Q: Do you remember how/when your interest in writing started?
I’ve always been an imaginative child…er big fibber when I got caught being naughty. Heh. I loved to make up stories with my dolls and friends. Later on, I wrote stories all of the time about my life when I got older. I was obsessed with becoming an adult and getting a job.
After college, my personal writing took a backseat to teaching. And not too long ago I was writing Dear Class letters to Kindergarteners. <G>
Then I became a stay-at-home mom and my husband aka Hot Builder suggested I start writing again. So…I did, joined Romance Writers of America, then my local chapter, and last July I indie-published my first book, Twice Tempted. Best thing ever!
Q: What were the challenges (research, psychological, and logistical) in bringing this story or characters to life?
Learning to write in 1st point of view was super hard, because I’ve written in 3rd point of view for so long. But writing in a true/genuine voice for my characters was the Biggest challenge, mainly because I wanted to get it right and honor the tone and characteristic of the New Adult genre.
Q: What was the easiest part of writing LIVE FOR YOU?
BWAHAHAHAHHA. Easy?! Um, none of it. <G> Actually the story flowed for my the best whenever Cole and Violet were on the same page. That tends to be true for me while writing any of my books. I like the banter, the snark, the discovery or rediscovery between the hero and heroine.
Q: What is your favorite scene or was your favorite to write? Don’t forget to tell us why.
Ask me pick my favorite child, why don’t you? ;) Can I share ONE of my favorite scenes to write? Here goes, one of my favorite scenes is when Cole, Wyatt, Parker and Beau (my Boys of the South crew) all play Texas Hold ‘Em and use candy for currency. How can you not love that, right? It’s Hot Guys playing poker?!
Q: What’s next for you writing wise that you can share with us?
Oh my gosh! I’m so excited about what’s coming up next! Only For You, the conclusion to Cole and Violet’s story aaaaand a super cool Christmas Project called The 12 NA’s of Christmas with a bunch of ahhhhmazing New Adult authors, called All I Want is You. It will feature a new couple (tied to my Boys of the South Series) and will be my version of Never Been Kissed (the movie), only with a little twist….the asshat from high school comes home to apologize to the heroine during Winter Break. AHHH! So freakin’ stoked about their story.
And I’ll have an adult contemporary romance Christmas novella and another book in my Going the Distance Series.
Plus, my next full length novel, featuring Lacey Evans and Wyatt Tanaka, in the Boys of the South Series will be out in late January of 2014.
So, I’ll sorta be busy in 2013. ;)
Live For You (Boys of the South ~Book 1)
by Marquita Valentine
Release date: May 29, 2013
Age Group: New Adult
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Tour organized by: AToMR Tours
On the surface, twenty-two year old Cole Morgan is exactly what any girl would be proud to take home to meet her parents: He’s charming, intensely handsome and goal-oriented...Only he has some secrets of his own, which include provoking bar fights and a former drug-addict of a mother slowly wasting away in a medical facility.
At barely twenty, Violet Lynn is Country Music's hottest star, until one night of partying gets out of control. Violet ends up in jail and on TMZ. Suddenly, she’s the girl least likely to be invited anywhere. Sick of the drama and keeping secrets, she runs away from the prying eyes of the paparazzi to her grandmother’s home in Forrestville, North Carolina.
A chance meeting knocks Cole off his feet, but he doesn’t recognize Violet for who she is. In fact no one does and Violet plans to keep it that way.
Circumstances, however annoying, keep throwing Violet and Cole together. Unable to stop themselves they give into the inevitable.
But when Nashville is ready to forgive and forget, Violet is forced to choose between Cole and claiming her spot as the new and improved Princess of Country Music.
Will Violet and Cole have the courage to live for their dreams...Or their hearts?
Nationally Bestselling Author, Marquita Valentine, writes small town romances that are anything but small. Lisa Kleypas, Carly Phillips and Rachel Gibson are her favorite contemporary authors. Marquita met her husband aka Hot Builder at Sonic when they were in high school. She suggests this location to all of her single friends in search of a good man -- and if that doesn't work, they can console themselves with cheesy tatertots. She lives in North Carolina in a very, very small town with Hot Builder and their two children.a Rafflecopter giveaway