1) What is your writing routine?
My day job consumes 60-70 hours a week. Then daddy/husband duties take up the rest, so my writing routine is very structured. I have very little time to write, so I have to make the best use of my time. I get up early during the work week, so that I arrive early. I sit on the skybridge between the towers I work in and write for about a half hour in the morning. And then at lunch time, I get about another half hour done. When I have a sold book that requires revisions, I squeeze that in while helping my oldest daughter with her homework and watching TV with the rest of my family. I retreat to my office if deadlines are looming, but otherwise, I try not to let it impact the few hours I get with my family.
2) Which author/s inspire you to write?
Surprisingly, none of my favorite authors are in the genres I currently write. I’d have to say I’m new to romance. I’ve read a couple hundred romance books over the last few years, got bit by the bug and started writing them. But my most favorite authors write Fantasy. Go figure? If I had to name any, Steven Brust comes to mind first, so let’s give him the honor. Bram Stoker, J.R.R Tolkien too. Anne Rice, JR Ward, Gena Showalter.
3) Which is your favorite romance subgenre to read? To write?
Definitely paranormal. Vampires especially. I have been withholding my vampire novels until I learn more about the craft of writing. They are my babies, so-to-speak. But I do have a demon/angel series developing from my debut novel, Gothic City Lights.
4) How do you deal with criticism/rejection?
It stings but I use it as fuel. A rejection lets me know something’s wrong. Critique finds the problem and I go after the flaws in my stories with a vengeance. Sugar-coated tip-toeing around my writing won’t help me. I need someone to say “This sucks and here’s why”
5) What do you expect from an editor?
All of my editors have different approaches, but I love each of them for their different strengths. My only expectation from them is communication. Once we start a project, I need constant communication. I loathe sending an email and not hearing back from it for eight weeks. That whole time I am wondering if they even received it. I don’t care if it takes eight weeks, but please, please let me know you received it, so I can stop stressing. *lol*
6) Tell me about your latest release
My latest is a contemporary erotic romance from The Wild Rose Press, called Diva-licious. It’s a spicy tale of Taryn Blaze and Derek, who missed his chance to ask her out in highschool. She’s a diva and he won’t put up with it… here’s the blurb
Taryn Blaze is the reigning queen of rock-n-roll. An ultimate diva who's never been refused anything or anyone--until the hunky security guard doesn't show at the prescribed time, dressed in the white silk boxers her assistant had delivered to him. Outraged, Taryn does what she always does when she doesn't get her way--she throws a tantrum.
Derek Abrahms, a locally hired security guard, is thrilled when Taryn notices him, but instead of recognizing him from her past, she orders him to her hotel room for a night of lusty passion. Determined to teach the diva a lesson, he does what no man has ever done before--he denies the goddess.
When Taryn unleashes her prima dona temper, can Derek remind her of the sweet girl she once was? Or is his Diva-Licious just too wild to tame?
7) Tease us with a blurb or short excerpt
Adult Content Warning (explicit sexual activity)
The way he took her—kissed her—threw gas on the raging wildfire ripping through her body. Her pussy pulsed with yearning desire and need wept from her core, trickling along her thigh. Drawing ragged breaths, she stared into his luminous eyes.
God, please don’t leave me like this.
His breaths came as deep inhales of air and his heated body trembled beneath her. He was so beautiful, almost helpless beneath her as he lay in aftershock. He would need a few minutes and she kissed his gorgeous face. Several minutes passed and he seized her mouth with his hungrily.
His hands dropped to her thighs, caressing them. His touch sent heat through her and she mewled her pleasure. Up over her hips, he grazed her skin and his fingers spread wide across her ribcage, inching their way upward. He cupped her breasts, strumming his thumbs over her aching nipples.
She purred, gazing into his eyes, seeing them full of desire. The desperation between her legs grew and although she loved the caressing warmth of his strong fingers, she needed him inside her.
Derek’s hand wrapped around hers and guided it back to his cock. He handed her a condom. She took it, understanding and tenderly stroked his sensitive erection, feeling it resume its former tensile strength. It stretched taut, growing in her feather-soft grip, and she ached to take it inside her.
With trembling fingers, she slowly rolled the latex over the throbbing head. He was so big and she gazed deep into his eyes as she finished sheathing him.
8) Which is your favorite character in the book? Why?
I really connect with both the lead characters, but I’m especially proud of Derek. One of the things I have the most trouble with in the romance genre, is the male leads. I can’t identify with most of them and not for the reasons most would suspect. I read the characters and think, hey, I don’t know any guys like that. Not even close. With Derek, I wanted to show an aspect of the masculine perspective, but at the same time, not shun the experienced romance reader. There are several “musts” for writing romance, but I think I did a fair job of creating a hero that male readers might be able to relate too and still excite female readers as an alpha male.
9) What is next for you?
I have a contemporary erotic romance releasing later this year from Breathless Press, called Trading Up. I’m also working on a sequel for Gothic City Lights from Loose Id, and seven other projects. I hope to have multiple releases next year and continue establishing myself as an author.
10) What are you working on right now?
My current project, with a working title of “This is not Atlantis” is a contemporary erotic romance. This one is unique and is an experiment. It’s being written from the hero’s POV instead of the heroine’s and is using the classic plot structure of “battle of the sexes”. I hope to see how it is received. I want people to know men can be romantic too, but we definitely define it differently.
11) Your biggest piece of advice to aspiring novelists?
Write and read. All the time. Write as much as you can. Read the genres you want to write and above all, find honest critique and endure it. Listen to the criticism. It’s more valid than your emotional response wants you to believe.
12) Where can readers find you?
Wow, I cannot believe you manage to find the time to write at all, Brindle! I struggle enough with a part-time job and two young children, if I was working the hours you are...hmmm, never gonna happen! OK, people, over to you!!