I understand you have a new release out called WORDS OF SEDUCTION. Can you tell us a little bit about your fabulous new book?
The back cover blurb says it best:
From housewife to hot novelist...her real life is igniting more sparks than her stories!
When it comes to disastrous relationships, Suzanne Rand wrote the book. The frumpy-housewife-turned-superstar-author has come home to North Carolina to sell the family house—then hightail it back out of town.
But there’s an unfinished chapter in her life: bad-boy-turned-successful-businessman Rick Gordon. Suzanne’s been burned before and can’t let the roving playboy play fast and loose with her heart again...even if he is the sexiest thing on two legs. And once passion reignites in Rick’s arms, she has no idea where this story’s going...
Rick could write the book on how not to get hooked. But he’s never forgotten Suzanne, and now’s his chance to pick up where they left off. That’s why he’s plotting a course of seduction she’ll never be able to resist. But will their rekindled passion lead to love...and the happy ending they both crave?
WORDS OF SEDUCTION is a very interesting title. How did you arrive at that name?
The credit has to go to my editor. When I proposed the book it was called “Suzanne’s Seduction.” Fortunately, I’m used to titles changing (my January 2009 release Body Chemistry was originally “Body Talk” and my October 2008 release “Sheer Pleasure” became A Gentleman’s Offer).
Where did you get your idea for this particular book?
I was inspired by the novel Peyton Place. I was intrigued by its premise of scandal in a small town and a woman coming home to face it. I also liked the thought of secrets and my two main characters, Suzanne and Rick, have layers of them, which I hope readers will enjoy seeing revealed.
What’s your writing routine?
I don’t really have one. I admire those writers who are remarkably disciplined and write at the same time every day and have a word count or page quota. Although I treat my writing career as a business, I have a more flexible routine. The mornings and evenings are my best times for writing so I leave the middle of the day for more mundane activities such as copyedits, reading my email, paying bills etc…
What comes to you first? Character or plot? How did it affect the writing of this book?
Usually the character comes to me and basically says ‘Have I got a story for you!’ and I immediately jot down whatever pops up in my mind at that point. That doesn’t mean I do free-writing the entire time, but initially my work isn’t very structured. I’ll get a sense of the character arc and write towards fulfilling it. In WORDS OF SEDUCTION I knew that Suzanne had to learn to trust again and developed scenes so that the reader could see that growth. Also, using the title as my base, I tried to show the power of words--how they can hurt and heal.
What about writing do you find difficult?
I have never found writing difficult. It’s re-writing that I find difficult at times. Having to attend to detail, expand on an idea that I thought I’d made clear, or having to remove a scene that isn’t pertinent. But the initial creative rush is always a thrill for me.
You presently write category fiction, but started off writing single title romance. Do you prefer one over the other?
No, I have fun writing both. To me they’re like art, but one is a charcoal sketch while the other is an oil painting. One needs a big canvas, the other a smaller one. With my category work I’ve been lucky to have an editor who allows me to deal with deep themes--betrayal, abuse and suicide--so I don’t feel that my creativity is being hampered.
Do you work with a critique group? Why or why not?
No. I’ve always had one Ideal Reader who sees my rough drafts and this reader is the only one to see my completed manuscript before I send it to my editor.
What do you feel is the most effective promotion you have done for your book?
It’s been a cumulative effort consisting of things done both online and off. I work with a brand and marketing specialist who has provided me with ‘measurable results’. However, I strongly believe that the best promo an author can truly focus on is the work. I like what Mickey Spillane said, “The first page sells that book; the last page sells your next book.” I always hope that those who enjoyed my last book will be eager to buy my next book.
What do we have to look forward next?
WORDS OF SEDUCTION is the first book in a trilogy about three novelists who learn that desire goes beyond the page. The second book in the series, PAGES OF PASSION, will be released October 26th 2010. It’s a story about a cynical romance novelist whose life changes when she meets a real life hero.
To celebrate her book release, Dara is offering a free book of WORDS OF SEDUCTION to one lucky commenter on today's blog. (please check the blog Monday night to see who won. Chances of winning determined by the number of entries.)She will be around all day today. I'm sure some of you have questions or comments for her, so please ask away...
Check out author’s website at www.daragirard.com. Buy http://www.eharlequin.com/