Today I'd like to welcome Tonya Ramagos
to Fallen Angel Reviews. Thanks for taking the time to answer a few questions for us today Tonya
Thanks for having me!
Tell us about your latest book Powerful Moves
Powerful Moves kicks off the all new erotic paranormal romance series, the Logistical Unit of Specialized Talents. The L.U.S.T. Agency is a privately funded agency comprised of men and women with various specialized talents and abilities which they use in helping to solve crimes across the globe. Powerful Moves is the story of Elena Cabot and Tavius Zolan.
As an agent with the Logistical Unit of Specialized Talents, Elena Cabot's primary mission is to use her abilities to solve crimes against humanity that government agencies can't. But when she joins forces with the confident, sexy, and powerful Tavius Zolan in a race against time, terrorists, and a centuries-old vampire threatening everyone and everything she holds dear, she finds herself on a mission to protect her heart.
Providing security for his family's weapons research and development agency can keep a man on his toes, especially when a portal is opened between Tavius's realm and Earth. But he's about to encounter a mission that will call on every ounce of power and brains he possesses even as it stirs his blood and libido for a delectably lustful Earth-realm agent.
When did you first start writing? What made you want to become a writer?
I can't remember a time I didn't write something. I wrote scenes for school plays in elementary school, short stories, and whatever else came to mind. I wrote my first book in 9th grade and have been writing off and on since.
I'm not really sure there was one conscious thing that made me want to become a writer. I had ideas in my head, characters that talked to me, and loads of "what ifs" that I knew I could only bring to life in stories. It simply felt natural to write. Every other career I tried never brought me the sheer enjoyment that writing always has.
What satisfies you about your writing?
Bringing to life the characters in my head and creating that happily ever after that will hopefully bring my readers as much enjoyment as it does me in the end.
How did you celebrate selling your first book?
My first book was published in 1999. I didn't do anything super special. I remember jumping up from my desk, boogying around the apartment I lived in back then, calling everyone I knew, then sitting back down and writing some more.
What is your favorite line from Powerful Moves
"I felt a gush of wind on my face just before I heard you cry out and turned around to find you kissing that tree." The line comes from a conversation in the first chapter when Elena meets Tavius. In the context of the scene, finding Tavius "kissing that tree" turns out to be pretty comical and sets the stage for other moments in the book.
Almost every author at some point or another suffers from writer's block. Have you ever had that problem? How do you deal with it?
I don't think of it as writer's block. I tell myself I've hit a snag. With a seemingly endless list of ideas in my head, coming up with the next plot and characters is easy. Knowing how they are going to unfold and where they are going to lead me creates those snags sometimes. Usually, the best thing I can do when I get stuck is to do something else for a while. Taking a shower often works wonders. So does taking a quiet walk. Other times, I'll find an activity that will get my mind off of the story completely for a while. Then, all of a sudden, I'll feel that snag release and I'm back at it again.
What was one of the most surprising things you learned in creating your books?
That it's really the characters telling the story and not me. I get surprised all the time by the directions they guide me, especially when I'm writing a series with a point made in one book that later makes a whole lot more sense in another book. I'm like, "Really? How cool! I didn't realize I did that." It's because I didn't do it. The characters did.
What were your feelings when your first novel was accepted and when you first saw the cover of the finished product?
I finally did it and that's my name on that cover. I still get that feeling with each new book I have accepted. It never grows old or becomes mundane. The excitement is always there which I think is what probably makes promoting each new book fun because I get to brag to everybody about it!
What can your fans look forward to in the next six months from you?
My next release will be book 8 of The Heroes of Silver Springs series, titled Sexual Games. I've gotten tons of requests for this book from readers dying to know what happens with Jackson Graham and Mallory Stone, among other favored characters in the series. Sexual Games will be released at Siren-Bookstrand on September 3, 2012. Dangerous Kisses, a single title erotic romantic suspense, will be released at Siren-Bookstrand in October, 2012. I have an erotic menage romance titled Double In that is currently going through editing at Ellora's Cave. I don't have an official release date for Double In yet, but I'm certain it will be within the next three months. I am currently writing Hands on Justice which will be the 4th book in The Service Club series available at Siren-Bookstrand.
What tools do you feel are must-haves for writers?
A healthy imagination, a computer, and a chair. Nothing else is really necessary for a writer.
What book has influenced your life the most?
Double Love, book 1 of the Sweet Valley High series created by Francine Pascal. I grew up reading those books and started my writing career with young adult romances similar to that series.
What would you consider your most interesting quirk?
I had to consult the family on this one and they agreed by a unanimous decision that I make goofy faces.
If you had a warning label, what would it say?
Hmm, my honey said it would be "Do not give her Jagermeister"
Do you have a website or blog where readers can learn more about you and your works?
My website and my blog.
Is there anything else you would like to add?
I love hearing from my readers and welcome any comments they might like to share with me. Readers can reach me on my blog, Facebook, through my website, or by e-mail at email@example.com.
Thank you for spending time with us today Tonya
Thanks again for having me!
Interviewed by: Tammy