Thursday, September 25, 2014

Meet Tessa Marie

Today I was lucky enough to sit down with Tessa Marie, author of Home is Where You Are that is being released on September 30. We talked all things writing. 



Tell us your latest news? 

Home is Where You Are will be releasing on September 30th. It is up for preorder and is $0.99 now through release day.  


What are your current projects? 
Home is Where You Are has been my main focus the last couple of months, but I’m excited to go back to other projects and to start some new ones. I will be writing a companion novel to Home is Where You Are that will focus on Anna’s best friend Katie. Also currently working with Becca Ann on the third book in our Beds series, Bumpy Roads and Lonesome Beds.  


What books or authors have influenced your writing? 
So many! I would say top three Sarah Dessen, Simone Elkeles and Toni Blake.  


Is there an Author that you would really like to meet? 
Last year I got to meet that author. I met Sarah Dessen at BEA and totally fangirled. She was so sweet and it was definitely a highlight in my life.  


Tell us a little about your background. When did you start writing? 
For as long as I can remember I’ve always been a writer. But I started writing seriously about 6 years ago. 


Where do you get your ideas?
Everywhere. The most random thing can trigger an idea. Home is Where You Are started with me remembering a line for a soup kitchen I used to walk by with my mom when I was a kid. I also wrote a book based off of a sign I saw on a tree.  News stories have triggered ideas as well as my own experiences. 

What is your writing process?
I don’t really have one. I’m a total pantser. I let my characters steer the wheel and just take me wherever they want to go. I have a day job so I try to write whenever I can squeeze it in. Usually at night on the couch or on my deck wrapped up in a blanket.   

Can you tell us a little bit about your latest novel?
Home is Where You Are is about Dean, a homeless boy, and Anna, an overachiever, both struggling with their pasts. Slowly they let each other in, but when a series of events brings Dean’s world into perspective, he pushes Anna away  

Are any of your characters based on real-life friends or acquaintances?
Not based, but I do tend to pull little quirks and traits from a bunch of people and put them into one character. 

Do you ever incorporate yourself into your characters?
I do. I don’t do it intentionally, but all my characters have little pieces of me in them. 

Tell us about your cover. Did you design it yourself?
I tried... I found the image and thought it was perfect, and attempted the font, but it fell flat for me. Thankfully author Cassie Mae said she would do it and brought it to life.   

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Author Spotlight - Eva Marie Paulliere

A little while ago, I was approached by an author to read their latest book. That Author was Eva Marie Paulliere. I was scrolling through my Facebook Feed the other day, and a new book by this amazing author popped up and I thought I would contact Eva again and find out what has happened since we last chatted. This is what I found out 

What inspired you to start writing, and when?
Although I write nothing remotely resembling his works, when I started reading Stephen King as a teenager, I wanted to write novels too.

What is your preferred genre?To write: Romance, Comedy, Thriller, Satire. To read: Almost anything.

Is there anything in the works now?
I am currently working on a comedy about a broken marriage entitled “Bitch Control”.

Can you tell us a little bit about your latest work?
My last work was “The Player” which completed the Two Stories Trilogy. The first book was my first novel.

It ends the zany love story between two people who meet and fall in love under bizarre and roundabout circumstances. A lot of other stories revolve around the two as well.


How long did it take you to complete?
That’s a tough one to answer. I tried writing it immediately after the second book, but it didn’t work out. I attempted that book so many times before I finished it, that at one point I almost decided not to write it.

Tell us about your cover. Did you design it yourself?
I did! With some help from free stock photos online.

Where did you get the inspiration for your cover?
I wanted a sexy, faceless woman in an Asian dress. If you read the book, you’ll see why I chose it. Until then, I’m keeping my mouth shut.

Do you plot or write by the seat of your pants?
I have written both ways, but err on the side of plotting and outlining, mostly because I cannot write as fast as my thoughts. For instance, the entire plot for my second novel, once I decided what it was, came to me in about an hour.

Do you have any advice for other writers starting out?
Until you finish the first draft of your first book, don’t tell anyone what you are working on. It kills your motivation to write if you start telling the story instead of writing it down.

Ok, now some fun questions….

Coffee or Tea?
Coffee in the morning, tea in the afternoon.

White Chocolate, Dark Chocolate or Milk Chocolate?
Dark chocolate, especially the ones that have 90% real cacao in them.

What is your favourite colour?
Red

Winter or Summer?
I live in Florida, so they are the same.

If you could have one superpower what would it be?
Telekinesis.
 
If you could be somebody else for a day who would you choose and why?
I’d be Jesus, so I could ask my Dad a few favors.

