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Saturday, January 19, 2013

Author! Author! Interview with: Erica Ridley + Giveaway


Welcome to another edition of "Author! Author!" Today author Erica Ridley will be answering some of my questions about what else? Books! But first, here's a little bit of background info about Erica:


Erica Ridley learned to read when she was three, which was about the same time she decided to be a writer when she grew up. Over the course of her school years, she graduated from self-illustrated stories written in crayon to dramatic sagas filling reams of spiral notebooks.

Now, Erica writes paranormal, fantasy, and historical romances. She has two Regency-set historical romances and one vampire romance anthology in stores now. She is currently working on a new trilogy of contemporary romantic comedies featuring heroes and heroines from the fantastical world of Nether-Netherland.

When not reading or writing romances, Erica can be found riding camels in Africa, zip-lining through rainforests in Costa Rica, or getting hopelessly lost in the middle of Budapest.

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Hi Erica! Thank you for taking the time to answer a few of my questions, I really appreciate it!

Thank you so much for having me here! I love to talk about books and reading. (There are those who claim it’s hard to stop me when I get going, lol… I’ll try not to stray too much!)


* You didn't stray Erica, it was fun!




For those who haven’t heard of it (yet), can you tell us a little bit about your book, Love, Lust and Pixie Dust (My first romantic comedy by the way and it was a delight)?

Yay! I had the best time writing this book. Daisy, the heroine—a lowly neurophysicist, to the eternal shame of her magical family—yearns to prove herself to her peers by achieving fairy status and finally earning her wings. Except magic isn’t as easy as neuroscience and mechanical engineering, and the next thing she knows, she’s tangled up with a half-naked human man and breaking every one of the rules. The hero, Trevor, is a driven, focused paleoanthropologist. Logic and science drive every aspect of his life—until Daisy invades his dig, makes off with his discovery, and turns his assistant into a pumpkin. Suddenly he’s thrust into a world he never believed existed. He has to use all his brains and charm to keep magic from ruining his life, and he has to use all his willpower to keep his hands—and lips—off Daisy.



I’ve never read a book like Love, Lust and Pixie Dust before and I’ve yet to come across other books like it, what made you decide to write a romantic comedy centered around pixies and tooth fairies?
I adore madcap comedy. Monty Python, The Hangover—I giggle aloud just thinking about it. I knew I wanted to write with that level of zaniness, something just plain fun. I knew I could get away with just about anything if I stepped outside the constraints of the real world—and it could be that much funnier if I forced fractured fairytale logic on a no-nonsense human like Trevor, whose own carefully organized scientific world is far more absurd than he’d like to believe.

* Madcap... I have to remember that when I describe what kind of comedies I gravitate towards. I am partial to History of the World: part 1



How many books do you have planned for Nether-Netherland series and is there anything you can tell us about the next book in the series?
So far, there are three. Wands, Wishes & Genie Kisses releases in late Spring of this year, followed by Fate, Fire & Demon Desire in late fall. (Breaking news: I just posted the cover reveal Wands, Wishes & Genie Kisses on my blog at http://www.ericaridley.com/news!) Here is the back cover copy:



CAN RUNAWAY MAGIC



When the arrival of a national chain threatens to run Zoe Carter’s small-town toy store out of business, she’s forced to team up with the one group crazy enough to help her fight back: circus carnies. The strangest member is by far the sexiest, even if he claims not to be human. While the charming drifter’s skills between the sheets are certainly out of this world, Zoe can’t help but notice his arrival corresponds with the day toy wands start churning out real magic. Unpredictable results quickly transform her love life into a disaster zone and her toy store into ground zero.



MAKE WISHES COME TRUE?



Immortal private investigator Aden Deseos is desperate to prove djinns have a place on Earth. If he successfully completes his inter-dimensional investigation into misappropriated magic wands, the Nether-Netherland elders will lift the ban prohibiting geniekind on Earth. If he fails, there is no second chance. His entire race is counting on him to save the day, as is a certain human shopkeeper with a big heart and big... ahem. Unfortunately, Aden can’t help involuntarily granting any wish spoken aloud, no matter how disastrous the outcome—or how much he wishes he had the power to give Zoe a true Happy Ever After.

* I can't wait for this book!



What was the most challenging part of writing Love, Lust and Pixie Dust and is there anything you would change about it now?
This was actually the easiest book I’ve ever written. During the first draft, I wrote a new scene every day. (Trust me, this isn’t usually how it works!) One of the fun Easter eggs I put some time into are Daisy’s Nether-Netherlandian curses. It may seem like she uses them randomly (ie “Good Ganesh!”) but every single god or goddess or otherworldly being whose name she invokes has relevance to the scene at hand. Finding the right ones was tricky, but definitely fun. I don’t know that there’s anything major I would go back and change now… I’m a perfectionist, so I’d probably tweak word choice and phrasing for the next forty years if the book wasn’t already on shelves. That’s why I never re-read my own stories after they’re published!




