Hello and welcome to my blog, Author Interviews. My name is Fiona Mcvie.
Let’s get you introduced to everyone, shall we? Tell us your name. What is your age?
A: Hello! I’m Pandora Spocks and I write contemporary erotic romance novels featuring strong, smart, red-haired heroines.
Fiona: Where are you from?
A: I live in south Florida. West Palm Beach, to be precise, in the United States.
Fiona: A little about your self (ie, your education, family life, etc.).
A: I’m married to my happily-ever-after. I’m the mom of two adult sons, and step-mom of one adult daughter. My degree is in Elementary Education, and I taught for quite a while before I started writing full-time.
Fiona: Tell us your latest news.
A: I just released my new book, CHASING ORDINARY, around Valentine’s Day. It’s the modern-day fairy tale I’ve always wanted to read.
Fiona: When and why did you begin writing?
A: I wrote stories even when I was a kid, but I started considering it a possible career choice a few years ago. I just had stories in my head that I needed to tell.
Fiona: When did you first consider yourself a writer?
A: I think I first considered myself an actual writer back when I was posting my first story (before I ever imagined it would be a book) chapter by chapter on Tumblr. I had a rabid fan called Kinky Tinkerbella who loved each post.
Fiona: What inspired you to write your first book?
A: I was kicking around the question, what would be the coolest job on the planet? The answer I came up with was traveling around the world and being paid to do it. That became the basic premise for LUKE & BELLA.
Fiona: How did you come up with the title?
A: The title for LUKE & BELLA? That one’s a bit lame, actually. Originally, the story was called Two Streets Over, a nod to the travel program Luke and Bella are hired to produce. Later, I dropped the ‘Two Streets Over’ and was left with the names of the title characters. I should have thought of a cooler name.
Fiona: Do you have a specific writing style? Is there anything about your style or genre that you find particularly challenging?
A: In terms of style, I tell my stories in the third person, past tense. There are a lot of books out there telling their stories in first person, present tense, but I find that annoying. I also admit to being a rampant ‘head hopper’; I switch the point of view from main character to main character. The challenge is to ensure the reader knows who’s thinking what, and not to be confusing.
Fiona: How much of the book is realistic and are experiences based on someone you know, or events in your own life?
A: Lots of details in my books come from my real life. You get the best details that way. For example, Petey Cavanaugh, my leading lady in CHASING ORDINARY, gets her name, and the quirky story behind it, from my long-ago Girl Scout leader.
Fiona: To craft your works, do you have to travel? Before or during the process?
A: I would love to travel for researching my stories, but I can’t afford it. I do a great deal of surfing the web, though. I can’t imagine what it was to do research before the internet.
Fiona: Who designed the covers?
A: Isn’t the cover of CHASING ORDINARY gorgeous? That, and my Dream Dominant covers (LUKE & BELLA, LOST & BOUND, and FOR SPARROW) were all designed by the fabulous and talented erotic romance author Linzi Basset.
Fiona: Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp?
A: From CHASING ORDINARY, I think I’d like readers to take away the idea that the fairy tale is possible. Okay, we probably won’t all meet a handsome prince like Petey did, but princes don’t always live in castles. Sometimes, they’re just regular guys who work hard and know how to act like a gentleman.
Fiona: Are there any new authors that have grasped your interest? Who is your favorite writer, and what is it about their work that really strikes you?
A: I have to mention award-winning fantasy author A.M. Manay. She’s the author of the brilliant November Snow trilogy, but she’s about to come out with the next big thing, HEXBORN. I know, because I had the privilege of beta-reading it, and it’s amazing. As a fan of A Song of Ice and Fire (Game of Thrones), I think Manay’s work may be even better.
Fiona: Outside of family members, name one entity that supported your commitment to become a published author.
A: There have been many supportive people all along the way, but if I’m mentioning only one, it would be the Wicked Pens. They’re there every day with support and encouragement, great ideas and helpful input. I consider them my work colleagues, but we meet around a Facebook chat box, rather than a water cooler.
Fiona: Do you see writing as a career?
