Hi Monica *waves*
Ava! So glad to "see" you again! :-)
It’s been a while since we’ve had you on the blog, we’re so pleased to have you back :-)
I'm pleased to be back - it's definitely been a while.
Now first of all, we need to ask about your newest release, Owning Violet. We hear Ryder is your sexiest hero to date. Do you agree? Give us the lowdown on Ryder please :-)
Well, since I bestowed Ryder with the sexiest hero to date award, I have gone on to write Caden (from STEALING ROSE) and Max (from TAMING LILY) and my editor just told me yesterday that Max and Lily are my sexiest couple out of the three so hmm....(and yes, I'm being a tease, sorry)
But yes, Ryder is definitely sexy. He's dark and a little mean and has all of these rough edges he knows how to hide so well. He's heartless. Ruthless. He works at the cosmetics company Violet's family owns and he's determined to rise to the top of the ranks, no matter what it takes. If that means he has to seduce Violet, then he will.
He's just toying with Violet at first. He doesn't expect her to make him feel so much. And of course, soon he's falling madly in love with her and doesn't know how to deal with it. That's my favorite thing. To have a tough man fall hard for a woman. It's fun. *rubs hands together*
From reading your Facebook updates, Ryder and Violet’s story seems very fresh and exciting for you to write, what makes it different from your previous work as Monica Murphy?
It's a lot sexier (I classify it as an erotic romance). These characters, though still young, are more established in their careers. I wouldn't call it a traditional romance - my critique partner Katy Evans originally described it as having a Cruel Intentions vibe and she's right. It does. There's a lot of manipulation going on in this story.
Where did the idea for the Fowler Sisters series come from? Do you have siblings? And if so, did you draw inspiration from your own family dynamic?
I've wanted to write a story about three sisters with flower names for years. I have old notes dating back to 2007 that I recently found when I cleaned out my office. So that's how it started - three girls with flower names (and their last name is Fowler - switch the letters and you get flower...).
My family dynamic is nothing like the Fowler family. I don't have a sister! Though I have a great sister-in-law (hi Kim!). I have one brother. So I don't know what it's like to have sisters at all. So the Fowler sisters' dynamic comes from my crazy imagination.
Any good stalker worth their salt, will know that you have already finished book two in the Fowler Sisters series (due for release in March 2015) and are now at work on book three (due for release in July 2015), is it difficult keeping your books (and mind) in order, promoting a book that you may have written months before whilst your simultaneously working on a future hit?
It's so hard. The biggest thing I have a problem with is wanting to talk about the book I'm working on right now and it's not out for a while. Like Lily's book (the third book in The Fowler Sisters series). I'm waiting for edits on it. I literally just turned it in days ago. That couple...they're explosive and I want to talk about all the things and all the stuff and why in the world were they so stubborn...but I have to restrain myself. And that's hard!
We know of your alter ego Karen Erickson, how do you manage to juggle two writing careers as well as being a mum, wife and ordinary human being? Are you superwoman?
No, I'm insane. *winks* Monica came about as an experiment and then she took over my career and nudged poor Karen to the side. I was still writing as Karen but I slowed down a bit for a while...though that's ramped back up, with Karen having a pretty busy 2015 release schedule.
I have a very supportive husband who helps me out around the house and two really good kids at home (my oldest is on his own! Yes I have a 20 year old son! I had him when I was 12! KIDDING.) who also help out.
You have written some swoony heroes in your time, do you believe in big romantic gestures or are you more an ‘it’s the thought that counts’ kinda gal? Does Mr Murphy spoil you? ;-)
I'm not a believer in romantic gestures in real life, only because that's just not the way my husband is wired. He's definitely more "it's the thought that counts" type. He's a good guy. A keeper, for sure. But I do love writing about grand romantic gestures. And I love reading them too. Anything that makes my heart skip a beat, I love!
If you could have any of your books made into a movie, which one would you love to see? Do you think that differs from what your readers would pick?
