Hey Anne, thanks so much for taking the time to be with us today hon…
Thanks for having me! *g*
Congrats on your first release with Kensington Aphrodisia, SOME LIKE IT ROUGH this month and then you also have BODY RUSH coming out in June. Can you please tell us a bit about both?
Well, here’s the official blurb for the anthology SOME LIKE IT ROUGH. My novella is called “Cherry on Top”. Cherry is a woman who is a bit jaded. She’s been married once already and has no intention of going down that crappy road again. Dante is a workaholic. Together they find something they never expected: Love.
Some Like it Rough” is written by Kate Pearce.
Luke Warner wants to chill out when he cashes in his stocks and returns to his hometown. But things heat up when he reunites with his best friends, Julia and Paul, and invites them both to share in a sexual adventure like they’ve never had before…
“Private Eyes” is written by Susan Lyons. Assigned to work undercover as an exotic dancer, straight-laced Haley Croft discovers the thrill of strutting her stuff. And when she catches sexy Ry Montana checking out her moves, she can’t wait to give him his own private show…
“Cherry On Top” is written by Anne Rainey. When massage therapist Cherry DuBois rubs her oil-slicked hands all over Dante Ricci’s rock-hard body, red-hot desire courses through her. She longs to lose control and give herself to the pleasures of sexual submission.
Read the first chapter of “Cherry on Top” here: http://annerainey.com/bookshelf/some-like-it-rough/
BODY RUSH is my first full length! And I’m super excited about it too! In this book I introduce three women, friends since childhood. As they sit down for their usual drinks at the local nightclub on Friday night, they hash out a plan to spice up their rather boring lives. And they get way more than they bargained for too!
Here’s the blurb for that one, which comes out in June!
Three restless women…one naughty idea…
Taking orders from egotistical hot shots in suits is no turn-on for legal secretary Lydia Burke, but she knows where to find what she’s looking for–at a local BDSM club. Three sexy, commanding men want to show Lydia their version of the law, and she’s just the woman to yield to their demands…
Psychologist Roni Smart is willing to play doctor in her spare time, but she’s looking for a man who lusts after more than her money. Enter Jake, a computer whiz whose able fingers, red-hot body, and brash take-charge attitude are the perfect antidote for her fever…
Coffee shop owner Jeanette Williams just can’t read the menu when it comes to men. But she’s more than happy to serve the knee-weakening biker guy who shows up each morning, stirring a shameless desire within. So when she catches his hungry eyes on her, she offers him an after-hours culinary lesson he’ll never forget…
Read the first chapter of BODY RUSH here: http://annerainey.com/bookshelf/body-rush/
I’ve been known to blush sometimes when I’m reading certain scenes. Has anything you’ve written made you blush?
LOL, Yes, I’ve definitely blushed! One scene in BODY RUSH made me blush. It’s one of those scenes that make me wonder what in the world I was thinking evan while writing it! LOL
Is there anything special that sparks your creativity?
Seeing people in love. Romantic couples. Old, young, middle aged. It’s ALL good! I love watching people as they express their love. Whether it’s a little hand holding or a hot kiss, it inspires me to write. I want to recreate that moment, that feeling.
Do you have specific writing times or do you just go with it when it strikes?
I write during the day, while my kids and hubby are gone. Sometimes the phone even comes off the hook. I’m alone with my characters and no one can interfere. I find I’m most creative then. The only sound is the television in the background. I can write twice as much in these hours because my mind can really go deep into the story. I can write when I have a houseful of people, too, but my mind isn’t fully engaged. The scenes aren’t as descriptive as they are if I’m alone. If that makes sense. LOL
Who controls your stories, you or the characters?
Ah, good question! I always go into things thinking I’m in control. I write up my outline/synopsis, I know how the story is going to end, I see the characters, even their dilemma, all of it. Invariably, the story will turn on me though, and suddenly about midway through I’m veering off course. *shrugs* I figure they know where they want to go. I’m just the pilot, Ivy, the characters are the ones who know the true destination!
Is there a genre you would especially like to try writing?
Romantic suspense. That’s where my heart is. I love romantic suspense. I’ve been reading the genre for two decades. Maybe more. I’ve been outlining, in detail, an entire series actually. From the first book to the last, I know the characters inside and out. Unfortunately, I’ve not had the chance to even start the first book. Too many other deadlines…for now. When the right time hits, however, I’m confident that my romantic suspense series WILL be told and I truly cannot wait!
What aspect of writing is the most difficult for you?
Middles! LOL I love starting a new story. I love ending it too. When it comes to seeing them through that difficult moment? Ah, I hesitate every blessed time! I want everyone to love each other—all the time—and that’s just not realistic. So, I have to push myself through those dark moments in order to get to those HEAs!
Do you prefer to write short stories or full length books?
I struggle through the full length stories, but it’s so awesome to see it to fruition. I want to watch the characters grow, I want to move the plot along at a slower pace. Take one step at a time. I adore it. Nevertheless, when I get a chance to write a short story I get SO excited! It’s like seeing love happen with the fast forward button pushed. The hero and heroine meeting, the fast-paced sexual tension, the hot love scenes, and then BAM! That breathless ending that leaves you panting. It’s all good. I can get as much enjoyment out of a 50 page story as I can a 500 page story. It’s not length, it’s quality.
Do you sometimes find that writing is cathartic?
Only in poetry. I have thousands upon thousands of poems. I’ve been writing poems for years. I love poetry. To me it’s like meditating. I feel renewed when I finish a poem.
Do you have any favorite authors? Genres?
Greg Iles, James Patterson, Dean Koontz, Tina Wainscott, Kay Hooper, Linda Howard, Shayla Black, S. L. Carpenter, Sandra Brown, Lora Leigh, Nalini Singh, Christine Feehan, Edgar Allen Poe and many many more! I read all genres. The only genre I can’t bring myself to read is Chick Lit. It’s wonderful, but it’s simply not for me.
Have your reading tastes changed over the years? Have you abandoned a genre & moved on to another or do you just expand to include new ones?
Definitely, I’ve abandoned a genre, lol! I used to read ALL historical romance, the steamy stuff to be precise! Madeline Baker, Nan Ryan, Connie Mason, etc. Now I’m all about paranormal or contemporary, and almost all of them erotic!
Are you currently reading anything or just too busy right now?
Every author I talk to says they have no time to read. I fall way outside that group. I love to read. That’s the whole reason I became an author. I have my faves, just like any other avid reader. I go to book signings hoping to have my picture taken with my favorite authors. The best moment I can think of for me (as a reader) was when I had the opportunity to meet and have my pic taken with Linda Howard. What a great lady. Nice, down to earth and so funny she had me cracking up!
Right now I’m reading a book called “Hush, Hush” by Becca Fitztpatrick, a YA book. Love it so far!
What would be your ideal “5 years from now I see myself..” scenario?
Hmm, this question always makes me feel egotistical or something. Like I’m just all that, when I’m really NOT. But, hmm, 5 years from now…I would love to see my books mass marketed. I’d love to walk into Wal*Mart and find Anne Rainey on the shelf. With any luck at all it’ll be the romantic suspense series I’ve been outlining for what seems like forever. We shall see though!
Anne, I’m so glad we got this chance to chat. I’ve really enjoyed it and look forward to reading your newest offerings…
Thanks so much, Ivy! By far this the most fun I’ve had in awhile!
Also, you can find me at: http://annerainey.com
Or at my blog: http://threewickedwriters.blogspot.com/
Samhain’s bookstore: http://www.mybookstoreandmore.com/anne-rainey-pa-247.html