Hi Andrea! Great to have you here and to be a part of your ongoing tour - I'm looking forward to learning more about you and your work. Let's get started...
1) Did you set any goals for 2015?
I love New Year’s Resolutions. It’s like getting a clean slate to wipe away all past failures. I tend to make a lot of resolutions every year, most of which I completely ignore! A few of them will stick though. One year I made a resolution to wear more cute shoes. That sounds funny, I know, but it was one of the best resolutions ever. People, even guy friends, were sending me pictures of shoes, shoe ads, etc. all year long. Everyone got into it!
My writing goals for 2015 are mostly to do with my new series Sweet Life in Seattle. The first book Year of Living Blonde is coming out next month and then I have two more books coming out in that same series later this year.
Fire Down Below is a stand-alone, but I keep having ideas for a book about one of the minor characters (the gorgeous, but cold Nina) so she might get her own book too. We’ll see!
2) How long does it take you to write a 50,000-60,000 word manuscript?
Forever. Lol! I’m a slow writer and I write long books. My average word count is about 130,000 words. Fire Down Below was even longer, but I cut ruthlessly during editing. I did NaNoWriMo successfully a couple of years ago where I tried writing as fast as I could without editing anything (that’s why I’m so slow, I edit like crazy.) It was an interesting experiment. I basically wrote 50,000 words of garbage! I know for some people that fast stream-of-conscious kind of writing really works, but apparently I’m not one of them. Interestingly, word sprints do work for me. As long as they’re short, and as long as I can go back and tinker with things before the next sprint.
3) Tell us about a new author you’ve recently discovered.
George R.R. Martin. A friend of my husband’s loaned us the Game of Thrones HBO series a few months ago and we were immediately addicted. I finally understand what all the fuss is about. As a result, I started reading the books and they are fantastic, even better than the show. He’s a really imaginative writer and every character has something that draws you in. The Khaleesi is my absolute favorite. Love her!
4) Name two romances you’ve read more than once.
I started reading romance years ago when a friend at work loaned me a copy of Robin Shone’s The Lady’s Tutor. I remember finishing it, and then going back to page one to read it all over again. Laura Lee Guhrke is a favorite author of mine. I think all her books are great, but And Then He Kissed Her is one of the books I’d want with me if I were stranded on a desert island.
5) Tell us about your first car
My first car was a blue Renault LeCar. I think it cost ten bucks to fill my gas tank. It had a manual transmission and a groovy little sunroof. Unfortunately, it didn’t hold up well. The head gasket cracked after only about a year.
6) Tell us something you’ve lied about?
I seldom lie. I’m sort of pathologically honest, which has its good and bad points. The good thing is I never have to worry about being caught in a lie. The bad thing is if you ask me if those pants make you look fat, I’ll tell you the truth. (So don’t ask, unless you really want to know!)
7) Kissing in public? Yes or no?
In Fire Down Below, Ben, one of the love interests, is totally against any kind of PDA. He won’t even hold Kate’s hand in public. She sees it as a flaw, and I have to say, I do too. I don’t think deep tonsil-licking kisses are appropriate, but I don’t have a problem with people showing affection with each other. I kind of like it. (Of course, like many writers, I have voyeur tendencies!)
Fire Down Below
by Andrea Simonne
Choosing between two hot guys? Not a bad way to turn thirty-five….
Running into an old boyfriend is bad enough, but why does it always happen when you look your worst? Kate Alexander is wearing gray sweats, no makeup, and feels as glamorous as a pile of dirty laundry when she runs into her hunky ex, Ben Mathews. Ben is the only man who’s ever asked her to marry him. And now still single, and closing in on her thirty-fifth birthday, Kate suspects her shelf life is nearing its expiration date. Though Ben once broke her heart she’s convinced fate has brought them together for a second chance at love.
The problem is Declan O’Connor, a sexy Irishman. Kate considers him a friend—except she’s been having some very un-friend like thoughts about him. They shared a hot kiss one night, before Ben reentered her life, and now she can’t stop thinking about it. Despite the attraction with Ben, Kate is remembering her old resentments all too well. But then Ben asks her to marry him again, and her second chance has finally arrived. Is this what she really wants though?
From Seattle to Dublin, from the old to the new, Kate is caught between playing it safe or playing with fire.
“I’m glad we’re together again,” he murmurs, kissing me softly. His fingertips trail down my body creating little sparks on my skin.
I’m still aware that we’re outside naked. Ben obviously doesn’t care though and I wonder if he sleeps out here a lot. It would be just like him. He’s like a dog that refuses to be kept indoors.
“What are you thinking about?” he asks, sensing my distraction.
“You. I was wondering if you sleep out here a lot.”
He chuckles softly. “I do. Crazy huh? Sleeping on my deck. You’re finding out all my secrets tonight. I love sleeping under the stars.”
“I don’t think I’ve ever slept under the stars.”
“Are you serious?” Ben looks shocked. “Never?”
“I was a Girl Scout when I was a kid and went camping with them once, but that’s the only time.” What I don’t add is that I hated it. All the bugs and dirt. It was awful.
“You were a Girl Scout? I’ll bet you were cute. But I can’t believe you haven’t gone camping since then.” He buries his face in my neck. “We’ll have to fix that. I’d love to go camping and sleep under the stars with you in my arms every night.”
“Really?” He strokes my cheek. “Let’s do it. We’ll go when I get back from California.”
He kisses me slow and deliberate. I wrap myself around him, dizzy from wanting him again. The past fades away in a smoky haze and the present is bright and clear. There are stars overheard, and I have to admit, the view is beautiful. I decide that I’m even looking forward to going camping with Ben.
AUTHOR Bio and Links:
Andrea Simonne grew up as an army brat and discovered she had a talent for creating personas at each new school. The most memorable was a surfer chick named "Ace" who never touched a surf board in her life, but had an impressive collection of puka shell necklaces. Eventually she turned her imagination towards writing. Andrea still enjoys creating personas, though these days they occupy her books. She currently makes her home in the Pacific Northwest with her husband and two sons.
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