Monday, March 19, 2012

Monday Author Interview with Tonya Kinzer!

Oi… talk about a long weekend! You forget how much sleep you don’t get with a new baby until you’re not getting the sleep! Add in Megan being on vacation, and I’m just a basket case… so bear with me today, lol. On the other hand, I’m glad that I was able to come in and hang out with Megan and our guest today! Where’s my caffeine? Oh, there’s a lovely Cabana Boy. Lovely lovely man has my caffeine right there! *sigh*

*Yawn* Who knew a vacation could be so tiring? This week, we’d like to welcome our friend Tonya Kinzer to the Menagerie! Thank you boys, I needed that drink. Fetch one for Tonya, will you? Thanks. Now, Tonya, will you tell us your latest news?

Book 4 is now available for your reading pleasure! I’m having so much fun with the series and my readers are loving each book a little more. Their Submissive Switch turned out to be the hottest book so far! Nick’s training of Sondra continues and she’s such a quick learner. Nick just isn’t aware of how much she’s grown until he sees her Switch! I love taking Nick and Sondra to Palm Springs to party with their friends as well as get closer as a couple.

I seriously love when a story does so much better than your expectations! Sounds like you’ve got yourself a winner… series, there, lol.

Don’t you just love it when a book comes together like that? Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp?

My hope is that women who read the series, and some men for that matter, will get brave enough to ask their partner for what they want to experiment with. By reading my series together, they could be more open in their own relationship and talk about what they want. If you don’t ask, you’ll always be hungry for what you’re not getting. Don’t blame your partner if they don’t truly understand what it is you want; it may be to try a blindfold - sensory deprivation can enhance so many sensations during sex! Light bondage can be fun but both parties must be in agreement to how much pain they’ll give each other.

So true… so many people think their partner is a mind reader simply because they’ve been together for a length of time… or they just can’t seem to articulate what they really need. I’m glad you feel your book can address that and maybe make some think.

Can’t argue with that logic. Who designed the covers?

I design my own covers and love it! Looking for just the right pictures is time consuming but part of the fun. I prefer to keep it sexy and not use total nudity on my covers…just a personal preference. I also do my own book trailers, post cards, websites, buttons, and do the same for other authors.

Wow, how awesome! I don’t know that I have the patience for one more form of artistic expression… even if I look at some covers and wonder if I could do that too. Not to mention the time, lol.

I’d love to have the time to do that. I’m so jealous. What does your family think of your writing?

My family and friends have no idea I write in this genre - after all, I’m the sweetheart next door who you’d never suspect of ever thinking about BDSM. Another reason I don’t use my OWN photo on my sites or on interviews. Hubby knows, but then…he’s The Boss! *wink* He’s who inspired me to begin writing in this genre because I used to write stories and send them to him. He loves reading erotica! Book two was the first story I wrote then I had to go back and write book one, after book two, so I could introduce the background of both characters.

Sooo… he’s your “research assistant”! Love it!

You’re a lucky girl The CB’s love to listen to what we
write, too. Do you hear from your readers much? What kinds of things do they say?

My readers love that I’ve introduced many of them to the softer side of BDSM and it’s helped them approach the very subject with their partners. I had another author tell me he bases books on their ‘orgasm level’ meaning 1-5 orgasms per reading! *blushing here* That has to be a new way to look at rating erotica! Don’t get me wrong, I realize that happens as we read hot scenes and I hope I’ve included enough to satisfy my readers! *wink*

LOL, that would be an awesome new rating system! “This book was so hot I give it 5 orgasms!” But, then again… what symbol would you use? My mind just went to all sorts of naughty images… lol.

Wow. Okay, that guy is a little...blunt. What are your current projects?

I’ve joined forces with a wonderful couple I met online last year and we’ve started a new site. I met erotic authors Brenda Woody and Steve Tindle on FaceBook and we now chat everyday thru Yahoo Messenger. We critique and mentor for each other to become better writers. Our new site is Naughty Readers Boudoir ( and it’s keeping us very busy as we launch and get the site off the ground. In addition to the main site, we also have our blog where we’ve started weekly author interviews for our readers We hope to make it a great reader’s site but we need more authors to join us so our readers have a good variety of books to look through as well as finding new authors. We do designs for covers, banner, buttons, post card, book marks, and trailers so take a peek at our site. Authors can also sign up to have their home page. We hope you join us so we can help promote you and your books.

Sounds like fun! I think we can come hang out sometime! What a fun endeavor, as well! It’s great when you find others who share the same interests as you do and are willing to go the long haul.

Sounds good. What animal do you think makes the best pet and why?

OMG….a good submissive, of course! *wicked laugh* There is a difference between a submissive and a slave. Truth be told, if I got punished as often as the Boss would like, I’d never be sitting down! We do have cats and they keep us entertained!

*snort* Heck, I don’t think any of us would be able to sit, or stand without fidgeting if our “Bosses” got their way. Cats are great companions… when they deign to honor you with their presence, lol.

Yanno, there is nothing wrong with a little punishment. Then again, the CBs would never get anything done either. Grin.

Now, we get to move onto, “Wait… where does writing come into these questions again?” questions! When you looked in the mirror this morning, what was the first thing you thought?

How did Phyllis Diller get in my bathroom!! I love the woman, she’s hilarious and her hair is crazy. My hair gets all cockeyed by morning and I have to fix it before The Boss sees me! LOL

I’m surprised he let you out of bed long enough to evaluate the damage!

I bet it wasn’t that bad. I’d also be willing to bet he loves it anyway. What were you doing at midnight last night?

