Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Interview With Rie Warren

If you like wickedly edgy stories, with sharp humor--Rie Warren is one author you cannot miss. She has boundless energy (which I envy) and tons of creativity. It is my pleasure to have her on Romance Magicians--so please join me in welcoming her today!

Author, Rie Warren

Author Bio: A Yankee transplant via the UK and other wild journeys, Rie happily landed in Charleston, South Carolina, with her English artisan husband and their two small daughters--one an aspiring diva, the other a future punk rocker. After earning her degree in Fine Arts, Rie promptly gave up paintbrushes and canvas for paper and pen (because she decided being a writer was equally as good an idea as being an artist, of course it was). That was fifteen years ago, her writing career started! With a manuscript of super epic proportions! Safely stored under a lace doily in a filing cabinet. Possibly in England . . .
Since then she’s done this and that, here and there, usually in the nonprofit arena, until she returned to her dream of being a writer. Even though Rie basks in the glorious southern sunshine as often as she can, she’s mostly a nocturnal creature adjourning to her writer’s atelier (spare bedroom) in search of her next devious plot twist or delicious passionate tryst. 

No matter what genre or gender pairing she’s writing, she combines a sexy southern edge with humor and heart--and a taste of darkness. 

You write in a variety of genres, this one is contemporary, what other genres do you write in? What do you like about the differences?  
 My next novel—In His Command, which releases August 6th—is dystopian/futuristic. It’s also a male-male love story so it is completely different from Sugar Daddy. And just to shake things up a little more, I write paranormal too. I love exploring different genres because of the freedom. With dystopian, I get to create a completely new world, politics, lifestyles and lingo. When I write paranormal, I give in to the side of me that craves a little bit of horror and darkness. I will say, though, no matter what genre I’m whacking around there’s always humor. 
I love your humor, and the fact you have so many stories...awesomeness. Yes, I am looking forward to seeing your stories.  
Who inspired your hero and heroine? Tell us something unique about each.
*cough-cough* Hmm, who inspired the sexy CEO Reardon Boone? Lemme see…um…oh yeah, DAVID EYECANDY GANDY! Excuse me for a minute while I try to think up something not completely dirty, hot, wicked to tell you about Reardon. He comes across as slightly arrogant, aloof and in control but once his Forbes 400 exterior is cracked, he’s really just a good ol’ boy at heart. 
You had me at David Gandy...
Miss Shay Greer? She sprung from my imagination like Athena from Zeus’s head…or something like that. She’s got a mouth like a sailor, a mind like a horny teenage boy, but she’s absolutely all woman especially when she’s around the bossman.  Now that is imagery!
Tell us about your writing process (which totally bloody awes me, just sayin'): Plotter, pantser, mix. When do you write?
Oh man, this would take a thesis, M.V.! I start as a pantser when I have that seed of a story. I keep one major document per series (or single title story) and throw all my daily scribble and so-awesome-omg-fabulous (I hope) ideas into it. When I’m ready to start that story, I plot the ever-lovin’ hell out of it, using a technique called Deep Story, laying out each chapter and slotting all those handy I’m-totally-gonna-be-a-bestseller (uh huh) notes into them. After that, I use a chapter guide/graph, work on each chapter as a separate doc, and basically all bets are off!  This fascinates me--and shows that writing takes a LOT of work.  
I don’t have to stick to my plot…in fact once everything is sorted on paper and the wild craziness of writing begins, some of the best/scariest/no-way-you-did-not-just-do-that things happen organically and I wouldn’t change that for the world. Those moments are the best! :)
I write mostly at night (I don’t sleep—it’s real fun) and edit/do biz type things during the day.This amazes me--because if I don't have some sleep I turn into a raging wench. Ask my family.  
What is your favorite scene in the book:
Sugar Daddy, By Rie Warren
 Dude, that is a difficult question. Hang on, I’m gonna go read it again. Be right back. Kidding.

My high heels were snug on my feet instead of planted up Reardon’s fine posterior when I exited the elevator Saturday night. Fearing I’d mistake the soup spoon for the dessert spoon, have another Pretty Woman moment with Slaughter, and not at all happy about Augie being in on my secret, I tried to squelch my nerves.
At least I looked fabulous. Dressed in a made-to-order, citron colored gown--successfully fending off Momma’s shopping trip to the Maxx for a knock-off dress--I wiggled my boobs in the awesome gown, which had caused cliquey bitchiness amidst the other lesser dresses in my closet.
I looked up from fiddling with my rings, and there he was, waiting for me outside the penthouse. In a tux. Eat your heart out, Scarlett O’Whora.
Creamy white jacket and shirt offsetting the tan of his skin and the blue of his eyes, midnight trousers the color of his hair, Reardon rested his shoulders against the wall and stroked a slim cigarillo between his fingertips. He allayed all my worries because frankly, the stroking motion combined with the visual of him in formal attire put my brain on a permanent leave of absence.
His eyes clung to my gown, which clung to my cleavage.
“I’ve been waiting for you.”
“Thank you for the gown, and the unmentionables.” The buttery silk corset, garters, stockings, and panties truly were unmentionable. “And the shoes.” Shoes were an understatement. Three inches of sexy strappy heels I’d already trilled and cooed over.
Taking me in his arms, he pressed a short sexy kiss to my mouth. “You look unbelievable, Shay.”
I displayed the curve of my leg. “You chose everything yourself?”
“Mm hmm.”
“Sure you’re not gay?”
“At the time I was thinking about taking the clothes off you, especially the unmentionables. Not dressing you.”
Ooh. Definitely not gay.
This is a fabulous example of your writing, thank you! 

