Please welcome the awesome Vivian Arend to my blog today. I have had the pleasure of reading/reviewing many of her books and she is now a must buy for me, no matter the series. She has agreed to step into the hot seat and answer a few questions for us plus give us a peak at her new release Rocky Mountain Heat.
Do you have a routine when you are writing? Do you have a set time you write, certain number of days a week, word count, etc?
Last year I was traveling with the family, and there was no routine. I had a 3G Internet connection so I could do a little bit of online work while we traveled, but mostly it was a combination of travel/enjoy sightseeing/work like crazy when we landed for the night.
Now we’re back in a house and I’m trying to set up a routine. More like a 9-5. I’ve never worked a 9-5 in my life…so we’ll see how it goes!
I’m a Twitter junkie and I’m bad about reading Twitter posts when I am supposed to be working. Do the social networking sites tempt you away from work when you are writing? Do you allow yourself time on them or do you have to stay away from them completely while working?
I do a lot of sprints when I’m writing. A friend who lives on the other side of Canada from me will IM me GO and we’ll write for 30 minutes. The fact I know she’s writing stops me from taking a break to check out twitter etc. It works, but yes, it’s a concentrated effort some days! Twitter is fun to play on!
Some authors like to read books in completely different genres than the one they write. What types of books do you find yourself reading? Do you think these books influence what you write?
I read whatever I like whenever I get a chance. While I’m actually writing a story I tend to not read anything new, because I’m rereading my own work; kind of an on the spot critique and upgrade. I really enjoy romance, in all the various sub-genres. Nothing too scary though and I confess I don’t really enjoy a lot of vampire books. Just not my thing.
Also, sci-fi, fantasy, classics, tea cup mysteries—I’m never bored!
I think they definitely have influenced me because having read SO MUCH over the years before I started writing, I feel as if I learned lessons from each of them and that has helped me in my career to be able to story tell. Which is what writing a book is at it’s most basic.
Are you a full time writer or do you have to make time to write? Is it difficult to juggle working, writing and family life?
I am a full time writer at this point. Up until this year I was writing fulltime as well as homeschooling two teens. My husband has taken over the schooling and I had one graduate, so it’s time for new adventures. I think no matter whether you have a day job outside the home or not, we have to juggle. Housework, family commitments—they are always there, all the time. Deciding what are the top priorities applies in so many ways!
Lightning round!Favorite color? Green
Favorite beverage? Coffee
Favorite Food? SUSHI (yes, I mean to shout)
Favorite animal or pet? Have a cute Shitzu cross we love
Sweet snacks or salty? Salty
Morning person or night owl? Both. Then siesta in the afternoon!
Mac or PC? Mac forevah.
TV, Radio or Nothing when you are writing? Times I want silence? 100% Times I get it? 0%
And because you’re a romance author: Sweet or smutty? I don’t like smut, but I like sexy more than sweet. No GRAPHIC, please. (Ie, I don’t need to know about bodily fluids in excess detail…ick.)
Five Aspects of Writing That Bring You Joy
-readers who write to say they enjoyed…xyz. SO COOL!
-fellow writers who make me lol and help kick my butt into gear when I need it
-getting to see the first glimpse of a cover art
-writing a scene then rereading it and going ‘hey, that wasn’t half bad!’
-coming up with a cool story idea and seeing it through to the end. Satisfaction!
Five Places You Would Like to Visit
-Greece. I want to rent a villa/apartment/whatever they call it there and live for a month at least.
-New Zealand. Backpacking.
-Australia. Scuba diving the Great Barrier Reef among other things.
-Ireland. I’ve been to Scotland and Wales, would love to see the Emerald Isle.
-All the National Parks of Canada. It’s on my bucket list. Some you have to fly into (far north), but we’ve already hit a good chunk of the more southern ones.
Now – will you tell us a little about Rocky Mountain Heat?
This is a re-release of a series started in 2009 published by Liquid Silver Books. I approached my current publisher to see if they were interested in taking over the series, and they said yes, they wanted all the books. I was thrilled, because Samhain has a wonderful print program as well as quality ebooks. It also meant I got to work with my editor at Samhain who is one of the best in the industry.
Rocky Mountain Heat starts the contemporary cowboy series SIX PACK RANCH. The hero, Blake is the oldest of six brothers working the ranch. And the little girl next door has surprises in store for him that are going to change his life…
The re-released version has an additional 20K words added, and the entire book has been revised and updated. Having said that, if you read the first version, you don’t HAVE to read the new version, but there are some changes you might enjoy.
Book 1 and 2 (both rereleases) are out November 15 and January 10. Then a brand new book Rocky Mountain Desire will be available March 13. If you like family rich stories with more than a touch of heat, I hope you check the books out!
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Rocky Mountain Heat
Six Pack Ranch, Book 1
He’s the one who taught her to ride. Now all he wants is to ride her.
Blake Coleman is old enough to know that acting on impulse causes nothing but a heap of trouble. But when trouble’s a western-hat-wearing blonde with slim legs that go on forever, what’s a man to do? Wanting the sweet girl next door is just wrong. The responsible thing to do is keep his hands off.
Jaxi has other plans for Blake’s hands, and his heart. She may have once considered him a big brother, but that was a long time ago. She’s all grown up now and ready to convince him that she’s perfect for him. Except he can’t seem to see past the big “don’t touch” sign that’s apparently still hanging around her neck.
When Jaxi ends up living right under Blake’s nose, the undeniable heat between them slides off simmer and leaps up to barn-burning levels. However, a few of the younger six-pack Colemans have decided Jaxi’s brand of trouble is worth risking a few busted bones.
That is, if Blake’s finally ready to let go the reins and fight for what he wants…
Warning: Sexy cowboys seducing and being seduced in trucks, pool halls and barns. Droolworthy country charm, a little double-teaming, a few secrets and a whole lot of brothers to look forward to. Anyone wanna go for a ride?
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