Join me in welcoming Nancy Fraser to the site today.
Nancy has published over 25 books, but her first sci-fi romance, The Vessel, just published recently! Check it out now!
Nancy has kindly offered to sponsor a giveaway just for you! Entry is at the bottom of this post! Thanks Nancy! ❤
Tell us about you! Can you share some interesting tidbits we may not know?
I’ve been writing/published for 20+ years but only got into erotic romance a few years ago. It comes as somewhat of a shock to readers when I first meet them that a grandmother of five writes such steamy prose.
I also enjoy cooking, especially baking, and some of my best recipes can be found in my milder, vintage romances. Recently, with my permission, a friend used one of my recipes for a county fair competition and won the blue ribbon! I like to think it’s partially my ribbon too.
What inspired you to start writing?
I’ve always enjoyed reading and during middle school and high school I wrote a lot of Nancy Drew type mysteries. (I must have like the name.)
I actually got into romance on a dare. A co-worker who was an avid reader offered me one of her Harlequins to read on my lunch hour and I made the mistake of saying, “anyone can write one of those”.
She dared me to try so on the weekend, I wrote two chapters and brought them into work. She accused me of copying them out of a book so, just to prove her wrong, I wrote another on my lunch hour. After that, I was hooked.
Other than writing, what are some of your passions in life?
My grandchildren, travel and cooking. In that order.
My grandchildren inspire me to try new things, whether it’s a new activity, a new recipe, or even a new idea for a book. Travel is an excuse to do research. Or, perhaps it’s the other way around. And cooking keeps me grounded when my mind has been running all over the place while creating my latest chapter.
What was your debut novel, and how has your writing process changed since your debut?
Oh, gosh. My debut novel came out in 1996. Unfortunately, right after publishing Courting Trouble, life intervened drastically and it would be 11 years before I published another book.
I never stopped writing but just didn’t have the time or energy to polish the work well enough to sell. My world righted itself in 2005 and I was off and running again. Since then, I’ve sold and published 26 more books.
What I learned from each new book? There’s always another that wants to get out of your head before you’re completely finished.
What is your favorite part of the writing/publishing process and why?
I could be overly honest and say, the money. However, there are so many perks associated with publishing that the money is only a fortunate end product of the process.
I get a sense of real accomplishment when I submit a new proposal and get a contract in response. I’ve been fortunate to work with some great editors and so the banter back and forth is always both educational and fun.
However, I’d have to say, my absolute favorite part of the process is the day I receive my new cover. Release days are nice too, but nothing beats the cover!
What is your most challenging part of the writing/publishing process and what do you do to make it easier?
Social media. Without a doubt. It’s an accepted part of the process now and, thankfully, a lot easier than when I first started writing. However, if you’re not careful, it can easily distract you and take away from precious writing time.
My solution is to shut down my media when I write. I even turn the notifications off on my phone so I don’t get pulled away by the little tune when a new email arrives. When I’m in the middle of a book, I do social media with my first cup of coffee, right after lunch, and then again before bed.
My family knows to call me if they need me because I won’t be there to answer a Facebook or text message.
What does a typical day look like for you? How do you find balance?
I’m retired from the outside world so you’d think I’d have more writing time. Not so. I definitely get roped into a number of family responsibilities.
My typical day starts with coffee. Lots of coffee. Once I’ve completed social media and shut down for the morning, I get to work on my current project.
The first half hour or so is re-reading the work from the day before, followed by adjusting the outline to accommodate the fact that my characters tend to take me on joyrides in the opposite direction from where I’d intended to go.
Then it’s write, write, coffee, write, write, coffee … and so on until lunch.
The first half of the afternoon is spent finishing up where I left off because I hate unfinished chapters. Then, I do a quick read-through and small edits.
I think balance is elusive, especially when it’s needed. You have to learn to accept the fact that you’re not going to make 2000 words, or even half that sometimes. I find writers are some of their own harshest taskmasters.
If you could tell your younger writing self anything, what would it be?
Don’t sweat the small stuff. Put your bottom in the seat and write. Nobody likes their first draft so don’t get down on yourself if it’s not the way you want it to be. That’s why we edit.
Most importantly, if you’re able, find a critique partner who will give you honest advice. Not your mom, or your grandmother (unless they’re a best-selling author), but a real writer whose interests run in a similar vein.
