Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Interview with Romance Author, Janice Seagraves

Today, my guest is multi-published author, Janice Seagraves, talking about her most recent release Windswept Shores.

Thank you, Penny, for having me on your blog today.
Hi everyone, my name is Janice Seagraves. And I write romance.

1)     Tell me a little about your book.
It’s a survivor’s love story. It’s about a couple who end up on the same small deserted island in the Bahamas.

Blurb: The sole survivor of a plane crash, Megan is alone on a deserted island in the Bahamas until she finds a nearly-drowned man washed up on shore. Another survivor, this time from a boat wreck. With only meager survival skills between them, will they survive and can they find love?

2)     What gave you the idea for this particular story?
I love survivor stories. In junior high I read Robinson Crusoe and watched The Swiss Family Robinson. I fell in love with the idea of being on a deserted island using on your wits to survive. Years later, I saw Castaway with Tom Hanks, and then got hooked on the show Survivors.
I kept thinking what if?
What if a couple ended up on the same island?
Could they survive?
And would they fall in love?

3)     Are you a full-time writer or part-time, and how do you organize your writing time?
If you’re asking if my writing support me, I’d have to say no. Not at the present time. I’m lucky that my hubby has a great job and makes enough to support us. He’s also very proud that I’m a published writer and brags about me at work.
I do write every day single day, including birthdays and holidays.
I turn the computer on when I get up and write throughout the day. Sometimes I’m at it until the two or three in the morning. But I do take breaks to do household chores, spend a little time with my family and cook meals so we can all eat together.

4)     When did you first know you wanted to be a writer?
Oh, I’ve written off and on for years. I did have a seventh grade English teacher compliment me on a story I wrote, she also told my parents that I had a great imagination and could be a great writer.
But it was eleven years ago that I decided to start writing toward publication. That’s when I started to really learn the craft of writing.

5)     What do you hope readers will take from your writing?
That it’s never too late for second chances at love.

6)     Which genres do you write, which do you prefer, and why?
I write mostly within the romance subgenres. Windswept is a contemporary story, set in the real world. But I have several science fiction romances in the works, a paranormal and a fantasy about a were-dragon.

7)     What is the toughest part about being a writer and how do you get past it?
Editing is a necessary evil, so I just have to grit my teeth and get through it anyway I can.

8)     Is there anything in your story based upon a real life event? If so, tell me about it.
My couple is basically camping out on their island. My dad was a fisherman and took us camping each summer to every lake within a hundred miles radios of our house. So a lot of the camping, living in a tent, cooking over an open fire scenes are from my own personal experience.

9)     How much is your protagonist like you? How different?
Well, my heroine, Megan, is from California just like I am, but I have her in Anaheim which is a bit further south than where I live. But it made writing her dialoged easier, because she sounds just like I do. She’s also creative and like me makes things with her hands. I made Megan a basket weaver, which helps her survive on the island.

10)  What kind of research did you do for this type of story?
Oh, tons and tons of research. I did internet research of course, finding out interesting facts about the Bahamas. I also bought a few books about the Bahamas islands. I also had to learn about Australian slang since my hero, Seth, is an Aussie with a thick accent. So I did more research and bought a couple of books on Australian slang or strine as they like to call it.

11)  Do writing violent or highly sexual scenes bother you? Why or why not?
If you’re asking about rape scenes or forced seductions, I’ll have to give a big NO, to that one. I do not get off on those types of scenes. They upset me a great deal.
My sex scenes are more sensual. For me it’s a person choice.

12)  What about your book makes it special?
The banter between the couple, and living on a deserted island using only their wits to survive, which makes my book special and fun to read.

13)  What is your marketing plan?
Promo, promo, promo. Lol, what else? I’m on several loops and I have my own website and blogs too. I also do guest blog post like this one today.

