“Last name’s Savage — it means wild and uncontrolled,” Jace, a party boy, yacht builder and skilled photographer with a quicksilver temper, tells the pretty waitress at Chica Rios. He’s desperate to get laid, but there’s something in the way of his driving, overactive libido and the girl standing before him – trouble…big trouble, and a whole lot of it, from the trustifarian prick who works by his side, to his messed up twin sister, to the secret hiding at his house.
He sets out to woo Zoé Dubois, keeping her away from his trouble at home, encouraging her to let go of her inhibitions and live “Savage style,” riding with him on the back of his motorcycle, exploring the great outdoors in a variety of oh, so delectable and naughty ways.
He ends up with way more than he bargained for. Turns out she’s the kind of woman who demands the truth…and that’s just not the way he rolls. He uses his sexual experience to teach Zoé how to surrender. She leverages his love for her to get him to let her into his troubled world – something he’s not used to. Their passionate, erotic, romantic connection keeps them bound together while the trouble he brings threatens to tear them apart at every turn.
~ Pump Up Your Book
1. If you were to describe your e-book/book in only one word, what would it be?
2. What would you say inspired you to write it?
I had the idea rattling around in my head for several months while I finished up a couple other projects. I’ve been in and around abuse and substance abuse and come out on the other side to live a happy life. I’ve dated players and bad boys in the past and it always seemed like they were stuck in their player ways. I wondered what it would take for a bad boy playboy to change. Hence, Looks like Trouble to Me was conceived.
3. What was the source of inspiration for your protagonist?
The protagonist, Jace Savage, is a combination of traits of lots of men I’ve known. I’ve watched men struggle with substance abuse, use their good looks to keep from feeling and get what they want (booty!) and their power to control another. I have known and loved that man. I wanted to give my guy a heart (it’s in there somewhere, I know it is) that made him want to change. What about your antagonist? Oh, jeez – Billy O’Reilly is that asshole guy everyone has encountered at some point. Sociopath behavior. He’s the guy who gets off on provoking others and has absolutely no regard to the negative effect he has on others. People (okay, women) flock and cling to the guy thinking he’s some key to universal happiness. I’ve known a few and have learned to “not make eye contact” — they’ll never change.
4. Have you ever been hit by the infamous “writer’s block”? What did you do to escape it?
No, I don’t seem to suffer from writer’s block with one exception – I’m committed to write a short sci-fi piece and my head’s immersed in Looks like Trouble to Me and its resolution via the next book. But honestly, usually I have to pry myself away from writing.
5. Your all time favorite book?
I’d have to say a series, not a single book – I loved Karen Marie Moning’s Fever series, especially the big sexy scenes with Jericho Barrons. Yum!
6. What made you pick that one above all others?
The sex and dramatic tension in that series was so flipping hot! I could not put it down.
7. What’s the longest time you’ve spent working on a project?
I’m an extremely fast writer so you’ll laugh when I tell you that I worked the longest and hardest on Trouble – three or four months!
8. Would you say becoming an author has changed you? In what way?
Oh my god…writing has completely transformed my life. It allows me to integrate parts of my life that were once all compartmentalized and fractured. It allows me to develop self-confidence and not let the negative reviews or rejection get me down. I am a stronger, happier person due to writing. I continue to grow and to use writing to transform myself and give my readers a glimpse of possibilities of what can happen in life if you just stay open to change.
9. Was there ever a time, during your work on the e-book/book, when you felt like giving up? What made you change your mind?
Oh, I go through that frequently when self-doubt slips in and has its way with me. For instance, on my last book, The Beckoning of BadAss Things, many readers promised reviews. The only response that appeared for a couple weeks was a vicious review by someone who got the book for free. I felt betrayed and let down by the people who promised something and never delivered and I felt angered by the one person who not only didn’t like my book (which happens – I get it) but felt compelled to share every little thing that she didn’t like and why, like she was doing the world a favor. That kind of thing makes me want to throw in the towel sometimes.
This is an industry that depends on reviews. Imagine you spent hours and hours creating something – your baby. And you love your baby. You present your baby to the world and some people fawn over it which makes you smile – They get the book! They understand! Some people hurl stones at it. Wow, are they having a bad day or what? What stone did they slither out from under? And, when stones are hurled, there’s nothing you can do or say, save for seek support from friends and the community.
Or, with this book, Looks like Trouble to Me, I had it all polished and spit shined, ready to present to the world and a friend wanted a copy for his girlfriend. That brought the fear of God into me. I had a really bad experience with a guy and his wife, who hated me, despite my trying to befriend her, because I write erotic literature and she and her spouse were heading for divorce. I didn’t cause it, I had nothing to do with their divorce, but stuff like that makes me question writing sometimes…or it makes me question telling people what I do, more like it.
In the end, though, I continue to write because writing, creating, is essential food. I must do it. I have to do it. I need to write. At heart, I am a creative person. Creative people have to create.