I’m a night owl and normally don’t hit my pillow til after 1 am. Drives hubby nuts sometimes but I’ve always been a night owl….in the same breath, I’m NOT a morning person. He’s up at 6 am and I’m up at 7:30 or 8. He gets to the office early and I show up at noon…LOL…if I show up at all. Don’t get me wrong, during our busy season I do show up every day!

*snort* Night owls are some of our best friends… heck, we personify the stereotype… especially when we’re working on something together and since there’s a three hour time difference between the two of us… you get the picture.

Gotta do what you gotta do. What is your favorite animal?

I love cougars! The look in their eyes just says “Make my day!” They’re sneaky, they’re powerful and in great shape. I bet if they could talk, they’d be sassy like me!

Ooooohhhhh… cougars! I love the big cats, there’s just something about the way they move. All my favorite shifter characters are a big cat shifter of some kind. Not to mention the fact that one look in their eyes and you know they’re thinking, “The only reason you’re still there is because I feel you’re beneath my notice. But you should probably skedaddle before I change my mind.”

I love the one in the commercial for saving money. Love the way he licks his chops. It’s like he’s grinning. Have you ever cried during a movie? If yes, which one and why?

I’ve cried during three movies actually and that’s not like me. I remember watching The Champ a long time ago, The Titanic and….Message in a Bottle with Kevin Costner….*happy sigh*…love most of his movies!!

Okay, don’t kill me… but I seriously don’t like when there’s not a happy ending… I always want to rewrite movies when they don’t end the way I wanted them to. :::shrugs::: Just saying, lol.

Great movies! What is one thing scientists should invent?

OMG - A clone machine!! I’d be first in line ‘cause I need at least four more of me!! I’m rolling on the floor here - I want one of those machines so bad! Imagine what I could do - be at the office, be writing!

Suddenly images of Multiplicity with Michael Keaton are running through my head. My luck… I’d get the copy of the copy of the copy who kept calling me Steve. “She touched my pepe, Steve!” Now I’m rolling around on the ground laughing my ass off… sorry, lack of sleep… *snort* *giggle* Okay, ahem… I’m serious now. *snicker* Seriously!

Alrighty! Thank you so much for coming and hanging out with us today, Tonya! It was great fun, and I hope you come back again! You seem like the kind of gal who would appreciate making the Cabana Boys do sock races across the tiles… in nothing but socks!

Thanks again for being here!

And here’s a little but about Tonya Kinzer!

Tonya Kinzer is a self-published erotic romance author whose books are quickly climbing the charts at Amazon and Barnes & Noble. If you’re looking for a romance with a little more spice than the average hot read, you won’t want to miss taking a look at her work. She writes erotic romance for readers who love to become a silent character within the story! You will be pulled into scenes to partake of the activities along the lines of soft bondage and Dom/sub relationships, to feel what her characters feel and taste what they taste...strong sexual desires much like your own! Be prepared to enter a world you'll not want to leave and can't wait to get back to…worlds where new submissives and demanding Doms entice you to read more!

Her series, The Boss's Pet, will take you on a journey alongside Nick and Sondra as they venture into a lifestyle that pulls them deeper into a world of sensuality and submission. You'll not want to miss any of the books in this series so stay locked on her website to know when the next books get released.

When she isn’t writing, she’s the pet for her own Boss, where she works a few days a week. Her day job is seasonal so this allows her to write during the off season as well as design covers, websites, and promo items. She also enjoys helping other authors where she can with their editing and being a critique partner when time allows.
Bk 1 - The Contract

Bk 2 - Office Training
Bk 3 - Sharing Among Friends
Bk 4 - Their Submissive Switch

Want her buy links? Here you go!
B & N:
Amazon: US: UK: DE:
All Romance & OmniLit:
Xcite E-books:
Erotic Escapes E-books:

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Tonya Kinzer said...

Hi Ladies, What a fun interview! You still have me laughing! Thanks for having me today, but do I have to stop at just today? I'd love to leave the comment area available all week for readers who may have questions or comments OR....who want to leave a comment with their email addy for a CONTEST entry! That's right!

CONTEST: I will pick one commenter on Saturday, the 24th, to win a $15 gift card!!! Who wants in????? Be sure to leave your email addy so I can reach you! I'll check back often this week to comment back!

Brenda and Steve said...

Hi everyone! Brenda here, the better half of Steve. Tonya, thanks for the shout out!
Tonya's series The Boss's Pet is a must read! Trust me, Steve loves when I critique the stories. *weg*
It's fun working with Tonya on Naughty Reader's. We love to create the eBook covers, banners, buttons, etc.. All three of us are hard core believers in promoting our fellow authors! Help us get the word by grabbing the web button off Naughty's blog and adding to your site. It will be much appreciated!

Unknown said...

Hi Tonya,
Great post today, i am still laughing. i am really looking forward to reading the rest of the series. i don't have anyone in my life at the moment to see if i wanted them to be my "Boss".then again i always thought if i tried this i would be better at being the "Boss" than the "pet",let's just say i have control issues.:D it is nice to know that there are books out there that aren't all about the hardcore side of things. that isn't exactly where a newbie would be comfortable when they first started to explore. :D

thanks for the great contest and have a great week.

tammy ramey

Tonya Kinzer said...

Thank you to all who stopped by to read, I hope you also checked out my site links. Don't forget to sign up for my newsletter so I can include you in my monthly drawings!

Menagerie Authors - thank you so much for having me, I've enjoyed it here!

On to the winner of the $15 gift card! Congratulations to Tammy Ramey!!! I'll email you to see which e-store is your fav!