Thursday, March 17, 2011

Free For All Friday - Meet Author Emma Lai!

Hi everyone! I so excited to have my friend and fellow Wild Rose Press author, Emma Lai here today. We're featuring her story, TWICE IS NOT ENOUGH, a great hot read, just the right length for a bed time story;)
I think you will LOVE this story. It has the perfect blend of class and heat!

I had the pleasure of asking Emma a few questions, so grab a cup of coffee and let's get to know her better!

Where is your favorite place to write?

My favorite place to write is at my local Barnes and Noble, where I can get a cup of coffee, grab a table to spread my stuff out and immerse myself in a story world. The type of coffee I get depends on my mood. I drink coffee with a splash of cream when I’m in a serious mood; an iced vanilla latte when writing something spicy; or a cappuccino when I’m feeling a little frivolous.

What is the most difficult for you to write: Characters, conflict, emotions?

I have the most difficulty writing three-dimensional characters. I have to go through a story a handful of times to really bring the characters to life. Each pass adds depth to the character. At least, that’s how I feel.

Do you have critique partners?

Kind of. My writing has been sporadic and I have yet to enter into a commitment with another author. My mother-in-law, who also writes sporadically, offers critique, and my husband and step-father-in-law also read my stories. SFIL catches any grammatical errors Ieft behind after spell check and my own proofreading and hubby and MIL offer suggestions on where the story might need some polishing.

Do you believe in love at first sight?

Yes and no. I definitely believe in lust at first sight. An instant physical attraction so intense you’d do almost anything to have the other person. That’s how I felt when I met my husband. But, there was also something else there, a feeling of possibility. So, it wasn’t just lust.

Lady Minerva Peters, the heroine in my latest release, Twice is Not Enough, available from The Wild Rose Press knows all about lust at first sight.

How likely are people you meet to end up in your next book?

I have yet to write someone I just met into a story. However, many of my characters have traits of people I know.

If you could time travel would you go forward or backward?

Do I have to choose? If so, I’d go forward. I can open a history book for the past, but there’s no guide to the future. Though I would like to visit the English Regency period, which is the setting for Twice is Not Enough.

Twice is Not Enough Blurb:

After several disastrous engagements, Lady Minerva Peters is an expert at suppressing her own needs. Only in the darkness of night does she give in to her wanton desires with a fantasy lover. 

In the middle of a crowded ballroom, she learns her father is not yet ready to let her fade into spinsterhood. Humiliated, she ducks into a dark alcove only to find out she's not alone. Her hiding spot is occupied by a captivating stranger. Before she can escape, the two become voyeurs to another couple’s sexual rendezvous. The atmosphere heats up and so does her body, especially with the tempting offers whispered in her ear. 

Will Minerva deny her needs once again or will she embrace the anonymity of their seclusion and finally explore her basic impulses and the startling attraction to the compelling mystery man?
Thanks for being my guest, Emma!

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  1. Dang it, another great story I haven't had time to read yet. Maybe I should rethink this job thing? Okay, maybe not, I rather like the whole getting paid thing. *grin* I need to load up my Kindle, then I can read during downtime at work.

    Have a great day ladies. And many, many sales to both of you!

  2. Thanks for stopping in Sarah. Steady paychecks are nice and having to work makes those moments you get to relax even more special.

    See you over at my blog for your interview.

  3. I'm so in awe of you for being able to write in a coffee shop. How do you handle distractions? I'm the sort of writing mole who needs solitude and low light.

  4. If I need to, I crank up the volume on my iPod, but I'm one of those people who study with the t.v. on. I need noise in the background to remind me I'm part of a world. However, there have also been times when I've locked myself in the closet (it's huge) so that I could finish a difficult scene.

  5. Emma, that does sound hot! Good luck with sales.

  6. Thanks so much for being my guest today, Emma!

  7. Thanks for having me, Jennifer!

  8. I haven't tried writing in a coffee shop yet. One of my CPs does...she says it help her ignore the call of household chores. Me...I just ignore 'em. When I die, someone is bound to say, "Poor Penny. She was a sweetie, but a horrible housekeeper." :D

    Does writing in a coffee shop make you feel self-conscious?

  9. LOL, Penny. I used to feel self-conscious, but not anymore. It's normal for me. Though I do get all twitchy when someone stops to talk to me. Most of the time the question is about my netbook though.