Rae: Tonya, thank you for being here with me this week. To get us started off, could the readers something about yourself. . .
Tonya: I'm the sweetheart next door, of course! The woman you'd least expect to write the kind of stories you only read in the privacy of your own home or on your Kindle/Nook so no one else knows what you're
reading. ...so no one else knows you read because you enjoy wearing those damp thongs! *gasp* I'm the only one who knows WHY you read those forbidden words in private! Pssst...your secret is safe with me, hon!
Rae: Where do your story ideas come from?
Tonya: I have characters and voices in my head all the time and I'm lucky they continue giving me story ideas. They keep me awake at night and they wake me up in the morning to get me to my laptop! If I'm working on a scene or plot idea, they make sure it goes their way or bug me until I change it!
Rae: Did you intend for the Boss's Pet series to become just that, a series?
Tonya: Not when I originally wrote it. As a reader, I enjoy following characters into different adventures and story lines so it was natural that I took Nick and Sondra in that direction.
Rae: Are you working on something new? If so, is it part of Nick and Sondra's story?
Tonya: I do plan to add to the series with Nick and Sondra; I don't think I can totally abandon those two! I am contemplating a few other books, have story ideas and after talking with a few readers, the vote is coming in to do a western. Those rugged cowboys need love too! Someone has to tame them into slowing down long enough to find love...in all the right places. There are so many avenues a western could go - deciding on the right location will be fun. I look forward to outlining the basics but the writing is usually done by the seat of my pants with the help of 'the voices'!
Rae: Is writing a full time job for you?
Tonya: No, we do own a business, The Boss and I, and that keeps us busy! Luckily, being one of the bosses and the IT person, among MANY other hats I wear, I have my office computer loaded with all my writing goodies as well. Shhh....you have to keep my secret - although The Boss does know that I write and market at work!
Rae: When do you write, day or night or both?
Tonya: I write anytime the muse is flowing...no pun intended! I'm a workaholic, and so is The Boss, so both of us are working all the time. Quite often the scenes roll around in my head for a while then I can just sit down and start writing. A mug of coffee with lots of cream to get me writing in the morning and wine at night adds to the right touch to the scenes! *wicked laugh*
Rae: Are you self-published? How's it going?
Tonya: Yes I am self published but only because I chose to be. I've never submitted a manuscript to a published but that isn't out of the question for the future. I may decide to send one someday. Right now I enjoy being in total control of what goes on with my covers and when the books get released. I'm just anal about doing what I want and when...is that bad? *wicked laugh* The Boss already knows this about me and he knows he can't make me do something I don't want. I'm also lucky that he whisks me away on convention/short getaways and those are fun times for us, so we do make time to relax!
Rae: What attracts you to a man?
Tonya: More than looks ...it has to be his confidence, by far. He doesn't have to look like Adonis, although that is a distraction, if he knows who he is and where he's headed...and comfortable with that...he will look great! But all that aside, a man who rolls his long sleeves up to his forearms...mmm...just gets me, I'm not sure why but I love watching the muscles work in his forearm as he reads a paper or works a hammers....it doesn't matter!
Rae: What advice would you give new authors?
Tonya: Ask for reviews and interview/guest spots on blogs. Many authors are looking for guest authors and many also enjoy helping those new authors get a chance to be in front of readers. Get your website up, Facebook, Twitter, blog, and get your name out there by commenting and tweeting! Find a good critique partner who will help read through for errors and give pointers. Read your work out loud. If it doesn't read smooth for you, it won't read smooth for your readers! Learn POV and strive to stay iin it. Head hopping makes the reader dizzy and/or they'll toss the book against the wall! I have a few articles on my website for new readers and enjoy helping where I can.
Rae: Tell us about your latest book. . .
Tonya: Book four released in mid-January titled 'Their Submissive Switch' and Sondra steps up to the plate to show her Masters just how much she's learned. The tables turn and one of them is under her dominate hands! Before all that happens though, Sondra gets her first taste of a female Domme --Can she handle a woman's touch or will her body betray her? Read the excerpt and see
(http://www.tonyakinzer.com/theirsubmissiveswitch.htm) but be warned - it IS rated XXX.
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