Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Mindi Winters Graces the Lair with Interview & Giveaway

Hello ladies and gents of the Lair!
The lair seems to be entertaining all kind of guest lately....
But I think you all know how I love having guest over to play with...

*****looks at our new guest and sees surprise in her eyes*****

Oh don't worry Mindi... I don't bite.... Unless you ask!!
Today peeps, I want you to put together a warm welcome to a new to me author... Please welcome...

Ms. Mindi Winters

Thank you for coming over to the lair Ms. Winters....

How are you today??
Doing ok, but I’ll be better after you bite me…you offered  **wicked grin**
**Cecile looks around....**
**Eyes Mindi up and down... **
**Ummmm... **
**Well, if you insist... We can talk about biting after we clear the room of visitors...**

Allow Jean Claude to get a you **looks up and down at Jean Claude... Damn the man makes me...** a beverage.... What would like you like to drink?
Anything with some vodka in it.  It makes the night a bit more fun

Why don't you tell us a little about yourself.... Something that we cannot Google about you, lol!
I have three beautiful daughters (that I keep a close watch on).  Not a single one of them consider me normal, but all in all they’re pretty well behaved.  It’s all planned.  If I was a normal parent they’d try  to walk all over me, so a little abnormal keeps em guessing at what I’ll do next so I stay in charge.

Since you are a new to me author, I am hoping to bring you to the light of others! So share away!
Well I’ve been writing for years, but it was all non-fiction, rather boring stuff and I kept having this idea to write fiction ‘someday’.  Well when my previous career ended rather suddenly I found some new passions to keep me going.
I discovered I was a really good cook and I fell into an opportunity to provide food on film sets, which I still do periodically.  The biggest movie I worked on was the just released Real Steel.  Unfortunately, I was considered secondary crew so I’m uncredited, but it was loads of fun.  Hugh Jackman (amazingly good looking in person) gave out lottery tickets most Fridays and I ended up with a small winner one week (it was touched by Hugh, I’m never giving it up or cashing it in).
After a while I thought back to my fiction ideas that were languishing in a notebook and I decided that ‘someday’ might as well be ‘today’ so I just started writing

If you had to tell people what your writing style is like... What would say?
I’m really a happy and optimistic person so I thing that shows in my writing.  But I do have a darker, edgier side (ask my bewildered children).  So I want my books to be upbeat with a bit of danger, but never progress to anything that’s extremely violent.

Now the two books I just read and reviewed were great stories by the way, why don't you tell us where the idea came from?
Wow, so many places.  I’m always jotting down ideas from everything I encounter in life.  I knew for TAKEN that I wanted a broken love that needed mending.  For TASTE I wanted the heroine to be some type of cook like I am in my other career and I wanted it to be a ghost story.  From that I just started pulling ideas together until I plotted it.
Even last week I had ideas for the other series books.  At first I was going to make them standalone titles within the same family, but then I had an idea to make them part of a larger story that I think will make the whole series better.

How much fun did you have writing those two stories??
It really was amazing.  To read through them the last time before publishing them was a great feeling.

So far, who is your favorite Stern family member?
I have to pick *ONE*.  That will be hard.  Don’t think I can answer until I’ve met them all myself.  Still have a few books to write.

In each book, what is your favorite part?
Excluding the **fun** parts my favorite in TAKEN  is when Austin is being led out of the warehouse and thinks he may have just been duped and set up to get killed.  (It’s that dark side of mine).

In TASTE it has to be Lucas moment of preparing to meet the parents.  It’s just so true to life that sometimes no matter how self-assured you are.  When it comes time to meet his/her parents you may just end up a bit of a lovesick fool.

How many books are you shooting for in this series?
There will be five total.  Book three will feature Anthony and (NOT TELLING), and that book will start during Lucas and Casey’s wedding.  Book four will feature the Stern daughter and Book Five the oldest Stern son.

Are you going to give each Stern family member their own story?
Yes, they’re all getting their own story.

