Welcome to my blog interview with novelist Priscilla West. If you like what you read, please investigate her books on Amazon.
A.C. James: Hello, Priscilla. Please tell us something about yourself, where you’re based, and how you came to be a writer.
Priscilla West: Hi A.C. James. I’m based in Illinois and I’ve thought about being a writer for a long time. I’ve been writing short stories since high school and I’ve always kept up with it. After a certain point I started writing longer and longer stories until I realized that I was actually writing novels! It never occurred to me to publish my writing, but last year I had a friend tell me about publishing e-books online. At her encouragement I published The Sandstone Affair in serial format on Amazon. I honestly wasn’t expecting any type of response at all! When I saw that my books were actually selling quite well it was certainly a shock to the system!
I haven’t quit my full time job yet, but my stories have definitely helped me pay some bills.
A.C. James: I’m a big supporter and believer in indie publishing. I can understand why authors decide to venture out on their own. What genre do you generally write and what have you had published to-date? What do you think of eBooks?
Priscilla West: I mostly write erotic romance stories. Maybe it’s because I have a dirty mind, but dirty stories just come naturally to me. LOL! Right now I have published: The Sandstone Affair and Forbidden Surrender, the first book in the Surrender Series.
A.C. James: You’re definitely in good company. 😉 Have you self-published? If so, what lead to you to become an indie author?
Priscilla West: I am self-published. I had a friend who encouraged me to try my hand at it and it just seemed to make the most sense to me. I like the control I have over my stories and being able to share my stories with readers almost as soon as I’m done writing them.
A.C. James: I agree. Interacting with readers is one of my favorite things about writing and blogging. I get to meet so many amazing people—both authors and readers. Do you have a favorite of your stories or characters?
Priscilla West: I have to say that I love Riley in Forbidden Surrender¸ she’s such a fierce character yet she knows how to have fun too.
A.C. James: Which authors did you read when you were younger and how did they shape you as a writer?
Priscilla West: When I was younger, I used to read Janet Evanovich quite a bit. I think I’ve gotten some of my humor from her writing as well as having strong heroines in my stories.
A.C. James: Do you manage to write every day, and do you plot your stories or just get an idea and run with it?
Priscilla West: I don’t write every day but I do some form of work related to writing every day. Some days I’ll be plotting, some days reading for research, and some days I’ll just spend working on marketing for my books. I am definitely a plotter (mwahahaha). I will say though that despite the best laid out plots, during the course of writing the story, the endings tend to change. I know some authors can jump right into it and develop the story while they’re writing but that has never been me.
A.C. James: Do you do a lot of editing or research?
Priscilla West: Yes to both. After I finish a story I give it some time to breathe before trying to edit it. I’ve made some major changes to my stories this way. I do take research pretty seriously, but with the internet it’s mostly internet research. As much as I would have liked to, I can’t say that I’ve shadowed any hot CEOs as part of my research (Hot CEOs if you’re reading this … send me a message)
A.C. James: O.O I don’t know that any hot CEOs read my blog but I imagine that would make for very fulfilling research. 😉 What point of view do you find most to your liking: first person or third person? Have you ever tried second person?
Priscilla West: First person comes most naturally to me, though I plot in the third person. I haven’t really experimented with second person too much, it feels kind of awkward and unwieldy to me. I suppose there are certain stories that can be best told in second person, but I’ve just never had to write anything like that.
A.C. James: What’s your favorite / least favorite aspect of your writing life? Has anything surprised you?
Priscilla West: My favorite thing is hearing from readers! It’s really encouraging to hear that someone enjoyed your work. I guess my least favorite thing is getting distracted when I’m writing, but hey, real life gets in the way!
A.C. James: Are you involved in anything else writing-related other than actual writing or marketing of your writing?
Priscilla West: No, not really. I’m mostly just focused on my own writing, editing and marketing at this point.
A.C. James: Are you on any forums or networking sites? If so, how valuable do you find them?
Priscilla West: I do lurk on Kindle Boards quite a bit, but I’m shy. I’m not really active on any forums.
A.C. James: What are you working on at the moment or next?
Priscilla West: I actually just wrapped up the Surrender Series and I’m working on a new adult novel at the moment. I can’t give too many details about it right now since it’s still very early, but I’m super excited for it.
A.C. James: Tell us more about Secret Surrender and why it’s been such a big hit with your readers.
Priscilla West: I think Vincent is just full of contradictions which make him a very compelling character. On the one hand he’s an irresponsible bad boy surfer, but he’s also got this fire inside of him which makes him a ruthless businessman as well. Then there’s the fact that he hides so much of himself from Kristen, yet seems to care so deeply about her. I love complex heroes and I think a lot of readers enjoy that as well.
A.C. James: Where can we find out about you and your writing?
Priscilla West: I’m pretty active on Facebook so check me out there: https://www.facebook.com/priscillawestauthor
I also have a website here:
A.C. James: Thank you for interviewing today on my Paranormal Passion blog! Good luck with your new project and we look forward to having you back when it’s released.
