I’m hosting an interview today with contemporary romance author Renee Curtis. Thanks for appearing on my blog, Renee!
1) When did you know you wanted to be an author?
Actually it wasn’t something I ever endeavored to be. But I was encouraged by some friends when I told them I had a dream that I wrote a book. It was good advice and they have been tremendous supporters ever since.
2) Why ‘adult contemporary romance’?
I started out writing love/life as a “sweet romance” story but it sort of took on a life of itself and turned out to be something bigger and better in my opinion.
3) Where did you get the inspiration for ‘Love/Life: Hot in Houston’?
Life and the pursuit of what makes me happy. I believe that every opportunity that presents itself is put there to teach you something or give you something you need even if you don’t know it at the time.
4) Name your three favorite contemporary romance books.
Sinners on Tour by Olivia Cunning, Love You More by M.L. Stephens.
5) How long did it take you to write ‘Love/Life: Hot in Houston’?
I started writing it in the fall of 2008. Wrote 3/4 of it then shelved it until a year ago. My boyfriend found it on the computer read it and asked me why I hadn’t finished it or done anything with it? At that point I thought it might be good enough to publish and finished it and shopped it around. Signed with Firefly & Wisp about 5 months later.
6) Do you have any advice for aspiring authors?
Write a good story and be true to yourself. You might get passed on a few dozen times but don’t give up. Keep plugging away at it and hire a good editor. 🙂 lol
7) Are you working on something right now? If so, can you tell us more about it?
The follow up to love/life. Revisiting the Hawthorne sisters a few years after the first story ended. And I’m bringing back a minor character from the story that is ready to cause some trouble. Also a compilation of erotic short stories that I hope to get out by the beginning of summer.
About Love/Life: Hot in Houston
Author: Renee Curtis
Genre: Adult Contemporary Romance
The Hawthorne sisters have it all: beauty, wealth and all of the trappings of high society Houston. Jasen-gorgeous and smart. She’s captured the heart of small town boy, Diesel. And she intends to give him more than just her heart in return! Sooner rather than later. Adrienne-the blonde bombshell. Her want-it-all-now attitude makes her irresistible to her rocker boyfriend, Jackson. But it also has the attention of a married man. Will she make the right choice when it comes to love? Their twenty second year will prove to be one fabulous, wild ride that will leave you wanting more. Because nothing makes Houston hotter than the Hawthorne sisters.
Born and raised in Longview Texas, Renee’ is the youngest of six children. She began reading at an early age, and that love has yet to fade. Her favorite book as a child was Charlotte’s Web by E.B. White and as a teen The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne. She later found Jackie Collins, John Grisham and more recently Olivia Cunning. Her bookshelves overflow with their well developed characters, clever, sexy, exciting story lines and beautiful
Though becoming a writer was never something that she endeavored to be, it did come to her in the form of a dream. After getting encouragement from some friends in 2008, she set about writing “love/life”as a romance story for the new millennium. Four years, a divorce and a spectacular new relationship later, she finished a quasi romance/erotica story of the Hawthorne sisters and their sin-sational lives.
In her spare time, Renee’ enjoys golf, movies, hanging out with friends and spending time with her family. Her all-time favorite movie is A Time to Kill starring fellow Longview alum Matthew McConnaughey. Others include Boondock Saints and all of the Daniel Craig 007 movies.
She loves music, and her Ipod is a mix of indie, alt, pop, and maybe even a country song or two (think fellow Texans Steve Earle or Pat Green). Television is a rarity, but comes in the form occasionally of BBC America’s Top Gear, Duck Dynasty or the brash and funny Daniel Tosh of Tosh.0. She also lays claim to the title of #1 Dallas Star’s hockey fan (just ask to see the tattoo for proof).
She currently resides in the Dallas Ft. Worth Metroplex with her family and a cat that thinks she’s a dog.