Because let's be serious... You are going to give me more!!!!
***wicked laughter is heard throughout the lair***

What was your favorite scene to write?
LOL, the sex scenes ;)
And what would be your favorite scene to be stuck in.....
**I get hot just thinking about where I want to get stuck, hahaha**

In TASTE that scene in the park (and no, not the one by the fair booth)

Which was the easiest character to write and the hardest ~ and why??
**Oh, I know who was hard. hahahahahah**
Or has that person yet to come?
Yet to come.  I think it will be the daughter.  In my current outline she is living in the Southwest and estranged from her family.  She’s also the only Stern that didn’t officially become a hunter (can’t say why, hehe).  I want people by the end of her book to feel that she’s the deepest Stern I’ve written so far and arguably the strongest.

What are you currently working on?
I’m juggling a couple projects.  Book Three and Four are being outlined and written pretty much at the same time.  So….while it’ll be a bit of time before the next book comes out, I’ll have two ready within a few weeks of each other.

Plus because my daughters keep asking if they can read what I’m writing (they can’t), I feel compelled to write something teen friendly (the oldest are 13 & 11).  Until they started trying to hack my computer (saved by file encryption) and read my stuff w/o permission it wasn’t a priority, but now I feel a bit more urgency.  I can't blame them, they're just wonder exactly **what am I doing** when I spend so much time writing.

Do you have anything due to release soon?
***Cough, cough.... my next book if you know what is good for you... Cough, cough***
Book three should be ready for Christmas and Book four a couple weeks later.

What's one thing that you enjoy about writing?
I finally feel a bit like an artist.  It’s so much fun to be creative.

If there is one last thing you want to leave us as an author... What would that be?
I just always appreciate someone thinking enough of my work to give me their precious time to read it.

Okay.... personal time!!!! Oh yeah, I go there... Hahah...
If you thought you were safe... Nah... Forgot it... Not a chance! We will start off slow and easy, I promise!

What is on your night stand/dresser?
Just my clock, but the back of the top drawer does hide a small leather whip and some fun lotions

What are you puts you in the mood?
A couples shower and back rub.

Do you prefer nice/sweet/slow.... or naught/hot/hard stories... What were you thinking!?
Both but I read naughty 5-1

What is your favorite season? Holiday?
Absolutely Spring when I get to go outside and cycle, hike after a long winter.  But Christmas is hands down my favorite holiday.

And what has been your best b-day present ever??
It’s the unexpected, thoughtful things my daughters do for me and not any one gift.
Hard and Quick Time! Don't think... Just answer! Okay, before we go this route, I will get us a refill on our drinks... I will be right back...
**Jean Claude enters the room.. "I am just in time for Quickie Time..."**
You know you do... Quickie time... Think fast....
Are you a quickie kind girl?  YES!
Dark or Milk Chocolate?  Dark
Whipped or Melted?  Whipped
Straight up or with a twist - sex?  With a twist, but I’ll take either
What's ur fave drink - in a glass or on him?   Long Island Iced Tea
Spank or Flogger?   Spank
Junk or Health Food?   Usually Healthy, but I’m having an affair with chocolate.  I just can’t break up.
Ties or Chains?   Ties
Leather or Lace?   Lace
Soft or Hard... Bed, where was your mind?   Hard
Control or Be Controlled?   Control
Hot Wax or Whip Cream?   Wax

**Giveaway Time**
Ms. Mindi is so generous to allow me to giveaway one e-copy of  TASTE OF LOVE 
To enter just leave a comment with your email
ends Friday Oct 21st
winner announced Saturday 22nd

Mindi, thank you for coming over to the Lair and playing with us!!!!

And remember... Keep it Dirty, Smutty & Hussy!
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  1. LOL Cecile, your interviews are so hilarious! (and the picture on top, omg, where do you find these!?)
    Love the cover for Taste Of Love, it's so sweet.

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  2. Great interview, they always make me laugh! I look forward to reading your books, Mindi--they sound great! Let's hope that your daughters didn't get too much of a peak when they hacked the computer! :D Sounds like something I would have done if someone I knew wrote books like this. :)


  3. LOL..I love your interviews too.
    Looking forward to reading Mindi's books.

  4. *stares at the picture*

    I kind of forgot what I meant to say

    *stares some more*

  5. Goody gumdrops! Thanks for the giveaway.

  6. Thanks for the giveaway. I would love to read this book. It sounds really good. Tore923@aol.com


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