Saturday, April 3, 2010

Author Interview: TITANIA LADLEY

Hello, party people! Today we're joined by hot erotic romance author Titania Ladley! She's here to chat with us about her latest release You've Got Irish Male. (Now available from Ellora's Cave!) Welcome, Titania! (Applause!)

What inspired you to write You've Got Irish Male?

Well, first let me explain that You’ve Got Irish Male (which is actually a reissue of a single title taken from a previous anthology) involves the heroine opening a “virus” email that brings forth a hunky mutant leprechaun. So with that in mind, it started with the publisher’s internal call for proposals from its current authors for a planned Irish-themed anthology. I was new to Ellora’s Cave but excited about the possibility of being included in an anthology with some of my favorite authors. At the time, I had *that* ISP, the one with the male voice that informs you you’ve just received mail in your inbox. I still had his voice in my head when I opened the call-for-subs email. I think I might have had the flu at the time too (or maybe it was one of my kids), and then combining that with the “mail vs male” idea, and bam, it hit me so fast, I had the story’s skeleton down in minutes. My proposal was accepted and You’ve Got Irish Male became part of the Enchanted Rogues anthology, which is now only available in print. Each single story, however, can be purchased in e-book format at much more affordable prices.

Oh wow, you had me at hunky mutant leprechaun! ;) What was your path to publication?

It started in grade school with a voracious appetite for Nancy Drew books and quickly evolved into an addiction to any historical romance I could get my hands on as a teen. In high school I began to pen some of my own romances (which didn’t even make it to a dusty spot under my bed—they went straight in the trash), and then in college, my English teacher took me aside and insisted I should pursue writing. I was flattered, but didn’t quite know how to go about it, so instead I got married, had kids and kept reading romances. Eventually, that teacher’s encouragement reemerged and sowed the dormant seed for me to write again. I attended a convention where I met one of my future editors, who invited me to submit a pitched idea. Weeks later, it was accepted. The rest, as they say, is history.

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

Coffee, my thesaurus, and peace and quiet. I’m easily distracted, so for optimal writing, I can’t listen to music, watch television or have voices or noise of any sort in the background like some writers can.

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

In addition to waiting on word of submissions in the pipeline, I’m writing the sequel to Kabana Heat, my Samhain Hawaiian ménage. I’m also working on the final book(s) in three other series, as well as a light BDSM contemporary, a sci-fi and a vampire erotic romance. I tend to go in spurts, working on several projects at once and then having a number of releases close together.

Do you have anything else you'd like to share?

I would like to add that readers can find me on the Web at if they’d like to learn more about me and my books. From there, links are available to follow me on Twitter or Myspace, and to join my newsletter where I feature members-only contests in every issue. Thanks, Vivi, for inviting me to play at your April Blog Party. I enjoyed my visit with you and your readers!

Thank you, Titania! It's great to have you here today!

Today one lucky commenter will win a free download of Titania's new reissue release, You've Got Irish Male! (Or if the winner has already purchased YGIM, reader's choice of any one of her backlist titles.) Good luck!



Hello! There doesn't seem to be anything mutant about the cover model...unless...

Cathy M said...

Hi Titania,

I loved Grady, and since all the stories in the Enchanted Rogues anthology have a wee bit of magic in them, they all were a treat to read.

Jennifer Mathis said...

wow i hope I get that e-mail lol

Debby said...

That cover model sure looks great. I can only hope to get that kind of virus.
debby236 at att dot net.

paige purnell said...

With that cover, I sure would not mind a virus coming through on my computer!!

elaing8 said...

It seems like we all wouldn't mind getting that virus :)

Milinda said...

I love the cover to "You've Got Irish Male." It would be pretty spiffy to get that male voice popping over my PC from time to time. Then again, I'd have to turn the volume on the speakers on in order to get any voice. :-)

I've added this to my TBR list.

Nancy G said...

I really enjoyed the interview. It is fun to see where authors gettheir ideas.

Anonymous said...

Had I read this when my computer got a virus, I would have been a lot less stressed. Sounds great.

Beth said...

Sounds like a great book. Wish something like that would happen to me.

Vivant said...

Thanks for an entertaining interview. You've Got Irish Male sounds like lots of fun, and it adds flavor to hear how the idea was hatched.

