Today I am honoured to welcome a very special guest to ‘On the Bench’.
When I first ventured into the world of romance e-books (via my smartphone) N.J. Walters quickly became one of my favourites. There is just something about N.J.’s books and the way she writes that speaks directly to me. I’ve had a crush on one of her characters for years now – Oh Shamus! And have read every book N.J. has published, I eagerly await her newsletters, in fact I’m sure I’d love her shopping list If I ever had the chance to read one. I did the fan letter a few years back and N.J. promptly replied which was such a buzz. I even wrote my first review at Amazon for one of her books (probably not such a good thing.)
Has anyone noticed that in Caitlin’s Hero, Caitlin’s surname is Walters? Yeah subtle I know!
So when N.J. agreed to be a guest on my blog I was absolutely beside myself. Put it this way my husband is very familiar with the name N.J. Walters and when she releases a new book he will be ignored! Luckily, the family did manage to survive without me while I read Stroke of Sapphire and more recently Night of the Tiger (Hades’Carnival). I have no hesitation in recommending both books. N.J. has been nominated in the 2012 CAPA Awards.
Enough of my embarassing fan moment, please give a loud welcome to my hands down favourite author.
N.J Walters is On the Bench
Once upon a time N.J. had the idea that she would like to quit her job at the bookstore, sell everything she owned, leave her hometown, and write romance novels in a place where no one knew her. And she did. Two years later, she went back to the bookstore and her hometown and settled in for another seven years.
One day she gave notice at her job on a Friday morning. On Sunday afternoon, she received a tentative acceptance for her first erotic romance novel, Annabelle Lee, and life would never be the same.
Stroke of Sapphire – Eighth in the Awakening Desires Series
When Sapphire Jewel turns to him on the final evening he’s assigned to protect her, ex-Army Ranger and security expert Jake Knight sweeps her into bed. His personality and his profession have shaped him into a man who needs to be in control of all aspects of his life—especially in the bedroom. He’s not into the whole dominant/submission BDSM stuff, but he does need to be the dominant force when it comes to physical relationships. Fearing his sexual demands are too much for her to handle, Jake does the only thing he can to protect her—he leaves her
Sapphire is in love with her bodyguard. One night of intense, passionate sex has him running for the door and she doesn’t know why. When Jake unexpectedly shows up in her life again, she must decide if she can live with the sexual demands he’ll make of her. But most of all, she must decide if she can once again risk her heart
Question Time – More about N.J.
What was the first book you had published?
The first book I had published was Annabelle Lee by Ellora’s Cave back in October 2004.
What was your initial reaction when offered that first contract?
I was at work when my husband called to tell me I had an email from Ellora’s Cave. I told him to open it and was shocked that it was a tentative offer if I was willing to make some changes to the manuscript. I didn’t tell anyone at work and had to wait until I went home to celebrate.
Of the books you have written is there one that hold a special place in your heart and why?
That’s a very tough question. I have over sixty books published to date and each one is special in its own way. If I have to pick one, it would probably be Alexandra’s Legacy. It was turned down by several NY publishers and agents, but I found a home for it with Samhain Publishing. It’s the first book in the Legacy series, my best selling series to date! *D – Yes, this is a great series. I loved the story about Alexandra’s father but as you know my favourite will always be The Seduction of Shamus O’Rouke 🙂
Are you a disciplined writer or do you have to wait for the muse to arrive? Do you have a ritual that gets you in the mood?
I treat writing as a job like any other. I show up at my computer every morning (Monday to Friday), sit in the chair and write. Sometimes what comes out is good, sometimes it’s not so good, but I write. Now, I have days I don’t feel like writing and I usually allow myself to take a day off now and again if I want to. I try to take weekends off, but that doesn’t happen when I have edits or a deadline.
I plan to keep writing for many years to come so I’m trying to set a sustainable schedule that won’t burn me out. Some writers can spend entire days writing. I can’t. After a couple of hours in the morning I’m done for the day. I find I write better in the morning before my brains gets filled with other things. I’ll do other writing-related work in the afternoons.
What was the last book you read?
The last book I read was Howl for It, an anthology with stories from Shelly Laurenston and Cynthia Eden. I love Shelly’s Pride Stories series.
What are you working on now?
I’m currently working on a ménage a trois novella featuring two sexy cowboys and the woman they both love.
What genre would you like to try and write that is different from your own?
I feel tremendously lucky to write romance and have such wonderful readers who are willing to follow me wherever my mind takes me. I’ve written contemporary, paranormal, vampire, shifters, ménage a trois, futuristic, time travel and historical. Maybe somewhere down the road I’ll want to try something different, but I’m having too much fun doing what I do to stop now.
When you receive edits are you Teary and Disillusioned or Feisty and Focussed?
I’m definitely focused. Not sure about feisty. 🙂 I love getting edits and getting them done and back to my editor. It means my book is one step closer to publication. Plus, it’s always interesting to see my editor’s suggestions. I’ve worked with some fabulous editors over the years and my books always end up better than I ever hoped they could.
What is the one thing in your books you’d like to try?
I have an idea in mind for a book I may write later this year, but I’m not saying what it is. I don’t talk much about my work because I find that diminishes my drive to write.
Now for some hard hitters with an Aussie flavour!
A sport /sportsperson that you watch? (C’mon there must be one) OR – An embarrassing sporting memory.
When I was a kid, Saturday night in our house meant one thing—hockey. We’d all pile in the living room and watch the game. Hubby is also a hockey fan so Saturday nights are still hockey night. (When the league isn’t on strike.) I’m also a baseball fan. D – And a sports fan! *swoons*
Favourite Aussie Author/Actor /Musician?
The first person to come to mind is, of course, Hugh Jackman.
Your view on Vegemite?
Since I’ve never tasted it I really don’t have an opinion one way or another. D- I would be more than happy to make you vegemite on toast if you ever came to visit 🙂
Formal dinner party or backyard barbeque?
I’m a more casual kinda girl, so the backyard barbeque.
Adventure holiday or relaxing by the pool?
Neither. I’d rather rent a cabin by a beach and spend my time exploring the area.
Favourite Aussie holiday place or one you’ve always wanted to visit?
I’ve never been to Australia, but if I ever get to visit I’d love to see Uluru/Ayers Rock. I saw it on a television show and felt such a yearning to see it in person. D – It is stunning I visited a few years ago, the colour is amazing and seeing the rock at sunset is breathtaking. You should come downunder N.J. 😀
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Thank you so much for visiting today N.J. and I look forward to the next book in the Hades’ Carnival Series.
In case anyone was wondering I count – 12- for the number of times I mention N.J. in this blog 😉