Saturday, February 23, 2013

Hi and welcome to Fiery Friday! Yes, I know it's really Saturday. I haven't lost my mind that badly yet. :) I did, however, miss yesterday. My apologies to my guest, Total-E-Bound author Willa Edwards. Please join me in welcoming her today!

Welcome, Willa! We’ll start by letting the readers get to know you. So tell us about yourself.

My name is Willa Edwards. I’m an erotic romance writer with Siren Publishing, Total-e-Bound Publishing, and many others. I write almost every kind of romance out there, from heterosexual, ménage and lesbian, contemporaries and historicals. I’ve been published for over three years now, and love every minute of it. I’m working hard to one day be a fulltime writer, but as of right now I still have an evil day job that takes up way too much of my time (but not nearly as much as my boss thinks :D). I also have two adorable kitty furbabies, Immy and Cordelia, who are my world and take away the rest of time, usually distracting me by laying across my keyboard.

Now for the questions:

What do you feel is critical to developing a novel that will glue the reader’s ebook device in their hands until the last page?

You need characters that the reader routes for and falls in love with, combine with a conflict that keeps them interested in turning each new page.

Women relate to women and, more often than not, we’re left shaking our heads at men. As a woman, how do you write your male characters in their point of view and make them the hot alpha heroes us romance readers fall in love with?

I’ll be the first to admit I have a hard time writing heroes. I’m much better with the heroine. For me to write the hero I need to get into his voice, including using the type of words men use and the way they talk (often in shorter more direct statements). Once I get that voice in my head then I can write the hero. To do that, sometimes I’ll watch action movies or male focus television shows (like PTI or ESPN) to get into that frame of mind.

Why romance? Do you believe it exists in the real world?

Of everything in the world to write about, I think love is the most important. Love has the most conflict, it give you the most to fight for and is one of the scariest things we all experience in life.

For real life, I can’t really say if romance exists. My own personal experience hasn’t been all that successful. But I continue to have hope, and my writing helps me keep that hope alive.

What is your idea of the perfect hero? Heroine?

I think the most important characteristic in a hero or heroine is passion. Whether it’s for their profession, their family or even the other character, passion is essential for a good hero or heroine. It’s that passion that gives us a keyhole into the character and makes us route for them. It’s also that passion that often gets them into trouble.

If you could have dinner with any three people in the world, who would they be and why?

Stephen King, I think he’s brilliant, Kathy Griffin for a little humor, and Joely Sue Burkhart. I’ve known her online for years, and I’d love to finally meet her in person.

Who is you favorite character that you’ve created and why?

This is such a hard question. I love all my characters each for their own reasons. But if I have to choose, Amy Spear from Foolish Desire is one of my all-time favorite characters. She definitely has a huge chunk of me in her, but I was amazed when she started talking to me and telling me all the things she wanted to do, like get dirty in public and to be the center of at least one person’s attention, her hero’s. It seemed so out of character for her, but when she started talking, it just made sense. I learned a lot from writing that book, and I had a great time.

You wake up one morning and realize you’re suddenly a kid again, but you remember everything about being an adult. What advice would you give yourself?

Take chances. Don’t be afraid to go after what you want. And invest in Apple :D

Did you have a predetermined plan when you began your writing career and, if so, has that plan changed since your books have been released?

I knew I always wanted to be a writer. I’ve never wanted to be anything else. But I had no plan for what happened after I was actually published, besides of course J.K. Rowling like success. I really had no idea what I was doing in the beginning. But since then I’ve learned a lot, and my plan at this point is just to write great books, and try to publish at least once a quarter, to keep giving my readers the great books they enjoy.

Aspiring authors are always eager to hear advice. What would you say to them?

My number one piece of advice for writers, aspiring and otherwise, is persistence and perseverance. Wandering Off the Path, my most recent release, was the first erotic romance I ever wrote way back in 2009. I submitted it three times, revised it more times that I can count, and finally last year it found a home with Total-e-Bound Publishing. If you keep pushing and you keep trying, eventually you will succeed.

What’s your favorite sexual position

Doggy style. I don’t know why, but I find it very sexy.

Have you ever had to step away from the computer for some much needed air during or after an erotic scene?

Absolutely. Especially when writing my release for next month, Reunion Makes Three. I never realized how sexy two men could be together until I wrote that book.

What’s inside the drawer of your nightstand? (If you don’t have a nightstand, what would be in your drawer?)

I’m frugal so I don’t have anything very exciting. Why pay for expensive toys, when you can get the job done yourself for free ;)

What’s the sexiest thing you’ve done in the name of research?

I often watch porn for research purposes, to try and find new and interesting positions to put my characters, especially when there’s multiple people involved. I also spend a decent amount of time on sex toy websites. That’s why no one’s allowed to touch my laptop without my say so. You never know what webpage might be up at any given time.

Does size really matter?

It’s definitely not the most important aspect of a relationship, or even a sexual encounter. But it certainly doesn’t hurt. Or sometimes it does, but that can be good too.

Available at Total-E-Bound

On a moonlight walk down a shadowy forest path, Abigail discovers all she’s ever dreamed of in the form of one sexy Wolf.

Abigail has always wanted more than a quiet life living with her grandmother has offered. The only thrills she has are her monthly trips to market. While returning from one of these excursions with a basket full of goodies, she is approached by a stranger on the road. He offers her all the pleasure and excitement she could ask for, if she’s willing to wander from the safety of the path. Too frightened to take advantage of his offer, Abigail flees, afraid of what will happen if she strays from the path she knows.

But Wolf isn’t willing to let this interaction, with the fiery, curious red-caped woman, be his last…no matter what he has do to convince her otherwise.

When Abigail returns home her grandmother is missing and the alluring stranger has taken her place. As Wolf shows Abigail exactly how much pleasure and excitement he can give her, she finds staying on the safe path increasingly difficult. But if she gives into his offer will she be forever pushed beyond the way she knows, never to return again…or will she receive all she’s ever wanted and more.

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