I love having guests on my blog and this lady is a dear friend and an incredible writer. She sat down for a saucy interview with me so let’s see what makes her tick…
How did you get started writing?
What inspires you the most?
Probably classical music. The sounds of the strings really speak to me and the music lets me use my imagination about what is going on in the song without the lyrics interfering.
Are you lucky enough to write full time or do you have another job?
Theoretically I write full time since I am a copywriter and I also write books full time. With every new book, I get closer to permanently giving up the EDJ.
If you could do any other job – what would it be?
What genre/s do you write in?
Erotic romance: M/M, M/F, BDSM, polyamory, ménage, paranormal (vamps and ghosts); women’s fiction all in contemporary settings. I also have a sweet nursery rhyme on the market.
What’s another genre you’d love to try writing?
Well, I just did. The Razor Series blends BDSM and polyamory for a very fascinating combination. Polyamory is almost an unknown word to most people – the ability and permission to love more than one person.
I also just finished a women’s fiction novel – I Am Jolene – featuring a young woman whose almost 18 when the story starts and she’s about 22 when it ends. This was a gritty, emotional story covering a number of subjects I hadn’t tried and reaching an audience I’ve never. I wondered a million times why I had to write this book. But it’s done.
What do your friends and family think about your writing?
My in-laws are quite reserved about it – that’s just how they are about life. My husband wasn’t supportive at first. He told me I was wasting my time. Then, Hard as Teak turned into a bestseller, and he stopped trying to pry me away from the keyboard. My mom has read a few of my tamer books. She’s puzzled about how I concoct the stories, but proud as hell. The rest of my family and friends are really supportive.
What’s the biggest misconception about being a writer?
That we’re instantly rich.
What do you love and hate most about writing?
I wish I could just interact with people on social media and not have to sell.
What are you currently working on and what’s coming up for you?
Thanks for asking! I’m in the query process for I Am Jolene. This is a time-consuming, nail-biting process, but I’m looking for a mainstream publisher so I either need an agent or one of the few who will accept submissions from un-agented authors. At this writing, I’ve only had three rejections. But I’ve also had one magical agent ask for the full. Wish me luck.
My other project is a M/M romance I’ve titled Love on the Airwaves. I’m expecting it to be Christmas-themed novella, but I’m starting to think it’s going to run longer. Porter runs a daycare in an elite Boston suburb. His love interest, Steigen, is a voiceover actor. I’m hoping to have it written by May for this holiday season.
After that, comes the full novel version of Cream on the Crop. This fall, KB Cutter and I will write the third book in the Razor series and that ought to be it for the year. Very aggressive, I know, but if I don’t make plans, I feel lost.
What experiences have you had working with your publisher/s?
I’ve had very good experiences with my publishers and editors. I’m thankful for that. I learned so much from my editors at Noble Publishing. Sizzler Editions has pulled out all the stops to help every title I’ve sent them. Decadent has been smooth as silk.
What is the one most difficult aspect of getting out there in writing?
Not only is it difficult to figure out what you should do, the business is constantly changing. What worked a year ago probably isn’t doing as well now. Authors have been told this a million times and it’s true – you need to have a marketing plan of some sort for yourself. You have no idea where you’re going or what’s working or not if you are constantly winging it.
How do you see the industry in two years/five years?
I think traditional publishers will have their print profits be maybe 30% of overall sales. With each generation segment, comes less familiarity and love of print books. Gen Y and X also are very concerned about our planet. Ebooks are GREEN! I hope traditional publishers will band together to stop pirates.
What do you like and dislike about the e-publishing business?
Traditional publishers look down on those who came from e-publishing because today, anyone can open up a publishing house or just upload a book. While that is true, it doesn’t mean that most of us didn’t have to query or work our butts off to do a damn good job. The snobbery of traditional publishing irks me.
If you could suggest anything to your publisher/s – what would it be?
Help us more. We gave you a great book and for the most part, you make us do the majority of the promotional work, and you still get the lion’s share of the profits. I recognize that they are taking a risk on each contract they offer, but most of us have that dream of doing well. We’ll work with you.
What type of marketing has helped you the most?
After I actually formulated a plan, Twitter.
Some fun questions…
Do you write to music and if so, to what?
I write in silence – unless you consider my family “music.”
What type of movies do you enjoy and hate?
I love mindless high action movies like Fast & Furious, Transformers, The Dark Knight and Iron Man. I’m a sucker for a great romance movie. I hate zombies, horror, blood and guts.
Do you have a ritual with writing?
Who is your favorite character you’ve written and why?
Devon from my Allaire series. If I was single, he’d be my type. Great guy. Smart, rich, funny, romantic, sexy as all get out. Oh, and he’s got a British accent.
What’s something you can’t live without for writing?
My computer. I’m not one who jots random notes, decides to do a scene long-hand. I need to burn up the keys.
Favorite color and does it suit your personality and why?
Red. It’s bold, unpredictable, beautiful, startling, dramatic, strong. It suits me well. Beauty is in the eyes of the beholder, but I am anything but predictable. There’re so many shades of red, too. I am mercurial as the red planet.
If you had to use a food or drink to entice your love, what would it be and how would you use it?
