Friday, August 15, 2014

Interview with author PJ Adams

Please welcome author PJ Adams to my blog today. Be sure to read her  riveting excerpt from Black Widow below as well.

Interview with author PJ Adams

1) Why do you write (erotic) romance?
My stories are always about relationships between people, and so it’s natural that I’m drawn towards romantic relationships. I love the tensions of building a relationship up, the risks and fears, the highs and lows. Also, it’s not confining: I write romance, but it can range from sweet new adult romance to down and dirty erotic romance, and I can write thrillers, adventure stories, paranormal stories and more and still be writing romance. I love that there are so many stories just waiting for me to write them!

2) What romance subgenres do you write in? Why?
As I said in my first answer, one of the things I love about romance is that there’s scope to write so many different kinds of stories. I do tend to come back to romantic suspense, though. I love that edge of fear and danger in a story, and I think that life or death tension really heightens the romance.

3) What would you like readers to take away from your stories?
I hope that while they’re reading my stories they’re totally swept away and transported into the world of that story. I want them to really care. I want to make hearts race, to make people smile, and to make them heave huge sighs of relief when things finally work out.

4) What is your writing schedule?
Busy!Over the years I’ve developed various tricks to keep me productive, but what it boils down to is hard work and passion. Often I’m at my desk by seven in the morning, and I might not finish until twelve hours later. It’s what I love doing, and I’m lucky enough that enough people enjoy my work to keep me writing full-time. You can’t really ask for more than that.

5) Do you have any other passions besides writing? If yes, what are they? Why?
Lots. I’m a real believer in living life to the full and making sure I squeeze as much fun and satisfaction out of every aspect of life. It’s so easy just to drift and let life pass you by. More specifically, I love travel - or rather, I love being in other places. New England and Australia are two of my absolute favorites.

6) What is your favorite guilty pleasure?
Box-set binges! Given the opportunity, we’ll quite happily settle down with a stack of DVDs and work through them for hours on end. I think the record was a 17-hour session... Orange is the New Black, The Good Wife, Grey’s Anatomy, Band of Brothers... Well-written dramas, with a real sense of storytelling are what really work for me.

7) Where is your favorite place to write? Why?
With a laptop, somewhere with a view. In my office at home I have a view over the garden, which is lovely, but I’ve written sitting outside, wrapped in a blanket, with a view over a Maine bay as eagles fly past; I’ve written in the Canary Islands where beyond my balcony all I can see is blue sea and sky; I’ve written in secluded cottages and bustling coffee shops and bars all around the world. I love peace and quiet, but equally I like it when the world is busy all around me. I think it comes back to that getting the most out of everything approach to life: why limit myself to one favorite when there are so many?

8) If you didn’t write, what would you do instead?
Something creative, if I possibly could. I’ve always been a keen photographer, and that was a serious career option for a time. I’m a trained graphic designer, and that was a career for a while, too.

9) Are you a cat or dog person? Do you have any pets and if so, please tell us about them.
I don’t have pets right now, because I don’t think it’s fair on them when I travel. Definitely a cat person, though! I like other people’s dogs, but the routine of having to be there for walks just doesn’t suit my lifestyle. I like that cats aren’t so needy, but when they’re affectionate and give you attention you feel as if you must have really earned it.

10) What is the one thing you most want to do that you haven’t yet?
I’ve had several books optioned for the movies - in a couple of cases by big companies - but none have reached production yet. I’d love to see at least one book go all the way through that process.

11) Please tell us about your most recent release and where we can purchase it.
My most recent novel is
Black Widow. Here’s the publisher’s description:

Two years ago Eleanor Dryton lost her husband, her job and her friends.
She lost everything about her old life that ever mattered to her.
All she had left were her will and a burning desire for revenge.

Now, El has served her time for being an unknowing partner in her murdered husband's crimes. Her prison sentence has toughened her up and she's learned that she can be bad.

But when her search for revenge leads her to a man who takes bad to a completely different level just how far is she willing to go? If prison has hardened her, what effect will the man who killed her husband have? And does she even have any control over what happens next?

A dark and disturbing romantic thriller from the bestselling author of Winner Takes All and The Object Of His Desire.

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    Extract from Black Widow
    Rob had stayed in the room, giving her a little distance.
    She couldn’t work him out. Early on, he’d told her he’d just kind of drifted into the life he had here. He’d come to owe people favors, and he’d found ways to pay them back.
    She didn’t know what he did, though, what kind of double life he had. All those periods when he was away from the bar. Was he up here at the villa, or was he elsewhere, doing whatever it was that he had become involved with?
    She knew all about double lives, though. She’d lived one for so long without even knowing.
    She turned, resting the small of her back against the rail that ran along the top of the balcony’s enclosing wall.
    Eye contact was all it took.
    He came to her, slowly, like a fish being reeled in, the eye contact never breaking.
    She stretched up and kissed him, their bodies still a short distance apart. His lips pressed against hers, hesitant, holding back. Stubble scraped her face.
    His hand moved to her waist, and came to rest on the spread of her hips.
    She put a hand to his face, finding the roughness of that stubble.
    Such an intense moment.
    She hadn’t expected that: the way such a hesitant, minimal contact could send sensations ripping through her body like this.
    None of this was what she’d intended.
    She pushed away from the railing, standing, finally pressing her naked body against his. Feeling the rough denim of his shorts against her belly, his thighs against hers, her breasts squashing against his ribs through the thin cotton of his shirt.
    She hadn’t expected to suddenly need this so much. Not now. Not like this.
    She couldn’t allow herself to be so weak.
    She just couldn’t...

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