Archive for July, 2007
July 31, 2007
An Open Invitation
To join my short, quarterly newsletter. It’s just a short thing to let you all know what’s new in my personal and professional life. Please go to my home page on this site and sign-up.
Each issue we offer a simple Reader’s Only contest. The prizes range from free downloads of current books to gift certificates at cool, national stores.
Talk with you soon. Until then…
Sloane said @ 10:48 am
July 27, 2007
For over a month I have been depressed. Nothing mattered. There was a huge, empty void that had replaced my soul and robbed me of my creativity. No matter what I did I could not move past this mess with my previous publisher. It got so bad I couldn’t stand the thought of getting dressed each morning or moving beyond hours of online Mah Jong.
Apparently, the powers that be decided Studs and my family, along with several close friends, had enough of my self-indulgence. Yesterday the world changed. The horrid cloak of emptiness was whisked away by some unknown force. THANK GOD!
What changed my attitude? Glad you asked. First, Aspen Mountain Press has contracted me for a new book to be released in September. Check out their site, it’s beautiful. I’ve also met my new editor Holly who has a fantastic sense of humor and knows her stuff. Then Shadow Rose Publishing requested a new book. They’re site is great, too. Finally, Eternal Press, out of Australia, requested synopses on a new series I’ve been toying with. Their site is another one to check out.
Last night Studs and I worked through a synopsis. He’s such a doll and my hero. Even though he complains, the man comes up with fantastic ideas to flesh out a story. In fact, Studs has helped with the last three books. I do love that man.
So world, be prepared. Sloane Taylor is back and this old gal ain’t lying down any more!
Now, I really have to get back to work. I’ll catch up with you next week. Until then…
Sloane said @ 8:57 am
| Life is Good
July 20, 2007
Gazing into the Crystal Ball
ST: Tell us, Minx, what does the future hold for you?
MM: Hopefully many more books. I really don’t have any lofty goals, maybe I should! LOL, but I just want to write and enjoy it. I try to write everyday so we’ll see what other twisted things come from my brain. *smiles ominously*
ST: If you had one wish that would be granted, what would it be?
MM: That everyone could be happy. This would pretty much cover all manner of things, no hunger, no violence, no jealousy, no pain. This is an impossible wish of course because without pain I’m not sure we would even know what happiness was. I suppose all things are necessary even if they aren’t pleasant. It’s a balance.
ST: What’s in the works for the future?
MM: I’m actively writing the sequel to The Djinni which focuses on the villain of the book, the brilliant, arrogant and highly sexy Amshare. He is the High Priest of the Magi, an ancient order of Egyptian wizards who is about to get a taste of his own medicine from none other than his wife!
ST: Thanks, Minx, for spending so much time with us. It’s been a great week and I’ve enjoyed learning more about you. The very best to you in the future and keep us posted on your future releases.
MM: My pleasure Sloane. This has been great fun and thanks for inviting me!
ST: Have a good weekend everyone. I’ll be back on Monday. Until then…
Sloane said @ 11:06 am
July 19, 2007
The Soft Side of Minx Malone
ST: Good morning, Minx. Please describe your writing space for us.
MM: Strangely enough I don’t have one. I’m something of a nomad and I’ll write in any space large enough to fit me and my laptop! The changing scenery is kind of inspiring actually…
ST: What’s your favorite part of writing?
MM: I love bringing my characters to life. Sometimes I’m actually sad to finish a story because it’s such fun to discover who they are.
ST: What do you absolutely hate about being an author?
MM: I hate the anguish of wondering whether I’m doing a good job at it. Criticism is a necessary evil but that doesn’t make it any easier to deal with.
ST: In your opinion what’s the most important thing for a new writer to learn?
MM: Persistence and humility. You need to be humble enough to learn from others and take honest criticism of your work. The persistence will get you through the rough times. I heard once that true courage isn’t the absence of fear, it’s the willingness to go forward despite fear. I think a little courage thrown in there helps a lot too!
ST: Your website suits you and your novel. I recommend everyone cruise over to the site and check it out. How did you decide on the content and design?
MM: I have been having so much fun acting as an amateur web designer lately. I’ve figured out how to animate gif files, make flashing banners and let’s not even get started on the MySpace thing! It’s easy to get distracted with all the fun web stuff but it cuts into my writing time so I have to watch it.
ST: I understand. lol. Thanks for coming out today. We’ll see you in the morning.
