So I’ve decided to mix things up and try some new stuff this year on the blog. Each Sunday I’ll leave open to answering any questions I get during the week or even on this entry.
Rachel asked when I would have the cover for NEVER ENOUGH up – I hope soon! I got a sneak peek earlier last week and they’re making a few tweaks and will send me the revised jpg when they finish. I’ll post it when I do!
Heather asked: Will Raven get her story as part of Gillian’s friends series? I’m putting together a series proposal right now and yes, I will be including a story for Raven as part of it. Hopefully my editor agrees, LOL! At this point, I don’t know how the order will go, though I do know it won’t be the first book in the new series. Right now I’m putting together a series overview and then doing each book’s synopsis.
April asked about Once and Again – Nathan Murphy’s story and the return to Petal – Nathan’s book is a reunion story. Julie, the heroine, is an old college girlfriend who is back in Petal to deal with her younger brother who is messing up in school and having problems with their elderly mother. Nathan, if you all remember, is a teacher so this is how they reconnect. And it’s all sparks from there on – but don’t expect it to be easy for Nathan because at the time he was sort of a jerk and Julie does not know if she can give him her heart again. I really can’t wait to get back to it! It’s next on my schedule after I finish Heart of Darkness.
In the comments, Claire asks: I’d like to know if you cast your characters so you have some kind of basis/inspiration for them. As in, do you find people or pictures to help? Sometimes I have a very strong sense of just exactly what my characters look and act like before I even begin to write. For instance, Roman Lyons from RELENTLESS is Daniel Craig in Casino Royale. Just arrogant and beautiful but totally ruthless too. He’s got the same facial expressions at times, the same general sense of fashion. Other times I may start thinking of them one way and then as I start writing they will change as I get to know them! This JUST happened to me in a book and it’s a far less easy way to go about things, LOL! So sometimes yes, I’ll think, oh he looks just like Idris Elba or Daniel Craig or what have you and other times, they’re very specific in my head, but I never really “see” them as anyone else. I do have a bulletin board next to my desk and I’ve got pictures up there that I may come across and find inspiration in.
Nichole asks: are any of your other books going to be available in audio format? As far as I know at this point, it’s Harlequin who does the audio for my books, but none of the others. As of yet anyway. So my anthologies with Spice are in audio, along with Second Chances, Believe and Goddess With A Blade when it comes out.
Stacie asks: I know it is probably too early but do you have any information on your BDSM duology with Maya Banks? How did that project come about? I was just fortunate to be in the right place at the right time. I got a call from my agent who’d just got off the phone with my editor at Berkley and would I be interested in a duology with Maya Banks? HA! After I danced around for a bit I said HECK YES! The stories will be contemporary BDSM but I don’t know just what my story will be other than that right now. I need to finish this book before I can really focus on it. It’s a great length 45-50K which is more than a novella, enough that I can get a lot of great story in there. I’m beyond thrilled to be working with Maya because I love her like crazy.
Nora asks: I know that the federation series is focusing on the phantom corp for the next couple books but once there done will you keep the series going with maybe stories for Deimos, Corrin or maybe Comandante Ellis? Wilhelm Ellis will have some major story in CAPTIVATED, the last Phantom Corps book, and I do hope to be able to give him his very own HEA at some point. Along with, most definitely Deimos and Alexander. I love to write futuristics and so I hope I can come up with great story ideas my editor wants to buy.
and: the new anthology you have coming out three to tango, it said it takes place in Petal and since that’s where the Chases are I was wondering if there were going to be any appearances by any of them? There’s a brief glimpse of Polly Chase and Ava, my heroine, knows the Murphy family. Also, Luca is the son of the people who own the Honey Bear Cafe and Bakery.
And: When oh when will there be anymore De La Vega (Gibson please) or Cascadia wolves (David please) coming out these series are to good to end! Next up will be Gibson’s book, which I’m sort of plotting right now. It won’t be out this year, I’m pretty booked up right now, schedule wise. But I have a story in mind for him so I will definitely be back to write more. And yes, Dave and Akio will both be getting stories as soon as I can fit them into my writing schedule!
That’s it for now. If you have any further questions, ask em in the comments and if I can’t get to them all today, I’ll put the answers up next Sunday.