Author Emma Lai burns up the page with romance

Today’s guest is Emma Lai, a writer of steamy romances for The Wild Rose Press, with published short stories under her belt as well.

Thanks for being with us today. First, would you tell us a bit about yourself? What area of the country do you live in, do you have a family, pets, etc.

 Thanks for letting me guest, Lyndi. My name is Emma Lai. I am a mother of one little boy and a rotten dog, a wife, and an author who has dabbled in multiple professions. I live in Texas though I have also lived in Virginia and New Mexico and have travelled across the U.S. from Washington State to Florida and from California to New York. 

 Tell us about your most recent publication.

 Twice is Not Enough, released in mid-January by The Wild Rose Press, is an erotic Regency.

 After several disastrous engagements, Lady Minerva Peters is an expert at suppressing her own needs. Only in the darkness of night does she give in to her wanton desires with a fantasy lover. 

In the middle of a crowded ballroom, she learns her father is not yet ready to let her fade into spinsterhood. Humiliated, she ducks into a dark alcove only to find out she’s not alone. Her hiding spot is occupied by a captivating stranger. Before she can escape, the two become voyeurs to another couple’s sexual rendezvous. The atmosphere heats up and so does her body, especially with the tempting offers whispered in her ear. 

Will Minerva deny her needs once again or will she embrace the anonymity of their seclusion and finally explore her basic impulses and the startling attraction to the compelling mystery man?

What inspired you to write this story?

 I attended a chat held by The Wild Rose Press. One editor said she’d like to see a voyeur story. Another editor said she’d like to see a Regency. A scene with a woman spying on another couple immediately popped to mind. Of course, she couldn’t be alone so the hero had to be lurking in the shadows. And here we are.

 How would you best describe your books?

 I’ve never been able to describe my books. I ramble. However, fellow author Kadian Tracey made a banner for me. It reads Worlds of Adventure…Souls of Desire. I thought it captured my work beautifully.

 What is your favorite genre to write? To read?

 The answer to this depends on my mood. I have published romance as well as speculative fiction and children’s books (though the latter two are under different pen names). In the romance category I write in numerous subcategories: historical, paranormal, suspense, contemporary. The heat level varies from sweet to erotic. I’m just as varied in my reading.

What would you write if you could  write anything you wanted to write?

 Since I’m a writer by profession, I have the ability to write whatever I want now. I don’t worry about whether a story meets a publisher’s requirements or falls into a particular line. I write the story in my head and my heart and then I look for the right home for it.

 What do you most like about writing? Least like?

 I like losing myself in another world most. I like edits least. It’s painful to get those first round of critiques after having put so much effort into a work.

 When did you first know you wanted to be an author?

 I didn’t know I wanted to be an author until I started writing, then I couldn’t stop. It seemed logical to try and get published.

 Tell us a little about your path to publication. How many books have you published? How many books did you write before selling one?

 I started writing stories in 2008 while studying for my comprehensives. My mother-in-law, who is published, read the stories and encouraged me to submit. So, I polished a short, researched publishing houses and submitted. Amazingly I received a contract.

 I have four published short story romances: His Ship, Her Fantasy; His Hope, Her Salvation; Twice is Not Enough; and Slave to Innocence. Ironically enough the two stories that set me along the road to publication are unfinished…possibly because they’re book length and require rewrites.

 How did you find a publisher? How did you receive the Call?

 I bought a copy of the Novel & Short Story Writer’s Market and read through the descriptions of each publisher, noting the ones I was interested in. Then, I visited the websites of each publisher and checked their submission guidelines. I settled on The Wild Rose Press because they were one of the few publishers open to stories of the length I had written and because they seemed to be an author-friendly place, which they are.

What’s your favorite thing about the book featured here today? Any special memories you have in the creation of it?

 I loved the way Lady Minerva turned out. I honestly didn’t know I had it in me to write such a character. Special memories? Do hours and hours of edits count? Twice was my first erotic story and I hadn’t written in enough sexual tension. By the time my editor and I got through with it, heat scorched almost every page. (A special thanks to Lori for helping to make the story all it could be!)

What are you writing now? What’s next for you—will you be making personal appearances anywhere our readers can find you?

I just finished a draft of a contemporary erotic inspired by a fellow author. (We’re tossing around some ideas and contemplating the creation of a new series since the original concept was hers.) I’m also working on another contemporary erotic for the Sybaris Nights series at Sybarite Press. However, those are both shorts. My big goal for the year is the same goal I had last year, finish my first full-length book.

 I don’t have any personal appearances scheduled. I did a few book signings in the beginning, but I’d really like to have a full-length book in hand.

What would you like to tell readers?

 Since I write a wide variety of stories, I’d like to think I have a story for every reader. :) Stop by my website at http://www.emmalaiwrites.com and browse.
 Emma Lai (emmalaiwrites@yahoo.com)
http://www.emmalaiwrites.com/
His Ship, Her Fantasy available now
His Hope, Her Salvation available now
Twice is Not Enough available now

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