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Monday, July 15, 2013

Guest Post with Author Roni Loren and Giveaway

Please give a warm welcome to one of my favorite people, author Roni Loren. If you haven't read any of Roni's books you are seriously missing out. Her Loving on the Edge series is not to be missed and you better believe I can't wait to read her Not Until You serials.

Roni wrote her first romance novel at age fifteen when she discovered writing about boys was way easier than actually talking to them. Since then, her flirting skills haven’t improved, but she likes to think her storytelling ability has. She is the National Bestselling Author of The Loving on the Edge series from Berkley Heat and RITA finalist.

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The Top 5 Questions I Get As an Erotic Romance Author

As you can imagine with a job like mine, I get a lot of interesting questions. I’m very open about what I do for a living so, of course, as soon as people find out I write kinky romance, they get all curious. And oddly bold. I’m always amazed that people think it’s okay to ask wildly personal questions all of a sudden because I write about sex. I don’t get offended, but I don’t always answer either, lol. But I thought it’d be fun to share the top five questions that I get.

What does your family think of you writing those sexy/kinky books? (Usually asked with a slightly horrified tone.)

Answer: My family, including my parents AND grandparents are super supportive and excited for me. My mom reads my books and is my biggest book pimp. She’s converted half her Zumba class into my readers. The male members of my family are not allowed to read my books. : -p

How do you do your research? Which is a thinly veiled version of—are you doing all those kinky things in your book?

Answer: I’m not doing all the things from my books. I’d never get anything done and I’d have lots of pulled muscles. ;) But I do have a very self-sacrificing husband who takes his job as romance writer research assistant very seriously. So he doesn’t bat an eye if I ask him crazy questions like—if you were holding me against the wall and your hand was here, would you be able to… Yeah, welcome to dinner conversation at our house, lol. But for everything else, there’s lots to find by googling. I’d hate for the government to go through my web history. This week alone I researched caning, regency era clothing (and no I don’t write historical), and handguns.

Is The Ranch (the BDSM resort in my series) real?

Answer: Sadly, no. It only exists in my imagination (though you can see what I imagine here.) But yes, there are BDSM clubs and resort-type setups in different parts of the country. If you’re interested in finding any, I suggest finding your local BDSM community and asking lots of questions. There is usually some type of local kink/BDSM group in most cities.

Does your husband read your books? How does he feel about you spending times with hot imaginary heroes all day?

Answer: The hubs does read my books, though he waits until they’re published. He doesn’t read drafts of anything. And he’s very supportive of what I do. He’s even converted a few of his guy friends and their wives to reading my books.

Where do you get your ideas and how do you keep your sex scenes creative when you have written so many?

Answer: My ideas come from everywhere—usually from the most random of inspirations. As for keeping love scenes fresh and new, I have a very dirty mind. Who knew I could make a career out of that? ;-)

So that’s my main five that hear often. Do you have any questions for me that I didn’t cover?

If you’d like to learn more about my current release, the serial, NOT UNTIL YOU, you can check out the page for it here.

From the author of the Loving on the Edge novels comes a story of a good girl who discovers that once you dare to cross some lines, it’s hard to turn back…

On the night of her graduation, innocent veterinary student Cela decides to play a game of Never Have I Ever with the two hot neighbors she’s been quietly crushing on for the last year. Always the prim and proper student, Cela thinks she’s earned a wild night before she has to move back home under the watchful gaze of her family. But what starts out as a simple game is about to take a very sensual turn...

Ian Foster is tired of playing games. With his membership to The Ranch, an exclusive BDSM resort, and a musician roommate who brings home groupies with a taste for ménage, Foster has a life most guys would kill for. But lately, his need for dominance is no longer satisfied via one-night stands. He craves the full surrender a woman—a submissive of his own.

But when his quiet, sweet-as-sugar neighbor shows up at their door with a bottle of tequila and an invitation, Foster decides he and Pike may have time for one more fling…

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  1. how much of real life influences you when you write?

