Name: Airicka Phoenix
Age: would, old as dirt, qualify? lol
Where are you from: Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada
A little about your self `ie your education Family life etc
Well, aside from an author, designer and all around jack of all trade, master of none, I’m the mother of four and the wife of an incredible, wonderful man. I also have two fur babies who are somehow more demanding than all my kids put together and a series of fish that have died and been replaced so many times, it’s like a revolving door. When I’m not writing, I read, watch reruns of my favorite
shows and work on my designs.
Fiona: Tell us your latest news?
Oh where to begin! So much awesome news. Well, Kissing Trouble, book 2 In The Dark series was released. Also, I’m in the process of moving across the country so that’s both overwhelming and exciting. Lol.
Fiona: When and why did you begin writing?
I was eight years old and I was asked by my teacher to write a short story. I rewrote Beauty and the Beast and fell in love with the way it all unfolded so seamlessly in my head. I’ve been enthralled ever since.
Fiona: When did you first consider yourself a writer?
It wasn’t until my first novel, Touching Smoke came out and I got my first check that I finally felt accomplished and a real writer.
Fiona: What inspired you to write your first book?
Touching Smoked originally came to me in the prologue. Those who have read the series, Amalie was originally supposed to be my main character…then Fallon jumped in and I completely fell in love with her.
Amalie (Touching Eternity) came to me while I was washing dishes. I was having a discussion with my eight year old and she mentioned ghosts and coming back and next thing I knew….a story was born.
Fiona: Do you have a specific writing style?
I don’t think so. Each plot, each character weaves their own style by making the story their own. It all depends on how they put themselves on paper that builds the story and my style.
Fiona: How did you come up with the title?
Kissing Trouble was originally called Winning Jewels. But after the story was written and I took a good look at it…Kissing Trouble is exactly what Julie does *wink*
Fiona: Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp?
Open your heart to all manner of possibilities, but be careful who you trust.
Fiona: How much of the book is realistic?
I think all of it could be. It’s a psychological thriller and what takes place are all things that could very possibly happen.
Fiona: Are experiences based on someone you know, or events in your own life?
Oh goodness no! lol. I’ve never met anyone who has been harassed and nearly killed by a crazy person. Thank goodness. Lol.
Fiona: What books have most influenced your life most?
Harry Potter. It was the first series that I really fell into and never really climbed out. To this day, I will always love it.
Fiona: If you had to choose, which writer would you consider a mentor?
JK Rowlings, she’s not only a brilliant and talented author, but an amazing person. She’s generous and thinks of others.
Fiona: What book are you reading now?
Right now I’m reading His Frozen Heart by Nancy Straight. It’s absolutely AMAZING!! I love everything this author writes.
Fiona: Are there any new authors that have grasped your interest?
The list is endless! Since becoming an author, I have been fortunate enough to have met a host of authors that just…wow! Will take your breath away and leave you reeling. It’s one of the things I love about being amidst this brilliant community.
Fiona: What are your current projects?
After the release of Kissing Trouble, I have Gideon’s Promise, book 2 in The Sons of Judgment Saga, Touching Eternity, book 3 of the Touch Saga and Capture Me, book 2 In The Dark series.
Fiona: Name one entity that you feel supported you outside of family members.
Again, this is a long list. The beauty of the indie community is that it’s a closely knitted family. Everyone pitches in to support and rise each other up. It’s a wonderful thing.
Fiona: Do you see writing as a career?
Oh absolutely. I get up every morning as though I were going to a regular job, I work and work until well into the night and most mornings. It’s absolutely a career.
Fiona: If you had to do it all over again, would you change anything in your latest book?
No. Once a book is out, I don’t dwell on the what ifs. You’ll drive yourself crazy and will never get new materials out because you’ll always try to perfect the last one.
Fiona: Do you recall how your interest in writing originated?
Yes, the moment I put that red crayon on paper and started giving Belle (Beauty and the Beast) a new ending. Lol.
Fiona: Can you share a little of your current work with us?
I would love to! Thank you.
“I’m going to run upstairs and get dressed. You two are not allowed to leave the house until I get back, okay?”
The two nodded with all the looks of innocent angels. Too bad she knew them too well.
“Promise?” Julie urged. “You have to stay right here.”
Again, the two nodded, but in no way did it ease her mind. She was contemplating taking them upstairs with her and making them wait in their rooms until she was done when Mason sauntered in. His dark hair had been shoved back by hasty fingers, yet several strands had tumbled recklessly over his brow and the black plastic of his sunglasses. His jaw was freshly shaven and Julie was torn between which look she liked better on him. He was topless, miles of taut, toned muscle bared for viewing pleasure. His torso reminded Julie of Greek battle armor, chiseled and defined with absolute perfection. Everything from the hard cuts of his breast plates to the taper of his narrow waist and the rock hard groves etched into his stomach were designed to make a smart girl go stupid. Black swimming trunks hung low on lean hips and her gaze was caught in the V that disappeared into the waistband.
He meandered to the opposite end of the island, tossed down a towel she hadn’t noticed him holding, and swept off his glasses. He gingerly folded the plastic arms, rested them on the counter next to the towel, and drew his bottom lip between his teeth. The right corner quirked. His lashes dropped to half-masts over twinkling blue eyes as he peered through them at her.
