Naima Simone Interview

This morning I have the privilege of speaking to Naima Simone. Hello Naima and welcome to Fallen Angel Reviews. Please come in and grab a cozy chair, and share some conversation with us.

Naima, you are not cooking for us? LOL. I read that on your website and thought it was cute.

Oh no! I am culinary-challenged! LOL! My husband went out of town recently and I had no choice but to cook since the kids have this funny thing about eating…they're so demanding! *snicker* When I told them I had to go start dinner they cheered and my daughter did a jazz kick. I don't know where they get that sarcastic streak from…

Congrats on Love and Protect and Loving the Beast that are doing very well. I know you are really excited. Would you give the readers a little insight to the stories?
Thank you so much! I absolutely love both stories! They're different from each other but I think that's why I enjoyed writing them so much. Love and Protect is about ex-DEA agent, Eden Montgomery, who reluctantly returns to undercover work in order to determine the identity of the person stalking Sean Ledger, lead guitarist of the rock band, Odyssey. With her hard exterior, Eden is an immediate challenge to Sean and he wants to discover the loving, passionate woman beneath. And Eden is just as determined to protect her heart and not risk a repeat of the tragedy that ended her career over a year ago.

Loving the Beast is the first book in the Fairy Tales Unleashed series, and is based on Beauty in the Beast, one of my favorite fairy tales of all time. Gwendolyn Sinclair seeks out her childhood friend-and brother of her dead fiancé-Xavier St. James for help to keep the community center where they met open. Scarred physically and emotionally from a terrible accident that took his father from him, Xavier is bitter and angry. He exploits her need and, in exchange for his help, she must agree to spend seven days with him as his lover, submitted to his every desire. Which, by the way, happens to be her heart as well as her body.

You have a nice selection in your Art Gallery. Do you find it hard describing your characters?
I have a lot of inspiration, don't I? *lascivious chuckle* Describing the physical characteristics of my characters are not hard at all. I think the fact that I am an ardent admirer of the male form helps me in my chosen career. Don't look at me like that, it's true! What I do find more difficult is describing the personality and psyche of my characters because it includes their pasts, their likes/dislikes, their beliefs and passions, even their sexual history. By far, it is way harder to describe, but so much fun when they begin to emerge as real people! Have I mentioned I love my job? LOL!

I believe the second book in the series, the Fairy Tales Unleashed series, A Perfect Fit, was just released. The readers would love to hear about this book as well.
Absolutely! A Perfect Fit is based on Cinderella but it's with a bit of a twist. I mean, c'mon. How many of us have ever wondered if Cinderella was as really as sweet as the story portrays? And what was the stepsister's deal? Why was she so mean? Why was she so bitter? Well, I answer those questions in A Perfect Fit. Throw in a hot hero and you have the Behind the Fairy Tale expose…with some steamy love scenes thrown in…

What is most challenging to you as a writer?
Challenge, thou name is discipline! I'm so weak in that area. I'm listening to a Dr. Phil audio book right now about it, trying to improve. LOL! Putting my behind in the chair, bed, couch or whatever is handy and making myself write even when it's not "flowing" is a beast for me. My goal is to reach a certain word count every day and some days it's Not-Heaven reaching it. But hopefully Dr. Phil has some pearls of wisdom for me…

Can you describe your work area for us?
Wherever Thing 1 and Thing 2 aka The Kids are not. Love 'em and wouldn't trade for anything but dissertations on why Ang can't enter the Avatar state is not conducive to word count.

Name one thing that gets you most excited as a writer?
Do you remember the movie Groundhog Day? I'm telling my age here, but Bill Murray would wake up every morning and relive the same day over and over. When I open my Inbox and see an email from a reader, I relive that wonderful moment of my first reader email over and over. It's the best feeling in the world to know someone enjoyed your book and was touched by it. Neck 'n neck with that is seeing ACCEPT right before the title of the book you submitted! Now THAT never gets old!

