MBA: What the future holds for the Guardian Angelinos series?
Roxanne: Right now, I’m just enjoying the fun of having back-to-back releases and the surge of excitement that comes with that! Many, many readers have asked about Gabe Rossi and the rest of the Rossi/Angelino family, so I can’t imagine that I could leave readers of characters like that hanging without another sexy, scary romantic suspense. It’s too soon to give dates and titles, so stay tuned!
MBA: In Face of Danger Vivi,revealed a secret,did you know this secret from the beginning or was it a surprise?
To be perfectly honest, Vivi’s backstory sort of evolved and then the depth of it surprised me. When I first created Vivi, her skateboard-riding, risk-taking, non-feminine persona was just “her” and I didn’t give it a whole lot of thought. But as I created her story, I knew that becoming a super-glam movie star would chafe her…and I couldn’t figure out why. Almost immediately into the writing of her story, I knew she had an unexpected darkness, and something serious had changed her as a teenager. And, the first time I ever wrote a scene with Vivi in EDGE OF SIGHT, I knew she was a former dancer…which didn’t fit her persona at all. In fact, it didn’t fit so much that I cut the line from the EDGE draft, but the truth of it never left me. When writing her book, as is often the case, I had to take out my tools and chisel away until I figured it out, scene by revealing scene. Once I did, everything about Vivi made sense. Her backstory made me teary, a lot, and made me love her even more.
MBA: Do you do a lot of reading of romantic suspense genre or do you stay away from that to read other genres?
Roxanne: I used to read a lot more — when I was “purely” a reader, romantic suspense was my favorite genre, so I’m sure that’s why I write it. But I really love to read everything, straight romances, romantic comedy, paranormal, historical, and tons and tons of YA. When I’m deep into a book, no matter what the genre, I will NOT read anything in the same genre, I just can’t let the story infiltrate my brain.
MBA: What is one thing that would surprise most people about you?
Roxanne: I’m secretly a science nerd. My favorite section of the newspaper in the Tuesday New York Times “Science Section” and I would choose to watch a documentary on how the universe was born over almost any other TV show. Science fascinates me, but I doubt even my best friends know that.
MBA: Will we see more characters from the Bullet Catchers series within the Guardian of Angelinos series?
Roxanne: Yes, I hope so! The Bullet Catchers still generate a lot of mail and excitement and I just cannot imagine that those guys are done. I’d love to write a book that combines both series…someday.
MBA: Is there anything else you would like to share with your readers?
Roxanne: Just thank each and every reader who gives a new author a try, who shares a book with a friend, who blogs or writes a review when they love a book. Word of mouth is still our number one way of finding new readers so if you love a book, share it! And no, writers do NOT mind hearing from readers! Feel free to write – I answer every letter personally.
Looking for the formal bio? Head over to the media kit for awards, credits, and all manner of impressive stuff. I don’t know about you, but when I search an author’s web site, it’s usually because I’ve read a book I liked and wondered about the person behind it…and the formal bio doesn’t tell me much.
So I will. First of all, call me Rocki. Everyone does. Evidently, when my mother brought me home from the hospital I seemed too scrawny and small to pull off “Roxanne” (she’d read Cyrano de Bergerac while pregnant or I would have been Judy) so they called me Rocki.
I grew up in Pittsburgh, PA, the youngest of five (overachievers, every one), and fell in love with words and stories the summer I read Gone With The Wind. That year, for my twelfth birthday, my parents gave me a typewriter (with italic font—it was the coolest thing) and from that day on, I’ve had my fingers on a keyboard, pounding out love stories for fun. My AP English teacher taught me the two most important lessons an aspiring author ever needs: 1) verbs are the key to life and 2) a writer should get a real job. After attending UCLA and graduating with a degree in communications, I tried acting and television broadcasting. Oh, they aren’t real jobs? I learned that the hard way. I changed my last name from Zink to St. Claire because a news producer told me Roxanne Zink had too many harsh consonants for a TV personality – apparently Katie Couric didn’t get the memo. I got some fun gigs, and even met Tom Hanks when I did a guest appearance on Bosom Buddies. I liked on camera work, but wasn’t too crazy about starvation, so I moved to Boston and got that “real” job. In fact, I placed my foot on the bottom rung of the corporate ladder and didn’t look down until I’d climbed all the way up to the level of Senior Vice President at the world’s largest public relations firm. On the way up, I met the man of my dreams in an elevator. Two years later—in the same elevator!—he asked me to marry him and I wisely said yes.
I stayed in PR, moved to Miami, had a few babies, lost my home in a hurricane, built another one a few hours north and all along, I kept writing my “stories” for fun. One night, I read a particularly fabulous romance novel that changed my life for good. That night, I decided I wanted to make someone else feel as whole and happy as that author made me feel. (Everyone asks! It was Nobody’s Baby But Mine by Susan Elizabeth Phillips.) With two small children and one big “real” job, writing my first novel wasn’t easy, but I did finish a manuscript that managed to get the attention of a literary agent. She told me to do one thing and one thing fast: write another book. (The first one is usually a “learner” book, honestly.) That second manuscript sold to Simon & Schuster’s Pocket Books and was released in 2003 as Tropical Getaway. Since then, I’ve written almost thirty more, in multiple genres, and long ago replaced the corporate ladder with the rollercoaster of publishing as a full-time novelist. Finally, writing is my real job.
Today, I live in a small beach community in Florida with my husband and our two teenagers, and one spectacular Australian Terrier named Pepper. When I have spare time, I spend it with my family, but also dig in the dirt with my plants, travel for business and fun, hang out with my many writer friends, and, of course, I love to read. I’m still crazy about words and stories and hope to write at least a hundred books in my lifetime. And, yes, verbs are the key to life. My favorites? Love. Work. Play…
Now for the giveaway, we are thrilled to offer readers a chance to win 1 of 3 sets of SHIVER OF FEAR and FACE OF DANGER by Roxanne St. Claire. This will be 3 winner each getting both books. Books are coming from the publisher and thanks to Brianne at Grand Central. Giveaway is open to US and Canadian Residents only. No P.O. Boxes please. This is run with the “one win per household rules” meaing if you’ve won either book somewhere else please let us know so your name can be removed from the entries list. Giveaway will run from today April 14th until April 21st. You’ll have to come back to see if you win. In order to win you must comment on this post and tell me why you want to win.
*This is the same giveaway as on the review post, there are only the 3 sets not an additional 3, so only 3 winners between both posts*