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Friday, October 5, 2012

Interview with Author Stephanie Draven and Giveaway

Today I would like to welcome author Stephanie Draven to RFTC. Stephanie is celebrating the release of her newest book In Bed with the Opposition and has stopped by to answer a few questions. So please give Stephanie a warm welcome.

Stephanie Draven is currently a denizen of Baltimore, that city of ravens and purple night skies. She lives there with her favorite nocturnal creatures–three scheming cats and a deliciously wicked husband. And when she is not busy with dark domestic rituals, she writes her books.

Stephanie has always been a storyteller. In elementary school, she channeled Scheherazade, weaving a series of stories to charm children into sitting with her each day at the lunch table. When she was a little older, Stephanie scared all the girls at her sleepovers with ghost stories.

She should have known she was born to hold an audience in her thrall, but Stephanie resisted her writerly urges and graduated from college with a B.A. in Government. Then she went to Law School, where she learned how to convincingly tell the tallest tales of all!

A longtime lover of ancient lore, Stephanie enjoys re-imagining myths for the modern age. She doesn’t believe that true love is ever simple or without struggle so her work tends to explore the sacred within the profane, the light under the loss and the virtue hidden in vice. She counts it amongst her greatest pleasures when, from her books, her readers learn something new about the world or about themselves.

Places to find Stephanie:

First off, can you tell us a bit about you?
Hi, I’m so glad to be here. And I like to say that I write very smart books for very bad girls ;)

Did you always want to be a writer?
Yes, but it didn't seem very practical. It’s still not very practical but I’m doing it anyway!

What kind of writer are you? Panster or Plotter?
I’m a plotter. And I use Scrivener to do it. There’s always a little bit of pantsing that goes on during the creative process while writing but the more I know about a book before I start writing, the better.

Where do your ideas come from?
My stories all start with a forbidden fantasy and I take it from there...

A la Twitter style, can you describe your book (or series) in 140 characters or less.
When a sassy Senate staffer learns her boyfriend is a political gunslinger for the other side, her loyalties & her heart are torn in two!

What are some of your favorite kinds of stories to read?
I love stories that provoke me to think about something in a new way. I try to write those kinds of stories too. I want to come away from a book feeling as if I've learned something.

Do you have a favorite book and if so what is it?
I couldn't pick just one, so I’ll have to say that I really enjoy just about any book by Kristan Higgins!

What are the scenes that are the hardest for you to write?
Sex scenes! They take a lot of thought to make them each unique and fun. I get bored easily with insert tab A into slot B sex scenes.

If you could have dinner with any three authors, who would you choose and why?
I’m very fortunate to be able to dine frequently with authors that I adore, but I think a night on the town with Megan Hart, Sylvia Day and Tiffany Reisz would be outrageously fun.

Last question, are you working on anything right now?
I’m working on my 1920s historical erotic romance due to release in January 2013! Think Fifty Shades of Grey set in the Jazz Age with lots of flappers, booze, and feather boas. I’m so excited about this collection. It’s deep and sexy and fun.


What happens when a good girl decides to play dirty?

Armed with a sassy haircut, a sharp wit, and a personal list of rules for all life’s exigencies, Grace Santiago is a fiercely loyal Senate staffer who has everything under control. At least until famous political pundit Ethan Castle walks back into her life. Grace hasn’t forgotten their disastrous affair in law school, but she can’t resist his bad boy charm.

When Grace learns that Ethan has been hired as a political gunslinger for the other side, her loyalties—and her heart—are torn in two. Though their sexual chemistry can’t be denied, they find themselves locked in political combat. Ethan believes that all is fair in love and war, but he won’t throw the election—not even to win Grace’s heart. So what can a good girl like Grace do, but learn to play dirty?

Two candidates. One election. May the best man—or woman—win!

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Stephanie is holding an awesome giveaway on her website. In celebration of the release of  In Bed with the Opposition1 lucky winner will win themselves this awesome flag pendant. Just head over to Stephanie's site to find out more details and to enter. 


Up for grabs:

To Enter:
  • Please leave a comment answering Janet's question: How do you think the third wheel story I mentioned would play out? How would you like it to play out?
  • Please fill out the Rafflecopter form.

Good Luck =)
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9 comments :

  1. thanks for a fun post and giveaway! Congrats to Stephanie on the newest release! It sounds very fun!

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  2. I have not read a story by this author before, but this story sounds like a good one. Look forward to reading it.

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  3. Thanks for the interview! You're a new author to me and this sounds interesting! Thanks for the chance at the giveaway!
    ivegotmail8889@yahoo.com

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  4. thanks for the fun post, u are a new author for me. this book sounds interesting and is a better start to read.
    thanks for the chance ^^

    sunshine_pinkystar(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  5. Congrats to Stephanie on the newest release! great interveiw too

    parisfan_ca@yahoo.com

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  6. This is a new author for me, but I am certainly looking forward to reading more from her!

    kerryjcj AT verizon DOT net

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  7. I enjoyed the interview. I think one person doesn't end up with anyone.

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  8. I think the third wheel should find someone Lin a sequel, sorry just hate to say goodbye to good chacters

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  9. I love discovering new-to-me authors, and this sounds like a fun read! Adding it to my epic TBR queue of doom :)

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