AuThursday – Anna Mayle

Welcome fellow Resplendence Author Anna Mayle.  So Anna,where are you from?

I was born on Drummond Island, in a log cabin my mother built with her own two hands. In the summer we lived in a teepee in a large clearing in the woods. We held rendezvous there where trappers and traders and Native Americans would gather to live a tiny bit in a time that had already been and gone. Later we moved to New Mexico and even later we came back to Michigan, even if it isn’t the island anymore, but I’ve always considered myself as being from that tiny piece of yesterday that we worked so hard to hold on to.

Q:  When and why did you begin writing?

I can’t remember a time I wasn’t creating stories. At first it was just something fun to play around with. Later it became a way to shape the world into what I wanted it to be. I hid in my writing for a long while. Actually, I only surfaced to find friends and join the real world a few years ago. Before that it was always my family and my writing, nothing else mattered.

Q:  When did you first consider yourself a writer?

 I’ve always considered myself a writer, but I guess I really saw the possibility of being a professional writer when I finished my first novel ‘Such Bitter Heaven’. It still isn’t published yet, but I have hope for it. ^_^

 Q:  What is your writing process? Do you outline, fly by the seat of your pants or a combination of both? Do you use mood music, candles, no noise, when you write?

 I make up the characters first, and write a scene (not necessarily the first one), then I just let them play. Even I don’t know how my book will end before it does. Sometimes I have a vague idea, but the characters usually go somewhere I was really not expecting. Honestly, it’s a bit like having a multiple personality disorder sometimes. My head gets very crowded.

As for the physical conditions, it depends on what I’m working on. Usually quiet or soft instrumental music (my current favorite for my WIP is ‘Song of a Secret Garden’) is preferable. I fix a hot cup of spice tea then curl up at my desk, feet on the chair or tucked under me because I can’t stand sitting with both feet on the ground. Occasionally a cat or lizard will join me while I’m working and keep my head, neck, or lap warm while I type.

Of course, those are preferable conditions, all too many times I’m scribbling on a napkin, or scrap paper at work while I’m on break, on the bus, or in a loud room while family and roommates play and I try to drown out just enough of the din to focus, and fight the cats away from my keyboard since they think it’s the neatest toy ever. *sigh* good times.

Q:  What books have most influenced your life most?

Monica Furlong’s ‘Juniper’, I always wanted to grow up as strong as the Dorans in that story. Kahlil Gibran’s ‘A Tear and A Smile’, the lessons in that book are what I was raised on. While some kids are quoted bible verses, I was quoted bits from those pages. More secrets of life and happiness were found in ‘The Little Prince’ by Antoine de Saint-Exupery and ‘The Big Friendly Giant’ by Roald Dahl. ‘The Last Unicorn’ by Peter S. Beagle was my favorite book as a child, I must have worn out three or four copies of that book. And ‘The Last Trail’ by Zane Grey, that one not for the contents of the book as much as the memory of being curled up with my brothers, beside our mother in the guest room at my Great Great Uncle Bill’s house in Newburry, snuggled warm against the cold while she read to us in her soft, musical whisper. I remember looking up and seeing my Grandad looking in on us from the doorway and thinking ‘all is right with the world’.

 Q:  What are your current projects?

I have a full length novel finished and awaiting approval (fingers crossed) called ‘In The Shadow of A Hero’. It was supposed to be for the Handcuffs and Lace line, but it ran away with me and got too long. The story is about a homeless man, Maxwell Thomas, full of self-loathing and hiding from his past by trying to save the city he feels he wronged. When Nick Kenna, a truly good hearted cop, stumbles upon him and tries to pull him out of the darkness, they both end up caught in a fight for their lives, and Maxwell’s sanity.

I’ve also got a short story in progress about a young musician who stumbles across the journal of  a soldier from WWII. The more he reads the more he sees the shade of the soldier in his dreams, the more he dreams, the more they blend with reality until he isn’t sure what’s real anymore, or what he wants to be real.

Q:  Name one entity that you feel supported you outside of family members.

