Hi friends! You know what? I can’t believe that Lorelei James has never been an official guest at ALBTALBS before! How is that even possible?! And you know what else is fun? She’s not the first author to have interviewed herself. (Yes there’s even a tag!) ANYWAY. 😀 Please let me welcome Lorelei and see what she has to say!
10 Tenacious Questions with Lorelei James
That got your attention, didn’t it? When I was chatting with the lovely, sweet Limecello and she asked if I’d be interested in doing a blog post, I said sure…can I interview myself? Luckily she didn’t balk at my request, or think it was weird 😊
Why did I choose this type of format? Because honestly, I’ve been published for 14 years and I get the same questions over and over and over. And it really blows when I get a set of generic questions right before a new release and I know damn well the blogger/reviewer hasn’t read my book. I knew Lime hadn’t read this one yet, so I thought it’d be fun and less promote-y given the fact I do have a release this week–1st book in a new contemporary romance series, I Want You Back, buy it now!!—to do something different. Thanks to Lime and A Little Bit Tart, A Little Bit Sweet for letting me have my dirty, wicked way with this post.Continue reading →
My dears, I am alive! Alive and not cold for the moment and a happy girl. Today we have a new author visiting with us, Erica Monroe, and it was all very much a surprise, but a good one. 🙂 She’s also continued the new trend of asking herself questions. … In a way. I like that she put her own twist on it. Very fitting for A Little Bit Tart, A Little Bit Sweet.
Even more fun, she’s a debut author, and her book just came out two days ago! Everyone give her a very warm welcome!
So, when Lime told me about the author interview on her site, she encouraged me to really go whole-hog with the questions. Be original. But see, here’s the thing about that—I write dark, gritty historical romances. Inside my head is a weird place to be, as I’m sure you’ll understand from my answers to the following questions. I polled my readers to see what they’d like me to talk about today, and made the solemn promise I’d answer whatever they asked.
What’s your favorite thing to research when writing?
Lord hope the FBI doesn’t ever find my bookshelves or Internet searches, as with writing historical romantic suspense, things get a little suspicious. Upstairs I’ve got a bunch of books with titles like “Body Trauma,” “Crime and Punishment in the 19th Century,” “Madams, Bawds, and Brothel Keepers,” “The Italian Boy: A Tale of Murder and Body Snatching” (basis for the case I use in A Dangerous Invitation). My newest exciting purchase is “Pleasure and Pain: Opium and the Orient in the 19th Century.” I enjoy learning about how the lower class lived, and the more obscure the statistic is, the more I love it.
What’s the weirdest death you’ve used in a novel?
In my debut novel, A Dangerous Invitation, my hero is charged with the stabbing of a warehouse laborer. Said laborer had his throat slit, which isn’t very original, now that I think about it. I’m just getting started with my Rookery Rogues series, so it’s my new personal goal to make sure I write a death scene that hasn’t been used 5,000 times before. The “Death by being oversexed by one’s mistress” is always a classic, but I’m thinking more like death by a vicious disease that makes it so Scully from the X-Files has to come investigate your demise. (What? I like the X-Files, and I really wish Scully would pop out of my TV.)
Any favorite snacks you like to eat while writing?
Ah, you’ve found the way to my heart with this question. I’m married to a man who is a classically trained chef, and I’ve never met a (gluten free) pastry I didn’t love. When writing, I like to eat chocolate, almonds, and potato chips. Sometimes I go through a period where I eat an entire box of Dots while writing a scene. Said husband does not enjoy this, as then I’m loaded with sugar and springing off the walls.
You’ve been known to have a Twitter Army. Should we be concerned?
Yes, very much so. Given enough coffee, I’m pretty sure I could put my world domination plans into action. I have a friend who addresses me as “The Dictator.” I’d like to institute this as a national order, personally. All applications for joining my fabulous pink-wearing, glitter-covered Army can be taken through carrier pigeon.
Have you ever tried to stand on your head?
