Name Teresa Noelle Roberts
Where are you from
I live in southeastern Massachusetts now, about equidistant between Boston and Providence, RI. I grew up in the Finger Lakes region of upstate New York, very rural, lovely, cold country!
A little about your self `ie your education Family life etc
I’m married to a Leo in law enforcement who shares my love for action-adventure movies, science fiction, excellent food and wine, and travel. We’ve been together for more than twenty years. Cats but no children. Big garden. Pretty blissful, most of the time. Teresa Noelle Roberts is my birth name; I also write as Sophie Mouette with a co-author, my dear friend Dayle A. Dermatis. Sophie’s work is also sexy and romantic but has a different flavor, and her last few books have been romantic comedies.
Fiona: Tell us your latest news?
Where do I start? My most recent release is Witches’ Waves (Duals and Donovans: the Different, book 4), a paranormal menage romance. A kinky contemporary erotic romance, Out of Control, is a nominee for the Golden Flogger Award for Best BDSM-Themed Erotic Romance. And I’m eagerly awaiting the release of Thrill-Kinky, a sexy science-fiction romance that’s the start of a new series; a second book in the series, Bad Kitty, will be this fall.
Fiona: When and why did you begin writing?
My family is very book oriented. My mother was an English teacher anbd the grandmother who helped raise me was an avid reader; my father, although he wasn’t really part of my life (nasty divorce), was a writer himself. I started creating poems and stories before I could physically write, my family encouraged me, and I never stopped.
Fiona: When did you first consider yourself a writer?
My first publication was when I was about eight. I asked for a subscription to Writer’s Digest for my twelfth birthday, so if I didn’t think of myself as “a writer” then, I knew it was the direction I was headed.
Fiona: What inspired you to write your first book?
The first book I wrote as an adult? That was in the early 80s and the book’s long out of print (thank goodness!) so I’ll alter the question slightly.
My most recently published book, Witches’ Waves, is a paranormal romance. The influences include a blind friend who’s achieved remarkable things, pictures of Chris Hemsworth surfing, and an article about how rough otter sex is. Aren’t you sorry you asked? J
Fiona: Do you have a specific writing style?
My work, even fantasies and mainstream fiction, has a strong sensual and romantic undercurrent, and most of it is unabashedly erotic and romantic.
Fiona: How did you come up with the title?
Usually after several terrible working titles and input from my editor and/or my husband.
Fiona: Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp?
I’m not really a “message” writer, but the theme that links all my seemingly disparate books across several genres and many subgenres is that sexual love has transformative powers; it’s a magical force (in some books, literally).
Fiona: How much of the book is realistic?
That depends on the book! Some of my books are contemporary romances, so quite realistic. Others are fantasy, paranormal, or science fiction romances, so there’s a lot that you don’t see every day. Still, I try to make the emotions and interactions believable, even if the characters are witches, shape-shifters, or aliens.
One thing that might surprise people is how realistic Witches’ Waves’ blind heroine, Meaghan, is. The book is a paranormal romance and she’s a powerful witch, so she does many things I’m quite sure no one can actually do in the world as we know it. But the way she interacts with the world and senses things is based on many years of being friends with a blind man who does things like run marathons, climb mountains, and found a successful nonprofit.
Fiona: Are experiences based on someone you know, or events in your own life?
Yeah, I’ve dated a lot of shapeshifters… J
But yes, I do sometimes draw on my own experiences and those of my friends for inspiration even when writing books in fantastic settings. And before anyone asks, yes, I write heavily erotic books and some of the juicy bits reflect my own experiences—though I won’t say which juicy bits I’m talking about.
Fiona: What books have most influenced your life most? a mentor?
The venerable classic Little Women had a huge influence on me; Jo’s struggles to be a professional writer in a world where middle-class women were supposed to be quiet “angels of the home” probably strengthened my own youthful determination. I was a kid in the 1970s, and if she could do it, so could I.
I don’t have anyone I’d call a mentor, but my friend and coauthor Dayle Dermatis has been a great support and sounding board for more than two decades.
Fiona: What book are you reading now?
Currently, I’m rereading Joey W. Hill’s Vampire Mistress, alternating with The Academy by Laura Antoniou, which is literate, hardcore BDSM erotica and A Nation of Farmers: Defeating the Food Crisis on American Soil by Sharon Astyk and Aaron Newton. This odd combination pretty much describes me!
Fiona: Are there any new authors that have grasped your interest?
Next in my TBR pile is Intimate Geography by Tamsen Parker, an excellent newer writer who’s part of my RWA chapter. Edgy, emotional BDSM romance.
Fiona: What are your current projects?
I’m wrapping up the first book of a new series about kinky cougars and the hot younger men who love them; this one has romantic suspense elements and a vintage Mustang. (I really need to turn this in!) I have a sweeter romance about a forty-something couple who meet in Venice and a not-sweet-at-all work involving BDSM and billionaires in the works, plus a spicy romantic comedy under my Sophie Mouette pseudonym. When those are all done, I need to start the next Duals and Donovans and Chronicles of the Malcolm books.
Fiona: Name one entity that you feel supported you outside of family members.
Asking a paranormal writer about entities is likely to get you goofy answers! But I know what you mean, so I’d have to say RWA (Romance Writers of America), and particularly my local chapter, NECRWA (New England).
Fiona: Do you see writing as a career?
Yes, and also a vocation.
Fiona: If you had to do it all over again, would you change anything in your latest book?
I’d probably try to get the three main characters in Witches’ Waves on the page together sooner than I do…but there were things going on in each character’s story I had to show before they could get together.
