Reading Paige Tyler is a treat. Her erotic romances are fun and sexy. Most of them include spanking (besides hot sex). To date, she’s published about thirty titles with three different publishers: Elora’s Cave, Whiskey Creek Press Torrid, and Blushing Books. Her most recent Ellora’s Cave release, DEAD SEXY, features a most unlikely hero…a zombie.
Cara: You write erotic romance, both contemporary and paranormal. I’ve read several of your books. To me, what stands out about your work is that even though your romances are erotic, there is a genuine wholesomeness to the stories, to the characters that contrasts with the eroticism. Do you see this in your work? Is this intentional?
Paige: First, thanks so much for the compliment. I’m so flattered you’ve read my books! To answer your question, it’s definitely a conscious decision on my part. A good book has to be about the story first. I always hear people say that the way to tell the difference between erotica and erotic romance is to take the sex out and see if the story can stand on its own. That’s something I try really hard to accomplish with every book, even in the Quickies I write for Ellora’s Cave. The hero and heroine might not know it yet, but they’re soul mates. The book focuses on their relationship first, then the sex and the adventure they have.
Paige: I write books about strong, sexy, alpha males and the feisty, independent women who fall for them. They’re wickedly hot romance that have everything from verbal foreplay to sexual heat, along with adventure, passion and true love will bring a blush to your cheeks and leave you breathlessly panting for more!
Cara: Spanking is a common element in your romances. Why do you as an author choose to write about spanking?
Paige: Well, they do say to write what you know! LOL! Actually, I’ve always had a thing for spanking, which I totally blame, or should I say, credit, to Johanna Lindsey. I couldn’t get enough of her books and it was all because she put spanking in them! There’s just something about a big, strong, handsome hero putting a spunky heroine over his knee that I totally love!
Cara: What do you think makes spanking so popular with readers?
Paige: I think spanking appeals to the naughty, bad-girl in us. Or bad boy. LOL!
Cara: I know that you and your husband love zombie movies, and he suggested that you write about a sexy guy who was also a zombie, hence your recent release, DEAD SEXY. Do you regularly use him as a sounding board? As a reader?
Paige: All the time! He always has such great ideas. That being said, I must confess I was a little skeptical about a zombie hero, but it worked! DEAD SEXY is one, very hot read! I use my hubby a lot more than my sounding board and idea man, though. He’s also my writing/critique partner, as well as my biggest fan and cheerleader!
Cara: Authors are inspired by many different things and start writing from different places. Some start with a character, others with a plot. I know some who begin with the setting. What inspires you, and where do you start?
Paige: I usually start with the hero and heroine, and a very simple connection between them. Usually it isn’t much more than a basis “guy meets girl” situation. With that basic beginning, I’ll say to my hubby, okay, I have this guy and this girl and he’s this and she’s that, so help me get them together!
Cara: What’s a typical day for you like?
Paige: We get up early, so after my hubby goes to work, I curl up with my laptop. I read my email, do any blogs, FB, and Twitter stuff, then start writing.
Cara: How did you start writing romance? And why romance and not some other genre?
Paige: I actually started seriously writing around the time the Lord of the Rings movies came out, so I was obsessed with everything epic fantasy and tried my hand at that first. After eight-hundred pages and a very complicated story, I discovered writing epic fantasy was not my thing. I was browsing the net and came across the sister site of one of my publishers, Blushing Books. It’s a member site, that publishes chapter-by-chapter spanking romances, so all I could read were the free samples, but it was enough to make me think, hey, I can write that! So, I did!
Cara: Who are your favorite authors?
Paige: Well, I’ve already confessed my love for all books Johanna Lindsey, but in addition to her, I’d have to say whatever author I’m reading at the time. There are just too many out there to limit yourself to just a few. Plus, I’m always willing to grab someone else’s book and find another great writer!
Cara: What would you like readers to get out of your books?
Paige: I want them to fall in love with the hero and heroine. Of course, I also want them to love the story so much that they can’t wait to read another one of my books!
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