A big welcome to Niecey Roy today. Many thanks for dropping in as my guest this week to talk about writing and showcase your fabulous book. First question: What draws you as a reader to the romance genre?
I love happy endings. Life can get super busy being married with kids, and I think a lot of women (and men) get lost in all the monotonous aspects of every day life, succumb to the stress, and forget why they fell in love in the first place. For me, romance novels are a reminder of all those feelings butterflies in the tummy feelings I had when I first met my husband, a reminder of how I felt while falling in love with him, and reading and writing romance novels only makes me love him more.
What is the most difficult part of writing a love story?
The entire time I am writing a love story, I stress about writing the intimate scenes (aka sex scenes). I worry about what my parents will say if they read them, my bosses, my husband’s parents... But I find when I get to that scene, I forget about those worries and get lost in the magic I’m creating between two characters that I’ve fallen in love with.
Is creating a book title easy for you? Tell us about the process.
Choosing a title comes easy for me. Usually, I have the title picked out before I start writing the story. It comes while the story is just brewing in my head. I got lucky with Fender Bender Blues and the title stayed the same for publication. Crossing my fingers for that same luck for the story I’m finishing up now.
Do your characters love the direction you take for them or do they have other ideas?
So far, the characters haven’t given me any grief while writing their story. They’ve all been great with the happy ending. The in-between part, while taking me through their love story journey, is always a surprise for me. I think they like to keep me on my toes.
Any tips for writers that you’d love to share?
Yes. DON’T GIVE UP. I know you’ve all heard it before, but it’s true. Publication comes from hard work and dedication. The moment you stop writing your stories, that’s when the game is over. Some people never go back to writing and lose that chance to get their stories in the hands of readers. If you love writing, and you want people to read your stories, keep fighting to get it in their hands.
Tell us about your next book.
I am in love with my characters from my next book! It’s about family, about new beginnings, and about accepting love for what it is when you least expect it. It’s another romantic comedy, but just like Fender Bender Blues, it has its serious moments. I can’t wait to share more details and a release date...but I still need to get it to my editor by mid-March, so I don’t have much of a personal life right now. Living like a zombie these days!
Here’s a peek at my new release, Fender Bender Blues, available NOW at Amazon and everywhere else May 3, 2013.
Amazon link: http://www.amazon.com/Fender-Bender-Blues-ebook/dp/B00B5L71YQ
"Classic cars, garden gnomes, and steamy romance? My kind of book!"
~Bestselling Author Kate Perry
FENDER BENDER BLUES
Her life took a wrong turn. He's driven by success. They didn't count on crashing into love...
Rachel Bennett loved her job until the day she finds herself doubting her choices. Now she's hunting for a new career, but starting over isn't easy. Her plan is simple—no distractions until she finds her dream job. She didn't plan on fate throwing her a curveball in the form of a fender bender with a sexy guy in an expensive suit.
Craig Larsen is a wealthy, successful business owner with a plan of his own: survive his current PR nightmare and stay away from his overly determined ex-girlfriend. His need for control and personal success is turned upside down when he meets Rach, a sassy redhead who can't drive.
Soon they find themselves battling with Rach's grumpy old neighbor, toilet-papering the trees of a high school nemesis, and fighting over the last slice of pizza. Can two very different people plus one fender bender equal a chance at forever?
Craig shifted to eye her warily. “Since when do you answer me with single words?”
“Since I decided I’m not talking to you,” she answered with a shrug, crumpling up the white paper wrapper from her sub.
Craig leaned his face in close to her neck and enjoyed the startled jerk of her shoulders. Her eyes opened wide in surprise. His breath shifted a few strands of hair at the nape of her neck as he whispered, “Why, because you want me?”
“You’re incorrigible,” she said, breathless, her cheeks flushed.
She’s enjoying this. The thought pleased him. Rach was on her back beside him now, her eyes closed. He glanced around the park to see if anyone was watching. No one was. He could swoop in for a kiss and no one would catch him. No one would care, he told himself. She won’t mind…
“I can feel you staring.”
Craig smiled down at her. “So what.”
She peeked at him with one green eye. “So stop it.”
“And if I don’t?” Maybe she’d tackle him, push him down on the blanket and…
She didn’t. She promptly closed her eye and went back to pretending indifference. “I’ll hit you, that’s what.”
“Not if I do this, you won’t.”
He’d only meant it to be a short kiss, but the pleasure of touching his lips to hers kept him there longer. Her tongue was velvet soft and warm against his and the slow mating of their mouths quickened his heartbeat even as he told himself, It’s no big deal, just a kiss.
She nipped his bottom lip and sent heat sliding through his body. The woman could kiss.
She whispered soft against his lips, “Now why don’t you admit that it’s you who wants me.”
Fender Bender Blues, a romantic comedy
January 24, 2013 exclusive Amazon digital release
Coming May 3, 2013 everywhere
published by Wild Rose Press