The author hot seat specials are designed to help readers get to know both popular and up and coming authors a little better. The questions are broken into four sections - About your writing, about you, fun stuff and finally. Some of the questions are easy, other may need a little more thought and some may cause our author friends to hesitate before answering. Still, they all always answer.
Today I'd like to welcome new author Shiloh Saddler, her f/f erotic romance novella, The Virgin Madam has recently been released and as part of her promotional blog tour Shiloh has dropped by to answer our hot seat questions. She is also giving away an ebook copy of her novella to one lucky reader (please check entry details at the end of the interview).
About your writing:
How many books have you written during your career so far and which is your favorite?
The Virgin Madam is my debut novella. I have two more novellas contracted this year and another novella sitting completed on my hard drive so that would be four completed to date. I hope to get a couple more done by the end of the year. I’m addicted to writing! My favorite book is always what I am working on at the time. I enjoyed writing The Virgin Madam because I love westerns.
Have any of your books received negative reviews and how did you handle the criticism?
I’m still waiting for my first review to come in. I know negative reviews are inevitable. Art is subjective and it is impossible to please and entertain everyone. I appreciate all reader comments, but if I write the story the best I can I know there is nothing more I could have done.
Do you believe in writer’s block and if so, how do you overcome it?
I used to believe in writer’s block. Recently I’ve learned it is really mind over matter. I’m surrounded with deadlines. I can’t just let a story sit. I power through the blank page. A lot of my writer’s block is prompted by reluctance to write a scene and the only way to overcome it is just to get the first draft done. I know it will likely suck but that is what editing is for!
What is the one genre you would never write and why?
I will never write a mystery. I love watching crime shows on TV. The unexpected turns always excite me, but I doubt I could write enough into a mystery story to satisfy the reader. They’d be able to guess the murderer by the end of chapter three.
Have you ever written a book that you’ve regretted publishing and why?
No. And I hope I never will. I am beginning to experiment in other genres. My writing partner and I are dabbling in fantasy and science fiction. I’m not as strong in those genres, but I am having a lot of fun stretching myself. I hope my readers will enjoy these stories, too.
If a reader said they wanted to write a book, what advice would you give them?
This has already happened to me. I first asked if they wanted to write for their own pleasure or if they wanted to publish this book. If they want to take writing seriously, I would tell them to read all the writing craft books they can, take writing classes, and network with other writers. Writing is hard work. After you overcome your fear of the blank page it gets a little easier.
Tell us what a typical day in your life is like?
Warning, I think I live a boring life! I wake up, make a cup of coffee, eat breakfast and walk my dog. When I get home I check my emails and then reread what I wrote yesterday. After being reacquainted with my story I write until my stomach tells me it is lunchtime. My dog always demands my attention. After I’ve worn him out playing fetch I return to work. I might edit or read a book if I need a break from writing.
What sort of things put you in a bad mood?
When my muse takes a vacation and I wake up not feeling creative. Or when the Seahawks lose a football game.
Do you have a bucket list and what’s one thing you still want to do that you haven’t done?
Yes, I do have a bucket list. I want to see a Broadway show.
What makes you laugh?
A funny TV show or a good comedy movie. Castle is always good for a laugh.
What is the most embarrassing thing you’ve ever done?
Got lost on a nature walk during a date forcing us to walk ten miles to get back to the car.
Do you like to read and what are you reading at the moment?
I love to read. I would hope all authors are readers first. I am currently reading Color me Bad by Oliva Waite
If you couldn’t write anymore, what would you do instead?
I’d be a librarian. I need my books!
What is the strangest food you’ve ever eaten?
I’m not a very adventurous eater. I’d say okra.
Would you rather have a classic 1969 convertible Mustang or have the use of a beach side condo any time you want?
I’d take the beach side condo even if it meant I had to take the bus everywhere, lol.
Would you rather survive an apocalyptic event (yes, even a zombie apocalypse) or die instantly without knowing what happened to your family and friends?
That’s an easy question. I’d rather die instantly. If the world is going to be invaded by aliens or zombies I don’t want to be around!
One lucky commenter will win a copy of The Virgin Madam in any ebook format they choose. Please leave your comment below along with your email address. The winner will be chosen randomly at the end of the blog tour (midnight 15th November, 2013).
After a vicious outlaw murders her father, Laura Rutherford sees no future beyond running the family brothel and kowtowing to the local gang. Not even marriage offers escape. No man can compete with the beautiful women who dance the can-can for her each night...at least not until a gentle stranger sweeps in and opens her eyes to desires too long denied.
Joe Bascum stumbles into Bitterroot Flats looking for a place to hide from a gunman out for blood. When the innocent Madame from the local brothel offers a bed and bath, Joe accepts hoping to show the buttoned-up beauty just how right forbidden desire can feel.
When danger escalates, can Laura help Joe defeat the famous Fletcher gang, or is she destined to live a lonely life as the virgin madam?
About the Author:
Shiloh Saddler likes to do research for her steamy romances first hand. She has invented a time machine and travels back to the 19th century on a regular basis. There are experimental settings on her time machine which could propel her into the future and even other worlds. She believes love and a good book makes anything possible.
Social Media Links:
History in the Hot Lane Blog: http://shilohsaddler.blogspot.com/
To see where else Shiloh is appearing please check out her blog tour dates by clicking the link below: