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Interview with Lord Billy Freda!

1) Women have an idea of what the perfect romance model looks like, besides yourself, what actor do you think would fit that roll? 

I think a scruffy, long haired Rob Lowe

2) What is your favorite position to pose for on a romance cover & why?

Underneath the female model in a bedroom scene! 😉 Why? Self explanatory!! LOL

3) What do you think women really don’t get about men?

We are really bad at reading b/w the lines.  Just tell us what you want/think!! 

4) What is your newest project your working on? 

A comedic TV Pilot that is currently being shopped in LA 🙂

And be sure to check out Billy’s newest romance cover page! See a cover of Lord Billy let us know!

https://www.facebook.com/pages/BILLY-FREDA/359089674250490

DCL Blog Tour interview with best selling author Kristi Ahlers

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1. What does your writing process look like?

UGH, I don’t have a process! LOL! At least not one that is remotely organized or makes sense. My characters have to talk to me first before I can start to write them…AND the first scene has to come to me. I know how it starts, I know that big issue in the middle and I have the ending sorted. I then write scenes and quilt them together to form the whole. 🙂

2. Do you have any strange writing habits (like standing on your head or writing in the shower)?

Yes, but not like that! LOL. I have to have either Supernatural, or Bones playing in the background and I have to have bubblegum on hand for chewing. Keeps me busy and focused. And I write like a crazy person normally able to produce 5k a day at least.

3. What book do you wish you could have written?

Oh, good question! I wish I could be super creative and twisty to write like the writers on Criminal Minds. As for authors, I envy Kresely Cole and Sherrilyn Kenyon…both super creative ladies with an amazing world to play and create in!

4. Just as your books inspire authors, what authors have inspired you to write?

Hands down, Heather Graham! She was the first historic romance author I read and she amazed me. She was really the one author that made me think I wanted to do this.

5. If you could cast your characters in the Hollywood adaptation of your book, who would play your characters?

Hmmm, well for my book Gabrielle, I’d love Colin Farrell as Devlin and Keira Knightly to play the role of Gabrielle.

6. How important are names to you in your books? Do you choose the names based on liking the way it sounds or the meaning? Do you have any name choosing resources you recommend?

Names are very important to me. I try to pick the name based on the time period (I write multi-genre/era books) and location. So if I set a book in Scotland, I try to pull good Scottish names.

7. What do you consider to be your best accomplishment?

Aside from the writing which is always a huge accomplishment. I’d have to say my best accomplishment was raising two very amazing little boys to equally amazing young men who are serving in the in the military. One in the Marines, one in the Navy. Couldn’t be prouder…

https://www.facebook.com/kristi.ahlers1?fref=ts 

DCL Blog Tour with Mary Alice Pritchard

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1. What does your writing process look like?

I’m a typical punster. Sometimes something gets stuck in my head that I can’t get rid of and I’ll write it down and a book develops around it. Sometimes a title comes to me and I’ll write a book around it. More often than not, characters speak to me, telling me their stories, fighting among themselves to be heard. I keep two or three books going at all times so that when one stops flowing and another one does, I can just start on it without having to change gears.

I start each writing time out by rereading what I’ve already written and editing it as I go. By the time I reach where I had left off, I’m already immersed in the story and ready to continue from there.

2.  Do you have strange writing habits (like standing on your head or writing in the shower)?

Hmm, not really. I pretty much have to have silence when I write so I can hear what to put on paper. Music tends to distract me. I want to sing along when I hear it. Even classical music is a distraction. My fingers try to play along with the melody even thought I can’t really play the piano. So, it’s silence. Only it isn’t really silent with all of the voices in my head.

When I had my dear Dippity with me, I sometimes had to write around him. I got a baby sling that you wear to carry a child around with you and used it to hold the feline while I wrote. He was quite content to curl up on my chest and sleep that way. I do miss him.

3.  What book do you wish you could have written?

The original Anita Blake books, the Laurann Dohner books, or the Lora Leigh books. Not because they’ve made anyone rich, but because to be able to tell a story like these women did with these books amazes me. I strive to create characters and emotion like they have.

4.  Just as your books inspire authors what authors have inspired you to write?

When I was very, very young, I wanted to write like Grace Livingston Hill. I loved those books. But then, about eleven or so years ago, I heard Sherrilyn Kenyon’s story and realized that if she could overcome so many odds and continue, never giving up, I could do it too. I idolize her, Lora Leigh for her wicked ability to make you love her characters and Laurell K. Hamilton’s early amazing Anita Blake books. I still go back and re-read each of these author’s books that remind me it can be done.

5.  If you could cast your characters in the Hollywood adaption of your book, who would play your characters?

Okay, that’s a hard one for me. You see, I don’t watch TV or go to movies anymore. I haven’t for many years. I will occasionally go if a friend is adamant about it, but normally I buy DVDs of movies or TV series that are similar to the books I write. I use them to get me in the mood before I work on a particular series. So, I know very few actor or actresses’ names.

