Now this room is our haven . . . so I probably shouldn’t have you in here with me . . . but I’ve been trying to nail Em Woods (aka the SO Goddess) down for this interview ~~ and this has nothing to do with my so-called procrastination issues, mind you ~~ but that woman won’t stop working. But never fear! I have it on good authority from her muse that she is heading this way for a lil R&R between projects.
Know what that means? It means girl time!!!! *giggling and bouncing* So to get everyone in the mood . . . ahem . . . here’s the setting . . . I took all the pillows from the couches and beds (hey – we need to rest once in a while you know) and piled them on the floor here . . . I’ve got the snickerdoodles and the M&Ms handy . . . coffee and white Russians at the ready . . . oh yeah – and so we don’t get interrupted . . . I called in our beautiful Jade to wrangle the boys and go out scouting for the next SO eye candy . . . interesting how the boys didn’t even bat an eye – just followed our French beauty like she was the pied piper . . . huh *shakes head smiling*
*squeeeee* . . . Here she comes!!!!
*leans on the SO doorframe* Hello, my Havan.
Hi Em! How ya doing you smexy thang? Oh don’t mind us . . . I just thought that maybe you could cop a squat on the pillows . . . real close to me like . . . and maybe we could jabber jaw about things . . . you know the weather . . . the price of gas . . . YOU!!!! hee hee
Sure, let’s give it go. *plops down next to Havan*
*scoots closer to the beauty* So Em . . . I was told you were sneaking in here to get a few minutes to yourself *sheepishly looks around at everyone and blushes a little* tell us what ensemble you wear for some comfortable R&R?
*looks down, then back at Havan* What you see is what you get. I’m typically in a softie t-shirt (can’t stand those shirts that feel like they’ve just been ironed with starch) and my Victoria Secret “Love Pink” sweats. Then I grab my laptop and dive in with the boys.
If I were to snag your laptop right now and open it . . . what project would blast out at me?
Ooh, that can be complicated. But right this second, I am working on a paranormal ménage (m/f/m), a paranormal m/m and then ironing out the kinks on the blog story Harper’s Discovery for our anthology. I like to keep a couple stories going at a time, that way when I hit a stumbling block I can move on to a new thought process and come back to the other when inspiration hits.
I know that you write M/M romance . . . or erotica for those who prefer that title . . . and you just mentioned M/F/M . . . yummy . . . do you think you will ever give the M/F genre a run for their money?
Well, yeah, I mentioned that ménage back there, and I do have another strictly m/f series that needs editing…not sure if I’ll do it though. It’s … daunting. LOL.
Oh . . . hoping you do honey! About Temporary Magic (your M/F/M) what difficulties did you encounter between writing sex scenes with and without a woman . . . um . . . handy?
*blushes* I stumble over that damn “p” word. I am having the hardest time getting her in the scene! Give me two men and I can describe everything without a single problem…add a chick and I’m toast.
Yeah . . . that ‘p’ word irks me at times *shivers*. Besides the one waiting in the wings, do you think you might do another strictly het book? Or will there always be some yummy man loving mixed in?
At this moment, I don’t plan on writing another unless I get some fabulously positive feedback on my ménage. It’s a serious labor to write het for me and I’m not sure yet if it’s a labor of love or what…LOL
How does your hubby feel about your writing preferences? Do you ever ask him to help act out scenes that just aren’t . . . um . . . coming together? *slaps hands over mouth and blushes*
*very big grin* oh, hubby is more than happy to help when I’m frustrated over something…but if I have questions…he tells me to ask my muse. *laughing* He is very supportive of my choice in writing, brags me up wherever he goes. I couldn’t ask for better.
Oh boy . . . a hubby that is willing to lend a helping hand and is up? I’d say that’s inspiration for a good couple of decades or more! *leans over and whispers* has he lifted the ban on me sitting outside your window yet? You know what . . . never mind don’t answer that . . . *clears throat*
You know, just the other day he was asking me where you were. *ahem*
*jots down in my planner that I now have plans for Wednesday night . . . every Wednesday night for the next couple of decades*
Okay – I had someone ask me the other day why I use a pen name. It’s a simple question and she wasn’t being rude but it made me think . . . and I believe it’s a personal decision if you use one or not. So my question to you is how did you choose the name Em Woods . . . btw – love the last name baby! *smirks*
Well, let me answer the unspoken question first. I use a pen name because I don’t want my sons to have any ill effects from my choices until they are old enough to make decisions for themselves. Once they get old enough, it will be their choice if they want their friends to know Mom is an erotic romance author.
