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Well, here it is…an interview with our own Shiloh Walker.
Enjoy!

1) What’s the most challenging part of writing for you: creating characters or coming up with an intriguing and complex plot?

Oh, the plotting… easy. I can create characters all day long, but the actual plotting part is hard for me. I generally am a ‘seat of the pants’ writer, but I’m learning that isn’t always the most time efficient way to write. Actually plotting it out before hand… hard work.

2) Do you ever see yourself writing a non-romance?

Oh yeah… I love sci fi and fantasy. Although I suspect anything I write will always have romantic undertones or romance elements, I have all sorts of ideas that aren’t strictly romance.

3) Would you/have you ever collaborated with another writer to tell a story?

Haven’t ever, but I would, depending on the other writer. A friend of mine, Mary Wine and I have tossed ideas around. Lora Leigh and I both mentioned it at one time, but she’d want to the tell the male POV if we ever did… and so I would. *G* so that won’t work.

4) What are you most proud of achieving in your career?

Just getting published for me is a big deal. What I’m the most proud of, though, has nothing to do with my career. Writing, while it can be a pain at times, is easy for me, mostly. The story usually comes easy enough, the characters come easy…doesn’t feel right have that much pride in something that comes easy. Now ask me about what I’m proud of in my life… *G* I’d say my kids.

5) If you could be any of your characters for just a day (or longer), who would you choose?

MY characters? None of them. Haven’t you seen some of the crap I do to my characters? I kill their husbands, I have them beaten, I give them guilty secrets to hide and agonize over… nope. I know what kind of things I do to my characters and I’m not into suffering.

6) Where do you see the Hunters series going?

Hunting the Hunter is going to be a big turn in the series. I’m looking to make the series deeper, more intense. I want to appeal to a wider range of readers, not just the lovers of erotic romance.

7) can you give any explaination for the following?
FIRSTLY PICTURE THE SCENE…YOUR BEING CHASED BY AN AlIEN / MADMAN / MURDERER…ETC, YOUR IN A BUILDING / CASTLE / ROOF…AND YOU HEAR THE FOLLOWING:
1)”don’t look down”
2)”don’t open the door”
3)”don’t answer the phone”
and my “fave”
4)”don’t look back”
Why when watching film / reading book / listening to the radio, etc…when hearing any one of the above
saying “DON’T”…that we automatically “DO”??

That’s easy… I can sum it up in two words. Human nature. It’s the same reason when mama told us not to touch the cookies yet cuz they were too hot, we still did it. Humans are generally just nosy by nature and when there’s something down, back, behind, above… we want to know. Even if it means it’s going to hurt to do it.

For more fun visit: ShilohWalker.com

Thanks, Shi, for answering our questions.
Can’t wait for more of the Hunter series and best of luck with your career.
Hugs, Dianne

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Guilty Pleasures


In next week’s issue of TV Guide there is an article about this summer’s “guilty pleasures” to watch and it got me thinking about my own guilty pleasures…. the things that I know are bad for me or at the very least a big waste of time but I just can’t help myself. Here is my list (at lease a few) of my personal guilty pleasures:

Potato Chips…. is there a more unhealthy food on the planet? And yet I purchase them and can’t seen to consume a sandwich without a handful of greasy, salty chips.

People Magazine…. worthless gossip and eye candy but if I’m at the doctor’s office People wins out over Time or Newsweek.

Falcon Beach…. a sudsy summer show on ABC Family that I just can’t miss. I tell my family that it’s for YA novel research but that’s bunch of hooey. I like the show.

So make me feel better and tell me some of your guilty pleasures! Do you sneak a Hostess Cupcake into your lunch? Take an afternoon nap? Watch Lucky Louie on HBO? Come on….fess up 😉 Oh and don’t say romance novels… no need to feel guilty about that particular pleasure!

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On the radio recently they had a list of “Things women shouldn’t do after 30.” Some I thought were silly- who cares if a 35 year old wants to keep her cell phone in a Hello Kitty case? And others I don’t think a woman should be doing at any age- like getting into a fist fight with another woman over a guy (really, ladies, is he worth all that pulled hair??).

The ones I remember… Things A Woman Shouldn’t Do After 30:
– Shop in the Juniors Department because it still fits
– Wear pigtails (I guess Nicolette Sheridan hasn’t heard this one)
– Get into a fight with another woman (over a guy)
– Swear in front of children
– Keep cell phone in Hello Kitty case
– Have stuffed animals
– Pass out drunk in a restroom stall (I guess by 30 you should know to pass out after you get home)
– Have muffin tops from their low rise jeans
– Wear tongue ring or other facial piercings

So what do you all think? Agree? Disagree? Have any no-nos you’d like to add to the list? What fashion trends really get on your nerves? I think it could be funny for a future heroine to have to somehow confront a list like this, and decide to defy it just to make a point. Of course, that would be when she meets the hero…

My publisher, Kensington, was very generous last week, and I am swimming in ARCs (Advanced Reviewer Copies) for my October Brava, You Don’t Know Jack. I’ll choose a random winner to receive an ARC from those who comment. Thanks for your thoughts!

