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Interview with Em Petrova – Part 2

By Readingromances

 Thank you for being one of those readers! Like all authors, I fill out cover art request forms. Honestly, most of the time I can perfectly envision the cover, right down to the font! Of course there are times when I can’t really “see” a book’s cover, but the artists still manage to pull from my descriptions of setting and characters to give me a stellar finished artwork. The cover gods have been good to me!

What’s the most surprising thing you learned in creating your books?

I’m not a plotter. In the writing world, there are plotters, and there are pantsters. Plotters know exactly where every Interview with Em Petrova – Part 2scene is headed. Pantsters fly by the seat of their pants, and write organically. I’ve tried to plot, but honestly it bores me.

I’d much rather get a good handle on my characters, arrive at a goal for the book, and let the characters start talking to me.

What’s the craziest writing idea you’ve had?

 Oh jeez, that is a hard one. I think a lot of my ideas are crazy. I love a mash-up of genres. I guess I’d have to say my erotic medieval with steampunk elements ISOLDE’S WISH, from Loose Id.

It’s The Princess Bride meets A League of Extraordinary Gentlemen.

A lot of reviewers don’t “get it.” They think it should be steampunk or medieval, but not both. Actually, the story unfolded to me. I didn’t guide it. I don’t live in black and white, but in shades of gray!

Sounds amazing! Okay, here’s my last 3 questions:

oh no…

3)Is there a question you’d have the perfect answer for, or one you’d like to ask your readers?

Readers. Boxers, briefs, or commando?

LOL!  2)For you, what makes a romance novel a great love story?

Tension and longing.

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