A Pageant of Authors – Q1 & Q2

Please describe your idea of a perfect date.”

“I’d have to say April 25th, because it’s not too hot and not too cold. All you need is a light jacket.”

– Miss Congeniality

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The movie Miss Congeniality made fun of beauty pageants—I mean, scholarship programs—but pageants are big business. Contestants get put in the hot seat with some interesting interview questions. I decided to pick ten of these questions and pose them to an incredible group of romance authors to find out what they had to say. These authors write at various heat levels in several different subgenres, including contemporary, sci-fi, Southern, multicultural, m/m, m/f, and many other categories. Before looking at what anyone else had to say, I also jumped in and answered a few questions myself. I was surprised by just how much I was on the same page as many of my fellow writers.

Thanks to the enthusiastic response to these questions, I’ve broken this topic into five parts. Be sure to catch the whole series. You definitely don’t want to miss some of these answers.

Question #1: What makes you blush?  There was definitely a very clear divide between blushers and non-blushers.

 “I know this sounds strange coming from an erotic romance writer, but I blush very easily. Just thinking about blushing can trigger it. Having someone then point at me and say, ‘Hey, you’re blushing,’ just makes me redder. The trick is making it work for me and not letting a little color in my cheeks stop me from saying and doing what I want.”

– Allie Ritch

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“Most dirty jokes make be blush if I’m in mixed company. Otherwise I can tell a dirty joke with the best of them.”

– Cynthia Woolf
Website: http://www.cynthiawoolf.com
Blog: http://www.cynthiawoolf.com/blog

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“Compliments.”

– Selena Illyria
Website: www.selenaillyria.com
Amazon Central: http://www.amazon.com/-/e/B0075NG31K

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“Being made the center of attention.”

– Jianne Carlo
Website: www.jiannecarlo.com

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“Tripping with people around, which I do often.”

– A. R. Norris
Blog: http://sci-fiadventures.blogspot.com/
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“Compliments.”

– Pippa Jay
Blog: http://pippajay.blogspot.com/
Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/5054558.Pippa_Jay

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“Any moment I deem embarrassing. This can range from compliments to pranks where all the attention is on me.”

– T. K. Toppin
Website/Blog: http://www.tktoppin.blogspot.com

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“The list is too long. I’ve spent decades trying to overcome the blush but I expect I’ll be embarrassed on my deathbed.”

– Kate Rothwell/Summer Devon
Website: http://katerothwell.com
Website: http://summerdevon.com

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“Talking in public. Any time I become the focus of people I blush because I just feel uneasy drawing peoples’ attention.”

– Qwillia Rain
Website: www.authorqwilliarain.com
Blog: http://authorqwilliarain.blogspot.com

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“Flattery. Always. I’m always so surprised and embarrassed by it.”

– Lynn Lorenz
Website: www.lynnlorenz.com

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“Discovering that the heroes of whatever m/m novel I’m working on have names starting with ‘J’ and ‘A.’ My best friend and his partner’s names start with those letters, and somehow those letters keep cropping up… *bright blush*”

– Emily Carrington
Website: www.emilycarrington.com

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“There is one thing guaranteed to make me blush. I’m standing in line at the grocery store, pumping gas in my car, waiting at a stoplight and a sexy stranger makes eye contact. Damn, that gets me every time! That split second where he knows he’s caught me. Yep, I was looking and he gives that little curl of his lip to smile knowing I was checking him out. That makes me turn blazing red faster than anything.”

– Pauline Allan
Website/Blog: www.paulineallan.com

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“Shaking down the CEO of the company for his security badge because I didn’t recognize him. That was truly embarrassing, especially since it wasn’t really my job—other than in the abstract way that security is everyone’s job. At least he was nice about it.”

– Clancy Nacht
Website: http://clancynacht.com/
Amazon: http://astore.amazon.com/charlottesome-20

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“A lot of the stuff I say, LOL!”

– Pam Labud/Leigh Curtis
Website: www.pamlabud.net
Website: www.leighcurtis.net

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“My husband, he definitely knows how to embarrass me.”

– Jami Davenport
Website: http://www.jamidavenport.com/

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“Very little. I’m an erotic romance writer!”

– Cassandra Carr
Website: http://www.booksbycassandracarr.com

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“Not much! When it happens, people tend to comment on it with, ‘I’ve never seen you blush before!’ Chances are, however, they have no idea what was going through my mind at the time—usually something unexpectedly sexual that takes me by surprise.”

