It’s that time again sweeties - ‘Author Interview Wednesday’! Welcome and thanks so much for stopping by! Grab that favourite cushion or chair and get comfy.
Who is, Destiny Booze? Tell us about yourself.
My life is simple, some would even say boring. I work hard, dream big and play often. I believe I have the power to make my dreams come true. Writing is my calling and passion. I'm a multi-published romantic suspense/thriller author. I work hard each day to be the best wife, mother and writer that I can be.
When did you know you wanted to become a writer?
I've always LOVED writing. I started as soon as I was old enough to pick up a pencil. The moment I began thinking of writing as a possible career wasn't until high school. When I was a sophomore, my world history teacher wrote a comment on one of my papers that said, "You write so well. You can write anything and make it sound interesting."
I remember thinking, really? I can? It was at that moment that a seed of a dream began for me. I got more focused and started writing more seriously.
Who and/or what prompted you to write your first novel?
Life prompted me to write my first novel. As an introverted, moody teenager, writing was an escape for me. I wrote that first story just to get away from reality. The world of fiction was not only exhilarating for me, it was therapeutic.
Where and/or how do you find the greatest inspiration?
That's a tough question. I think the answer is probably reading. I love reading! It gets me excited to get into my own story. But, honestly, I don't really feel like I need to get inspired to write. I'm ALWAYS ready to write. My imagination is a crazy, overactive and continuous thing. Ideas come from everywhere, anywhere, all the time for me. Even the boring, mundane chores at home can suddenly spark a new thought, a new character, or a new plot. The creative part of writing is by no means a hardship for me.
What made you chose to write erotic literature in particular? And is there any other genre you’d like to write? And if so, why?
I don't think I chose romantic suspense and thrillers. I think it chose me. I'm drawn to those genres because that is what I love to read. It gets my blood pumping. Action scenes are my favorite thing to write. Currently, I'm not interested in writing in other genres, but I'm always trying new things, so you never know.
Which appears first when contemplating a new project: A character, the plot and/or the title?
Typically, a certain character comes first for me. In my most recent release, The Curse of a Mind, I knew I wanted a strong female lead before I knew anything else. I created a past for her to make her tough. Next, I knew I wanted a man that could stand up to her. Then, I knew I wanted her to have an autistic brother that could give the story a softer side that it needed. Once I really delve into a character, what their personality makeup is and how they become the way they are, the plot naturally falls into place for me.
What’s the hardest part of a novel for you to write: Beginning, middle and/or end? Why?
Middle. I'm so cautious in the middle because I don't want that part of the story to lose momentum. So, the writing slows way down for me and I'm very strict on myself. Writers are always their own worst critic, right?
Has your own life influenced your novels? And if so, how?
Yes. I pull from my own experiences to relate to many of my characters, especially to pull the emotion out of me I need for the scene to sound good. However, I don't use any details from my life. For instance, I don't normally create characters from people I've met or anything like that. Everything you read from me is authentic fiction. Reality is too boring to use...lol.
Writing sex scenes can be a challenge for some authors. Do you find it difficult? If yes, how do you compensate? If no, where do you draw your inspiration?
When I'm writing, everything just flows out of me. I don't have to think about how I want to word much of anything. The words come naturally. That's not the case with a sex scene. They are a bit of a challenge for me. I compensate by really thinking out each word of the scene.
Do you have a method you use to write the sensual parts? Do you prefer the sex to be open and bold? Or left to the imagination?
No method. I adapt my writing style of sensual scenes to the character. I want that character's personality to show in the sex scene. With that said, there is a limit to how bold I will go when writing...lol.
Are your characters based on people you know? Or are they completely fictitious?
Completely fictitious. :)
Who is your favorite character, which you’ve created? And why?
Pick just one? Okay... I would have to say Garrett from The Curse of a Mind. He's the main character's autistic brother. Writing from his point-of-view was one of the most challenging things I've tried as a writer, but also one of the most rewarding. I loved how it all came out.
Can you tell us about your latest release? Give a synopsis.
Absolutely! Thanks for asking! My latest release, The Curse of a Mind:
They can’t win. The perpetrator is using a marvel in the medical field known as techlepathy, a combination of technology and telepathy to produce a telepathic result. He’s reading their minds. How can they possibly get away when he knows their every move? Chris Chambers is a private investigator with great instincts and a shady past. She works with a skilled team on cases that most P.I.’s won’t touch. She’s hardened to life, hardened to people and as tough as the military trained her to be. Her team’s newest case is a construction worker by the name of Aidan Wolfe. Aidan is hardheaded and successful, a man with no friends and a long list of enemies. Someone is trying to kill him, someone with extraordinary gifts. The investigative team and Aidan will be confronted with their worst enemies—themselves. They are cursed to face their own thoughts, inner fears, prejudices, and every private feeling or emotion they have as this man toys with their minds and hearts. Can they survive? By the end, will they want to?
What’s your newest WIP? And when we can expect a publication date?
Right now, I'm working on Accelerating Circumstances. It should be released before the end of 2011. Have a look.
Jenny is different. She can read people’s minds. At age seventeen, Jenny Reid was arrested for killing her own mother. There was no evidence that an intruder entered the house. No one believed her as a teenager when she tried to tell them how she felt the killer’s rage saturated within the walls, that she knew the presence of evil had been there. The police thought she was crazy, not psychic. A conviction was never made in the case due to lack of evidence. Jenny is still the sole suspect, but now, she is doing something about it. She’s on the right side of the law, an FBI agent determined to finally find justice for her mom. Two men stay by her side—William, her partner, a darkly intense agent with a scary past and Nate, a bad boy with too much charisma to be a good thing. But, no man will keep her from finding out the truth about her mom. The time has come to set things right. Nothing will stand in her way. She’ll come up close with evil again and face the ultimate choice—kill or be killed in these ACCELERATING CIRCUMSTANCES.
