Please help me welcome author Laura Simcox to the blog today. She was daring enough to sit down with me for an interview. I think you’ll enjoy getting to know her. Afterward, check out her release Various States of Undress : Georgia, and don’t forget to enter her giveaway. The link is at the end of the post 🙂
1. In five sentences please tell my readers a little bit about yourself.
Romance novels are my favorite thing in the world (aside from my family). After a career in theatre, I decided to write my own stories and studied everything I could about romance publishing, and hard work and the stars aligned for me! I love my husband and little boy, cats, choral music (yes, I’m a choir nerd) and traveling. My stories are funny, sweet and sexy. I believe people should have fun while they fall in love.
2. What color is your toothbrush?
3. Do you prefer an e-reader or reading “real” books on paper?
I prefer a hybrid approach, because I read print and e-books at different speeds. I enjoy Regencies and other historicals in paperback, slowly, even if they’re fast-paced stories. I tear through contemporaries on my Kindle—speed doesn’t mean I enjoy them less, just in a different way!
4. What genre (s) do you write?
I write light-hearted contemporary romance.
5. Why did you choose that particular genre?
It’s the most comfortable fit for me. My writer’s “voice” is casual and I like to write natural, modern dialogue.
6. What’s your favorite part of the writing process?
Working my hero and heroine up to their first kiss. Sometimes it’s so fast, they’re both shocked, and sometimes it’s a slow dance.
7. Let’s play LUCK SEVEN…describe your book using 7 words.
Various States of Undress: Georgia is…steamy, sweet, touching, fresh, young, eyes-wide-open romantic!
8. This question is a two parter 🙂 What’s the first sentence from your book?
First sentence: “Dude, you gotta come see this! Like, right now.”
Now the last.
Last sentence: “Kiss me, slugger.”
9. What makes your book stand out from others in the same genre?
If you want to read your dessert instead of eat it, then my books are probably for you!
I don’t write angst-riddled “broken” heroes and heroines. I believe that true love is full of joy, and I let them have a lot of sexy fun while falling for each other. Of course they’re conflicted both inside and out, but they’re also strong, ready to love and be loved (even if they don’t realize it at first). How else are they going to have a real happily ever after unless they’re ultimately happy with themselves?
10. Did you have to do a lot of research for this book and if so how did you go about it?
YES! I did a ton of research for this book. I like to use different locations for my books, and for the VSOU series, I chose three real places. For Carolina it was Wyoming wilderness just outside the town of Jackson. For Virginia, it was New York City. For Georgia, it was Memphis, TN.
I’ve been to Memphis several times, but did a lot of online exploration of the downtown stadium area, since that’s where most of the story takes place. Because Brett is a pro baseball player, I had to do in-depth research on my favorite sport—most of which was online, too. Georgia is an intern at a TV news station, and I was lucky enough to do in-person research. I visited a station in my area, watched a live broadcast and interviewed directors, producers and news anchors. (My neighbor, an on-air meteorologist, helped me out!)
11. Did anything surprise you about the publishing process?
What surprises me most is cover art! (Not just for Georgia, but my covers in general.) It’s always fascinating to see what an art department’s impression of my book will be. So far, I haven’t been disappointed!
12. Would you give us a sneak peek into what your current WIP is?
I have a couple of things in the works, and I can give you a hint. Two different series…one of them wedding-themed, one of them celeb-themed. Both of them as funny and sexy as I can write them.
Thanks for having me as a guest today!
And thank you for coming on and sitting down to answer a few questions. Good luck with your books 🙂
Various States of Undress: Georgia
Various States of Undress # 3
By: Laura Simcox
Releasing January 6th, 2015
Laura Simcox concludes her fun, flirty Various States of Undress series featuring three presidential daughters with the tale of love at the ballgame.
Brett Knox, star catcher of the Memphis Redbirds, a Triple-A farm team for the St. Louis Cardinals, just got bumped back down to the minors. Brett’s main goal in life is to get back into the big leagues-on his own terms, which means no distractions. Certainly not in the form of a sexy brunette who won’t take no for an answer. As far as Brett’s concerned, his life story isn’t for sale, charity, or pity.’
Georgia Fulton, 4.0 student and daughter of the president of the United States, is certain that she’s on her way to journalistic stardom and she’s doing it without cashing in on her celebrity status-which is exactly what she wants. Nothing’s going to keep her from getting the story of her young career…until she meets Brett Knox, and quickly realizes that he’s a force to be reckoned with. He may be the focus of her assignment, but he could also seriously mess with her internship success, and more alarmingly, her heart.
Link to Follow Tour: http://www.tastybooktours.com/2014/11/various-states-of-undress-georgia.html
Goodreads Link: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/20827352-various-states-of-undress
Goodreads Series Link: https://www.goodreads.com/series/133838-various-states-of-undress
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After spending years in professional theater as a costume designer, Laura Simcox eased out of the hectic whirlwind of opening nights and settled in a comfy desk chair to write romance. She believes that life is too short not to appreciate heartwarming, quirky humor and her novels are lighthearted journeys into the happily-ever-after. She lives in North Carolina with her true love and adorable little son.
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*Avon is hosting a TOUR WIDE Rafflecopter Giveaway for a Digital Bundle of the VARIOUS STATES OF UNDRESS Series Bks 1-3.*