Inara Scott dropped by the virtual offices today to chat about her new Entangled Publishing contemporary romance, Rules of Negotiation. Inara is also the author of The Talents, a YA paranormal series published by Disney Hyperion. She is a return guest at the Cafe, and I wanted to thank her for stopping by again to answer my questions. Enter for your chance to win a digital copy of Rules of Negotiation after the interview!
[Manga Maniac Cafe] Describe yourself in 140 characters or less.
[Inara Scott] A dog lover, frequent snacker, and occasional jogger who writes about love, magic, faeries, and superpowers. I believe in happily ever after.
[Manga Maniac Cafe] Can you tell us a little about Rules of Negotiation?
[Inara Scott] Let me give you the blurb, because that always says it better than I can!
He let her make the rules…
NYC’s most eligible bachelor, Brit Bencher, is also known as The Slayer for his reputation in the boardroom…and the bedroom. And he’ll do anything to take care of his family, even seduce high-powered corporate attorney Tori Anderson in the hopes of getting her to reveal confidential information about one of her clients. But for the first time in his life, he finds he’s falling for a woman.
…and then he started to break them.
After juggling the demands of her career and the stress of caring for her ailing mother, Tori Anderson doesn’t have time for relationships—but that doesn’t mean she doesn’t want to feel like a woman. When Brit offers a no-strings attached fling, it sounds like exactly what she needs. But what will she do when Brit decides he won’t take “one night stand” for an answer? When Tori uncovers his lies, will they lose their chance at love forever?
[Manga Maniac Cafe] How did you come up with the concept and the characters for the story?
[Inara Scott] I started writing RULES while I was practicing law full time and struggling to balance the demands of job, marriage, and motherhood. I think if I hadn’t started a family before I began my practice, I’d have buried myself in my job and missed out on so much of life. RULES was a little of a, “what might my life have looked like if things had gone a different way?” (and if I had met a sexy CEO at exactly the right time!).
[Manga Maniac Cafe] What was the most challenging aspect of writing the story?
[Inara Scott] Tori’s mother has Alzheimer’s, and there are some really heartbreaking scenes with the two of them. I don’t have a parent with Alzheimer’s, but several dear friends do, and as I writer, I had to put myself through those emotions to write those scenes. It was hard–I cried a lot!
[Manga Maniac Cafe] You also write YA novels. What is the biggest adjustment you have to make when writing for an adult audience?
[Inara Scott] Although many YA books are highly romantic, my YAs tend to feature slightly younger heroines and stories that don’t focus as much on romance. So when I write YA, I tend to be more plot-driven, whereas in my adult books I am more character-driven. As you might expect, the YA tends to have more action, while the adult books have more dialog and character exposition.
And, of course, there’s more naughty stuff in my adult books. Just sayin’.
[Manga Maniac Cafe] What three words best describe Tori?
[Inara Scott] Vulnerable, loving, driven.
[Manga Maniac Cafe] What are three things Brit would never have in his bathroom?
[Inara Scott] Ha! Let’s see…Brit would have very few things in his bathroom—he’s a pretty macho guy! He would never use product in his hair, lotion on his hands, or a nail file.
[Manga Maniac Cafe] What are your greatest creative influences?
[Inara Scott] I am inspired by a lot of great romance writers, like Susan Elizabeth Phillips, Julia Quinn, and Jenny Crusie, but also by people like my friend and critique partner Susan Sey. She and I wrestle with our manuscripts together, and reading her drafts is really inspirational to me. Whenever I read something that she wrote that makes me smile and feel warm and snuggly inside, I ask myself—how did she DO that? How can I do that?
[Manga Maniac Cafe] What three things do you need in order to write?
[Inara Scott] Quiet. That’s really it. A cup of coffee is nice, too. J
[Manga Maniac Cafe] If you had to pick one book that turned you on to reading, which would it be?
Anne McCaffrey, DRAGONFLIGHT.
[Manga Maniac Cafe] What do you like to do when you aren’t writing?
[Inara Scott] I cuddle a lot with my husband, and hang out with my kids. If I can find the time, I like to get in some yoga or a long walk with my pooch. I hate being cooped up at a desk. I need to be outside for at least some portion of every day.
[Manga Maniac Cafe] How can readers connect with you?
[Inara Scott] Readers can always find me on Twitter (@inarascott), on Facebook (www.facebook.com/inarawrites) or at my website (www.inarascott.com). I love reader emails, too! You can contact me directly at Inara.firstname.lastname@example.org.
[Manga Maniac Cafe] Thanks!
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