Now, how did I come up with it? *grin* Hubby helped. “Em” is my nickname, so I have been Em most of my life. That was easy. But “Woods” is a play on my maiden name and one my hubby came up with during a late night conversation. *wink*
So that’s what you’re calling it nowadays? Conversation?
*laughs* well, that conversation did come after smex…but I didn’t figure you’d care to hear about that.
Um . . . yeah . . . wrong *giggles* . . . but next question . . . *shuffles through notecards*
Now, you wear a lot of different titles . . . mother . . . wife . . . EDJ ass kicker . . . author . . . friend . . . and finally the Story Orgy Goddess. Yes . . . everyone has heard us calling you the infamous (maybe even a bit notorious lol) SO Goddess; and the title is rightly earned! Did you think six months ago when you started doing prompt writing on Mondays . . . by yourself none-the-less . . . that this phenomenon would happen?
No way. I started writing prompts again because I missed practice writing. Then Lee emailed, asking if I wanted company…and the rest is history. I never thought we would evolve like we did, but I am enjoying every minute of it. I’ve made some of the best friends I could ask for, I wouldn’t know what to do without my muse now, and the stories that come out of our prompts are amazing!
Under your adult supervision, the SO has individually and collectively come up with some great ideas: a FaceBook page . . . two successful contests . . . an antho with the proceeds for the first 90 days of release going to the Trevor Project and another antho is in the wings. Wow!!!! Not to mention the fans and friends we have are easily the best! Can you give us a glimpse of some of the stuff on the horizon for the SO?
*snorts* Adult? That’s cute.
Now…what kind of surprise would it be if I spilled the beans on what we have planned here? *blinks innocently*
*leans in close and lowers voice* . . . So tell me the truth . . . who’s your favorite SO member . . . it’s me isn’t it . . . isn’t it? *giggles*
My favorite? Weeeell… there’s Lee and his 501s (who wouldn’t be partial to that smexy ass in faded denim?), and then you my Havan (all those gropes and giggles and snuggles?), and Jade’s oh-so-smexy smile behind that camera, and Hank’s pretty, pretty…eyes. But you know I’m partial to my muse. Aside from how freaking hawt he is, the poetry my JR can spin is amazing. Makes me tear up every time. *happy sigh*
*drool running out of corner of my mouth . . . shakes head roughly* sorry . . . jeans visual overtook me for a moment . . . hmmmm . . . jeans *wipes drool and straightens up* . . . and oh halibut yeah – I’m excited every time JR posts more of his poetry . . . that boy has some serious mojo working for him! *big smile*
Curious question . . . how many open WIP do you have that you actually have progress on . . . how many open thoughts do you have that are waiting to be WIP?
I have five open WIPs right at the moment and way more plot bunnies lingering, just waiting for their turn. I can’t go anywhere without snapping a picture of someone/something that has inspired a storyline in my head. I’ve got notes scribbled everywhere. LOL.
Exactly when do you find time to . . . oh I don’t know? . . . sleep, eat, go potty?
Well, it’s a full life and late nights, that’s for sure. *grin* And sleep is the first to be sacrificed…my muse is constantly reminding me that pesky stuff is necessary.
Now, you have a new book out with a very interesting premise behind it . . . can you tell us a bit about Impossible to Resist?
Mmm…Impossible to Resist is about a cutie - Max, who through past experiences, has come to hate being touched. Which kinda sucks since the thing he wants most is to be loved by someone. Miah is just the man to show him how to get around the nightmare of his past, and sets out to do it. *grin*
Max sounds like he was a hard character to write, but endearing also. Do you fall a little for your main characters and do you have one that has touched your heart more than the others?
Whew. Max was hard to write, and I have things that even now I wish I had done. Maybe I’ll give them a follow up book. But the one who holds my heart is one that hasn’t seen the publishing light yet – Graham from Chasing Alex.