My favorite ones will probably date me. J  Sam Elliot, Johnny Depp, Vin Diesel, and Clint Eastwood. I’m afraid I don’t know a single actress’s name.

6.  How important are names to you in your books? Do you choose the names based on liking the way it sounds or the meaning? Do you have any name choosing resources you recommend?

The names of my characters are very important to me. They usually reflect their personality unless there is a specific reason for them to have a certain name. Sometimes it only means something to me and doesn’t really relate to the story at all.

I will sometimes use a surname generator to pair one with my first name, but as for my first names, I took a week and dug through name sites and baby books, collecting every name I thought I could ever use without cringing and put them in a spreadsheet in alphabetical order based on if it was male, female, or either. I keep it updated so that when I use a name it gets highlighted with the name of the book next to it. That way I know if I’ve used it for one name I write under but not another one that I use to write.

7.  What do you consider to be your best accomplishment?

The first book I completed and sent off to be considered because I finished it, I edited it, and I sent it off for consideration. That was an accomplishment that some writers never attain. Then the last book I wrote, because I haven’t stopped writing, even when I get a bad review, a rejection, or a drop in sells. Perseverance is an accomplishment because among those who do finish the book, edit it, and send it off, many will never write another book after they are rejected a few times.

Thanks!

Mary Alice

DCL Blog tour with Legendary Dark Lord CJ Hollenbach

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You are a legend in the romance industry as a cover model and probably have been asked every interview question but, here it goes…

1) How do you communicate with people? Are you patient? Are you friendly? How open are you to clients’ requirements? 

I am pretty good with dealing with people. I managed a grocery store for 15 years so I’ve dealt with the public for quite a while. That also helped me develop a thick skin. You really can’t let what people say bother you. A lot of the cover models can take a good picture but can’t deal with people. That’s why you’ll see some guys at a convention once and never again. They can’t handle it. I remember years ago when I was working a trade show with Heather Graham and a woman commented to her that she’s never heard of the author. Heather just smiled and said to her “Well….a lot of people have!” I had to go off on this ignorant woman in Heather’s defense. Heather said “Don’t worry about it….No big deal…” I’ve never forgotten that. People can be so rude. I’ve had “fans” ask me if I’m wearing a wig or say “I thought you’d be taller…” I just smile and kill them with kindness…

 

2) What is your nutrition? How often do you go to the gym? Do you practice constantly? 

I go to the gym 6 days a week. I try to break up my workouts into different body parts on different days. My diet is generally pretty healthy. I think everyone knows what to eat and what not to. They just don’t want to deprive themselves. I know if I eat more of something I shouldn’t that just means more cardio. There is literally NO FREE LUNCH. I follow a more strict diet if I have a shoot coming up. I have never been one of those guys who carries food around with them so they can eat 6 to 8 times a day. I just find that odd.

3) What is your availability? Traveling? Full-time, part time? hours?

It all depends on the situation. I can be pretty flexible if the price is right!

 

4) Where can we learn what you have in this industry? 

For starters you can buy my new book, “Confessions Of A Romance Cover Model.” It just came out in paperback. It took me 20 years in the business to write it. Any more questions? Buy me a drink and we’ll talk!

 

http://www.amazon.com/Confessions-Romance-Cover-Model-Hollenbach-ebook/dp/B00GGMWAEA/ref=sr_1_1?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1386556853&sr=1-1&keywords=confessions%2Bof%2Ba%2Bromance%2Bcover%2Bmodel

 

5) Where can your fans best reach you and keep up to date on your projects?

They can go to my website: www.cjcovermodel.com or follow me on Facebook: CJ Hollenbach. I’m not on Twitter…yet!

DCL Blog tour with best selling author Miriam Newman

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1. If you could work with any author who would it be? 

Probably Diana Gabaldon.  I would love to know her research techniques and also where she learned the Gaelic in her books

 

 2. Who is your favourite author and is you writing style similar to theirs? 

Fantasy author T.H. White was always my favorite, but I don’t think my style is similar to his.  I hear the voices of poets I have loved in my work.  W. B. Yeats and Edna St. Vincent Millay were always my favorites.

 

 

3. What’s your favorite part of a book? 

Oh, the beginning.  It’s like opening a box of chocolates.

 

4. When naming your characters, do you give any thought to the actual meaning?

Actually, I do.  I created a language for my fantasy novel The King’s Daughter and the name of the female protagonist, Tarabenthia, meant “Heart of the Earth.”  In my fantasy historical Spirit Awakened, the heroine had forgotten her name and the man she eventually came to love named her Delfi, which was “yellow flower,” for her blonde hair.  Names are very important.

 

5) Where can readers best contact you?

At my Facebook page, MiriamNewmanAuthor, or the contact page at my web site www.miriamnewman.com.

 

To win an e-book copy of Miriam’s novel, THE EAGLE’S WOMAN, leave comment on the DCL and her page at:

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