Rosa recently had the chance to visit with a very talented
author. So, without further delay letís hear from
I see that in June you have Book Four in the ďHot and
HendersonĒ series Twisted Steel and Sex Appeal coming
out. Was it hard going further into the series or easier?
I find it quite easy writing the books in this series
because the characters are waiting in lineósometimes patiently
and other times, not so muchófor their stories to be told.
When I wrote the first book, The Cake Babe, I didnít even have
a series in mind. But the heroís brothers sort of made their
presence known, one after another, and there was no turning
Are you nervous about the book's release?
I try to remind myself that it isnít very productive to stress about
how a book is going to do. Twisted Steel and Sex Appeal has
an older woman/younger man dynamic and Iím feeling pretty good about
it. But I did obsess about my March release, Seducing The Siren,
because it was my first diveópun totally intended since itís a
mermaid storyóinto Ďfantasyí. Honestly, I try to write the best
book I can and put it out there and hope for the best. And Iíd like
to go on record right now and say part of that process ending in
success is having an awesome editor and Iím blessed to have one of
I love the title it is very catchy and the cover is hot, how did you
come up with it?
I have to credit my secret obsession with watching re-runs of
American Chopper. There was an episode on last year where Mikey,
my all-time favorite Teutul, uttered that phrase and I had one of
those moments where all sound seemed to dissipate and that title
reverberated through my head. Ten seconds later I knew it was
perfect for one of the Henderson stories. All the brothers are
involved in construction or renovation in some manner and Lukeís
chosen profession hadnít come to me at that point. A hot,
heavily-muscled wrought iron craftsman with a great sense of humor
was born that Thursday evening! As for the coveróthe artist did an
unbelievable job. The necklace he wove into the image is an exact
replica of one that was described in the book. Itís my favorite
cover to date!
In your spare time, do you have a favorite hobby? And living in
Pennsylvania, are you a big sports fan?
I am a HUGE sports fan! I love football and hockey, and living on
the western side of the state, Iím fortunate to have two great teams
to cheer for. Although, as I answer this question, I hope I havenít
single-handedly jinxed my Penguins. I imagine at some point Iíll
work a sports theme into a bookóIíd love to give it a try, because
nine months out of the year Iím paying pretty close attention to
aggressive men in uniform! When I do get some free time I like to
read, of course. But I have a real passion for all things culinary.
Spending time in the kitchen is a true joy. I head there when Iím
happy and I definitely head there when Iím stressed. I find cooking
very therapeutic. To me, itís another form of creativity, especially
baking. The people who know me can attest to the fact that Iíve
never met a cheesecake, cannoli or chocolate truffle I didnít like!
When you start writing do you already have a idea in mind, and does
it change as you start writing?
I always have a rough idea of where I want the story to go. I donít
do a detailed outline, but I certainly know what motivates my hero
and heroine. Sometimes the story takes me down the path I intended
and other timesówhich happens a lot with these Henderson menómy
characters throw my plans into a tailspin. Iíve learned to just roll
with it. Those sexy brothers havenít steered me wrong yet.
Is there going to be a Book 5 in your "Hot and Henderson" series?
Iíve got the twins, Sam and Matt, waiting in the wings. I definitely
plan on doing their individual stories at some point, so there will
be a Book 5 and a Book 6. Toward the end of Twisted Steel and Sex
Appeal we get a brief introduction of a possible love interest
for Sam when she rolls back into town. But who knows, she may end up
making a play for Matt. Or be the luckiest woman on the planet and
end up with them both! (But probably notóthose guys tend to not like
to share a good thing when itís thrown into their laps.)
Is there one place in the world you want to visit but haven't?
Iíd love to take an extended tour of Italy. I was there years ago,
but for a whopping three days. The cultural aspect of the country is
obvious but Iíd be lying if I didnít admit that part of visiting
would definitely be a food thing! I had the best meal ever at
a tiny, off-the-beaten-path restaurant in Florence. I can only dream
about how wonderful exploring the small towns and villages would be.
So, any sexy Italian male tour guidesÖemail me.
Out all your books which is your favorite?
I should say The Cake Babe since it was not only my first
published book but also my first attempt at erotic romance, but in
all honesty I have to go with Loveís Choice. I lived in
Mississippi at one time and I will tell you with great conviction
that there is nothing sexier than a southern man who has that
heart-stopping blend of good looks, manners, charm and respect for
the woman he adores.
What is the best way for your readers to contact you?
I love to hear from readers so please email at your leisure. You can
contact me at
going in for a complete overhaul soon and Iíll be doing a newsletter
and blog sometime in the near future.
Do you have any favorite authors?
Stephanie Laurens for historical romance. I go for Sherrilyn Kenyon
if Iím looking for a great paranormal, because who doesnít love
those Dark Hunters? Iím a long-time Sherlock Holmes fan, so Sir
Arthur Conan Doyle. If I need something contemporary and totally off
the wall itís Carl Hiaasen. If youíre talking literary icons, then
itís Oscar Wilde and Byron.
What are you currently reading and what is your favorite genre?
My favorite genre is historical romance. I love losing myself in
another era, I have since I can remember. With that said, Iím
currently lost in a world where The Gingerbreadmanóa sadistic
psychopath, but still a cookieóhas escaped from St. Cerebellumís
asylum. Iím reading Jasper Ffordeís The Fourth Bear. Heís a
brilliant writer and masterfully blends satire, mystery and
well-known literary and nursery rhyme characters. Itís just sad that
this book has been out so long and Iím just now getting to read it!
Is there anything else you would like to add---any new releases or
Readers seem to have a real interest in a
few of the secondary characters from Loveís Choice,
especially Tawny, so I think I can safely say Iíll start working on
that sequel sometime over the summer. I am very proud to announce
that I will have a release in December as part of the Elloraís Cave
ďJewels of the Nile IVĒ anthology. And readers may be surprised to
find the story isnít my usual contemporary but an historical
entitled Enlightening Lucinda. I canít wait to see what
I do want to thank Joyfully Reviewed for inviting me to share a
little bit about myself with the readers. Itís been great fun!
Thanks for taking a few minutes to enlighten our readers.