Wednesday, December 25, 2013

Author Interview – A.M. Griffin @AMGriffinbooks #LovingDangerously

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Do you recall how your interest in writing originated? My mother writes so it was something that I grew up seeing and being around. I remember growing up and she’d always be at her desk on her typewriter. It was a normal thing in my house, something that I grew up around. I’m surprised that out of 6 children that I’m the only one of her kids that was struck with the writing bug.

How long have you been writing? I’m a newbie writer. I started my first book in 2011 and it was published in 2012. But I’ve been on a mission ever since that first book was published. In 2013, I wrote 3 novels. I’m striving for 4 in 2014.

What genre are you most comfortable writing? I love science fiction and paranormal. I think for me those would be easiest to write as I am able to use my creativity. I’m writing a superhuman story now and it requires a lot of research on my part. I don’t mind doing the research but I like making up things better.

What inspired you to write your first book? My mother writes so it was something that I grew up seeing and being around. I remember growing up and she’d always be at her desk on her typewriter. I didn’t know then that’s what I wanted to do, but as the stories in my head began to take shape and my characters became louder and louder I knew what I had to do. Eva from Dangerously Mine (Loving Dangerously #1) was the first character that I wanted to complete. She’s so strong that it was no way that I couldn’t have ignored her any longer.

Can you share a little of your current work with us? Dangerously Hers is the 3rd book in the science fiction, erotic, romance Loving Dangerously Series. I love the characters in this book so much! Jess has a razor tongue but underneath it all she’s an abused woman who is learning that she is worthy of being loved. Rasha, my alien hero wants Jess so bad, but he’s having a hard time figuring out human women, especially one with a past like Jess.

I’m in edits with the fourth book in the Loving Dangerously series titled Dangerously His and I’m one week from submitting the fifth book titled Dangerously Forever. Dangerously His is about two people who want to be together but are being separated by forces they can’t control. Dangerously Forever is the story where Eva (from Dangerously Mine) and her best friend Allysan finally reunite. It’s definitely not the end of the series. There are still so many worlds and characters to explore.

Can you tell us about your main character? Before Jess was taken from Earth, she was a big shot in her father’s infomercial company. Jess didn’t rise to the top because she was given any favors, she worked hard for it. She was used to being in control of her life and had a linear plan on how her life would work out. Being taken from Earth and sold to an alien brothel changed a lot for her. She’s having a hard time getting over how much her life has changed and getting back on track, even after she escaped the brothel. She’s mad at everything. She’s been given a chance to start a new life and we see her really trying to let something’s go (her ill feelings for all things aliens). She thinks she has it under control until she begins to develop feelings for Rasha, her new boss. It’s funny at times to see how she says one thing but is really thinking another. Through this book we see Jess grow as a person and learn to love again.

Who is your publisher? I have a wonderful publisher, Ellora’s Cave. They are small enough to know my name and big enough to draw the readers. They have a conference every year, Romanticon, and if you’ve ever been to one you’ll understand what I mean. It’s a very family oriented publishing house. Everyone seems to love their jobs and it shows.

Why did you choose to write this particular book? I didn’t set out to write Jess’ story. The next book was going to be about J.B. but from the first scene it became Jess’ book. It starts off with her taking that first step off the transporter and being overwhelmed with emotions that she is trying to stay in control of. Her voice was so powerful that it was hard to override it. I tried for over a month to keep it as J.B.’s story, but in the end I had to give up on that idea and go with the flow. Characters have a funny way of telling you that it’s their turn for their story to be told. I’m glad that I relented and wrote her story. I think it needed to be told especially after she was the hard-headed bitch in Dangerously Yours. I’ve found a new appreciation for Jess and I like her now.

How much of the book is realistic? None at all. My books are science fiction and futuristic so unless hostile aliens invade Earth, my books are way off from being realistic and I think that’s a good thing for all of us Earth bound people.

Have you included a lot of your life experiences, even friends, in the plot? None of the characters are based off of anyone I know but their names are. Many of my characters share a name with my loved ones. It’s like a secret present to them. I have my sisters’ name in a few of my books. They get a kick out of finding it. It’s not easy to spot because I spell it backwards which works for alien sounding names and places. My husband and children are littered throughout my books. When I’m long gone I’d like to picture them reading one of my books and spotting their name and thinking, “My mommy loved me.”

Dangerously Hers

Jess hates aliens. After the invasion that destroyed Earth, the extraterrestrial bastards sold her to a brothel as a sex slave. She may have escaped but the old memories and fears still linger in the dark corners of her mind. Supposedly Sonis is just the place for her—somewhere safe, where she can heal and start fresh. She’s almost hopeful…until she meets Rasha, her new boss.

Rasha, captain of the Sonis Royal Guard, is a warrior through and through. He’s huge, sinfully sexy and could have any woman on Sonis—but the woman he wants is Jess. He’s very much an alien and Jess knows she should hate him or at least be wary, but whenever he’s around, she loses control. She tells herself it’s only sex—amazing, mind-blowing sex like nothing else she’s ever experienced—but there’s something about Rasha that shakes her soul. The feel of his skin against hers, the look in his eyes as he touches her—they make her want to believe it’s possible to find love and begin again.

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Genre - Science fiction

Rating – R

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