Nature. I can’t begin to tell you how many times, when life began to pull me down, I would retreat to my garden or the woods or water. Without mother Earth about to ground me… it’s terrifying to wonder where I would be today.

Q:  Would you tell us your story of getting “the call?”

 The call hmm?

Metaphysically I think it was more like a telegram buried in the annals of my psyche. I had to keep writing more and more because if I didn’t, I started to talk out scenes to myself…out loud. It was scaring people. My dad thought I was going insane. ^_^

If you mean the physical ‘you’re going to be published’ kind of call. The Email actually got eaten by my Hotmail account. I waited for a month or so and the gave a tentative message to Resplendence asking if I’d just not been chosen or if the story hadn’t been read yet. Instead of the brush off I was expecting I was told that I was going to be published.

Honestly, I think I almost fell out of my chair, I was so shocked.  

 Q:  Where can readers find you on the World Wide Web?, it’s not much yet, but it’s a start. I also used to write a lot of fanfiction under another name, but that’s a s-e-c-r-e-t. shh.

Join me on Saturday when we read an Excerpt from Anna’s Bedtime Stories for a Stolen Child.



AuThursday – Alianne Donnelly

Please welcome my fellow Liquid Silver Author Alianne Donnelly.  So tell us Alianne, where are you from?

A: I am originally from Slovakia but for the past eleven years I have been living in California.

Q:  What inspired you to write your first book?

A: Lol the first one was mainly a challenge to see if I could do it – keep a story going for 100k words or more. The very first day I sat at a computer and typed 20 pages. Yeah, it was a mess… But five more books later, I learned how to do it right. It’s true what they say: Practice, practice, practice.

Q:  What books have most influenced your life most?

A: Early on it was fairy tales, and they still fascinate me to this day. They’re the reason I write Happily Ever Afters. Now I read mainly romance and history/mythology books. When life gets really stressful or glum books become my escape. More often than not, what I read tends to influence what I write and how I write it.

Q:  Is there anything you find particularly challenging in your writing?

A: Names. This gets me every time. I come up with an amazing place, or a really great character, and I can’t for the life of me think of what to name them. I even put together a notebook of just names I like. Now I read through it and think… what the heck kind of a character would be named that?? Lol

Q: What was it like, getting the “call” that your first book, “Blood Moons” would be published?

A: When I saw the email in my inbox I figured it was another rejection. I read through it, looking for the “regrettably…” part and never got to it. I think I actually stopped breathing and my eyes went wide as saucers when I read it a second time and realized it was an acceptance. I called every person I knew just to say, “I’m getting published!!! Okay, gotta go!”

Q:  Who designed the cover?

A: I honestly don’t know. I believe all the back-and-forth was handled through an intermediary. I wish I knew so I could thank them in person. The cover came out even better than I imagined. I love it!

Q:  What was the hardest part of writing your book?

A: Writer’s block. Most of the time I fly through a story blind and let it develop the way it wants to. The hardest part is when I get stuck. I’ll sit there, staring at my computer screen for hours and end up browsing the web instead of writing. Usually it means I messed up somewhere. I’ve scrapped entire chapters before and rewrote whole sections just to steer the story in a better direction.

Q: Did you learn anything from writing your book and what was it?

A: I learned that you should write what you want to read because you never know what an agent or publisher will respond to. Blood Moons is the first of my novels ever to get published and if you’d asked me a year ago, I would never have guessed this would be the one. But I would have written it anyway. =)

Q: Do you have any advice for other writers?

A: Don’t give up. People will put you down, they’ll condescend to you, they’ll tell you it’s all nonsense and nothing will ever come of it. I’ve been there. I’m still there with some people around me. I don’t write for them. I write for myself, because it’s what makes me happy.

Q:  Where can readers find you on the World Wide Web?

A: My blog: and



Join me on Saturday when we read an excerpt from Alianne’s book Blood Moons.


AuThursday – Danielle D. Smith

Q:  When and why did you begin writing?

