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Please welcome Alison Paige!

Who said being eaten by the big bad wolf was a bad thing?

Maizie Hood struggles to keep her bakery turning a profit, her landlord from evicting her, and her dear Granny in a nursing facility. Wrestling with the decision to sell Gran’s cottage is hard enough. The last thing she needs is her childhood big-bad-wolf nightmares turning into real-life adult fantasies. Sexy businessman Gray Lupo’s sudden interest just makes matters worse. Is he the answer to her problems, or just a wolf in gentleman’s Armani?

Since his wife was killed twenty-one years ago, Gray’s life has been focused on two things: protecting the pack and avoiding the grown daughter of his wife’s killers. When it becomes clear he can’t do one without compromising the other, Gray finds playing “big bad wolf” to Maizie Hood’s “Little Red” is a role he enjoys far more than he expected.

A real bad wolf’s attack on Maizie changes everything. Gray can’t deny the pull she has on his instincts—and his heart. Suddenly he finds himself taking on a role he never thought he’d want, as her protector and mate. Until the truth about his connection to her nightmarish past comes to light…

Hi Alison! Thank you for agreeing to an author interview today.

It’s a pleasure to be here. Thanks for inviting me.

Can you tell everyone a little bit about yourself?

I’m a stay at home mom, with three teenage daughters.  I take advantage of school hours to write because once they’re home, I’m mom again.

How long have you been writing?

I’ve been “seriously” writing since my oldest daughter was born. She’ll be 19 this May. But I’ve been writing in the pursuit of publication since 2001. Wow, I can’t believe it’s been that long already.

What is your writing process like?

I’m a plotter. I’ve tried just sitting down and writing but then I’d stop to take notes on a scene I wanted to write later and then it’d happen again. Before I knew it I was plotting. The beginning is always different. Sometimes I get an idea for a character or a scene, and sometimes ,  like with LITTLE RED AND THE WOLF, it’s a game of what if. “What if the story of Little Red Riding hood was about a werewolf?” After that I let the idea stew in my brain for a while. When I’m ready, I sit and write long hand everything I know about the characters and story, background, family, goals, motivations, pivotal moments, etc… Then I take that info, lay it out in some semblance of a story arch, open a file document on the PC, name it “Chapter One,” and start writing.

Can you tell us about your upcoming releases, Little Red and The Wolf and Naughty Bits 2?

LITTLE RED AND THE WOLF, is an erotic paranormal romance, based loosely on the fairy tale Little Red Riding hood.  Maizie Hood struggles to keep her bakery turning a profit, her landlord from evicting her and her dear Granny in a nursing facility. Now her childhood big-bad-wolf nightmares have become her real life adult fantasies. But is sexy businessman Gray Lupo the answer to her problems, or just a wolf in gentleman’s Armani?

Naughty Bits 2 is the second in the highly popular compilations of breath-hitching, leg-crossing, pulse-quickening short erotic fiction from the editors of SPICE BRIEFS. Penned by some of the genre’s best authors these nine provocative, flirty, haunting—but always arousing—erotic encounters may be brief, but each one is guaranteed to be the naughtiest part of your day!

Do you have other books releasing this year?

Actually I do! In March, Samhain Publishing will be releasing the print version of my erotic romantic suspense, TAME HORSES WILD HEARTS. And then in June the benefit anthology, GIFT OF LOVE will be released from Berkley. These are all brand new stories from Lori Foster, Ann Christopher, Jules Bennett, Lisa Cook, Heidi Betts, Gia Dawn, and me (under my other persona, Paige Cuccaro).  All the stories are family friendly and mine is another werewolf tale that I hope will give readers a smile and a good read.

What are you currently working on?

I’m working on a few things. A short erotic paranormal—another twist on a popular fairy tale. And two young adult stories, one dealing with angels and the other with werewolves.

Where do you get your ideas for your books?

Most of my stories come from playing the “what if” game. I see a news report, watch a movie, a TV show, read a magazine article and something about catches my imagination. Before I know it I’m thinking, “what if things were just a little different…” and it takes off from there.

As an author, you must be an avid reader. What books do you enjoy reading? Who are your auto-buy authors?

I LOVE reading. I don’t have as much time to read as I’d like, but even if I could sit and do nothing but read all day I’d still have the same problem. My favorite genre is, of course, paranormal. I’ve got several auto-buys, more than I should (according to my bank account) and too many to list them all. A few, off the top of my head… Jim Butcher, Laurell K. Hamilton, Kim Harrison, Kelly Armstrong, Christopher Moore, and the list goes on.

What books are on your keeper shelf?

All the books in the Vampire Chronicles by Anne Rice. It was Interview with a Vampire that made me want to write. I LOVE those books! Also all the books of the above authors and here again, the list goes on. Shelf space is a real problem in my house. I’ve passed my love of books to all three of my daughters and we all hate to part with any of our books.

What was the first romance book you read or the one book that has stood the test of time for you?

The Scofield Diagnosis. (Not sure that’s spelled right.) I read it when I was probably twelve. It belonged to my older sister and I had to sneak into my closet to read it so my mother and sister wouldn’t catch me. But I was HOOKED. After that I devoured  Flowers in the Attic and then every book by V. C. Andrews after that. By the time I finished them I was old enough to indulge my romance addiction openly.

If one of your books was made into a movie, which actors would like to see as the lead characters?

Gabriel Byrne, just so I could go to the set and meet him. That man is wicked sexy.

If you could switch lives with one of your characters, who would it be & why?

Switching places with my heroine from OBEY ME (Written under my Paige Cuccaro, persona) would be sweet. She has the power of suggestion. Who wouldn’t want that?

When you are not writing or reading, what do you enjoying doing in your spare time?

I’m a TV and movie junkie. Two of my oldest daughters work at the local movie theater and one of the perks is dollar movie passes. (YAY!) I also LOVE strolling the mall, people watching.

If you could ask readers any question, what would it be?

I’d ask them to tell me about the story they’re dying to read but haven’t found.

Where can readers find you on the internet?

I have two websites:
I’m also on twitter (Paigecuccaro) Facebook and myspace.

***Leave a comment answering Alison’s question for a chance to win a copy of Naughty Bits 1 (U.S. residents only.) If the winner is outside of the U.S., they will win a digital copy of any one book from Alison’s backlist. Good luck! 😀