Monday, April 25, 2011

Writer with Sizzle Interview: Lynne Roberts

Please welcome erotic romance author Lynne Roberts! Lynne would like to give away an e-book copy of her latest release HOOKING UP to one lucky commenter, so be sure to leave your email address in the comments section so she can reach you. (Winner announced on Wednesday!)

About Lynne:

Lynne Roberts wrote her first story out of frustration at the age of 11 because Gone with the Wind just couldn’t end with Rhett and Scarlett not together.

She’s a hopeless romantic and a sucker for a happily ever after.

She’s been writing professionally since 2005 and, after reading some very talented authors, attempted her first erotic romance in 2009.

A hopeless coffee-addict, when she’s not writing, editing or on Twitter—which isn’t often—you can find her with her fiancĂ©, in the garden, reading or with her five children. Sometimes all of the above.

Lynne currently lives in sunny California. You can learn more about her on her website and blog. She’d love to hear from you.

http://lynneroberts.net/

http://lynneroberts.blogspot.com/

Lia: Great to have you here, Lynne! Tell us about your latest release.

Lynne: Hooking Up takes place entirely in a bar. It started as a single scene and evolved into one of my favorite stories ever!

Trisha is tired of tame, tired of predictable. After years playing the supporting role, she longs for a night of unrestrained sensuality—even if that means stepping out of her comfort zone and into the arms of a stranger.

Excerpt:

One corner of the blond’s mouth turned up as his gaze roamed her body. He was checking her out.

She smiled. Let him. Two could play at that game.

She imagined licking those full lips, dipping her tongue into his mouth. Would he taste sweet?

Tangy? He’d taste strange, different. She needed something different.

In her mind’s eye, she watched her hands sliding under his shirt to explore the smooth muscles of his chest, seeking down the sculpted abdomen to his cock. It would feel heavy and hot. Oh, God, how she missed the weight of an erect shaft in her hand, the texture of the satiny skin, the musky smell of man at his most primal. She missed the salty taste in her mouth and the feminine power of bringing a strong man to his knees as he orgasmed.

Lia: Wow! Definitely sizzling. What is your favorite thing about being a romance writer?

Lynne: Hearing from people who have enjoyed my books. As a writer, you lose a little perspective after you’ve gone over each word and comma a hundred times. ; ) It’s wonderful to know readers enjoy your work!

Lia: So true! Have you ever cried or laughed out loud while writing a scene?

Lynne: Yes!!! I’m editing a book now I last worked on about a year ago. I still cried! I firmly believe if you don’t cry, laugh, root for the HEA, your readers won’t either.

Lia: I think you’re absolutely right. Which scene in your book do you think will leave the reading squirming in their seat?

Lynne: The love scene in the bathroom. At least it leaves me squirming. : )

Lia: What’s your secret to writing a steamy scene?

Lynne: I write it straight through without stopping and then go back and edit.

Lia: Is there anything special you do to get in the mood before writing a scene?

Lynne: Depends on the scene. Sometimes I’ll listen to specific music that either inspired the scene or reminds me of the characters. Other times I’ll close my eyes and picture every detail in my head until it flows onto the page.

Lia: Do you have a favorite writer you’ve read over and over?

Lynne: I read CS Lewis and Tolkien every 5 years or so. I love everything Ilona Andrews or Patricia Briggs writes. I know, they’re all fantasy. *sigh* I blame that on the fact I’m working on a fantasy at the moment. I’m reading Cari Quinn now. Every time I read one of her books, I sit back in amazement. She makes it look so easy! Nalini Singh, Larissa Ione, Kresley Cole are a few of my favorite romance authors.

Lia: All wonderful authors! Have you ever lived out any of your scenes?

Lynne: No. ; ) My characters are quite a bit more adventurous than I am.

Lia: Sigh. Mine are too. LOL. Where do you get your inspiration?

Lynne: Walmart. No, kidding. Everywhere. I never know when it will strike. Writers should keep a pad and pen with them at all times.

Lia: Do you have any advice for the budding erotic romance writer?

Lynne: Read! It sounds simple, but it’s so important. The second thing I’d tell them is to finish the story. A bad story can be edited. A blank page can’t. Oh, I guess I’m full of advice today. Because I also think you should push your comfort zone just a little.

Lia: Great advice. Where is the wildest place your characters have had sex?

Lynne: My characters only have sex in wild places! I think the first time I wrote about sex in a bed was in Creative License and that came out early this year. Let’s see. A barn, stairwell, bathroom…take your pick. ; )

Lia: Love it! Have your characters ever been caught having sex in public? How did that go?

Lynne: As you can see by the previous question, they’ve all had sex in public, but they haven’t been caught. Come to think of it, that might be interesting.

Lia: Has anything in your real life ever inspired a scene for your book?

Lynne: Yes, but all mild things. My sisters had taken me out to dinner for my birthday a few years ago. Glenn’s first scene in Hooking Up was inspired by a man sitting at a bar staring into his drink as though it contained the answers to the world’s problems. Or at least his.

Lia: Thanks for a being a Writer with Sizzle, Lynne!

Where you can find Lynne's books:
http://store.samhainpublishing.com/creative-license-p-6257.html

http://www.thewildrosepress.com/wilderroses/index.php?main_page=index&manufacturers_id=90

11 comments:

Lynne Roberts said...

Hi Lia,

Thank you so much for having me! : )

StacieDM said...

I like that your characters hook up in strange places. It would be interesting to see what would happen if they ever got caught. Hooking Up sounds great! Thanks for the great giveaway!

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Brandi said...

I like how you get your inspiration from books at Wal-Mart. Somehow I think there could be severals novels written about some of the people who shop there, me included. From your excerpt, Hooking up sounds like it should be on my to read list. Thanks for the giveaway and introducing me to your books.

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AJ Nuest said...

Hi Lynne! Great interview and post. I totally agree with you that one of the most important things an author can do is READ! Hooking Up sounds positively delicious. Pick my name, will ya? Cheers!

Lynne Roberts said...

Hi Stacie.

It would. The concept has my creative wheels spinin' ; ) good luck

Hi Brandi! Yup, inspiration is everywhere! You are welcome and good luck! : )

Hey, AJ! Thank you for stopping by. Reading is vital for a writer. Hooking Up is one of my favorites!

Good luck!

Nightingale said...

I tried to post a comment earlier, but Blogger refused. I love the title and the excerpt rocked. Nice "meeting" you, Lynne. Good job on the interview ladies.

Harlie Reader said...

Absolutely LOVED Creative License. Ladies, please read that book. Congratulations on your new release.

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lisagk said...

Thanks for the interview. Your advice to authors to read would seem to be right on the money. Inspiration has to be vital. I look forward to reading Hooking UP.
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Lynne Roberts said...

HI Nightingale. I have similiar problems with Blogger. It's nice meeting you too!

Thank you Harlie. I love to hear things like that!

Hi Lisa! I hope you enjoy Hooking Up! : )

Lynne

Lynne Roberts said...

Hi ladies,

First I apologize for taking so long. I had some tragic news this week that kinda threw me for a loop. Anyway, by way of my ultra random contest winner picker. (My 5 year old picks a number out of a bowl) The winner of Hooking Up is AJ Nuest!

Thank you all for commenting!

Lia Slater said...

Lynne, I'm so sorry to you've been going through a rough time. I'm wishing you well! Take care!

Thanks to all who stopped by for Lynne's interview, and congrats to AJ!