Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Author, author... Antoinette M.

...read all about her !!

Please help me welcome Antoinette M.

Hi Antoinette, so great to have you here with us.  Can you tell us a little about yourself?

Thanks! It’s great to be here. I worked in a lab for almost ten years when I quit to pursue my lifelong dream of writing. I’m really lucky my husband is willing to support me.

Do real life events find their way into your stories?

They do. I won’t elaborate—that might be TMI.

Do you ever mimic family members or people you know when you choose characters?

Not so much people I know, but sometimes actors, or other characters from books. Or I’ll use someone’s quirk (like that person hates shopping) to flesh out my characters.

Do you find yourself going back to the same inspiration for each story or is it always something different?

I get my inspiration from everywhere, but I do find myself revisiting themes. One of those is gender-bending, where I have my male heroes engaging in traditionally feminine behavior. In The Vampire’s Gallery, Jamie goes shopping for the heroine, Maria. I’ll have my male characters giggle sometimes, or they’ll take a hot scented bath.

When do you write?  Early morning? During the day sometime or all day?  After the kids go to bed?

Generally in the morning. Sometimes I’ll get on a roll and write morning, noon, and then a little in the evening too.

How do you feel about marketing your book?

Excited! Also nervous. It’s about a fifty/fifty split.

What social sites do you feel work best for marketing?

Oh, I don’t know. I’m kind of terrified of them. I have Facebook, and Twitter, and a blog, and Goodreads. It can get a little dizzy sometimes. I’m probably on Reddit the most, but not marketing.

Do you like to pitch stories to your publisher or do you wait until you have written the story and have a final manuscript to turn in?

I self-publish. I do have something I want to send to a publisher, and I’ve got the story finished.

Is there any other genre that you would love to try writing?  If so, what is it?

I wrote a fantasy and I’d like to get back into that. I’d like try sci-fi, because it seems like an awful lot of fun. I don’t know if I could do horror. I’m bad at not making jokes.

Do you always/ever see yourself as the heroine/hero when you write a story?

Sometimes. There are always parts of me, my life, in every story. I stitch together little pieces of real experience with a lot of embroidery.

Just for fun, I have a few personal questions, 

Favorite 5

1)        Favorite Male Actor  - Johnny Depp
2)        Favorite vehicle - Sailboat
3)        Favorite way to relax - Reading
4)        Favorite ice cream – Any kind made with coconut milk
5)        Favorite outfit – I love my rococo picnic dress from Ix Dox Declare.

And for a bonus:  If you could pick any place in the world to live, besides where you are now, where would it be?  (Of course, without the hindrance of jobs or money needed)

Japan. I want a house like in My Neighbor Totoro.


Where can our readers find you??            

Is there an upcoming or current release you would like to share with us today and where can we find it?

The Vampire's Gallery
Antoinette M-
Unlucky. Unloved. And now undead.
Maria hasn’t been touched in years and sustains herself on her friends’ sexual encounters. She's coerced into trying out internet dating, and she soon attracts the attention of a stud named Jamie. When he invites her out for a beer, she accepts, her mind focused on the one thing she wants—a warm body pressed against hers. Jamie makes her laugh and she invites him in, never guessing that he’s doesn’t want to bed her, but drink her.
The Vampire’s Gallery follows Maria as she leaves one life of dull city apartments for another of sex, sensation, and blood. She rattles the stilted hierarchy of Jamie's home when she makes the ancient, distant vampire feel again.
But what about the vampires that surround Jamie? Who are her enemies, who are her friends, who’s just pretending?
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More About the Author:
Antoinette M— had a grubby childhood in southern New Hampshire. She has always maintained that “cranky” and “Yankee” rhyme for a reason. Today, Antoinette writes smut. She lives in a crooked little house, with an awesome husband, and a very large dog. She enjoys reversing gender roles, playing with old stereotypes, and is currently working on the next installment of her series, The Vampire's Gallery.

One last thing before we let you leave us today :)       Do you have a favorite recipe you'd like to share?  I like to cook and am always looking for new recipes to try and share.

Apple cinnamon pork chops:

This recipe isn’t a lot of work, but it does take a while for the water to cool, so I tend to start in the morning. You need 4 boneless pork chops, Kosher salt, cinnamon, brown sugar, apple cider vinegar, and pepper. Also, I never measure anything (except the salt and water) so this is all pretty approximate.

Boil 1 quart of water. In a 9” by 13” inch pan, add ¼ cup of Kosher salt (yes, it has to be Kosher), 1 tablespoon cinnamon (I like Penzey’s Ceylon cinnamon), and 2 tablespoons brown sugar, not packed (pro-tip: stick it in a Zip-lock in the fridge and it will stay soft). If you want, you can add a bay leaf. Pour in the water and mix. Let it stand until it’s room temperature (an hour or so).

Rinse off your meat and put it in the pan. Add apple cider vinegar so everything is good and covered (about ¼-½ a cup) and let it sit in the fridge for 4-6 hours. Note: at around 6 hours, they’re getting pretty salty.

About half an hour before you want to start cooking, pull out you meat and let it drain on a paper towel. Before cooking I like to cover my pork chops in some fresh ground pepper. They’re good on the grill.

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Holy cow Antoinette, those sound fabulous !!!  Thanks so much for sharing that recipe and even bigger thanks for being here with us today and sharing a little about yourself.  Super excited to read The Vampire's Gallery too :)

Thanks again for spending time with us and we hope you come back again real soon....like when your next installment is out :)

Until next time, happy reading !!



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