I originally began writing as a very young tween, around 10 years old. I was really into epic fantasy, mythology, and history very early on and that always impacted what I wrote. I had poetry and short fiction published in student journals and newspapers before letting writing fall to the wayside in favor of visual art. I jumped back into writing around two years ago as a de-stressor, got my first dark fantasy book published, and have never looked back.

Q:  What books have most influenced your life most?

 Gosh, that’s a hard one. General retellings of ancient myths and legends have always been big for me. I absolutely adore Stephen King’s Dark Tower series, especially the first book in the series, The Gunslinger. Other big influences have been the dark London fantasy King Rat by China Mieville, American Gods by Neil Gaiman, and Penny Dreadful by Will Christopher Baer. All of these books opened my imagination up all the more and allowed my art to flourish and, therefore, made my life richer and more fulfilling.

Q:  How do you make time to write?

 I am truly a Jack-of-all-trades, so trying to make time to write can be a challenge. I am a tattoo artist in a custom shop, a painter, and an illustrator/book cover designer as well so I have to manage my time carefully. I usually hit the laptop in the evening, after I get home from the tattoo shop. I always have a beer or glass of wine on hand as I write so I can relax and get into the mood.

 Q:  What tools do you feel are must-haves for writers?

 Obviously a good computer with a backup system. I like to keep notepads and pens in my purse, car, and by my bed for those sudden moments of inspiration. I think having a well- stocked bookshelf near your writing desk is an important tool: mine happens to be filled with favorite fiction/nonfiction books, foreign language references, and visual art books (images are as much of an inspiration to me as other people’s words can be). Good music that fits the story or characters is a staple (I always compile a “soundtrack” and burn a CD for each book I write). A favorite beverage or snack can ease the stress that can come with the creative process: a good beer, glass of red wine, or dirty martini tends to be my drug of choice (hey, I’m a tattoo artist–we’re all about the booze).

 Q:  What do you think is the biggest misconception in erotic romance fiction?

 That it’s pornography. In my humble opinion, good erotica is written artfully and with elegance.A good erotica writer can turn hardcore sex scenes into poetry.

 Q:  Tell about your latest book?

My latest novel, Black Dog and Rebel Rose, was released in August by Solstice Publishing. BD&RR is an erotic horror story in which I pulled out all the stops and threw in all of the naughty stuff that I love, both characterwise and in the setting of the story. BD&RR first introduces the reader to Skriker, the son of a True Native of Hell and a mortal lady of the night. He is a tattooed Harley riding half-demon hunter who specializes in the destruction of all the evils that dwell in the dark, including his own kind. When not hunting, he is a wanton seducer and lover of the female sex; a bad boy in the truest sense of the term! Word of a vampire-infested ghost town draws him in with the appeal of blowing vamp parts all over the place like a kid in a carnival game. In the middle of the hunt he runs (literally) into Rose, a bombshell of a woman with a tragic past. Rose, who just happens to be the now-grown Nephil (half-angel, half-human) daughter of Alexius and Psyche, has become a fierce huntress with a chip on her shoulder. When they decide to run together on the hunt, Skriker finds himself falling madly in love with his new companion, and Rose is forced to deal with unwelcome emotions that she swore she would never acknowledge. Their opposing ancestries lead to an interesting dilemma for both characters. This story is horror-flick gory and truly written with the erotica fan in mind—the sex is graphic and sizzling hot. A very fun angels-and-demons read! This is also my first book to be in print as well as ebook format, which I am crazy excited about.

 Q:  Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp?

 That love can truly conquer all–even if your daddy’s an angel with a chip on his shoulder and your boyfriend ends up being half demon.

 Q:  I know you do your own cover art.  Which comes first the art or the book?

Truthfully, both. I love doing character designs/sketches and will create my own images of the characters as I work on the novel; I am immensely picky about how my characters are portrayed (no stock photography for my book covers PERIOD). Drawing or painting a character can help me along with the overall vision and feel of the story.

 Q:  What are your current projects?

