Dangerous Men, Dangerous Places
Where are you from?
A small town in Western Pennsylvania. In our small community, everyone knows you, your kids, your grandparents, and your dog’s names. The people are down-to-earth and the men rugged—a great environment for story ideas!
What genres do you write?
I write very hot erotic romance across the sub-genres. I have some paranormals, contemporaries, westerns, fantasy…
Why did you choose these genres?
I started out writing straight mainstream romance, but the more I wrote, the more I struggled to keep the heat out of my sex scenes. Once I realized there should be no doors on my characters’ bedrooms, I let loose!
Which do you prefer, writing or editing?
I love both. Writing calms my soul, though, so I always make sure I get my word count in for the day before opening an editing project.
Where do you do most of your writing?
I have an office which is shared with my husband—and his seventeen animal heads. Yes, that’s right, I have a lot of voyeuristic eyes watching me write and edit smut! A caribou head hangs over my desk.
Is there any special indulgence you allow yourself while you are writing or editing?
Music! I can’t work without it!
What do you find most challenging about writing? editing?
The challenge behind writing is crafting those believable characters that touch a reader and make her say, I’m like that. Or I can do that too. With editing, it’s about pushing an author to produce her very best work—work she may not have dreamed she was capable of!
What inspired you to write your first book?
My first scribblings began when I was twelve, and I wrote during my teens and young adult life. After I lost my first daughter to a heart defect, I had a seven-year stint of writer’s block. The book that emerged after that time is published now, and since then I’ve been cranking the books out.
Can you share some of the projects you are currently working on?
I just finished up a second fireman story and hope to submit it to my editor at Ellora’s Cave this week. My first hot fireman story, One Fiery Night was recently contracted by them and will most likely have a summer release. I’m also working on my first self-published project—some short, hot historicals—in this case pirate stories! My first two are written, and I plan to begin the third before I publish them.
My second western, Trails of Lust, is in the editing stages—damn, I have a lot to do this week!
Where can we learn more about you?
http://empetrova.com and on FB. I’m always there! Thanks—it’s been great sharing my life with you!
Thank you for a great interview!!