Author Dee Tenorio is here with us today at the Explosive contest, talking about writing and giving away a copy of SHAKEN to one lucky commenter tomorrow morning. I heard about Dee from Lea of the Closetreader blog, who raved about SHAKEN and Dee’s writing. So be sure to check her out!
Fresh from a meeting with a divorce attorney, Grant and Julia Sullivan find themselves trapped in an elevator after an earthquake. Unable to escape either their hurts or their desire, can they learn their way back to each other before they reach the bottom floor?
Dee’s InterviewBK: Welcome Dee!
You’ve been writing for quite a few years, correct? Have you always been a writer? If not, what got you into writing?
DT: Hi Beth! I’m so glad to be visiting!
Now, Mom always told me to never admit numbers—which is handy since I can’t really count that well, lol—but when it comes to writing, I can honestly say, I’ve been at it for as long as I could hold a pencil. I’ve been published since 2005, but sadly, it took a LOT of years of writing some really bad stories before I learned how to not make editors (so) crazy.
If anyone or anything got me into writing, it was my Mom. She always read to or with me and we both just love a god story.
BK: How are you like your books?
DT: LOL, that’s easy. You know the somewhat sarcastic, side of your mouth comments the characters tend to make? That’d be me. All the time. I can’t help it, I tried therapy but the therapist kept giggling, so, there went that.
BK: What’s the best thing about being an author? The worst?
DT: Oh, the absolute best thing ever is a fan letter. I mean, there’s times when you go like weeks with your hair in a clean but not well-brushed ponytail, talking to yourself, wearing your loosest sweats, subsisting on potato chips while you race to your deadline… It can be hard to feel cool or talented or…you know, anything but disgraceful, and then you get a fan letter and someone tells you that your story touched them. Suddenly, you’re a rock star. Or at the least, you feel pretty damn awesome and a whole day’s disappointments just disappear.
The worst…well, part of me says bad reviews, but sometimes the worst part is doing the PR planning. You want people to see the book and buy the book, but organizing it and getting yourself out there is daunting and scary and…well, some of us are just no good at being interesting, LOL! PR, definitely the hard part.
Well, second to writing the books, lol.
BK: Tell us about your upcoming projects.
DT: Well, right now, I’m hard at work writing the next book in my Resurrection series, the paranormal shifter series I’ve got with Carina Press…and then I’m going to be working on my next erotic project. I’m also putting together projects for my Samhain series, Rancho del Cielo, hopefully for sometime next year and into 2012.
What I have out currently is a short novella called “Shaken”. It’s probably one of my most challenging stories ever and considering the themes I’ve covered in my backlist, that’s saying a lot. It’s about one couple’s road back to each other after the loss of their daughter in a tragic car accident. Trapped in an elevator after an earthquake, there’s no where left to run and no where else to hide from the pain. For the hero, Grant, it’s his last chance to prove to his wife that they can still build their life together and he’s pulling out every stop he can to do it.
I’d love to hear from all of you about whether you enjoy reading a book that puts you through the wringer emotionally, if you know there’s respite on the other side. I’ve got a free e-copy of “Shaken” up for random drawing to all commenters.