May 8, 2012

Interview with Author AT Weaver


Acceptance.
Welcome to Romance Lives Forever. Tell us about your latest book, including its genre. Does it cross over to other genres? If so, what are they?
My latest work is Catriona’s Curse. So far I’ve written just gay novels, but this one delves into reincarnation and Paganism.
How do you come up with ideas?
Not really sure. It’s usually when I’m trying to fall asleep.
What is the single most important part of writing for you?
Trying to make my characters and their surroundings seem real.
What do you enjoy most about writing?
Coming up with dialogue.
What do you enjoy most about life?
Just life itself. When I was younger, I really enjoyed traveling and wish I still could.
Where do you start when writing? Research, plotting, outline, or...?
I guess you’d say plotting. I decide what I want to happen and then set out to make it happen to my characters.
What did you learn from writing your first book? 
That I wasn’t crazy for wanting to do this.
Would you consider self publishing?
I have self-published all three of my books. The first one, I went through a self-publishing company. I’m still in the hole. The other two, I went through Create Space which is free.
How many hours a day to you spend writing?
Not as many as I should. Probably more like how many hours a week do I spend? Sometimes, I can write for four or five hours straight. But then, I have to stop and think about things for up to a week before I even write another word.
If you could give the younger version of yourself advice what would it be?
Be yourself – stick up for your beliefs. In my younger days, my life was ruled by my mother telling me, “What you want is to….” i.e. give up music to take office practice, move away from my home town, get married, study dental hygiene (that one I didn’t do.) Then the next twenty-three years, I did what my now ex-husband told me to.
Are your stories driven by plot or character?
I think by character. I think of my character first, then my plot.
How do you balance a life outside of writing with deadlines and writing muses?
Considering I live alone, and am retired, the only life I have outside of writing is church.
What is the craziest thing you did as a kid, and would it ever end up in a book?
Well, I didn’t do it myself, but two boys pulled me down a hill in a sleeping bag after they threw a sweaty saddle blanket over my head. It does sound like something Andrew (in my first book) would have done. I’ll have to think about that.
What are some jobs you've done that would end up in a book?
I worked as an accountant for forty years, and Alex in my first book was a CPA.
If I was a first time reader of your books, which one would you recommend I start with and why?
I think it would be Acceptance. Because of the underlying message of the story. Just because your son is gay is no reason not to accept him as a good man, a respected human.
What do you hope readers take with them after reading your work?
The knowledge that underneath all the negative publicity about gay couples, they are really no different from straight couples. We all want the same things – someone to hold us when we cry and to laugh with us when we laugh and above all someone to love.
List two authors we would find you reading when taking a break from your own writing.
Nora Roberts and Ann McCaffery.
Why did you start writing?
In 2003 (at the age of 60) I met about 3,000 gay men through a TV show. They educated me to the problems facing the gay community. One of them said he would like to see a story “where the boy meets the boy and they ride off into the sunset together.” That’s what I try to portray – happily ever after.
A biography has been written about you. What do you think the title would be in six words or less?
She Did What People Expected
If money were not an object, where would you most like to live?
The highlands of Scotland
What song would best describe your life?
One Day At A Time
Picture yourself as a store. Considering your personality and lifestyle, what type of products would be sold there?
Colorful things like balloons, flowers, streamers, and banners.
As a child, what was your favorite thing about school?
Band
Do you play any online, board, or role-playing games? Which ones?
I used to play D&D with some people, but haven’t for eight years. I play Farm Town on Facebook.
Tell us an embarrassing story that has to do with a pet. If you have no pets, a story about a significant other will do. ^_^
I hope that includes my ex-husband. We were on the way to a picnic once and he split his pants. The only thing we could find to repair them was a stapler.
If you came with a warning label, what would it say?
Danger: explosive temper

Please Fill in the Blanks

I love pizza with pineapple and ham.
I'm always ready for adventure.
When I'm alone, I like the quiet.
You'd never be able to tell, but I used to love to dance.
If I had a halo it would be a rainbow.
If I could travel I'd go back to Scotland.
I can never get married again because Blackfox died (he promised if I ever got stupid enough to get married again, he’d pipe me to the altar).

My Booklist

Acceptance: One Man’s Quest
First Impressions Don’t count
Cartiona’s Curse

Books Coming Soon

Working on two stories, but they don’t have titles yet. One is a venture into paranormal about a werewolf.