MM: I’m looking forward to it.
ST: Until then…
Sloane said @ 7:24 am
July 18, 2007
Author, Author, Tell Us More
ST: We’re back with Minx Malone who lives up to her name. Minx, are there any quirks you have or do before or while you’re writing?
MM: You mean do I turn around in a circle three times before writing, or do I have a lucky troll whose tummy I rub? LOL. No. Not really. Mainly I just need to be comfy and well fed. Sometimes I like to have a cup of tea or something with me.
ST: Who or what encouraged you to write erotica?
MM: Although it’s a fine line, my books are probably better described as erotic romance only because I always have a committed couple and there’s always a happy ending! I’ve mainly read love stories and gradually started reading more sensual stories as time progressed. Since I enjoy reading very erotic romance, it occurred to me one day to try spicing up my work. I figured if I was really bad at it no one had to know. As it turns out, I have a highly active imagination. *wink*
ST: Just how hot are your books, Minx?
MM: They’re rated Erotic and I think that’s a pretty accurate description. My themes tend to be conservative actually because the characters always fall in love. Like I said before, the main difference for me between erotica and erotic romance is whether the focus is on a romance or a sexual journey. For my works, it’s always on a romance. I want my happy ending dang it!
ST: Where do you get the ideas for your novels?
MM: I wish I knew where I get my ideas from because if I did, I would visit every day! LOL! I think most artistic people are like sponges, soaking up all the experiences from everyday life and then expounding on them. Have I ever met a sexy Djinni in real life? Unfortunately not. However, I’ve been interested in Egypt since I was a teenager. I’m sure movies or other books I’ve read introduced the idea of the djinn. Somehow my crazy brain mixed all that up and came up with the concept for THE DJINNI.
ST: How do you research your books?
MM: Like most writers, I am also an avid reader, so I have a personal library filled with everything from romance novels to biographies to textbooks. Also I am a master Googler! The internet is a very powerful tool for research and fun too. I’ve spent hours online reading about the various flora of Ireland or the alignment of the planets at the equinox. You can find the weirdest things online. I love that.
ST: Who is your support group?
MM: My sister, Michelle Lauren, is an amazing writer herself and has always encouraged me in everything I do. The rest of my family is also very supportive and happy that I’ve found something that brings me so much joy. I never realized quite how lucky I was to have them until I met other writers who have to hide what they do or deal with negative comments from those around them. I am truly blessed.
st: Thanks again, Minx, for spending your time with us.
MM: My pleasure and I look forward to tomorrow!
ST: Until then…
Sloane said @ 7:17 am
July 17, 2007
The Write Side of Life
ST: Welcome back, Mix. Tell us, what made you decide to be a writer?
MM: I’m not sure what made me try it. I think I was just getting bored with what I was reading. Nothing out there was really what I wanted (multicultural, paranormal elements, scorching romance) so I figured instead of complaining maybe I should try my hand at it.
ST: How long have you been writing?
MM: I started writing in May of 2002 so it’s been five years now. WOW, I hadn’t even realized. However, I must admit that I wasn’t writing everyday in the beginning and didn’t really get serious until the fall of 2004. Before that it was just my little secret wish.
ST: How many books have you written?
MM: How many have I written or how many are available? LOL! I’ve written four books: 2 short stories, 1 novella and 1 novel. The novel was the first I wrote and will probably never see daylight (which is a good thing). I hope to sell the two short stories this year and my novella, along with finding a new home for THE DJINNI.
ST: Which is your favorite and why?
MM: THE DJINNI is my favorite, partially because it’s the one I spent the most time working on and partially because it came from such a great dream. *sigh* Man that was a good dream.
ST: LOL. Do you find writing to be fulfilling? And in what way?
MM: Absolutely. The first scene I ever wrote was something very suspenseful and when I got to the bottom of the page my heart was beating so hard I thought I was on the verge of a heart attack! It was such a rush and such a stunning pleasure to be in control of an entire world. In some ways, this is as close as I can ever get to the divine because it puts me in the role of creator. It’s a heady feeling.
ST: What’s a normal day like for you?
MM: Hectic! I usually wake at 6 am and check email first thing. I try to respond to as much as possible before leaving for work at about 7:30. I usually don’t get home until after 7pm and then it’s play time with my three year old son. His bath and bedtime will usually take until about 9pm. My husband and I are exhausted by the time we crawl into bed about 11pm.
