1. For those who might not be familiar with you, would you be a dear and tell the readers a little about yourself? How did you get your start in the writing business?
(Phoenix) Well I was originally just a reader who dreamed of telling my own story. I tried starting one when I was about 13/14 years old, but lost the inspiration and motivation for it. Years passed and I tried again, but didn’t feel that I had the encouragement and patience for it. Eventually, I was told that I should get back in to writing and after a few months of ‘practice’ with journal entries, I finally ventured back in to the land of fiction. I haven’t looked back since!
2. All writers fear the dreaded “block”. Please tell us how you handle it.
(Phoenix) I’ll walk away for a little while when it hits. Well, not immediately. I’ll sit and glare at the screen for about 20 minutes before heaving a sigh and walking off to do something else in the attempt to free my mind up to get the creative juices flowing again. Snacks often help though, as well. My favorite is a mix of cashews, peanuts and M&M’s, though any chocolate will do. The mix of protein, salt and sugar seem to kick the muse in to gear more often than not.
3. Contrary to what some people envision about a romance writer’s life, it’s not all glitz and glam. Well not for the majority of us. With that bubble sadly busted, when you’re not writing, how to do you spend your time?
(Phoenix) Yes, unfortunately it’s not all bubble baths with a lover and hot steamy sex with strangers (thankfully, that last one can be a little dangerous!). When I’m not writing, I’m usually spending time with my fiancé and our daughter, chilling on the couch with the cat reading or watching catch ups of tv shows, or studying. Oh, then there’s also proof-reading for a publisher, but I’m taking a little hiatus from that.
4. I know many writers, such as Dirk and myself, keep their pastime/career a secret. Do those close to you know you write? If so, what are their thoughts?
(Phoenix) Although I write under a pseudonym, my family and friends know what I write, and most have even bought my first book. The worst reaction I’ve had, which really isn’t all that bad a reaction at all, was from my mother, who skipped *those* scenes, but otherwise enjoyed the story as a whole. I think my sister-in-law’s reaction comes a close second, admitting it was a little awkward but I believe she enjoyed the rest of the story as well. They’ll both be pleased to know that I do have some stories in the works that aren’t so liberally sprinkled with heat.
5. Will you share with us your all time favorite authors? If you’re like me, it’s a long list so give us your top ten.
(Phoenix) Top ten, ok… Well, there’s Anne Bishop. I love her a lot. Fellow Aussie and friend Kim Faulks, and fellow NNP author Cassandre Dayne are close behind, however with their hot, gritty writing. Fiona McIntosh and James Clemens are another two probably less-known authors whom I love. Then of course I can’t forget J R R Tolkien, the king of fantasy for me, and J K Rowling, the queen! Tamora Pierce is another wonderful author whom I read as a teen, and to round out the top ten, I’d have to add The Bard himself, Shakespeare, and (this might be cheating) writing duo Giles Carwyn and Todd Fahnestock.
6. If you could choose one book to go to the big screen, yours or otherwise, which book would you choose and whom would you love see casted in the parts?
(Phoenix) Of course I’d love to see my own go to film, but ego aside, it’d be a tie between Anne Bishop’s Black Jewels trilogy and Kim Faulk’s latest (soon to be released) The Immortal Destiny. Leading couple in the Black Jewels I’m unsure on casting. I have such strong images of Daemon and Jaenelle that I can’t imagine who would be ‘good enough.’ As for The Immortal Destiny, I think Hugh Jackman or Alex O’Loughlin would make a good Adley. Hugo Weaving would make an astoundingly disturbing Edric, and I think Rose Byrne would make a delightfully wicked Mercy. Yes, these are all Australian actors, but this is set in Australia. This could easily be the next Wolf Creek, but better.
7. Would you care to tell us what you’re working on now? That is if it’s not top-secret information. If so, just whisper it in my ear. I swear it’ll go no further.
