I'm participating in a cyber book tour! My first guest is Nina Pierce.
What would happen if a devastating plague wiped out nearly all the male and two thirds of the female population on earth? That is the premise of Nina Pierce’s futuristic erotic suspense novel The Healer’s Garden available now from Liquid Silver Books.
In the female dominated society of 2172, mating with a male, even to save the human race, is a distasteful task and one Healer Jahara Hriznek, has successfully avoided—until now. Brenimyn is a gifted breeding instructor at the Garden. Forced to copulate with all females who request his services, he is tired of the government enslaving men. He lives to find the one woman who will fulfill his destiny and help him bring about social equality for all people.
The Healer’s Garden chronicles the sexually explicit love story of these two people and their changing attitudes toward the social mores of their time. There are many at the Garden who oppose the burgeoning relationship between Brenimyn and Jahara and will fight to keep them apart, but just as many who think now is the time for the vision of equality for all genders to be realized. Can Jahara believe in her love of a man and follow Brenimyn into a battle to overthrow the sexist government? Will Brenimyn trust his heart and allow a woman to lead the fight to bring about the new world order?
Nina's also answered a few questions about herself and her writing!
Where do you get the inspiration for your stories?
My background is teaching… and science at that. I’ve always analyzed and catalogued the world around me. After I retired from teaching I had to train myself to stop thinking like a scientist and think like a writer. It took me a couple of years to start doing this. Now, everything around me is inspiration. A line from a TV show or a song can start a whole “what if” scenario. A snippet of conversation overheard in the grocery store can start a landslide of ideas. From these little nuggets… whole stories emerge.
Pantzer or Plotter?
Total Pantzer. From the “what if” question I begin writing. Then I branch out and answer the questions that arise as I write. Eventually the characters flesh themselves out and I figure out who they are and what motivates them. And I keep writing. branch out from there. I have certain scenes I “see” as I’m writing and I can write toward those scenes, answering questions all along the way. The twists and turns just happen organically as the story unfolds.
What advice would you give to aspiring erotic romance writers?
Before you start writing erotica… read it. What turns you on? Figure out how the author got your motor revving and keep that feeling. Anyone can slot part A into B, but can you make it sensual? It’s important to wrap the reader up into the scene and make them feel what your characters feel. This is true of all writing, but sex scenes have the added element of titillating.
The second thing is to find a solid support system of other writers. They don’t have to be erotic authors, (my crit partners include an historical author and a suspense author) but they have to know the craft so they can help you push your talents.
What's your writing schedule like?
I sit down at the computer around 8 in the morning. Open email, drink coffee, surf the forums and MySpace, drink coffee, answer more emails, blog, finish the coffee, eat a light breakfast and shower. THEN I’m ready to open my WIP and start pounding out the words. Depending on where I am in the story this could change. As I get toward an exciting scene or towards the end, often I skip the forums and blogging and go straight to writing. I am at my computer until late in the afternoon and again in the evening after dinner. Sometimes I’m writing, other times working on marketing.
What does your family think about you writing erotic romance?
I’m very fortunate in that my husband can talk about my books now without blushing. My children (all young adults) would like to read my books if I could just… umm… close the bedroom door!
What's your favorite snack and/or beverage while you're hard at work?
By far, decaf coffee with cream. I drink a pot of it throughout the morning. I don’t munch while I’m writing, because it interferes with my typing.
Do you believe in soulmates?
Absolutely. ‘nuf said.
Do you have a "secret or private" drawer, box, shelf, etc. And, if you do, name five things in it.
A mom with a secret hiding place? I’ve never heard of such a thing. I thought everything I owned also belonged to my children. (I’m very artsy and one time I bought my own markers and hid them away from my children and sometimes I hide the chocolate in the waaaay back of the cupboard!)
Thanks Nina for stopping by! To find out more about Nina and her books, here's some additional links.
Website / Blog / Myspace