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May 6, 2012

Interview with Author Rosanna Leo

For the Love of a God by Rosanna Leo.
Rosanna, welcome to Romance Lives Forever. Tell us about your latest book, including its genre. Does it cross over to other genres? If so, what are they?
My debut paranormal romance For the Love of a God is launching April 23 through www.liquidsilverbooks.com, and I couldn't be happier! It is a true paranormal, with a hero who is dashing, intense and well, supernatural. In this case, a Greek god.
In it, my heroine Maia Douglas is a scholarly museum statue conservator, and somewhat of a museum geek. She has always been a little in love with Greek mythology, specifically with Eryx, god of love. Her favorite activity is to tend to the sensuous statue of him in her museum workplace.
She never dreams he could exist for real.
But one day, a new director comes to the museum and begins to shake things up. A director who looks unnervingly like the image of the god Eryx. Sparks begin to fly between him and Maia. And before long, the mysterious man must decide how much to reveal to her, and must face the fact that a vengeful goddess is just as interested in Maia as he is.
What do you enjoy most about writing?
The thing I enjoy most is falling in love with my characters. It is so hard to "put them to bed" at the end of a book! An author travels such an arduous, gut-wrenching journey with her characters. I find myself wishing I could keep them with me for all time. However, it's also so exhilarating to set them loose upon the world, and hope they do well!
How many hours a day to you spend writing?
Every day is a little different. I usually have a couple of full days per week that I can devote to writing. Days when the interruptions will be minimal. However, because I also work part-time and have a busy family, other days are not necessarily good for writing. Even if I can't spend a couple of hours at my laptop, I will try to jot down notes that occur to me, or do some quick revision. In this manner, I can stay in touch with my manuscript much of the week.
If you could give the younger version of yourself advice what would it be?
Don't sweat it. I turned the big 4-0 not long ago, and the most wonderful epiphany happened at that time. I realized everything is going to be okay. The things that used to bother me didn't anymore. The petty conflicts and troubles sort of flew away. When you get to a certain age, and have seen a few things, you realize it's all going to turn out fine. Glass half full has always been my mantra, but I really believe it now. Life is good!
What are some jobs you've done that would end up in a book?
I currently work part-time in a library, and some of my short story heroines are librarians or archivists. I just love that world. I worked in a bakery as a teen, and some of that experience has ended up in my latest WIP. I was also a classical singer, and another of my heroines has had a very similar experience to mine.
What do you hope readers take with them after reading your work?
A giggle and a sigh. I hope my love scenes make you melt, but that I also make you laugh with the humor in my books. I try to inject a sense of humor as much as I can. And let's face it, sex and romance can be very funny things…all those body parts and positions…hilarious! Not to mention the nerves a H/H can feel upon meeting "The One."
List two authors we would find you reading when taking a break from your own writing.
Maya Banks! I love the first generation of her Colter brothers (from Colters' Woman). Ethan, Adam and Ryan Colter are the sexiest men ever invented…and a big part of me is hoping they actually exist somewhere…and that I run into them! Another favorite author is Syrie James. Specifically, her book Nocturne. It was so evocative and I fell in love with her vampire Michael. These two books are my "go-to" books when I need a pick-me-up!
If money were not an object, where would you most like to live?
London, England. I am completely fascinated in British history and culture and would love to semi-retire there one day with my husband. I'd use London as a hub and travel all the time, visiting places such as Bath, Edinburgh and York. Plus…all the Cadbury's chocolate I want!!
As a child, what was your favorite thing about school?
The boys!!! I was a very shy, but very boy-hungry, young girl. When I was eight, I had a crush on a boy and was convinced we'd marry. That's how all my crushes were. Intense, fiery, and usually anti-climactic!
Tell us an embarrassing story that has to do with a pet. If you have no pets, a story about a significant other will do. ^_^
I didn't really have pets as a child, but for some reason, I was always being chased by German Shepherds. It was terrifying! I'd go to the park, a German Shepherd would chase me. I'd visit a friend, a German Shepherd would chase me. I'd go to the corner store for a bag of chips, a German…you get the idea. And the sad thing is, no one I knew owned a German Shepherd. I wonder if that dog was my guardian angel. Either that, or I smelled like bacon.
If you came with a warning label, what would it say?
Up in Flames
(coming soon)
"Beware Rosanna's eyes." When I narrow them at my husband, he becomes very nervous.

Please Fill in the Blanks

I love pizza with extra cheese.
I'm always ready for a bag of salty chips.
When I'm alone, I write!
You'd never be able to tell, but there are a lot of naughty thoughts going on in my head.
If I had a halo it would be on crooked!.
If I could develop some will power I'd stop eating chips.
I can never work in a bakery because I will balloon from all the free treats.

Books Coming Soon

For the Love of a God – available April 23 through www.liquidsilverbooks.com
Up in Flames- available May 28 through www.liquidsilverbooks.com

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May 5, 2012

Shadow on the Wall: Pavarti K Tyler Tour


Shadow on the Wall.
Recai Osman: Muslim, philosopher, billionaire, and Superhero?
Controversial and daring, Shadow on the Wall details the transformation of Recai Osman from complicated man to Superhero. Forced to witness the cruelty of the Morality Police in his home city of Elih, Turkey, Recai is called upon by the power of the desert to be the vehicle of change. Does he have the strength to answer Allah's call or will his dark past and self doubt stand in his way?
Pavarti's Blog Tour celebrating the release of Shadow will last the entire month of May. Check out her Blog Tour Page for a list of all the stops, including giveaways, interviews, reviews, guest posts, and other exciting events! 

About the Author

Pavarti K Tyler is an artist, wife, mother, and number cruncher. She graduated Smith College in 1999 with a degree in Theatre. After graduation, she moved to New York, where she worked as a Dramaturge, Assistant Director, and Production Manager on productions both on and off Broadway. Later, Pavarti went to work in the finance industry as a freelance accountant for several international law firms. She now operates her own accounting firm in the Washington DC area, where she lives with her husband, two daughters, and two terrible dogs. When not preparing taxes, she is hard at work as the Director of Publicity at Novel Publicity and penning her next novel.
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Shadow on the Wall by Pavarti K Tyler is available NOW at Amazon.comor your local bookstore.