Please join me in welcoming frequent guest, amazing author and good friend Tracy Wolff back to the blog. If you haven’t heard the news, Tracy’s book Full Exposure (one of my favorites) finalled in the Detroit Booksellers Contest. If you haven’t read Full Exposure or any of Tracy’s amazing novels, you’re missing out on one awesomely sexy read!

Thanks, Jess, for having me. I’m thrilled to be here today and thought I’d answer a few of the more FAQs that I get about myself and my writing on a regular basis.

When did you first realize you wanted to write, and how did you get started?

I’ve wanted to write since I first knew I could use the alphabet to form words—and spent my whole life getting there. I’ve got an MFA in creative writing and a Ph.D in American Literature, but it wasn’t until we moved to Texas four years ago that I decided to take a year off with my then youngest child and actually write a novel. I wrote two that year, and both placed in contests run by Harlequin looking for new talent. My second book, The Turn for Home, was bought by Harlequin Everlasting Love and promptly became A Christmas Wedding. My first novel, Full Exposure, was turned down by Harlequin Blaze after placing in the contest, but after a little work because my first erotic suspense for NAL. I’ve been writing full force ever since.

What is it about writing romance that appeals to you?

I love the happily ever after, love knowing that in the end no matter what I do to my characters (and I do a lot of terrible things to them) they’ll end up together and happy. I also really like the diversity of the field—I write erotic suspense and paranormal romance for NAL, contemporary romance for Harlequin and young adult paranormal romance for Walker Books. What other genre would let me write all those different things?

What do you do on those writing days when you’re stressed, worn
out, or distracted?

Eat chocolate. No, seriously, I force myself to sit at the computer and bargain with myself. Write 1500 words and I can get up and do something fun for fifteen minutes. Come back and write another 1500 and I can have a cookie or read a chapter in the book I just picked up or … whatever appeals to me. But I don’t let myself move (barring blood or mayhem from my 3 boys) until I meet my goal—whether it’s 1000 words or 3000 words.

What can you tell us about your current (or next) release?

I have two books out this month—Dark Embers, which is the first in my new dragon shapeshifter series, and Beginning with My Baby, which is the second in my Austin trilogy from Harlequin Superromance. Both are getting great reviews and I couldn’t be more thrilled with them.

Here’s the blurb for Dark Embers

Dark Embers

King Dylan MacLeod is one of the last pure-bred dragon shapeshifters in existence—and ruler of a dying race, the Dragonstar clan. It falls to him to protect his people—and their ancient magic. He has one more duty: to provide an heir.

Like all dragons, Dylan can only procreate with his destined mate—for whom he’s searched for five hundred years. His dark, rampant sexual appetite has earned him quite the reputation, all in the pursuit of his one true match.

But his search is delayed when a deadly disease sweeps through the Dragonstars, and Dylan must venture to the human world to find a cure. He tracks down renowned biochemist Phoebe Quillum, never imagining the beautiful scientist will be the mate he’s been seeking for centuries. But no sooner do they meet then Phoebe and Dylan are besieged by an obsessive, overpowering sexual desire.

Their passion turns to something truer—and they know in their souls and bodies that they’re in too deep to get out. And when Phoebe is kidnapped by Dylan’s oldest enemy, he must risk everything to reclaim the only woman he’s ever loved, or his clan will be wiped out forever.

What are you watching on TV these days? (Or what are you reading?)

I’m addicted to Bones and Top Chef. Seriously addicted. I just finished reading Nora Roberts’s The Search, Nalini Singh’s Bonds of Justice, and the latest in the Morganville Vampire trilogy. I’m in the middle of 206 Bones by Kathy Reichs and then I’m on to Laura Griffin’s Unspeakable.

What are you listening to on your Ipod?

I’m a creature of habit—same old stuff—Green Day, Aerosmith, Dave Matthews Band, Tori Amos. I did just buy a bunch of Lady Gaga stuff and now I’m listening to that.

Now, it’s my turn to ask you a question. What do you like to read? Leave a comment for a chance to win Dark Embers or Beginning with Their Baby. Thanks, Jess, for having me

Y’all heard the lady. Tell us what you’re reading and we’ll select a random commenter to win later this week! Thanks so much for stopping by the blog, Tracy!