Mike and Cal, angel and demon, are reluctant business partners. To help them get along, Cupid sends a mediator called Kerry, but rather than working on a truce, the guys are soon locked in a different battle, this time over Kerry’s smoking curves.
Explicit sex scenes, DP, and strong language.
First, tell me a little about your book J….
The Mediator started out as an erotic short story, but I find it hard to write without a plot, so it turned into a paranormal ménage story with fleshed-out characters (as fleshed out as 22k words allow them to be—that’s the downside of novellas).
The Cupid Dating Agency series covers all aspects of relationships. In this case, it was love between three people. My next one, Movie Love, deals with a love between two people that is tender, yet passionate.
What inspired you to write your first book and what was it?
My first book is a long-lost role model for bad writing. I’m not even sure I have it on a computer anywhere. It was a very adult story about two kids discovering the worst about their parents, and devising a strategy that would restore their parents’ reputation. I liked the concept, but not only was the execution below par, the plot had more holes than you can find in my sock drawer.
Are there any new authors that have grasped your interest?
Celia Breslin writes hot novellas, although she’s been around for a while. I read all sorts of paranormal, and especially enjoy Carmen Fox and Kim Harrison.
Who do you look up to as a writer?
Carmen Fox, Celia Breslin, Julie LaVoie, Brenda Novak and many, many more.
If you had to do it all over again, would you change anything in your book?
Given the chance, I would turn The Mediator into a book, but I always feel that way when I enjoy spending time with my characters. Reading a novella is a great way to spend a couple of hours, but the low word count means you have to carefully balance plot, action and character development. A full-length book gives you more options.
Is there anything you find particularly challenging in your writing?
Writing novellas means you have to be very precise. Do I develop a character more, how much backstory do I provide, how much exposure do secondary characters get? Often I need second, third and fourth opinions before I decide where I need to add or cut a scene.
Who designed the cover? And do you help with them?
My publisher designed the cover. My books are fun and sexy, but covers in the erotic/romance genre often only focus on the sexy. Admittedly, my cover looks pretty demure compared to most books in its genre, but I like it.
Did you learn anything from writing your books and what was it?
Yes. You can’t please everyone. I don’t write for myself, but I write for readers like me, people who have a good level of literacy and are interested in exploring all forms of human interaction. Zzzzzzz. Sorry, did I make you fall asleep there? But seriously. I’ve tried to change the way I write in the past to make beta readers and agents happy, but my style is part of my voice, and second guessing myself only leads to writer’s block.
If you could be one of your characters, who would you chose?
Cal is my favorite, because he’s so broken, but I’d rather be Kerry. I love her humor and wish I could have her snark and confidence when dealing with real people.
Are there any books you think some of us should read, just because?
Yes. I recommend reading outside your normal genre. Some books will surprise you. Crime, historical, fantasy, literary—they all have their gems. An author’s writing style is often the deciding factor when I choose a book.
Do you have anything specific that you want to say to your readers?
Picking new-to-you writers is like a blind date at a new restaurant. You spend your evening off at a place with an unknown atmosphere, eating food you don’t know you’re going to like, with people you don’t know. Worse, they make you pay for it upfront. So, thank you for giving me a chance. Also, if that blind date scenario scares you, you might want to give the Cupid Dating Agency a go yourself.