I’m happy to present a new interview with Anne Lange. Her book Hers to Own released on November 7th. Hers to Own is a very hot read starring two fascinating characters: Kade and Brienna.
(Blurb and an excerpt below!)
Hi Anne, thank you for taking some time to answer my questions, especially after such a busy release week! So let’s dive right in. How often does your muse distract you from day to day minutiae?
My muse distracts me all the time. :) Unfortunately, I can’t always respond at will because I’m out of the house at my day job for about 12 hrs per day. But, the muse is always there, yammering away. However, he’s usually coming up with new book ideas rather than focusing on the project(s) at hand.
What do readers have to look forward to in the future from Anne Lange?
Well, I have extended The Vault Series into two subseries under this main title. Friends and More, which includes Friend with Benefits, and my current WIP, Wicked Indulgence which will be available in 2015. And The McBride Men which includes Hers to Own – Kade’s story, Who’s the Boss (Gabe) and Ties that Bind (Kyle). Watch for Gabe’s story later in 2015.
Your readers have lots to look forward to! Now for a tough question. Writer’s block—real or hype?
I’m not so sure it’s a block. For me it’s more of being in the right frame of mind. If I’m in that creative zone, it comes quite easily. But if I’m not, the littlest thing distracts me, and distracts me often. And then I spend far too much time on Facebook or playing with my website. Or reading.
Do you prefer to extensively plot your stories, or do you write them as they come to you?
I write them as they come to me. I have a general idea of the story, and I know a bit about the main characters, but it really develops as I write. That said, I’ve been asked to prepare a synopsis for stories I haven’t yet created, so I’m forced to do some plotting. But I will keep it very high level, touch on the conflict and goal, but not go into depth on the details, because I just don’t know them yet. And in the end, I might (probably) will change my mind to some degree.
Do you have a favorite genre? Is it the same genre you prefer to write?
I read a lot of erotic romance, which is what I write. And I love it. But I would have to say that my favorite is romantic suspense. And if the author can combine the two, even better. I love Suzanne Brockmann and Shannon McKenna for that reason. Great suspense with hot characters and hot sex scenes
What advantages or challenges does a writer in your genre face in today’s fiction market?
I think for most genres, the main advantage is the flexibility of choice on how you become published. You can decide to go large or small press, or self-publish. You don’t necessarily need an agent. You can be a hybrid. Essentially, you can do what works best for you.
One challenge is the speed of delivery. Readers expect the next book immediately. As an author, especially if writing is not your full time job, this is very difficult to accomplish, especially if you write longer novels. It’s just not possible.
For erotic romance itself, one of the newer challenges we face is the limitations that have been put on our covers by some distributors. It’s becoming extremely restrictive which makes it difficult to create a cover that portrays the essence of the book. I’m all for no nudity, I don’t think that’s necessary. But I do think everything else can be accomplished quite tastefully. I’m a reader as well, and I want to see covers the represent the story being told.
Can you tell readers who are interested the general difference between erotica and erotic romance?
To me, erotica is all about the sex. I personally don’t think the sub-genre matters either (i.e. BDSM, ménage, etc). And I don’t care about the number or sexual make-up of the people involved.
Erotic romance, in my opinion, is about the romantic story, the people finding each other and falling in love. There just happens to be explicit sex in the story. (Thank God, because I hate guessing 😉 ) There could be two people or more. It could be an alternate lifestyle or not. Doesn’t matter, other than what’s at the heart of the story, and that’s love and a HEA.
Thanks for stopping by, Anne! Readers can learn more about Anne Lange here:
Email: Anne_Lange66 AT yahoo DOT ca
Hers to Own
The Vault Series The McBride Men: Kade
Genre: Erotic Romance, Contemporary Romance
Word Count: 84,101
Page Count: 395
Heat Level: 4
Warnings: light BDSM, spanking, voyeurism
Release Date: 11-7-2014
He’ll teach her to love her body…one spanking at a time.
Brienna Morgan has worked hard to look good. Ten years ago she stuck to the shadows, watching the popular kids, wishing she could be one of them. But when they weren’t calling her cruel names, nobody noticed the smart overweight girl with the glasses.
So when she braves her high school reunion and runs into Kade McBride, the boy she loved from afar, the last thing she wants is for him to remember her. It’s bad enough she still sees that girl every time she looks in the mirror. But Kade does remember—and he makes it impossible for Brie to refuse to go out with him. She’s not convinced it’s a good idea, but she can’t pass up the opportunity to be part of the in crowd.
Kade had no desire to go to his high school reunion. As far as he’s concerned, he’d rather forget those days. Especially the day he screwed up and left his best friend to pay the ultimate price. But when he sees the gorgeous woman enter the gym, he’s immediately drawn to her. Regardless of her claims that she’s not the girl he thinks he remembers, Kade realizes maybe he’s been given a second chance to right at least one wrong from his past. And he’s determined not to throw this opportunity away, even if he has to tie Brienna to a spanking bench to prove his point.
An Excerpt from Hers to Own
Certain he knew this beauty, he studied her while she did the same to him. He cocked his head, racking his brain. “Are you a past student or a guest?” he asked. Something just at the edge of his memory teased him.