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Monday, November 21, 2011

Welcome Author Ann Mayburn

Where do you hail from and what do you love most about your hometown?

I’m originally from Michigan, though being an Army brat I’ve grown up all over the US. Most of my family is still in Michigan and we are actually going to be moving there in the next few years. Family is very important to myself and my husband, no matter how crazy they are, and we want to be closer to them as our children get older.

When I was a teenager I found Michigan dreadfully boring, but as an adult I now realize how great the state is! There is so much to do from the great lakes, to skiing, to snowmobile racing, to the beautiful and unspoiled forests of the upper peninsula. Oh, and don’t forget great vacation spots like Mackinac Island where they have the world’s best fudge. :) Eighty percent of the island is a state park so you really get the feeling of stepping back in time. They also don’t allow vehicles on the island so everyone gets around by horse and bikes in the summer and horse and snowmobiles in the winter.

As a child, what did you want to be when you grew up? How has that childhood dream affected your career?

I wanted to be an archeologist, and I still do. My parents gave me a love of knowledge and I always love watching shows about history and the secrets and treasures that archeology has uncovered. It has definitely affected my writing in that I enjoy weaving gods and goddesses from history into my Chosen by the Gods series and I adore researching my historical books. I’ll often get caught up in my research and spend hours going from one source to another as become immersed in history.

Tell us about your latest book.  Do you have anything new in the works and can you tell us a bit about it?
‘The Breaker’s Concubine’ is my first foray into Sci-fi romance as an author, but certainly not a reader. I’ve always loved the intense world building of good Sci-fi, it reminds me of paranormal romance but instead of magic the stories rely on science. In my story I’ve built a universe where a warrior prince is captured when he raids the wrong vessle and ends up as a pleasure slave on a foreign planet. There are lots of plot twists and turns and I’m very happy to say that the reader response has been overwhelmingly positive.

As for having stuff in the works...uh yeah, I have an obscene amount. Here is my release sched for the rest of this year and I won’t even go into the New Year or my works in progress:
November 16th- Blushing Violet (Contemp Ménage Romance with BDSM elements)
November 22nd- Onyx Moon (M/M Paranormal Romance) Prides of the Moon Series, Book 4
December 6th- Peppermint Passion (Holiday Ménage Romance with BDSM elements)
December 12th- Dreamer (Paranormal Romance) Chosen by the Gods, Book 2
December 22nd- Amethyst Moon (M/M/M Paranormal Romance) Prides of the Moon Series, Book 5

Have you ever used contemporary events or stories “ripped from the headlines” in your work?
No, not so much contemporary stories. Not surprisingly it is the past that influences my work and I’ve had more than one idea become a book that started out in some historical documentary I’ve read or watched.
Is there anything you find particularly challenging about writing?
Not having a maid, chauffer, nanny,  groundskeeper, and personal chef to do my day job as a stay-at-home mom so I can just concentrate on writing. ;)

What advice would you give to writers just starting out?
A good editor is worth their weight in gold! Seriously, I don’t care if you’re going to self-publish or go through more traditional means with an established publisher, your editor is going to make or break you. If you get one that you can’t work with for whatever reason, TALK to your publisher and see if you can get a new editor. Once you find an editor you click with you will learn more than you ever thought possible. Yes, you will probably cry when you see your first round of edits, but that is normal. ;) Remember to thank your editors whenever possible and let the world know they rock! So, thank you Valerie Mann, Kate Richards, Rei Langdon, Barbara Sheridan, Lea Finley, Jana J. Hanson, Christy Lockhart, and my newest editor- Grace Bradley. For all my bitching, wailing, gnashing of teeth and moaning I love you more than you’ll ever know. You are the wind beneath my wings. ;)

Do you ever suffer from writer's block? If so, what do you do about it?
I usually give myself some downtime with one of my hobbies. I've had about a bazillion hobbies and with the advent of the Internet it's gotten even worse. For example, right now I have a half finished crocheted baby blanket, the beginning of a Christmas cross stitched picture, a tackle box full of beads that I make jewelry from, and half painted letters for my kids toy box. Oh, and don't forget my latest hobby, making Romance Trading Cards for my books.


How did you deal with rejection letters?

I make voodoo dolls. :)

What tools do you feel are must-haves for writers?---Changed the question to ‘What advice do you have for erotic romance authors?’
Write what turns you on! Who cares if the flavor of the week is space clowns from the planet Boobula with tentacle penises. If you try to write about it and it doesn’t make you hot, your readers are going to know. More importantly, it will make writing that story a chore and nothing will make your muse take a vacation quicker than boring her.

Where do you as an author draw the line on gory descriptions and/or erotic content?
I will never do a death scene involving children. I may talk about a death that occurred ‘off camera’ but I would never actually detail a scene. To me that is obscene.

As far as erotic content, I don’t like humiliation, fecal/golden showers, torture, or the use of animals. -ick- Other than that I pretty much enjoy every aspect of human sexuality. :D

What's the weirdest thing you've ever done in the name of research?
I think it would have to be researching how to make a weapon of mass destruction out of fireworks. I researched a lot of stuff that probably flagged me on some government computer somewhere. -lol- I can just see it:

Agent #1- Sir, we have a bunch of flags on someone named ‘Ann Mayburn’. She’s been doing a good deal of website browsing on sites about chemical warfare and aerosol dispersants.

Agent #2- Pull up her search history. Hmmm..uhh...yeah. I see what drew your attention. -clears his throat- Boy, she sure looks at a lot of smutty websites. I should probably look into these sex websites to make sure they aren’t terrorist groups. Seems like she’s been watching a lot of gay men’s porn, especially blow job scenes. -uncomfortable shuffling and more throat clearing- Yes, good job Agent #1. I’ll personally review the rest of this. Might be hidden messages in those videos.

Agent #1- Sir, should I mark her file as to be watched?

Agent #2- Yes, that would be an excellent idea. I need to go to my office now and review these sites. Make sure you knock before entering so you don’t interrupt me doing my, uh, research.
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1 comment:

MDOBSON said...

Thank you for hosting Ann today.