ST: With your busy life how do you find time to write?
MM: I have a long commute to work so I write on the train and jot things down on sticky notes at work. I get ideas at random times so I just go with it. I’m always surprised at the cool ideas I get while standing in line to buy lunch or just walking down the sidewalk.
ST: Thank you, Minx. We’ll see you and our audience in the morning. Until then…
Sloane said @ 7:46 am
July 16, 2007
Minx Malone Tells All
ST: Hi, Minx Malone, welcome and thank you for visiting with us this week.
MM: Thanks so much for having me Sloane!
ST: Tell us a about yourself.
MM: This is hard because I never know what to say! I live with my husband in the Washington D.C. area with our three year old son. I’m kind of boring really. I live vicariously through my characters! Although I do have varied interests such as astronomy, Egyptology and of course writing!
ST: You are anything but boring, Minx. Your debut novel, THE DJINNI, looks to be an exciting hot read. Please tell us about the book.
MM: THE DJINNI is about an ordinary woman who gets an extraordinary present one day. I think we’ve all had times when we’re plodding through the routine of our lives and wishing something exciting would happen. The heroine of my story, Ally, is an accountant whose boyfriend cheated on her. She lives alone now since the grandmother who raised her passed away and she’s not the most social person. Then she receives her grandmother’s last bequest, an antique ruby ring. Unbeknownst to her, she’s now carrying around Damien, an Egyptian prince now bound to her.
ST: How did you come up with the story line?
MM: I had a very vivid dream about a Djinni *wink* and just had to write something down. Somehow all the detail such as his Egyptian heritage, the Magi and the curse just seemed to spring from my brain later.
ST: And where can we buy THE DJINNI?
MM: My book was available at Triskelion Publishing. Since they’ve closed I need to find it a new home. lol. It wasn’t available in print, only e-book format but I actually prefer ebooks now, especially for the more erotic titles. No one can see the cover of what I’m reading and since I’m using my PDA, most people just think I’m updating my calendar or reading email! Keeps the nosy people away…
ST: I love it! Thanks so much for being here. Will we see you bright and early tomorrow>
ST: Until then…
Sloane said @ 8:46 am
July 15, 2007
Minx Comes Out to Play
Join us July 16 – 20 for a fun week as Minx Malone talks about her life as an author.
See you tomorrow. Until then…
Sloane said @ 8:10 am
July 13, 2007
Have you missed me?
I’ve certainly missed all of you and everything to do with the elecronic world.
Several weeks back my computer acted weird, especially Outlook Express. As you all know, these things don’t cure themselves no matter how hard we hope. It got to the point that I had to call in the Geek Squad.
The voice who answers their phone, 1-800-GeekSquad, sounds just like Sgt. Joe Friday from the old Dragnet series. Immediately, I was in a better mood. The best part is you talk to a HUMAN. How’s that for customer service?
Agent David pulled up in his VW bug a few days later. With clipboard in hand, he introduced himself while straightening his narrow black tie over his pure white short sleeved shirt. After almost two hours of frantic typing and mouse clicking, the poor guy shook his head, but that tie never moved an inch from its original location, and told me he’d have to return in a few days. I wasn’t happy but I could understand he had other commitmenmts. Probably at the local bar because he seemed pretty frustrated at all the viruses that had attacked my poor old Dell.
Dave returned five days later and worked for hours. I’d already backed up everything but a few files, so it didn’t take long for him to dump my system, clean it, and reload, only another four plus hours. Now I’m in computer heaven. My internet runs like the wind and my old baby is like brand new.
Here’s my computer problem advice for today – don’t screw around with cousin Bill who thinks he knows what he’s doing and is dirt cheap. You’re only going to end up more frustrated. Call the Geek Squad. They’re fun and sure know what the heck they’re doing.
Be sure to join me along with Barbara Clark, Ann Cory, Kate Hill, Tuesday Morrigan, for Guest Author Day over at Sherrill Quinn’s Follow Your Passion Yahoo Group;
Saturday July 14, 2007
9:00 am – 9:00 pm CST
We’ll all have some neat prizes along with tantalizing excerpts. Until then…
Sloane said @ 11:48 am
July 3, 2007
To each and every one of my fellow Americans I wish you all a wonderful and safe holiday.
I’ll be back next week after the Geek Squad arrives on Thursday to correct my computer from whatever dastardly thing is eating it alive.
Sloane said @ 4:18 pm