Interview with Brynn Paulin plus giveaway
Brynn Paulin was originally slated to attend Authors After Dark this summer and be one of my Featured Authors but alas, *sigh* she couldn’t make it. She was so delightful in her emails that I wanted to make sure that she still came by to play. And here she is!
Welcome to Yummy Men & Kick Ass Chicks, Brynn!
Thank you for having me here! It seems like it was a long time coming because of skipping AAD and I’m glad to finally chat with you.
Let’s chat a bit about YOU before we get into your books. What did you do when you found out you were being published for the first time?
As cliché as it might sound, I screamed then I called my best friend and left a message on her machine (it was late). I was so excited her husband was worried about me the next morning. He thought something terrible had happened — I was so excited I hadn’t said why I was calling. Then I called my mom and squealed at her a bit. After that, I bounced around the house wishing my husband was somewhere that I could call him. By the time he got home, I was calmer. It had taken 8 years to sell the first time so it took him a second to process: How was your day? Oh by the way, I sold my book to Ellora’s Cave today.
Of all of the books you’ve written, which is your favorite?
That’s actually hard to say. I have one I don’t like at all, but most of them I really do like. I guess I would have to pick a couple. Those would be Gentle Control, Heart of Ice, In the Dark, Two Plus One and Belonging to Them. Well…I suppose that’s more than a couple.
Have you ever written a scene that made you blush?
No, but I have written a few that have made me cry.
Who was your favorite hero or heroine to write?
Jamie the hero from Belonging to Them and Josh the hero from Gentle Control.
Have you ever been surprised by a reader’s reaction to a scene that you wrote – either good or bad?
I was surprised by the popularity of Daly Way and His Brother’s Wife. I’ve gotten so many letters about those. I have gotten several touching letters about Jamie from Belonging to Them and about Briony from Two Plus One. So many readers appreciate and connect with these wounded characters.
Now let’s chat about your books. Your latest release, His Brother’s Wife, is about a man whose twin brother is abusing his wife. A wife he happens to have the hots for. First of all, where did the inspiration for that idea come from? And the dynamics in that story, were they challenging to write?
First, for those people who haven’t read it, I have to put out there that this book was written for an erotica publisher so I got to color outside the lines of romance. This story is a romance, but I broke some cardinal rules.
I honestly can’t say where the inspiration came from. I just thought one day “what if there were two twins and one of them wanted the other twin’s wife”. The story built from there. The dynamics of the story are outside the rules I usually follow, so yes, they were difficult. I was worried everyone would hate it. Writers think that way a lot.
You have a Christmas book coming out November 28th. Tell us about it!
Stocking Full of Cole is an older woman/younger man reunion story. The heroine has come home for the holidays and the hero is ready to finally make his move. Unfortunately, their eleven year age difference, geography and her overbearing family are standing in their way.
You write smut. Really sexy smut. And not just your run of the mill vanilla smut – if such a thing exists – but you write paranormal, m/m, bdsm, m/m/f/m/m… You’re not shy to tackle anything! Is there one type of erotica that you prefer writing over another?
BDSM, hands down. I don’t know why. It’s just always been that way. Before I got the chance to first write it, five years ago, I was already peppering my books with D/s (Domination/submission), bondage and some of the elements of BDSM that “nice” couples allow in their bedrooms. Not that D/s couples aren’t nice. They’re just a lot spicier.
You write quite a few different series but the one people seem to talk most about is your Daly Way books. These are books that have story lines and happy endings for one woman with multiple men. How do you ensure that the reader will be able to connect with the characters and the relationship in these books seeing they feature such an exceptional situation?
I give the characters traits with which readers can connect or problems that tug at the heartstrings and make a person care. My heroines may be in exceptional situations as far as partners go, but they’re still women who each want love and to have a special guy—or guys—in their lives. In addition to this, I try to keep the people normal. They have the same problems and needs that we do. It’s very important to me that the story and the emotional relationship take top billing in the plot. The sex is hot and great, but it’s just a small part of the picture.
You have a fifth book in the series in the works! What can you tell us about Briar’s Cowboys? And is there a release date yet?
Briar’s Cowboys is slated to release on December 12th. It’s a coming home story of sorts, though as it turns out, she doesn’t know any of the cowboys who will be such a big part in her life. Briar grew up in Daly, but she never knew her father. When he dies, he leaves her his ranch. She’s coming home to decide what to do with it. Quickly, she realizes she wants to stay, however, the ranch has no staff. She needs a few strapping cowboys to help her out. The cowboys who show up are more than willing to get the ranch to top notch again, but they want more than a hot meal and a paycheck. They want Briar, too.
Okay, Flash Four time
Flash Four questions about books and writing ~
How long, from start to end, did it take you to write “His Brother’s Wife”?
Not counting the five years where I wrote and rewrote the beginning of the book, four days. That’s unusually fast for me. It generally takes me a month or two to write something.
Did you see yourself being a writer as you were growing up?
No, I wanted to be a doctor.
In what room of your house do you write from?
I write in the living room and in the bedroom (I have a small office space setup there)
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?
Generally, it’s title first.
Flash four questions about random things ~
Sweet or salty snacks?
What color is your toothbrush?
Purple and white
Your high school experience: good or bad?
Good. I was a drama geek. Everyone liked us.
What do you like on your pizza?
Sausage and onion
Thank you so much Brynn for taking the time to answer my questions today!
Thank you for having me here today!
Brynn is offering up a super amazing prize pack today. One winner will receive a goody bag that includes FOUR of her print books! See…super amazing! To enter just leave a comment below by Monday November 19th 2013 11:59pm est. Giveaway open Canada / US. Good luck to all who enter and super big thank you to Brynn for the super awesome giveaway!