Monday, September 12, 2011

Monday Author Interview ~ Roz Lee!!!

This week on the couch is our dear friend, ROZ LEE!!!! We couldn’t wait to have her come by, so we hope you enjoy the interview as much as we had fun conducting it!

Let’s get this party started! As a child, what did you want to do when you grew up?

When I was a kid, it was more about what I didn’t want to do. I didn’t want to be a housewife. *shudders* Even now, the thought makes me cringe! I was the youngest of three and the only girl. As such, my status was mom’s helper.
I was the one expected to help with the household chores, and my mother was one of those people who thought everything in the house had to be dusted, swept, mopped, washed, cleaned, folded and put away – every day. While my brother’s did their ‘guy’ things, I escaped to my dad’s shop (he was a farm equipment mechanic) and did my best to get dirty. It was a pretty easy task. Drove my mother crazy!

There’s no crime in messin’ with a little grime.  Have you ever made a crank phone call? If yes, explain what you did.

Yes. My cousin and I were close in age, and she was the sister I didn’t have. We got into a spot of trouble now and then. We weren’t very original – usually the Prince Albert in a can, or the Is your refrigerator running jokes. The other day when I asked about Prince Albert in a can, the person on the other end of the line asked if I meant Prince William. I think I need some new material.

You should see how much trouble we get into.... anyway... What inspired you to write your first book?

I blame it all on my daughters. The story couldn’t be more clichĂ©. I read a lot of romance novels when they were growing up, and one day, one of them made the remark that I’d read so many I could probably write one myself. I thought, why not? That was about ten years ago, and it took a while, but I finally learned enough about the craft to get something published.

Always good to blame them on the kids. We do. When you looked in the mirror this morning, what was the first thing you thought?

Holy crap! Someone needs to clean this mirror! Needless to say, I thought about getting out the spray cleaner, then decided not to. (See answer to the first question. I’m pretty much allergic to housework.) Heaven only knows what I would have seen if the mirror was clean.

We’re supposed to do housework? Huh. Never knew that. Shrugs. Do you have to travel much concerning your book(s)?

Have to? No. Want to? Yes. I love to travel, anywhere, anytime, any way I can get there. I might have missed my mother’s clean the house genes, but I did inherit her Shaggy Dog Syndrome. Open the car door and I jump in!
It was a family cruise that inspired me to write THE LUST BOAT, my first published novel. I blame that on my daughters too. It was their idea to go on a Caribbean cruise instead of exchange Christmas gifts we didn’t need.

Now I so want to go on a cruise. Phooo. What were you doing at midnight last night?

I was standing at the dining room window waiting for the motion lights in the back yard to come on again so I could see what kind of critter was triggering them and keeping me awake. I never did see what it was, so I’m guessing it was the neighbor’s cat out hunting mice. In the past, I’ve seen deer, bear, and possums. It’s a hazard of living in the forest, but I love it!

You live near bears? Ok, that’s not fun. Watch for the small critters and hope they aren’t lunch. What does your family think of your writing?

They’ve all been very supportive of my writing, even when I figured I was doing it for myself, and no one else would ever see it. I surprised them all when I switched from writing mainstream (vanilla) romance to erotic romance. I actually had to come clean and tell my daughters what I was writing when I sold THE LUST BOAT. I’d already ‘fessed up to my husband and let him read some of what I was writing. He was all for it.
It took the girls a few minutes to wrap their heads around it, but now they proudly proclaim, “My mother writes smut!” I couldn’t be more proud! *wipes tear from her eye*
My husband keeps my SWAG in his office and hands it out. He’s in the construction business, so I think it gives him a little more cred to be married to an erotic romance author! He’s also hoping he can retire and let me earn the living sometime soon. *ROFLMAO* Note to hubby: Don’t quit your job just yet!

Hee hee. The men do love to put that into the conversation – my wife does write dirty books! What do you want to know about the future?

Not a thing. When I was pregnant I didn’t want to know whether I was having a boy or a girl, and I still don’t want to peek into what lies ahead. I take life as it comes. Besides, I’m certain there isn’t a person on the planet who could have predicted my current occupation.
Now, I’m going to get existential on you… If you know something about your future and you do something to change it – isn’t that your future instead? So why didn’t you see that version of your future to begin with? See what I mean? The whole idea of predicting your future is a moot point.

You make a very good point. So, if you could wish for anything, what would you wish for?

World peace? Okay, okay. I don’t need a crystal ball to see that isn’t going to happen, so I’ll choose something else.
How about an unlimited number of wishes? No? Okay, here it is…

I’d wish for happiness for my daughters. Of all the things I’ve done in my life, they’re the best. If I could order up a future for them, it would be filled with love, laughter, friends and family.

Works for us. Do you have anything specific that you want to say to your readers?

Easy question. I love you all!

Even when I thought I was writing for myself (something like talking to hear your head rattle, but on paper), I hoped one day other people would have a chance to read what I’d written and find some measure of enjoyment from it. So, to all of you who have read my books, I say thank you, and bless your heart! Your kind words and your faithful following mean the world to me, and you are the reason I stare at a blank page every day until my imaginary friends talk to me. {{{hugs}}} to all of you!

Now that was sweet. We love you, too. So now for the readers: where can you find Ms. Roz on the net?
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Here’s the blurb for her latest book: Love Me Twice!

Sean Callahan came aboard to do his brother Ryan a favor, and ended up the man in charge when both Ryan and Richard left the ship with the women they love. The last thing he needs is a complication, and Celeste is definitely a complication. Once upon a time Celeste had been part of his team as well as his lover, but after a disaster of a mission, and the realization that the other member of his team, Drew was in love with her too, she'd disappeared. Now she was back, and Sean was trapped on the Lothario, his brother's floating bordello, with the woman he still loves, as well as Drew.Some women have all the luck. Celeste just isn't one of them. All the luck she seems to have is the bad kind. How else can you explain ending up on a ship with the two men she's tried to forget for the last five years? Even worse, not a thing has changed. She still loves them both. Leaving them behind only postponed the decision she knows she has to make. Celeste has one week to choose between Sean and Drew, or tell both of them goodbye, this time for good.

Now go on out there and investigate her work and thanks to Roz for stopping by!


Roz Lee said...

Thanks so much for inviting me over to play today! This is almost as much fun as playing with my imaginary friends! LOL

Menagerie Authors said...

You're welcome. We had a blast having you. :-)