 I’m currently working on two new books. The top priority is the second novel in the Psyche’s Gate series. Titled Nephil’s Curse, this story chronicles Alexius and Psyche’s daughter Rose and her journey into adulthood. Skriker and Alexius are major characters, and I introduce my first werewolf characters here as well. My second project, In The Neon, is another erotica offering that tells the story of Skriker’s parents and how they met. I am also working on a comic book version of Black Dog and Rebel Rose, which I am very excited about.

 Q:  Where can readers find you on the world wide-web?

 On my website:

and my blog:

Join me on Saturday when we read a  sexcerpt from Danielle’s Black Dog and Rebel Rose.



AuThursday – Kris Norris


by Kris Norris

Hello Naughty Boys and Girls.  Please welcome fellow RP writer Kris Norris.


First off, thanks so much for having me today, Tina. I’m thrilled to be here.  

Q:  So Kris, When and why did you begin writing?

 I suppose I started writing my first true book about a decade ago. I’d just moved across the country and was considering what kind of career I really wanted. Up ‘til then I’d been making a living as a helicopter pilot (yes, and that story is another interview in itself). So I took some time and starting writing this story that was knocking around in my head. Of course, kids and family got in the way and I really didn’t do anything concrete until a few years ago, when I finally finished said story and thought about getting an agent. After a while of going nowhere, I wrote another book, then another, and I think I had four before I actually decided to submit a story to an e-publisher. To my surprise, after a couple rejections, I landed a contract with Total-e-Bound for my first novel, Deadly Vision. Since then, I’ve contracted several books with both TEB and Resplendence Publishing. Of course, the why is easy…because if I don’t I think my family might commit me! Apparently sane folks don’t have characters talking in their heads, but it’s okay for writers. So I guess I’m here to stay. OH, and that first book I wrote…it’s called Hard Target and will be out with Resplendence next November.

Q: When did you first consider yourself a writer?

I’d love to say I thought of myself as a writer from the start, but honestly, I don’t think I really believed it until that first contract arrived. I think it represented a benchmark state for me. I used to tell folks I wrote, but it’s hard to feel confident about it when you aren’t published. So having that first contract really made me feel as if my career choice was justified. Funny how I don’t consider how many books I sell as an indicator. I just love having them out there.

Q: How did you come up with your titles? Any interesting stories behind any?

Is it okay to admit that I totally suck at choosing titles? No, really. I swear I agonize over every one. And the couple that have popped into my head have been ones I’ve had to change. I wish I had an interesting story to go along with one, but quite frankly, I usually always end up asking for help. Though I’ve heard a few good stories behind titles. Don’t suppose I could claim one of them as mine?

Q: What do you want your readers to take away from your books?

I’d love for reader’s to feel satisfied, and maybe a bit sad it’s over. (Am I dreaming here?) I really believe books are like movies and TV, they’re there to let you escape and make you laugh or cry or just to have you sit on the edge of your seat, anxiously turning pages to find out what happens. If readers finish one of my books and thinks, wow, what a great ride, then I’m about as happy as I could get.

Q: What book are you reading now?

Oh, I just finished up Bronwyn Green’s Cuffed and Dangerous. It was absolutely fabulous. I’ve also got Fran Lee’s novel, Dictated by Fate on the go. For more mainstream fiction I still love anything by Stephen King and am putting some of his stuff on my Christmas wish list.

Q: What are your current projects?

I’ve currently got three series on the go, so I’m trying to start the next book in most of those. But my main focus right now is an erotic futuristic story I’m writing for Resplendence. It’s my first venture into that genre and I’m pretty excited about it. After that, I’m trying to get my next vampire story written and book two in my Enchanted Lovers series. Then I’ve got a ménage to write, a sequel, my third stalker book….way too many to count.

Q: Name one person that you feel supported you.

I’ve been fortunate to have a number of people rooting for me. My family have always believed in me and kept insisting that I’d make it if I just didn’t give up. My kids are always telling me how great I am, though they aren’t allowed to read my books yet, lol. But they love trying to help out with blog ideas and hints on how to make my book trailers better. I have friends who’ve volunteered to read my manuscripts, and who shout it out to the world for me. So there’s never been just one person. I’ve got the whole village scenario going on.