Hmmmm . . . I look forward to cornering you again when Graham comes to ‘light’ for another round of blatantly inappropriate questions . . . hee hee
Guess what time it is!!!!! It’s round robin time!!!! Now I thought up some real good ones for you, my precious . . . get ready . . . get set . . . here they come!!!!!
If you had to come up with a ‘safe’ word right now . . . ? Joy. For oh-so-many reasons. *grin*
Talker or screamer? Hello? Two sons just down the hall…neither…used to be screamer though. *wink*
In the lines or outside of the box? Outside the box. Always.
Creamy or crunchy . . . peanut butter that is? Who can resist all those nuts?
Lick or nibble? Nibble!
Vanilla . . . chocolate . . . strawberry . . . all three preferably on top of a nice six pack? Chocolate…anytime, anywhere.
Hot or cold? HOT!
Sexiest garment you own? Erm…are clothes required?
Favorite candle scent? Vanilla. *shrugs at Havan’s bland look* It smells like cookies, okay?
*looks on backside of index card* . . . huh . . . no more questions? But I’m not ready to let you go! So . . . you wanna cuddle?
*snuggles in with my Havan* I’ve got a minute or five. If you think you can chase all the watchers out…this is a private room after all. *wink*
*wraps arms around Em and smiles at the onlookers* Sorry friends, you gots to go now . . . I needs some cuddle time before I pretend to get back to work, *smirks at Em* that is until our muses hunt us down and crack their whips . . . and in no way shape or form do we encourage that at all *winks wickedly*.
But there will be another time for us to enjoy my Goddess . . . because I’m all about the multiples baby . . . hee hee
*blows kiss* Can’t wait to see you again. Thanks for having me, my Havan!
Here are a couple of yummy excerpts from the ultra talented Em Woods . . . links are posted also so go crazy I tell you! hee hee
Impossible to Resist
Rating: Gay M/M Contemporary
Length: short story
Available: Total E-Bound
While Max’s biggest fear is being touched, his greatest dream is to be loved. Can he let Jeremiah close enough to heal, or will he turn away all that he wants for the safety of what he knows?
Max Eisner suffers from haptephobia, the fear of being touched. He refuses to let that stop him from living, though every second outside his house compounds his distress. Nor does it prevent him from yearning for that one man who will crash through those barriers and make Max his in every way.
Jerimiah Sandburg has watched the handsome man walk past his office door every morning for the past three months. Every day he has the same pained look on his face, flinching whenever someone brushes against him. Jerimiah isn’t sure if Max will trust him enough to work through whatever is bothering him, but he’s not willing to wait another day to claim the smaller man for his own.
Will Max listen to the call of his heart, or will he shut himself off once and for all?
And The Prompt Is…
Rating: Gay M/M Anthology
Short stories: Contemporary / paranormal
Picking Up Quinn by Em Woods
Will racer Quinn Rowan and tow truck driver Liam Nelson find that love is enough to cross even the greatest divide?
Finding Pleasure by JR Boyd
This yarn takes a glimpse inside the life of Paramedic, Sterling Kost, whom works side-by-side with his assigned partner and EMT, Innocenzo Lucciano (aka Cenzo). Committed to discovering a place in the hospital, Sterling and Cenzo spend their lunch break scouring Methodist Medical Center of Dallas for a secluded location where they can be alone.
Farewell by Havan Fellows
Dwight’s heartache leads him to the cemetery; where lessons are waiting to be learned and second chances are freely given.
The Old Soda Shop by Lee Brazil
Former college roommates Matt and Sam have a history. Will a chance encounter in the street lead to a second chance at love?With This Ring by Hank Edwards
The Ritz Carlton Hotel, Central Park, is one of the most elegant and romantic hotels in the world, even for its employees. When Carl, a seasoned member of the maintenance team, meets Dylan, a younger bellboy, their attraction is undeniable. Carl and Dylan meet in rooms recently vacated by guests and slowly forge a relationship, but can they overcome the difference in their ages and, somehow, fulfill Dylan’s dream of spending the night as a guest in the hotel?