Sunday, December 11, 2011

Writer with Sizzle: Anh Leod (also writing as Heather Hiestand)


Please welcome author Anh Leod! Anh would like to give away a e-copy of "Christmas a Go-Go" to one lucky commenter, so please leave your email address in the comments so she can get a hold of you!

About Anh:

Heather Hiestand/Anh Leod is the author of seven novels as well as many novellas and short stories. Her most recent release, Captain Andrew’s Flying Christmas, is an Amazon Romance Anthologies bestseller. Her imagination keeps her entertained with romance, mystery and futuristic/fantasy story ideas, many of which eventually become words on a page. She lives in Washington State with her husband and son. For more information, see her website at www.heatherhiestand.com. She is active on Facebook, Twitter and Goodreads.
 
Lia: Great to have you here! Tell us about your story "Christmas a Go-Go".

Anh: I went to England for the first and only time as a teenager, and picked up a pair of white leather go-go boots when I was there. When I returned, I wore them on a shopping trip to Nordstrom. I must have been really stylish for 1985, because a male shoe salesman came over and fell to his knees before me, fondling my boots. I’ve never forgotten that experience. All these years later, that became the idea behind “Christmas a Go-Go” my Anh Leod holiday release!

Blurb:

Lexie has a serious love for go-go boots and an heiress-sized fortune to build her collection. She has everything but a man who shares her fetish. When her new custom-made Christmas go-go boots capture the eye of Adrian, she wonders if she has finally found the one.

Adrian has always been turned on by a woman wearing sexy boots, and he’s immediately smitten with the lovely Lexie. Sparks fly and he leads her away to the VIP dressing room for a sultry tryst.

They both want more, and Lexie plans to have it. She wants Adrian at home, in front of her boot wall—naked, touching her body, touching her boots—while they have the best sex of their lives.


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Lia: Who doesn't love a sexy pair of go-go boots? What is your favorite thing about being a romance writer?

Anh: I love being able to work from my easy chair at home. It allows me to stay at home with my toddler.

Lia: Do you have a common theme in the books you write?

Anh: My theme seems to be "finding your place in the world," or "your true home." I suspect I keep revisiting that type of story because I'm adopted, though I don't write adoption stories. Instead, my characters are trying to make sense of their identities in their setting, however they came to be there.

I also keep revisiting holiday stories, especially set at Christmas. It's a time of year when most people want to revel in family traditions and celebrations, perfect for my "true home" theme.

In the case of “Christmas a Go-Go” both Lexie and Adrian are happy, successful people, but they are looking for someone to accept their special kink. How lucky they are to find each other!

Lia: Which scene in your book do you think will leave the reading squirming in their seat?

Anh: At the end of the first sex scene, something happens accidentally that could really destroy a relationship between two people that are so attached to fetish objects. If I set the scene up properly, the reader should totally feel Adrian’s horror!

Excerpt:

Her body was still throwing sparks and her mind was fuzzy but she’d definitely heard a pop. She glanced at the Christmas tree but nothing had changed there. The mini-lights still glowed and no ornaments were on the floor.

Adrian knelt before her, his head buried against her pubis. She could hear him panting and one of his arms was hidden. Had he come when she had? His other arm was wrapped completely around the booted leg she’d flung over his shoulder in that last heated moment.

Gently, she extricated herself. Something was wrong, but what was it?

Then Adrian opened his hand. His look of horror matched hers.

Lia: What’s your secret to writing a steamy scene?

Anh: I find that I need to devote an entire writing session just to writing the steamy scene. I can’t work my way into it. I do the first draft, then challenge myself when I go back to edit in intense sensual detail. Back when I first started writing erotic romance, I need a warm, quiet room with rose candles burning, but my life doesn’t permit such fussiness anymore!

Lia: Ah, the patience it takes to be a mom and a writer! Where can readers find your books?

Anh: My Anh Leod books are mostly at Ellora’s Cave, now available at general e-tailers. I also have one story with The Wild Rose Press. Heather Hiestand stories are available at a few small presses and I’ve recently ventured into self-publishing, but everything is available at e-tailers.

Lia: Thanks for being a "writer with sizzle", Anh. Readers, don't forget to leave your email addy for a chance to win!

7 comments:

flchen1 said...

How fun, Lia and Heather/Anh! Great to learn more about you and your writing--and hats off to you for writing and "momming" it--just the parenting part keeps me extremely busy! I definitely love holiday stories and will be giving yours a peek! Thanks for visiting!

f dot chen at comcast dot net

Heather Hiestand said...

Thanks for stopping by, Fichen1! My main writing companion these days is Sesame Street!

flchen1 said...

LOL, Heather/Anh! I must admit that before I had kids, I had much stricter views on media and kids and so on--not that I would park them constantly in front of the TV or computer now, but I do think that there is lots of very fine programming that improves both the lives of kids and their parents ;) So glad you've found a good balance for you, too!

BTW, I love holiday stories, too! Do you have thoughts on expanding to write some stories for other holidays throughout the year? The obvious would probably be Valentine's, but there are lots of possibilities... St. Patrick's Day? Easter? July 4th? Librarians Day? :D

Andrea said...

I grew up when go go boots came out. I never had boots, but had mini skirts. Your book sound like a fun read.

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Heather Hiestand said...

I released a Valentine's Day story last year - The Bachelor - written as Heather Hiestand. I have two Christmas stories written as Heather Hiestand, and my next Valentine's Day story should be out just after Christmas! I haven't tried other holidays, except sort of Halloween. My Anh Leod novel, Cherokee's Playmates, is set around Halloween.

flchen1 said...

I'll have to look for those--thanks, Heather/Anh! Those do sound like fun!

Lia Slater said...

Thanks so much for being a guest, Anh. And thanks to the readers who stopped by.

Anh randomly chose the winner of Christmas a Go-Go. Congrats to flchen1! Anh will be contacting you shortly.

Hope everyone is enjoying the holiday season!