How many novels do you have, that are currently published? Please list all the publishers, so the readers can locate you.
I have three novels published: Altered Beginnings, Predetermined Endings, and The Curse of a Mind. All of them are published with Whimsical Publications. Whimsical Publications
Where do you see your writing career in the next five to ten years?
I want to keep challenging myself as a writer. I want each book I write to be better than the one before it.
Within five years, I would like to have an agent representing me and be with a larger publisher. Within ten years, I would like to be on the New York Times Bestseller's List. Hey, if you're going to dream, do it big, right?
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It was dark by the time Chris hung the sheet up, cleaned up dinner, and made out assignments for the next day.
Lucky was outside roaming for his last time of the night. She glanced at her watch—9:12 PM. It had been a long day to say the least. Her typical work schedule during an investigation was 7:30 AM to 5:30 PM. Getting beat up on the first day had encouraged her to put in extra hours.
She hadn’t seen Aidan or Leon since dinner. She was still in the dog house, and she deserved it, she knew. She had been hard on Aidan, too hard considering he was paying her salary. With the exception of that one slip with Harry Jacobson, she had never talked to a client in that way before. Was she losing control? He made her feel on fire whenever he looked at her. Lashing out at him was her only defense.
“Sabrina and I slept together the night before the wedding.”
If not for years of training, Chris would have jumped out of her skin at the sound of that velvet voice. She had just been thinking about him and there he stood. The living room suddenly felt very small.
Aidan stood by the wall, keeping his arms crossed and his posture lax. “We both wanted her first time to be special and I knew I couldn’t provide that with a ten-minute session before I left after the ceremony. Sabrina wouldn’t have cheated on me. The baby was mine.”
Chris stayed silent, letting him say all he had to say.
“You don’t believe that, do you?”
She honestly didn’t want to hurt him, even if her actions at dinner suggested otherwise. She shook her head no. She figured if she kept her mouth shut, it couldn’t do any damage.
She stared at him for a long time without answering.
“I want to hear it. Maybe the pina-coladas were non-alcoholic. Or maybe she just didn’t know she couldn’t drink because she hadn’t been to the doctor yet. What aren’t you saying?”
She shrugged as she said, “Hunch, mostly. Mr. Hilton talked about that baby as if it were his. He said he was close to Sabrina before you even entered the picture. There’s every chance I’m wrong, but my job is to figure out the whole picture. To see the things you aren’t seeing, part of that is guesswork. I can’t get to point Z without making a few assumptions. I’m trying to help you, Mr. Wolfe. To do that, I need you to be perfectly honest with me. Mr. Hilton had a definite bone to pick with you. Are you still sleeping with Sabrina?”
“No,” Aidan said.
She was more relieved by his answer than was professionally necessary.
“At least not lately.”
“Our anniversary would have been in April. We got together for a drink and…it just happened. It meant nothing.”
Two months ago. Ms. Peterson was in her first trimester. “Then, this baby could be yours.”
He stared at her dumbfounded for a moment. Jeez, was the guy always this dense? She got more specific. “Did you even use protection?”
Double Damn. She wanted to shake this stubborn man and knock some sense into him. He was fooling around with another man’s fiancée and wondered why someone wanted him dead. She hated domestic cases. She also hated the situation because she really hated to think this man still had feelings for his ex-wife. And she didn’t want to analyze why his love life would bother her.
Leon entered the room with an easy stroll and an easier smile. “Hell Chris, maybe you should just move into this crib. Are you going to leave any time soon?”
Her answer was absorbed by the loud crash of the bay window imploding. Glass flew through the air faster than the noise traveled. The sheet covering the window collapsed to the floor in a ball.
"...Read this novel and see if you can honestly answer the question of what it would take to make you a killer, because no matter how righteous you think you are, everyone has a breaking point. For the protagonist in this story, I believe it is a lifetime of feeling defeated, and having known so little love in his life that losing any amount of that is horribly devastating. As for Chris and Aiden, I feel they could very easily have succumbed to the same fate, but instead turned their fears and anger inward... Put yourself in their place as tides of emotional and psychological warfare wash over them and really experience how their feelings for each other may be their only chance for survival."
~ Lototy, Reviewer for Coffee Time Romance
“…OMG is what you’ll be thinking as you read this thrilling novel. Destiny Booze has included romance, suspense, fantasy, and twists and turns you won’t even see coming. This is one of those books you might put down momentarily, but the draw of what is going to happen next will reel you back in…you won’t know “who done it” until the very end…”
~ Ginger Simpson, eBooks Examiner
"This book has a very inventive plot with an ending I didn't see coming. The characters were likable. Very emotional read in parts. Destiny should think about making this character, Chris Chambers, and her team into a series. James Patterson's woman's murder club better watch out...Destiny is coming."
~ bookaholic, Shelfari Reader
“…some laugh-out-loud moments and some touching ones. Will there be a Chris Chambers series? Let’s hope so… This is a book that will intrigue you. You will want to know how it ends, whether you like it or not.”
~ Elizabeth Provenzano, Tulsa Books Examiner
"...Destiny is an author you should be ready to follow into the big leagues...Destiny’s mind is a frightfully delightful one that continues to bring out one great novel after another. You won’t put this down until you see 'whodunit'."
~ Mind Fog Reviews
"I literally gasped...You have an amazing talent for making the reader love the character(s)...very refreshingly original."
~ John McAllister, Editor
I've also posted an article today @ Red Lipstick Journals! Very hot, 'Androgynous - The New Wave of Sex Appeal'. Thanks so much for dropping by, Destiny! It was great to have you.
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