Fiona: Do you recall how your interest in writing originated?
It’s always been there. My mother swears it’s genetic.
Fiona: Can you share a little of your current work with us?
I prefer not to share from works in progress, but here’s the blurb and a tiny taste of Thrill-Kinky: Chronicles of the Malcolm, Book 1, which releases on May 12, 2015 from Samhain.
Sexual freefall is like a game of chicken, except the first one to let go wins.
As Rita and the crew of the space freighter Malcolm collect recyclable slag, things go from boring to interesting when she discovers a badly injured man—a gorgeous, winged, naked man—who’s been thrown into a recycling bin to die.
Drax, an undercover operative, has been branded a traitor by someone in his own government. By unlucky association, Rita and her crew are going down with him. From their first, hide-in-plain-sight quickie, danger and adrenaline fuel their erotic spark. But none of that will matter if they don’t live through the night.
Warning: Hero and heroine who straddle the line of criminal behavior—and definitely violate public indecency statutes. Exhibitionist, dangerous sex. Dark, sordid pasts. Wild risk-taking. Giggly cat-girl sidekick who’s not just another pretty…tail. And the greatest risk of all: true love.
What a delightful way to spend a holiday on the exotic planet of San’bal Prime—collecting garbage. Rita Anteres couldn’t imagine anything more thrilling. All right, she could imagine a number of more thrilling things, including recharging the fuel cells of the Malcolm, the small independent freighter whose mechanic, backup pilot and general space-grunt she was. At least there would be natives of San’bal to meet at the recharge center, maybe some local snack food she could try. And failing that, at least she could read a book while she was waiting.
The “collecting garbage” wasn’t as bad as it sounded in her grumpy mental soundtrack. The Malcolm had gotten a lucrative contract hauling industrial slag from San’bal Prime to Blemond. Rita wasn’t clear on the actual process, but San’bal’s waste product was a key component in a new kind of neurorelay they were developing on Blemond.
Boring though it was, Rita was all for highly paid, legal jobs. For that matter, she was all for a new kind of neurorelay. Maybe the competition would drop the price enough that she and the rest of the crew could afford them instead of relying on old-school com-pads. Only Mik and Gan had neurorelays, and her captain and his husband had early models that sometimes caused migraines.
But she’d drawn the short straw and she was out with the floater collecting bins of slag while everyone else from the crew was celebrating Kenu Aram, the local “celebration of the gods’ gift of love and desire,” in the ways you’d expect. Gan and Mik planned to check out the shows, eat whatever wasn’t still wriggling when it hit the plate, then shag each other’s brains out. (As long as they didn’t encounter anything that smacked of a child being hurt. Her boss had a highly developed sense of outrage, and Gan just liked to smack down bullies.) Xia was looking for a chance to get laid or, failing that, to cause some amusing trouble or pick the pockets of distracted lovers. (And then buy them presents with their own credit chits, because that was what felinoids did when they stole, and head back to the ship to have a drink with Buck.) Buck was getting drunk, which was pretty much the way he celebrated every day he woke up and no one was shooting at him. For that matter, he drank on days someone shot at him, though fortunately that didn’t happen much.
Fiona: Is there anything you find particularly challenging in your writing?
Making sure I actually write around all the business-of-writing: marketing, edits, promo, interviews. Sometimes it’s easy to lose sight of the actual writing process with all the craziness of business.
Fiona: Who is your favorite author and what is it that really strikes you about their work?
I prefer not to pick one favorite author.
Fiona: Do you have to travel much concerning your book(s)?
I don’t travel for research (yet) but I always come away with ideas when I travel. I have books underway inspired by trips to Venice and to New Orleans.
Fiona: Who designed the covers?
That varies. I work with several publishers, who assign the cover designers. Kanaxa did the Thrill-Kinky cover, for instance, and Angela Waters created the one for Witches’ Waves.
Fiona: What was the hardest part of writing your book?
The writing is the easy part. Maintaining focus on it in the midst of whatever else live throws my way is the tough part.
Fiona: Did you learn anything from writing your book and what was it?
I always learn something new about my process with each book I complete. Hard to summarize! And I always pick up some fun factoids—in the case of Witches’ Waves, about surfing, otter behavior, and giant waves.
Fiona: Do you have any advice for other writers?
Get offline and start writing (but buy any of my books that sound interesting first!)
Fiona: Do you remember the first book you read?
*laughs* I’m fifty and started reading in kindergarten, so no. I think Bedknobs and Broomsticks was the first book that wasn’t a picture book—I’m not sure, but I know it was a fantasy written for children much older than I was at the time. After that, I started grabbing books out of the adults’ bookcases as often as my own. I did read children’s books, but I didn’t really make a distinction and neither did my family.
Fiona: What do you want written on your head stone and why ?
I want to be cremated and have my ashes scattered, so I haven’t given that any thought, specifically. The books, and the memories I leave behind for people who love me are what matter.
Fiona: Other than writing do you have any hobbies ?
I have a huge garden, I love to cook, I bellydance and I dabble in photography. I’ve been involved in the Society for Creative Anachronism, a medieval re-enactment group, but I’m not active now.
Fiona: If you were not a writer what else would you like to have done?
That’s hard to imagine, but possibly an organic farmer/market gardener or a nature photographer.
Fiona: Do you have a blog/website? If so what is it?
At last, an easy question: www.teresanoelleroberts.com. I’m also on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/AuthorTeresaNoelleRoberts and on Twitter as @TeresNoeRoberts.