Would you please introduce yourself and tell us what made you decide to write romance?
Introduce myself? Well, I'm Madeline Baker, mother of 3 sons and wife to 1 husband. I have a spoiled Pomeranian, a bad-tempered cat, and a baby tortoise.
I decided to write because I was bored with TV, and I naturally turned to romance because that's what I love to read, plus I love happy endings and those are guaranteed in a good romance.
You've written historical romance as Madeline Baker and vampire romance as Amanda Ashley. How did you decide to write about such different areas? What gives you the ideas?
I had written quite a few historicals and was feeling a little burned out on the Old West. I had been reading some vampire romances and decided to try my hand at writing one. I discovered I loved writing paranormal books, loved being able to let my imagination run wild, loved heroes who were dark and dangerous and sexy. I've been writing them ever since.
As for ideas, I'm not sure where they come from, I just hope they keep coming!!!!!
What was the inspiration for creating Amanda Ashley's current release 'Desire After Dark'?
Hmmm, I think I just wanted a chance to spend more time with characters I liked from Shades of Gray and After Sundown.
Do you do research for the books you write?
Yes, as needed. For my historicals, I did a lot of research about Indians and their way of life, which I find fascinating. Writing about vampires doesn't require as much research since you can pretty much do whatever you want, as long as you're consistent. In many ways, writing paranormal romances is more fun and much more freeing with regard to what you can and can't do.
To date, which book has been the most difficult to write? Of all the books you've written do you have a favorite?
The most difficult to write is the one I'm writing now!!!!! I'm about a third of the way through, and have no idea what to do next! I think my Muse has decided to take a vacation.
As for a favorite book, gosh, I don't know....I love my first vampire book, Embrace the Night. I love the sequel I wrote to Night's Kiss (currently untitled but tentatively set for publication next year). I love The Angel and the Outlaw. And, of course, the first book I sold, Reckless Heart, will always be a favorite.
Asking an author to pick a favorite is kind of like asking a mother to pick her favorite child. You love them all, but for different reasons.
Do you usually outline your stories before you write them, or do you "go with the flow"?
I just sit down and write it as it comes to me...
How long does it take you to write a book?
It usually takes between 6 and 9 months, sometimes a little longer. The one I'm working on now may take forever!
What is the best thing about being a romance writer? Do you have any fears about writing?
The best thing about being a romance writer, aside from the sense of satisfaction from creating something, is the wonderful people I've met along the way, and the readers who take the time to write and tell me how much they've enjoyed my books. That's a perk I never expected.
Of course, being able to stay at home, to write whenever the mood strikes me, to take a day off whenever I feel like it, to write in my nightgown if I don't feel like getting dressed, those are all good reasons, too <G>
My only fear is that I'll run out of ideas.
What are you working on next?
I have no idea....Right now, I'm having trouble finishing the book I'm working on!
What do you consider the highlight in your writing career?
Selling my first book! My books have won several awards and a few of them have made various bestseller lists. I find that very rewarding.
What books do you enjoy reading? Do you have a favorite?
I like Jim Butcher's Dresden Files books and Charlaine Harris' Sookie Stackhouse books. I think my favorite book is Phantom by Susan Kay.
When away from writing, What do you enjoy doing in your spare time?
I like reading, going to the movies, walking my dog, going out to lunch with my best friend, playing games on my computer, chatting online, and playing with my grandkids.
Any tips about writing and getting published?
About writing, write what you love to read. About getting published, I really couldn't say. The market seems to be in a constant state of upheaval these days, with lines closing and new lines opening. Regencies and historicals seem to be fading, paranormals and inspirationals are all the rage at the moment. But by the time you write a book and sell it, all that could change.
Publishing is not for the faint of heart, or for those who think they'll publish one novel and get rich and famous overnight. Granted, it does happen from time to time, but not often. Still, I wouldn't want to do anything else!
Thank you for taking the time to answer a few questions for We Really Dig Romance Novels.
Author website: http://www.madelinebaker.net/