I love a Brit hero and Rod in TEMPTING BEAT is
especially charming. How does he rate compared to other heroes you've written?
Which are your favorite heroes you've written & those written by other
Rod was a blast to write. Heís always been so laid back and sweet that I wanted
him to find the perfect HEA. It was also interesting to find what demons were
hidden behind his cheerful demeanor.
Favorite heroes Iíve written: Vincent in ONE BITE PER NIGHT, Razvan
in IRONIC SACRIFICE,
Radu in UNLEASHNG DESIRE
and Klement in WITH
Favorites by other authors: Rhevenge in JR Wardís Black Dagger
Brotherhood series, Zarek in Sherrilyn Kenyonís Dark Hunter
novels, and Preacher in Beverly Jenkinsís NIGHT HAWK.
What made you decide to write a story with an older heroine/younger
I did it by reader request. Since Iíve always dated older men, the idea never
occurred to me and when some readers asked me to, I thought I DEFINITELY should
give older heroines some representation. And when one suggested I should have a
nurse heroine, I was all, ďHell yes! I know so many amazing nurses.Ē
Also, writing this book gave me a chance to tease my mom a little. She acted
like it was the end of the world when she turned 30. I made my heroine 35, though.
Since this series is about a metal band, do you have a favorite
My ultimate favorite band is Megadeth. But I also love other classics like
Slayer, Iron Maiden, Judas Priest, Black Sabbath, and Dio.
Iím also into a lot of classic rock and what I call, ďpre-metal,Ē like Led
Zeppelin, Pink Floyd, and Rainbow.
As a cat lover myself, I like that this hero & heroine are both
crazy about cats. Are you a cat person yourself? Cute cat story?
Oh yes, Iíve been a cat lover since I was a baby. I even get depressed if I go
to long without having a cat around. I have so many cute cat stories.
I can tell about the time when Phantom, my boyfriendís grumpy old man cat told
us about a litter of abandoned kittens in our back yard. Phantom MADE us take
them in and adopt them. We did adopt out two to our friend and we kept two. Our
friend named his Cheech and Chong and Kent and I named ours Chaos and Mayhem.
Phantom has been like a grandpa to them ever since. So I guess while in TEMPTING BEAT, Gwen is a
crazy cat lady, in real life, Kent is a crazy cat man. :D
The characters in TEMPTING BEAT get together to watch "bad movies." What
makes a "bad movie," and what's a favorite for you?
There are so many things that make a bad movie. Sometimes itís just a dull plot
and bad acting. The ones I prefer are cheesy with nonsensical things happening
or over the top dated things, like 80ís mullets and bad dancing.
My favorites are legion. Like HARD ROCK ZOMBIES, and NUDIST COLONY OF THE DEAD,
which were featured in TEMPTING BEAT. I also love the ďNight of the DemonsĒ movies.
Did you have to do any research for this book?
I have to do research for every book. In this one, I talked to the nurses I know
for details about Gwenís work life. I also had to research the recreational
marijuana laws in Colorado, some immigration policies for Rodís status, and of
course details about drumming.
Since you write in different romance subgenres, what do you most enjoy
about writing contemporary romance?
Since thereís no supernatural solutions to problems and technology prevents
problems that occur in my historical romances, I like to focus my charactersí
conflicts more on their psychological issues. Getting deeper into their heads
can be difficult, but itís rewarding. Also, itís nice to be able to write
heroines that wear pants, have careers, and can swear.
What are you currently working on?
Iím working on the seventh Hearts of Metal
book right now while also doing brainstorming for Brides of
Prophecy book six.
As a comic fan I love crossovers. If was easy-peasy to do a crossover
between any characters in one of your series and another author's which would
A Brides of Prophecy and Black Dagger Brotherhood crossover
would be fun. Iíd love to see my vampires and JR Wardís vampires comparing their
differing powers and cultures and kicking ass together. Also, Lassiter would fit
in well with my luminites and my high-sorcerers would make some of Wardís
characters very nervous.
What character in a book or film do you think is a hottie, but other
people would be appalled or shocked?
Sandor Clegane, the Hound in George RR Martinís Song of Ice and Fire
series (GAME OF THRONES). Heís a well-layered anti-hero and his redemption arc
is swoon-worthy and Iím REALLY down for the Beauty and the Beast dynamic going
on between Sandor and Sansa Stark.
A lover of witty Regencies and dark paranormal romance, Brooklyn Ann combines
the two in her new vampire series. The former mechanic turned author lives with
her family in Coeur d' Alene, Idaho.
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