Thursday, September 4, 2014

Interview with erotic romance author PJ Fiala

Today I'm featuring an interview with erotic romance writer PJ Fiala. Her debut novel, Dog Days of Summer, is the first of a series she has created.

During her tour, PJ will be awarding a rack card with dog tags to FIVE randomly drawn winners and a Grand Prize of a Kindle Paperwhite loaded with books from fellow authors to a randomly drawn winner. To be entered for a chance to win, use the form below. To increase your chances of winning, feel free to visit her other tour stops and enter there, too.

Welcome, PJ. Please tell us a little bit about yourself.
I was born in a suburb of St. Louis, Missouri named Bridgeton. During my time in Missouri, I explored the Ozarks, swam in the Mississippi River, and played kickball and endless games of hide and seek with the neighborhood kids. Spending summers in Kentucky with my grandmother, Ruth, are the fondest childhood memories for me.

At the age of thirteen, my family moved to Wisconsin to learn to farm. Yes, learn to farm!

I am now married with four children and three grandchildren. I have learned to love Wisconsin, though I still hate snow. Wisconsin and the United States are beautiful, and my husband and I travel around by motorcycle seeing new sites and meeting new people. It never ceases to amaze me how many people are interested in where we are going and what we have seen along the way. At every gas station, restaurant, and hotel, we have people come up to us and ask us about what we are doing as well as offer advice on which roads in the area are better than others.

I come from a family of veterans. My grandfather, father, brother, two of my sons, and one daughter-in-law are all veterans. Needless to say, I am proud. Proud to be an American and proud of the service my amazing family has given.

Please tell us about your current release.
Dog Days of Summer is a book about Jeremiah (Dog) Sheppard, the single father of grown twin sons and owner of Rolling Thunder Motorcycles, Inc.

Joci is the single mother of a grown son, Gunnar, and owns a marketing and graphic design company.

They meet when Gunnar asks Joci to come and help them organize the Veterans Ride for Rolling Thunder. The sparks fly when they meet, but Joci has been cheated on in two past relationships and she isn’t interested in getting involved with Jeremiah. Also, LuAnn is in the picture. LuAnn is the sister of a friend of Dog’s but she wants to be more.

Dog has to get Joci to learn to trust him. Joci has to work around LuAnn. LuAnn is just a pain in the butt.

This book isn’t filled with angst and drama. It’s an easy read and great for someone that wants to read about people falling in love and learning how to foster a relationship.

What inspired you to write this book?
Bikers. My husband and I are bikers and so are most of our friends. The characters in Dog Days are based on real characters. As I was waiting for a charity ride to start one day I looked around and thought, “These are my characters. They each have a life story.” Dog Days was born. You know the saying, “Truth is stranger than fiction?” It’s really true. I have had people tell me these characters aren’t believable. But, they’re real. Their stories have been tweaked a little, but each character is based on someone I know.

Excerpt from Dog Days of Summer:
Gunnar said, “Conference room is this way, Mom.”
Joci nodded once and followed behind Gunnar as they made their way through the store and up the stairs. Joci noted the store was neat and tidy. There were racks of clothing on one side of the store and parts, accessories, and motorcycles on the other. The store was well-lit and colorful. The logo painted on the wall, though, was boring. Rolling Thunder Motorcycles, Inc. was painted in silver lettering on a white wall with nothing else. No real logo other than the name.
Entering a room off to the right at the top of the stairs, Joci stopped in her tracks as she crossed the threshold. Dog was sitting at the conference table, which was a large, well-worn oak table littered with beer cans, papers and miscellaneous food wrappers. About eight other people were either sitting at the table or standing around talking.
As she stood in the doorway he looked up from his reading and stared at her.
“Dog, this is my mom, Joci. Mom, this is Jeremiah Sheppard, but everyone calls him Dog.”
Joci watched as Dog stood to his full height, and rounded the table toward her. Well-built, broad shoulders supported the most beautiful head and face Joci had ever seen on a man. Long blonde hair and bright green eyes held her attention as he came to a stop in her space. He reached his hand out to shake hers, but Joci stood transfixed as she looked into his eyes.
“Nice to meet you Joci. Gunnar has told me a lot about you. I appreciate your time in helping us plan next year’s event.”

What exciting story are you working on next?
Dog Days is the first book in a series, I am finishing up Rydin the Storm Out, which is Ryder’s story. Ryder is one of Jeremiah’s twin sons.

When did you first consider yourself a writer?
Last year when I finally sat down and started writing. I have always had stories floating around in my head, but I didn’t think of myself as a writer until I started writing. There is so much more than writing. The marketing, the sales, the advertising, looking for beta readers and revamping a story after someone has ripped it apart.

Do you write full-time? If so, what's your work day like? If not, what do you do other than write and how do you find time to write?
Finding the time is the hard part. I work full time as a paralegal in a small law office. I write in the early mornings and late evenings. I have been fortunate to work a job where I can have my Friday’s off, so that is writing day. I try to squeeze it in whenever I can.

What would you say is your interesting writing quirk?
I need to have noise when I write. The stereo, television, something that makes noise. When the house is quiet, I can’t think.

As a child, what did you want to be when you grew up?
I wanted to be a dancer. I don’t know why, that’s way before dancing with the stars came out. And, to be honest, I’m not even that coordinated, so I don’t know where that came from.

Anything additional you want to share with the readers?
I would like to thank you all for reading this and reading Dog Days of Summer. Writing has been such a great pleasure for me and creating characters I would want to know in real life has been such a joy. I hope you enjoy them as well. I encourage you to touch base with me either on Facebook or from my website  and let me know your thoughts, ideas, or experiences. 

Other ways to connect with me:

Follow the links for the playlists for each book:
Second Chances -
Dog Days of Summer -
Rydin the Storm Out -

Buy Links:
Amazon Links: Kindle | Paperback | 
HenschelHAUS: Paperback | E-book 

Thanks, PJ!

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Goddess Fish Promotions said...

Thanks for hosting!

MomJane said...

I really loved the excerpt. I enjoyed your comments very much.

Jessica Gipson said...

I love the Excerpt, very interesting.

PJ Fiala said...

Thank you all for your time. Glad you like the blurb and excerpt.

bn100 said...

Informative interview