Nope, I think I know which book readers would like to see made into a movie and I feel the same way - ONE WEEK GIRLFRIEND, of course. I would love to see Drew + Fable come to life!
You branched out into Young Adult fiction with your Reverie series, in which way did that process differ for you? And will we see more YA from you in the future?
I love reading YA and I love writing it so yes, I hope to have more out in the future. I have an idea that's been brewing for a long time but I have to wait for the right moment to start it.
The process of writing a YA was different in that I had to have the main characters have more restrictions and less graphic sex (because they're teens) - but really, I didn't feel like Nick and Rev were too different from Drew + Fable, just younger. I love that whole star crossed lovers type of thing. It's one of my favorite themes.
If by some insane reason, readers haven’t picked up any of your books, shocking I know- looking at you Bianca ;-) -which one would you recommend to start with?
I'm back to mentioning ONE WEEK GIRLFRIEND again, only because it's the first book I wrote as Monica. That story is raw and emotional and it just grabbed at me from the start and wouldn't let me go until I finished it. And I think it shows in the writing. I'm proud of that book. It changed my career.
And finally, just to make sure our stalking profile on you is up to date, where can we see you over the following months, do you have any upcoming signings?
Stalkers! Kidding. I'm doing the Love and Fifty signing in Sacramento CA in February. I'll be at the Austin Book Signing in March as well as the California Dreamin' So Cal conference. I'll be at the RWA conference in July in New York City. And that's all I have planned at the moment...
Thanks so much for taking the time to answer our questions :-)
And thank you for having me! It's always a pleasure. :-)
Right off we learn Violet has a secret ("the incident") swept under the rug by her family. She also thinks her relationship with Zach (the current boyfriend) is perfect even though she knows he's cheated. Cheating all the time actually and yet she still is desperate for him to ask her to marry him. "Zachary loves me in his own special way." Ya, that's special all right, Violet.
Ryder works for Violet's father has had quite the rough and loveless upbringing. But now, together with his friend/ex-lover/current lover/manipulator/personal saviour/bitch), Pilar, they come up with a plan to get ahead in the company (yes, Pilar also works there) burning everyone who gets in their way to the top. Target number one, Violet...
I was expecting Ryder to be an asshole (as I was told before I started the book), which I am totally okay with. What I was not expecting was for him to be a dirty pig. I mean leaving Pilar and running straight to Violet afterwords...PIG. And even though Violet knew what happened between them, she still let him put his tainted mouth on her...Desperate! Either that or their chemistry was just too hot to ignore. Which I must admit, all Ryder-pigness aside, they did have hot chemistry. Oh right also, "Have a good weekend." HAVE A GOOD WEEKEND?!?! OMG yes ok, that was a good asshole move, Ryder. I think Violet needed to stand up for herself with all of the men in her life, she was a little weak on that point, and it pissed me off. If you don't smarted up every guy you meet is gonna walk all over you for the rest of your life! Right up until the end she pissed me off with all the Zach stuff too. Ok breathe, Kat, Breathe... I just wanted her to take her head out of her ass!
I thought the plot of Ryder and Pilar scheming was good, Pilar had (or has) great villain potential. Although I would have liked to see a little more exciting drama as it all went down. Which it didn't really go down, because Pilar starting dating someone. And I'm hoping that storyline is not over. I'm hoping like hell it continues to the next book, because it needs to be more explosive for the other people involved in the situation. I wouldn't be upset with a little catfighting to ensue. In fact, I'm hoping for some hair pulling and flying extensions.
Even though I didn't love this story, I did (as always) enjoy Monica's writing. And that right there is what's going to keep me wanting to read the rest of the series. Ok, that AND my hopeful wishing for some catfights.
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New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Monica Murphy is a native Californian who lives in the foothills below Yosemite. A wife and mother of three, she writes New Adult and contemporary romance for Bantam and Avon. She is the author of One Week Girlfriend and Second Chance Boyfriend.
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