A: I do see writing as a career. I’ve been doing it in my spare time for several years, but eight months ago, I walked away from a job I hated to write full-time.
Fiona: If you had to do it all over again, would you change anything in your latest book?
A: Ugh. If I had it to do all over again, I’d have paid for someone to edit the thing with a fine-toothed comb. I keep seeing little mistakes, and it drives me crazy.
Fiona: Did you learn anything during the writing of your recent book?
A: Nik, my prince in CHASING ORDINARY, was an amalgam of Scandinavian backgrounds. I brought in elements and details from Finland, Sweden, Norway, Denmark, and the Netherlands, but when he spoke his native language, it was Danish. So I learned a tiny bit of Danish.
Fiona: If your book was made into a film, who would you like to play the lead?
A: Nik would be played by NikolajCosterWaldau, my muse for the character.
Fiona: Any advice for other writers?
A: My advice would be to write. Just do it. If it comes out badly, you can always fix it. But you can’t fix what you didn’t write.
Fiona: Anything specific you want to tell your readers?
A: I would say that I appreciate my readers. If you take the time to read my book, and something in it strikes a chord with you, that’s my greatest pleasure.
Fiona: What book are you reading now?
A: I’m currently reading a heart-felt little contemporary gay romance called THE REMAKING OF CORBIN WALE.
Fiona: Do you remember the first book you read?
A: Hahaha! It was ONE FISH, TWO FISH, RED FISH, BLUE FISH by Dr. Seuss. I remember it well.
Fiona: What makes you laugh/cry?
A: I laugh at silly-stupid things, like poop jokes and the Hangover movies. I cry over those feel-good stories at the end of the evening news. I laugh and cry over great books, too.
Fiona: Is there one person, past or present, you would love to meet? Why?
A: I would love to sit down to tea with Anais Nin and just listen to what she had to say.
Fiona: Do you have any hobbies?
A: I like to garden. I love to plant things like milkweed that attract butterflies and bees. I love roses that look beautiful and don’t require a lot of babying.
Fiona: What TV shows/films do you enjoy watching?
A: I like really well-done television drama like The Handmaid’s Tale and Big Little Lies. I love Game of Thrones, but I think Breaking Bad was the best television ever made. And I love reality shows like Naked and Afraid, Alone, and Deadliest Catch.
Fiona: Favorite foods, colors, music?
A: I LOVE Mexican food! My favoritecolors are purples and blues. And I love all kinds of music, from rock to jazz to classical to Broadway. The best concert I ever saw was Green Day’s Revolution Radio tour. Fantastic!
Fiona: Imagine a future where you no longer write. What would you do?
A: Oh, my gosh, the very idea stops me cold! I suppose I’d stay busy reading what other people write.
Fiona: What do you want written on your head stone?
A: She was brave enough to embrace her quirkiness.
Fiona: Do you have a blog or website readers can visit for updates, events and special offers?
A: My website/blog is https://pandoraspocks.me/ .
Title: Chasing Ordinary
Release Date: February 13, 2018
Genres: Contemporary Erotic Romance
Heat Level: Erotic
Word count: 94,262
Author: Pandora Spocks
Cover Design: Linzi Basset
AVAILABLE FOR PRE-ORDER at this Universal Link:books2read.com/ChasingOrdinary
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Red-haired Petey Cavanaugh is a sculptor who welds steel and glass creations. A young widow, she lives on her in-laws’ sheep ranch in Montana where she helps out during the day, working on her art at night.
Looking to raise money to expand the ranch’s business, she gratefully accepts her art school roommate’s offer of a gallery show in Manhattan. It’s been years since she was in the city, and she’s happy to visit her old friend.
Nik is in New York on business. He’s been traveling for nearly a month, enduring endless meetings, attending obligatory dinners, and battling jet-lag. On his way to yet another business dinner, his world collides with Petey’s one rainy Manhattan night.
Their mutual attraction is immediate, but Nik’s skeptical. Could it possibly be that this gorgeous, enchanting artist has no idea that he’s Europe’s most eligible prince?
