Pollygraph (interviews with erotica and romance authors): Tina Donohue

Stolen Desire by Tina DonohueYour latest title, Stolen Desire, is the fourth book in your Outlawed Realm paranormal erotica series from Samhain. Is it a standalone, or should it be read as part of that series?

Although Stolen Desire is a standalone in that it wraps up the story of the major characters, it’s also Book Four of my Outlawed Realm series. Reading it as part of the series certainly adds richness to the plot. The other titles in the series are:

Unending DesireBook One

Illicit DesireBook Two

Shameless DesireBook Three

Stolen Desire tells the story of recently single Paige Ross – one minute standing outside a Seattle bar and the next she’s waking up in what’s described as a candlelit room looking something like Satan’s brothel… Tell us more!

This series is an erotic paranormal/sci-fi. I’ve established in the first three books that there are five dimensions on earth, one on top of each other – like this graphic:

 The Multiverse

 

Wikipedia

E1, Earth as we know it, is the top layer, closest to the sun, followed by E2, E3, etc. beneath it. Because of time differentials, the inhabitants of one realm don’t know the others exist, unless they cross over through a portal. Guards on E4 have discovered this and are travelling to E1 to capture women for use as sexual slaves. One of them grabs Paige in Seattle and she wakes up in that room on E5, a dimension of fire and ice. Naturally, she freaks out. Especially when Zekin comes to rescue her. She doesn’t know who he is, but she has to trust him in order to escape and survive!

Is there more to come from the Outlawed Realm? (Please say ‘yes’!)

As long as my fans want more, I’ll definitely write more of the series. J

There seems to be a trend emerging for erotica and romance that gets pretty dark. Does the Outlawed Realm series fit into this trend? How do you balance the darkness with other aspects in your storytelling?

If you mean BDSM, the only book in the series that comes close to that is Illicit Desire, which takes place on E4 where there’s a Pleasure Palace and sexual slaves. However, the BDSM isn’t a huge part of the story. The romance between Lukan and Arez, and their struggle to escape, is the main ingredient.

Seven Sensual Days by Tina DonohueYour other new title is Seven Sensuous Days (from Ellora’s Cave), this one a contemporary story of a woman up for auction. Perhaps you would tell us a little more about this one, too, while we have the opportunity?

Gladly. Seven Sensuous Days is Book Four in my Appointment with Pleasure series. Tessa works for an escort agency that caters to the rich and powerful in Washington, DC. Although Tessa is pretty, she’s also voluptuous (like that redheaded babe in Mad Men), and has always considered herself too full-figured. It’s shaken her confidence. She’s not certain any of the guys at the auction will even bid on her. When Logan does, it stops Tessa dead. She’s had her eye on him from the start. His rugged good looks and commanding presence take her breath away. He’s a man who’s lost everything and only wants to have fun now, to forget. That is, until he meets Tessa. She changes his world.

The other books in the series are:

Claiming MagiqueBook One

Losing ControlBook Two

Illicit IntentBook Three

How do you manage to juggle all the eggs, switching from genre to genre and series to series?

It’s really not that difficult. I write one book at a time, and once I’m into the plot, I really don’t think about anything else until that story’s finished.

What’s the worst thing about the writer’s life? And the best?

Worst thing: All the promo a writer is expected to do. I’d like to spend all of my time writing. Unfortunately, you have to get out the word on your books, so promo takes up a good chunk of my time.

Best thing: Living in someone else’s head, doing all the exciting and erotic things I’d never dare do in my real life.

Are you active online and in social media? How do you like to interact with your readers?

Absolutely. I’m on FB, Twitter, LI. I own Sweet n Sexy Divas, a blog about romance. I’m one of the resident authors at Romance Books 4 Us. It’s a rare day when I’m not online interacting with readers and authors.

Here are my links:

Email: tina@tinadonahue.com

Website: http://www.tinadonahue.com/

Blog: http://www.tinadonahue.com/blog/

Twitter: http://twitter.com/tinadonahue

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/tina.donahue.75

FB Fanpage: https://www.facebook.com/TinaDonahueBooks

Triberr: http://triberr.com/tinadonahue

Pinterest: http://pinterest.com/authortina/my-books/

Amazon author page: https://www.amazon.com/author/tinadonahue

My page at TRR: http://erotic.theromancereviews.com/mypageprofile.php?location=tinadonahue

Does input from readers ever influence your work – in plotting, or in choosing what to work on next?

I always listen to my audience, because I want to please them. However, that can become difficult. Whereas one group of fans likes the ultra-erotic aspects of a story, the other group might want it to be closer to sweet. I’ve learned long ago I can’t please everyone. I do whatever I can to tell the best story possible.

What are readers asking for next, and what will we see from you next?

I’ve had many fans ask me to write Ronnie and Wallace’s story. They’re the continuing characters in my Appointment with Pleasure series. I’m still trying to figure out how to do that since their romance is pretty well established in the other books.

I’ve also had readers ask about a sequel to my Samhain release The Yearning. That’s definitely doable, and I’m still thinking about plot points for it. 🙂

About Tina:

Tina DonohueTina Donahue is an award-winning, bestselling novelist in erotic, paranormal, contemporary and historical romance for Samhain Publishing, Ellora’s Cave, and Kensington. Booklist, Publisher’s Weekly, Romantic Times and numerous online sites have praised her work. Three of her erotic romances (Adored, Lush Velvet Nights, and Deep, Dark, Delicious) were named finalists in the 2011 EPIC competition. The French review site, Blue Moon reviews, chose her erotic romance Sensual Stranger as their Book of the Year 2010 (erotic category). The Golden Nib Award at Miz Love Loves Books was created specifically for Lush Velvet Nights, and two of her titles (The Yearning and Deep, Dark, Delicious) received an Award of Merit in the RWA Holt Medallion competition (2011 and 2012). Take Me Away and Adored both won second place in the NEC RWA contest (different years). Tina is featured in the 2012 Novel & Short Story Writer’s Market. She was the editor of an award–winning Midwestern newspaper and worked in Story Direction for a Hollywood production company.

2 Comments

  1. Comment by Tina Donahue:

    Thanks for hosting me today! 🙂

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