In my opinion, a little magic and a lot of humor always boost the wattage of a romance. A sexy Irish brogue doesn't hurt either. I wasn't familiar with your work before, but I'll definitely track this down.

Anonymous said...

I can't stop thinking about the hunky mutant leprechaun.

Gabby said...

He doesn't look very mutany like to me. If only real emails like that excisted.

Titania Ladley said...

Kelly -- LMAO! Um, nope, *that* isn't mutant in the least. He's one virile hero, and mutant in the...biggest sense of the word. *EG*

Cathy -- Thanks! The anthology is a real treat. Lynn LaFleur and Lani Aames are such great authors, and I was honored to be in the antho with them.

Jennifer -- LOL, I'm with ya on that one!

Debby -- I agree, that would be one welcome virus!

Paige -- Same here. It gives a whole new meaning to virus, doesn't it?

Thanks, everyone, for stopping by and commenting on You've Got Irish Male and it's hawt cover. Thanks, too, to Vivi for having me. I really appreciate it!


Karin said...

I love the story about your inspiration for You've Got Irish Male. I can just imagine hearing a voice telling me I've received mail.

Sherry said...

I love the cover for this book and would love to get a virus like that. If I did I'm pretty sure I wouldn't ask my brother or sister for help in getting rid of that virus. This sounds like a very good book.

Titania Ladley said...

elaing8 -- I think you're right, it's unanimous. *G*

Milinda -- Thanks, I hope you enjoy YGIM! And I agree on the accent. A sexy Irish brogue whispering in your ear....yum!

Nancy -- Hi, glad you enjoyed it! It's great to be here with everyone. :)

Leni -- ROFL! So true. I've went through my share of crashes, and boy, would he sure have eased all the stress...among other things. *snort*

Beth -- Me too. *pout* But I'll be crossing my fingers for you!

Vivant -- Thanks so much, I hope you enjoy my books! I've been published with EC since 2004-ish and also went on to publish with Samhain and Red Sage. I feel blessed to be with all three. :)

desi -- Same here. I nearly fell out of my chair in a swoon when the art department sent that one over to me.

Gabby -- He doesn't, but he's mutant in the sense that he ended up with strapping genes instead of wee ones...heehee, in more ways than one. lololol

Thanks for your thoughts, y'all!


Titania Ladley said...

Karin -- Thanks, it really is strange how ideas come to me sometimes. I've always got a notepad nearby.

Sherry - It is a fabulous cover, if I do say so myself. :D It's one of my faves out of my 20+ different covers. (I also write under the pseudonym Roxana Blaze, so that adds a few more to my list. *g*)

Thanks for your thoughts, ladies!


kaisquared said...

Sure and I'm glad to see you blogging again re my favorite Irish Male, have a great Easter, Titania!

Becky said...

I enjoyed reading the interview. I also love the cover to "You've Got Irish Male."

Titania Ladley said...

kaisquared -- Happy Easter to you, too, and thanks for stopping by!

Becky -- So glad you enjoyed the interview! Vivi did ask some great questions, and I've really enjoyed being here chatting with everyone. Yeah, he's a nummy one, isn't it? :))

Appreciate your thoughts!


Maria said...

Very interesting concept for a story and the very original too...I never had the "voice" program on my email....

Titania Ladley said...

Heya, Maria! It was the AOL voice, but it's been years since I've had an AOL account. Not sure if they still have that same mail-alert voice or not. Thanks for dropping in! :)


flchen1 said...

Ooh, thanks for the great interview! This sounds like great one--I'm a sucker for all things (and hunky leprechauns ;)) Irish!

Booksrforever123 said...

I read your story in the anthology and thought it was really cute/good. Being part Irish-I love stories that are set/based on the Irish lore.

Titania Ladley said...

flchen1 -- You can say that again! There's just no hunk quite like the leprechaun sort. *grin*

Booksrforever123 -- Thanks, I'm so glad you enjoyed the anthology. My hubby is Irish, too, so I tend to have a vested interest in it. :D

Good to *see* you gals. Thanks for dropping in at Vivi's place!


Vivi Andrews said...

Titania - A big huge thanks for leading the fun today. So great to have you here! You can never have enough studly Irish magical creatures. :)