Name Landra Graf
Where are you from:
I’m originally from Kansas City, but moved to Northwest Arkansas a decade ago. I live here with my husband and two children. I love serving as Vice President on the board of directors for an animal rescue, Pawsibilities Are Endless and work a full-time job in marketing.
Fiona: Tell us your latest news?
I just released the first of three books in a series, What You Crave. The books are technically a bit longer than short stories, but about half the length of a short length novel.
Fiona: When and why did you begin writing?
I began writing in middle school because the stories came to me. I wanted to tell fantasy and paranormal stories from a young age.
Fiona: When did you first consider yourself a writer?
The moment I decided to start taking my writing seriously, about five years ago.
Fiona: What inspired you to write your first book?
My love for all things paranormal and my middle school best friend. That book never got finished, but it started the spark.
Fiona: Do you have a specific writing style?
Not really. I just tell the story the characters want to tell.
Fiona: How did you come up with the title?
The title of my latest is a play on words continued from my first published work, What You Need. What You is automatic, but then the final word is based on the characters of the story.
Fiona: Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp?
I want readers to come away with the idea that everyone deserves love. That who they are, what they look like, what they believe don’t make them horrible people. There is someone for everyone.
Fiona: How much of the book is realistic?
This book is completely fictional, with the exception of the setting, Northwest Arkansas. The places within this story are completely made up, but the area I live in is known for several local casinos, fancy hotels, and resorts.
Fiona: Are experiences based on someone you know, or events in your own life?
None of the experiences are based on me or anyone I know.
Fiona: What books have most influenced your life most?
Ooh, there are so many. My first romance, Private Arrangements by Sherry Thomas. Tiffany Reisz Original Sinner’s Series and the Last Vampire Series by Christopher Pike.
A mentor? My critique partner, Lori and husband had influenced my life beyond measure. I’ve learned so much from both of them.
Fiona: What book are you reading now?
Laura Kinsale’s Shadowheart and Alexander Dumas The Three Musketeers.
Fiona: Are there any new authors that have grasped your interest?
I’m looking to check out some books by Jenna Barton, Nina Croft, and Einer Mercier.
Fiona: What are your current projects?
I’m currently writing a contemporary romance, plotting the next story in my Teslapunk/Alternate history series, and researching for a Sci-Fi/Cowboy story I plan to write later this year. I’m all over the place.
Fiona: Name one entity that you feel supported you outside of family members.
My friend and fellow author, Catherine Peace.
Fiona: Do you see writing as a career?
Yes, and I plan to do it for the rest of my life. It’s a part of me, even if I never become famous, etc.
Fiona: If you had to do it all over again, would you change anything in your latest book?
I’d make the story longer.
Fiona: Do you recall how your interest in writing originated?
A brainstorming session during a sleepover, after reading way to many novels myself, the ideas came pouring out and then I got the crazy thought to put them on paper.
Fiona: Can you share a little of your current work with us?
Sure thing – My current work is an erotic BDSM romance that’s part of the 1NS line with Decadent Publishing. It’s the first in a series of three.
Fiona: Is there anything you find particularly challenging in your writing?
Sex scenes… they are hard.
Fiona: Who is your favorite author and what is it that really strikes you about their work?
Sherry Thomas. I can honestly anything she writes is beautiful.
Fiona: Do you have to travel much concerning your book(s)?
Nope, I can usually do much of the research, fan interaction, etc. from the comfort of my own home, but I’ll be doing some travel this year for book signings.
Fiona: Who designed the covers?
The wonderful Mina Carter designed my covers for the Desperately Seeking Submissive series.
Fiona: What was the hardest part of writing your book?
The sex scenes.
Fiona: Did you learn anything from writing your book and what was it?
I learned a lot about the practice of Shibari and different BDSM techniques.
Fiona: Do you have any advice for other writers?
Never stop reading and never stop writing. Just keep going. You learn the more you write.
Fiona: Do you have anything specific that you want to say to your readers?
Thank you, for buying, reading, and giving up some of your time for my stories.
Fiona: Do you remember the first book you read?
Dick, Jane, and Sally – first grade reader, which taught me the basics of the art.
Fiona: What makes you laugh/cry?
I laugh at just about any crude joke and cry at anything to do with being a parent.
Fiona: Is there one person pass or present you would meet and why?
Janet Evanovich because I have questions.
Fiona: What do you want written on your head stone and why ?
A missed mother, wife, and friend. Because before I am a writer I’m all three of those things and I hope people would miss me.
Fiona: Other than writing do you have any hobbies?
Cooking, playing violin, and going for walks.
Fiona: What TV shows/films do you enjoy watching?
Supernatural, anything action/comic book. I loved Antman, Guardians of the Galaxy, Day After Tomorrow and Pacific Rim
Fiona: Favorite foods / Colors/ Music.
Mexican Food, Red, and give me any and all music.
Fiona: If you were not a writer what else would you like to have done?
Well, I live another life in the world of promotional marketing. It’s my home away from home, so I guess that’s where I’ll stay. But being an actress would’ve been nice.
Fiona: Do you have a blog/website? Yes. If so what is it?
Find me at http://landragraf.com/
What You Crave
Genre: BDSM Erotic Contemporary
Blurb: Sigmund Bermudez has spent the last year out of the BDSM scene, mourning his father, and rebuilding the family business. When he loses a bet to his bodyguard that Madame Eve won’t locate a woman who’s down with his type of kink, he finds himself committed to a date he’s not sure he’ll enjoy.
Lauren Elser has heard about kinky escapades from one of her more challenging patients, and never taken part in one. When offered a chance to explore this undiscovered side of herself courtesy of 1Night Stand she jumps at it.
Neither of them are prepared for the emotional roller coaster that comes with their date, and soon shibari bondage play turns into so much more. The only problem is Sig’s not ready to open up and Lauren doesn’t want to be sued again. If they work past the issues there’s a world of wonder in store.
Damn. Nervous energy had Lauren’s arms and legs shaking in some strange dance as she stood in front of the hotel room door. She’d read the information Madame Eve sent her half a dozen times over the last week and jumped up and down in joy when the date night details were emailed to her. The turtleneck sweater dress, panty hose, and black suede ankle boots seemed too prim for a rendezvous at a swanky hotel, but the chilly weather had her choosing comfort and warmth over sexy. Besides, scenes weren’t sex.
She knocked, a couple light taps. Maybe he’d changed his mind. A lie since she’d already checked with the front desk.
The barrier swung open and the picture became a reality. Hell, the picture didn’t do him justice. A two-piece pinstripe suit, black hair long enough to run her fingers through, and russet brown eyes taking her in from head to toe…scrumptious.
“Lauren?” Her name came out pure and sensual when spoken with a perfect rolling ‘r’.
A large lump took up residence next to her vocal cords and she responded with a nod. She’d always been more of a listener than a talker.
“Would you like to come in?” He stepped back making a path for her. Beyond the entrance the room sat bathed in shadows and orange light from a lit fireplace, beckoning to her.
Author Bio: Landra Graf has been crafting stories since the tender age of too-young-to-watch-rated-R. When she finally got old enough for adult material, she believed adult meant anything besides the smexy. Then she discovered erotic romance and all things kinky. Since then it’s been a journey down a rabbit hole. Landra writes BDSM erotic romance and historical erotic romance, among other less smexy offerings.
Amazon Authors page USA http://www.amazon.com/Landra-Graf/e/B00IESJED4/ref=dp_byline_cont_pop_ebooks_1