Thursday, August 22, 2013

Author, author... Sassy in Stilletos by Nana Malone

Sassy in Stilettos by Nana Malone

USA Today Bestselling Author

 Today we are blessed with a one on one interview with Nana Malone, USA TODAY Bestselling Author of the In Stilettos Series.

Welcome Nana, so great to have you here with us.  Can you tell us a little about yourself?
   Oh, I’m just your average Ghanaian/American girl who lives in sunny San Diego with an American husband who thinks my family is crazy.  My Big Fat Greek Wedding has nothing on us.  In my infinite spare time, I chase around my two year old trying to tame her wild mane of hair and corral my spunky Scottie and occasionally let my hubby pamper me.

Do real life events find their way into your stories?
 Sometimes, especially if they are world-wide life changing events. But for the most part I use my imagination.

Do you ever mimic family members or people you know when you choose characters?
LOL! Have you been talking to my mother?  It’s difficult not to.  As a writer, you spend a good amount of time observing people.

Do you find yourself going back to the same inspiration for each story or is it always something different?
  Sometimes. It’s a hard call.  You want every story to be fresh.

When do you write?  Early morning? During the day sometime or all day?  After the kids go to bed?
 I’m lucky enough to write all day, but I’m much more productive in the mornings.

How do you feel about marketing your book?
  It’s the worst.  I would rather just write.  But I’m business minded enough to know it’s a necessary evil.

What social sites do you feel work best for marketing?
 None.  Social sites work best for getting to know people.  That's their point and intent.  If you rely on them too heavily for marketing, you will irritate people.  That said, I do do FB events and let my FB fans and Twitter followers know about book inspirations upcoming releases etc.  For marketing, I rely on certain promo groups like Korner Kafe and What to read after 50 Shades of Gray.

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?
 When I’m working with a publisher, I like to turn in a finished story.  I prefer to know it’s done than to have to then write to something I pitched.  I change my mind so often that the story I start with is often not the story I finish with.

Is there any other genre that you would love to try writing?  If so, what is it?
I’d love to give New Adult a try. When I first started writing, that was my intended market only to discover that it didn’t exist as a market.  Now times have changed.  Lol.

Do you always/ever see yourself as the heroine/hero when you write a story?
Every character I write contains some sliver of my personality, so yeah, sometimes J

Just for fun, I have a few personal questions, 
Favorite 5
1)        Favorite Male Actor  - For a long time it was Josh Hartnett, but these days it’s Gabriel Macht from Suits.
2)        Favorite vehicle – Mini Cooper
3)        Favorite way to relax - Read
4)        Favorite ice cream – Rainbow Sherbert
5)        Favorite outfit – Hmmm, good one, White skinny jeans with an opaque peach top and wedges.

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) 

I’d move home to Ghana.  And if not Ghana, then I’m be making my home in London town 

Where can our readers find you??  
Amazon author

Is there an upcoming or current release you would like to share with us today and where can we find it?
My current release is:
Sassy in Stilettos (A Sassy Contemporary Romance)

Blurb:  Smart mouthed and in charge, magazine editor, Micha Bennett, has learned the hard way to choose her career over love.  When she’s up for the job of a lifetime, the competition becomes deadly fierce. To protect their best asset, her company hires the one person who’s ever put Micha on edge and threatens her sense of control. 
Sexy, security consultant, Caleb Atkins, knows what he wants and it’s Micha Bennett. He just has to convince her she wants him too.  With ugly shadows in his own past, he’ll die before he lets anything harm the woman he loves. Too bad Micha doesn’t think she needs his protection or his love.  
Can Caleb convince Micha to let go of control long enough to fall in love? Or will fear and danger tear them apart?  
Warning: Sexy, sass talking women will make you laugh, cry and want a pair of killer footwear.

