Romancing the Sweet Side Anthology
99% of sales will go to One Way Farm (Fairfield, Ohio), a house for abused children.
When did you first have the thought you'd like to put together a Charity Anthology?
At Lori Foster’s Gathering last year.
What was your path to getting this book written and published?
I knew I wasn’t going to be able to host the breakfast for the following year, so I wanted to create this book, my way to help out. So, I went around the event gathering names of who would like to join me.
Of course, authors had contract issues, deadlines and some had to drop out, but our 9 authors turned out to be a nice bunch of ladies.
Your anthology is titled Romancing the Sweet Side. Why did you select erotic authors to write sweet romances?
I thought it would be fun and challenging for each of us to come up with a story that was sweet. Plus, this anthology is for a Childrens home for the abused so we wanted to keep it a little less erotic.
Tell us about your story in the anthology.
My story is about second chances. In some ways the children in this home are being given a second chance, at a safer home. I kind of wanted that aspect to be brought into my storyline. Showing, us that at any age people can get a second chance.
Are your main characters completely imaginary or do they have some basis in real people? Do they reflect aspects of yourself?
Yes, my characters are imaginary, but like in most of my stories I want to give some aspect of me in them. My heroine in some ways is like me. She knows she’s raised her children and now in her later years, it was her time.
Did you face any blocks while writing this story, and if so, how did you handle them? If not, what's your secret?
No blocks in this story, but it was hard not to have the characters rumble in bed. No secret really the idea was there before I created the anthology, I just changed the theme for the story a little to fit what I was doing.
What have been surprises you've encountered while coordinating the anthology?
Author’s time schedules was one of the hardest to overcome. A lot of us had deadlines with publishers, but the nine of us did it finally.
What did you learn? For instance, what did you learn about yourself, your process, the writing world; about working with other authors, and putting together a Charity Anthology?
I learned quite a few things. One to make sure all the details are one ahead of time before I ask other authors, that took a lot of the time, trying to agree with everyone. Each author is different and has done things their way, but we managed. Also, another hard aspect was trying to make sure this book wa different from all those .99 cent anthologies. I wanted this one to stick out more, since 99% of all funds would be going to the charity.
Tell us about your writing space and how or why it works for you.
I have two writing spaces, unless I’m traveling. One is in my rocker recliner in the living room in front of the fire and the second place is the makeshift office I made, which I’m sitting at right now. I’m usually in the second place in the morning trying to get the block of my work done then. In the evening, I’ll take a laptop and join the family in the living room watching TV while slipping in some writing.
What are some of your favorite books and why?
My favorite books that I have written so far are, My Cat series, Fantasy series, Lovers of the Galexy Series and my Grandma’s Need Loving Too series. As you can see I love to write a series. I have many of them. As far as why, the first three are science fiction, fantasy mixed in. I love writing and creating for those worlds. The last one is for older ladies like myself. This series is all about the change in life after we have raised a family and deciding what we want to do with ourselves afterward. So a little challenge in that one.
What are you working on now?
Right now, I’m working on the first book, of a four book series, Forgotten Dreams: Vegas. I’m hoping to pitch at Romantic Times Convention, in April. Think paranormal, destiny and earthquakes mixed together.
Would you like to try your hand at writing a different genre? Which one and why?
I would love to try and write a historical mixed with a little bit of future in it. Sort of like your Back to the future story, but with a twist. I have ideas already written down too, so one day when I get time I’ll visit that line of stories.
If you were not a writer, what would your dream job be?
Reviewer of hotels. I love to travel so I would so love to review hotels and such.
What aspect of writing gives you the most trouble?
Editing. I have a few handicaps when it comes to writing, which I’m sorry to say I’ve passed onto my daughter. I’ll learn one rule and forget the other three I just had down pat. My short term memory is horrible.
Who is your favorite hero/heroine?
Another author’s story would have to be Kenyon’s, Bride and Vane, in Night Play. I can so relate to them. My stories would have to be Maya and Akaos story line. She’s a fighter, tough, but when it comes to her men , especially Akaos. All she wants to do is curl up in his lap and be held, she melts in his arms.
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Trinity Blacio has been writing now professionally for ten years. Currently, she has available titles from Freya’s Bower, Ravenous Romance, Ellora’s Cave and Riverdale Avenue Books, and a few self-published books, with more to come. She is always excited to be writing and hearing from readers.
She lives in Elyria, Ohio. Married for twenty years, has two children, Cheyenne and Rudy, two cats Smokey and Missy. When Trinity has time you can find her reading all sorts of romance novels. But as you have figured out her favorite are Dark Fantasy, Erotic, Ménage, Horror and Science Fiction.
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