Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Author Interview: LEAH BRAEMEL

Welcome back, party people! It's the day before tax day... so the perfect time to procrastinate and win cool stuff, right? Today we're joined by the charming Leah Braemel who's here to pimp the print release of her red hot contemporary romance Personal Protection. Welcome, Leah! (Applause!)

If you could pick the actors to play the hero & heroine in the movie of your current release, who could you cast?

Oooh ooh! I know this one! For Personal Protection, I always envisioned Dwayne Johnson as Sam, but he’d have to play it serious, minimum smirking allowed. For Rosie, I’d cast Rosie Perez (yes, I named my character for her) because I see my Rosie having the same sort of fast talking, take-no-backtalk-from-anyone type attitude. If not Rosie Perez, then Eva Langoria who can also bring out the self-assured kick-ass side of Rosie Ramos’ character.

What three things do you absolutely need in order to write?

1) My computer/laptop. I cannot write with a pen and paper—my hand can’t keep up with my brain, so I need that keyboard to type into. At the very least give me a typewriter (if it has one of those spellcheck features built in even better, although I learned to type on an old-fashioned 1950s standard/non-electric typewriter so I don’t HAVE to have that.)

2) a solid handle on my characters—who they are, what motivates them, an idea of where they’ve come from/done and where they want/hope to go. If I have those down, the story can almost tell itself (although I still have to do the research side of it–location/gadgets, etc.)

3) Confidence. I don’t trust myself most days, and so I’ll write a scene, then go back the next day and second guess what I’ve written and over-edit it. Then my critique partners will say “You know, you need XXX” and I’ll groan because XXX is the part I cut out. If I had the confidence in my writing, if I learned to trust my instincts, I could write so much faster.

Who was the last author whose writing wowed you?

Patricia Briggs. I just finished her Bone Crossed. I love both her Mercy Thompson series and her Alpha and Omega series. She can pack so much action into a scene, while advancing your understanding of the character and setting the scene for the future. I also love how she can weave a romance through the various books. Plus who can help but love Bran, Charles, Samuel and Adam? (Yes, I freely admit I love her werewolves, her vampires, not so much.)

What book is your comfort read?

Wow, I have to choose just one? I have several I go to – if it’s a comfort read, that means I’m usually upset about something, so that means I tend to go to romances with their Happy-Ever-After endings. Favorites of those? Julia Quinn’s The Duke and I – the first of her Bridgerton series is always a book I know i can pick up and enjoy, as is Stephanie Lauren’s Devil’s Bride (the first in her Cynster series). When I need a pick-me-up, then I grab Lynsay Sand’s Single White Vampire always gets me chuckling. Deidre Knight’s Butterfly Tattoo is a recent addition – I think I’ll be going to that one when I need a good cry (because sometimes you need a reason to be emotional and let it all out.)


What’s next for you/what are you working on now?

I’ve got several projects on the go – a contemporary paranormal/urban fantasy that’s set out in the Rockies involving possession and shapeshifters and … well, I’ll let the readers decide if there are demons or witches. (If I can ever finish the thing, LOL) And I am in the middle of a never-ending wrestling match with the sequel to Personal Protection, the next in the Hauberk series. It’s been tough trying to concentrate on these two while I’ve been promoting the print release of Personal Protection and preparing for the release of my contemporary erotic romance Texas Tangle that’s going to be published by Harlequin’s new digital-first Carina Press in June.

Thank you, Leah, for joining the party! Today, one lucky commenter will take home a pdf copy of Personal Protection. So get commenting!

20 comments:

Sherry said...

I love Dwayne Johnson he has such a naughty little smile. He's one of my favorite actors and I could see him as Sam. Love your books and always waiting for the next one to come out.

sstrode@scrtc.com

Liz Fichera said...

Texas Tangle! Love that title!

KELLY FITZPATRICK said...

I love Dwayne Johnson.

Andrea Becraft said...

love the title! thanks for blogging with us.

Armenia said...

Dwayne Johnson would be a nice, sexy choice. And Rosa Perez is so quirky..she just makes me laugh with her style of acting. Good choices.

armiefox at yahoo dot com

Nancy G said...

I like your casting choices, Leah. This was an interesting interview, I enjoy reading about what goes though an authors mind.

flchen1 said...

Ooh, Leah! I've got some of the same books on the re-read pile--the Bridgertons are always such a treat :) And Deidre's Butterfly Tattoo was pretty amazing.

Looking forward to June--can't wait for some Texas Tangle!

Maria said...

Love the cover for Personal Protection...I always learn something new at these posts...didn't know that Harlequin had a new imprint coming out and the title Texas Tangle is great for one of their books

Sweet Vernal Zephyr said...

I'm with you on the need for a computer. I love the feel of pen and paper but find that my handwriting can't keep up with my brain! My typing skills are much faster.

elaing8 said...

I can't wait to read Texas Tangle.And your writing paranormal,can't wait for that also.

s7anna said...

I can't wait to check out this book. What is it that makes Dwayne such a hottie I'm not sure...but I know I like him very much...he's got the most beautiful eyes.

Chelsea B. said...

Great interview! I really like the cover to Personal Protection!

Susan Helene Gottfried said...

Leah, thanks for the e-mail, darling! I've got this posted at Win a Book for you.

Now, start trusting yourself as a writer. You're awesome.

Vivant said...

Great interview. I want to check out Personal Protection AND its predecessor, Private Property. Thanks for sharing your thoughts with us today!

booklover0226 said...

I enjoyed the post and look forward in reading Personal Protection.

Thanks,
Tracey D

Kali said...

My To Be Read list is growing so fast!

Leah Braemel said...

Hi, everyone, sorry it's taken me til this time of night to get over here.

For those who commented on Personal Protection's cover, Natalie Winters did a terrific job on it, didn't she?

Elaing8 -- yes, I've got a paranormal, and now I know you like them, I'll work that much harder at getting it finished up and subbed quicker.

Good luck on the draw everyone -- the winner will be announced in the morning. (I think--I have to check with Vivi to see what her timeline is. I forgot to ask her...oops.)

Cheri said...

Great interview! It enticed me to check out Personal Protection in more detail on your website.

Christine said...

Awesome Interview! Can't wait to read the book!

chirth7@yahoo.com

Vivi Andrews said...

Thank you so much for stopping by today, Leah! You were delightful as ever. :)