(Phoenix) I’ll willingly tempt with a little information about some works in progress. I’ve talked about Persephone in a few other interviews; I started (and almost finished her story) during November 2012, for NaNoWriMo. Mostly action, a little romance and no actual hot scenes, this story is getting back to my reading roots. Fantasy/sci-fi, with witches, wizards and fallen angels. Lots of fun. The Coven is a turn for the darker; think Underworld tones, very Film Noir/Action, but in print. A Vampire Queen gone in to hiding is hunted down by the one who would use her power to his own advantage. Of course there is a doomed lover involved, but I won’t give too much away about him. It starts with a surprise, and only goes on to surprise more! Finally, another I haven’t talked about much being that it’s in early days would be The Crypt. A dark evil awakens, trapped within its stone tomb, starving and using what magical strength it can to lure victims in to its lair. Its story starts centuries ago, with heart break and blood. I’m pleased to say this one is inspired by the dark, grittiness of Kim Faulks’ writing, and is not for the feint of heart!
8. Where can we find your stories and is there a particular reading order?
(Phoenix) Currently, I do only have the one published, The Wolf in the Neighborhood. It is book one of my Wolf Smitten trilogy, with books two and three to come in the following months. It can be bought directly from Naughty Nights Press, as well as Amazon, All Romance eBooks, Kobo, Smashwords and Apple.
What do you do when your past comes back to haunt you?
Could a dark secret revealed by a new lover be something you could overlook just to have him?
What kind of secrets could you learn to live with for true love?
Krissy has a hunky new neighbor with a dark secret; Derek is a vet with an interesting past. They hit it off quickly but when Krissy’s abusive ex, James comes to town, Derek shows a side Krissy never could have guessed, but James refuses to give up.
Can Derek’s secret save them, or will James have his revenge?
“I’m sorry,” the stranger said, his deep voice rumbling across the rooftop. “I didn’t mean to startle you. I’ve just moved in and wanted to check out the view.”
Krissy couldn’t quite determine his accent. It seemed to flow between a Texan drawl and a classy clipped British brogue; a combination she did not expect to hear intermingled. It was very attractive and she found herself wanting to know what kind of life brought these two contrasting accents together. His muscular body only enhanced her growing interest.
As he stepped towards her, waving the robe to catch her attention, she remembered that she was standing in front of a total stranger wearing nothing but a smile, a tan, and a growing blush. Krissy noticed he glanced appreciatively at her ample breasts; flat, toned stomach; and long, lean legs as she stepped towards him and took her robe. They both fought to hide childish grins as they checked the other person over.
Krissy quickly grabbed the red satin gown, whipped it around her body and tied the sash before approaching the handsome stranger, hand out to introduce herself. “Hi, I’m Krissy. I live in 5A.”
He took her hand; she reveled in the warmth and deceptive softness of his palm. “Derek, 5C. I guess I’m your new neighbor.”
9. Would you please share how your present and future fans can contact you?
(Phoenix) I can be found on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, you can follow my blog The Naughty Pages of The Phoenix, fan me on Goodreads, find me on Amazon and even peruse my site and send me a message through there. Yup, I’m only new, but I’m tapping in to Social Media like it’s going out of fashion!
10. Before we conclude this enlightening interview, do you have anything else you’d like to share? The stage is all yours.
(Phoenix) I am never good with questions like this actually. *Laughs* So after browsing through my Facebook newsfeed looking for inspiration for a random factoid, I came across one. I’m highly spiritual, and Pagan. A recent discovery, the Pagan bit. I’ve always been spiritual, but never put a label on it until discussing it with a friend, when I realized that’s what I am. I love crystals, in particular I’m currently drawn to Tiger’s Eye. Completely loving Tiger’s Eye at the moment. Aside from the crystals, I also believe in Spirit Guides, and know rough details about 4 of my past lives. Laugh if you will, but we all believe in something. Christians believe in God, atheists believe there is no God, Pagans and Wiccans believe in the power in the world around us; and I know that it’s a long time before all beliefs will come together in peace; if they ever do. So I leave with this statement; be mindful of what you put out in to the world, because no matter your belief, it will come back to you. As my Wiccan friends say, Blessed Be!
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