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On the radio recently they had a list of “Things women shouldn’t do after 30.” Some I thought were silly- who cares if a 35 year old wants to keep her cell phone in a Hello Kitty case? And others I don’t think a woman should be doing at any age- like getting into a fist fight with another woman over a guy (really, ladies, is he worth all that pulled hair??).

The ones I remember… Things A Woman Shouldn’t Do After 30:
– Shop in the Juniors Department because it still fits
– Wear pigtails (I guess Nicolette Sheridan hasn’t heard this one)
– Get into a fight with another woman (over a guy)
– Swear in front of children
– Keep cell phone in Hello Kitty case
– Have stuffed animals
– Pass out drunk in a restroom stall (I guess by 30 you should know to pass out after you get home)
– Have muffin tops from their low rise jeans
– Wear tongue ring or other facial piercings

So what do you all think? Agree? Disagree? Have any no-nos you’d like to add to the list? What fashion trends really get on your nerves? I think it could be funny for a future heroine to have to somehow confront a list like this, and decide to defy it just to make a point. Of course, that would be when she meets the hero…

My publisher, Kensington, was very generous last week, and I am swimming in ARCs (Advanced Reviewer Copies) for my October Brava, You Don’t Know Jack. I’ll choose a random winner to receive an ARC from those who comment. Thanks for your thoughts!

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On the radio recently they had a list of “Things women shouldn’t do after 30.” Some I thought were silly- who cares if a 35 year old wants to keep her cell phone in a Hello Kitty case? And others I don’t think a woman should be doing at any age- like getting into a fist fight with another woman over a guy (really, ladies, is he worth all that pulled hair??).

The ones I remember… Things A Woman Shouldn’t Do After 30:
– Shop in the Juniors Department because it still fits
– Wear pigtails (I guess Nicolette Sheridan hasn’t heard this one)
– Get into a fight with another woman (over a guy)
– Swear in front of children
– Keep cell phone in Hello Kitty case
– Have stuffed animals
– Pass out drunk in a restroom stall (I guess by 30 you should know to pass out after you get home)
– Have muffin tops from their low rise jeans
– Wear tongue ring or other facial piercings

So what do you all think? Agree? Disagree? Have any no-nos you’d like to add to the list? What fashion trends really get on your nerves? I think it could be funny for a future heroine to have to somehow confront a list like this, and decide to defy it just to make a point. Of course, that would be when she meets the hero…

My publisher, Kensington, was very generous last week, and I am swimming in ARCs (Advanced Reviewer Copies) for my October Brava, You Don’t Know Jack. I’ll choose a random winner to receive an ARC from those who comment. Thanks for your thoughts!

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With apologies to our international friends… I decided to do today’s blog about the 4th. 🙂 Our little town always does a parade and fireworks on the Saturday closest to the holiday, no matter which day the 4th falls on. So… we have already been in celebration mode. Had a really fun parade Saturday morning… bigger than usual, ’cause this is election year, and bunches of politicians had floats, convertibles, etc.

Then in the afternoon, we cooked hamburgers on the grill… at 10PM Saturday night we sat in lawn chairs in our yard and watched the skies light up with sparkle and pizazz. We even let two-and-a-half-year-old Anastasia stay up and see the show. She was fascinated, and said, “I’m not scared”. And only covered her ears for part of it. The fireworks were really beautiful.

Now, tomorrow will be low key… maybe we’ll catch a movie. This weekend was the first time I had been out of the house for any length of time, so I am looking forward to doing something fun.

Today’s blog has a bonus… I have an ARC of “A Very Merry Christmas” to give away. It is the Brava Christmas anthology with Lori Foster and Gemma Bruce. Just drop me a note about how you spend the 4th, and I’ll put the names in a drawing. If you are not a resident of the USA, tell me if there are occasions in your country when fireworks are part of the celebration. I’ll announce the winner tomorrow evening after eight!

P.S. I am going to try and include two pictures today… one of Anastasia “pretending” to sleep in the hammock and one from the parade.

Enjoy the day off tomorrow, and be safe!

Janice Maynard

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Okay…here’s the deal. Many of you commented on my blog when we discussed the topic of author websites, what you liked, didn’t like and wish you could find. (And THANK YOU for doing so!) One thing that came across fairly clearly to me was that my website is missing something *a lot* of readers like…the FAQs page. Now, I get asked questions all the time and I do plan to use the page to answer queries that frequently get asked via email and in person, but I’d also like to use it to answer some of the questions that readers hesitate to ask for any number of reasons.

So, here is your chance not only to help me make my FAQs page as reader friendly as possible, but for you to have a say on some of its content.

Post your questions here as a comment. I’ll be away over the weekend, so can’t reply to your comments. But when I get back on Wednesday, I’ll take note of all your questions for my website and draw a name from commentors to win some cool prize…let’s see, what should that be? How about an American Tourister black softside briefcase/carrybag with Secrets Volumes 6, 8 & 9 tucked inside?

Looking forward to your comments!

Hugs,
Lucy

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