Ellen: Are there any new authors
that you'd recommend?
Tonya: There are so many wonderful erotic authors,
not all of them new but in the last few years, a few I’ve met online are Lori
King, Kellie Kamryn, Malia Mallory, Gem Sivad, Cassandre Dayne, Rae McCartney, Steve & Brenda Woody Tindle, Nichelle
Gregory just to name a few…and YOU of course! LOL
Ellen: What did you want to be
when you grew up?
Tonya: Hmmm…I think I always wanted to be ‘The
Boss’s Pet’! Working in an office environment is something I’ve always wanted
and that’s where I’m at….running my own offices and I love it! *wink*
Ellen: How and when did you
Tonya: I’ve been writing for over twenty years. A
few years ago, my husband is the one who encouraged me to just do
it…self-publish my stories and get them out there.
Ellen: Tell us about your prior
Tonya: My prior works are the four books in The
Boss’s Pet series and a separate book, Master’s Email. Readers have written
requesting I add a few more books about Alexis and Cole so I’m considering
Ellen: How did you feel when you
finished writing your last release?
Tonya: Finishing a book, long or short, is
exhilarating and you want the world to enjoy the read. Yet, as bad as we want
everyone to enjoy it…there will always be a few who leave comments that it’s
the worse book they’ve read. That’s just how it is. Understanding that is hard
but it WILL happen no matter how good the book is. I like helping authors get
the word out to readers about their new books so do keep that in mind.
Ellen: What are you working on
Tonya: My current book will be finished soon and is
an erotic western, Come Tame Me, book one in my Wild Fillies series. I’m close
to being done and then the edits need to be done for a release before the end
of July…a month later than I wanted. I hope for the book tour in August so
please watch my website and subscribe to my newsletter. Once this book is done,
I’ll be writing book five in The Boss’s Pet series.
Ellen: What 5 things should an
author do to improve his/her career, besides writing well?
Tonya: That’s a tough one! I have things I do and
these aren’t in any order but…teach yourself what you need to know about
formatting if you want to be self-published, learn how to create book trailers,
authors need a website to be visible, stay in touch with readers and be
available for them. I’m techie and am always wanting to learn more so I can
create better covers, ads, web banners, trailers, etc. I know I spread myself
thin between writing, designing and running our offices but I love it.
Ellen: Do your characters do
things you wouldn't?
Tonya: That’s the fun of writing…to make my heroines
do things I wouldn’t or can’t. I’m a strong emotional person and create my heroines
and other female characters along those lines.
Ellen: Do you do things they
don’t think I write shy characters but at times, I can be shy. Meeting new
people for the first time isn’t a favorite thing to do but online, I can be as
bold as I want.
Ellen: Some people are probably
tired of this topic, but what differentiates porn and erotica? Is there a
Tonya: That definition is different for each person.
A reader won’t find a lot of vulgarity in my writing nor a story without
romance somewhere between the lines. To me…porn is writing about a sex act
without plot, romance or feelings and showing the raw, vulgar parts of sex that
can be written just to get the reader off as fast as possible. Readers really
do want to care about your characters. Some titles out there turn me off right
away….why would you do that?
Ellen: What is the hardest part
of being self-published?
Tonya: The hardest part is having to do all the
stuff on your own to get your book out there such as your covers, blog tours,
ads, banners, promo, formatting, uploading, being a wife, mother and boss.
Luckily, I have a spouse who considers my writing to be as important as I do!
Ellen: If you like [Author/Book]
, then you might like my book. Complete that for us.
Tonya: Fifty Shades of Grey….as wells as other
Dom/sub books out there and there are MANY! Readers need to explore more behind
their bedroom door, regardless of whose book you read. Experiment or the
bedroom gets stale and you’ll always wonder ‘what if’ – read the info online,
be informed, and understand that there is more behind a Dom/sub relationship
than what you read or see in the videos. A relationship starts with total trust
because if you allow a partner to blindfold and restrain you, you have to trust
that they have your safety in mind before anything.