May 16, 2012

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Interview with Annika Martin plus giveaway

Every once in a while I get in the mood.  That is I get in the mood to read a sexy smutty book.  A few weeks ago, such a mood hit and I picked up The Hostage Bargain by erotica newcomer Annika Martin.  I was very impressed with this book.  It had all of the elements I want in an erotic romance:  humor, heart, great characters, a strong story and of course kinky sex.  Annika’s book totally made me smile and I am happy to have her on the blog today.  *queue applause*

Welcome Annika!

The Hostage Bargain is the first book in your Bank Robbers series.  Tell us about your series and its first installment.    

Julie, thanks so much for having me here! This is exciting. It’s my first interview on my new and daunting journey of erotic romance authordom!! *cue dramatic music* Of course, I write in other genres, but this is a new area for me.

The heroine of my series is a young woman who is a closet thrill-seeker longing for a life of adventure, but instead she’s trapped on a farm caring for her sisters. Everything changes when she’s taken hostage by three sexy bank robbers during a hold-up. Her chemistry with them is immediate, and they embark on a week of kinky sex on the way to the next hold-up….and they turn out to be not quite what they seem.

This is your first crack at erotic romance.  What made you decide to write this genre?  And was it easier or more difficult than you expected it to be?

I love reading erotica and erotic romance, but I found myself having specific ideas of what would be cool in one, what I’d like to see. So I thought I’d try my hand at it.

I found it really fun to write. I think because I’m new at it, and because it’s not my normal genre, I didn’t put a ton of expectations or perfectionistic demand on myself – I felt like I could play and be wild, and that I had very little to lose.

I wouldn’t say it’s easy, though. I think every genre has its unique challenges, though they all need to begin and end with characters.

Three yummy bank robbers, one quirky and sexy hostage.  Do you remember what you were doing when that idea struck you?  Were you actually brainstorming or feeding your cats at the time?

LOL feeding my cats!

For a while now I’ve thought it would be fun to do something romancey with bandits of some sort, and it just clicked into place when I started thinking erotica. That is some of my favorite kind of storyline in hotter books, too, where a person is sucked into something not of their choosing, and comes to discover new things about herself.

I have to say that I giggled when I read that Melinda, the hostage/heroine, was raised on a sheep farm.  It works so well for her character!  But why a sheep farm?

It’s been funny how many people find a sheep farm funny! The reason I chose a sheep farm was kind of practical – I’d actually gotten on a mailing list for a sheep farm in a rural area near where I live. I think I signed up for it at a farmer’s market or something – I have no idea. And I started getting farm updates—the cheese they make, their comforters. I totally modeled my farm on their farm. It was a great source of info. These sheep farmers would probably be surprised they inspired such a dirty book!

And the three hunky bank robbers are all named after gods.  What made you decide to skip Tom, Robert and Fred for Thor, Odin and Zeus?

I wanted them to have code names during the robbery, because they wouldn’t call each other their real names. In the first draft they were Fanta, Sprite and RC, and Orangina. Then I wondered if the soda companies would be mad about that, and I did a bit of trademark research and realized it might be a big mistake to go that route, and that they could make me change it. So I changed their names to gods, and I really liked that better because these guys are master criminals and kind of arrogant about their skillz.

You, as so many authors do, write in a coffee shop.  Why write there?  And were there any moments when someone was reading what you were writing over your shoulder and blushed a bit?  Did you blush while writing some of the smexy scenes?  Because let me tell ya, they are pretty steamy.

Haha! Thank you! I’m just laughing. Yes, I write super dirty stuff in coffee shops, in the morning, and I always angle for a back-to-the-wall table. And reduce the font size from Times Roman 12 pt to Arial 10-point, my smuttalicious font size! With the blushing, I try not to think too hard about people reading certain scenes, because I’d feel totally inhibited during the writing process if I did that too much, like, when somebody I know has read it, I’ll think, omg, they read THAT scene…and THAT one. And the red face.

You have three more books planned in this series.  Does that mean no more Bank Robber books after that or will you write more if readers ask for it?

I have a story arc that would naturally stretch over 4 books, so it’s my plan to end there, but yes, if readers ask for it, this is a pretty open-ended series and there is a lot of character mining that could be done. Though it’s important to me to end happy on every book, with my gang committed to each other in their own screwed-up way.

