Hey everyone! Good to see you back again. Please welcome Paige Tyler to the blog today. Paige is into the paranormal and she has a Halloween themed story coming out, too.
When you first started writing, did you write purely for pleasure or with the goal of publication?
I started writing in middle school, so back then I did it purely for pleasure. It wasn’t until my creative writing teacher in high school suggested I think about making it a career that I started to think about getting published. Although I wrote every day and came up with story after story, I still didn’t pursue it seriously. One of the problems was trying to figure out how to get anyone to look at my stories. I tried cold submissions and even sending my stuff to literary agencies, but those avenues never worked for me and I started to get a little disheartened. Luckily, that was about the time epubs were becoming popular, so I when I ran across a website asking for submissions, I decided to give it a shot. The publisher loved my stuff, and I’ve been writing every since. And while writing is my job now, I’ve never lost that love for it, so it’s still a pleasure!
How do you maintain your creativity?
For me, it’s all about being open to any idea that pops up, and just letting the storyline take me whereever it wants. I don’t try to write what someone else is calling “hot” at the moment, I write what calls to me. I’ve also found that jumping from genre to genre helps me from getting bored with a particular type of story. If I have a sci-fi story that just seems to be stuck, I go write on a comtemporary for a while, or a paranormal, or whatever. I’ve always found that when I do that, the storyline that was stuck or running a little drab before just pops off the page at me when I go back to it.
Is there a particular subgenre in that you specialize in and like the most, or do you write in whatever subgenre appeals to you at the moment?
I love writing paranormals and contemporaries the most, but sometimes I’ll get an idea for a sci-fi or a western, or most recently, a fantasy romance, and I’ll run with it.
Do you believe a writer is born with talent or can learn to write a great novel regardless of inborn talent?
I really think that when anyone has a knack for something, then they’re born with it, and that includes writers. That being said, I also think that the mechanics of writing can be taught and learned – all stories have the same basic elements. And a person gets better at writing the more they do it. I know that I’m constantly learning and improving the craft of writing with each and every book I write. I look back now at some of the earlier stuff I wrote and I marvel out how much better I am at having my characters express their personalities, or in telling a complex storyline. So, I know from experience that a person can learn to improve their writing.
Are there subgenres you don’t read?
I like to read mostly the same genres that I write. I don’t usually go for horror or mystery, though.
Where do you get your ideas? Just kidding. Okay, here’s the question. Do you ever get tired of people asking where you get your ideas?
LOL! No, not at all! In fact, when I come out with a new book, that’s usually what I blog about. I’m always fascinated with how authors come up with an idea for a particular story, and I’ve found that my readers are, too. I just blogged the other day about an upcoming release I have with Ellora’s Cave called DEAD SEXY, and one of the readers who commented told me that she wanted to reader the book when she saw the cover and read the blurb, but that after hearing how the story came about, she’s just itching to get her hands on it!
Tell us a smidgen about your latest novel and where we can buy it.
Well, I have a new release out with a Halloween theme. It’s a contemporary erotic romance called UNMASKED, and it’s available from Ellora’s Cave. I think there’s just something inherently sexy about costume parties – you know, no one knows who you are underneath the mask, so you can do anything you want, so I ran with the idea about a girl going to a costume party and hooking up with a hot masked man. I had a pretty good storyline going if I do say so myself, but I wanted to make it even more intriguing, so I thought, what if the heroine goes to the costume party looking for this hot, hunky coworker she’s been lusting after? Of course, she’d have to know what he’s going to be dressed up as for it to work, so I settled on the phantom of Venice. Just sounds mysterious, doesn’t it? To make it more fun, though, I decided to have more than one guy dressed up in the same costume, so the heroine would have to come up with some ingenious way to figure out which guy was the one she was looking for. Admittedly, that was a good idea. Really good. But I didn’t stop there. I wanted the heroine to have even more fun, so instead of making the costume party a regular old Halloween party, I made it a spanking party! For some reason, that always seems to be a big theme in my books! LOL! So, what does the heroine do, you’re wondering? Let every phantom of Venice she comes across spank her until she find the right one? I don’t want to give too much of the story away, but trust me when I say that the heroine has a LOT of fun trying to figure out which guy is the one she’s looking for!
You can read an excerpt here!
You can watch the trailer here!
You can buy it at Ellora’s Cave here!
Since we’re talking “chill me, thrill me” today, I should probably mention that I also have an upcoming paranormal erotic romance release from Ellora’s Cave called DEAD SEXY in which the hero is a zombie! Yes, you read that right! He’s a zombie. But a very sexy one! I mean, just look at that cover! Isn’t it too hot for words?! When the art department sent it to me, I probably gazed at it for a good ten minutes in mouth-drooling appreciation before I could email them back telling the artist it not only rocked, but totally fit the book. The hero is “Dead Sexy,” after all!
Okay, back to the story and how I came up with it. First, to set the stage, I need to share a little something with you about myself. Well, about my hubby and me, actually. We love zombie movies, from the George Romero gems to Shaun of the Dead and everything in between. You just can’t go wrong with a movie full of walking dead people, can you? Well, if you’ve ever seen a zombie movie (or even you haven’t), then you know the creatures aren’t the heroes of the film. I mean, how can they be, right? They’re all dead and decayed and downright unattractive, not to mention pretty damn scary. Which was why you can imagine my surprise when my hubby suggested I write an erotic romance about a zombie hero. I was like, you’re kidding, right? What woman in her right mind would fall in love with a dead guy? No way could that possibly work, or so I thought.
Turns out, my hubby wasn’t kidding. In fact, he started working up ideas for the story.
“The hero didn’t have to be a zombie all the time,” he told me. “Think outside the box – take a little literary license, for goodness sakes!”
Okay, I thought. I suppose I could be open minded.
My hubby told me that in his out-of-the-box world, the hunky hero got cursed by an evil Voodoo priestess and only turns into a zombie sometimes.
“I’m listening,” I said.
“And when he does go zombie, he doesn’t have to be like the kind in the movies,” my hubby added. Well, he has to look like one, you know all dead and stuff, but he doesn’t have to be a mindless creature or attack humans or eat anything gross.”
So, brains are completely out, thanks goodness!
“Think Jensen Ackles or Jared Padelecki, with a really, really, really dark tan – (yes, my hubby knows I’ve got a thing for the Supernatural hunks!) – well, maybe more gray and black than tan, but you get the idea.”
I thought about that for a minute. “So, the hero’s dead, but he’s still sexy, is that what you’re saying?”
“Exactly,” he said, giving me a grin as my eyes lit up with understanding.
By that point, my hubby had pretty much sold me on the idea. Of course, I knew if I ran with it, I was going to have to sell it to a publisher, and I knew that could be tough since the hero is a zombie.
But I ran with it anyway and ended up with a full-length novel. And it came out pretty damn good, if I do say so myself! I still had to find a publisher for it, though.
About this same time, It just so happens that several of my other books were in the process of being picked up by Ellora’s Cave and I thought what the heck? Why not pitch it to editor there and see what she thinks? So I did, and she told me to send it to her. She was interested to see how I handled the whole zombie-thing. Well, long story, short, she liked it. A lot! My zombie romance with it’s dead-sexy hero had a home! I was thrilled and my hubby walked around for a week with a smug, “I-told-you-so” look on his face.
I’ve been getting the word out there about DEAD SEXY and I’m thrilled with the interest from readers who can’t wait to get their hands on it! I can’t wait for them to read it, too! It’s in final edits with my editor, so it should be hitting the digital streets really soon.
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Thanks so much for interviewing me, Denise!