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18 November 2011

Welcome special guest: author London Saint James @LSJRomance

Today we have author, London Saint James, visiting. London writes erotic romance, from sweet to downright naughty.  She is an author for Evernight Publishing and a member of the Romance Writers of America as well as a member of Passionate Ink.

* So, London, what inspired you to become a writer?
I have scribbled stories my whole life. It has always just been something I have done.  I’m not real sure I was inspired to be a writer; maybe it is best so say I was always using my imagination so writing was sort of natural.
* When did you attempt your first story? What length was it? What's become of it?
At a very young age I wrote little stories or playacted my stories out.  But I wrote my first short story in second grade.  I’m not real sure what became of it.  I know my elementary school teacher at the time wasn’t too happy about my imagination.  I was to write some boring book report, and I wrote my own story instead *Smiles.*
* How many stories did you complete before you sold your first?
A couple of years ago I became what you call “serious” about writing.  Instead of scribbling them down and throwing them into a box of papers, I dusted off my laptop and wrote.  I had several stories already written, which I was just holding on to, not real sure if I wanted to take the plunge and submit, but I decided to try.  I figured “What’s the worst that can happen? They say I suck and tell me no.” I beat the butterflies down which were fluttering around in my stomach and submitted a short story to Evernight Publishing.  In May that story, MISTAKE, was part of their BDSM anthology called Master of Mine.
* What genre(s) do you write in? What drew you to write in it/them? What’s your favorite genre of all to write in?
Well, I have tinkered with BDSM, but mostly I write in the contemporary romance or erotic romance genre.  I guess I write in those genres because I love a great love story, to be turned on when I read erotica, and I suppose I write what I love, what I’m interested in reading.  My favorite would be the more erotic side of romance.
* What are the best and worst pieces of writing advice you ever received?
The worst would be people who said, “You will never get published.  There are too many writers; it’s a waste of your time.” The best, “Write what you love and never give up.”
* How do you celebrate/deal with acceptance/rejection letters?
I celebrate an acceptance with chocolate.  I love the stuff.  I suppose I’ve been lucky. I had one rejection letter, but they asked me to submit again at a different time, stating what I submitted didn’t fit into their current anthology.  I suppose I look at rejections as something that will happen, but it isn’t a deterrent.
* In regard to the book you’re promoting, which actor and actress do you envision playing the roles of your hero and heroine? If there’s a villain or other characters who are pertinent to the story, who would play those parts?
Hmm… well, let me think about that for just a bit. Okay, I think it would be totally cool to see Scarlett Johansson as the heroine Winter (I think she is a beautiful woman) and if we are shooting for the stars, Robert Pattinson holds that chiseled look for the hero.
* The book you’re promoting, is it a stand-alone story or part of a series? If it’s part of a series, please list the order the books need to be read in for maximum reading enjoyment.
The Heart Of Winter is a series so the characters within the story evolve, change over time…however, without giving too much away about the other books to be released, the appeal would be true love, soul mates, and is it truly possible to be “connected” to someone.  Wrapped in with that would be the appeal of opposites.  And I guess exploring Winter’s insecurities, and let’s face it, who doesn’t have insecurities.  I wanted to push the boundaries of that wall we sometimes build around our heart.  I wanted to discover what it is like, when all you have to go on is bad experiences, to trust, love, really open your heart to someone. 
Enchanted is book 1 in The Heart Of Winter series.
Requiem is book 2
Revelation is book 3
Eternal is book 4 and the final in The Heart Of Winter series.

*** Now for some fun info… ***
* What’s your favorite color?
* Are you a cat, dog or both kind of person?
Both, love animals.
* Are you a morning person or night owl?
Night owl for sure.

*** About London’s book and series… ***
Enchanted is book one in The Heart of Winter series which is a contemporary romance and was released in August by Evernight Publishing.  This book is the start to the story of Winter Shae Perri and her journey through life and love.

Can love withstand the test of time?
Winter never truly understood love, nor did she have time for men until she met Austin Wells Carlyle.  He was the man who would rock her world to its foundations.  He would test her notions, give her something to believe in, and change her misguided thoughts regarding happily ever after. Strangely, she was going to allow him be the one thing she never believed in—her soul mate.

***Find London here***

Thank you for joining us here today, London! It was a pleasure getting to know you and your work.


Anonymous said...

Thanks so much for having me, CR. It was great fun talking with ya. XOXO London

Pommawolf Emeraldwolfeyes said...

Wonderful interview, and I love learning about the authors that write such great stories.
I have to say authors are the most hardest working artist because the worlds, characters and stories are so beautifully crafted art.
Thank you for sharing yourself, experiences and world with us, and I wish you many sales...*S*


London Saint James said...

Thanks so much, Darcy! XoXo London

Shannan Albright said...

Great Interview! It's always so much fun getting to know what makes an authors creative process tick. Thank you for sharing.