Welcome Ember. Tell us a little about yourself.
I’m Ember Leigh, erotic romance author, aspiring mermaid, and perpetual vagabond. I’m in Ohio at the moment with my husband; we’ve spent the last few years living in South America, but I needed some good quality time with my family and friends up here. We’re always dreaming of new places to visit and sometimes live. Wanderlust is a serious affliction! I think all the places we visit seeps into my writing. It’s constant inspiration.
When and why did you begin writing?
I was around age 8 or 9 when I knew, down to my bones and back, that I was meant to be a writer. I read voraciously as a girl, and somewhere between being fascinated by outer space and all those books I read, I knew that author was my only destination in life. My first stories were tapped out on an old Commodore 64 my parents had. I wrote my first “novel” by age 9, based on a dream I had about visiting the moon.
Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp?
Probably tons of messages, some I’m not even aware of! What I like most about “A New York Minute” is that Paige and Josh try to be the masters of their own universes—and they are, to some extent. But they just couldn’t control that one wild card, finding true love. And that’s one of my favorite messages: despite our best laid plans and goal-setting and determination, there’s always going to be something you never planned on stepping in your way. And though it might look like your worst nightmare (like Paige losing her dream job), there’s always a silver lining. And the end result might be better than your wildest dreams!
What authors have most influenced you? Why?
My first, most indelible influence was Douglas Adams. Beyond him, there’s also Michel Faber, Stephen King, and Jennifer Crusie.
What are you reading now?
I’m just wrapping up “Zen in the Art of Writing” by Ray Bradbury, with plans to start “The Silvers” by J.A. Rock and “Death’s Redemption” by Ishabelle Torry next!
What is your favorite punctuation mark and why?
The em-dash, HANDS DOWN! I am a self-proclaimed addict to the em-dash—there’s no better, more solid line in the history of punctuation.
Tell us about your new release.
Paige Alexander, successful host of A New York Minute, adores her job and will do anything to save the show that’s her brainchild. But when IBC, fronted by Josh Lambert, buys NYCBC, Paige’s show is cancelled, and her choices are unemployment or a non-starring role on a new show co-hosted by Jerk Lambert, a man who makes her hotter than hell in every way.
Having scaled the golden rungs of the corporate ladder, Josh doesn’t do relationships or complicated. Promised a multimillion dollar payday if he turns Wakin’ Up—the show that replaced Paige’s—into a hit, Josh kisses uncomplicated goodbye when she shows up. The woman fascinates and terrifies in equal measure, and he’s suddenly questioning the value of gold versus the value of her. Forced together in an Hawaiian paradise, the steam just keeps rising—on set, in the sauna, and in the narrowing distance between them.
Author Bio: Ember Leigh has been writing erotic romance novels since she was far too young. A native of northern Ohio, she currently resides in South America with her Argentinean partner, a detail she uses to justify her Bachelor’s degree in Latin American Literature. In addition to romance novels, she also writes travel articles, maintains three blogs, and continually attempts to complete a mildly-gripping short story. In her free time, she practices Ashtanga yoga, travels the world, and eats lots of vegetables. Visit her blog at www.emberleighromance.com.