Spending time with Petey is Nik’s first-ever taste of ordinary. What will happen when she finds out the truth?
Howard had been talking nonstop for twenty minutes. Each time Petey thought she’d found the opportunity to extricate herself, he continued his rambling, while edging ever closer, invading her personal space, and chatting about his work and his home in New Jersey. He seemed to be one of those individuals who was completely inept at picking up on social cues.
She’d just worked up the gumption to simply excuse herself the next time he came up for air, when she heard a familiar voice.
“There you are, darling!” Nik swooped in, handing her a glass of wine. “I’m so sorry I’m late. Will you ever forgive me?” He wrapped an arm around her waist and kissed her cheek.
Stunned, Petey stammered a bit. “Um, yes. Well…darling, yes, you certainly are late. What’s up with that? I’ve been waiting for you.”
“I know. But traffic was a nightmare, what with the rain. You just wouldn’t believe it.” Nik turned to Howard. “Who’s your friend?” He smiled pleasantly at the confused man.
“Oh, sorry. Nik, this is Howard. Howard, meet Nik.”
Howard worked his mouth, but was blissfully silent.
Nik reached to shake his hand. “So nice to meet you. If you’ll excuse us, I need to make up for lost time. Come, darling.”
He grasped Petey’s hand and led her to the opposite side of the gallery. When they reached a quiet corner, he turned and smiled at her.
She gave a relieved laugh. “Oh, my God, for the second time tonight, you saved my bacon.”
Nik laughed, too. “The exasperation on your face said that you needed rescuing. Who was he anyway?”
“Some guy that my friend Jules thought I should meet. I mean, he’s nice enough, but he had absolutely no sense of personal space. And he would notstop talking. Sheesh!”
“He’s probably just shy in the presence of such a pretty woman.” Nik’s blue eyes sparkled.
Petey rolled her eyes. “Yes, I’m sure that’s it,” she said sarcastically. “I guess you ditched your business dinner?”
Nik nodded. “I did.”
She eyed him curiously. “What kind of business are you in?”
He paused a beat. “I’m in international finance and development.”
Warmth flooded her face, and she knew she was blushing. A sheepish smile curled her lips. “I have no idea what that means.”
He smiled, too. “I travel and meet with business people, mostly, occasionally politicians, and we discuss ways to improve our national economies, and ways to assist developing economies as well.”
“Oh. I’m sure Jules would understand completely. She has a sharp business mind. I’m just so,” she gave a self-deprecating chuckle, “right-brained.”
She fanned herself lightly with her hand. “So, you’d had enough of finances and development for one night?”
Nik nodded agreeably. “I’ve worked all day. As I sat listening to more business conversation, all I could think was that I’d like to attend the gallery opening of a promising young sculptor.”
Petey’s eyes sparkled mischievously. “Well, if I hear of any, I’ll let you know.” They both laughed together.
“I just watched your video. Such an interesting way to introduce yourself to patrons.”
“Oh, that.” Petey blushed. “Jules flew out to Montana a couple of months ago. She hired a film crew to follow me for a day, do interviews and stuff. Then they just put it together.”
He regarded her curiously, eyes sparkling. “What are the chances you’d give me a guided tour of this incredible exhibit?”
She pretended to consider his request. “Well, you did see to it that I was put back together after being blasted by that tidal wave. And, you rescued me from being talked to death by a close-talking dentist. I’d say your odds are pretty good.” She laughed. “I think bringing me a glass of wine put you over the top, though.”
Nik laughed, too. “Lucky for me, then.”
“Lucky for you. Okay, let’s take a tour.”
Pandora Spocks is a sassy ginger and hopeless romantic, living her happily ever after in South Florida. She enjoys reading and writing literary erotic romance.
She is the author of the three-novel epic romance Rannigan’s Redemption, and a naughty little romantic novella, Just One Night. Her Dream Dominant Collection is a series of light BDSM stand-alone novels featuring sexy Alpha males and the strong red-haired submissives who can’t resist them. The collection currently includes three novels: Luke & Bella, Lost & Bound, and For Sparrow.
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