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?
Yes, read a lot and write a lot. And not just in the genre you want to write in. Though that is important too.
Learn proper grammar and its usage, because you have no idea now important that is until you go through a professional edit.
And don’t just throw something out there and call it done. You’ll be wondering why you got rejected if you do.
Do the revisions, do the self-editing and once you are ready join a critique group to help you put the final polish on your work.
You want your work to shine!

Windswept Shores, now available from Pink petal books.
Windswept Shores by Janice Seagraves
Cover Contest Winner
erotic contemporary romance
novel (approx 50K)
price $4.95
Cover Art by Pink Petal Books with assistance from Winterheart Design
The sole survivor of a plane crash, Megan is alone on a deserted island in the Bahamas until she finds a nearly-drowned man washed up on shore. Another survivor, this time from a boat wreck. With only meager survival skills between them, will they survive and can they find love?
Excerpt: Megan’s first snorkel lesson interrupted by . . . something very large.
“Oh, good, I thought you would insist that I learn the whole thing all at once,” Megan said, relieved. Jonathan would have.
“You aren’t ready to learn it all at once,” Seth told her. “Just float on you tummy and watch the fishies.”
They floated side by side. The bright-colored tropical fish darted about, reminding her of an aquarium seen from above. Something puzzled her. What’s happened to the fish? There’s not as many as there was before.
She floated over the kelp, noting pieces of crab shells scattered about. With a start, she spotted a pair of eyes watching her. Megan grabbed Seth’s arm, pointing. Her heart hammered in her chest while her stomach clinched. What the hell is that thing? The urge to run hit her hard. Calm, calm, wait and see what Seth does.
Seth nodded and swam down.
Floating in place, only occasionally moving his hand or foot, he and the critter seemed to take each other’s measure. A long moment passed, with Megan watching, still holding her breath. He swam back up to the surface.
Seth pulled his goggles and mouth piece off, setting them on top of his head. “It’s a giant octopus, luv. It blends right into the kelp, so we didn’t notice him before.”
Megan yanked out her mouth piece and sputtered, “What do you mean, giant octopus?”
“I reckon there isn’t so much seaweed as octopus. I think it’s been feeding on the fishies and the crabs here.”
“Well, that explains what happened to the fish.”
“You want to stay, or do you want give the ocean a burl?”
“The ocean. This little lagoon doesn’t feel so safe with a hungry giant octopus hanging around, pretending to be plant life.”
“Orright, let’s go. I’ll get a spear gun and collecting bag.” He headed toward the shore.
Megan swam slowly after until she felt something brush against her, going from crotch to foot. She put more speed into her stroke and soon passed Seth, hitting the beach at a dead run. Turning, she stared back at the innocent-seeming pool. For a brief moment, the water appeared crystal clear, and she could clearly see the giant octopus as it seemed to wink at her, before pulling itself back into the kelp. The breeze picked up, obscuring the surface.
“What’s the matter, luv?” Seth asked as he took off his goggles.
“I think. No, I know that thing touched me.” She pointed at the lagoon with a shaking finger.
“A touch or a grab?” he asked, looking back at the pool.
“A touch,” she admitted.
“They’re intelligent creatures, luv. It might have had a bit of fun with you.” He grinned.
“You’re a fisherman. Go get it—kill it,” she demanded, glaring back at the water. “How do you like that, huh? Tentacles, it’s what’s for dinner!”
Now also available at SmashwordsDiesel, All Romance and for the kindle at Amazon.


  1. Great interview! Sounds like a must buy book.

  2. Cassie, glad you were able to stop by and see what Janice has been up to.

  3. Hi Cassie,

    Thank you so much for the comment.

    Hi Penny,

    Sorry I forgot about my guest post.


  4. Great interview Janice. Some great info about your story. I always love to hear how writers come up with their ideas. Probably another reason why I always share mine.

  5. Willa. I, too, love to learn how writers come up with ideas and craft their stories. This is why I enjoy having guests on my blog. Thanks for sharing.