A member of Romance Writers of America and published since 2009, Paris writes contemporary, paranormal, erotic and historical romance, throwing in a little mystery and suspense for good measure. Currently self-published and published with Decadent Publishing, she likes nothing better than a story that contains a little mystery and a lot of romance. Here Paris talks writing, inspiration and her newest series, Cassidy’s Touch in a 10 Q&A.
- When did you write your first book and what inspired you to write it?
I come from a long line of storytellers and whenever a book didn’t end quite the way I thought it should, I rewrote the ending. Apologies to Margaret Mitchell, but I gave Rhett and Scarlett a happy ending when I was twelve. Years later I fell in love with the genre but I was still rewriting endings and it seemed natural to write a romance. My first book was a 400 page mash up of pirates, secret identities and of course a hero with a secret. It’s gathering dust in my attic.
- How did publishing your first book change your process of writing?
I had to learn to split my focus between writing and promotion and find a way to balance the two so that I was productive enough to keep to a publishing schedule. I learned along the way that it was easier if I had a working synopsis, which usually helps with the first draft. These days, after the first draft, I find it easier to split the book into three acts and outline so I’m sure the goals, motivation and conflict are lining up.
- Does writing energize or exhaust you?
Writing tends to energize me. I love the entire process, from the planning to the execution. I’ve even learned to love the editing phase. Go figure.
- What is your writing Kryptonite?
I will fall down a research rabbit hole on the internet, look up and find that two hours have passed. I’m a research geek.
- What was the best money you ever spent as a writer?
I know I should probably say a conference or some fancy software that would make my job easier if I’d bother to learn it, but I have to say that it was my house. When we moved the last time I turned a large, sunny bedroom into my office. Best investment, ever.
- What’s the most difficult thing about writing characters from the opposite sex?
Finding the perfect balance between what a fictional character would say and how men actually speak. I’ve attended many workshops on dialogue and the rule was that men never use ten words when three will do. That might be accurate but at some point your hero needs to speak his mind and that will definitely take more than three words.
- Do you think someone could be a writer if they don’t feel emotions strongly?
I think it would be difficult to convey emotion if you didn’t experience it. Think about the scene from “Romancing the Stone” where Kathleen Turner is bawling at the typewriter as she types The End. That scene says it all.
- What are you working on now?
I’m working on the next book in the Cassidy’s Touch series. The first, a novella that introduces Cassidy will be available in The Shadow Files, a limited edition boxed set that’s available for pre-order now.
- What is the first book that made you cry?
The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck.
- If you could tell your younger writing self anything, what would it be?
I would tell her to trust her instincts and take more chances.
Thank you so much for having me as your guest today!
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Cassidy’s Touch is currently available for pre-order through the exclusive box set, The Shadow Files.
Bound by blood to a demon’s curse
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About the Book!
Her gift is a double-edged sword. Will it be weapon enough to keep a cursed bootlegger from becoming a demon’s prize?
The least of reality show host Cassidy Spencer’s worries is banishing the ghost of a handsome bootlegger who disappeared after being accused of murdering his best friend’s fiancée. According to an expert, her ghost isn’t a ghost and if she doesn’t use her psychometric ability to find his body before the witch who cursed him does, he could end up enslaved by a demon for eternity.
Chance Coraggio doesn’t remember anything before he could walk through walls and that includes the crazy woman telling him he’s been asleep for nearly a century. The life he should’ve lived has been stolen. All the people he has ever loved are dead—and it turns out the crazy woman isn’t as crazy as he’d hoped.
But waking Chance is only half the battle. Now, both are bound by blood to a demon’s curse. To break free, they must find out who is coming for them and why. Because the only reason for a sleeping curse that has lasted almost a century lies somewhere in a past that Chance can’t remember.