Wednesday, September 8, 2010
Please Welcome Author Margie Church
Romance with SASS: Suspense, Angst, Seductive Sizzle
1. Tell us your latest news.
Thanks for having me, Val and Kate. I feel like we are old friends. I think you two ladies were some of my first pals online and it's my pleasure to be with you today!
My latest news: I touched up my roots and got kicked out of a seven-step program. Kidding.
My erotic novella, Wet, was released August 16 by Noble Romance. When Noah comes home on leave and Reagan has a change of heart, this a divorced couple explores a different relationship one rainy night. If you enjoy hot M/F romance, then let's get Wet.
Noble has contracted Dangerous Love, which is the sequel to my erotic paranormal, Love Bites. These are vampire thrillers that dare to be different. In the Love Bites series, my vampires exist among humans without being detected. The hero is a vampire named Wade Kairos. When he meets the talented and feisty Jui Fabrice, he intends to enjoy her but that's all. Of course nothing can be that simple. In Love Bites, Wade and Jui meet, battle, and fall for each other but it isn't easy or safe for them to come together. Dangerous Love is their continuing story about the dark forces of the afterlife that are working really hard to rip these two apart. Keeping Jui from being turned into a vampire or some other creature is Wade's role and the core drama. I've blogged quite a bit about these characters and I welcome readers to visit my blog to learn about them and get to know the seriously evil vampire, Ladislav Husek.
2. What initially inspired you to become an author?
I'm more a person who was inspired to write at a young age. I've spent my entire life writing – from grade school to now, it's all I've done. All my professional work has been in writing/advertising/PR etc., and I also journal and freelance magazine features. If I'm not writing, I'm usually thinking about it. I guess I live in my head a lot!
I can't believe three years have passed since I got laid off and lost my biggest freelance client within two weeks of each other. Those events were the impetus to try my hand at fiction. I started with a few pages and a couple of fan fiction ideas. The results were dreadful when I look at them now but hey, I had to start someplace and I had no mentor. Luckily, Class Act Books thought I was a pretty good storyteller and signed my debut novel at the end of 2008.
3. What is your favorite book? And Why?
Shanna, by Kathleen Woodiwiss. Just the thought of Rourke makes me sigh. I can still picture him. Shanna was my first exposure to a really romantic story and I read everything Kathleen wrote. Kathleen didn't live far from me and I didn't know that until she died and my husband appraised her house for the family. I wish I could have met her.
4. Do you have a particular time of day to write? We love to hear about a writer’s process.
I'm writing pretty much from 6:15 a.m. until 9:00 p.m. with very few breaks in between. I've carved out the evening hours and weekends for novel writing/editing and really push myself during those times.
I've started using my drive times to talk through my plots. I recall what I just wrote and ask myself – out loud – what did the reader learn? Where is this going? It's important that whatever I write moves the plot along. From there, I try to outline the next scenes. I get to hear myself troubleshoot the chapters/scenes and "hear" whether the plot is believable. I'm sure the people driving by me must think I'm nuts when they see me kind of talking and animated behind the wheel but oh well! When I get home, it's easier to dive in.
5. What do you find to be the most difficult part of writing?
Research. My books are complex and maybe I should start writing them more simply! But where they take place, the rich subplots, and complex characters – all of it takes me awhile to figure out.
6. Do you have a favorite author?
John Sanford. I love police drama.
7. Tell us about your first published work.
I was in the sixth grade! McCall's Magazine published one of my haikus.
8. Do you have a favorite of your own works?
No, not really. I love each of my books for various reasons. Awakening Allaire has a special place in my heart because it's so romantic and it was my first novel. But I'm loving Dangerous Love – my WIP. It's dark, delicious, tricky, and quite different from many of the vampire books you may have read.
9. Where can our readers find you on the web?
I'm always looking for more friends and readers – so please follow/friend/subscribe and all that jazz! Thanks!
10. Where can they buy your books?
Noble Romance Publishing (www.nobleromance.com)
I also have a nursery rhyme scheduled for an early winter release with Guardian Angels Publishing. It's entitled First Spring!
11. Anything you would like to add? Visit my website and tell me something you liked or didn't like and whether you'd like a copy of my erotic novella, Wet, or my exciting vampire thriller, Love Bites. I'll be giving away a copy of each one! (Adults only, please!)
Thanks so much, Margie. Our readers will enjoy learning some things about you, I know I did! You and I have talked about Kathleen Woodiwiss before. The first romance I ever read was The Wolf and the Dove.... I wish you'd met her too, she must have been wonderful!