What are three things you never leave home without (apart from keys, money and phone)?
My Kindle, headphones, and an 8mm cord to patch it into my car stereo.

Are you a technology buff (i.e have every electronic gadget known to man)?
I am, to a point.

What is a movie or TV show that you watched just recently and enjoyed?
Game of Thrones.

If you want to find out more about Eva, checkout her website:



           


           

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Author Spotlight - Al Daltrey






Testing the Submissive
By: Al Daltrey





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Where are you from originally?
A small town in Northern Canada that had a paper mill and a factory. Think John Mellancamp, but with way more snow in the winter.

Tell us your latest news?
I’m getting my own blog ready. It will be called ‘View From the Top’ and focus on memories and musings from my years living the BDSM lifestyle. Unlike my book, which is pure fiction, this will be all about real life.

If you could have a dinner party with any authors from any time in history, who would you choose and why?
I’m not a big reader, to be honest. I’d much rather have dinners with musicians such as Pete Townshend, or Robbie Robertson, or Tracy Chapman.

What books or authors have influenced your writing?
A good friend whose pen name is Polecat influenced me. As did Lia Anderssen. The Beauty Series by Anne Rice rocked my world when it was first released as I was new to the lifestyle then. I stumbled across various free stories on websites such as literotica or bdsmlibrary which also inspired me to write.

Is there an Author that you would really like to meet?
I’d enjoy having a Margarita with Kimber S. Dawn. I love her energy, her spirit and her raw honesty. I think she’s from Shreveport Louisiana, which is also where (the musician) Kenny Wayne Shepherd is from, so maybe he can join us too!

What book are you reading now and in what format (ebook/paperback/hardcover)?
I’m beta-reading Jen Lassalle Edward’s upcoming book which is still in Word. I like everything about it, except that her writing is so much more visual than mine that I’m envious, lol. Her book is amazing.

Tell us a little about your background. When did you start writing?
I work in Marketing, so business writing including advertising is a big part of what I’ve done for the last couple decades. About ten years ago I wrote a screenplay for a romantic comedy, but it never went anywhere. Then, earlier this year, on a whim I decided to start writing a BDSM story. I had no idea that it would eventually turn into a novel.

Where do you get your ideas?
I’m a kinkster at heart. Several of the ideas behind the sex scenes are based on real life experiences, but then embellished and pushed to the extreme for fiction. I have a long commute to work so the car is a great place to think. This way, when I sit down to write, the ideas are mostly formed and it’s a matter of crafting the words.

Can you tell us a little bit about Testing the Submissive?
I’ve always been incredibly aroused by the process of ‘interviewing’ submissive women. I’ve done it numerous times in real life. The way the girl blushes when she has to admit the number of men (or women) she’s slept with. Or how embarrassed she gets when confessing that being spanked arouses her. The way she hesitates before describing the kinkiest thing she’s ever done. The initial title for this book was‘Interview with a Submissive’ but I changed it to ‘Testing’ when I realized there was already a popular BDSM novel with a similar title to my first one. Much of the novel is told via interviews where Lewis (the Dom) is interrogating Abby (the sub). He sends her a series of ‘tests’ or appointments, and during this process their connection deepens.

How long did it take you to complete?
I started in February and was finished by June. However work would get in the way and there were gaps. I’d say it was about 90 days of writing including editing and fine tuning.

Are any of your characters based on real-life friends or acquaintances?
Some, yes. I could tell you which ones but they’d hunt me down.

Do you ever incorporate yourself into your characters?
I think every author does, whether they admit it or not. Lewis (the Dom in ‘Testing’) is far more extreme than I am, but we definitely share a lot of DNA.

Tell us about your cover. Did you design it yourself? Where did you get the inspiration for your cover?
I did the original design, and selected the photograph. However, a key member of my Street-team, Jen Campbell did some wonderful color work to give it that earthy tone, and also found a much better font. She prepared all of the files, including a tremendous amount of work designing and creating my teasers. I wanted the cover to be suggestive, but not explicit. Sometimes less is more.

Ok, now some fun questions….

Coffee or Tea?
Coffee, hands down. Real Doms don’t drink tea (kidding).

White Chocolate, Dark Chocolate or Milk Chocolate?
Dark, for sure. White is tempting but always disappoints. Milk is too sweet. Plus, doesn’t dark have all the antioxidants?

What is your favourite colour?
Orange.

Winter or Summer?
Summer all the way.

If you could have one superpower what would it be?
To fuck like a jackrabbit.

If you could be somebody else for a day who would you choose and why?
Johnny Depp so I could enjoy Amber Heard.
Where can we find you online?

Book trailer: Coming Soon!