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Monday, February 18, 2013

Vampires, Bitches, and Virgins with Siobhan Muir

Today, Siobhan Muir is gracing my blog! I'm really excited about this interview. Siobhan, by far, is one of the sweetest people I know :) Over the last year I've gotten to know this interesting woman. About the time I think she can't surprise me....she does! Check out her interview and you'll see why :)

Hennessee: If your friends could describe you with one word, what would it be?


Siobhan: I don’t really know what they’d say about me. One friend said “reliable”, another said “Witty.” My husband said “sexy.” :D

Hennessee: What do you say to people who believe romance books are porn for women?


Siobhan: That they need to find more joy in their lives. Romance might be porn for women, but I’ll tell you this, romance is also about family values, love, respect, and human connection, everything that is good in marriages and family. The definition of romance is there is a happily-ever-after. That’s it. Who doesn’t want that?

Hennessee: When did you begin writing?


Siobhan: I started writing when I was about 12 years old because I started reading at the age of 9. The stories wouldn’t stay in my head any longer. So I had to start writing them down. I haven’t stopped.

Hennessee: What kind of hero do you most enjoy writing about?


Siobhan: Men. LOL Obnoxious answer, isn’t it? Actually I like writing men as accurately as I can with all their foibles and faults. I often ask my husband to help me with answers to questions like “If this happened what would you do or think? How would you react?” I like my heroes to be masculine and somewhat alpha, but I’ve taken qualities from many of the men I know in real life and used some of them in my heroes.

Hennessee: Are any of the scenes in your books based on personal experiences?


Siobhan: LOL Since I write paranormal romance, I haven’t had any of the experiences I’ve written about. But I will say I’ve tried to think of what I’d do in the same situation and write from that perspective.

Hennessee: What do you think makes a great bedroom scene?


Siobhan: Sensory data: taste, sights, scents, sounds, and touch. We all do the same things more or less in the same way, but if you’re really present in the scene, you will get all the sensory data added to the emotional input. It’s the difference between watching a movie and being in on the action. ;)

Hennessee: If you could date any character from your books, who would it be and why?


Siobhan: To be honest, I’ve dated nearly all of them since they come to me in dreams. I’ve spent quiet evenings with them as they tell me their secrets and let me write them down. Jeff Lightfoot came to me looking like Russell Crowe. Oh yeah, that was a rough night. ;) 

Hennessee: Is there any of your strengths or weaknesses in your books you use to develop your characters?

Siobhan: I think a lot of personality and strength of my heroines comes from me. I don’t have a lot of tolerance for damsels in real life and I don’t write about them in my stories. Granted, all the women I write about are not super women, but they do have a core strength that gets them through the torture of their tales. I also write situations I wonder what it would be like to experience. My upcoming release is an exploration into what I would do if presented with the situation.

Hennessee: When is your favorite time to write?

Siobhan: Morning. I’m totally a morning person and will get up early just to have a little extra time to write. If I’m smart and stay off Facebook while both my kids are at school in the morning, I get a ton of writing done. Sometimes that’s just not possible with promotion and interaction.

Hennessee: How do you deal with writer’s block?


Siobhan: I usually go for a walk and talk the story out. Sometimes I’m forced to just move on to another story, but fortunately I have three or four of them going on at once for just this reason. ;)

Hennessee: Do you have an upcoming book you would like to tell me about?


Siobhan: The next book coming out is entitled Not a Dragon’s Standard Virgin, and it started from the idea of the double standard between men and women when it came to sex. Ever heard of the “Walk of Fame/Walk of Shame”? If you come home early in the morning and you’re male, you’re famous. If you’re female, you’re shameful. Nothing pissed me off more than being criticized for having sex because I wanted to. So I started to wonder what I would do if I had a choice between being eaten by a dragon (virgin sacrifice) and losing my virginity, but being ostracized as a whore. This is what I came up with:

Sacrificial virgins are so sixteenth century, but unless Isabelle finds a man to take her innocence, she may be next.



For Isabelle Andersen, being a virgin in a dragon-plagued Scottish village is a dangerous position. Potentially the next dragon sacrifice, Isabelle’s only way out is to lose her innocence, and fast. Men are more plentiful than ale at her father’s tavern, but unfortunately for Isabelle, they seem to prefer the charms of sheep over her. All she needs is one handsome stranger she can coax into bed, but Lochmore Cott doesn’t get much in the way of visitors.



Jonarrion Swiftwind has sworn off virgins. The last time he took one to his bed, his family paid the price for his lust at the hands of her demon-possessed father. Since that night, he’s made it his mission to destroy demons and keep his bed virgin-free. Jon’s hunt brings him to Lochmore Cott, hard on the trail of a demon-in-dragon’s-clothing. Nothing distracts him from killing the demon until lovely Isabelle offers him a mug of tea. And her virginity.