Chocolate cake. It’s his favorite. It always makes him smile and happy. The answer would always be yes.
What’s your favorite seduction song?
You Can Leave Your Hat On
What would you consider to be the most romantic place on earth and why?
Wherever the man I love is. I’ve never lived a luxurious life. If we’re together, I’m happy.
What character would play you in a movie?
The smart lawyer who’s ruthless and hard to get to know, but you’re so intrigued you can’t stand it.
James Scott from Days of Our Lives
Are you afraid of the dark?
Only if I’m being chased, and the other person is armed and dangerous. Or there’s snapping of twigs in the forest. Or I don’t have a flashlight. Wait a minute. That sounds like a probably.
Favorite family tradition?
We’re too dysfunctional for traditions. I tried. I gave up. I’m not happy about that, BTW.
What level of YOU do you bring into your writing?
There’s a kernel of me in all my books, but none of them is close to being an expose or mirror of me, past or present. My husband loves that people think my love scenes are like our private life. I’ve gotten plenty of good ideas researching my stories but the idea that I would use our intimate relationship as fodder for my books makes me laugh.
White chocolate or dark chocolate?
Victoria’s Secret or Old Navy?
The Beach or the Mountains?
Plain or chunky peanut butter?
Chicken artichoke with white sauce.
Red or black?
Soft or hard?
Candy Kisses or Twizzlers?
Kinky or romantic?
Kinky – I’m not much for foreplay either.
My newest collaboration with K.B. Cutter comes out April 12. We’re very excited to tell you about Razor: Love’s Storm!
Blurb: Their delicious, naughty secret is out, and it’s open season on Amy and Bryce’s decision to add a third person to their marriage.
All the talking in the world can’t convince critics that Amy and Bryce’s marriage is rock-solid, and there are no secrets between them. Business associates, friends, anfamily condemn their choice to live and love in a polyamorous relationship with Raine, a FemDom. Others meddle to undermine Bryce’s business and marriage. Even Raine’s Master thinks she’s making a huge mistake.
With no allies, and scorn coming from every direction, love and determination must lead Amy, Bryce, and Raine through love’s storm.
Now, I’d like to share an excerpt from Love’s Storm by Margie Church and K.B. Cutter
Bryce took a deep breath to calm his nerves. “What’s up?”
“You and I have known each other since you worked for your dad.”
Keegan rubbed the side of his face and chin as though struggling to find the right words.
“Spit it out, Keegan. Is there something wrong with my bid? If there is, maybe I can make some adjustments since the committee is—”
He shook his head. “Not at all. In fact, even if your bid was in orbit, you know there’d be nothing you could do about it now.” He released a huff. “This is really awkward…”
Bryce didn’t like the sound of this. He waited for Keegan to say what was on his mind.
“I heard a few rumors. Ugly ones.”
Bryce balled his fists at his side. “About?”
Keegan drew his eyebrows together, making the wrinkles around his expressive eyes more pronounced. “Your personal life is your own business, Bryce, but I have to suggest using more discretion.”
Although Bryce had a hunch about what Keegan meant, he wanted to hear the words. “What are you talking about?”
“I heard you’re having an affair.”
He did his best to sound utterly surprised. “I am? I mean, you did?”
“Yes, with Amy’s best friend. That fashion buyer.”
“You mean Raine Anthony?”
Spots of red dotted Keegan’s cheeks. “Yes. I’m sorry to embarrass you by bringing it up, but people are talking, and this isn’t a good time for anyone to be questioning your integrity. Amy is supposed to do the interior design.”
Anger flared in Bryce’s chest. “I’m well aware of what my wife’s role on the project is to be. For the record, I’m not having an affair with Raine. She, Amy, and I are very close, but I would never ever hurt my wife that way. Amy and I don’t keep secrets from each other either. She knows exactly what my relationship with Raine is. If you care to name names, I’m not opposed to setting the record straight with anyone who is making my personal life their business.” Furious, he clenched his lips into a tight line. A thought occurred to him. “I don’t suppose the gossip source was Neil Delacorte.”
Surprise flickered in Keegan’s eyes. “Why did you mention him?”
Bryce lowered his voice to a conspiratorial level. “He used to date Raine, but she broke things off. They ran into each other recently, and he made the same nasty insinuations. Who Raine dates is none of Neil’s business. Unfortunately, he still seems to be smarting from the breakup. She was afraid he might stir up trouble because she dumped him. Seems she was right.”
Keegan eyed him. “But why would he say you were having an affair with Raine?”
Bryce’s stomach twisted in knots. This was not a conversation he wanted to have without forethought. “I think Neil is pissed because Raine ended their relationship. What could be more salacious than insinuating that I was cuckolding my wife with her best friend?”
Their journey began in Razor: Desire’s Edge and continues in Razor: Love’s Reflection. Read Desire’s Edge now so you’ll be ready for Love’s Storm on April 12. http://www.amazon.com/Desires-Edge-Razor-Trilogy-ebook/dp/B008FSCT1W/ref=la_B008H7HO4I_1_7?ie=UTF8&qid=1363790678&sr=1-7
Margie’s website: Romance with SASS
Margie’s blog: http://blog.RomanceWithSASS.com
K.B. Cutter’s Website: www.kbcutter.com