Today, I am delighted to welcome an exciting new writer – Milly Taiden – author of the just published Paranormal/Werewolf Romance Sharp Change. This book is so hot it’s sizzling, so let’s find out more about the story and about the person who wrote it:
Welcome, Milly, it’s great to meet you and congratulations on Sharp Change. As we speak, it’s galloping up the Kindle charts. Can you tell us more about the story and the main characters?
Sharp Change is a Paranormal Romance. It centers around Sophia and Chase. Sophia is this witty, geeky scientist that has the hots for this alpha werewolf who happens to be her sister’s brother in law. Chase has been in lust with Sophia since he met her, but it has been hard for him to get her attention since she tends to run from him. She has this accident in her lab and all of a sudden her quiet desire for Chase can be hidden any longer. It makes for a fun story with some interesting twists.
I know you enjoy horror movies and read widely. What is it about werewolves that caused you to write about them, rather than, say, vampires?
Well…I LOVE werewolves. I like vampires too and have written them, not published yet, but I have a love for all paranormal. The thing about wolves is that I love the wildness about them, but they mate for life. I think it’s so romantic. Yes, I know I have issues. The moms are super protective of their pups and they are tight knit packs. Of course in MY brain, werewolves are these super sexy creatures that make women swoon and make us all want to take one for a mate LOL.
As a writer, who have been your major influences and in what ways do you think they have helped shape your writing?
When I was a kid I loved reading Mary Higgins Clark, Stephen King and then as I got older I because a huge fan of James Patterson. I loved all of Thomas Harris’ Hannibal series. I mean LOVED it! But when I write, I like romance, so I think to how I’d like to see a story develop for me to enjoy. I also love reading romance, Mina Carter, Laurann Dohner, Cynthia Eden, Julie Garwood, etc. I have a diverse Kindle library and enjoy every second of each book. I think because I like romance, action, suspense, etc. I tend to put a little bit of each into my stories. I find I like to have a figure out who the bad guy is, some romance, action and adventure and I’m happy.
Which books are currently on your bedside table? Go on, you can tell us!
I have Perfect Mate by Mina Carter, Assassin Mine by Cynthia Sax, Howl for It by Cynthia Eden, Obsidian by Laurann Dohner and I’m trying to finish Hunted by Rebecca Zanetti.
You’re published by Etopia Press, as I am, what led you to them?
My bff Mina Carter who is also published by Etopia. She spoke so wonderfully about everyone there and told me I would like being a part of such a great team. She was so right! I love it here and I am not going anywhere any time soon.
In your opinion, what are the ingredients that make up a winning story?
For me: A good story has to have an interesting story, characters we can relate to and an ending that will leave me satisfied. I hate reading a book that starts out great and end up putting it down thinking ‘that was awful’ it’s not cool for a reader to feel they wasted their time. I want to be captured, reeled in and want to continue reading until I reach the end and say OH No! it can’t be over! Or when I reach the end I have a big smile saying that was awesome.
You were born in the Dominican Republic and have lived in a number of very different locations, how has this influenced your writing?
It helps me be able to write stories taking place in different locations. But being such an imaginative person, I find that as long as I can picture a place and can describe it well, I can write about any location without having to be there.
OK, fun question now and one I haven’t asked an author in quite some time. Imagine you are organising a dinner party and can invite 6 guests – real or imaginary, living or dead – who would you choose and why?
Oh wow! This is great and hard. I am about to have one super weird dinner party. I’d invite Niol (demon main character from Cynthia Eden’s Midnight Master) OMG I’m in love with him! Then I’d invite Johnny Ram (cyborg main character from Mina Carter’s Aries Revealed) Ral (main character from Laurann Dohner’s Zorn Warrior book Ral’s Woman) Thomas Harris and his character Hannibal Lecter. I’d bet he’d make awesome dinner conversation. And last but not least, Jeffrey Dahmer. I have this obsession with serial killers. I find them fascinating.
Wow! That's some scary dinner party! Finally, tell us about your future plans and projects and also where we can buy Sharp Change and where we can interact with you on the Internet.
Under Milly Taiden Fate’s Wish and Mate Event should be coming soon.
Under April Angel (my name to write Contemporary Romance and Romantic Suspense) you’ll see Mr. Buff and Stranded Temptation. There are others that have been contracted for both but won’t be seen until early 2013.
Anyone interested can buy Sharp Change at amazon.com
or at All Romance ebooks
That's lots of great reading to look forward to. Thank you for being my guest today, Milly. I wish you every success with the brilliant Sharp Change.
Thank you Cat for having me! It’s been a pleasure.