– Tibby Armstrong
Website: http://www.tibbyarmstrong.com

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“Not much. I write erotic romances.”

– Casey Crow
Website: www.caseycrow.com

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“Nothing much anymore! I don’t like to be complimented and sometimes that makes me blush.”

– Viki Lyn
Website: http://www.vikilyn.com
Blog: http://www.vikilynromance.blogspot.com

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“ROFL. Not much. Maybe getting caught staring at a man’s legs. But that’s what dark sunglasses are for, and I’m not afraid to use them.”

– Tarah Scott
Website: http://www.tarahscott.com/

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“Nothing! WOO HOO HAHAHAHA! LOL Really, there is only one thing that can make me blush and it has been the same thing for years now. When my husband Dennis stops me when I know I am looking or feeling my worst, looks me in the eyes, and sincerely tells me how beautiful he finds me. I think he needs glasses, but the fact that after all these years, after all our children, after all that life has tossed at us, he still finds me beautiful makes my heart melt and reminds me why I love my wonderful man so much.”

– Stephanie Burke
Website/Blog: http://theflashcat.wordpress.com/

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Question #2: What book are you reading?  We authors are usually voracious readers, so these answers probably became outdated the same day they were given.

“I most recently finished Jade Lee’s Engaged in Wickedness, Piper Vaughn’s Wanting, and Jayne Castle’s After Glow.”

– Allie Ritch

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“Third Grave Dead Ahead by Darynda Jones”

– Cynthia Woolf
Website: http://www.cynthiawoolf.com
Blog: http://www.cynthiawoolf.com/blog

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“Currently I’m reading Smiley’s People by John le Carre, The Queen’s Bastard by CE Murphy, Recipe for Submission by Sindra van Yssel, The Labors of Hercules by Agatha Christie and The UnTied Kingdom by Kate Johnson.”

– Selena Illyria
Website: www.selenaillyria.com
Amazon Central: http://www.amazon.com/-/e/B0075NG31K

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“The Saga of the Volsungs.”

– Jianne Carlo
Website: www.jiannecarlo.com

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“I’ve just read P2PC by Laurie Green—not published yet but I hope it will be soon!”

– Pippa Jay
Blog: http://pippajay.blogspot.com/
Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/5054558.Pippa_Jay

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“A JL Merrow. Love it.”

– Kate Rothwell/Summer Devon
Website: http://katerothwell.com
Website: http://summerdevon.com

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“Multiple ones. Sarah McLean’s A Rogue By Any Other Name. Elisabeth Naughton’s Enraptured. Machiavelli’s The Prince.”

– Qwillia Rain
Website: www.authorqwilliarain.com
Blog: http://authorqwilliarain.blogspot.com

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“Since I just finished turning in two books, I’m on a break and reading—finished Penalty Box and starting Hanging Loose soon.”

– Lynn Lorenz
Website: www.lynnlorenz.com

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“Lisey’s Story, by Stephen King. (Whenever I’m in trouble, emotionally or spiritually, I seem to always find a fiction book about a strong woman. Go figure.)”

– Emily Carrington
Website: www.emilycarrington.com

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“I just finished Stealing Midnight by Tracy MacNish. It is a wonderful historical romance. I also read Born To Please by G.A. Hauser. It’s a BDSM, M/M erotic romance.”

– Pauline Allan
Website/Blog: www.paulineallan.com

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“Grave Secrets by Kathy Riechs. I love that forensic stuff.”

– Pam Labud/Leigh Curtis
Website: www.pamlabud.net
Website: www.leighcurtis.net

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“I’m reading an equestrian mystery called ‘Barnstorming’ written by a friend of mine, Laura Crum.”

– Jami Davenport
Website: http://www.jamidavenport.com/

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“The Lonely Dominant, about a man struggling with the beginning of a Dominant/submissive relationship. Great insight into the BDSM lifestyle. Hey, it’s not War and Peace, but that’s okay.”

– Cassandra Carr
Website: http://www.booksbycassandracarr.com
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“I just finished Duck! by Kim Dare. It’s the most unique shifter novel I’ve ever read, and the sweetest D/s novel too. I cried three times while reading it—likely a record for me. I think I can count the number of books I’ve cried over on one hand.”

