Author Spotlight with Sommer Marsden
K.S. Hello and welcome to the blog. I am very excited to have you here. Why don’t we start off with a small introduction? Tell us a little about yourself.
S.M. Hi, Katie! Thanks for having me. I’m Sommer Marsden and I write erotic fiction and erotic romance. Basically, I spend waaaaay too much time with imaginary people. =)
K.S. Any interesting writing quirks or stories you would like to share with my readers?
S.M. Asking me if I have quirks is a loaded question. I talk to the dog and ask his literary opinion more than I’d like to admit to myself. I act out scenes. I outline stuff aloud when I run (or walk). Oh yeah, I go to the library almost every day whether I need to or not to walk around and take a breather from being at home and commune with books. Is that enough weirdness for you? How about writing entire books based on the mental images created by a single song. That I then play over and over and over again until I’m done writing the book? I could go on…
K.S. When did you realize you wanted to be a writer? What sparked the desire to pen your first novel?
S.M. I was about four. There were crayons and a Winnie the Pooh coloring book involved. I pretty much knew I wanted to be a writer when I learned to read. It’s all I’ve ever wanted to be.
K.S. What genre do you write?
S.M. I write and have written just about everything barring Westerns. However, I focus primarily on erotica and erotic romance. That includes contemporary, chick lit-ish, paranormal and literary sub-genres.
K.S. What would you say has inspired you most in your writing career? Or, who is your favorite author and why?
S.M. Favorite author award has always gone to Stephen King but there are some new front runners of late. Chuck Palahniuk, Nate Kenyon, Jennifer McMahon, Gillian Flynn, Stacia Kane and a whole slew of other have recently stolen little pieces of my heart.
K.S. What does your family think of your writing?
S.M. They think it’s great and accept me 150%. They are very a patient with sudden and unexpected bouts of writing and “be quiet, hold on, where’s a pen!” My mother is not surprised at all at my career choice, my man is an inspiration and my daughter wants to be a writer. Both of my kids have been published already, so maybe it’s genetic =)
K.S. What was one of the most surprising things you learned while creating your book/s?
S.M. That if I shut up and got out of my own ways, so to speak, they flow like water.
K.S. What inspires you?
S.M. Pretty much everything. My man, people in general, other books. If it captures my interest and sticks in my head, it’s an inspiration. It can be a song, a snippet of overheard conversation, an item, an image. Whatever makes me stop and take note gets recorded in a notebook somewhere and used at some point.
K.S. Can you tell us a little about any of your novels?
S.M. I’m going to list a paranormal given my lovely hostess’s genre! This is the blurbage for Base Nature.
When Garrett Gustafson breaks from his pack, it’s all about distance. He doesn’t expect to meet a long-tortured woman or someone he wants so bad his teeth damn near ache. He most definitely doesn’t expect to meet a woman he’d even consider changing. Changing is frowned upon and dangerous. But Liv McCoy not only captures his heart, she tempts him. Tempts him to take her, to change her and even to love her.
Liv McCoy has been the weak one all her life. All she wants is a little power. When Garrett shows up she feels an unspeakable pull. Not just to give herself over to him in bed, but to offer all of herself—heart, body and soul. Garrett can give her power. She just needs to convince him that she can handle the change. And his love.
K.S. Where can we buy your novel?
S.M. I’m all over. I currently write for Ellora’s Cave, Excessica, Xcite and Pretty Things Press. The excerpted novel can be bought at http://www.jasminejade.com/p-9099-base-nature.aspx on the Ellora’s Cave site and at all the other usual suspect sites (Kindle, Are, etc.) in both paperback and ebook formats.
K.S. Do you have a website, fan site, or Blog that we can visit?
S.M. My blog Unapologetic Fiction is at http://sommermarsden.blogspot.com My website is long neglected, I’m trying to simplify! But you can find me all over on Twitter, Facebook, Goodreads, etc.
K.S. Do you have any closing advice to aspiring writers?
S.M. Never give up. Write every day if you can—yes, even if you think it sucks. And never buy your own hype. That is my personal motto. I say it to myself whenever I feel too proud of something. Take ten seconds of fierce pride and then move on to the next project. Because you’re not really a writer unless you’re writing.
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