    1. I think it's impossible for some real life not to leak into your writing. There are always glimmers of real life stuff that I use because your experiences shape your perspective. Like in Not Until You Cela is Catholic and a straight-A student who tries to do the right thing all the time. I grew up Catholic, so I used my experience with that. And I was that anal retentive, never wanted a B student, so there's a bit of me in that. But then I add in lots of other things to make the character her own, unique person. (My husband likes to joke that ALL my heroes are based on him, lol.)

  2. Did you ever write something and think it was too over the top?

    1. Definitely. And sometimes I'll dial it back a bit, but oftentimes, I leave it because that means I've pushed outside of my comfort zone and that usually turns out to be my best writing. It means it's a little scary for me, which is good. I just wrote a scene like that this week. It's not a happy scene because it's with the villain and I was tempted to soften it because I had that--oh, this is making me uncomfortable to write feeling, have I gone too far? So I decided to sleep on it before making any changes. The next day, I read through it and realized the book absolutely needed that scene to be raw and uncomfortable, so I kept it.

      My editor will tell me if I ever go too far. ANd so far, she's never asked me to tone anything down, so I'm learning to trust my instincts more.

  3. Have you ever thought when writing "Noone is going to believe that is possible"?

    1. Lol, for sure. And if I get that thought, I may take whatever it is out. For instance, if some position seems impossible to actually manage, I'll change it. But if we're talking plot, then I give myself a little more leeway there because it is fiction after all. I mean, is it possible that there could be this wonderful BDSM resort like The Ranch (the resort in my books) out in the middle of nowhere Texas where every guy is gorgeous and sexy? Um, probably not. But it's not *impossible*. *Grin* Romance is partly about fantasy, so that may mean pushing the elements of possibility at times.

  4. What is just too taboo for you?... Anything that someone has suggested and you say "uh uh, NO way!"... Oh and do your characters come to life on their own fully developed ready for their story?.. Or do you sit and plot them out?.. Thank you! Have a great week!
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    1. There will always be things that are too taboo--mainly things that would squick me out because I'm not going to write something that I find gross (certain bodily fluids don't belong in a romance novel for example). But those things are on the very out there end. Most other things, I consider in bounds to write. I like pushing the boundaries a bit.

      As for characters, it can happen both ways. But most of the time, a character shows up in my head and has some pretty strong traits already. Like Foster, in Not Until You, I knew he was on the quiet, intense side and had some dark wound in his past that made him live the way he does. But what I don't usually know up front is their backstory. Why are they the way they are? And I'm not a plotter, so I don't plot that out, but usually that history reveals itself to me when I start writing. Like it will hit me over the head--oh, THIS happened to him and that's why he acts like this.

  5. Nope...I couldn't imagine getting asked any of those questions.

    I am trying very patiently to wait for the last Not Until You is released so that I can download them all and gorge myself on them all at once.

  6. Have you ever asked your hubby about a certain situation and he just looked at you like you were nuts for asking the question?

    1. Lol, maybe in the beginning, but now he is very jaded. I think it would take a lot for me to shock him. : )

  7. Do you use any of your real life experiences in your books? Thanks for the giveaway!

    1. There are bits and pieces in all the books. Maybe it's some place I've gone or job I've done in the past or situation I've experienced. That stuff works its way into your writing even when you don't intend it. I have a heroine who was a social worker (I was a social worker before I was a writer.) I have a heroine who was a tomboy and tall and awkward around boys when she was young (that's an experience I had.) So it's just little parts that I use as a seed and then I build all the fictional stuff on top of that to make them their own unique people.

  8. Congrats on the new books!!!! Thanks for the giveaway!

  9. No.
    Thanks for the chance to win!
    Sounds like a great series!!

  10. No questions. I love the interview. You asked questions that I've always wondered with Erotica writers pertaining to their husbands and family members. lol dsr002(at)gmail(dot)com