Sunday, April 7, 2013

Blog Tour: Secret Desire by Susan D. Taylor (Interview)


The problem with twins is that they look so much alike…

By day, Claire Robertson is a staff writer for a small publication in Seattle. But when the lights go down, she writes sizzling and oh-so-naughty erotica. She keeps these stories safely tucked away, hiding her secret fantasies of her hero, Dustin Murray. The man who stole her heart six years ago. And then jumped into bed with her twin sister.

Dustin never forgot Claire, or her twin sister’s lies that tricked him into sleeping with her. Nor has he forgotten that her sister’s threats have kept him silent for six years and cost him the woman he loved. Now that Claire’s returned home, Dustin isn’t about to lose her again. But it’ll be another thing to convince Claire he’s prepared to do whatever it takes to win her back.

When Claire accidentally sends the wrong story to her editor, things really heat up. With hot the new black in publishing, her editor thinks he’s struck gold and queues the story for publication. The last thing Claire needs is for everyone to learn that she’s got secrets of her own…

Author Interview 

Yes. That writing without a pen name requires consideration. Especially, when the
subject matter is provocative. The story of Secret Desire is construed as metafiction
(using a story within a story to explore pop-culture i.e. Fifty Shades of Grey

Is there anything you find particularly challenging in your writing?
Expressing the sensuality between characters. The connection. And how to draw
this relationship from start to finish. The level of sensuality, conveying the most
intimate act between two people, and the layering of emotions requires a delving
into whom they are their flaws or humanity and allowing another to be deeply part
of their lives.

How many books have you written and which is your favorite?
Secret Desire was my first manuscript contracted. To date, I’ve two books released.
Two due out in April, Tempted by Trouble, and Blood Brothers. I’ve contracted
another, an erotic paranormal due out in September.

To ask that question is akin to querying a mother which child is her favorite. LOL.
It depends which one is behaving—possibly. The ones still in edits are worrisome,
and I wonder if I’ll make the right choices. The ones out require promotion or a
hand. And then the ones about to release, I’m anxious. They all occupy my mind,
and there are favorite aspects for each.

I like Secret Desire specifically because of Fran, Claire’s twin sister. She represents
the heroine’s shadow figure. Fran does what she wants, no matter how it hurts
others. It was so much fun to write someone so ego driven, developing her from
a character portrait. She’s hugely wounded, and her story Savage Secret may or
may not get picked up for publishing since it’s not exactly a traditional love story.
There’s a reason it’s savage.

If You had the chance to cast your main character from Hollywood today, who
would you pick and why?

Oh golly. For other books, I sometimes use images of the characters. This one I
actually used stock images.

Let’s see for Claire let’s go with Ivanka Trump because everyone knows she’s
perfect for Claire and Fran (all that Louis Vuitton luggage), and I believe (cough)
secretly she wants to be an actress. This will be her chance.

Dustin, undeniably I’m casting Orlando Bloom. Squeee!!! I can see him sporting ear
ring and riding motocross. Can’t you???

When did you begin writing? In the summer of 2011, I seriously considered writing.
I began with an online course and studied like a fiend. How long did it take to
complete your first book?

My first manuscript is just that. I made so many mistakes. Too many. But the
manuscript for Secret Desire was finished in four days. I blaze through writing. It
started out as a novella, a tease at 28K words. When it was published, it had grown
to shy of 50K.

Did you have an author who inspired you to become a writer? My father was a
writer of philosophy. It was one of those challenges, like a bucket list item. He
passed away before I became a teacher. His memory of me was a very, very black
sheepish. Lucky for me, life is full of surprises.

What is your favorite part of the writing process?

It’s not editing I can tell you. I love the part when the story is so tight in my mind
it starts telling itself. All I have to do is type. It pours out. I use a synopsis and at
times, the story veers off-course as if the one of the characters are saying, “I don’t
think so! This is how it goes.”

Describe your latest book in 4 words.
Metafictional romance – ice needed

Can you share a little bit about your current work or what is in the future for your

Currently, I’m writing the second book in the Series, Lovers and Fighters at
Evermore Ranch. The Cowboy Rode a Harley. Stephen McLemore finds Sara
Sinclair full of spit-n-vinegar, enough to irritate him down to the bone, and then
some. She’s an unforgettable woman and he does the unthinkable, asks her out on a


"I love the concept of falling in love. The type of romantic journey that is so intense, it's borders on insanity."--Susan D. Taylor

After growing up in Miami, she moved to Nashville where she taught biology and special education. No longer a public school teacher, Susan now writes about consuming passion, how attraction plays out, and characters that are either going to incinerate or meld like warm caramel.

Susan lives with her husband, two blue heelers, two cats, a gecko and a snake. An RYT 200 (Yoga Alliance) practicing in vinyasa flow when she's not writing her next hot romance.

I will have my review up in the next day or two. 

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