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Friday, June 18, 2010

Interview of Author Faye Hughes

Today it's my pleasure to present an interview of talented author Faye Hughes.


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Faye Hughes is the multi-published, award-winning author of fiction and non-fiction, whose work has been translated into 13 languages. She has published seven novels of romance fiction for Bantam, Kensington and Meteor; two of her novels were optioned for TV movies. She writes non-fiction with fellow romance author Christie Craig. Together, they wrote THE EVERYTHING GUIDE TO WRITING A ROMANCE NOVEL, which was released in September, 2008. Her most recent non-fiction title is WILD, WICKED & WANTON: 101 WAYS TO LOVE LIKE YOU'RE IN A ROMANCE NOVEL, a humorous self-help/relationship book about what real women can learn about men and relationships from reading romance novels.

Q: If one of your books became a movie, which celebrity would you like to star as one of your heroines? Tell us about your heroine.
A: I’ve actually had two novels optioned for TV movies and believe me, I played the “what if” game quite a bit. LOL. For Wild, Wicked & Wanton, we have Jayne, who represents all romance heroines. As we say in the book, Jayne has starred in sizzling historical, in scary romantic-thrillers, in super sexy erotic romances as well as everything else in between. Jayne represents every woman so I always see her as a younger Sandra Bullock. (Not that Sandy doesn’t still rock, of course.)

Q: Do you eat comfort food when writing? If so, what food inspires your imagination?
A: Oh, this is a great question. I think writers are superstitious. I have to have my lucky coffee mug and my lucky tee shirt before I start writing. Same with my food choices. My favorite comfort food is Haagen-Daz Strawberry ice cream. My cats love it, too. (They come over and insist I share, which I always do.) I like to reward myself after a scene has gone especially well . . . or console myself if it’s been a bad day at the keyboard.

Q: What’s your strongest point as a writer?
A: Oooh, another good question. I think my strongest point is characterization in fiction, definitely. Overall, I think it’s my voice, though. I use a different skill set when writing non-fiction, of course, but the “voice” is very similar to the one I use when writing fiction. And while you didn’t ask, let me say that I love writing both non-fiction and fiction. It’s especially great when the two sort of mesh, the way they did with Wild, Wicked & Wanton.

Q: What is your favorite romance book that you’ve read?
A: Hmm. That’s a tough one because there are so many great romance novels out there. That’s the great thing about romance, really, as a genre. It comes in digital and print, in blazing hot and very sweet, in contemporary, historical and futuristic settings. Okay, I think you get what I’m saying, right? Favorite books right now depends on sub-genre. Shut Up and Kiss Me by Christie Craig is favorite contemporary. Okay, Christie is my non-fiction writing partner, so I admit to being biased but her book totally rocks. If you like funny, laugh-out-loud romances, check her out. Also, I love, love, LOVE Alyssa Day’s Warriors of Poseidon books. In romantic suspense, Allison Brennan, Roxanne St. Clair, Karen Rose and Colleen Thompson are all auto-buys. Kate Douglas’ Wolf Tales are fabulous erotic romances. (Warning: Her books are super hot and “over the top,” as she likes to say.) Kate’s got a new series out now that’s more paranormal romances. Demonfire is the first, and I love it.

Q: What genre would you like to try writing in but haven’t yet done so? Why?
A: Another great question. I think YA. I’ve read and enjoyed so many YA books – Jenna Black’s new Glimmerglass released in May and it’s a great paranormal series. As for why I haven’t tried it, well, it’s mostly a time issue. I need more of it. Anyone have any suggestions on how I get more hours in the day? LOL

Q: Facebook, MySpace, Blogs, Chats, or Twitter. Which do you like best and why?
A: Definitely Twitter. I have a MySpace page and a Facebook page but I rarely use them. Twitter is just so darn easy. It fits into my schedule. Right now, I’m tweeting 101 Reasons Why Romance Novels are Good For Us. I’m about mid-way through – I’ll be doing it all month. Please come visit me - @Faye_Hughes

Tell us where to find you: website(s), publisher’s page(s), blog(s), Facebook page(s), etc. List them all!
Christie and I have a website for writers called that has writing tips and a whole lot more.We also have info on our books there. Right now, we’re running a contest for Wild, Wicked & Wanton, so check that out and please enter!

