Em Petrova

Age 31 forever
Where are you from backwoods Pennsylvania
A little about your self `ie your education Family life ect 

 I have four rambunctious, elementary-aged kids, who are involved in many activities, which means I do a lot of writing out of my car or while sitting at dance practice. When we aren’t hiking in the state park bordering our land with our Labradoodle puppy, Daisy Hasselhoff, we’re wallowing in a pool in the river, what we call the “Sasquatch’s bathtub.”
Fiona: Tell us your latest news?

 I’ve recently contracted my 29th book! One of these is with a brand new publishing house. I can’t reveal more than that at this time, but I’m very excited about it.

Fiona: When and why did you begin writing?

 I started writing at the age of twelve, when I wrote a spin-off of the Sweet Valley High series in a spiral-bound notebook. My girlfriends were gagging for the next installment, and a writer was born. *grin*

Fiona: When did you first consider yourself a writer?

 A few years ago, I got serious about my goal. I finally realized that to improve my craft, I had to study it as well as practice. At that time, I took up to five workshops a month, drowning myself in everything from blurb writing courses to sentence structure.

Fiona: What inspired you to write your first book?

 My first book unfolded very organically. And it was total crap. But the heart of the story was strong enough to get it onto the desks of several agents and editors. In the end, the writing wasn’t strong enough because I wasn’t ready. Once I figured out what I was doing, I rewrote the book, and now it’s TREFOIL—book 2 of the Immortal Series. Book 1 was actually written after but published first.

Fiona: Do you have a specific writing style?

 I like to think of my writing as gritty with a lot of heart.

Fiona: How did you come up with the title?

 My latest release, Trail of Lust, is book 2 of The Hollis Boys series from Loose Id. Before I begin writing, I have a good idea of my plot and characters, but I can’t write without a working title. It’s a block I have. Trail of Lust is an offshoot of a plot thread in this book. The hero blazes a trail through the countryside to reach this woman, who affects him the same way his deceased wife did.

Fiona: Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp?

 The heart often overcomes.

Fiona: How much of the book is realistic?

 Trail of Lust is set in the Old West after the Civil War and absolutely could have taken place.

Fiona: What books have most influenced your life most?

 Little Women, Great Expectations, Rosamunde Pilcher’s Coming Home. Epic tales of heart and filled with description.

Fiona: If you had to choose, which writer would you consider a mentor?

 I’ve always considered Anne Rice to be my idol.

Fiona: What book are you reading now?

 I’m reading a cowboy story by Lorelei James.

Fiona: What are your current projects?

 I’m deep in the middle of a country boy story involving a hunky orthodontist and an unsure heroine.

Fiona: Name one entity that you feel supported you outside of family members.

 My BFF Suzanne Rock, a fellow erotic romance author. She’s always there to support me, whether it’s getting through a rough edit or to bounce ideas off.

Fiona: Do you see writing as a career?

 It is my only career.

Fiona: If you had to do it all over again, would you change anything in your latest book?

 No, I loved everything about this story. The hero is one of my very favorites I’ve ever written.

Fiona: Can you share a little of your current work with us?

From my Work in Progress, Lip Lock

Fighting to avoid staring at the stunning woman, he found his gaze returning to her once… twice. Honey blonde hair that hung in a long coil over one shoulder, her foot bouncing, and a slender chain riding up and down the skin of that luscious ankle…

He snapped the fingers of his gloves, pulled them off, and tossed them into the wastebasket a few feet away. “Yes, Jenna definitely will require braces. The whole process should take about a year. Karen can tell you more about it, answer any questions you may have, and then she’ll tell you about our payment options.” He rushed through his speech, beating down a burning blush.

Why he’d been cursed with this red signal of his high emotion, he’d never know. He worked around gawky kids ten hours a day, five days a week and felt more like a teen than they did at times.

Times like now.

Fiona: Is there anything you find particularly challenging in your writing?

My middles usually drag. During that time, I have to plot carefully to keep things exciting.

Fiona: Who designed the covers?

My publishers send me cover art forms, which are then given to the artists to draw out my vision. So far, I’ve been blessed by the cover gods!

Fiona: What was the hardest part of writing your book?

 Keeping my voice fresh.

Fiona: Do you have any advice for other writers?

 Study the craft! When you think you’re ready, you’re still not ready. Push on for another six months, a year, whatever it takes for you to have most of the answers.

Fiona: Do you have anything specific that you want to say to your readers? 

 You’re the bomb! I heart you!

Fiona: If you were not a writer what else would you like to have done ?

 Been a drunk.

Fiona: Do you have a blog/website? if so what is it?