Today, for the Something So Right tour, we have Elyse Mady (the author of Something So Right) with us here today.
Here's a little about Elyse before we start.
Elyse Mady is the author of “Learning Curves” and “The Debutante’s Dilemma”, both with Carina Press. Upcoming books include “Something So Right” (September, 2011) and “The White Swan Affair” (2012). She blogs at http://www.elysemady.com. You can also find her on Twitter at @elysemady and Goodreads.
In addition to her writing commitments, Elyse also teaches film and literature at a local community college. In her free time she enjoys (well, enjoys might be too strong a word – perhaps pursues with dogged determination would be better) never ending renovations on their century home with her intrepid husband and two boys.
With her excellent writerly imagination, she one day dreams of topping the NY Times Bestseller’s List and reclaiming her pre-kid body without the bother of either sit-ups or the denunciation of ice-cream.
And a little about her book, Something So Right, which I've read and enjoyed immensely!You can find Something So Right on GoodReads, Amazon, and B&N.
Sam’s been in love—and lust—with Lily since the summer they met. When he finally shows her how much he wants her, Lily can’t resist his seduction. But Sam’s a forever kind of a guy and she’s only interested in temporary, painless relationships.
Lily thinks she can protect both their hearts with a short affair to let their passion run its course, something where they both know the rules and can explore the sparks between them without getting burned. But their best laid plans are put to the test by their undeniable attraction—and by a secret Sam’s been keeping from Lily that could ruin everything.
Without further ado! Here's the interview.
1. Romances always end with Happily Ever After (that's why we love them so much!) How do you keep giving your readers what they want without falling into a writing rut?
For me, I stay out of a rut by remembering that everyone falls in love differently. The HEA is pretty much a given like you say but it’s the getting to the HEA (the GTTHEA? ☺) that makes each story unique.
It’s not ‘a man meets woman. They fall in love.’ It’s ‘this man meets this woman’. A big difference and it helps keep my writing (hopefully!) fresh yet familiar.
2. How hard is it to write intimate scenes between your characters. Does it flow naturally or do you ever feel weird about it?
I get asked this question a lot. Seriously, tell people you write romance and suddenly they’re looking at you like you’ve got one of those funky sex swings hanging in your bedroom and a fridge full of whip cream at the ready.
(For the record, I have neither! ;))
Sex is definitely an important part of any relationship, real or fictional, and I think it's important that it's described honestly. Sex can be fun. Sweet. Raunchy. Quick. Perfunctory. Goofy. Conciliatory. Mind-blowing. It's not all things all the time so when I'm writing a sex scene, I try and think not about tab a and slot b, which are really, when you think about it, very boring but about sensations the act is eliciting for both the characters. That's where the originality comes in, because for every person, the sensations, not the parts involved, will be unique.
3. You write both historical and contemporary romances. What's your favorite time frame to write in or what time frame are you dying to try out next?
I honestly love writing both time periods. Contemporaries because they’re a world I know and historicals because they’re a world I like to revisit.
4. If you had to pick one person in your life who most represents what it means to be a "hero" (romantic or otherwise) would would it be and why?
I’m picking my husband. I think a hero is someone who is brave and compassionate and never shirks his duty. Those qualities are ones Mr. Mady has in spades. We celebrated our tenth anniversary in the summer and I blogged about all the reasons I loved him. If those aren’t reasons for thinking he’s a hero, I don’t know what are.
And he’s a really good kisser ☺ An absolute necessity for any self-respecting hero.
5. What's the best date you ever had?
When my husband and I were brand spanking new as a couple, he rented a plane to surprise me. (Mr. Mady has his pilot’s licence) We flew to this little town in Huron county. We went to the beach and spent the day poking into all these old flea markets and antique shops and we had lunch at this little, ratty diner that was a million years old but served the best burgers. We talked and laughed and if we weren’t in love before that date, I’m pretty sure we were afterwards. That was a great date. One that we still remember and talk about.
Elyse Mady is the author of “Something So Right”, “Learning Curves” and “The Debutante’s Dilemma”, all with Carina Press. Upcoming books include “The White Swan Affair” (2012). She blogs at www.elysemady.com. You can also find her on Twitter at @elysemady, Facebook and Goodreads.
In addition to her writing commitments, Elyse also teaches film and literature at a local community college. In her free time she enjoys (well, enjoys might be too strong a word – perhaps pursues with dogged determination would be better) never ending renovations on their century home with her intrepid husband and two boys. With her excellent writerly imagination, she one day dreams of topping the NY Times Bestseller’s List and reclaiming her pre-kid body without the bother of either sit-ups or the denunciation of ice-cream
Elyse is offering two give-aways for her tour!
The first give-away is a daily one. Each tour stop can give away an eCopy of either The Debutante’s Dilemma, Learning Curves or Something So Right to any of the commenters on the post. Open internationally!
The second give-away is a grand prize pack of a gorgeous hardcover photography book about Muskoka history, a beautiful set of Group of Seven mugs, a set of note cards and some Canadian maple syrup! Comments from each tour stop also act as an entry into this grand prize give-away. Open US/Canada. See full contest rules here.
Don't forget to check out all the other tour stops!
Monday, October 17th - Kate, I Just Wanna Sit Here And Read
Tuesday, October 18th - Grace, Books Like Breathing
Wednesday, October 19th - Rowena, Book Binge
Thursday, October 20th - Sophia, Fiction Vixen
Friday, October 21st - Cindy, Oodles of Books
Monday, October 24th - Loretta, Between the Pages
Tuesday, October 25th - Evie, Bookish
Wednesday, October 26th - Jodie, Riverina Romantics
Thursday, October 27th - Julie, A Tale of Many Reviews
Friday, October 28th - Alyssa, Hesperia Loves Books
Monday, October 31st - Janie, Colloquium
Tuesday, November 1st - Mandy, The Journey and Musings of a Single Country Girl and Her Cat
Wednesday, November 2nd - Hikari, Imaginary Reads
Thursday, November 3rd - Shannon, Cocktails and Books
Friday, November 4th - Stella, Ex Libris
Tuesday, November 8th -Grand prize announcement on Elyse Mady’s blog!