Author Q &A
- What’s your favorite book so far?
This one's a toss-up, but I'm very proud Bad Girl by Night, followed by Voyeur and The Bikini Diaries, all from Penguin Putnam. Although I write my books in what I think of as "a fantasy zone," readers will find that these more recent books feel a little more like reality in certain aspects, and I had fun weaving more complex plots than in my earlier novels. Bad Girl by Night in particular covers some new territory compared to my previous books, and I was very compelled by the story.
That said, I still love my very first book, French Quarter. I wrote it when a friend suggested I try my hand at erotica, so it was a new journey for me, in which I attempted to give readers a full and complete sensual experience. I sold it three days after submitting it to my publisher, which is VERY rare in the publishing business, so that made it fun, too!
- How long does it take you to write a book?
- This depends upon the book. I’ve written books of all different lengths, so that’s definitely a factor. Usually, though, I’d say anywhere been a few weeks and a couple of months.
- Why are many of your books released as e-books before they are available in print format? Will all your books be available in print?
- My first publisher, Ellora's Cave, began as an e-book company and they've experienced tremendous success in that market. Though they've expanded into the traditional print market with great success, as well, they remain committed to e-books and, to that end, they continue to release new books in e-book format only, taking books to print later. As far as I know, most of my Ellora’s Cave books will be available in print – but if you get tired of waiting for one in particular, please visit ellorascave.com and e-mail their customer service department to let them know there are eager readers ready to snatch them up.
- Meanwhile, I’m now writing for Penguin Putnam, as well. The books from Penguin are released straight to print, in trade paperback form. Bookstores will shelve the books in either the erotica/special interest section or the romance section, so if you don’t find them in one spot, check the other!
- Where can I get your books?
- My books published by Penguin Putnam can generally be found at Barnes & Noble stores, shelved in the romance section. If you don’t see them, please ask the store to order them for you. And ebook versions of these books are also available through Amazon and other online bookstores, as well as at the publisher’s website. My books published by Samhain and Ellora’s Cave are available as ebooks through the publishers’ websites and most are available on Kindle and through many other online ebook sellers, and many of the Ellora’s Cave books can also be purchased in print through the same outlets. Links to buy all the books can be found on each book’s page here on my website.
- Are Lacey's stories true or fiction?
- Definitely fiction, rooted in the concept of encouraging women to explore their sexual fantasies. As someone who lives in the conservative Midwest and has been happily married for over twenty years, I'm afraid most people would find me rather tame in real life.
- How do you write so convincingly about things you've never experienced?
- As a writer, it's my job to have a good imagination and convince the reader I know what I'm talking about.
- Where do you get your ideas?
- As indicated by the Hot in the City trilogy, travel often inspires me. And I've really enjoyed linking stories together in series thus far. Even Hot for Santa ended up being related to the Hot in the City books, when Amy and Cole made a rather significant appearance in Key West. So I've found I really enjoy weaving stories for significant side characters - another case in point would be Ty from French Quarter, who got his own tale in Behind the Mask. Voyeur, as well, was spawned while on a vacation to the Colorado home featured in the book. In the H.O.T. Cops books, travel to Michigan and Miami both came into play when choosing and incorporating settings.
- Do you enjoy hearing from readers?
- If you're kind enough to take the time to let me know you've enjoyed one or more of my books - yes, that really makes my day. If, on the other hand, you're a man who wants to make lewd suggestions or tell me how hot my books got you, that's just creepy, so please resist the urge.