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Monday, 28 April 2014

Author Interview: Palessa

Please welcome Palessa as she talks about her newest release and about how she gets her inspiration...

What’s your name and where do you come from?
Palessa. I was born in Jamaica, was raised in the US, Miami, specifically, and I moved back to Jamaica in 2011 after 25+ years of being away and it's been a bit interesting

Tell us a bit about your latest release.
Well, the current book is the second in the Baxter Family series called Portrait of Gray. It's about the life of Grayson Baxter, the first born son of Julian Baxter. In Book 1, Unchained Hearts, you get a glimpse of Grayson and he's got the worst of it. On drugs and just seen as the prodigal but he changes in the book and in Portrait of Gray you understand just how he transformed his life

Where do you get your inspiration from?
I think the characters in my head, some of whom have a tendency to yell kind of get me in the mood, so to speak. I spent many years ignoring them and now that I'm open to them, they are taking full advantage. I'm glad about that so I guess you could say, I get inspired by the fact that the voices aren't quiet anymore.

Do you have a favourite character from your books? Why are they your favourite?
You know, right now, it's Grayson. The transformation, the journey, it's really been heart wrenching and I find him to be a very loving guy especially for someone who spent a good chunk of his life being so hateful to himself. He's a tender heart, emotionally very vulnerable and isn't afraid to be open. That's part of the reason he became a therapist.

What trait do you find the sexiest?
I recently had an experience that was very simple but eye-opening. A Facebook friend was going through a tough time medically and I was able to call him and just offer some support. We chatted for a bit and he was very sweet and about half-way through the conversation he asked me what I was up to. I was bowled over and that is something that I find attractive. A guy who genuinely engages in a conversation with me, who really is interested in what's going on with me…simple, sexy and means more than how gorgeous he is.

How do you decide how hot or not your book is going to be?
You know, I don't. The chemistry, the feelings between the characters takes care of that for the most part. For characters who've got that special bond, then it tends to be deeper. If there isn't much between them but curiosity, then that's a different feeling. I find that helps a lot to create a more unique heat.

Is there any erotic scenarios you wouldn’t write about?
You know there are some of my colleagues, like Katherine Rhodes, who's into BDSM. It's not that I'm censoring myself but I don't feel like I could ever do that justice. She really knows that better than I so I don't think I would necessarily go that route. Then again if a character comes up and that's a part of their life, I'm going to have to go there…and beg her to help me out. I will say this, I'm totally good with integrating toys so who knows?

Is the stuff you write about from experience or mostly imagination?
Well, everyone has a family full of drama. The level of drama varies but I'm happy to say none of them have tried to rob me of my life nor have I ever taken drugs so, it's highly exaggerated experience to some degree. Mostly imagination and just books I've read or movies I've watched that inspired that "what if" factor I like to use.

What’s your idea of a perfect romantic evening?
Being with a great man is a start for me. The kind of man whom I like, respect, am inspired by AND who feels the same way about me is a start. I'm all about getting to know someone so talking in a private, quiet setting is a must. Laughter, feeling so comfortable that we can just talk for hours. Of course, if you're that comfortable, you get to define your own dessert J .

What do you do when you’re not writing?
I find that even if I'm not writing, I'm thinking about writing so I don't know what it's like to be away from it. I am laying the ground work for some online business opportunities as well as marketing and promoting the current book. We also have a farm that I help out with from time to time. Then there's my own personal gardening project that I'm planning…too bad there are only 24 hours in the day, really.
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Grayson Baxter, first born of Julian and Joan is in trouble. His drug use has gotten worse and he's headed down a dangerous path despite his family's efforts. It takes a life changing event and a revolutionary treatment to save him and put his life of track. As he creates the future he's destined to have, he experiences love, tragedy, loss and the devastating secret of his birth that nearly devastates him. Secrets will push him to the edge and make him contemplate going back to his old life. Will he survive the upheaval and have the strength to open his heart to discover the love he was meant to have?


Unchained Hearts is Palessa's first published fiction book with Beau Coup Publishing. Book 2: Portrait of Gray is scheduled for release April 2014. She considers herself just a storyteller that sees no reason to shy away from the juicier romantic elements. She currently lives in the mountains of Jamaica with her crazy, cracker-munching-mutt Ivy and a farm, primarily managed by agribusiness partner, also known as Dad.
Check out Unchained Hearts: Baxter Saga Book 1, http://amzn.to/1atKn6y
Portrait of Gray: Baxter Saga Book 2 – http://amzn.to/1iwdIoM

You can connect with Palessa on her Blog, Facebook, Twitter, Amazon, Pinterest, and Goodreads

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