Yes, and it went very badly for me. I am highly uncoordinated. My idea of “dancing” is to bop around because I cannot move my hips independently. As a child, I tried to take both dancing and gymnastics classes. Eventually when they figured out I could neither do a split nor had the ability to maintain silence throughout an entire routine, my mother was kindly told by my instructors maybe it’d be best if I didn’t come back to class. I guess they feared the damage I was doing to my brain by continually falling down, to which I want to say, “hah, fooled you, it just made me more creative.”
If you could have dinner with any four people, dead or alive, who would you pick? And WHY?
I’d like to see my father again, so that’d be one for sure. Then I’d like to meet Jane Austen, as she founded my love for British literature. I’d also like to meet Aubrey Hepburn, because she’s my all-time favorite actress and she intrigues me as a person. I was once Jean Jacques Rousseau in a historical reenactment salon for high school, so I’d kind of like to meet him and punch him in the nose. (As much as I found his social philosophies intriguing, he was kind of a tool.)
What author’s works do you avoid like the plague?
There are certain times in your formative education when you are forced to read books you don’t like, and because you then have to attend a three-week unit on them afterwards, you get a little angry and bear a probably entirely unjustified resentment toward that author. I’ll confess I harbor such resentment toward Richard Wright for having to read Native Son while I should have been studying for my AP Euro final. Intellectually, I recognize the value of his book and its contribution to American literature, but I will never, ever read it again.
I also hate with the passion of a thousand burning suns Emily Bronte’s Wuthering Heights, though it has been explained to me now in a way that makes me a little less ragey. As much as I love 19th century British lit, this just isn’t the book for me.
Would you be a man for a week?
Sure, why not? I’d like to be like Jack on Will and Grace. I don’t really think I could pull off an alpha male type man. Assuming I’d keep my current voice, it would sound like Minnie Mouse has been put into Sylvester Stallone’s body, and nobody could take that seriously. I assume I’d also still be quite short, which just adds to the awkward picture.
If you could be any piece of (time) period underwear, what would you be?
I’d like to be a bustle. I mean, think about it. Have you ever tried to wear a bustle? You start knocking into stuff—and people—with your rear. Imagine the chaos you could cause as bustle. Whole parties of people could be rolled over by the sheer might of your fanny. That kind of power might get to my head, though.
What’s your favorite words for naughty bits?
Cock. It’s a rooster, it’s a tilt to your head, it’s a penis. I admire the ambiguity. Plus, it works in both historical and modern times.
What is the stupidest thing you’ve ever done when drunk?
I’m not actually a heavy drinker, given the fact that I’m definitely a lightweight. But I do remember one time about four years ago in which I decided I was very angry at my husband over something he did four years prior to that, and I smashed two wine glasses and poured wine in his lap. I have no idea why I was that astronomically angry, but there you have it. Suffice to say he was not pleased. Then I had to buy two new wine glasses, which totally goes against my cheap-ass mentality.
Top or bottom?
Why, a lady never tells…or something equally vague here, right? But I will say it depends on the position.
What’s your favorite TV show?
So many. Top contenders are Castle, Chuck, The X-Files, Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, Star Trek: Voyager, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Charmed, Friends, Modern Family, The Originals, Elementary, and Sleepy Hollow.
One fatal mistake cost Daniel O’Reilly the woman he loved, spiraling him toward drunken self-destruction. Now sober, he’ll have to prove he’s innocent of the murder he was accused of three years ago. But pistol-wielding Kate Morgan hasn’t forgiven his sins.
Torn from her privileged existence by her father’s death, Kate Morgan has carved out a new independent life in the Ratcliffe rookery as a fence for stolen goods. Daniel’s invitation to assist him jeopardizes her structured existence. Yet Kate can’t resist his touch, or the wicked desires he stirs within her.
As their renewed passions grow reckless, their investigation takes them through the darkest and most depraved areas of the City. To catch a killer, they’ll have to put secrets behind them and trust only their hearts.
Bio: Erica Monroe writes dark, suspenseful historical romance. Her debut novel, A Dangerous Invitation, Book 1 of the Rookery Rogues series, released in December 2013. She is a member of the Romance Writers of America, Heart of Carolina, and the Beau Monde Regency Romance chapter. When not writing, she is a chronic TV watcher, sci-fi junkie, lover of pit bulls, and shoe fashionista. She lives in the suburbs of North Carolina with her husband, two dogs, and a cat.