It takes just one night of passion for Jon to realize he doesn’t ever want to let the independent beauty go. But will Isabelle accept him when she discovers the only real dragon in her village… is him?



Isabelle is a take-charge kind of woman in a world that doesn’t appreciate it, but she’ll do anything to survive. She’s a lot like me. :)

Hennessee: What inspires your stories?


Siobhan: Sometimes, like with Not a Dragon’s Standard Virgin, it’s an idea or question I have. Most of the time, my stories come from dreams I have and managed to write down before I’ve forgotten them.

Hennessee: If you could have dinner with anyone, who would it be and why?


Siobhan: This might be weird and funny, but I’d like to have dinner with Evan Stone. He’s a porn star, and he’s very well endowed, but that’s not why I’d like to talk to him. I’ve seen an interview with him and he seems like a funny, down-to-earth kind of guy. I’d love to spend an evening talking about filming porn, sex, relationships for folks in his line of work, and anything else. He seems like a really interesting person.

Hennessee: Wowzers! See, what did I tell you? She always surprises me! Okay, back to business. What’s your poison?



Siobhan: Never touch the stuff – I only go for pleasure. ;) I prefer sweet wines, you know, like grape juice with kick. :D



Hennessee: What is your favorite comfort food?


Siobhan: Cake and chocolate wine.

Hennessee: What are your hobbies?

Siobhan: Most of the time these days, I read. But when I get some extra energy, I bake, sew clothing and baby blankets, and draw pencil drawings. I have a Mel Gibson drawing someone once offered $250 to buy. I wasn’t ready to sell it at the time. :)

Hennessee: Tell me something odd about you?


Siobhan: I’m a dead thing specialist. I have a master’s degree in paleontology and I’m the North American expert in fossil fox teeth from the Pleistocene epoch in history (10K to 1.8 Myrs ago).

Hennessee: And there she goes, surprising me again!  Dead thing specialist...I love it! When you read, what do enjoy reading the most?


Siobhan: I like paranormal romance and romantic suspense most. I need some sort of outer conflict to make the story interesting to me. If the characters can get together with just having a meaningful conversation, I get bored quick, and since I don’t have much time to read, I don’t want to waste my precious reading time.

Hennessee: Do you have any advice for new writers?



Siobhan: Do you have a story? Write and finish it, even if the writing’s crap. You can always edit bad writing. Then make a blog/website NOW before you’re published, even if no one seems to comment on anything you do. Get your voice and name out there where more than your friends and family can see it. 


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Current works available from Siobhan.


Blurb:
Julianna Morris didn't know werewolves existed…until she became one.
Hiding her new identity, Julianna returns home only to find her teenage crush, Jeff Lightfoot, is the future Alpha of the Callowwood werewolf pack. She's unexpectedly chosen as a candidate for the pack's next Luna, the Alpha female—and Jeff's mate. This is perfect, except Julianna knows nothing about being a werewolf, and someone's determined to make her fail the Seven Tests of the Luna.
Jeff Lightfoot lusted after Julianna for years, even when he thought she was human. Now she's home and all his—if she passes the tests. She's his True Mate and he wants no one else, but pack politics trump Mother Nature and will prevent him from choosing Julianna if she fails.
For the future she wants, Julianna must pass the tests to become Queen Bitch of Callowwood—or watch Jeff take another woman as his mate.


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Blurb:

Bridget doesn't believe in vampires or werewolves, but that doesn't stop one from kidnapping her.

Bridget Shanahan’s life seems bleak and boring until she gets mugged and abducted from her favorite coffee shop by the sexiest man she’s ever met. Unfortunately, he’s a lunatic who believes he’s some kind of vampire savior surrounded by a security force of werewolves. And he’s determined to keep her.

Fredrick Macgregor has been having visions of this woman in danger for the last six months. A woman he must protect because she’s the Avatar of the Goddess. However, when he brings her home, she doesn’t believe he's a vampire or that she is the Avatar, and she definitely doesn't want to stay. But the sense of danger persists and he'll do anything to keep her safe, even if it means risking the loss of the only woman who makes his endless life bearable again.


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6 comments:

  1. Thank you so much for having me, Hennessee. And I'm so glad I can surprise you. :D

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  2. Great interview! And Not a Dragon’s Standard Virgin sounds like a killer book!

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    1. Thank you, Melanie! I had a good time writing it. Isabelle was really fun to write. Thanks for commenting. :)

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  3. I'm so glad you stopped by Siobhan! Yes, you always surprise me and I love that you do ;)
    Thanks Melanie for stopping by to see us :)

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  4. Great interview, Siobhan! I love the premise for your dragon story. :) Sounds like a lot of fun! Wishing you lots of sales!!!

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    1. Thanks, Mellanie! I can hardly wait to share more news about it. And the sex is hot in it. Should be a damn good read. :D

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