WooHoo I have my Erotic Cravings sista here with me today. Please say hello to Em Petrova!
Grab a cool drink because Em knows how to heat up a room.
Do you plot or let the story unfold as you write?
Writers refer to this as being a plotter or a pantster (fly the seat of your pants). I’m both. I plot my characters’ goals, motivations and conflicts. I know about 60% of what will happen in my book. But I give my characters some leash and see where they run.
Do you research your action/fight scenes?
If I’m using terminology, yes, to avoid sounding like an idiot. If I’m using weapons, DEFINITELY. Nothing worse than reading a book where a character is using a caliber that isn’t manufactured—ever.
What about your sex scenes?
Umm, no. I’m good at sex. ;)
So are your characters!
What about your chase scenes?
I might Google news with chases in them to gather some ideas.
What was the hardest chapter/book to finish and why?
My hardest chapter is ALWAYS the chapter before the climax. This is the point where I start to despair. I’m 100% sure the book is junk and cannot be salvaged. Then I tie up all the plot threads, launch into the climax, and I’m at peace once more.
How do you get past those bumps in the narrative that slow down your writing?
If I hit a bump while reading my work, I know something is wrong. I look at the words and often end up deleting or rewriting. If I’m getting stuck, the reader will for sure.
What are your current projects?
I’m on deadline with a cowboy/naughty schoolteacher story contracted by Samhain Publishing. It’s book 2 of the Boot Knockers Series. J Look for book 1 in May 2014.
I can't wait!
I also write under two pen names, so I’m busy writing novellas! http://hallieknight.com http://ellis-greer.com
So now for a little fun
Do you have a favorite quote?
It took me 15 years to discover I had no talent for writing. But I couldn’t give it up by that time because I was too famous~ Robert Brenchley
What is your favorite drink?
HAZELNUT ICED COFFEEEEEEEE. No, I haven’t had too many.
Oh my hello. I recently gave up coffee. God I miss it.
This is a little personal, but do you ever write naked?
No, but I do sometimes strip off my panties when writing a sex scene. Inspiration and all that. Yep, that’s my story.
You can erase one embarrassing experience from your past. What will it be?
When I was first trying to get published, I read the worst bit of advice ever. Some author said to print a copy of your manuscript and give it to a trusted reader along with a red pen.
Unfortunately, my writing sucked at that time. It needed put straight into the shredder. The 2 people I gave the book to never mentioned they even received it, which makes me laugh and want to hide at the same time!
Who's more fun, bad boys or perfect gentlemen?
What fun is a perfect gentleman? I’d have to shake him up.
If you were stranded on a desert island, what three things would be the most essential for you?
Ipod! Sunscreen. Cowboy.
Find out more about Em at http://empetrova.com
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Check out her latest, Somethin’ Dirty on Amazon.