So now I want to know, what questions do you have for Ms. Monroe? (And how has the new year been going for you?)
Hi friends, we’ve got Paula Roe here today! I “met” her when the Diamonds Down Under series (and blog) first started, and wow, I can’t believe that was ~six years ago? Sadly we’ve never had the chance to meet, because Paula lives down under, and I’ve never been there. Speaking of, Paula was at RWA Australia, so some of our communication was lost in the ether. Which led to Paula offering to ask herself questions. I jumped on it, because hello – new thing and more, I was so tickled by the idea. Hilarity potential = high! Win win win! So here we go!
And an author interview from Ms. Roe herself! Interviewing herself! 😀 [Since I use the colors green and purple as me … I gave Paula a lovely blue as “interviewer her.”] Enjoy!
Name one thing about you that surprises people
I’m actually six foot two. I just hide it really well.
Favorite place to holiday?
Twitter. I love it there so much, I’ve bought a house.
Name one thing that irritates you
Just one? Okay, genre bashers, narrow minds, gluten, religious intolerance, Facebook terms and conditions, hypocrisy and carrot cake without proper cream cheese icing.
What superpower do you wish you had?
Definitely the flying thing. I’d never walk again.
What’s a common misconception about where you live?
That we have killer bugs, vicious snakes and evil dropbears… Yes, I’ve seen a few redbacks but not much else in the way of deadly creepy crawlies. I live in suburbia and have yet to be bitten… Touch wood. And the dropbears? Fiction. Yeah. Someone’s having a go… That’s Aussie humor for you.
Name three things you’d take with you to a desert island
Rechargable iPod, wifi and Henry Cavill.
What advice would you give a tourist coming to Australia?
Swim happy and stay between the flags because our oceans love to drown people (wow, I never knew how much Australia HATES everyone…) And sunscreen, sunscreen, sunscreen. My town has reached scorcher days of 46C (115F) and during summer (anywhere from October until April… Yeah, it stays hot for that long) the air conditioner is your best friend.
If someone was to start up a conversation with you, what subjects should they avoid?
Politics or sport. Either send me into a deep sleee….. *snoooooores*
Okay, so what should they talk about?
How much they love coffee or food. The last brilliant holiday they took. How awesome my books are. The fact they know Henry Cavill personally and he’s just dying to meet me.
Any childhood aspirations you never fulfilled?
Well, I wanted to be a steel town girl on a Saturday night, looking for the time of her life… Yes – I wanted to Flashdance. One day I shall achieve that dream because I’m gonna live forever… I’m gonna learn how to fly.
You have a Tardis and can go anywhere. Where do you go?
1662, The English Restoration – parties, clothes and debauchery. Yay!
Finish these sentences:
My favorite candy is… Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups. Seriously I would kill for those.
If I had a million dollars I would… Travel the world and bestow monetary gifts on the people I love.
I have yet to… Grow up.
Most people don’t know this but… I fangirl with abandon
The one skill I wish I had is… Mind control. Then I could rule the world mwahahahaha! No, not really. Well…. Maybe just a little.
The one thing that scares me is… My Visa card bill
If I had more time I would… Probably still spend it watching DVDs, writing or hanging out on Twitter
My idea of hell would be… No internet
My life would be complete if I could… marry Henry Cavill. *grabby hands*
Hehe I hope you enjoyed that! I had fun reading it through. I will make one comment though – Ms. Roe is mistaken. Henry Cavill is mine. I claimed him over a decade ago, so you know – end of story. 😉 I also noted that Harlequin seems to love giving her covers with women in red dresses. 😛
Now though, it’s your turn! What questions do you have for Paula? Of course, the zanier and more off the wall the better… But we also encourage questions about the author’s books, because what author doesn’t love to talk about her (or his!) books?
And here’s another new spin! Paula is offering up a great prize – a copy of Moonlit Encounters– an anthology she’s part of. But get this – Australian readers can win a hardcover copy, or anyone not in Australia has the chance to win a digital copy. Yup, US-ians, this time we’re “the other” 😉 and I kinda like it.