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Posted at Sep 28, 2016 10:39 am
Happy Wednesday, Everyone!
Welcome to another installment of my blog, Indulge in Romance. My guest today is, Tamsen Parker, author of Craving Flight.
Tamsen, please tell us about yourself: I’m a stay-at-home mom by day, USA Today bestselling erotic romance writer by naptime. My novella CRAVING FLIGHT made several Best of 2015 lists, and Heroes and Heartbreakers called my Compass series “bewitching, humorous, erotically intense and emotional.”
I live with my family outside of Boston, and when I’m not writing, I’m reading, attempting to keep my house in order, and trying to stuff one more thing into my planner (I’ve totally been bitten by the washi and sticker bugs—my planner’s a work of art!). I love sweet Rieslings, gin cocktails, and don’t drink coffee—but given my publishing schedule, I should probably start!
How long does it take you to finish a book? It depends on the book, but in general, it takes me about a year. I’m in the minority of romance authors, though; it takes me a long time to write a book but I write three or four at the same time whereas most people write much faster but work on only one manuscript at a time.
Tell us about your newest release/Tell us about your upcoming release. SCHOOL TIES is a standalone erotic romance set at Hawthorn Hill, a boys’ boarding school. I call it my teacher-student romance…sort of. While Erin and Shep definitely fall for each other while he’s still her student, their relationship doesn’t really begin until after Shep returns to Hawthorn as a teacher himself. And then…well, you’ll have to read it and find out ; )
Who are your favorite characters in the book? Why? I love all my heroes and heroines, but if I had to pick only one to bring to life, it would be a tie between Shep (from SCHOOL TIES) and Cris (from the Compass series). Shep is intelligent, earnest, and hardworking. The man is basically made out of devotion, which I think is super sexy. He’s also an athlete, so hello nice body!
Is your book a part of a series? SCHOOL TIES is a standalone (for now…).
How many books have you written? I’ve published six books, one novella, and two short stories, and I’ve got two more books coming out in the next six months.
Now that you’ve finished SCHOOL TIES, what’s next? My next release will be DUE SOUTH, which is the fifth book in my Compass series (December 2016). It’s an adorkable but also pretty dirty office romance that can be read as a standalone. In March 2017, I have another standalone coming out with InterMix, and in June 2017, the sixth and final book in the Compass series will release—for those of you who’ve read the Compass books, Reyes Walter will finally be getting his own well-deserved HEA.
Where do you get your inspirations for your books? The better question might be where I don’t I get ideas! Almost anytime I do something out of my ordinary routine I get an idea for a story. Inspiration also comes from conversations on social media or in real life, song lyrics, #MSWL (a hashtag on Twitter that stands for Manuscript Wishlist—agents and editors use it to tell people what they’d love to see in their inboxes), movies I see or books I read. My most recent idea came from a GIF of all things. I think most writers are constantly playing games of What If in their heads, and it doesn’t take much to set us off.
Before I go, I’d like to thank Ana for having me. I’m looking forward to joining Ana and a bunch of other amazing authors at the Fall In Love With New England conference in October! In the meantime, you can find me on twitter or facebook, or sign up for my newsletter.
Thank you for visiting, Tamsen. It was an honor having you as my guest. I hope you will visit again, perhaps to talk more about your upcoming releases.
Blessings to all, and see you the next time we meet to Indulge in Romance with Ana E Ross…