Title: Memphis Nights
Author: Ninette Swann
Published: September 17th 2013
When her two-faced friend, Laurette, breaks into her apartment with Dick and sets her on the run, she finds herself knocking on Brian's door—or, more accurately, lying in his bed. Now she has to choose between protecting her friends or saving herself.
Police officer Brian Cultry had always put his job first, until he met Aster Dunn. After a night together, he can't get the woman out of his mind, and agrees to help her bring in her next catch…from the other side of the law. Together they learn whom to trust and whom to burn.
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When and why did you decide to be a writer?
Real talk? I wanted to be a scientist and took a Journalism 101 course as an elective. I liked it so much, I second majored in journalism, and then went into broadcast for quite a while. After having children, and moving to an area without a large television market, I started writing more long form pieces. The novellas are the epitome, thus far, of that.
What has been the toughest criticism given to you as an author? What has been the best compliment?
I've been told my stuff is worthless, and that it harms the feminist cause (which hurts because I'm active in the feminist movement in my other life). I don't believe it does, though. Most of my books have very empowered female characters. If anything, I have more trouble making the men as tough as readers want them.
The best compliment came from my husband (who is also a writer) when he said he enjoyed my work.
Do you have any advice for other writers?
You have to make the time. Somewhere, somehow, sit down and write a sentence here and there. Don't worry about what readers will think. Don't give yourself excuses to stop. Don't let your insecurities get in the way. You've got a great idea. Tell the shitty committee to shut up, and go for it.
How many drafts did you have to write for Memphis Nights ? Any scenes that were cut from the original that you want to share?
I wrote two drafts of Memphis Nights. The first one tried to do too much in too few words (a problem I sometimes have), so I took back the manuscript, simplified it, and worked out some of the police procedure kinks. After that, of course, it went through several rounds of edits, but I can't rightly say that anything was taken out that needed to be in there.
What inspired the idea for 'Memphis Nights ?
It was an open call for another publishing house, and I didn't quite make the deadline, so I submitted it elsewhere. I really like writing strong female leads, so a bounty hunter / cop thriller was right up my alley.
What was your favorite chapter (or part) to write in 'Memphis Nights and why?
The first chapter. I like the introduction of Aster Dunn. I like the action. I like the tone of their first meeting. And I was able to get away with some literary description that they usually make me cut.
What is your favorite snack/treat or drink while writing?
Usually tea or coffee. Something hot that includes caffeine.
What are you currently reading?
Right now I'm reading The Adventures of Cavalier and Klay, Carrie, and Portrait of a Lady.
Who is your fictional character crush?
It's a toss up between Mr. Darcy and Mr. Rochester. Apparently I don't go for men who use their first names.
Do you have anything specific that you want to say to your readers?
I really appreciate the support and friendship you all have given me.
When not writing her next romance, Ninette Swann spends her days rock-climbing and taming wild horses. Or not. You decide. Or ask her about it at firstname.lastname@example.org.
She lives with her amazing husband and children in Florida…not to be confused with Miami, unfortunately.
Ninette Swann loves to talk to her readers and can be found at http://ninetteswann.com or @ninetteswann on Twitter.
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