Interview with Marquita Valentine

Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in the northeastern part of North Carolina, near the coast. Well, all of my books take place in North Carolina-yes, I love my state that much <G>- and eventually, I'd love to have a series that takes place where I grew up.
What's the story behind your latest book?
My latest book, Just Desserts (Holland Springs #4), was purely reader driven. They wanted and asked for Sebastian Romanov's story. Due to the flexibility that Indie publishing allows, I was able to give it to them. I loved writing Just Desserts, and giving the hero a heroine that was his complete opposite in every way.

Sebastian's so very proper (he's an earl, after all) while Daisy Barnes is so open and sweet (she's the town's favorite baker). She's the comedienne and he's the straight guy. She calls him out on his world domination plans and he loves it, because no one else would dare. Yet, Daisy wouldn't ask him to change his very proper ways or world domination plans, and Sebastian wouldn't ask her to change her very sweet and open ways.

I think what made me giggle the most about this story was that *he* was the one to fall in love at first sight, not her. This uptight, matter-of-fact man-- who's also the CEO of a multi-billion dollar company-- falls head over heels for a shop girl and almost immediately sets to wooing her. Easey-peasey, right?

Not so fast...He can't do it as himself, because she's back with her ex, so he becomes virtual friends with her, and....well, I can't give away the entire story.

You'll just have to read Just Desserts to find out what happens next.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
Gosh...I have so many answers for this one, but *none* of them include the words:" I have mad hate for traditional publishing." I don't, not even a little.

For me, I had been querying for almost two years, and was very tired of all the this is really good, we love your voice, you're funny-you know: ALL THE GOOD FEELS--but we have no idea how to market this book. After talking with some very sucessful indie authors, Sarra Cannon and Ava Stone, I decided to take the plunge. (By the way, Romance Writers are some of the most generous people I know. Everyone is willing to help everyone else out, no matter where you are in your career.)

And oh my, what a plunge. I love the control of it all. I love designing my covers and being able to decide what's best for my career, without the pressure of a publisher. I am the publisher, lol.

Don't get me wrong though; It's a LOT of work. I'm always working on my business, always tweaking or writing for the next deadline. I've been at this for a year now, and it hasn't gotten easier, but the rewards have grown, and for that I'm thankful and grateful.
How has Smashwords contributed to your success?
Smashwords gave me access to readers that I wouldn't have had on my own. Especially with Apple. Can I say that I have All The Good Feels for the people of Smashwords and Apple? Seriously though, I'm thankful and grateful for Mark Coker and Co. promoting my books and asking me to take part in promotions that have helped my career tremendously.
What do your fans mean to you?
Without my fans, I'd be nowhere. I adore my fans. The daily emails, tweets and Facebook messages I get make my day! Gosh, there are some days when I'm just so blah, and then someone will tell me how much they loved Drive Me Crazy or how the heroine of Twice Tempted made them laugh out loud so hard that people were staring and they didn't care.

That means the world to me! I write my books for them. Like I said before, Just Desserts was written specifically for my fans!
What are you working on next?
Right now, I'm working on my next new adult romance, ONLY FOR YOU (Boys of the South #2), which will be released September 16th. It's the conclusion of Violet and Cole, the hero and heroine of LIVE FOR YOU (BOSS #1), but it's not the conclusion of the series!

Here's the blurb:

Loose ends left loose for too long tend to strangle.

Cole and Violet knew it wouldn’t be easy. They knew their relationship would take work. But when the press finds out about Violet Lynn’s newest boyfriend, they start digging. And when his past come to light, exposing all of his family’s secrets, their relationship begins to fray.

Country Music’s Golden Boy, Jaxon Hunter, has it all, except the girl that got away. What she saw, she really didn’t. What she thought happened, he allowed her to believe for reasons so insane that no one would ever have believed him if he had confessed. But now that everything’s out in the open, he’s going to do his damndest to convince her that he’s the only one for her.

Now Violet must choose between Jaxon— her first love and the guy she thought had cheated on her—and Cole—the guy who helped her heal and love again.

Or will one of them make the decision for her?

It's already up for pre-order on iTunes, and will be soon for Barnes&Noble and Kobo!
Who are your favorite authors?
Carly Phillips, Bella Andre, Lisa Klepas, Rachel Gibson, Sherry Thomas, Sarra Cannon, Andris Bear,Tammara Webber...and so many more. I could go on and on.

