Saturday, October 20, 2012
Interview of Author Christina Tetreault
Latest Book: The Billionaire Playboy, Book 2 in The Sherbrookes of Newport Series
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I wrote my first story with characters similar to those in the Sweet Valley Twins books at the age of 10 on my grandmother's manual typewriter. As I got older my stories and characters became more mature. During my freshman year at UMass Dartmouth, I read my first romance novel and fell in love with the genre. I have been writing contemporary romance ever since.
Today I live with my husband, three beautiful daughters and two dogs in Massachusetts. Whenever I have a free moment you'll find me either reading a romance novel or working on my most current story.
Q: What part of the book is the easiest for you to write? Why?
A: I find the ending of my books the easiest to write for a couple of reasons. First of all, by that point of the book I know my characters inside and out. Often when I get started I do not know everything about them so it can be difficult to figure out how they will react to certain situations.
Secondly, all my stories end with a happily ever after, so I know going into the ending that this must happen.
Q: What part of the book is the hardest for you? Why?
A: The beginning is the hardest part for me. I always struggle with this. And when it comes time to do revisions, the first chapter or so always gets torn apart. I am not sure exactly why, it might be because I do not know everything about my characters yet. Or perhaps it is because I'm not sure of all the events that will unfold in the story. I do not do a lot of outlining before starting a book.
Q: If one of your books became a movie, which celebrity would you like to star as one of your heroes? Tell us about your hero.
A: That is an easy question for me. If The Billionaire Playboy was made into a movie, I would have to have Josh Dallas play Jake Sherbrooke. When I wrote Jake, his face always came to mind.
Jake Sherbrooke is naturally gorgeous, but there is much more to him. He comes from one of the wealthiest families in America, yet he is a down to Earth guy. He treats everyone with respect regardless of who they are. Jake also has a mind of his own. He refuses to simply follow the path his parents intended for him. Yet at the same time he is close to his entire family. There isn't anything he wouldn't do for them.
Q: Do all your heroes and all heroines look the same in your mind as you “head write”?
A: No, each of my characters looks different. Actually, I now have a Pinterest account where I pin pictures of people who look like each one of my characters.
Q: What hobby do you enjoy when not writing?
A: When I am not writing or chasing my children around, I love to read. I always have. I also like to spend time with my wonderful husband and go to the gym. I try to get there at least twice a week for sanity.
Q: What is your favorite romance book that you’ve read?
A: This is a very hard question for me and I am not sure I can narrow it down. I have a few that I have read so many times that the pages torn and bent. I think three of my favorites though are Ransom by Julie Garwood, Nightkeepers by Jessica Andersen, and Romancing Mr. Bridgerton by Julia Quinn.
Q: What genre would you like to try writing in but haven’t yet done so? Why?
A: I really want to try writing a historical romance. I love reading it, but have not attempted it yet because of the research needed to get it right. With 3 children, the oldest is 5, it is hard enough to find time to write never mind do research.
Q: Facebook, MySpace, Blogs, Chats, or Twitter. Which do you like best and why?
A: I like Facebook the best. I have never tried MySpace and I am still trying to understand Twitter. I like reading blogs and I have one of my own but sometimes it seems to take so much time to get information posted and published. I just find Facebook easier.
Tell us where to find you: website(s), publisher’s page(s), blog(s), Facebook page(s), etc. List them all!
Author facebook page: http://www.facebook.com/christinatetreaultauthor
Facebook page that goes along with it: https://www.facebook.com/RomanceHAE
She's spent her life avoiding love.
Captain Charlotte “Charlie” O'Brien, a doctor in the United States Navy, returns to her home in North Salem, Massachusetts to visit her family and make an important decision about her future. Mother Nature has other plans when a hurricane strikes, flooding the town and throwing Jake Sherbrooke in Charlie's path. Initially she believes Jake is nothing more than a rich playboy, but quickly, she learns that he is so much more.
The media calls him Prince Charming.Jake Sherbrooke has never been one to follow the path laid out by his parents. That is why he started the Falmouth Foundation, a non-profit disaster relief organization rather than enter politics. When he learns of the destruction in North Salem, he immediately travels there to offer aid and meets Charlie O'Brien. Charlie is unlike any woman he has ever meet and he can not help but be drawn to her.
Soon neither can ignore the incredible chemistry between them. But will his reputation as a billionaire playboy damage their budding romance?
Turning on her heel, she noticed that Jake had pulled his white dress shirt out of his pants. Before he could begin to unbutton it, she moved closer to him and brushed his fingers away from the tiny buttons.
“Let me,” she whispered against his lips. She heard a deep intake of breath and couldn't contain her smile.
Charlie took her time undoing each tiny pearl button. Between each one she placed a gentle kiss on his lips or caressed his arm or back. The change in his breathing let her know her actions excited him. As she trailed a hand down his chest she wondered just how long she could tease him before he turned the tables. Jake didn't give her the opportunity to do anything else before tearing his arms out of the shirt as soon as she slipped the final button from its hole. The white t-shirt he wore underneath immediately followed, both of them quickly landing in a pile on the floor.
Jake with clothes on was gorgeous, but half-naked he was simply a sight to behold. Unable to stop herself, she ran a hand over his powerful chest then down his sculptured abs. She felt his abs contract and a new feeling of empowerment flowed through her. Without pausing she let her hand travel down further toward his belt buckle. With deliberate movements she undid the buckle making sure her hand brushed over his erection more than once.
After her third pass, he gripped her wrists. “I suggest you let me finish.” Jake didn't wait for a reply. Once he undid his tux pants and added them to the growing pile on the floor he took a step back toward her. “My turn.”
He began by pulling the pins from her hair. Once the twist she'd fashioned was gone, he slid his hands over her bare shoulders and back to the zipper of her dress. Inch by agonizing inch Charlie felt the zipper move downward until the only thing holding the dress up was the fact that her body was pressed tightly against Jake.
“I think it's time we get rid of this.” As Jake whispered in her ear he took a step back and the dress began to fall away from her body.
Determined to remain calm, she fought the unexpected urge to grab the dress and yank it back into place, and when the dress hit the floor around her ankles she deliberately stepped out of it. Her heart pounded an erratic rhythm as she stood there in nothing but her white lace thong, strapless bra and heels. Despite her discomfort she never once looked away from Jake's face.
The raw desire she saw on his face as his gaze slowly and seductively slid down her body extinguished any fears and replaced them with a burning desire that set every inch of her body on fire. Her entire body craved his touch and she wanted nothing more than to fall into the bed behind them, wrap her body around his and satisfy her craving. With every intention of doing just that Charlie took a step toward him, but Jake reached for her first and held her in place. Slowly his eyes traveled from her face down to her feet and then back again. As his gaze moved over her it left a trail of pulsing excitement behind on her skin.
“You're sexier then I imagined.”
Whether because of his compliment or the way his eyes devoured her, Charlie's confidence grew stronger. Before she could rethink her decision, she undid the tiny hooks at the back of her bra and tossed it on the floor. At the sound of Jake's sharp intake of breath she smiled. Before she could do or say anything else he closed the gap between them and scooped her off her feet.
Anything else you’d like to add?
I think the best thing about being a writer is getting an email from a reader telling you they loved they book and wondering when the next one will be out. Currently I am working on book 3 in my series.
Thank you for having me today.
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