– Tibby Armstrong
Website: http://www.tibbyarmstrong.com

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“Agnes and the Hitman by Jennifer Crusie and Bob Mayer. Very funny.”

– Casey Crow
Website: www.caseycrow.com

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“The Gay Man’s Kama Sutra. (For research of course).”

– Viki Lyn
Website: http://www.vikilyn.com
Blog: http://www.vikilynromance.blogspot.com

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“Linnea Sinclair’s Gabriel’s Ghost”

– Tarah Scott
Website: http://www.tarahscott.com/

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“Who has time for that? I am too busy writing! LOL But I did recently slow down to read the latest in the Children of Earth series by Jean Auel. I waited eighteen years for this book and I was not impressed. Sniffle. But I am looking for something else to read in my down time other than edits. When I delve back into my TBR pile, and it is a huge pile, I’ll let you know.”

– Stephanie Burke
Website/Blog: http://theflashcat.wordpress.com/

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“I just finished Silverfish, and am starting on Plymouth Colony (a recent release from new DB publishing author).”

– A. R. Norris
Blog: http://sci-fiadventures.blogspot.com/

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“‘The Affair’ by Lee Childs and ‘Tongues of Serpents’ by Naomi Novik. I have nothing quippy to add.”

– Clancy Nacht
Website: http://clancynacht.com/
Amazon: http://astore.amazon.com/charlottesome-20

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“I JUST finished Game Plan by Karla Doyle and Five Card Stud by Gem Sivad.”

– Cara Bristol
Website: http://www.carabristol.com

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I have to say, I love Stephanie Burke’s answer about blushing the best. It was like reading a mini-romance in itself. Tarah, I actually met Linnea Sinclair at an RT Convention years ago. She’s very nice, a memorable character herself, and a self-proclaimed “jewelry whore.” I’ve read all of her SFR work and am torn between liking Hope’s Folly or An Accidental Goddess best. I love the idea of saluting a cat.

Stop back next Saturday for the next installment of beauty pageant questions posed to our authors. Find out what they have to say about money and success.

17 responses to “A Pageant of Authors – Q1 & Q2

  1. I loved reading everyone else’s answers. This was a great idea Allie. Thanks for letting me participate.

  2. So interesting! And yeah, I can see Dennis doing that and Stephanie blushing!

  3. Welcome and thank you to all of the fabulous authors who participated.

    Cynthia, I was thrilled you joined in. So glad you did.

    Lynn, I’m calling you fabulous too. Are you blushing yet? LOL. Welcome. And yes, Stephanie’s answer had me sighing. Dennis should definitely get super hubby points for that one.

  4. Besides being a writer, I’ve been a pageant coach for over twenty years., I’m not kidding – people pay me to teach them how to walk and talk so I LOVE this series. Thanks, Allie!

    • Thank you, Casey. You’re the first person I’ve ever known firsthand who has worked in the pageant business. I love that you joined in. Sounds like this post was tailor-made for you 🙂

  5. What a fun idea – and it was fun to read, too!

  6. This was so much fun to read! It gives such great insight into how funny we are as romance writers. We’re not only smut peddlers, but real humorists as well. I enjoyed everyone’s answers and will be checking out some of the books people are reading. 🙂

  7. It was a lot of fun to do! 🙂

  8. Wonderful fun, Allie,
    Thank you for including me. It was neat reading the various answers.

    Qwillia

  9. Fun is what it’s all about. I’m so glad everyone is enjoying it. I’m nosy enough that I really liked finding out what everybody was reading, and the blushing answers were a blast. I have to admit I’m a little jealous of those non-blushers. Wish I could play it cool like that. Red cheeks don’t stop me from writing hot sex scenes, though.

  10. Thank you for the fun insight into the author mind, Allie!

    Tibby

  11. You always come up with these wonderful blogs! This was terrific Allie – really enjoyed all the answers.

  12. Thanks, Tibby and Jianne. I like being a little different, and I was thrilled that you and all these great authors joined in and made this so much fun. Some of the best Q&A is still to come, but I won’t spoil the surprise.

  13. These are great! Very interesting to see what lurks in the minds of writers.

  14. This is amazing and fun! Thank you for doing this!

  15. Thanks. I’m glad everybody is enjoying this.

  16. Pingback: Most Popular Posts of 2012 | Allie Ritch, author

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