About The Author

Katie Salidas is a USA Today bestselling author and RONE award winner known for her unique genre-blending style.

Since 2010 she's penned five bestselling book series: the Immortalis, Olde Town Pack, Little Werewolf, Chronicles of the Uprising, and the all-new Agents of A.S.S.E.T. series. As her not-so-secret alter ego, Rozlyn Sparks, she is a USA Today bestselling author of romance with a naughty side.

In her spare time Katie also produces and hosts a YouTube talk show; Spilling Ink. She also has a regular column on First Comics News where she explores writing from a nerdy perspective.

Author Spotlight with Yvonne Nicolas

K.S.  I'm happy to have with me today author Yvonne Nicolas. Her book was recently reviewed over at Coffee Fueled Erotica and I must say it sounds like a sexy read. Yvonne, why don’t we start off with a small introduction? Tell us a little about yourself. 

Y.N.  I’m a southern gal, born and raised in Orlando, Florida. I’ve been writing for about 3 years and I’m glad I found this special gift I have. I spend a great deal of my time in front of the computer, like most writer do, but on my down time, I’m hugging up with my family, who have been a tremendous support system from day one. 

K.S.  Any interesting writing quirks or stories you would like to share with my readers?

Y.N.  Oh yeah, I have plenty. It depends on what type of scene I’m writing. If it’s an action scene, I watch a action movie or two, or I turn to my I-pod for some rock music. That always pumps me up. And if it’s a love scene…well, you get the idea. ;o)  

K.S.  When did you realize you wanted to be a writer? What sparked the desire to pen your first novel?

Y.N.  Well, I’ve always been an avid reader, and a collector of novels. I read my first romance story at the age of 14. Yeah, I rummaged through my mom’s romance novel collection. *snicker* When I got up to legal age and had actually experienced things worth writing about, I gave it a try. And whadda ya know…I actually have a talent for it. Or at least I think I do. LOL!

K.S.  What genre do you write?

Y.N.  My first published novel, Designing Love is an erotic romance. The next one, titled Black Rayne, which is due to come out soon, is an urban fantasy. I also have another in the works, which is a sci-fi with a hint of mystery. So I guess I write a little bit of everything.

K.S.  What would you say has inspired you most in your writing career? Or, who is your favorite author and why?

Y.N.  My favorite author…hmm. There are so many awesome authors out there that I can’t choose just one, but I can tell you my two first favorites; Anne Rice and Terry McMillan.

K.S.  What does your family think of your writing?

Y.N.  My husband loves the fact that I write. He enjoys assisting me in coming up with plots. My mom laughs and blushes at my writing.

K.S.  What was one of the most surprising things you learned while creating your book?

Y.N.  That I do my best writing in the middle of the night while all of the lights are out.

K.S.  What inspired you to write your novel?

Y.N.  This story actually came to me on a whim. I was in the middle of writing the urban fantasy when I switched to Designing Love. That’s usually how my ideas come to me, while I’m working on something else.

K.S.  Can you tell us a little about your novel?
Y.N.  Yes. It’s not your typical love story, nor is it a sweet romance. I tried to make it as realistic as possible, which meant I had to step outside of the box and deliver a tale that depicts real life situations. Here’s a snippet of the first chapter.

“I now pronounce you man and wife. You may kiss the bride.”
The groom lifted the ivory veil and gazed at his new wife with pride. Tears of joy trickled down her face. Smiling, he palmed her flushed cheeks and captured her pink, pouting lips with a kiss.
A roar of applause erupted across the terrace. Butterflies were set free and tears filled the eyes of many envious women. Helicopters hovered overhead, harboring anxious paparazzi, who attempted to snap a money-making shot of the star studded event. Too bad a huge tent blocked their view of the lovely ceremony.
“I present to you, Mr. and Mrs. Hanks,” the priest announced proudly.
Maintaining a smile, that fought to leave his face, Devon Sparks patted the back of the groom, his best friend, Roland Hanks; the man who’d just married the woman of his dreams, after only three months of dating.
A beautiful love story, if you believed in that kind of shit.
Stacy Ann Larson, Devon’s former live-in girlfriend, fanned her face, trying desperately to dry the tears that proceeded to wreck her make-up. All twelve of her delighted bridesmaids surrounded her. Squeals and cheers of glee erupted from them.
Devon winced. Damn bridesmaids. He could think of a thousand other places he’d rather be than standing there watching the woman he loved beaming with happiness at being married to another man.
But he had to be there. He was, after all, the best man.

K.S.  Where can we find your novel?

Y.N.  Redrosepublishing.com. Swing by and pick up your copy today!

K.S.  Do you have a website, fan site, or Blog that we can visit?

Y.N.  Yes ma’am. You can find me on myspace, facebook and twitter.
Drop by and visit me anytime.

K.S.  Do you have any closing advice to aspiring writers?

Y.N.  Yes. Keep writing. Don’t allow anything to draw you from that path. And keep your voice. Everyone has his or her own style of writing. Make your own and stick with it.