CONTEST IS CLOSED. THE WINNER OF LOUISA'S CONTEST IS: HOTCH12. CONGRATULATIONS! LOUISA WILL EMAIL YOU WITH THE DETAILS.
Karen: Louisa Masters is here to share her new release, Inter-Office Relations. What if you had the chance to act out your daydream with the gorgeous guy you secretly had a crush on? Louisa’s tantalizing tale will make you wish you had. Let’s give her a warm welcome. Comments or questions are always welcomed. There’s a contest, too. So read on and find out how you could be a winner.
Karen: Let’s start by telling the readers a little about yourself.
Louisa: I'm Australian by birth and inclination, and yes, right now it's summer and I'll be spending New Year's at the beach J
I've worked in many different industries, and learned a lot from my colleagues. You'll see some of that in my books!
It's easy to keep me happy—a good book, chocolate, wine, maybe a bubble bath...mmm. I'm still looking for the perfect man to rub my feet while I'm in the bath.
Karen: Your new release is Inter-Office Relations. What inspired you to write the tale?
Louisa: I had a crush on a guy at work—this is when I still worked in the corporate world—and I didn’t want to act on it because we worked quite closely together. I did have the occasional daydream about dragging him off to the photocopy room, and that made me wonder...what would he say if I just asked, out of the blue?
Karen: Jeannie Price is the heroine of the story. What is she like? Why does she have Tim Harding on her To-Do-List?
Louisa: Jeannie is a fairly conservative woman. She's independent and loyal, and she has a repressed naughty side. She's been attracted to Tim since she met him, but didn't want to disrupt the workplace balance by asking him out. Once she quits, that's no longer an issue...
Karen: What is Tim like? What does he think of Jeannie and her proposal? What does he think about her just walking away after their tryst?
Louisa: Tim barely hesitates between Jeannie's proposition and his rush for the conference room! Check out the first scene here. He's had a thing for Jeannie for ages, and when she walks away, it devastates him. His mission: convince her they're worth a chance.
Karen: What do you find most rewarding about writing?
Louisa: The endings. I love happy endings, and I love closing the story knowing that my characters are happy. That's why I started writing originally, because I hated other people's endings!
Karen: What are your current projects and works in progress?
Louisa: I have three WIPs at the moment, one story sold, and one shopping with a couple of publishers.
One Night in a Bar, due mid-2012 from Total-e-Bound, is about Karen, who mourns the loss of her job and her boyfriend in a bar. A bit tipsy, she picks up a guy who's the complete opposite of her usual type, and they have sex in the alley behind the bar. The next morning, she's mortified, and vows to put it behind her...and then her one-hour stand turns up as a client at her new job.
Diving in Deep is my first attempt at m/m, only because I don't do things by halves, it's m/m/m. Geeky Cameron decides to re-invent himself with a three month trip to far-north Australia. He meets Jake and Troy, co-owners of a reef tour and snorkel company, when he goes out on their boat for a day-trip. He falls in love with scuba diving...and with his instructors.
I'm working on the sequel to One Night in a Bar, about Karen's best friend Mandy, who picked the bar that caused Karen to lose her inhibitions. I'm also trying my hand at a space opera about a professional companion, and another m/m starring a tennis player. I try to post updates on my site www.louisamasters.com
Karen: What genre inspires your writing?
Louisa: Romance. I've been reading it since I was eleven and first worked out how to sneak my mother's books from under her nose. I became an expert at smuggling books into the house and finding hiding spots. Then I turned sixteen and Mum told me she'd known all along.
I'm also an epic fantasy fan, but only if there are happy endings!
I'll read anything once, except horror. It gives me nightmares.
Karen: Tell the readers where they can find you:
Louisa: Check out my website www.louisamasters.com.au and you can email me anytime at email@example.com
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Louisa’s Contest: I'm selecting one lucky commenter to receive a title of their choice from Karen's backlist. You have until midnight on the 5th before I make my choice!
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Karen: Thank you so much for coming by and sharing your stories with us. I wish you the very best for 2012!