Please welcome my guest today Zoe Winters
Zoe, Thanks for agreeing to be a guest on my blog.
Thanks for having me!
Can you tell everyone a little bit about yourself?
How much time do you have? I guess I could go with the standard. I’m a big Buffy fan,and I write paranormal romance. And some erotica, though for the most part that’s going under a different name.
How long have you been writing?
I really can’t remember. It was pretty organic, there wasn’t a specific time I can remember starting, though I do remember writing my first novel in 8th grade. I wanted to be R.L. Stine back then.
What is your writing process like?
I do an outline first. Then I write the crap draft. I’m such an anal retentive psycho, that every time my story goes in a different direction than my outline, I revise my outline. By the time I get to the end, I’ve gone through about 5 outlines. Then I revise and send it out the door to beta readers. I don’t really have special rituals, or things I have to do to write. I just try to sit down and do it. Usually I go by a word count quota and I try to stay on a schedule for the rough draft so I finish it. Not a very sexy process, I know.
Can you tell us about Kept?
My main character, Greta is a werecat. She’s just found out that her tribe intends to sacrifice her, and she’s been given the name of the only person strong enough to protect her from them. Except that he’s a sorcerer with a badass reputation named Dayne Wickham. He once killed most of the tribe. It was self defense, but Greta doesn’t know that. He was trying to save Greta’s adoptive mother at the time. He was so hurt by Jaden’s betrayal, that he allowed the rumors about his evil to persist so he’d just be left alone by most people. He didn’t want to be betrayed again. Then he’s got Greta showing up on his doorstep, supposedly in distress, and it looks like deception part 2 to him. So he’s a little cranky about it.
I know you just recently placed in a writing competition. Can you tell us something about this?
I wrote an erotic short story and submitted it to this contest, the Better Sex Erotic fiction contest. I got through the initial screening and into the voting round. It’s set up for 14 weeks of voting. Each week has three stories in it. If you win your week (through reader votes), You get $100, into the print anthology, and into the Semi-Finals. I won my week, yay! (Thanks to those who voted for me), so now I’m up to Semi-Finals which aren’t until February. If I make it into the finals, I’ll have a 1 in 3 shot of the $3,000 grand prize.
Where do you get your ideas for your books?
I have no idea. Once I was driving down the road and practically an entire plot fell into my head. I wish there was some way I could explain it, but it would take a full blog post just to start speculating. And I’d still be talking out of my ass.
Do you characters talk to you? If so who talks the most heroes or heroines?
I know a lot of writers talk about that, but I’m not sure I relate to my characters quite in that way. It’s more like they leave their story lying around and I find it and tell it.
As an author, you must be an avid reader. What books do you enjoy reading? Who are your auto-buy authors?
I don’t have auto-buy authors, because if I did, I’d be eating Pork and Beans out of a can and my husband would divorce me. I have a serious book buying problem. Some of my favorite authors though are: Cynthia Eden, Charlaine Harris, Kresley Cole. I’m also a big fan of kinky erotica.
What books are on your keeper shelf?
Story of O, A Hunger Like No Other, Topping From Below, Blood and Chocolate, and a lot more. I have a hard time parting with books. A new book I’m reading by a friend of mine, The Proviso is on the keeper shelf now. All books by my friends are on the keeper shelf.
Do you read books other than romance books?
I read a lot of nonfiction. Lots of business books, occassionally philosophy. Lots of how-to type books. Lots of books on publishing and marketing. And Erotica of course. Then I read the occasional literary or mainstream fiction and some urban fantasy. I think Joyce Carol Oates is wonderful. (She writes literary, not urban fantasy hehe.)
What was the first romance book you read?
I wish I could remember. I think I sort of slid into paranormal romance from Chick Lit. It started with me being a crazy Buffy fan, and then reading a lot of fanfic and writing a lot of bad fanfic. Then when I got tired of that, I stumbled upon the Undead series by Mary Janice Davidson, then it sort of split off into paranormal romance from there. So I’m fairly new to romance as a genre. I was pretty snobby about it when I was younger. My 8th grade Lit teacher really supported my writing dreams and she told me about her published friend who wrote romances, and I remember thinking how those weren’t real books, lol. Now here I am.
If one of your books was made into a movie, which book would you like it to be and which actors would like to see as the lead characters?
Well just KEPT is out right now, but definitely SAVE MY SOUL I just think it’s a big enough story to go on a screen. Not sure who would play Luc, but I saw Gerard Butler (back when he was in Dracula 2000) very much as Luc.
If you could switch lives with one of your characters who would if be & why?
Probably Greta, from KEPT. I mean, she can turn into a cat. That’s pretty cool.
What are you currently working on?
Right now I’m trying to map out the third novella in the series. The first print release is going to be a novella trilogy with KEPT, and two others. The second one is written (but not yet edited) and right now I’m working on the third one.
When you are not writing or reading, what do you enjoying doing in your spare time?
What spare time? haha! Bellydance when I have time.
If you could ask readers anyone question, what would it be?
Clinch covers, yay or nay? I’m really obsessed with this issue.