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Saturday, 5 April 2014

Saturday Storyteller Interview: Ember Leigh

Please give Ember a big welcome today as she shares her new release with us and talks about getting in the mood...for writing of course! ;)
What’s your name and where do you come from?
My name is Ember Leigh and I come from outer space. I kid! I'm from northern Ohio. But seriously though, I wish I were an astronaut.
Tell us a bit about your latest release.
My latest release is Jaded, a m/f contemporary erotic romance from Breathless Press. It's about Isabella, a thirty-something who's sworn off love and men altogether. Luke shows up at her doorstep one morning with a crew of construction workers for a three month remodel project, and right away there are sparks, tension, pulling away, getting closer, almost kissing, reeling back again...Sigh! I love what happens when two intelligent, interesting people come together, both with intentions to stay removed and platonic, and then...Bam! Sparks. Passion. Energies. Fate. Whatever you want to call it! Something intervenes and, well, Luke and Isabella couldn't have ended the novel apart if they tried. And believe me, they tried!
How do you go about creating the perfect "Swoon" worthy man?
For me, swoon-worthy has a lot to do with the emotional arc. Most of my male characters start out a bit hard-assed and have a lot of reasons to stay out of love. Through the course of the story they organically arrive at a point where love, and a relationship of some sort, is the natural and preferred path forward. I love that real life works like that – when you've made up your mind about what is best for you, something or someone comes along to uproot that – and this evolution, for me, is totally swoon-worthy. A good set of biceps doesn't hurt either.
If you couldn’t be an author, what would your ideal career be?
I've always loved working with underserved/underprivileged communities, especially migrant populations. I've worked with a variety of non-profits, and I've harboured a little dream that someday I would open my own, in some corner of the world, but hopefully Central America. I'm planning on going back to non-profits someday, so maybe I'll see this career path come to life too. As well as still being as author, of course!
Do you have a favourite character from your books? Why are they your favourite?
My current WIP features my favourite character to date. Her name is Paige, and she's a TV show host with a sharp tongue – she's dedicated to her career and not afraid to tell people like it is.  She grabs challenges by the throat and strangles them...and she's the only character that's come out of me that I probably wouldn't be friends with in real life. I think she'd scare this shit out of me, in addition to me being gaga every time she came around. Paige is an intimidating, beautiful, witty woman, and I love her!
What do you do to unwind and relax?
Wine! Always wine. I love wine. Red, white, rose, wine!
How do you decide how hot or not your book is going to be?
This is funny, because I actually don't think I could write anything other than a heat level 3. All my novels, published and unpublished, are this level. It just seems to erupt naturally from my storytelling. Sometimes I think about what if I had to write a 'sweet' romance. I don't think I could do it. I want to write about that first squeeze of the thighs all the way to the final moan and that last hard thrust! For me, that's the only way.
Is the stuff you write about from experience or mostly imagination?
It's a delicate mixture of both – though I tend not to write about things I don't enjoy myself. While most of the scenarios I put my characters in are completely made up, there are always parts from my real life and sexual experiences in there. But I won't say where!
What do you do to get in the mood for writing love scenes? Candles, music etc?
I use a startling lack of accoutrements to conjure 'the mood' – in fact, I find myself tucked into my bed wearing sweatpants, typing away in total silence in the middle of the day, when I'm writing the steamiest stuff. A definite lack of Barry White or breathy moan sound loops.
What do you do when you’re not writing?
I maintain an Ashtanga yoga practice about 5-6 days per week, which is something that I both love and NEED as a writer! Not just for the body (from all that sitting and staring), but for the mind, too!
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When a construction crew shows up at Isabella's house for a remodel, she never imagined it would include her love life, too…
After one too many broken hearts, Isabella has sworn off love...and men altogether. When hunky Luke shows up to remodel her house and starts coming on to her hard, she's sure he's just a player using the wrong head. With Luke, however, Isabella quickly learns there's more than meets the eye. Will she let her guard down and let him in, or will she be forever Jaded?
About the Author

Ember Leigh has been writing erotic romance novels since she was far too young.  A native of northern Ohio, she currently resides in South America with her Argentinean partner, a detail she uses to justify her Bachelor's degree in Latin American Literature. In addition to romance novels, she also writes travel articles, maintains three blogs, and continually attempts to complete a mildly-gripping short story. In her free time, she practices Ashtanga yoga, travels the world, and eats lots of vegetables.

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