Julie, who was scarcely breathing, never mind being capable of rational thought, could do nothing but stare back, wide-eyed and flushed.
Mason rolled his tongue over his teeth and cocked his head ever so slightly to the side. “Just tell me when, baby.”
Julie blinked. The movement felt slow and dazed. “When what?”
He folded toned forearms on the counter between them and lowered his voice to a gravelly purr only she could hear. “When you want me to make that aching stop.”
The slow, steady thrum that had been building high in the junction of her thighs gave a desperate twang. The walls clenched like they could somehow wrap around his guttural words and ride them straight to climax. Arousal slickened her folds, dampening her panties, and she wished he would stop watching her so she could at least shift her weight to elevate some of the pressure.
“I don’t know what you’re talking about,” she lied, horribly when her voice gave a tremor, betraying just how hot the longing was.
His grin was slow and devastating, but it was also knowing and wicked. “Don’t you?” His gaze traveled down her flushed face to linger on the front of her top where she could feel the fabric straining over the hard peaks of her nipples. They tightened almost painfully under the hot scrutiny of his eyes. “Well, then, I would be really careful how you watch a guy, sweetheart, because I will fuck you, long, hard, and fast. That’s what your eyes are begging me to do.”
The pang blossomed into a full blown throb of agony that almost sent her to the floor. It shot splinters of electricity up her limbs to crackle in the pit of her stomach. Images of him filling her, stretching her walls, and sliding deep inside her nearly tore a whimper from her lips. She bit it back and willed herself to get a grip.
“You’re imagining things.” She muttered with far more resolve than she possessed. She swallowed audibly and turned her attention to the two fiddling with Mason’s glasses. “Can you two go upstairs while I change into my swimsuit?”
“I’ll watch them.” Mason took his glasses off Wendy’s face and tweaked her nose fondly.
Julie hesitated. “Are you sure?”
“Absolutely! Now hurry.” He rounded those darkened eyes on her face, the look in them hungry. “I want to get you wet.”
Jelly-kneed and tongue-tied for the first time in her life, Julie could think of nothing to say that wouldn’t wind up with her begging him to make it stop. She had to remind herself he was toying with her. That he probably didn’t even mean it, in which case, it was just cruel and she was sure she would die from female blue balls—if such a thing existed.
Turning on her heels, she hurried from the room and down the hall. At the front doors, she paused, wondering if anyone bothered picking up that morning’s paper. She then wondered if anyone even bothered delivering that far from town.
Bypassing her original destination towards the stairs, she crossed to the door, wrenched it open … and screamed.
Fiona: Is there anything you find particularly challenging in your writing?
Keeping the page count down. Lol. I have the hardest time writing small books.
Fiona: Who is your favorite author and what is it that really strikes you about their work?
Traditional, Stephen King, Sherrilyn Kenyon, JK Rowlings, Nora Roberts and so many others. Indie, well the list there is endless. I wouldn’t be able to start without the fear of missing someone important.
Fiona: Do you have to travel much concerning your book(s)?
I’ve been fortunate enough to have traveled quite a bit over the years. I also like taking pictures and video so I have a lot of images stored, but yes I do travel a little.
Fiona: Who designed the covers?
I actually run my own design company, Airicka’s Mystical Creations and I create my own covers as well as covers for other authors.
Fiona: What was the hardest part of writing your book?
Keeping it limited to three books at a time. I always get new ideas and want to jump into them. lol.
Fiona: Did you learn anything from writing your book and what was it?
I think I learn more as a writer than anything else, because I am always researching new topics and things I normally wouldn’t get the chance to. So I’m always learning.
Fiona: Do you have any advice for other writers?
If this is the path you want, the one meant for you, never give up. There was a saying that I can’t recall who said first, but it was something like, write first. The rest will come.
Fiona: Do you have anything specific that you want to say to your readers?
Yes. Thank you. Thank you all from the bottom of my heart for your unwavering love and support. Authors would be nowhere without you. You are our true inspiration.
Fiona: Do you remember the first book you read?
I do!! LOL Kristy’s Big Day from the Babysitter’s Club! LOL I was hooked.
Fiona: Other than writing do you have any hobbies?
I read, a lot. I also like cleaning, which I know sounds really weird, but I get my best ideas during cleaning.
Fiona: What TV shows/films do you enjoy watching?
I will watch just about anything once. If I’m not captured by the third episode, I move on lol.
Fiona: Favorite foods / Colors/ Music
Food: Chinese. I could eat it by the boat loads!! LOVE
Color: Black, purple and blue
Music: Depends on my mood and the scene I’m writing.
Fiona: If you were not a writer what else would you like to have done?
Archaeologist. I have a deep passion for history.
Fiona: Do you have a blog/website? If so what is it?
I would also love to see everyone at my blog, where I showcase some incredibly talented authors and bloggers http://airickaphoenix.blogspot.ca/
Thank you all from the bottom of my heart for everything you do and everything you are. And a HUGE thank you to Fiona for allowing me this honor. I loved it.
Lots of loves,