Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Cupid Rocks by Francesca Hawley

Hi. I’m Francesca Hawley and I’m a fat chick. A woman with dangerous curves just like my heroines.

Many people don’t like the word, “fat” but I do because it’s the truth and I’ve learned to own it. I am a fat chick and I always will be. Even if my fairy godmother popped in right at this moment and waved her wand to make me a size 2, I know that mentally and emotionally I’d still be a fat chick. So why is this relevant? Well, my size has had a major influence on how I see the world and how I write.

I first began to read romance when I was in my teens. I loved the genre, but the heroines were all thin. Their thighs didn’t rub together…had never rubbed together…and frankly I had trouble relating to these ladies. The stories were great—full of emotion and well told, but the heroines weren’t like me and that was a major disappointment. I kept wondering where were the fat heroines? I found some occasionally, but to have their Happily Ever After they usually had to lose weight and go from ugly duckling to swan.

Well, I wanted a fat heroine who loved herself—or at least learned to love herself—and a hot alpha hero who liked her jiggly bits just the way they were. Since I didn’t find many big girls to read about, I decided to write about them myself. After all, I loved to write anyway and had been writing almost as long as I’d been reading, so Francesca Hawley – author of Romance with Dangerous Curves was born.

In a Francesca Hawley romance, my readers will find authentic, sensual, fat heroines who love and are loved by their intense, passionate, and seductive Alpha heroes. I hope you enjoy their dangerous curves just as much as their hunky heroes do.

When her parents’ rock band The Pack performs at Zach’s bar, Mandy discovers her True Mate, Joe Blackwolf, the band’s lead singer and guitarist. All she has to do now is convince Joe that she told a little white lie to make her mom happy, her father that rock musicians aren’t all alike, and her new mate’s family that rockers aren’t all that different from classical musicians.

Joe Blackwolf is celebrating his fortieth birthday. And what he wishes for when he blows out the candles is to find his True Mate. He succeeds when he meets Mandy Goldwolf. Problem is…she belongs to someone else. Finding out the truth leaves him free to explore every inch of her smokin’ hot curves, but now Joe and Mandy are neck deep in overbearing relatives and everyone is in for a rockin’ Valentine’s Day.

A Romantica® paranormal erotic romance from Ellora’s Cave. 

Thanks so much for hosting me today! I'm really excited to be here and share Cupid Rocks with you.

Q) What inspired you to write this story?
I came up with the concept of Mandy's lie first. A young female being hounded by her parents - her mother in particular - to find a male and settle down to provide grandchildren. I also came up with the idea of an older rocker celebrating a milestone birthday who'd been on the road a long time and had no spouse or kids and wanted more in his life. So I mixed the two together and came up with Mandy and Joe, my leads for Cupid Rocks.

I also adore the secondary characters for this story. Joe's parents and Mandy's parents threaten to take over the story at points so I had to restrain them. Zach, Mandy's heat buddy, is a great guy too and he's been tapping my shoulder and encouraging me to finish his story. Overall, Cupid Rocks was a fun story to write.

Q) How long did it take you to write?
This one probably took me a year. It's been sitting on my computer longer than that because I was hoarding the story a bit. I really loved Joe and Mandy and didn't want to let them go, so the story didn't get finished for quite some time. But finally, I felt the push to share these characters with my readers.

Q) What is your favorite thing about writing?
Allowing my creativity full rein. I love starting with nothing and building characters, setting and plot to tell a sexy love story.

Q) What is your least favorite thing about writing?
The aloneness. Writing is a very solitary career and it can get lonely. I wonder if I'm writing a good story. If my characters are interesting. I worry that I'm writing crap that no one will like. There's something of a vacuum there. But then I hear from readers who enjoy my work and it makes all the difference in the world.

Q) If you could be any famous person for one day, who would you be and why?
I don't really want to BE a famous person for a day. I don't know if I'd like the notoriety and intense scrutiny of being famous, but there are many famous women that I'd aspire to be like. I'd like to emulate Hillary Clinton in that she's smart, fierce and takes no crap from anyone. Michelle Obama is one of my personal heroes too. She's smart, passionately committed to helping others and family focused. Finally, Betty White impresses the heck out of me because she's wicked funny with a love of animals and a commitment to helping them. I hope I could be as beloved as Betty when I get to be ninety-something.

Q) What is the oldest thing in your fridge and how old is it?
Well, I just moved so I'm happy to say the oldest thing in my fridge is only a couple of weeks old. I had to throw away a LOT of stuff from my fridge when I moved.

Q) What can readers expect from you in the future?
I'll definitely be writing more shapeshifter novels. I have another story where Serena helps Cyn Redwolf, of Lady Cyn designs, and Nico Blackwolf, a photographer get together for a photo shoot for Cyn's catalog and web site. Serena doesn't "formally" arrange the match, but she provides the introduction and nags them both to get to know one another better.

I'm also planning on getting back to medieval England to write Falc and Eirene's story. I want to write Andy Larson's story too. It's in the works, but he's being a challenging Dom and not cooperating with me...yet.


Francesca Hawley said...

Thanks so much for hosting me on my book tour for Cupid Rocks! I appreciate it!

Carin said...

love the excerpt!