Interview with Author @zoe_writer
This week we spotlight author Zoe Mullins. Let’s get started with some Q&A.
Can you tell us a little bit about yourself?
A prolific writer, even in elementary school, I was forever jotting down poems and stories whenever I had the chance – especially during math class. After years of working in corporate communications, I decided to refocus on the kind of writing I loved – hot romances with strong, independent heroines.
Tell us about your latest project.
My first novel, Winning Cait, a contemporary erotica was recently released. I wanted to write a second chance at love story… something that gave the characters a chance to fix what went wrong so many years before. Our heroine is starting her life over after having lost her husband and moves back to her hometown and the lover she left behind. But she’s not going to let go of her new-found independence easily, no matter how attracted she still is to Jackson. I like the struggle she goes through to reconcile her submissive side with being her own woman, taking care of her own business. I am currently working on the next book in the series, which focuses on Cait’s best friend Sophie.
What is your favorite book and why?
In my office I have a little shelf that holds some of my prized possessions, including my first teddy bear. It also holds three books. A collection of poems of Max Ehrmann, and two children’s books. The Velveteen Rabbit that reminds us the power of friendship and love. And Nitter Pitter about the best-looking horse on Serendipity Island, who learns humility and there is more to life than his appearance.
What do you like to do when you need a break from writing?
When I need a break you can probably find me at the yoga studio, or when the weather is nice, I may head out to the coast and go paddle boarding.
Where do you usually write?
Do you write in silence or with music or other background sounds? I can write almost anywhere, just give me a notebook or a laptop, but I tend to prefer the comfort of my home office with my dogs wrapped around my feet. I can tune out noise, but prefer it most when it is relatively quiet. You won’t find my radio blaring when I’m trying to focus.
Who is your inspiration? What inspired you to become a writer?
It was very important to my parents, my mother especially that I grow up to be a reader. I don’t think either of them thought I would also be a writer, but it was apparent to them early on that was going to happen, and they were the first of a long list of supportive people in my life. So when you say inspiration, I would say other people’s belief in my is what inspired me to keep putting the words down on paper.
What is your least favorite part of being an author?
I feel like I’ve been a writer forever but only an author for a few weeks. Until now my least favorite part was submitting and waiting. Unless I make a move to indie publishing at some point, that will probably always be the bane of my existence. And it’s not the fear of rejection, so much as the administrative side of it. Each publisher wants the submission a little bit differently so you’re constantly taking the same work and revising it to suit the publisher’s guidelines.
What is your favorite part of being an author?
Are we differentiating being a writer from being an author? Because I always said if I never published I would still write because I love putting these stories bouncing around my head onto paper. As an author that is still a great thing, but I’ve discovered that it is an amazing feeling, both terrifying and exhilarating, to know others are reading it.
What is your favorite motivational phrase, and why?
I read a book when I was about twelve years old that said if you weren’t apart of the solution you were part of the problem. My work in public relations has focused on the health care sector and helping people get the care and support they needed because I truly believe that.
Do you have a writing space? Tell us what it’s like.
My home office is rather eclectic. It’s painted a rather bold purple, which is my favorite color, but everything else in is pretty light. Not surprisingly there are a lot of bookcases and shelves, but I am lucky that I also have lots of desk space to spread things out while I’m working. My window looks out into the woods and I have a number of bird feeders that I can watch from my desk. The best part of my office is how much my dogs enjoy spending time in it with me. They are usually sleeping under my desk.
The only reason Zoë learned to type in high school was so she could write even faster. A prolific writer, even in elementary school, she was jotting down poems and stories whenever she had the chance – usually during math class. After years of working in corporate communications, Zoë decided to refocus on the kind of writing she loved – hot romances with strong, independent heroines. Zoë and her husband of nearly 20 years (yes they did marry in elementary school, thank you for thinking so) live in Atlantic Canada with their fur-family (two dogs at this time). When not at her desk or with her laptop in the gazebo, you can find her at her favorite yoga studio, camping by the lake or renovating their money-pit of a house.
Zoë loves to hear from her readers. You can contact Zoë by email, Facebook or Twitter. If you want to get more insights into the characters you’ve read about, or get a sneak peak at what’s ahead, check out her Pinterest page!
Blurb for Winning Cait
After more than a decade, Cait returns home to St. Augustin and the Dom she left behind. A pampered sub, now widowed, Cait has had to adjust to making decisions for herself for the first time in years. With some help from her friends, she’s been able to begin the business she always wanted.
Then Jackson walks into her studio and it’s as if their years apart never happened. As if she hadn’t left him for his best friend. Their intense chemistry is still there, but she’s already balancing running a new business and making ends meet. Does she have room in her life for Jackson, or better yet, is she willing to relinquish her newfound control?
He’s not going to give her a choice. This time he’s determined to earn her submission, and have her back, not only as his sub, but as his wife.
Reader Advisory: This story has graphic sexual language and scenes—no closed bedroom doors (or other rooms) here!
An adult BDSM romance from Ellora’s Cave
Where to find Zoe
“Thanks for joining me today. I’d love to hear your thoughts and I’d love it if you could use the little share buttons to share with your friends. I can also be found on Facebook * Twitter*LinkedIn* Google+ * Pinterest. Sign up for my newsletter over on the sidebar to the right, and you will be notified when my next book releases. When you sign-up you will also receive a FREE copy of Love on the Screen.”