Guest: Paige Turner

Hello and welcome Paige Turner to my site. She has so graciously agreed to be interviewed. 
So lets begin…
1) First, tell us a little about yourself so the readers know who you are? 
Hi, Sam! Thanks for having me! I really enjoyed Office Hours, and I’m looking forward to your next release.
I’m a brand new erotic romance author. My first release, Temporary Trouble, a ménage contemporary with touches of humour, was released on the 12th of September. My next book, Bone Idol, a male/male Victorian romance complete with scheming palaeontologists, sabotage and some very saucy scenes, is due out in December.
I’m absolutely thrilled to join Total-E-Bound’s stable of insanely talented authors – what great company to be in!
SC: Thank you so much. I’m pleased you liked Office Hours and Temporary Trouble sounds amazing. 
2) What made you decide to write? Was it something you accidentally began? Or what you wanted to do? Or annoying character who refused to leave until their story was told?
I’ve always enjoyed writing everything from children’s stories to horror novels, and I’ve always been a big fan of the steamier side of romance. So writing erotic romance was a natural next step for me.
I love being able to lose myself in make-believe situations and explore the world through the eyes of a couple of very naughty boys, a nineteenth-century scientist, or a moody private eye. And I love the fact that, no matter what my characters go through, I can always give them a happily-ever-after.
SC: I’m addicted to writing and to happily-ever-after.
3) I love hearing about first acceptances as an aspiring writer and now that I am e-published, I still love hearing about them. So tell us about that first acceptance.
My first acceptance was actually for Bone Idol, which will be my second release. I didn’t stop grinning for at least a week!
Now, with my first release out, I’m having a whole different set of exciting new experiences. I can’t pretend it isn’t a bit scary, but it’s wonderful at the same time.
SC: I have to say it took some time for me to realise my editor hadn’t got the wrong email address but when it sunk in, it was the most amazing feeling. 
4) Tell us about your current release? Where can readers buy it from?
Temporary Trouble is about Ben and Aaron, who are bored of the same old temping assignments. Playing practical jokes makes the job a bit less boring and keeps them out of more serious trouble …until their female boss catches Ben on the photocopier with his trousers down, and sees very clearly the sexual tension between the boys they haven’t quite admitted to themselves.
A good boss has to discipline her staff, and Ben has been a very naughty boy indeed. And what better job for her other temporary office boy, Aaron, than to help her administer the punishment Ben deserves?
You can buy Temporary Trouble, part of Total-E-Bound’s Tempting Temps series, here: http://www.total-e-bound.com/product.asp?strParents=&CAT_ID=&P_ID=1391
And if you do, please submit a review!
5) What are you currently writing?
I have several projects on the go! A moody film-noir inspired thriller, a twisted fairytale, a collaboration on a horror story with a dear friend, and an epic historical that just seems to be getting longer and longer – not to mention about two dozen other ideas I’ve not had time to start on yet!
SC: I always like to keep several projects on the go. 
6) What inspires you most when you write?
Anything can spark off an idea – a conversation overheard on the bus, a daydream, mis-hearing or mis-reading something that leads to a double-take and an interesting “what if…?” I think history books and newspapers are the best sources for ideas – truth really is stranger than fiction sometimes.
7) What experiences have you had working with your publisher/s?
I can unequivocally say that Total-E-Bound are great people to work with. They’re friendly and helpful, committed to what they do, and their art department is absolutely fantastic. As far as I’m concerned, they produce the best cover art in the business!
8) What are you reading now?
At the moment I’m reading lots of research material for my epic historical WIP. It’s fascinating stuff.
9) What are your guilty pleasures?
Once upon a time I might have said romance novels, but now I get to read as many of them as I like and pretend they’re research! Other than that, chocolate, tea and afternoon naps – I lead a terribly exciting, rock-and-roll lifestyle.
10) What would be your advice, if any, for other aspiring authors?
Read a lot. When you’re reading, work out what you like and dislike about that book; what works and what doesn’t – then apply it to your own work. And write a lot! There are people who want to be writers but don’t actually want to write. That’s not going to work! You might not be writing to the standard you’d like. You might think you have a long way to go. But the only way to get there is to keep writing and getting better!
This is for you to talk more about yourself, leave your blogging details, site details and generally promote yourself.
Please follow my blog at www.paigeturnerwrites.wordpress.com for updates on my upcoming releases, musings from a fledgling erotic romance author, and the occasional anecdote about something endearing or infuriating my cat has done. I’m always happy to chat with anyone who drops by!
Temporary Trouble Blurb: 

When jokes in work time turn into serious playtime.

For Ben and Aaron, bored of the same old temping assignments, playing practical jokes makes the job a bit less boring and keeps them out of more serious trouble. That is, until their female boss catches Ben on the photocopier with his trousers down, and sees the sexual tension the boys haven’t quite admitted to themselves.

A good boss has to discipline her staff, and Ben has been a very naughty boy indeed. And what better job for her other temporary office boy, Aaron, than to help her administer the punishment Ben deserves?

Tempting Excerpt: 

reathless and giggling, Ben Taylor and Aaron Jones leaned against one another, gulping for air. Aaron peered around the corner, ducking back when he saw a head turn their way. The ear-splitting, mechanical clamour of the fire alarm drowned out the sound of the pouring rain—rain that splattered the pavements and drenched their co-workers, who stood in a sodden, miserable huddle in the car park.

Half of them had grabbed coats as they’d left the building—the other half were hunched in short-sleeved blouses or shivered in damp cotton.

Aaron maintained a solemn expression for half a minute, his lips twitching, then dissolved into laughter again.

Ben straightened up and clapped Aaron on the back. “Come on. Let’s get out there before someone starts to get suspicious.”

Aaron gave him a luminous, lop-sided grin that dimpled one cheek, and suddenly Ben felt a little breathless again. He didn’t think about it, but instead slipped around the corner of the building and began to slosh across the car park, leaving his friend to follow.

A sullen group of smokers had broken off and were trying unsuccessfully to light their cigarettes in spite of the relentless downpour and the wind whipping the flames of their lighters out. Ben directed a completely artificial look of fellow-feeling their way.

The fire officer, Doreen, an uptight, skinny woman from HR whose hairstyle had been reduced to a soggy, straggling rat’s nest, gave them a harried look as she spotted them, and checked her watch. She ticked their names off the list on her clipboard, the waterlogged paper tearing under the pressure of her ballpoint pen.

Muttered complaints sounded through the crowd and Ben heard ‘fire-drill’ and ‘faulty bloody alarm’, but what he didn’t hear, to his smug delight, was ‘practical joke’. He winked at Aaron, and worked on projecting an air of disgruntlement. He didn’t want to stand out from the crowd by looking too cheerful.

The fact that his socks squelched unpleasantly inside his soaked-through shoes helped with that. Perhaps this hadn’t been their brightest idea ever—but it was definitely a successful prank, and that was what counted.

Okay, so it was childish. And he and Aaron, both in their mid-twenties, were old enough to know better. But temps got all the dull jobs—filing, photocopying, fetching coffee. Temps were easy to blame if something went wrong. Temps were paid minimum wage. Temps were…well, they were temporary. Disposable. They had to have some fun.

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