Guest Interview ~ Tonya Kinzer
Today we’re thrilled to have Tonya Kinzer as our guest ~ an erotic romance author with her own special brand of soft, enticing BDSM. We’re sure you will enjoy her, and she’s offering a gift certificate to one lucky reader who leaves a comment between now and February 14. Good Luck, everyone!
Why don’t you start by telling us about yourself (Where are you from? What do you write/do in the publishing world? What do you do when you’re not writing — your “day” job, hobbies, obsessions, etc.?) I’m the sweetheart next door, of course! *wink* My friends and neighbors would never guess I write as Tonya! If they did, I’m sure their eyes would pop from their head in shock so yes, I use a pen name and love being Tonya and taking advantage of her personality here online! I began writing The Boss’s Pet series as a short story to my wonderful, supportive husband and as I added to the story, it’s grown into four books with more to come! Writing about office romance is easy for me because that’s where we spend most of our time. We have our own business with more than one location so it keeps us very busy but also allows us to travel for corporate conventions.
When I’m not writing, I keep my websites and net pages updated, design covers, web banners, post cards, blog on several sites, am part owner of Naughty Readers Boudoir (http://naughtyreaders.com) with Brenda Woody and Steve Tindle, a great erotic writing duo and I enjoy being in my garden when the weather warms. I also write in another genre where those friends and readers have no idea Tonya exists due to both genres being different from one another and I need to keep it that!
Do you own an ereader? Why or why not? If so, what’s on it? I own a Nook and love it. The color is the main reason I chose a Nook over the Kindle, but now they have Kindle Fire. I can take it anywhere and read anything without fear of being criticized for what I’m reading. My library consists of many genres including erotica, suspense, historical romance, contemporary romance and more.
Tell us one thing about yourself people would be surprised to learn. I’m more outspoken online than in person but I think most people are. In real time, I’m the one off to the side watching people rather than being the center of attention or giving out so much advice and being chatty.
Tell us about your writing: How long have you been writing? What genre(s) do you write in? What have you written (short stories, novels, etc.)? What works are currently for sale? Where? Since I also write in another genre, I’ve been doing that for 20 years but only decided to self publish a few years ago and that’s been a great learning experience. I love marketing and sales so that part comes easy for me. I’m a computer geek, too, so am always learning no matter what I’m into be it a new way to upload books, a new site to sell my work or helping out new authors trying to find their way. Other authors helped me when I started and I enjoy giving back.
In a few months, I’ll probably begin book five in the series and take Nick and Sondra on another adventure where she will learn more about this lifestyle she now craves. I plan to do a few books outside the series completely different perhaps, I’ve not yet decided on that. Will I decide to one day submit a manuscript to a publisher? I’m also undecided on that. Follow my blog and visit my website to find out what’s happening with me.
What made you chose to write erotic literature in particular? Is there any other genre you’d like to write? And if so, why? Erotic literature allows us a license that normal romance writing doesn’t. We can push the envelope, so to speak, and write pretty much anything we’re comfortable with. Our readers love to let us know what they think and send us ideas on what to do next. I love it! Writing about the Dom/sub lifestyle interests me although I’m not into the pain and torture like some areas of the lifestyle include. I prefer writing about the soft bondage and sensory deprivation areas as well as the concept of having control taken from my characters and accepting what is done to them and being forced to enjoy it…which in turn creates a need within the submissive to continue and to please their Masters. In future books, I’m sure many will be the erotica and not always about BDSM.
Which comes first when you’re starting to write a new story: character, setting, plot, or theme? The plot and theme come first, then the setting and once those things are in place and I know where the story’s going, the characters begin to show up in my head. I’m pretty visual and can see what characters look like, hear what they say and feel what they feel.
Any advice for those who want to write? Ask for reviews and interview/guest spots on blogs. Many authors are looking for guest authors and many also enjoy helping those new authors get a chance to be in front of readers. Get your website up, Facebook, Twitter, blog, and get your name out there by commenting and tweeting! Find a good critique partner who will help read through for errors and give pointers. Read your work out loud. If it doesn’t read smooth for you, it won’t read smooth for your readers! Learn POV and strive to stay in it. Head hopping makes the reader dizzy and/or they’ll toss the book against the wall! I have a few articles on my website for new readers and enjoy helping where I can.
What’s the sexiest feature on a man to you? And on a woman? Why? That’s hard for me to answer because there are so many things that can be sexy on a man…his jawline, his eyes, the way he looks at a woman, broad shoulders, the muscles of his forearms as he reads a paper or holds a hammer, strong thighs…mmmm….okay, I’ll stop! LOL Oh, I can’t forget confidence. Whether you’re male or female, your confidence alone is sexy!
What’s your own sexiest feature? I’ve been told it’s my eyes and that I talk too much with my eyes. They’re hazel and most days more green.
Are you a book hoarder? Yes, I’m awful. I have cases of read books in the garage and storage and shelves in the office full of books. I can’t let go of my books, especially if I love the cover! Hubby hopes having a Nook will help with the space issue I have!
Tell us about your latest release – we’d love an excerpt, too! I write BDSM and soft bondage so readers won’t find gruesome, painful torture in my books, I’m just not into that. I hope by reading some of my books, readers will get brave enough to ask their partners for more in their sexual life together and not be afraid to discuss what interests them. Holding your needs inside isn’t sharing with your partner and they’ll never know what you want if you don’t speak up.
Their Submissive Switch is book four in the series and although I’ve numbered them, they can be read alone and still make sense. Sondra has learned so much from Nick as he’s trained her along the way but I don’t think he realizes just how well she’s learned and paid attention. She surprises him by taking charge during a few sessions and takes what she wants for a change. There’s also a female/female scene where Sondra realizes that a woman’s touch can create a need that she can’t control…and Sondra’s all about control until it’s taken out of her hands! I have to warn the readers…the excerpt is rated XXX and can be found HERE!
Book Trailer at YouTube
Is there a way for fans and others to contact you? (email, social networking links, etc.)
Blog Site: http://tonyakinzer.blogspot.com
FB Fan Page: http://tinyurl.com/4sh37tk
Author’s Den: http://www.authorsden.com/tonyakinzer
Manic Readers: http://www.manicreaders.com/TonyaKinzer/
More about Tonya ~
Tonya Kinzer is a self-published erotic romance author whose books are quickly climbing the charts at Amazon and Barnes & Noble. If you’re looking for a romance with a little more spice than the average hot read, you won’t want to miss taking a look at her work. She writes erotic romance for readers who love to become a silent character within the story! You will be pulled into scenes to partake of the activities along the lines of soft bondage and Dom/sub relationships, to feel what her characters feel and taste what they taste…strong sexual desires much like your own! Be prepared to enter a world you’ll not want to leave and can’t wait to get back to…worlds where new submissives and demanding Doms entice you to read more!
Her series, The Boss’s Pet, will take you on a journey alongside Nick and Sondra as they venture into a lifestyle that pulls them deeper into a world of sensuality and submission. You’ll not want to miss any of the books in this series so stay locked on her website to know when the next books get released.
When she isn’t writing, she’s the pet for her own Boss, where she works a few days a week. Her day job is seasonal so this allows her to write during the off season as well as design covers, websites, and promo items. She also enjoys helping other authors where she can with their editing and being a critique partner when time allows.
Bk 1 – The Contract Bk 2 – Office Training Bk 3 – Sharing Among Friends Bk 4 – Their Submissive Switch