A few weeks ago, a group of ladies approached me about joining a weekly group called Romance Weekly (#LoveChatWrite). The posts are geared for readers who love romance and want a view into a romance author’s world. It works like a round-robin with three questions tossed out and answered each week.
You know me…I’m always up for a peek between the sheets (pun intended)…so I said, “Yes!”
The group is right in the middle of a big giveaway to celebrate their big six month anniversary, so be sure you enter below for a chance to win all kinds of awesome stuff including a 7” Kindle Fire!
The fantabulous author tapping me on the shoulder to kick my answers off today is Sarah Hegger. Her debut release, The Bride Gift, just came out last week, and it’s fantastic. Lords and ladies, knights sparring shirtless where all the women can look on, sexual tension….yep, right up my alley. I forced myself to put it down halfway through last night, but you can bet your booty it’ll be finished before the day’s over.
Our questions come courtesy of Carolyn Spear.
If someone could observe you writing without you knowing they were there, what strange practices might they catch you doing?
You know, this one kind of scares me a little bit. Just a few weekends ago I shared a hotel room with thriller writer extraordinaire, TD Hart, at a writer’s convention in Oklahoma City. Both of us were super excited to have a whole weekend dedicated to our craft, but when it came down to quiet time and actual writing, it got a little awkward. I think my subconscious was afraid I’d make funny faces. Or worse—since I was smack dab in the middle of a sexytimes scene—I’d look…well…hot and bothered.
Thank God, we stayed at an Embassy Suites. I escaped to the front room where I could make whatever funny faces I needed to and ended up writing a scene that made me want a cigarette.
Other than a creative outlet, how does writing benefit you?
It’s time for me. When you’re married with kids and have a full time job, your schedule gets mighty full of stuff for everyone else. The first time I sat down to write, it was to hush that voice in the back of my head. The one that said, “You know, you could do this too,” every time I picked up a book. A bucket list for lack of a better way to say it.
Now it’s what I do for Rhenna. I earn a paycheck, buy the groceries, do the laundry and make sure the homework gets done, but every single day writing puts energy back into Rhenna. The result—a much happier wife, mom, and worker.
How do you feed your muse?
Hmm. That one depends.
First off, my muse is a man.
Mm-hmm. Runs around half wet and naked all the time. And he’s fickle.
Sometimes he just needs to de-stress, so I lure him out to play with a simple glass of wine. Other times he needs a little inspiration. That calls for picking up a book from one of my favorite authors and reading all the juicy parts.
If none of that works, I pull out the big guns—girls night out and road trips!
Just last weekend I went to Eureka Springs, AR with the hubby for a mother’s day retreat. (Hubby is surprisingly tolerant of my muse.) We’d been there a whopping six hours and I got an idea for a whole new series. So, yeah, getting my steamy muse out for some fresh scenery goes a long way at reving his mojo.
Now it’s Carrie Elks’ turn. Go check her out and see how she answers this week’s questions.
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