AUTHOR SPOTLIGHT: TORY RICHARDS
Author Tory Richards has stopped by to update us on what she is up to….
Surrender to Desire is the second book in a trilogy, but it’s also a standalone, erotic romance. A Perfect Fit is book #1, also a standalone romance. I self-published this short story, which is available at Smashwords and All Romance Ebooks.
Tell us a little about Surrender to Desire, what inspired you to write Surrender to Desire?
It’s a short story about the second Evans brother, Blade. This is the first trilogy I’ve decided to write, and was actually requested by readers who liked book #1, A Perfect Fit. The three big brothers from Texas are identical triplets. So each one needed their own story. Book #3, Burning Hunger, I’m working on now.
When you start writing, do you already have the story plotted out or do you let the characters dictate what will happen? Usually the story just comes as I’m writing. I have the basic idea in my head, though. First I get the gist of the story down and once I write the end, I go back and add the meat.
What inspired you to write in your genre? Is this the genre you started writing in or have you morphed to this one?
I started out writing mainstream romance, under my real name Debbie Wallace. Cupid’s Arrow and The Senator’s Daughter are full length contemporary books, and can be found at Whiskey Creek Press. As I began to evolve into spicy and eventually erotic romance, I changed my name to Tory Richards. At the time I was still working for Disney.
Do you have a favorite character you have written?
Harold, the talking Mynah in All the Right Moves. I know he’s a bird but it was fun writing him, and he adds a lot to the plot.
Who was the toughest character for you to “get right” that you have written so far?
Cormac, in The Mating Ritual. The book is finished and just needs revision before I can send it to my editor. It’s my first paranormal romance. I wasn’t sure how the descendent of a legendary creature should act. He’s fully human but I wanted him to keep some of the characteristics of his ancestors.
Do you draw inspiration for your characters from real life? Any fun stories you could share?
Definitely! One time I put the name of a co-worker in my book, not even thinking that it would get published. Once you’re offered a contract you’re not supposed to make any changes. I had to tell her I was using her name, and that I’d made the character a ditsy actress. My friend was okay with it. In It’s All in the Jeans, I used a lot of real-life incidences in the plot.
What do you find the hardest part of writing?
The discipline it takes. Most writers have a schedule or formula they follow every day. I just write when I want to. I’ve always said writing is just a hobby for me so that’s probably why.
Name one thing that your readers would be surprised to know about you.
When I was younger I was a stripper. My first husband owned the company and it was my job to teach all our new employees how to do it. The name of the janitorial company was Trojan Services, and I was a floor stripper J
Do you have a guilty pleasure?
Besides chocolate? LOL I’m not telling!
What TV Show are you addicted to?
What do you need before you start writing?
For sure my reading glasses, and my laptop.
Anything that is just a must have or the creative juice don’t flow?
I have to be in the right mindset. I might read a short romance to help get me there, or I might read the story I’m working on from the beginning to keep the flow going.
Does music influence your writing?
Not at all. I usually have the TV on for background noise.
If your story was optioned for a movie, who would play your characters?
Since my hero is a big, Texas rancher I could definitely see Blake Shelton playing him. A curvy Jessica Simpson could play the heroine.
Where were you when you got your first contract?
Sitting at my computer desk going over my email messages. I had just returned from an Alaskan cruise.
Who did you tell first?
Believe it or not I kept it quiet for a couple days. I had to let it sink in, and I wasn’t sure what to expect because I didn’t know anything about e-publishing. I had only submitted my manuscript on a whim, and without expectations. My hubby was the first person I told.
How old were you when you read your first romance book?
Sixteen, and it was Rosemary Rogers, Sweet Savage Love.
What author causes you to “go fan girl”/ squeal over/anticipate upcoming books? Well, it used to be Katheleen E. Woodiwiss. There are a couple authors I watch closely, but that’s about it.
If you still have one of those pesky non writing jobs what is it?
At this time I’m retired.
Do you have a favorite movie you have seen in the last few months and/or an all time favorite?
Last of the Mohicans is my absolute favorite. The one with Daniel Day-Lewis.
What are you currently working on, and what else is in the wings?
I plan to release Bishop’s Angel in July. It’s the story of a Navy SEAL looking for salvation in the arms of a pretty kindergarten teacher.
I’m working on finishing up Burning Hunger, and then I want to get The Mating Ritual out. Those are for sure releases for this year…I hopeJ
If you could co-write with another author who would it be?
Um, there’s actually a few. Desiree Holt, Paige Tyler, and Eliza Gayle. They write different genres that would broaden my writing skills. I’ve read some of their books and loved them.
How do you pick your characters names?
Sometimes I’ll Google baby name books, or look through a phone book. These days it’s so easy to find what you need online. It also depends on the character and what he/she does. The name has to fit.
Do you prefer the love at first sight approach or a steady growth throughout?
I’ve written both, but prefer the steady growth throughout.
Where can readers find you?
Website/blog – http://www.toryrichards.com/?zx=5e7efff626f75715
Twitter – https://twitter.com/ToryRichards
Smashwords – https://www.smashwords.com/profile/view/toryrichards
Author Island – http://www.authorisland.com/Tory_Richards.php
Sex Between the Covers – http://www.sexbetweenthecovers.blogspot.com/
Manic Readers – http://www.manicreaders.com/ToryRichards/
Email – email@example.com
And for the silly side –
What is your favorite type of chocolate?
Dark, light, white, without nuts, with nuts, with fruit, without fruit, frozen, melted, soft, hard, thick, thin, hot, cold, solid, liquid…did I miss anything?