Word-Slingers – Interviewing Red Garnier

1)                  How long have you been writing?

I’ve been writing for myself for about ten years, but seriously maybe for seven. I started taking writing courses, entering contests, then began my career writing for Ellora’s Cave, Samhain, Loose ID, and Liquid Silver.

2)                 How many balls do you juggle on a daily basis, and how do you manage to keep them all in the air (usually), (ball = work, writing, family, etc.)

I use to juggle with far more balls than I’ve cut down to now. My health needed attention and I had to stop working, so now I dedicate my time to my family, keeping my health in shape and my environment as stress free as possible, and my writing.

3)                 What can you tell us about your release Taken by Him? What I’m looking for is the story about how the story came to be, not just the blurb and what not. J

Taken by Him is the second story of my Billionaire’s Club series. This story came about the wonderful suggestions of my editor, who wanted to read more about billionaire friends finding love. Luke Preston dazzled me in the first story, and I couldn’t wait to get to his own story. I actually had an idea of his plot from an earlier book I had worked on, but Luke took it over, owned it, revamped and made it, and it is absolutely one of my faves. It is sexy, funny, and heartwarming. I hope readers love it too! J

4)                 What is it about the contemporary romance genre that you like so much?

I just love how relatable this genre is. I can identify and imagine it happening to me, and I can also forget about having to keep track of any details “such as in romantic suspense or other genres) and focus more on the exquisite details and emotions of falling in love.

5)                 Do you think you’ll move to another genre, and if yes, what to and when?

I am always tempted to write other kinds of books, sometimes after watching an inspiring movie, reading an inspiring book. At the moment, I still love contemporary, but like they say, never say never!

6)                 Sweet or sour?

Sweet AND sour. Hahah. (TM – Smart aleck)

7)                 Chocolate or vanilla?



I don’t think there’s anything as magical as reading a wonderful book. Since I read my very first, I was utterly transported to a world that made me want to pack my bags and move right into it. I was twelve. Maybe thirteen. And I finally knew what I wanted to be.

A writer.

But a writer’s life isn’t as romantic as it sounds. Life always gets in the way of writers. You either live your own, or you sit down and create one for someone. Someone more wonderful, more interesting, more courageous. And because I met a wonderful man, my life came first. I married him. And we have two wonderful kids, whom we adore. And writing seemed to be just a little moment living in a big dream. I wrote, but I wrote little, and I needed more.
It wasn’t until the start of 2005 when my life had settled around me, and with that stillness came a gnawing restlessness. I really needed to write, really write, or I’d be miserable.

So I started, spending a few hours a day on the computer, and later entire nights. I heard of Ellora’s Cave, an erotic romance publisher, and their call for submissions for their hotter Exotika line. Ahh! Something sexy, I thought, and mulled through that a bit further: Something scandalizing. Shocking. Out of this world caliente.

And so began a career writing erotic romance, which took off quickly and unexpectedly. First with the epublishers, and later helping me find my fabulous agent Roberta Brown. She signed me up with my first full single title, The Satin Sash, which NAL/ Penguin bought on proposal in April 2008.

Am I a writer now? I wondered that day.

Nah! I was a writer before that, but perhaps at last I start to feel like one.I live in Texas with my family, two very big dogs, and dozens of wandering deer who keep eating the flowers. Sometimes I write all day, and sometimes the words elude me, little devils. But the thing is, at last I write. Or perhaps I spin, weaving tales of love and woe and raw, unbridled passion.

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The Billionaire’s Club: The wealthiest, most powerful men, not only in Chicago, but in the world.  They are used to having whatever they want, whenever they want it.
Luke Preston is the ultimate playboy among his billionaire friends.  Every bad girl in Chicago has surrendered in his bed.  Some good girls, too.  But when he ends up in the hospital after an assassination attempt, his friends suggest he take a long vacation to recoup, regroup and lay off the women until the man is caught.  However, when Luke lays eyes on the stunning brunette across the beach, she inspires every dark, erotic thought his mind can conjure.

Peyton Lane has always been serious and responsible and she’s determined to have some fun for once in her life.  And that means a deliciously, sexy affair with a stranger while she’s on vacation.  So when a blond Adonis named Luke crosses her path at the Cancun resort, she’s determined that he will be the one. But Peyton gets more than she bargained for when Luke introduces her to a passion unlike any she has ever experienced and she discovers that behind that charming smile are secrets and a beautiful, damaged soul. 


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