Q: What was the hardest part of writing for you personally?

I’m a perfectionist, at least for myself, lol. So it’s hard for me to get to a point where I say, yup, that book’s done. It’s as good as it can get. I’m the kind of girl who wants to keep tweaking it until I don’t think there’s anything left for the editor to do. I’m working on it, but it’s a hard trait to fix (and I’m not sure I want to).

Q: What do you feel is the biggest misconception about e-publishing?

I think the biggest misconception is that everyone who submits to an e-publisher gets accepted and that the stories e-pubs put out are of poor quality. Some of the best writing I’ve had the pleasure to read has been from e-book authors. And I happen to know that many publishers have top-notch editors scouring every page for inconsistencies, typos and just plain junk. I’d love for folks to give e-books a try without these preconceived notions stuck in their heads. I think they’ll be pleasantly surprised.

Q: Where can readers find you on the World Wide Web?

Folks can find me at my website

Or on my blog at

Join me on Saturday when Kris shares a steamy excerpt with us.

Until then – Be Naughty!



AuThursday – Debbie Cairo

Hello Naughty Boys and Girls!  I’d like to give a warm welcome for my dear friend Debbie Cairo.  I met Debbie years ago at an RT Con.  She lives in Chicago and is here to tell us about her brand new book, Over My Undead Body. 

Debbie – tell us a little about your most recent book?

            I call it Freaky Friday meets Beverly Hillbillies with fangs.  It’s a story of a working class girl who switches bodies and lives with a wealthy vampire, though she gets more then she bargained for.  What the vampire neglects to tell her is along with power and wealth Lizzy will be inheriting a vampire council in the middle of a war and the king of that council who she will soon find out, she is married to.

Q: How long have you been writing?

            I’ve been writing now for about seven years.

Q:  When you are writing, who is in control? You or your characters?

            Definitely the characters.  It’s their story; I’m just along for the ride.

Q:  What is your writing process? Do you outline, fly by the seat of your pants or a combination of both? Do you use mood music, candles, no noise, when you write?

            I fly by the seat of my pants.  I make up the story like a movie in my head and when I can see it clearly, I sit down and write it.

 Q: What advice do you have for other writers?

            Only do it if you love it, because the business end is frustrating.  Also find good friends / writing groups to support you.

 Q:  How did you deal with rejection letters, if any?

            I take them with a grain of salt.  Most of them are form letters anyway.  You never know if you’re being rejected because of business decisions at the publisher or your work.  I try not to take it personally.

 Q: Would you tell us your story of getting “the call?”

            I was so excited!  I got a simple email saying that they would love to publish my work.  I was all over my iPhone emailing and calling my friends with the good news and asking my already published friends, “What do I do now?”  Their answer was … edits.

 Q: What books can we expect to see in the near future?

            I’m working on a novel called When Good Toys Go Bad about a world where all the men have been wiped out by a plague and androids have been built to take their place.  It’s the story of a forbidden love between one of those androids, who goes beyond his programming, and a courageous woman who risks everything to save him from the scrap heap.  

Q:  Where can readers find you on the World Wide Web?


Join me on Saturday when we read an Excerpt from Debbie’s Book “Over My Undead Body”

Until then, Be Naughty!



AuThursday – Maddie James

TheCurseWQuoteToday Maddie James joins us as we rack her brain about her author experiences.  Let’s get to it shall we?

Q: Do you have a favorite hero in all your books? For any particular reason?

I have to say that Jack Porter, from The Curse, the first book in my Legend of Blackbeard’s Chalice time travel series, is my most favorite hero. Jack came to me while on vacation in the Outer Banks many, many years ago and I soon became obsessed with him. He’s an arrogant, Alpha, oh-so dark and handsome, and rugged 18th century male. He was as much as fascination for me, as for the heroine, Claire—a 21st century female—in the story. Claire and Jack both continue to live in my head and in book five of the series, I will return to them. But how? That’s a secret. <G>

Q: How “Hot” do you like to make your sex/love scenes and why?

