Interview with Monica Burns

What's the story behind your latest book?
I visited a BDSM club with Joey W. Hill just to see what the hubbub was all about with regard to the growing BDSM subgenre in romance. It was prior to the club opening, and the owner took us through the club showing us different equipment and what it was used for. I saw a table with hooks all around the edge of it, hooks like you might see on a pair of Victorian shoes, and a scene just popped into my head. From that point forward, I knew I was going to write HIS MISTRESS and more historical BDSM romances.
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
The Scarlet Pimpernel was the first book I remember reading. I know there were other children's books, but the story of Sir Percy Blakeney and his wife Marguerite has never left my consciousness. It has adventure, romance, heroic deeds, the French Revolution, and a cast of characters that are compelling. In a word. Fantastic.
What are your five favorite books, and why?
The Scarlet Pimpernel, The DaVinci Code, Jane Eyre, A Tale of Two Cities, and Shadow Castle. All of these books have adventure, intelligent deduction, and with the exception of Dan Brown's "The DaVinci's Code," romance. They're exceptional stories, even though the four classics lean toward a heavy narrative. When I can remember the basic plot and scenes from a book years later, that means it was a fantastic read for me.
When did you first start writing?
I wrote my first story at the age of nine. It was a pirate romance, and I still remember bits and piece of it. I wrote it in a spiral notebook. Wish I could find those notebooks because I'd pull those stories out and use them as the basis for a plot. They were good story lines, but lousy writing.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
I had five books published with New York, and when they didn't offer me a new contract, I shrugged and moved on. Indie publishing has changed my life. I'm now able to write full-time, something I never could have done on the advances and royalties I saw with New York publishing. At first it was scary as hell, now I don't see how I could ever go back to the way things were. Unless of course, New York comes calling with a mega huge contract.
What do your fans mean to you?
My readers mean EVERYTHING to me. Without them, I wouldn't be an author. I'd be just a writer with stories that no one would ever see. I love my readers, and I love interacting with them. They're my life blood.
What do you read for pleasure?
Romance, Adventure, and Science Fiction
What is your e-reading device of choice?
I have an iPad, a Color Nook, and a Kindle Fire. I'm not picky as long as I have a device that's charged up.
What are you working on next?
I'm writing the second book in the Self-Made Men series. It's the story of Caleb and Angelique whom readers briefly meet in HIS MISTRESS. Caleb and Angelique have a history together, and their story will be a bit darker than HIS MISTRESS.
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
Word-of-mouth is the best way to discover new books. Whether it's eBooks or print. I'll then read the blurb to see if I'd like it and then maybe skim reviews.
Who are your favorite authors?
Charlotte Bronte, Amanda Quick, and Dan Brown
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
The fact that I have to work on my book. It has to be written, and I can't dilly dally around.
Describe your desk
Sometimes my desk is neat and completely orderly. Today it happens to be cluttered with lists of things to do for a conference I'm attending, a book to publish, and general daily tasks. It's never in the same condition at any given time.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
I work on promo, watch some of my favorite shows or movies on TV, spend time with my family visiting historical sites. I do research, they just take in the view.
Published 2014-05-04.
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