The JR Bunnies welcome Author Nancy Corrigan!
What is your most current work out?
My newest release is Beautiful Mistake, book 2 of the Royal Pride series for Ellora’s Cave.
Tell us a little about Beautiful Mistake, what inspired you to write Beautiful Mistake?
It’s an erotic feline shifter romance and I was inspired to write Devin’s story after I introduced his character in Unexpected Find. Devin and Lena’s HEA is a story of love, heartache, mistakes and forgiveness. Devin is a troubled, unstable shifter who doesn’t believe he’ll ever find love while Lena is a stubborn and independent human who’s given up on love. Together they must learn to overcome their issues and work at finding the forever love they were always waiting for.
When you start writing, do you already have the story plotted out or do you let the characters dictate what will happen?
I generally write a loose plot and allow the characters to expand on the storyline as it goes. It helps to keep the story on track. I also keep a list of characters with their physical traits and issues so reoccurring characters can grow through the series along with the main hero/heroine.
What inspired you to write in your genre? Is this the genre you started writing in or have you morphed to this one?
I love paranormal romance! It’s always been my favorite genre to read and since I have a very active imagination, I never lack ideas. I hadn’t planned on writing erotic paranormal, but to me, sex is an integral part of romance and one I couldn’t seem to cut out.
Who was the toughest character for you to “get right” that you have written so far?
Devin in Beautiful Mistake was a challenge because of his mental issues. He is head over heels in love with Lena but doesn’t understand women or how to act in a relationship nor does he realize what he feels is love. All he knows is that he never wants to give up his one true mate. Because he hovers on the verge of insanity, he needs to constantly keep his mind from wandering to topics which set him off. Lena offers him the perfect focus point. Whether they’re fighting or making love, she’s the center of his attention, exactly what Devin needs and longs for.
Do you draw inspiration for your characters from real life? Any fun stories you could share?
Inspiration comes to me from everywhere and my characters are a mix of my imagination and people I know. The same applies to the worlds I create. The tightknit farm community which serves as the base for the Royal Pride books is a combination of areas I’ve lived in. I love the small towns where everybody knows each other’s secrets, ex-lovers can be found around every corner and loyalty goes hand-in-hand with betrayal. All these aspects play a large role in the Royal Pride series. The bar featured in this town, the Black Widow, is an enhanced version of my favorite local pub.
What do you find the hardest part of writing?
For me, the hardest part of writing is finding the time to do it. I’m married, work full-time and have three kids under the age of twelve. Thankfully, my amazing hubby picks up a lot of the work at home I used to do before I started writing professionally. My crazy work schedule also gives me a week off every month which has been deemed my main writing time.
Name one thing that your readers would be surprised to know about you.
I’m a chemist by trade and never even considered writing until I got it in my head that it’s what I wanted to do.
Do you have a guilty pleasure?
Naps. Yes, I know it doesn’t sound very exciting, but believe me, it’s something I treasure. I rarely get more than four hours of sleep at night. Life’s too busy for more so I adore my cat naps at least until my dog decides to wake me up with her wet nose in my face, that is.
What TV Show/s are you addicted to?
Truth…I don’t watch much TV. I’d rather read, but I do love indulging in a good movie on occasion. My favorites are fantasy and action—the Star Wars sagas, Harry Potter and the classic James Bond movies.
Do you have a hobby that you like to try and squeeze in?
I enjoy crocheting, but I’m not very good at it. I only know a few stitches. The repetitiveness of it appeals to me, though. It helps soothe my frazzled mind.
What do you need before you start writing? Anything that is just a must have or the creative juice don’t flow?
The only thing absolutely necessary—my headphones if my family is home. I write at my kitchen table so I need to be able to block out the constant chatter so I can focus.
Does music influence your writing? If so, do any of your stories have a theme song?
Music is a constant when I write. I have playlists for different types of scenes—sex, fights and those black moments. Heaven by Otherwise helped inspire my Royal Pride series. It’s a song that always makes me wonder what I’d give up to be with the one I love.
Do you write one book from start to finish or are there multiple works underway at any given time?
I sometimes have more than one WIP started at once, but lately I’ve had to focus on only one at a time to be able to meet my deadlines. But I always have other story ideas bouncing around my head. I write those down along with any scenes I conjure as they come.
Where were you when you got your first contract? What was the book and who did you tell first?
I was actually working nightshift when I got my offer email, but I couldn’t tell my coworkers until after I shared the news with my hubby. I did, however, walk around with a giddy smile on my face all night. My first contract was for Unexpected Find, book 1 of the Royal Pride series.
How old were you when you read your first romance book?
The first romance I read was one by Nora Roberts and I was in my early teens. I used to sneak my grandmother’s paperbacks from her basket then hide in my room to read them.
Do you have an all-time favorite romance book?
Dark Magic by Christine Feehan
What author causes you to “go fan girl”/ squeal over/anticipate upcoming books?
If you still have one of those pesky non writing jobs what is it?
I’m a chemist at a pharmaceutical plant.
Do you have a favorite movie you have seen in the last few months and an all-time favorite?
Thor was the last movie I saw and I loved it! I can’t decide on an all-time favorite, but I love spoof movies including Airplane!
What are you currently working on, and what else is in the wings?
I recently finished book 3 of the Royal Pride and am just starting a new erotic series, the Wild Hunt, which will be going to Ellora’s Cave.
If you could co-write with another author who would it be?
Laurann Dohner. I love her books!
How did you hear about the “bunnies” at Joyfully Reviewed?
Through many other Ellora’s Cave authors.
Where can readers find you?
Social Media links
Facebook (profile): http://www.facebook.com/nancy.corrigan.79
Facebook (page): http://www.facebook.com/NancyCorriganAuthor
And for the silly side –
What is your favorite type of ice cream? Death by chocolate