I have two pen names, so I write a different level of heat for each. Maddie loves to make her love scenes hot and spicy and sometimes pushes the envelope a little into more graphic, erotic scenes. I also write as Mia Jae, and her love scenes are usually pretty scorching. As to why, it usually depends on the story and the characters. I let them lead the way.

Q: What are some of the best reviews to date so far on your books?

I am particularly proud of a reviewer top pick from Night Owl Romance for my romantic suspense novel Murder on the Mountain. ( )

I also love that another romantic suspense, A Perfect Escape, received 5 angels from Fallen Angel Reviews.

Q:  Which country would you most like to visit and why?


A friend of mine just left Scotland and I’ve been following him on Facebook, which only renewed my lust for wanting to visit that country. I don’t know why, something about moors and weeping fog and fields of heather and big slabs of stone and yes, kilts, call to me. Hm, maybe I need to write another time travel series…

Q:  On average how long does it take you to write a book?

It depends. I have a full time day job so there are many factors that influence how fast I can write.  Deadlines motivate me tremendously. I can write a novella in a month or so and a full length novel in 3 or 4 if pushed by deadline. I’d rather give it a lot more time than that, though. I’ve contracted for a couple of novel length works in 2010 and 2011 and have tried to give myself at least 6 months in the schedule to do those; however, that doesn’t always work out.
Q:  When a new book comes out, have you ever been nervous over readers’ reaction to it? How much does reader reaction mean to you as an author?

 Reader reaction, of course, is always important. I don’t stress about it though. I know that readers have preferences and sometimes that preference may not be the kind of book I write. That’s okay with me.

Q:  What do you feel is the most important aspect for all new authors to remember when writing or creating their own stories? Any advice for aspiring authors?

Be true to yourself, to the story, and to the characters. Get to know your characters very, very well. Sometimes I think I should spend more time with mine than I do. And of course, write and keep writing until the story is finished and polished to within an inch of its life.

Q:  The editing process is an important aspect of an authors’ life. How do you define the editing process for any of your books? Do you have a routine you follow when in editing mode?

 I do have a routine and most of the time I follow it. Sometimes not. First and foremost, I do something that a lot of people say not to do, and that is edit as I go. I cannot, NOT, edit as I write. I polish and layer as I go, so by the time I get to the end, I feel fairly confident about what’s come before. It’s a two pages forward; three pages back kind of thing for me. But the key is that I continually move forward. The story is still in my head. It won’t go away. It just takes me a little longer to get all of it down on paper the first time.

In a perfect world, I do have a final self-editing process I follow, which involves letting it sit for a few days once finished, reading it through on the computer again, doing searches for pesky words, word endings, and phrases I often misuse or repeat, and reading it out loud. It’s surprising how many little quirks you can catch when you read the story out loud. Once I’m confident it works, it goes off to my editor, and then the next process begins.


Q:  What is on tap for the rest of 2009? Do you have other WIP’s you want to get published?

 Maddie has one release left for 2009. Mate to Order is the last novella in my Matchmaking Chef series.  Mia Jae, my erotic other self, has a novella coming out in September titled Lust, Lies and Tinsel Ties. It is part of a Christmas anthology with Catrina Calloway, Demi Alex and Melinda Barron.

 Q: Who has had the most influence on your writing?

 My long-time friends, critique and writing partners, authors Janet Eaves, Jan Scarbrough and Magdalena Scott. I don’t know what I’d do without them.

 Q:  Where can readers find you on the World Wide Web?



 Thank you so much, Tina! It’s been a pleasure spending time with you.

Thanks Maddie for stopping by.  Join me on Saturday when we read and excerpt from Maddie’s Hot Crossed Buns part of the Matchmaking Chef Series.

Until then…Be Naughty,



AuThursday – Fran Lee

Dictated By Fate by Fran Lee

Dictated By Fate by Fran Lee




I’d like to welcome our Guest Fran Lee who is also published with my newest publisher Resplendence Publishing.  One of the great things about getting another pub is it expands the guest I lure to the Clog Blog. Well lets get to it shall we?

