand-up on the back of her neck and her inner thighs sweat.
Cord Bjorn’s mate has finally come home again and this time the timing is perfect. With his father ruffling his fur about claiming his place in the county with a mate, Cord felt tied to a leash. Now, there’s a shift in the wind and Rena is her name. He still recalls the last summer she visited Den County and the kiss they shared beside the lake. Heat and attraction build until he and the sienna beauty find themselves tangled in sheets. A night that should have ended with a morning full of smiles, instead dawn breaks and truths unfold.
Red finds herself running for her life, from secrets and lies that she’s too afraid to accept.
Red’s Bear can be purchased at several online book stores:
All Romance ebooks: https://www.allromanceebooks.com/product-red039sbear-1225832-178.html
Barnes and Noble: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/reds-bear-yvette-hines/1115883646?ean=2940016714462
Facebook: Author Yvette Hines
Lastly, Jamallah, I am currently working on a few Stir Sticks & Stilettos, I have a sub series now called The Lingerie Series. It will feature sexy lingerie and full figured heroines. Once the first two are done I will be focusing fully on my BDSM story called Red Hots! that is a part of a two book story with Bridget Midway.
I have enjoyed my time with you, Jamallah. Thanks for all the thought provoking questions.