Sure, romance novels are fun, pure fantasy, but can they actually teach a woman anything about love?


In fact, if a woman spent as much time plotting her romantic relationships as authors did in plotting their romance novels, there would be less heartache. And if real women took their cues from romance heroines, there might be more real-life Happily Ever Afters. Romance authors Christie Craig and Faye Hughes have turned their philosophy into a humorous self-help relationship book that lists 101 ways a woman can love like she’s a romance heroine.

Now, granted, romance heroines aren’t perfect. They make mistakes. But by the end of the book, they’ve earned their walk into the sunset. So, how do they do it? Courage, wisdom and some kick-ass gumption. Heroines don’t wish they’d said something, they say it. They don’t fret about their problems, they fix them. Couldn’t we all use a little bit of their wisdom?

Go a Little Wild, Wicked and Wanton

Meet Jayne. Like most romance heroines - and most real life women - she's had her share of heartaches. But her search for true love teaches her—and can teach all women – some valuable lessons:
How to Recognize a Keeper . . . and a Creeper
How to Tame a Bad Boy
How to Trust Your Instincts
How to Find Your Own Mr. Right
And Much, Much More!

Anything else you’d like to add?
Thanks to Marianne for giving me this fabulous opportunity! If you’d like to read an excerpt for Wild, Wicked and Wanton, please click here


Paris said...

I love the advice to just don't think about it, do it, whether it's saying what you mean or doing it.

We all need to be the heroines in our own lives! BTW, great idea for the book:-) Wishing you many happy sales!

Anonymous said...

Hi, Paris,

I love the way you think - that we all become the romance heroines of our lives.

Thanks for stopping by!


Tina Donahue said...

Wow - two movie options - WTG! Let us know when they're coming out. Would love to see them. :)

Anonymous said...

Hi, Tina,

The TV movies were never made; the producers just optioned the books, paying me not to sell the film rights to anyone else. Still, it was a great experience.

Thanks for dropping by!


Christie Craig said...

Hi Faye,

Just popping in to say howdy and great interview. Paris, I agree we all have to be our own heroines. So often the last person we will stand up for is ourselves.

Unknown said...

Great advice and loved the interview.

Best wishes for many sales!

Anonymous said...

Hey, Christie,

Thanks for dropping by but aren't you supposed to be writing? Shadow Falls, book 2, any of that sound familiar? LOL.


Anonymous said...

Hi, Amber,

Thanks for dropping by and thanks for the well wishes.


Katalina Leon said...

Hi Faye! This interview was a wonderful way to meet you. Best wishes to you for all your projects on the horizon. It sounds like you have a lot of great things in your future.

Anonymous said...

Hi, Kat,

Thanks for the kind words and ewll wishes. This is an exciting time for me.

Thanks for dropping by.


Anonymous said...

Hey, guys,

Marie Claire magazine just did a piece on 5 Ways to Live Like You're a Romance Heroine, and they're talking about our book. How cool is that!


Suzan Harden said...

Hey girl!

Before you get on Christie's case, isn't there a propsal YOU'RE supposed to be finishing? LOL

Best wishes for lots of sales to you!

Sandy said...

So you're the Faye that Christie is always talking about on her blog. lol I love Christie's books, and I have blogged about her.

I'll be looking your books up, Faye. Since everyone is picking on you and Christie about getting to work; I can only say I shouldn't be here.

Great interview and answers.

Anonymous said...

Hey, Suzan,

Proposal . . . uh-oh. Guess I just got busted. LOL.

Thanks for dropping, girl.


Anonymous said...

Hi, Sandy,

Yep, I'm that Faye. LOL. I love Christie's books. Shut Up and Kiss Me, her latest release, is so laugh out loud funny.

Thanks for dropping by!


Anonymous said...

Marianne, thanks so much for having me with you today. I've had a blast. If anyone else has any questions or comments, please post them. I'll check in tomorrow and reply.

Have a fabulous weekend!


Jean Hart Stewart said...

Loved your post. Maybe I'll act more like my gutsy heroines now....Jean

Anonymous said...

Hi, Jean,

wouldn'tit be a hoot if we were our own heroines for a day? can you imagine the fun, and havoc, that would create? lol.

Thanks for dropping by.


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