Micha shifted uncomfortably in her seat, certain Jaya was trying to torture her. Why had Jaya insisted they all bring dates? All week Micha tried to rustle up a date but had come up empty. Eventually she’d stuffed her poor assistant into a monkey suit and told him he had to escort her. She’d rather have taken a bullet to the eyeball than show up alone tonight. Why the hell Jaya had opted to seat her next to Caleb during the rehearsal dinner was beyond her. And now she could feel him staring at her. Oh, he wasn’t blatant about it, a sly look here, a drifting glance there. Every time she moved, his knee nudged hers. She reached for her wine glass and grazed his arm. Every time accidental contact occurred, it sent electric jolts through her body, and her skin felt like she had a prickly heat rash.
Refocusing, she turned to her date. Smile pretty, Micha. Don’t be a bad host. She should at least make an effort. “So, Ryan, you were telling me you like rafting?” There, she’d made her effort. 
Next to her, Caleb shifted in his seat and turned to face Ryan’s direction as her assistant told everyone about the class five rapids and his less-than-experienced trip buddies. 
Without concentrating, she could actually feel Caleb’s breath, tickling her spine. Curse Jaya and Ricca for suggesting she wear her unruly curls up. Sure, they liked to wear their hair up because it gave their honeys easy access for nuzzling. Immediately, a memory flashed of her and Caleb on the dance floor the night they’d met. The way he’d leaned in to whisper to her that he wanted to take her out. 
Wait for it. Ah, there it was—her body softened for him immediately, responding to the memory. God, she had to get laid and pronto, before she gave in and actually slept with Mr. Handsome as Sin. 
Micha crossed and uncrossed her legs again.
When Caleb leaned in to whisper in her ear, a shiver stole down her back.
“Seriously, Micha, you need to stop moving around. Why are you so antsy?”
As if he didn’t know. She whispered back through a false smile, tight enough to crack her molars. “Why are you watching me so close, Atkins? See something you like?”
His answer was immediate. “Yes. But then, you already know that.” 
The timber of his voice was low, and his words rolled over her like whiskey on a cold night. Hell, that man was sexy. She turned her attention to her date more resolutely. You will not sleep with Caleb Atkins. You. Will. Not. Sleep. With. Caleb. Atkins.
She met Ricca’s gaze across the table, and when her friend beamed at her, Micha couldn’t help but relax a little. Ricca was also blissfully in love. She had that totally sated been-on-honeymoon look on her face that all newlyweds wore. They weren’t married yet, but if Micha had to bet money, it was only a matter of time. 
And as for Jaya, well, she’d found her Mr. Right. Alec was the perfect complement to her friend’s serious type-A personality. He actually forced her to have some fun. For years, that had been Micha’s job, but it was nice to see Jaya happy. Both her friends would tell her to date Caleb already. But it wasn’t that easy. 
Micha hadn’t had a real relationship since leaving New York. Finding out she’d been living with a married man and that his wife was crazy enough to try and carve little chunks out of her, had sort of soured her on the whole happily ever after thing. And she would never forget how Simon hadn’t even bothered to try and see her or apologize. Her judgment had been all wrong about him, and she’d vowed she would never let herself be blinded by feelings again. No matter how genuine they may seem.
She’d dated plenty. But she never let any guy get too close. Even when she tried to let people in, it was like an invisible barrier repelled her from whoever she was with. She’d made pushing people away an art form. After what Simon had done to her, she had no intention of getting hurt like that again. 
Add to that, Caleb wasn’t just any guy, but practically family. She wasn’t going anywhere near a relationship with him. If she messed with him, Alec and Beckett would be all up in her business. Everyone would. And that wasn’t in the playbook. Caleb was the kind of guy who wanted open and uncomplicated, and she was complicated as hell. When it didn’t work, it would be her fault. 
She liked her privacy. She liked her freedom. Eventually, no matter how hot and heavy they were, she’d feel hemmed in, and then it would be messy and ugly for everyone. Especially me. 
But maybe if she scratched that itch, she’d get Caleb out of her system. 
Who was she kidding? Once wouldn’t be enough. He seemed like the slow lover type. 
Micha shook her head, trying to get the image of him over her out of her head. Fantasies would get her nowhere. 
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USA Today Best Seller and iTunes Breakout Books author, Nana Malone's love of all things romance and adventure started with a tattered romantic suspense she borrowed from her cousin.
It was a sultry summer afternoon in Ghana, and Nana was a precocious thirteen. She's been in love with kick butt heroines ever since. With her overactive imagination, and channeling her inner Buffy, it was only a matter a time before she started creating her own characters.
While she waits for her chance at a job as a ninja assassin, in the meantime Nana works out her drama, passion and sass with fictional characters every bit as sassy and kick butt as she thinks she is.
Nana also writes sizzling erotic novellas as Q. Malone

1 comment:

  1. Good interview. Sassy in Stilletoes was a fantastic book. Now I wonder if the list thing came from your personality, Nana.