Monday, December 13, 2010

Interview with author, Ashlynn Monroe

Today, my guest is paranormal romance author Ashlynn Monroe.  Ashlynn is here to talk about her novel, Protector Mine.

1) Tell me a little about your book.
Larissa is on the verge of complete insanity. She has grown up feeling a connection to the rural woodlands near her home. She has never been able to find what or who has been calling to her. 

Dante comes from an ancient line of shifters whose sole purpose is to keep their charges safe from vampires. Dante is Larissa’s Protector.   There are only two rules- never talk to your charge and never let them know that you are watching. Dante breaks every rule when it comes to Larissa when they are swept into a torrent of desire that threatens to consume them. 

Will the price of breaking the rules to follow their hearts be too great? Hunters lurk in the forest. Vampires are coming. Dante is all that stands between Larissa and the monsters who want to make her one of them.

2) What gave you the idea for this particular story?
I grew up in the boonies.  The beautiful valley I grew up in lay wrapped in wooded bluffs.  At the time, I didn’t appreciate how lucky I was to enjoy the serenity.  I liked the idea of a woman having a secret protector and the story bloomed from that aspect.

3) Are you a full-time writer or part-time, and how do you organize your writing time?
I have a day job.  I work as a customer care agent for a major cell phone provider, helping the company’s business customers.  So not glamorous but it pays the bills, for now.  Someday I want to support myself entirely from my writing, but I’ve only been published for six months.  I write every day during my lunch break and I write after the kiddos are asleep in bed. 

4) When did you first know you wanted to be a writer?
I wrote my first novel (it’s long gone) in a binder on loose leaf when I was thirteen.  I’ve wanted to be a writer ever since.

5) What do you hope readers will take from your writing?
Pure entertainment, I love writing.  I hope my readers will enjoy reading me as much as I enjoy writing for them. 

6) Which genres do you write, which do you prefer, and why?
I write full length and short stories.  The genres I write are science fiction, urban fantasy, paranormal, steam punk and contemporary Romance and erotic romance

7) What is the toughest part about being a writer and how do you get past it?
Time, there is never enough time to get all the writing done that I’d like to do.  I have two young children, a husband, two cats, and a job.  Someone always wants something from me.

8) Is there anything in your story based upon a real life event? If so, tell me about it.
In Protector Mine, the farm is a real place.  It’s the family farm that my dad grew up on and where I spent a lot of time during my childhood and teen years. 

9) How much is your protagonist like you? How different?
Larissa is much sweeter than I am.  She’s young and innocent.  I’d hope that in a situation like the plot of this story I’d be as brave as Larissa is and willing to fight for love.

10) What kind of research did you do for this type of story?
None, I just wrote what was in my imagination.

11) Do writing violent or highly sexual scenes bother you? Why or why not?
Honestly, I’m never bothered by writing these things.  For me I transcribe the “movies” in my head and it honestly doesn’t bother me while I’m writing.  Sometimes when I start to edit I might get a bit nervous about how the reader will receive it and do occasionally make changes.

12) What about your book makes it special?
The couples intensity and telepathic connection.  I also like how I’ve created that sense of sync in my phrases.

14) Where can people learn more about you and your work?

15) Any tips for new writers hoping to write in the genre of your book?
Submit and keep submitting until a publisher enjoys your book as much as you do.  Establish a connection with other writers on Facebook and other social networks.  

Thank you, Ashlynn for sharing this part of your writing life.  Now, here's an excerpt from Protector Mine.


Her fingers lightly skimmed the rough stubble gracing his surprisingly soft skin, and she saw the need and longing in his exotically beautiful eyes. No one had ever looked at her like she was so important, so amazing. She felt his wonder and his love. How was it possible? It was like she had a view into his mind and soul and only the truth of their magical connection existed. When she saw the raw need in his eyes something twisted in her heart, and she knew that she would not run.

She pressed her lips to his chin. He bent down just enough so that their lips connected. It was gentle at first, testing, trusting. Then he pulled her against him, and it took the air from her lungs. Whimpering with joy and need, she returned his fervor with a desperation that was entirely her own. His rough hands caressed her cheek, and the moment of wonder brought the prickling of tears to her eyes.

“What have you done to me?” Her voice sounded breathless.

“I would never hurt you. I haven’t done anything to you, Larissa.”

“What is this?”

“This is chemistry.”

Standing there in the middle of a wild place with a complete, albeit sexy, stranger wasn’t a safe thing to do. She wanted him, wanted sex, for the first time in her life. She embraced the lust. No, this wasn’t exactly where she imagined losing her virginity. It gave her pause that she was giving something away so easily she had so carefully guarded. Yet it felt as if this gift had always been his, and she had just been keeping it safe for him. She pulled her shirt off and let it fall to the ground. He wore no shirt and when their skin touched, an electric current traveled through him and into her. She gasped and her back arched involuntarily. He kissed her throat and she shivered, wrapping her arms around his neck and holding him close.

His hands awkwardly battled with her bra, and he grunted with triumph as the bit of fabric joined her t-shirt on the damp ground. His calloused palms skimmed over her nipples, and she cried out with need. Larissa’s cheek pressed against his chest, and she felt enveloped in his primitive pheromones. His masculine growl made her smile softly against the hard wall of his chest. A sound, calling voices somewhere far away, registered in her mind. Her family was looking for her. She didn’t care; she was where she belonged, where she wanted to be. His chest began to heave, and his primal desperation against her belly was evident. He knew they were looking too.

When he swept her into his arms, she did not protest, her trust was complete. She reveled in the foreign knowledge that made no sense and yet seemed to answer all the mysteries of the universe in the same moment. Mushy and useless, she let her brain turn off and let her heart take over. Nothing made sense and she loved every moment of it. He moved through the growing darkness with her, and she clung to him, content to go anywhere he chose to take her. Closing her eyes against the blurring trees and leaves, it only nibbled at her mind that he moved with inhuman speed.

His voice sounded gruff and raw. Larissa wondered if he felt the pain of her leaving as horribly as she did. He spoke, and she clung tighter to him. “I have waited a lifetime for you.”

Her searchers were far from her mind as she found herself back in his dank wilderness dwelling. She had no idea what to say to his intense statement.

After a moment, she found her voice and spoke. “I think I’ve always been looking for you, too.”

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