What do you love about writing romance?
The happy endings. Life isn’t always fair when it comes to love. So, for those who need a little escape, romance provides that one or two-hour vacation from the real world.
I love to provide that escape. Plus, I’ve been told, my writing makes a lot of husbands happy.
What kinds of things do you find romantic in real life? Can you share a story?
Kindness above all else. Without kindness, even the sexiest man and best lover falls short.
I have a good friend who, because of health reasons, can’t be as active as she once was. Her wonderful husband willingly waits on her hand and foot when she’s having a bad day. To me, that’s commitment, love and kindness.
Do you read your book reviews? If so, how do they affect your writing (if at all)?
I read them on occasion. I tend to shy away from a certain book-related site because I believe a lot of their reviews are questionable. I do, however, take notice of the sites like Amazon and the reputable review/blog sites.
I’ve taken advice from review comments before and no doubt will do it again. One holiday-themed novella I published a couple of years ago got great reviews. One reader commented that the story was too short, she disappointed when she had to say goodbye. So, when I wrote the sequel a year later, I brought them back and gave them a supporting part in the brother’s story.
I got the sweetest tweet from the woman thanking me for letting her see what had happened to the two characters.
What is the craziest, funniest, or most surprising thing that has happened to you since publishing your first book?
Well, there was the lost under-garments. I was giving a talk at one of the RWA conferences. The subject was getting over a writer’s tendency to be an introvert and speaking in public.
There, about ten minutes into my presentation, I felt something weird brush my leg. I looked down and there was my half-slip hugging my ankles. I calmly stepped out of the slip and never lost my train of thought. Needless to say, my talk was well-received.
I’d say there were some great connections/friendships made that day.
My most recent release is actually my first foray into alien romance. The story is set in the year 2155 and the parts of earth still inhabitable are little more than the center 2/3 of the United States.
Chemical warfare has left the women of earth sterile. The solution to repopulating the earth lies in mating earth men with alien fempods from Tethys, one of Saturn’s moons.
A career solider, Major Liam McGregor is tasked with bringing the last viable fempod to the government’s headquarters. They run into all sort of danger along the way, including their own forbidden attraction.
Is there any other news you would like to share?
I’m currently working on a romantic re-write of the Wizard of Oz lore. Titled, Waking Up in Oz, it’s the most fun I’ve had writing a book in ages. I look forward to sharing it with everyone in the spring of next year.
Also, I’m celebrating the holidays early with two months of huge sales! Almost every one of my books will be available for download for just 99 cents.
Five Facts Just for Fun!
1. What’s your favorite ’90s jam?
I Will Always Love You … the Whitney Houston version
2. What was the last gift you gave someone?
Some lacy unmentionables for my granddaughter
3. What were you like as a kid?
A mixture of inquisitive and a pain in the butt
4. What was the last thing you binge-watched & what did you think of it?
Midnight Texas and I loved it.
5. What is the one thing (other than your loved ones) that you cannot live without?
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Major Liam McGregor is a career soldier. Chosen by the leader of the United Republic to transport a government protectee to safety, Liam takes on a task that has cost his predecessors their very lives.
Alora of Delawon is an alien princess who holds the key to the survival of mankind. With the women of the United Republic left barren by previous chemical warfare, Alora’s ability to bear humanoid children makes her the government’s most valuable commodity.
Together, they make the trek from the government’s safe house back toward the current capitol, fighting off raiders, survivalists, and an unexpected attraction to one another.
Will their desires put them in danger? Or, will their being together become more important than the mission?
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EYE OF THE PHARAOH
Publicist Teri Hunter has her hands full promoting Professor Joshua Cain and his new non-fiction book, The Pharaoh’s Mummy. She’s not even sure it’s possible to turn this absent-minded, modern-day, Indiana Jones into a best-selling author.
Dr. Cain’s PhDs in archaeology and art history have prepared him for almost anything on the lecture circuit and among ancient ruins. He’s just not sure about a book tour…or the sexy publicist sent to monitor his every professional move.
When an odd request falls into their laps while in New Orleans, Josh and Teri find themselves transported to 1920’s Egypt where they must resolve an ancient curse in order to be sent home. Will the dangers facing them hinder their success and threaten their very lives? Or will help from an ancient guardian keep them on-track and safe?