Do you have some future works that you could tell us about at this time?
Well, I'm working on a new romantic suspense with a hero that I am so excited to write. He's sexy, loves deeply but is so hurt by a tragic loss. I love tortured heroes! They're my favorite. I'm also working on a paranormal romance-my first. And it may not see the light of day for a while! LOL! But I'm psyched about writing it. Finally, I'm plotting out the third book in the Fairy Tales Unleashed series. Sheesh! I'm tired!

If you were asked to attend a high school class, and talk to them about the economy, and how it affects writers in today's age, what two benefits would you say authors have today over many years ago?
Just from my experience today's writers have internet and social networking. Marketing and promoting yourself isn't easy but media like websites, blogs, Facebook and Twitter help make it easier as well as less expensive. Today authors can reach so many more people through these avenues that weren't available years ago. Also, with digital publishing the accessibility of books to readers is greater and more convenient. Ereaders are one of the best inventions ever!

What do you find most fascinating about writing? Most absorbing about reading a book?
The creation process. Building the story and the characters. I love building the characters. It's like mixing Dr. Phil and Snapped and coming up with fascinating complex characters! And it's the same when I read a book. No matter what genre the characters make the book. It can have the most fantabulous plot ever but if the hero, heroine and the secondary characters aren't amazing, I can't get into it. They draw you in and leave you thinking about them long after you place the book down. For instance, I'm still thinking about Archangel's Blade by Nalini Singh. I finished that book three weeks ago and it's still on my mind! Why? Dimitri and Honor. Two of the most awesome characters in a book full of them. A series full of them. That's saying something!

If you could have a superpower, for 24 hours, what would it be and would you use it for good or evil?
My husband said a super high sex drive but that's not my answer! Pervert. I would be Kahlan, the Mother Confessor from Terry Goodkind's The Sword of Truth series. And then I'd go confess the hell outta Vin Diesel. I, for one, think that's using my powers for good. Ooh it'd be all good!

When you were growing up at the age of 7? 15? 20? Even Now? What had you considered to be or do?
At seven I wanted to be a mermaid (I asked God if he could turn me into a mermaid when I died instead of an angel. I mean, I'd still "do good" and save people on the high seas). At fifteen I wanted to be the lead guitarist in a rock band. I even took guitar lessons for an entire summer. But when all I learned was Three Blind Mice, I quit and decided to write about being the lead guitarist in an all girl rock band who tempted Donnie Wahlburg with her bad girl ways and attitude. At twenty I wanted to be a psychologist. I thought it would be really cool to be paid to be nosey. No offense to any psychologists. I was twenty. And now? I want to be the same thing I dreamed about being at ten, fifteen and twenty. A great writer.

If they made a movie of your life, who would you want to play you? Would you consider your TV movie to be more of a comedy or a tragedy?
Once again my husband chimed in and he said Tia Carrere. But that is-once again-not my choice. Shush, you! Anyway, I would love Sanaa Lathan to play me. Is it accurate? Umm, maybe not. But still, this is my dream! And it would definitely be a comedy. Especially the time I fell down the stairs at an Immature concert when the house lights were up. Or the time my sister and I were dancing in the school talent show and she kicked me in the head and laid me out. Or the time my mother hung my sex toy up in my jewelry box because she thought it was a bracelet… Yup. Comedy.

Can you share your website and any other links to your books you would like to share?
I sure can! And I love, love, love visitors and emails! Especially if you're telling me you love, love, love me! Hee-hee!

Website, Email, Facebook and Blog.

Okay, I'm sending you on a date with the hero character from ANY romantic entertainment - book, movie, TV show. Who would you want to go on the date with and what would you do?
It would have to be Johnny Castle from Dirty Dancing! That has been my favorite movie since I was twelve. *sigh* I could go watch that right now… Oh yeah, the rest of the question. We would go dancing, of course! Followed by a candlelit dinner and private tango in one of those Catskill cabins. And I would even carry a watermelon! Hah! Get it? Get it? Okay, fine…had to be there… Second choice? Disney's Alladin. Three words. Magic. Carpet. Ride. Need I say more?

Thank you so much for sharing time with us, Naima. It has been a delight. Anyone interested in reading more about Naima and her exciting books, please visit her website to read more.

Interviewed by: Linda L.

Linda L.