Monday, July 26, 2010

Cooper McKenzie

I would like everyone to give a warm welcome to Cooper McKenzie :) And don't forget to check out the review that SR gave to Caught by the Master

What was the hardest part of writing your book?
I find the hardest part of writing is to actually find the time to sit down and let my thoughts flow from brain through fingers to the page. If I’m stressed or busy or feeling less than confident in my story, or if the story has taken a wrong turn somewhere, I find it nearly impossible to sit down and write.

When writing your description of your hero/ine what feature do you start with? Eyes, age, hair color, etc?
I usually start with age and then eyes, hair, body.

Are you a plotter or a pantser?
Definitely a pantser. Usually when I sit down to start a book I have a title, two characters and a first sentence. I may know where I want the story to end up, but usually have no clue how to get from first page to “the end”.

How long have you been a writer?
I’ve been a writer since the beginning of time. I learned to read and write in Kindergarten. That’s also when I fell in love with books. At 13 I announced I planned to be a writer when I grew up. My father’s response was that since I was getting a C in English that grading period I couldn’t be a writer. He’s since changed his mind.

Do you write under more than one name? Why?
Yes, I started writing for children and young adults under the name Susan Eileen Walker. Then I wrote a women’s fiction novel, SHE, under the name S. E. Walker because I did not want my young readers to think this was another book for them. Currently I write erotic romance as Cooper McKenzie and recently had my first Christian/Inspiration romance (Peaches and the Preacher) published under the name Susan Walker.

Do you work on one project at a time? Or do you multi-task?
I am usually focused on only one task at a time though I have several stories waiting in my brain for my attention. If one isn’t working, I might try to turn to another, but usually end up going back to the first one to finish it once my subconscious has resolved whatever the problem was.

*Please share with us your future projects and upcoming releases.
Let’s see…. July 26 is the release date for Minding Mistress, the third of the Club Esoteria series (

I also have several coming this summer from To see the full list, check my website…

If you came with a warning label, what would it say?
Warning, mood may change in a heartbeat causing whiplash to those nearby.

What is sexier boxer or briefs?
Boxers allow for more imagination and easier to get to the goodies.

Where is the craziest place you’ve ever had sex? Or where is the craziest place you made your characters have sex?
Craziest place I ever had sex was in the front seat of a pickup truck parked at a college soccer game. For my characters I think it would be in Love Reincarnate when Donovan and Jayne have sex in a garden a dozen yards from a Halloween party he’s hosting.

What’s your favorite curse word?
Fuck – the all purpose word. In addition to a curse, it’s a noun, a verb and if said very, very slowly, is quite the descriptive.

What is your favorite candy bar?
M&Ms milk chocolate

Sunday, July 11, 2010

Erica Anderson

Erica Anderson author of Not Quite a Lady. Check out her website :) Pretty Sweet :) Now let me introduce you to this wonderful author :)

What is your favorite thing about being a romance writer?
I love to submerge myself in another time period and imagine how it would be to live another life in another era. There’s definitely a little bit of me in all of my heroines (or, at least that’s what I like to think!) Our imaginations allow us to live many more times and ways than we’re able to do “for real.” As a reader, I love to escape into the fantasy world of romance. As a writer, I try to make that escape believable for others and take them along for the ride.

What genres and authors would we find you reading when taking a break from your own writing?
I read a variety of genres and I’m always discovering new-to-me authors. Of course, romance is my number one favorite genre. I lost patience many years ago with all those books tagged as “literature” in which everyone dies. Even the good people! I love HEAs.

Historicals are my favorite (surprise!). Authors I enjoy are Meredith Duran, Sherry Thomas, Madeline Hunter, Loretta Chase. I began reading romance with Regency trads and I have a big collection of old Mary Balogh and Carla Kelly. I also read medievals, but they’re hard to find these days.

My favorite historical fiction always has a romance plot line. Favorites include Sara Donati’s series, which started with Into the Wilderness. I also read Ariana Franklin, Philippa Gregory, Kathleen Givens, and Barbara Kyle as well as Dorothy Dunnett and Cynthia Harrod-Eagles.

Science fiction and fantasy favorites include Jim Butcher, Lois McMaster Bujold, and Guy Gavriel Kay.

And, of course, erotica—I love Samantha Kane and Emma Wildes. Both, not surprisingly, write Regency-era erotic romance.

Are you a plotter or a pantser?
Pants, pants, pants. I couldn’t plot my way out of a paper bag. I start with a scene that has appeared in my head. I write that down and go as far as I can with it. Then I work on another story. Eventually, I’ll figure out, completely subconsciously, what comes next.

Right now, for example, I have about five erotic romances in various stages of completion—two Regencies, one medieval, one contemporary, and one science fiction. I move back and forth between them as ideas come to me. I am easily bored, so having the freedom to write what I want to when I want to is invaluable.

What do you hope readers take with them after reading one of your stories?
A warm, cozy happily-ever-after feeling and the sense that there’s a place in the world where everything comes out right in the end.

What’s something fans would find fascinating about you?
I actually have a doctorate in anthropology. While I’d like to eventually be able to support myself with my writing, I’m not there yet. Right now I teach at a university in Alaska. I’ve done archaeological work all over the United States, as well as in Peru, Mexico, and the Russian Far East. I’ve always been fascinated by the past.

When not writing, how do you relax?
I do contemporary-style quilting (bright colors and bold geometric patterns). I am also an avid birder and I’ve been lucky enough to have the chance to volunteer on a couple of scientific studies of endangered seabirds. I spend as much of the summer gardening as I can. And I travel a lot—mostly to Europe and almost always on my own.

If you could be a paranormal creature, which one would you be?
A were-warbler

What’s a guilty pleasure you have?
Eating peanut-butter M&Ms straight from the bag while watching a TV medical drama and petting my rescue kitty, Cyrus (that’s three guilty pleasures, but they sort of go together).

If you could have three wishes granted, what would you wish for?
I’m going to answer this selfishly, rather than wishing for world peace and an end to hunger and violence against humans and animals. Wish #1: a house with a decadent bathroom; #2: property enough to give homeless animals homes; #3: my own happily-ever-after.

If you were stranded on a desert island, what three things would be the most essential for you?
Books, my cat, and my sister, who is the funniest person I know.

What’s number one on your list of things you hope to do before you die?
Visit the Galapagos Islands and see the incredible animals there.

*Please share with us your future projects and upcoming releases.

I have a science-fiction erotic romance coming out from Ellora’s Cave on July 7th that I’m very excited about. It’s called The Antaren Affair. It’s about a gruff, duty-bound military officer who meets an alien woman during a diplomatic mission.

She’s part of an oppressed class on her planet and she speaks a language that requires her to think of herself only as an object. The hero, who also happens to be a linguist, literally gives her the words to reconceptualize herself as a person, as an individual with her own needs and, er, desires.