Please make welcome the wonderful and fellow Wild Rose Press author, Stephanie Cage! She happens to live in one of my favorite places–Yorkshire, England, so I’m delighted to have her here today. We’re celebrating her new release, Djinn and Tonic.
I’m serving a tropical beverage in celebration, so grab your favorite beverage and let’s chat with Stephanie…
MM: Congratulations on your new release, Stephanie. So happy you could be here today. Describe a typical writing day. Are you a morning, afternoon, or night-owl writer?
SC: I’m not sure I have a typical day, but I am more of a morning person. If I’m free to write between 9 and 11 in the morning, that’s when I usually get most done, but if I have a deadline I’ll write at any time of day (or night). My routine has more to do with what I do when I sit down to write than what time of day I do it: I like to read over the previous day’s work and do a bit of light editing to get in the swing of it, and then carry on where I left off. I often use Write or Die software to help me get a draft completed.
MM: Fascinating, Stephanie. I’ll have to look into this software. Can you tell us about your current work-in-progress?
SC: I’m working on edits for a fun novella called Paris Proposal, about a girl who goes to Paris for New Year, expecting to come home engaged, only to end up splitting up with her boyfriend instead. While drowning her sorrows in a Paris bar, she meets a handsome, mysterious Frenchman, and has to decide whether to trust her first impressions this time round.
MM: I adore Paris! I’ll never forget my time there a few years ago. What inspires you when you’re writing?
SC: I’ve written stories inspired by all kinds of things, from newspaper articles I’ve read to snippets of overheard conversation. I like to ask what-if questions, and to create stories inspired by traditional tales. My contribution to Crimson Romance’s Modern Magic anthology is a modern version of Goldilocks called Music to Her Ears, and my latest release, Djinn and Tonic, is inspired by the fairy-tale idea of a genie who grants wishes.
MM: I love your creative inspirations. It sounds like you always have a story inside your mind. What’s your favorite item on your writing desk?
SC: My beloved Asus T100 mini laptop. It’s easy to use, light, portable, and a really pretty shade of shiny red! And it converts into a tablet so I can easily read on it too.
MM: Ooo…lovely! Now for the fun questions, Stephanie. Do you prefer…
Champagne or Beer? Definitely champagne. I’m not a great drinker but I do love a good bit of bubbly! I like cocktails, too, but I’m not a fan of beer or lager.
Southern drawl or Scottish burr? I’m not big on either. I love a down-to-earth Yorkshireman (well, I have to say that – I’m married to one), but I’m also partial to a bit of Irish blarney.
Kilt or Leather pants? Definitely leather. In fact, the opening chapter of Djinn and Tonic features a visitation from a leather-clad male model who also happens to be a wish-granting genie!
Print book or e-reader? Both. Print books for reference and the keeper shelf, and e-reader so I can try out new authors, and bring a whole library of fun romances on holiday with me.
Thanks so much for visiting, Stephanie! I’m wishing you all the best with your latest release!
Blurb: As fashion photographer Sally Purdew sets up her studio for a special shoot, she wishes for the perfect male model, and he appears. Sal just wants to win at the Alternative Fashion Awards, but her model, Ashtad, is a djinn with the power to grant her wishes and turn her into anything she wants to be. From the pretty English town of Whitby to a tropical beach, Ash whisks Sal away on a magical trip neither of them can forget. When Sal finds herself falling for Ash, she has to decide: do they have a future together, or will his magic always come between them?
Excerpt: Sal let out a gentle whistle. Her hands twitched around the shiny new digital SLR camera she had on loan from her friend Simon, who owned the camera shop. Normally this was the only sort of equipment she’d be caught drooling over, but she had a feeling the guy who’d just walked through the door would have the same effect on her.
He had straight dark hair that swung past his shoulders, and piercing eyes that shimmered somewhere between blue and violet. His deep damson-colored lips were so sharply outlined against his pale skin that she’d have sworn the make-up artist had already got to work on him. That alone would have been enough to set an alternative fashion photographer’s fingers twitching on the shutter button, but then there was the leather. Sal had always been a sucker for Goths, and she saw a lot of them around town as well as in the course of her work, but this model was something else. Lean legs encased in smooth black gleamed under the lights, and the tight trousers gave her a good idea what else there was worth drooling over.
You don’t fall for models, she scolded herself.
The midnight eyes turned in her direction and a warm glow spread across her cheeks.
“I am Ashtad Parisa, and I never walk away from a challenge.” His voice was accented, but clear and beautiful. He strolled toward Sal and offered her his hand.
Great. A weird, gorgeous foreign guy who could read minds. That was all she needed.
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Stephanie Cage was born in the South of England and now lives and writes in the beautiful county of Yorkshire. She studied English Literature at Oxford University and Creative Writing at Bath Spa University, and is a fan of good books, chocolate, dance and musical theatre. Find her on twitter and Instagram as @Stephaniewriter, or visit her blog at http://www.stephaniecage.co.uk