Welcome to the Nice Girls Writing Naughty version of the A-Z Challenge! We are so excited to kick off our April Event with the lovely, gracious ANGEL PAYNE! She’s got some awesome book news for us, but stay tuned for more details of the special events happening with us this month!
Here’s a little more about Angel Payne:
USA Today bestselling romance author Angel Payne has been reading and writing her entire life, though her love for romances turned serious at Chapman University in Southern California, where she took departmental honors for English. She began getting a paycheck for her writing when composing record reviews for a Beverly Hills-based dance music magazine, and working in promotions at LA-based KROQ-FM. She was also a music industry PA, fashion ramp model, night club DJ, special events coordinator, tour guide, and hotel group sales manager before returning to the thing she loves the most: creating character-based romantic fiction.
Angel has written for four publishing houses, and is also independently published. She most enjoys focusing on high heat and high concepts starring memorable alpha men and the women who love them. She has numerous book series to her credit, including the Suited for Sin series, the Cimarron Saga, the Temptation Court series, the Secrets of Stone series (with Victoria Blue), the Lords of Sin historicals, and the popular WILD Boys of Special Forces series.
She’s excited to be one of the inaugural authors for Waterhouse Press’s MISADVENTURES series, launching in Fall 2017.
Angel still lives in Southern California, where she is married to her soul mate and lives on a street that looks like Brigadoon, with their awesome daughter and Lady Claire, the dog with impeccable manners. When not writing, she is a proud cos play mom, and also enjoys reading, pop culture, alt rock, cute shoes, and being active in the outdoors.
Angel’s Current Books:
Believe it or not, this one’s a little bittersweet to answer! I’ve recently completed the 10th—and last—of the WILD Boys of Special Forces series. Yes, ten books! These guys have been on quite an amazing journey for the last four years…and I can say the same for my life too. We’ve all been through a lot together!
The final installment of the series is called READY FOR HIS RULE, and it’s Captain John Franzen’s story. I knew I wouldn’t be able to wrap up the series until I’d told John’s story—and I can definitely say this is the whopper of all the stories, requiring John to enlist the help of all the other WILD Boys to help protect his new lady: the Vice President of the United States! It was a VERY fun (and passionate!) story to write…and yep, I cried in quite a few places too.
And here’s her interview:
When did you know you first HAD to write?
Oh, I love this one! I think I’ve been “writing,” in one way or another, since I was a kid—but I wrote my first full-length book when I was eleven, after my dad gave me a blank journal for Christmas. On those pages, I wrote a book about a space-age family who travels back in time to solve a mystery together. I can’t even remember what it was called, but I do recall that all the characters had these funny names that rhymed: Junto, Ronto, Monto, Toronto…some like that. Laughing!
What excites you most about your current work-in-progress?
I’m so excited to say that I’ve just started plotting Misadevntures With A Super Hero, which will be part of Meredith Wild’s NEW Misadventures Series! Anyone who knows me is just shaking their heads and chuckling about this. I’m a crazy nut for all things super hero and pop culture. Getting to write this book is like a dream come true. It releases this October, but you can order pre-release copies NOW! Yay.
Introvert or Extrovert? How does this affect your work?
So many people think I’m an extrovert—but I’ve had to learn that trait over the years. Like a lot of writers, I’m happiest when I get to be quiet and just watch the world go by. Unless there’s a great tune playing…and then, I’m on the dance floor. I love to dance.
How do you deal with real-life distractions (job, kids, cats, birds chirping…)?
Not easily! LOL. I have a deep, long-lasting relationship with my ear buds and Spotify.
What’s the thing that most excites you about all the changes that have happened in publishing in the last five years?
It’s so wonderful to see sexier books being accepted more as legitimate romance books. I believe in this so much, I’m on the current Board of Directors for RWA’s Passionate Ink chapter, dedicated to elevating awareness and respect for erotic romance. It helps to have class-act talents like Sylvia Day, Shayla Black, Sylvain Renard, Lexi Blake, Julie Kenner, and so many more continuing to blaze the trail in our sub-genre.
What’s the most common ‘theme’ found in your stories?
I LOVE this question. Without a doubt, it has to be finding your truth and accepting it—and letting your light shine no matter how “different” or “weird” the world says you are. I grew up in a part of the country known for its cookie-cutter, follow-the-crowd mentality. I was a curly-headed bookworm in a world of cheerleaders with Marcia Brady straight hair. Finding the man who got me—truly saw me, loved me, accepted me—was a game-changer. We all just want to find our “person,” and when we do, it’s pure magic.
You can find out more about Angel Payne and her unique brand of romance at these places around the web:
To find out more about the special events surrounding our April Blog Challenge, you can join our Nice Girls Writing Naughty Readers FB group. There we will be having special Takeovers on the weekends for you to meet with our authors, some of our guest authors, and win some cool prizes too! Join today so you don’t miss out on anything!!!