Welcome Fran!  Would you tell us a little about your most recent book?

 A:   Wow!  I have a couple of recent books, but I assume you are asking about the one that will be released July 31, Hallie’s Cats?  It is a shape shifter about a divorced gal who moves to a small Nebraska town to escape bad memories and a nasty ex.  What she doesn’t realize is that when she randomly picked her destination for her escape, she picked the very town where her destiny awaits.  And her destiny is in the form of a hot pair of brothers who are not exactly what they appear to be.


 Q: What was the most difficult aspect of this book?

 A:  The most difficult aspect?  I would say it was stopping long enough for bathroom breaks and yogurt.  Once I got started, I didn’t stop writing until it was finished.


Q: How much research did you conduct for this book and what was the most interesting thing you did while conducting your research?

A:  How much research? About ten minutes worth, I think.  I got onto the Internet to research cat sexual behaviors. I wanted to know why cat sex seems to be so painful. LOL!  But when I Googled “cat sexuality” I got some pretty gnarly sex sites popping up. Not exactly interesting, but educational!


Q: How do you make time to write?

A:  I have few distractions.  I spend about 9-12 hours each day at my computer since writing is currently my “job”, and I take an hour here and an hour there to brush up stories that I wrote many years ago and stockpiled.  I wrote a great number of romance novels long ago when I was in need of hot distraction from life.  I write mainly in the wee hours. With Cats, I simply sat down at 1:00 a.m. and started typing.  Didn’t budge until it was finished.  I set it aside and got back to it a week later to read and decide whether to toss it or submit it.  Decided to submit it.


Q:  When you are writing, who is in control? You or your characters?

A:   Neither!  I sit down to write, and things just start flowing out.  I have said many times, ‘I don’t write books…I channel them’!  It’s like something takes over completely and the words just keep flowing.  Very weird. 


Q: What advice do you have for other writers?

 A:  My advice to other writers would be, “Don’t listen to any advice Fran gives you.  She is a total nut case and you would do well to avoid her if you wish to maintain a modicum of sanity.”  Kidding!  I would advise other writers to realize their greater potential…and get involved!  I know we are all terribly busy, but unless we extend our circles and become more socially acclimated to a degree with other authors, readers, and publishers, we tend to be so insular that we miss many great opportunities to be better known and to have so many great friends!


Q: Would you tell us your story of getting “the call?”

 A:  I was in sixth grade.  I had just read 1,000+ pages of Tolstoy’s War and Peace that I had found in a “to be burned” trash heap and pulled out.  I was so impressed, I sat right down to write my own epic!  I got eight pages out, and decided I didn’t know enough about Russian history to finish it.  ROFL!  But I kept writing little stories about Halloween and Christmas…things that capture a kid’s imagination.  But at fourteen I discovered I had a flair for romance.  I guess you could say that was the actual “call”.


 Q: What was the most exciting thing that happened to you after you signed your contract?

 A:  Besides getting so excited I fell off my chair? Hmmm.  I would have to say, signing the second contract.  Then the third…and the fourth.  My life isn’t very conducive to excitement, you know.  I only write about hot romance.  Oh…and I ogled a bunch of hot cover models.  Does that count?


Q: If you weren’t writing, what would you be doing?

 A:  Reading romance.


Q: What books can we expect to see in the near future?

 A:  I have a full length romance titled Dictated by Fate coming in August from Resplendence Publishing.  I also have an anthology piece coming in November from RP, titled “Carnal Reunions ~ First and Ten”.  In February 2010 RP will release A Brief Moment of Pleasure.  I have a couple of short novels in edits with Ellora’s Cave, but have no release dates.  And, I am once again picking old writings out of my stack and reviewing and editing (now that I know how to submit properly!) so that I can submit them, as well.


Q:  Where can readers find you on the World Wide Web?

 A:   My primary website is at:

I am also on Twitter, MySpace, Facebook, and YouTube.  (I create cover trailers)

I have two blogs:


Join me on Saturday when we read an excerpt from Hallie’s Cats by Fran Lee.

Until then Be Naughty!