Guest Author - Tonya Kinzer
Today I’m happy to have author, Tonya Kinzer as our guest at Fierce Romance.
To get started, Tonya, please tell us a little about yourself.
Tonya: I’m a woman who enjoys writing that opens new doors of reading entertainment to individuals and partners who read together. I’m a wife, mother, sister, friend….the sweetheart next door! *wink* I’ve been writing for years but only recently decided to self publish. I’m pretty techie and find the formatting and uploading easy once you figure out how each site works because all of them are different. It takes patience and the ability to read directions. I’m self taught in most of what I know how to do and do my own covers, book trailers, promo items and websites.
I do two monthly drawings, one each from my blog followers and from those who subscribe to my newsletter. If the readers want to be included, they can follow my blog and subscribe to my newsletter. The links are on both my blog and my website. I announce the winners in the newsletter.
What would your readers be surprised to know about you?
Tonya: Maybe that I’m a workaholic, but so is my husband. I don’t have a lot of free time. If I’m not working at the office, I’m home on my laptop writing, blogging, adding to my websites, marketing, Tweeting, on FaceBook, etc. Hubby and I do make time for each other so that’s scheduled in there too. I’m also a night owl - that being said, I’m not one who gets up at the crack of dawn to write but I’m usually back at my computer by 8 am or so.
Sounds like you’re pretty busy. Tell us about your most recent release.
Tonya: I write erotic romance with soft bondage in the BDSM lifestyle. For those who have never read this genre, my books don’t go deep into the torture aspects. I write more about the sensual feelings of deprivation like blindfolds taking away the ability to ‘see’ what’s being done to you. This in itself brings out the fact that you MUST trust who is in the scene with you. The lifestyle is not to be taken lightly; you must discuss many things with the partner you choose before accepting to ‘play’. Not all lifestylers do this 24/7; some are in the bedroom only for the excitement of the couple. My website has links for those interested in learning more.
Book four in my series, The Boss’s Pet: Their Submissive Switch, goes deeper into the learning process of the BDSM lifestyle for Sondra and she’s learned enough to turn the tables on one of the Masters, surprising him with what she’s learned. Sondra also gets instructed by her first female Domme and that scene is pretty steamy. They enjoy playing in Palm Springs and this story takes them back there.
What element of story creation is your favorite? (Character? Setting? Plot? Etc.) Why?
Tonya: I can’t say I have a favorite because I love it all. When the characters start talking to me and changing the plots and scenes, they take off on me and sometimes I can’t keep up! LOL There have been several scenes I’ve written out and a character steps up to tell me what I need to add to make it better! That’s when the writing is easiest. If I get stuck on a scene, I move on and come back to that part later because I know when the characters are ready, they’ll tell me how it should read.
Do you have rituals you follow when writing?
Tonya: I create best when I’m alone and it’s quiet. Sometimes I do music but most often it’s quiet. A glass of wine may happen at night and the morning coffee is a must!
Most people think a writer’s life is really glamorous. What’s the least glamorous thing you’ve done in the past week?
Tonya: I got called to one of our offices for computer problems so had to step away from my laptop to get things up and running and it took longer than I wanted. By the time I got back home I was exhausted. I don’t eat right most of the time, which affects my energy level but when I’m deep in a story or designing a web page, food just isn’t that important until the headache kicks in!
What’s your advice for aspiring writers?
Tonya: Write every day and make it a habit. I don’t write every day and that would be my down side. Doing newsletters, interviews, website updates and marketing isn’t writing. If you don’t write and get the stories down, you’ll have nothing to market! New authors need to have a website, blog, FB and Twitter accounts - that is how your readers will find you. Chat with other authors; many are willing to help newbies and guide them along.
What can we look forward from you in the future?
Tonya: I do plan to do a few books outside the series but I think there will always be additional books INSIDE the series as well. I have too much with those characters to not write about them anymore. Nick and Sondra have a relationship that keeps them together and they work well at the office, too.
Where can we find out more about you?
Tonya: I am on Facebook and Twitter. I didn’t include an excerpt here because they are listed on my website for those wanting to venture over and take a peek. My sites are 18 and over, just as fair warning. Here are a few links and there are more on my websites:
Blog Site: http://tonyakinzer.blogspot.com
Each book has a link to Ch 1 and also an excerpt but they do come with a warning - Explicit sexual content so beware to the average readers.
Is there a question you’d like to ask our readers?
Tonya: Thank you so much for having me here this week! I’d love to ask the readers what they find most important in an author’s newsletter - is it contest links, author interviews, upcoming releases by other authors, etc?
CONTEST: Friday night, March 9th, I’d like to pick one lucky commenter to win a $15 gift card. Answer the above question and include your email addy in the comment so I can reach you.