Thursday, July 2, 2009

Author Interview: Robie Madison

Hello, faithful reader! Today I welcome award-winning erotic romance author Robie Madison to the blog! She's here talking about her new release, The Man of Her Dreams, a Shifting Dreams novella.

Welcome, Robie! (Applause!) I'm so glad you could join us today to give us some insight into your recent Samhain release. Now, let the interrogation begin!

When you got The Email offering to publish The Man of Her Dreams as part of Samhain's Shifting Dreams anthology, what did you do to celebrate?

You mean after I let out a victory cheer that could be heard by my writing friend all the way in Wisconsin? :) I printed out Angela James’s email telling me The Man of Her Dreams had been selected for the shifter anthology at Samhain Publishing just to make it more real. LOL Then I told my family—in case they hadn’t heard the victory cheer. Then I called or emailed a few other writer friends who’ve kept their fingers crossed for me. By the time I got to the celebratory dinner, it was a little anticlimactic. LOL

The Man of Her Dreams is quite literally about the man of Megan's dreams. What inspired you to write this novella?

New story ideas often come to me in a scene that keeps playing over and over again in my mind, adding more details each time. If you follow my blog, you know that I attended a Dream Retreat a month ago and that dreams are an important feature in several of my books.

Put those two concepts together and you have one of the inspirations behind The Man of Her Dreams, which opens with a nightmare involving a wild stallion. This nightmare sequence is one of the first scenes I wrote—so the darn thing would get out of my head! :) It is a dream the heroine, Megan Jones, is well aware she’s in, but can’t stop. Uncovering the answers behind why this nightmare haunts Megan led to a series of “what if” questions…and the rest of the story.

The Man of Her Dreams is set in a rather extraordinary locale. How important is the setting in your books?

Very. LOL Actually, this is one “problem” I had with writing The Man of Her Dreams. From the nightmare scene, I knew the story took place, at least in part, on the bank of a river. The question was—which river? I’ve been to the U.K. several times, but my memories were rather vague when it came to river banks. :) Fortunately, around this time I had a fabulous opportunity to visit Wales for two months. It wasn’t long before I discovered the village where the hero, Owain Deverell, hangs out and the river beside it—Trefriw on the banks of the Conwy.

What do you find attractive in a hero?

I’d have to say—a man who isn’t afraid to take a risk, especially when it comes to the heroine and love. :) Of course, the kinds of risks my heroes take often lead to greater conflict with the heroines! Owain Deverell’s bargain with the Fairy Queen in a bid to end his cursed existence is an excellent case in point. Owain doesn’t want Megan to learn who—or should I say what?—he really is. Oh, and his “real” identity isn’t what you think! :)

What do you look for in a heroine?

Well…I’m rather partial to spunky, kick-ass type heroines. The kind who won’t take any guff from the big, tough Alpha hero. The kind who aren’t afraid to get in the hero’s face and tell him a thing or two.

Megan Jones, the heroine of The Man of Her Dreams may appear to be a “mild-mannered” web designer, but in pursuit of some answers—and a good night’s sleep, LOL—she flies across the Atlantic to confront Owain. And that’s before she learns that he isn’t just a figment of her dreams. :)

What’s next for you? Are there more mystical shifters in the works?

Sigh, so many ideas—so little time.

Don’t know if this will be my next book, but…Owain’s best friend in The Man of Her Dreams is Rhys the Pendragon. Six four, shoulder-length black hair, piercing black eyes, brooding dragon shifter—yeah, I could definitely see me writing his story. Stay tuned. :)

Best of luck with The Man of Her Dreams and all those future shifter releases, Robie! Thank you for letting me pick your brain! Hopefully the procedure wasn't too invasive.

Read on, Dear Reader, for more about Robie's current Samhain release:

The Man of Her Dreams
by Robie Madison
ISBN: 978-1-60504-614-3

Three days. One wish. If the Fairy Queen keeps her promise…

A Sexy Shifter Story

Workaholic web designer Megan Jones exudes sensible and practical by day, but in her dreams she truly lives. Her nights are filled with erotic trysts with a dream lover—who also defends her against the dangerous wild stallion of her nightmares.

When she inherits a Victorian-era Welsh locket, she opens it to a shocking revelation. The tiny portrait of a black-haired man with a sardonic smile is none other than the man in her dreams. There’s only one way to learn the truth about him—head to her ancestral home town in Wales.

A member of the ancient race of Tylwyth Teg, Owain Deverell has spent the last 170 years suspended between man and beast—punishment for loving a human woman. Weary of his cursed existence, and longing to be more than the object of Megan’s dream desire, he strikes a bargain with the Fairy Queen. In exchange for retaining his human form, she grants him three days to win Megan’s unconditional love.

Or remain the object of her nightmares. Forever.

Click HERE to read an excerpt.



Nice interview! I like the kick-ass heroines too. Can't wait to read all.

Robie Madison said...

Thanks, Kelly :) Glad to hear you like women of action -- enjoy.

Vivi Andrews said...

Kicking ass and taking names... the best kind of heroine. :)

Thanks again for visiting the blog, Robie!

Robie Madison said...

You're welcome, Vivi. Thanks for inviting me. :)