10. What does your day-to-day life consist of? What else do you do, aside writing?
I am a savvy web designer/developer and scuba dive professional. The web design allows me to pay the bills and the scuba diving keeps me happy. I love being weightless under the sea.
11. How do you deal with bad reviews or acid criticism? What would you advise other authors to that effect?
Oh my, it depends on the mood and my state of mind. I tend to not read any reviews, good or bad, but the bad one listed above in Q9, that made me want to quit, was emailed to me. You do have to grow a thick skin but sometimes people can be outright mean. I am thankful I have a strong group of supporters around me who help take the sting out of a bad review. And, if the negative criticism has a grain of truth, I try to grow and learn from it.
12. Is this title part of a series? Without giving us spoilers, of course, what can we expect from the next e-books/books in the series?
Yep, Looks like Trouble to Me is a two part series called the Deuce is Wilder series. We can expect more trouble, of course, even more painful angst and passion. All I can tell you is the ex-girlfriend and the father of the sociopath Billy O’Reilly will create a tremendous amount of tension in the lives of Zoé and Jace. Lots more growth for our characters!
13. What do you have stored for us in the future? What are you working on/planning on next, aside this title/series?
I have to get this sci-fi book out of the way, and then will dive back into Trouble. I have plans to continue the Wicked Series and the Beckoning Series and more erotic romance. Always writing, plotting and scheming.
14. What made you decide to go the self-pub way?
My independent spirit. I tell people I make an awful wife (I’ve got a fantastic relationship with my guy but we never tied the legal knot) and a terrible employee. I don’t do well with authority. Also, a lot of authors expressed dissatisfaction with their publishers, saying they received very little income despite good sales, payments were parsed out infrequently, publishers own their work…. Things like that dissuaded me from pursuing that route.
15. What would you say was the toughest part?
Oh, people tend to look down their noses at indie authors as somehow less than professional. I work hard at my craft, constantly learn and grow and have an editor who pushes me, like any good author. I also have to know a thing or twenty about marketing, promoting, etc. It’s hard work and demands respect, not derision.
16. Did you hire professionals for editing, cover design, formatting?
I’m an artist by trade so do my own cover art. I do my own formatting as well, since it’s in line with my profession as a web designer, too. My editor is the boss dog of boss dogs and is invaluable to my process and writing.
17. How did you decide who to hire, if you worked with pros?
My editor was recommended by a NYT Best Seller. I’d worked with other editors in the past but really respect Tina’s no nonsense approach to editing.
18. Where is your work being distributed, Amazon, B&N, Smashwords, AllRomanceEbooks/Omnilit, some other distributor? How did you decide which one(s) to go with?
I always go with Amazon and my earlier works are on Barnes and Noble, iTunes, etc. I don’t care for Smashwords and haven’t tried to publish through AllRomance yet.
19. If you could turn back in time and do things differently, would you? What would you change?
I wouldn’t change a thing except for hiring Editor Tina sooner than later.
1. Name your favorite fruit. Strawberries
2. Coffee or tea? Green Jasmine tea, hands down.
3. Favorite season? Autumn – it’s an exciting time of life…like the brilliant culmination of the year before it tucks into winter slumber.
4. How about fav time of 24 hours? I’m a morning gal, arising at anywhere from 4:30 to 6am to write.
5. Favorite food for breakfast? Fruit and granola, almost every day.
6. Latest book you’ve bought and read? CJ Ellisson’s Vanilla Twist; bought JR Ward’s The King but not feeling it at this moment (don’t get me wrong, I love JR Ward), am listening to Gods of Earth by Craig DeLancey
7. Favorite color, you know you want to tell us! Red and turquoise – the colors of passion and the sea.
8. Have a fav quote or personal motto? I wrote this on an art assignment in the 7th grade and it seems to be the motto I live by (attributed to Jack London):
“I would rather be ashes than dust!
I would rather that my spark should burn out
in a brilliant blaze than it should be stifled by dry-rot.
I would rather be a superb meteor, every atom
of me in magnificent glow, than a sleepy and permanent planet.
The function of man is to live, not to exist.
I shall not waste my days trying to prolong them.
I shall use my time.”
9. Cats or dogs? Love dogs if they’re someone else’s, own cats.
About the Author & Links:
An award-winning web designer and certified SEO specialist, Calinda B has worked in the Internet industry as a web page designer/developer since the early 1990’s. She has also explored crazy adventure including rock climbing, bending rebar with her throat, breaking boards with her hand, and firewalking. In addition to writing, Calinda B creates fine art and music, and enjoys scuba diving, kayaking, and havoc wreaking. Calinda B makes her home in the Pacific Northwest with the love of her life and her two red-headed cats.
Her secret mission is to inspire the planet to be chock full of loving passion and she’s doing her part by working on the fourth book in The Wicked Series, tentatively entitled A Wicked Ending, or the third book in The Beckoning Series, The Beckoning of Badass Things, or maybe those are done and she’s working on…. She loves to write sexy books and does it daily.
Her latest book is the erotic romance/romantic suspense, Looks Like Trouble To Me.