May 31, 2011

Author Interview: Toni Noel

My guest today is author Toni Noel, author of Temp to Permanent, and also Lawbreakers and Love Makers. Interesting titles, Toni!

Tell us about your latest book.
In Temp to Permanent the harried owner of an advertising agency calls for help on the busiest day of her career and the agency send a male temp with no apparent business skills on his resume. His looks are a different story entirely, and as he puts his excellent office skills to work, Carina Carrington can think of only one thing, Getting Greg Lawless into her bed.   

It's not until later, when strange things start happening at work, like the petty cash disappearing, and Carina suspecting Greg that his true skills come into play and he saves Carina's life.
What did you enjoy most about writing this book?
Writing about two characters who both want the same thing, but the governing sexual harassment in the work place prevent either of them from acting on their desires was fun. Finding new ways to put them together and turn up the heat made my writing day.

A temp I had the privilege of interviewing and hiring for the accounting department's busy time of the year inspired this novel. He had a degree and the experience needed, besides good looks and such a likeable personality even the married women hung out of their cubicles every time he walked by. ,  

Do you live in the mountains, desert, forest, lakeshore, city, or _____?
I live in the city, not far from a five acre recreational reservoir. I take my two mile daily walk there at least once a week, where I can watch white swans, ibis and blue herons ply the shoreline where fishermen line the banks.

What genres and authors would we find you reading when taking a break from your own writing?
I like mysteries, so John Grisham and Lisa Gardner top my list. Nicholas Sparks is another favorite, and I'm a sucker for a happy ending, so romances by Debbie Macomber, Elizabeth Lowell, Sharon Sala and Judith Ivory never disappoint me.

When writing your description of your hero/ine what feature do you start with? Eyes, age, hair color, personality, name, etc?  
I have a fascination with eyes, the color, the sparkle, their ever-changing depths, but find these the hardest physical characteristic to describe well. I'm very observant, and when I see eyes that interest me I store the image in the back of my mind to use at some future time. The eyes of a five-year-old boy inspired the temp's eyes in Temp To Permanent, scheduled for release by Desert Breeze on June first, That boy will be a lady-killer when he grows up.

If I was a first time reader of your books, which one would you recommend I start with and why?
I'd recommend Law Breakers and Love Makers, because it was the most fun to write. I've heard that when your characters take over the writing the novel is usually first rate. I don't know about that, but my book is certainly a fun read, and a reviewer at The Romance Store gave it five hearts..

What do you hope readers take with them after reading one of your stories?
I write novels about finding safe havens for the heart and hope my readers enjoy the satisfying resolution to their conflict my characters achieve.

A biography has been written about you. What do you think the title would be (in six words or less)?
Why Not Me? Actually that's the title of the memoir I wrote for my daughters, telling them about my life through age 18.

What song would best describe your life?
You Are My Sunshine, I guess. I try to always stay upbeat, and not let things get me down.
If you were a tool, what would people use you to do?
Friends describe me as a tactful southern lady, always looking for ways to smooth out the bumps in other people's lives, so I'd be a power sander handled with a gentle touch.

You can erase one experience from your past. What will it be?
That's a difficult question to answer. I have very few regrets. A car accident I had in Las Vegas years ago, I guess.

If you came with a warning label, what would it say?
"Caution..Do not inflame." I have my father's temper. His coworkers nicknamed him Fire Ball. I'm slow to anger, but when really riled I get hopping mad, which leaves me sick for days.

Picture yourself as a store. Considering your personality and lifestyle, what type of products would be sold there?
A true romantic, I'd be a Victoria's Secret store, surround myself with smooth satin and fine lace, and when there were no customers, I'd simply stand around and touch.

What is the one question you wish an interviewer would ask you?
To whom do you give the credit for your writing success? That of course would be my husband Jim, who has never lost faith in me.

Here's a link to a five heart review of Law Breakers and Love Makers

Here's the buy link for both books:


  1. thanks for being my guest, Toni!

  2. And thanks for having me, Kayelle.

    I saw you at RT, but you were swept away by the crowd before I could introduce myself.



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