Do you have Critique partners or Beta readers? How did you find them? (I know many writers struggle to find them). 
I do! I have the most amazing crew. Basically, without them, I’d be curled up in a ball under my desk, mumbling gibberish. And drooling. This is kind of a crazy story: I found them all through fanfiction. Yup, s’all true. Once upon a time (up until two years ago) I wrote trashy, fabulous, funny Twilight fanfiction and loved every minute of it. My Beta and cp’s are all former reviewers/readers of mine…and of course the most amazing lifelong friends. This is fabulous--years and years ago I dabbled in fanfic, so this to me is very cool.  
What are you reading now?
See, now, someone wicked and evil tricked me by handing me her book for free at RT Convention (which you need to go to because I missed you).---I really want to go to this, I lived vicariously through everyone's posts. I was all, ‘It’s free? Sure, I’ll take it. Plus, I really like you…’ Big Mistake. That book was Inamorata by Margaret Ethridge. I tore through that bad boy last week, bought two more of her books Saturday, read Contentment yesterday, and am about start another of hers! She’s evil, and a corruptor. In other words, she’s a damn genius and I am totally hooked on her writing. ooooh, I looked her up and her writing looks amazing.   

 What is your favorite drink? (Coffee, tea, adult beverage...)
I have to have me some loose-leaf, imported from England, Earl Grey tea I adore Earl Grey tea!. No lie. It’s my one must-have splurge (okay, now that is a lie because my other splurge is highlights; gotta keep the blonde alive-This I also understand). For adult bevvies…does it have alcohol? Then I’m in! Nah (yeah). My bev of choice is red wine: petite syrah, shiraz, cab…glug-glug-glug  oooh, I love red wine...
Thank you, M.V. and Southern Magicians for having me! You are fabulous and I can’t wait to see you again so we can share that bottle of wine. I hope you can come again, you are wonderful. And I will take you up on that wine one day soon. Congratulations again on your book!  
Links for Rie Warren: 
Sugar Daddy, By Rie Warren

She needs a job. He wants a mistress. Hearts and contracts are bound to get broken.

Shay Greer is pure GRITS—a Girl Raised In The South–but nowhere near a demure southern belle. She’s looking for a way out of her broken down marriage when she lands an unexpected job offer she really should refuse. Position? Mistress. Fringe Benefits? Of course. Fraternization with sexy CEO Reardon Boone? Required. Lured by the promise of intimacy missing from her failed marriage, Shay signs on. She’s barely survived a hellish year of heartbreak and needs a fresh start, but she gets more than she bargained for with lowcountry-boy-made-good Reardon Boone.
Bankrolling Shay into his bedroom, Reardon sticks by his tried and true rules: no-strings-attached seduction, no messy emotions, absolutely nothing resembling a relationship. This sassy, sultry woman fits the bill precisely…until she arouses more than his erotic appetite.

So desirable he sets hearts on fire in everyone from downtown debutantes to downhome mommas, Reardon is as irresistible as he is unattainable. Shay falls hard despite their unorthodox arrangement. Determined to discover what’s concealed beneath his Forbes 400 facade, she has no idea how close to home the truth will hit.



Melissa Keir said...

I love stories with a snarky sense of humor! I wish I had your energy!


Stephanie Jones AKA Alicia Hunter Pace said...

Wow!! These books sound great!!
I am going to order them tonight.

Thanks so much for sharing with us today.

Pamela Mason said...

I am loving this book! And I loved reading your writing process too ... whenever I think what I'm doing is all wrong and so crazy, I go and read some other writer's craziness and think... Maybe I'm not crazy enough!

Meda White said...

Great interview! I love Earl Gray too but I have trouble with loose leaf teas. The book sounds very interesting. Best wishes for much success.

M.V.Freeman said...

Hi Melissa,--I wish I had Rie's energy as well. She is bloody amazing!

Hi Stephanie, thanks for stopping by! Her writing is awesome. :)

Waves at Pamela--I think we all have to be bit crazy to survive this business....lol

Hi Meda!, Ah, we will have to talk tea when next we meet! :D

Rie Warren said...

Hi, Melissa! Thank you so much for stopping by. I'm not sure how the evergy thing's gonna be in a couple weeks time. I might be in a vegetable state by then ;).

Stephanie, thank you! So excited that you said that. The book goes live at retailers June 3rd but you can add to your goodreads from link above. Cheers so much~

Pamela, you are a doll! LOL bigtime about the crazy comment. Organized crazy, or fanatical insanity--that's what I am...maybe?

Dear Meda, thank you! We have a strain-y teapot. I appreciate you coming by!

M.V., you simply ROCK! Thank you once again for having me over. Now to do it in real life. xoxo~

M.V.Freeman said...

One day you are so coming over. We'll have tea followed by wine... :D

Thank you for coming!