Can you tell us a little of what we have to look forward to in SEVEN NIGHTS TO SURRENDER?
A tall, dark stranger with a hidden fortune, a whirlwind tour of Paris and its art, food and culture, and a steamy story of a young woman’s sexual discovery under the guidance of a man who has only her pleasure in mind.
SEVEN NIGHTS TO SURRENDER is set in Paris – what inspired you to use this gorgeous setting as the location?
I’d dreamed of going to Paris since I was a little girl listening to my grandmother speaking French. I finally had a the chance a few years ago and fell in love. When I was in a difficult place with my writing recently, I was desperate to find a story that I could reinvigorate myself with, and the first thing to spring to mind was this beautiful, romantic city that had inspired me my entire life.
The art in Paris is wonderful feature of the book. Is this a passion of yours?
It really is! I majored in art in college, and while I don’t have as many opportunities to draw or paint as I’d like, it’s something I’ve tried to stay current on. Whenever I travel to a new city, I make a point of visiting galleries and museums. The art in Paris is second to none, and I wish I could go back and experience it all over again.
Have you always wanted to be a writer? What do you love most about your job?
Yes! I’ve been writing for as long as I’ve known how to spell (possibly longer, if you ask my parents). That said, I only finally began pursuing it seriously in 2010.
My favourite part is getting to create unique characters and relive the emotional rollercoaster of falling in love through their eyes.
Do you have the most fun creating your heroes or your heroines?
I have a lot of fun with both, though I will admit to being especially partial to my heroes. There’s something incredibly satisfying about coming up with a dream man, only to then discover all his deep-seated fears and flaws.
Do you have a favourite hero or heroine from your books or by any other author?
Zsadist from the Black Dagger Brotherhood series will always be one of my favorites. His combination of strength, anger, deep-seated self-loathing, and an incredible resilience and capacity for love completely bowled me over.
Who are the authors you read for pleasure?
I love books by Jill Shalvis, JR Ward, Cara McKenna, and Larissa Ione, but I’m always on the lookout for new authors to make me swoon.
If you could take only three essentials with you to a desert island what would they be?
My laptop, my husband, and as much coffee as I could carry.
Who would be on your dream dinner party guest list, dead or alive?
A quick selection of my heroes from science, entertainment, art, music and writing: Neil deGrasse Tyson, Stephen Colbert, Amy Poehler, Käthe Kollwitz, Joni Mitchell, and JK Rowling. It would probably be a disaster, because none of them would have a single thing to say to each other, but I would have a marvellous time.
What are your guilty pleasures?
Marvel superhero movies, the entire Twilight Saga, clips of interview segments from late night television, and freezer section macaroni and cheese.
There’s so much interest and excitement around romance fiction right now. What do you think that romance readers are looking for in the romances they read today?
I think they’re always looking for a gripping love story with great characters, but what readers seem to really be connecting with right now is something with a little extra edge to it, including lots of heat and just a touch of the taboo.
The exhilarating SEVEN NIGHTS TO SURRENDER is available now, and look out for the return of Kate and Rylan in EIGHT WAYS TO ECSTASY, publishing next year!