What would readers be surprised to find out about you?
If they’ve never read any of my books before, they might be surprised to find out my previous titles are historical romance! My debut, Too Wicked To Kiss, and its sister book, Too Sinful To Deny, are Regency-set historical romances with a hint of the paranormal. My novella in the vampire romance anthology Born To Bite features a Scottish warrior who’d feel more comfortable in a kilt than in a ballroom. The Nether-Netherland romantic comedy series is definitely a new direction, although anyone who read my occasionally zany take on vampire romance would not be shocked to discover Nether-Netherland, lol. I never take myself too seriously, and I like stories to be fun. I plan to continue writing both genres.

* I did notice on your site you had historical romances, I'll get my hands on those soon enough, I love historical romance!



Who are your favorite romance authors?
This is a tough question! The list is constantly changing, and books that I loved years ago often have greater or lesser impact when I pick them back up for a re-read. I will say I’ve read Jennifer Cruisie’s entire backlist and Julie Garwood’s entire historical backlist multiple times. I think it’s that mixture of humor and the everyday that speaks to me the most. That said, I’m a voracious reader, even outside of the romance genre, so I don’t really have a single type. Books I’ve recently read and loved include Courtney Milan’s A Kiss For Midwinter, Karen Rose’s No One Left To Tell, Darcy Burke’s To Love a Thief, Diana Peterfreund’s For Darkness Shows The Stars, and Emma Locke’s The Problem With Seduction. (That last one was an ARC… You’ll have to wait another week to get it. I’m such a tease!)

* That's just cruel, I want to read Emma Locke's next book :)



Who could you picture playing Daisy and Trevor if Love, Lust and Pixie Dust were made into a movie?
Oh man, I’m terrible at this. I’m an F student when it comes to naming actors and actresses (although I will confess to have the GoFugYourself fashion blog bookmarked.) I definitely wouldn’t pick any of the usual romantic comedy suspects… I think part of Daisy’s charm is that she isn’t that type. She’s kind of a Tina Fey straight woman in a madcap world. I think if whoever played Daisy was more commonly known for serious roles, it would make the misadventures all the funnier. As for Trevor the long-suffering paleoanthropologist… This is hard. Why aren’t these questions multiple-choice? ;-)

* I pictured Rosamund Pike for Daisy and... Hmm, maybe Jake Gyllenhaal for Trevor?


You also write historical romance, which do you prefer and why?
I love them both! I think because I like writing about worlds that are not the real world. (Trevor arguably does live in the real world, but as of page one, paragraph one, that world quickly gets turned upside-down.) When I write historicals, there are very strict fact-based rules about technology and language and clothing and environment to stick to, and very strict society-based rules that govern how the characters think and act and live and love and rebel. I love the challenge of fitting within that mold while breaking outside the traditional box. When I write about the fantastical world of Nether-Netherland, however, my only limit is my imagination. There, my primary challenge is to keep topping myself (which can be hard to do!) and to keep the adventure fun and fast-paced on every page. They’re both really great genres, and I can’t imagine giving either of them up in the foreseeable future!




Would you ever consider writing for another genre?
LOL, if you only knew! If the real world had a pause button, I would happily write for every genre that existed. When I was a little girl, my life’s ambition was to become the next Stephen King, and I probably had my parents very nervous with the contents of the horror stories I used to write. I once wrote a romantic suspense (although—surprise!—I’m told it was more zany than scary) and I’m certainly willing to explore historical eras besides Regency. Right now the genre singing me its siren song is Steampunk. The blend of history and fantasy seems right up my alley!

* I've never read a Steampunk romance either. Maybe I should start?


Is there anything you’d like readers to know about you or your books?
Hmm… I love feedback! If you like my books and are hoping for a story starring one of your favorite characters, write me and let me know. You just might get your wish! Also, to get on the VIP advance notice list for upcoming titles, sign up for the new releases newsletter via my website: ericaridley.com. List subscribers are also eligible for giveaways and free books from time to time!




Thank you so much Erica for the chance to ask you a few questions and for providing readers a chance to get to know you!



That's not all folks, you have a chance to win a copy of Love, Lust and Pixie Dust (you can read my review HERE) for your e-reader! Just fill out the rafflecopter form at the bottom of the page!


MIXING MAGIC WITH PLEASURE

Daisy le Fey isn't staying a wannabe pixie forever. As soon as she's a licensed Tooth Fairy, she'll finally be on the Nether-Netherland ladder of success. All she has to do in order to trade in her homemade glitter wings for the real deal is complete her first solo assignment. Only that's no sweet child asleep on the pillow. It's a sexy man who refuses to hand over the tooth. Desperate to save her would-be career, she fights for possession. So what if her wand misses and turns the man's assistant into a pumpkin. It could happen to the best of fairies!

HAS NEVER BEEN SO MUCH FUN

Anthropologist Trevor Masterson needs his latest find to save his job from impending budget cuts. But then a blonde bombshell wearing glitter wings sneaks into his tent at midnight, claims to be some sort of magical being, and tries to fly off with his discovery. When Trevor chases after the tooth—and the girl—no amount of science can explain their attraction or the chaos unraveling his carefully laid plans. But there's no such thing as magic... right?

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