The Surrender Series
Genre: Contemporary Erotic Romance
Date of Publication: 9/30/2013
Number of pages: 150
Word Count: 35,000
“What gives you a thrill Kristen?”
I knew that giving in to Vincent Sorenson was a risk, but it was one I was willing to take. I had hidden my heart for so long and for the first time in a long time, Vincent was close to breaking down the walls.
When a trip to Vincent’s exclusive private island reveals the real Vincent underneath the layers of suave nonchalance, I thought we were close to the start of something special.
Just when things were looking up for us, I would discover the one secret that Vincent never intended for me to find.
Vincent is calling Kristen over video chat while he is away on a business trip.
His dark eyes were scanning my surroundings. “You’ve got a nice bedroom. I like the stuffed animal in the background.”
I laughed. I’d seen it so often, I’d forgotten it was there. I got up from the desk and went to retrieve the stuffed bird from my bed to give Vincent a better look at it. And an explanation for why a grown woman in her mid-twenties had a kid’s toy.
“I also like those shorts,” he said. “I couldn’t agree more.”
I turned back to Vincent. “What do you mean?”
“It says ‘juicy’ on the back.”
“Oh God.” My face heated. “I didn’t have anything else to wear. I got these when I was in high school. A lot of girls wore them at the time and I caved to peer pressure. I should’ve thrown them out.”
He grinned. “I’m glad you didn’t. Suits you well.”
Hoping to move on to a less embarrassing topic, I picked up my bird and brought it back to the desk. “On the other hand, I’m never going to throw this out.”
“Why do you have a plush penguin?”
I squeezed the soft rainbow beak, posing its adorable face for Vincent. “It’s a puffin. It looks like the offspring of a penguin and a parrot if they ever mated. I used to be obsessed with them when I was like five. My parents got me this during a trip to the museum. That was back when I had a better relationship with them. I’m not as into puffins now but this guy still has a lot of sentimental value.”
“I can see why you like it. It’s cute.”
“Well I’m glad you and Mr. Waddles get along.” I wiggled its nubby feet at Vincent. “His approval of you means a lot to me.”
Vincent smiled in a way that was both charming and cute. If only I had a plush version of him to snuggle with on nights when he was away on business.
“Spunky on the outside, soft on the inside. You’re quite the combination.”
He continued as if another thought just occurred to him. “I know I’ve said this before. But thinking about you is making it difficult to concentrate on business. I don’t expect you to understand but it’s hard to focus on work when you’ve got an erection.”
“Well. . . I don’t know what to say.” I really didn’t because I’d never had an erection before but I could at least imagine the dilemma. I offered the first suggestion that came to mind. “Why don’t you just watch porn like a regular guy?”
His brows knotted and his lips frowned. “Wouldn’t work. You make porn look bad.” He opened his mouth to say something further but closed his eyes and sighed deeply instead.
“Something’s bothering you. What’s wrong?” I asked.
His elbow on the desk, he ran a hand through his wavy hair but stopped halfway so that he rested the side of his head in his palm. He looked weary. “I wished we didn’t have sex.”
Nerves shot through my system and my grip on Mr. Waddles tightened. Why would he say such a terrible thing? Was it because I dumped my baggage on him and now he regretted being involved with me?
“Cause it made me want you more. I can’t stop thinking about it. You in a blindfold. Your gorgeous body. . . It’s so damn frustrating being so far away from you.”
Relief washed over me like a cold shower in this summer weather. “You scared me for a second there. I thought you were going to say you didn’t like the sex.”
“I don’t like how much I liked it. I’m dangerously close to cutting this trip short to come back to Manhattan. I’m not sure how much longer I can go. I think I might be addicted to you.”
I felt his pain. Over the past two days, I’d constantly thought about him and our multiple sex sessions at his place. It had been distracting—something I welcomed given the drama of my ex lurking in the background; Vincent was a much needed diversion. But most of all, it made me realize how far I’d fallen for him in such a short time. It was frightening and thrilling. Knowing he was feeling the same way about me made it less frightening.
I had an idea.
“Maybe this will help,” I said as I placed Mr. Waddles on the far end of the desk away from me. I released my hair from its ponytail and let my locks drape around my shoulders. I shook my head to give my hair the voluminous and sexy look I’d seen in commercials. Then I smiled seductively at him.
He straightened in his chair. “You have my attention.”
I undid the top button of my shirt then the next two, enticing him with a view of my black bra beneath and an eyeful of scandalous cleavage. The nurturing side of me wanted to heal his pain.
“Mmmm,” he murmured.
“Like what you see?” I teased. His desire for me always gave me a thrill.
He nodded slowly. “I want to see more.”
About the Author:
Priscilla West is the author of the popular erotic romance series The Sandstone Affair and is currently writing the Surrender series. She likes to write stories with sassy heroines and strong but flawed heroes.
She enjoys: cuddles, men in suits, eskimo kisses, life-sized teddy bears, and eggs over medium.
You can find her at http://priscillawest.com