Welcome my Siren Author Of The Week – Anya Breton! She has a new book out – Y’s Punishment – and I’ve read this one and really loved it!
This is part of a series. Are they any special challenges when writing for a series?
The Randy’s Diner series is a first for me—a series based on a location rather than on an individual narrator/character, and with books designed to be read in any order. I’m new to it and can’t really speak to the challenges. So far it has been easier than my others. I don’t have to recap what happened in the other stories in each new book. The only challenge so far is making sure the characters that do reoccur behave the same way in each book (which is a challenge with all series, I imagine).
Tell us about your latest book?
Y’s Punishment begins with a taste of revenge but quickly turns into a story of building confidence and coming to accept ourselves. But…you know, with erections LOL
Here’s the blurb:
Amber has the chance to make the man responsible for her recent demotion pay in an intimate way: sexy humiliation in a diner filled with customers.
Randy’s Diner is where people go to receive “service with little more than a smile”. It’s certainly not a place Amber would go if her best friend hadn’t given precise instructions, a one-hundred dollar bill for “Y’s tip” and a gift certificate for a free meal. She is shocked to find Chris, the man responsible for her demotion, working as a waiter. And that his nametag carries the initial “Y”. Upon learning her waiter has to do virtually anything she asks, Amber seizes the chance to humiliate him.
Chris needs an outlet for his masochism without cheating on his prim fiancée. The job at Randy’s is the perfect answer. Until the designer that tempted him appears. And vengeance is on her menu.
Plotter or Pantser?
Pantser all the way! I love writing to find out how the characters are going to get to the end. If I plot it all out, I tend to get bored and fail to finish it.
What makes a great hero?
The strong, sensitive type. You know, fictional 😉 But the best heroes help their heroines become better people.
Do you have anything in common with your characters?
In this case, I’m a web/graphic designer a little like Amber.
Do you believe in love at first sight?
I believe in writing about love at first sight but in real life, I figure its lust at first sight. Not that there’s anything wrong with that!
Have there been any real-life love stories that have inspired you?
My best friend’s parents met on the job, and instantly hated each other. They’ve been married thirty plus years. Likewise, I met my guy on the job, and he annoyed the heck out of me for the first few months. We’ve been together twelve years now. I love stories like that—when the people can’t stand each other but end up a perfect pair. My favorite scenes to write are the ones with verbal sparring.
Who are some of your favorite authors?
I love Christina Dodd’s historical romances and Rachel Caine’s…everything.
Do you have any advice for aspiring writers trying to get published?
Practice, practice, practice. Read, read, read. When you find an author you like, try to figure out what it is that you like about them, and then emulate it (but make it your own).
What is the hardest thing about being a writer?
All of the tasks that come after the story is finished! From query letters to promoting yourself and your book, it’s the things after that take up your time!
What are you currently working on?
A sexy story about Air witches, mistaken identity in the dark, and falling for the unexpected person.
What do you do when you’re not writing?
Read! Haha I also watch heaps of television with my guy, catch movies (usually comic book/geek related), salivate over shoes I can’t afford, and the occasional summer jaunt to an amusement park to get in my roller coaster fix.
How can you fans find you on the net?
Anya Breton is a web monkey, Apple fangirl, and crazy cat lady that is mildly obsessed with rubber chickens and wholly believes that Peeps are evil. (Yes, the marshmallow candy.) She was born in New England into a family of weirdoes. Being an only child, she quickly learned to amuse herself with quirky pastimes. It was only inevitable that she’d turn to reading and writing. After writing fanciful (and sickeningly sweet) love stories, Anya branched out into erotica, paranormal romance, young adult and urban fantasy. She currently resides in the American Midwest with her cats and a good man.