Ros Clarke is visiting the Café today to chat about her new release, The Oil Tycoon and Her Sexy Sheikh. After the interview, Ros brought along a digital copy of her book for one of you to win!
[Manga Maniac Cafe] Hi, Ros! Thanks for dropping in!
[Ros Clarke] Hello and thanks for welcoming me to the Manga Maniac Cafe today!
[Manga Maniac Cafe] Describe yourself in 140 characters or less.
[Ros Clarke] Fun, fat, fabulous, happy, British, clever, silly, creative, colourful, addicted to adverbs, chocolate, romance novels and daytime TV.
[Manga Maniac Cafe] Can you tell us a little about The Oil Tycoon and Her Sexy Sheikh?
[Ros Clarke] It’s a traditional category romance, with truly twenty-first century characters. The Oil Tycoon is Olivia McInnes, a fiercely determined career woman who intends to take over the running of her father’s oil company. And Her Sexy Sheikh is Khaled Saqat, a marine biologist and expert on the long-term effects of oil spills. The problem is that there is oil in Saqat waters and Olivia wants the contract to drill. Khaled can’t think of anything worse – but his country needs the money, so he has to find a way to negotiate with Olivia to come up with a solution that works for them both. Their romance is just as complicated to negotiate as their business partnership but of course there is a happy ever after – eventually!
[Manga Maniac Cafe] How did you come up with the concept and the characters for the story?
[Ros Clarke] I love a good sheikh story, but most of them seem to bear absolutely no resemblance to the real world of the Middle East. I wanted to try to write something a bit more realistic. Oil was the obvious place to start. And if you’ve got oil, then you’ve got environmentalists protesting about it. The lightbulb moment for me was when I realised that the sheikh could be the environmentalist which let the heroine be the oil executive. Everything else followed from there.
[Manga Maniac Cafe] What three words best describe Olivia?
[Ros Clarke] Ambitious, independent, lonely
[Manga Maniac Cafe] What are three things Khaled would never have in his bedroom?
[Ros Clarke] A hot water bottle, a cute picture of a baby dugong, a cat. Actually, I don’t know about the cat, but I wouldn’t have one, so I am projecting.
[Manga Maniac Cafe] If Khaled had a theme song, what would it be?
[Ros Clarke] Whale Song, Pearl Jam
[Manga Maniac Cafe] What are your greatest creative influences?
[Ros Clarke] I suppose it’s the authors I’ve read most: Dorothy L Sayers, Dick Francis, Georgette Heyer. They all wrote genre fiction but they all wrote intelligent, interesting books with believable characters and realistic settings. They are books you can fall into and inhabit. I don’t think my writing is anywhere like as good, but that’s what I’m aiming for.
[Manga Maniac Cafe] What three things do you need in order to write?
[Ros Clarke] Time, lack of stress, laptop
[Manga Maniac Cafe] What is the last book that you read that knocked your socks off?
[Ros Clarke] Kate Hewitt’s The Darkest of Secrets. I loved the way she explored the taboo subject of adultery in romance and I really loved the way she made the hero work for his happy ending. I don’t want to say any more because it will spoil the story, but if you haven’t already, go read it!
[Manga Maniac Cafe] If you had to pick one book that turned you on to reading, which would it be?
[Ros Clarke ]Peter and Jane. I honestly can’t remember a time when I haven’t loved reading. Anything and everything. One of my earliest memories is watching my mother attempt to teach my brother (a year older than me) to read. He wasn’t interested at all, but I was fascinated and sped through the beginning-to-read Ladybird books. From then on, one of my dad’s party tricks was to pick a book at random off the shelf and get me to read it aloud, to the amazement of everyone else. As a kid, I read everything I could get my hands on. As a teenager, I read a lot of detective fiction. And as an adult, I’ve grown to appreciate romance more and more.
[Manga Maniac Cafe] What do you like to do when you aren’t writing?
[Ros Clarke] Oh, everything! I do lots of crafty things – knitting, sewing, colouring, cooking, gardening. I also have a job working for my church. Oh, and I am supposed to be finishing my PhD dissertation…
[Manga Maniac Cafe] How can readers connect with you?
[Ros Clarke] I’m on twitter, at Goodreads, and at my own blog. Come and say hi!
[Manga Maniac Cafe] Thank you!
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About the book
The Oil Tycoon and Her Sexy Sheikh is part of Entangled’s Indugence line of contemporary category romances.
His duty, her dreams, undone by their desire…
In the male-dominated oil industry, executive Olivia McInnes plays a careful game – she’s cold, uncompromising, and ambitious as hell. Once she seals the deal to drill in the clear waters of Saqat, she’ll finally prove herself worthy to take the reins of her father’s oil company. Her only obstacle is marine biologist – and Saqat’s royal heir – Sheikh Khaled Ibm Saqat , who’s determined to protect both his people and his country from environmental devastation…
It’s not long before Olivia’s icy cool exterior is shattered by the intelligent and wickedly hot sheikh, and business is surpassed by sweet, stolen pleasures. But outside the bedroom, there’s reality to be faced. Soon Khaled must return to his obligations – and his betrothed – in Saqat.
Caught between duty and ambition, can an oil tycoon and a sexy sheikh find room for love…or will this business deal spell disaster for them both?
More details and an excerpt are available here.
Ros is a writer, a student, a church worker, a crafter, a blogger, a twitterer, a lazy gardener, and an appalling housekeeper. She lives in a sixteenth century shed in England and is very glad that it has twenty-first century plumbing. She is interested in almost everything except cricket and football (US and UK) and mostly she likes happy endings in fiction and in real life.
Ros has been writing stories for as long as she can remember, never dreaming that other people would be interested in reading them. A few years ago, she discovered a writing forum on the internet, and has never looked back. Her head—and her hard drive—are full of ideas for fresh, fun, contemporary romances that she hopes you’ll love as much as she does.