Shayla Black sits down with Fresh Fiction reviewer Sherri M. to talk
, and what fans can expect!
Sherri: Hi, Shayla! Thank you for joining us on Fresh Fiction. Youâ€™re
one of my
all-time favorite authors.
Shayla: Thank you for having me. And wow, thanks so much for the
Writing can be a solitary business, so itâ€™s nice to know the stories I craft
enjoyment or touch hearts.
Sherri: At what age did you get interested or want to start writing,
and what is
your favorite thing about writing?
Shayla: When I was in my second year of college, I was browsing a
for textbooks but I happened upon copy of Woodiwissâ€™s SHANNA.
It was a
classic by then, but I remember my babysitter reading it when I was a kid.
let me touch it then, so I snatched it up as an adult. That book started me
journey of reading romance. Within a few months, I began to toy with the
writing. Iâ€™d never written anything more than a school paper in my life but
stop me. I figured that anything worth doing was worth learning how to do to
of my ability. It took a lot of years and stumbling and tears to sell my
first book to
a publisher but being where I am today, it was worth every bit of effort and
of mental sweat.
Sherri: And of course Iâ€™m going to follow up with what is your least
thing about writing? Is there any part of the writing process you dread?
Shayla: No one part of the process is my least favorite. Every book
different, so sometimes I hate starting the book. Sometimes itâ€™s the ending
me up. Sometimes itâ€™s the editing process. More often than not, the part
that I find
most difficult is that section between the midpoint and the end, making sure
I fill it
with enough emotion and story while tying up all my loose ends is always one
Sherri: What was your profession before you started writing and in
does it show in your stories?
Shayla: I had quite a few professions before being a full-time
writer. I worked
for a Fortune 10 company for nearly 20 years. In the last position I held, I
responsible for writing sales and technical training materials. I learned
very well, which means copyeditors tend to like me. I got a lot of practice
words together to create a certain effect and being as precise and specific
possible, while properly punctuating.
Sherri: Out of all your books which one do you feel was the turning
Shayla: I first wrote historical romances as Shelley
nine books, I decided to take a step back and re-evaluate what I really
wanted to do. I would
say the turning point book for me was BOUND AND DETERMINED. It represented my first foray into
romance. It was certainly a much sexier romance than Iâ€™d been writing. But I
still wanted to
release darker, emotionally deeper, more erotic books. Less than a year
later, Shayla Black
released WICKED TIES,
the first book in the
Wicked Lovers series. The rest is historyâ€¦
Sherri: Which release made you feel like WOW I did it? or WOW I made
Shayla: Honestly, I never really feel that way. Once I started
releasing books in the Wicked
series, readers contacted me to let me know they enjoyed the books, but even
when Iâ€™ve made
lists or achieved personal goals, I only feel as if I havenâ€™t yet written my
best book, so I
continue to strive toward that goal.
Sherri: If you had to do it all over again, would you do anything
Shayla: Itâ€™s easy to say Iâ€™d change thingsâ€”and Iâ€™d be tempted in some
cases. But every
choice Iâ€™ve made and everything Iâ€™ve been through taught me something. Iâ€™m a
deep believer in
both experimenting and knowledge, so Iâ€™ll probably always continue to try
new things, some of
which will work while others wonâ€™t, then adjust accordingly.
Sherri: Can you tell us what youâ€™re working on now? What can fans
look forward to in
Shayla: Absolutely! After WICKED FOR YOU (Wicked Lovers, October 6), Iâ€™ll be releasing the
next book in the
series during summer 2016. Iâ€™ve got a titleâ€¦but Iâ€™m not quite ready to
share. Iâ€™ll also be
continuing The Perfect
Gentlemen series with Lexi Blake. After SCANDAL NEVER SLEEPS, weâ€™ll be releasing SEDUCTION IN SESSION in January and BIG EASY
TEMPTATION in May. Lexi and I are also hoping to put out another Masters
book, THEIR VIRGIN BRIDE, next spring/summer. Jenna Jacob, Isabella
LaPearl, and I are
also planning to publish THE EDGE OF DOMINANCE, the final book about
Hammer, Raine, and
Liam in the ongoing Doms of Her Life
series. And I still
more surprises to comeâ€¦
Sherri: Wow!! I can't wait. :)
Shayla Black (aka Shelley Bradley) is the New York Times bestselling
author of over 30
sizzling contemporary, erotic, paranormal, and historical romances for
multiple print and
electronic publishers. She lives in Texas with her husband, munchkin, and
one very spoiled cat.
In her "free" time, she enjoys reality TV, reading and listening to an
eclectic blend of music.
Shayla has won or placed in over a dozen writing contests, including
Passionate Plume, Colorado Romance Writers Award of Excellence, and the
Choice Awards. Romantic Times has awarded her Top Picks, a KISS Hero Award
and a nomination for
Best Erotic Romance.
A writing risk-taker, Shayla enjoys tackling writing challenges with every
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Ever since he rescued her from a dangerous kidnapper, Mystery Mullins has
Dillon. When he returned her to her Hollywood father and tabloid life, she
was gratefulâ€¦and a
little in love. Mystery wasnâ€™t ready to let Axel go, even after the soldier
gently turned her
away because, at nineteen, she was too young.
Now, six years later, Mystery is grown, with a flourishing career and a full
still stuck on Axel. Disguised, she propositions him in a bar, and the night
together is beyond her wildest dreams. Mystery steels herself to walk awayâ€”
except the sheets
are barely cold when her past comes back to haunt her.
Once he realizes Mystery isnâ€™t the stranger he thought, Axel is incensed and
when itâ€™s clear sheâ€™s in danger, he doesnâ€™t hesitate to become her protector
â€”and her loverâ€”
again. And as the two uncover a secret someone is willing to kill for, Axel
is determined to
claim Mysteryâ€™s heart before a murderer silences her for good.
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