The next book is titled The Wrong Turn and you are aiming for a Summer 2012 release.  What can readers expect from this installment? 

This installment focuses on, Thor, the robber who is the most conflicted on the bank robbing issue. Some of his rash actions bring danger to the gang’s doorstep and divisions form in the group. Meanwhile, they are planning a major heist at the most high-zoot bank in Los Angeles. And their sexual intrigues with Melinda evolve to a new level. Oh, so much happens in THE WRONG TURN.

Okay, Flash Four time
Flash Four questions about books and writing ~

How long, from start to end, did it take you to write “The Hostage Bargain”?
About 7-8 weeks. I can’t say exactly because I was working on a different project for a while in between drafts.

Did you see yourself being a writer as you were growing up?
Yes!

In what room of your house do you write from?  Okay, let’s change this up a bit since we know you write at the coffee shop. 
If you were to write at home, what room would you write in?
I do write at home a lot as well as at coffee shops, and my desk is in a corner of the living room.

Do you tend to come up with the title for your book before you start writing it, while you’re writing it or when it’s all done?
When I’m writing it!

Flash four questions about random things ~

Sweet or salty snacks?
That is SUCH a hard question! I guess, salty.

What color is your toothbrush?
Green and white. LOL.

Your high school experience:  good or bad?
Middling.

What do you like on your pizza?
Cheese and red onions. And hot shaker peppers. YUM.

Thank you so much Annika for stopping by the blog today.  I am very much looking forward to the next books in your series.  Your writing really impressed me.  🙂

Julie, Thanks so, so much for having me here! I’m so thrilled you read and enjoyed the book! This was a really fun interview!

Annika is offering to one lucky commenter a digital copy of The Hostage Bargain.  You must leave a comment below by Sunday, May 20th 2012 11:59EST.  Giveaway open internationally.  Best of luck to all who enter and THANK YOU very much to Annika for offering the awesome prize!

Here’s where you can find Annika –
Website
Twitter
Goodreads

And you can read my review of The Hostage Bargain here.  🙂

  1. Great interview. I love the part about the “smuttalicious font size”, I’m still laughing about it.
    I’m not participating in the giveaway, I have the book and I’m planing to read it soon. 🙂

  2. Anci Sköld says:

    Nice interview.
    I´m always on the look out for new authors to read and your blog is great! 😀
    I agree with BookaholicCat – and laugh about the “smuttalicious font size”! 😀
    😀

  3. Thanks for the lovely interview, that was fun to read. But don’t enter me in the contest please, erotica is not my kind of book.

  4. StacieD says:

    I love how you came up with the code names for the guys. I think it would have been fun to use the soda names but I do think there would have been a copyright issue. It is always interesting to learn these behind the scenes facts.

    I would love to read The Hostage Bargain. It sounds like a great story. Thanks so much for the giveaway!

  5. Chrissy DM says:

    I would seriously love to read this book! I have read such favorable reviews and would love to give it a go. Thank you!

  6. You are so right, every now and then you just want to read some down and dirty smut. Though if I was sitting in a coffee shop writing this I think I would have a permanent blush going on =)

  7. Thank you Julie for drawing my attention to Annika and her works. I haven’t heard of her before, but as I enjoy great erotica stories I’ll be on the lookout 🙂

    Thank you and good luck Annika!

  8. I just discovered my interest for this genre. The book sounds really interesting *wink*

  9. Barbara says:

    GREAT interview! This sounds like a fab story/series…especially after reading Julie’s review! I’m IN…can’t wait to read it! Thx for the giveaway op! 🙂

    barbbattaglia @ yahoo.com

  10. Very nice interview. This sounds like a good series.

  11. OHHHH…. PICK ME. PICK ME.

    THANKS
    ASHLEY

  12. Readsalot81 says:

    I happen to be a big fan of the “alter ego” of Annika Martin. 😉 Normally don’t read too much erotica….. but fun premise + author I like = OK!

  13. ClaudiaGC says:

    Thank you for that fun interview! Have read brilliant reviews about that book and would love to read it!

  14. Thanks for the interview. Sounds like a book/series that I’d be interested in! I think I’ll be avoiding reading it in a coffee shop though!!

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