I actually tweet and post on Facebook about my favorite books and authors. To me, they're not my competition...they're writers I'd admire and want to be like, so I don't mind spreading the love.
Published 2013-08-15.
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Books by This Author

Burn For You
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 63,870. Language: American English. Published: April 21, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Contemporary, Fiction » Romance » Contemporary
Single dad Beau Montgomery's dream is finally coming true. He's been invited to race in Monaco. The only problem-- Landry Basnight, the hot nanny he just hired to watch his daughter will be travelling with him. Only once lust turns to love will Landry and Beau be able to weather the storm, or will he abandon Landry for his daughter's mother and the family he's always wanted?
Wish For You
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 52,280. Language: English. Published: January 20, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Contemporary
Marine Veteran, Wyatt Tanaka, and the roller derby girl he's loved for years, Lacey Evans, must find a way to overcome drug abuse, secrets, and the past to have a future. But when Wyatt goes too far, gets in too deep, and the truth comes out...will Lacey push him away or help save him?
Not Over You
Series: Holland Springs, Book 5. Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 55,100. Language: English. Published: December 10, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Contemporary
Summer Holland is set on one thing--convincing her childhood sweetheart *and* local preacher's son, Gabriel Edwards, to marry her so she can get back the daughter she gave up for adoption. She’s always been able to count on him rescuing her when she needed it most, but this time is different… there’s a new woman in Gabriel’s life. Only, Summer's not going to let that get in her way.
Only for You
Series: Boys of the South, Book 2. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 53,680. Language: English. Published: September 16, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Contemporary
Boys of the South Book 2 Cole and Violet knew it wouldn’t be easy. They knew their relationship would take work. But when the press finds out about Violet Lynn’s newest boyfriend, they start digging. And when his past come to light, exposing all of his family’s secrets, their relationship begins to fray. Now Violet must choose between Jaxon and Cole-or will one of them make the decision for her
Just Desserts
Series: Holland Springs, Book 4. Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 85,470. Language: American English. Published: August 6, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Contemporary
British billionaire and modern day Earl of Spenserfield, Sebastian Romanov only wants one thing in life: to reclaim his position as president of Romanov Industries. But in order to do that he must convince Holland Springs’ favorite caterer, Daisy Barnes, to become his fake fiancée. As Sebastian and Daisy spend more time together, neither can tell where the fake romance ends and true love begins...
Live for You
Series: Boys of the South, Book 1. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 54,260. Language: English. Published: May 18, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Contemporary, Fiction » Romance » Contemporary
On the surface, twenty-two year old Cole Morgan is exactly what any girl would be proud to take home to meet her parents...Only he has some secrets he's been keeping. Barely twenty, Violet Lynn is Country Music's hottest star, until one night of partying gets out of control. A chance meeting knocks Cole off his feet,but he doesn’t recognize Violet and she plans to keep it that way.
Drive Me Crazy
Series: Holland Springs, Book 1. Price: Free! Words: 49,010. Language: American English. Published: February 2, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Contemporary
NASCAR racer, Carter Ambrose, has decided to take his doctor’s advice and find a new occupation before another wreck on the track kills him. Only his doctor hadn’t counted on his little sister’s best friend, Melanie Ann Smith, crashing his weeks of solitude with her short skirts and platform heels. Will Carter risk it all for love, or will Melanie be left holding the trophy for second place?
His Christmas Wish
Series: Holland Springs, Book 3.5. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 22,690. Language: English. Published: November 10, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Contemporary, Fiction » Romance » Short stories
War Hero, Joaquin Morales, returns to Holland Springs after years of estrangement from his family...and his wife. His new mission: To convince his wife that they have a Future together. Falling in love with her husband for the second time was *not* a part of Sage Caswell's plans for the Holiday Season. She's convinced that what they had belongs in the Past.
Third Time’s a Charm
Series: Holland Springs, Book 3. Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 87,220. Language: English. Published: September 5, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Contemporary
To the world, Alexander "Sasha" Romanov is a sexy, globe-trotting playboy that parties with the very rich and famous. But behind the façade exists a ruthless man willing and able to destroy anyone and anything standing in the way of his ultimate goal ...until he meets Rose Holland.
Twice Tempted
Series: Holland Springs, Book 2. Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 86,890. Language: English. Published: July 8, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Contemporary
Hollywood's hottest bad boy with a golden touch, Christian Romanov, has been ordered to find a small town girl to be seen with to improve his partying image. Best-selling novelist Zoe Ambrose fits the bill, but wants nothing to do with the movie star that broke her heart years earlier. Can he tempt her again and finally give her the epic love story she has refused to write for herself?