Today, my guest is another new MuseItUp Publishing author, Tigra-Luna LeMar. Ms. LeMar’s book, For the Love of Rei is scheduled for a December, 2010 release. Today Ms. LeMar is discussing her book and her writing life.
1) Tell me a little about your book.
“For the Love of Rei” is an interracial tale of finding love in the last place you’d expect. It’s erotic —highly erotic— about a Japanese man, coming to the other side of the world and taking one look at this Rochelle woman and knows he wants her.
2) What gave you the idea for this particular story?
I was speaking to my best friend’s brother about getting his manga/anime style book to publishers when the idea hit me.
3) Are you a full-time writer or part-time, and how do you organize your writing time?
I’m not sure what you mean about full-time writer or part-time. I write all the time because in between school and work and family and friends there isn’t time to set aside writing time. But I mostly write at nights before bed when the house is quiet.
4) When did you first know you wanted to be a writer?
I always knew I wanted to write. Ever since I was old enough to read Nancy Drew and Hardy Boys
5) What do you hope readers will take from your writing?
I hope they take away that love is love, no matter what ethnicity a person is. When it comes to love, everyone deserves a second chance.
6) Which genres do you write, which do you prefer, and why?
I write Interracial Contemporaries for the most part. I prefer them but I am trying to branch out by slipping a bit of paranormal into some short stories that I’ve done recently.
7) What is the toughest part about being a writer and how do you get past it?
The toughest part is the reviews—when I get them I tend to forward them without reading to a friend and have him open them. It’s quite funny really because I’ve been getting them for years now. I don’t think I’ll ever get past those nerves. I can shrug them off if they’re bad quite quickly and not worry about it but the initial opening is a big deal.
8) Is there anything in your story based upon a real life event? If so, tell me about it.
Oh lordy I wish! Because Rei is one steamy lookin’ man! *purrs* ok, seriously, nope. Well sort of…the friendship that is between Rochelle and May, some of the jokes they make together is similar to myself and my best friend.
9) How much is your protagonist like you? How different?
Oh heavens, Rochelle is like me to the max. Her temper, her self esteem at times, her shyness—me, me, me and more me. I know it’s hard to see but I am a shy person who speaks her mind lol
10) What kind of research did you do for this type of story?
This story has a second language, Japanese, I had to research this language a lot. I speak a little of the language so most things I had down but others were more difficult as I had to consult books, websites, friends it was a mess for a bit there.
11) Do writing violent or highly sexual scenes bother you? Why or why not?
Well, I dabble in light BDSM now and then but I’d never write hardcore BDSM. I give props to those who write it but I can’t seem to get myself to. Writing highly sexual scenes is rather fun because I blush while I’m writing it—I figure if I blush while writing it, it should hit the spot with my readers and make them go red too. Violence bothers me whether writing or not—when I have to write my characters getting hurt I sob like a baby lol. It’s true!
12) What about your book makes it special?
My book is special because it is different than anything you’d find out there—it has a little bit of everything and I hope it will be enjoyed.
13) What is your marketing plan?
A little bit of everything!
14) Where can people learn more about you and your work?
My website at http://tigraluna.webs.com
15) Any tips for new writers hoping to write in the genre of your book?
If the author is a brand new erotic author—Write what you know-- find the kind of sex that you would enjoy and write that. One your taste broadens then so does your writing.
Thank you, Tigra-Luna, for being my guest today.