Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Lost Wages of Sin by Rosalie Stanton

Rosalie Stanton is a multi-published erotic romance author, with emphasis in paranormal and urban fantasy. A lifelong enthusiast of larger than life characters, Rosalie enjoys building worlds filled with strong heroes and heroines of all backgrounds.

Rosalie lives in Missouri with her husband. At an early age, she discovered a talent for creating worlds, which evolved into a love of words and storytelling. Rosalie graduated with a degree in English. As the granddaughter of an evangelical minister, Rosalie applied herself equally in school in the creative writing and religious studies departments, which had an interesting impact on her writing. When her attention is not engaged by writing or editing, she enjoys spending time with close friends and family.

Rosalie is represented by Tish Beaty at the L. Perkins Agency

Working for Lucifer is the best job in the universe, until the day it’s not. Then you’re on your own, with Hell at your heels.

Ava, Sin of Greed, has had a rough week. The angel she planned to make a life with left her with nothing but a Dear Jane letter. Even worse, Lucifer believes she spilled Hell’s secrets to her ex, and her boss’s temper is notoriously apocalyptic.

For centuries, Dante kept his feelings for Ava under lock-and-key. The one time he pursued something more, he nearly lost her for good. Lesson learned. However, when he hears of her planned elopement, all bets are off. Not having Ava was a reality he could accept. Losing her to an angel is something else entirely.

Now, Ava, once Hell’s golden child, is fleeing for her life. When her old friend Dante shows up, her first instinct is to send him packing. But Dante is more than a friend—he’s the only other man who tempted her, and his fierce loyalty challenges everything she thought she knew about him. As Ava prepares to battle the devil himself, she can’t keep from getting closer to Dante…though she doubts her heart can survive another break.

Q) What inspired you to write this story?
A mixture of things. My primary genre has always been paranormal, but I wanted to try something more than my truly Buffy-inspired work. I’m the granddaughter of a fundamentalist Church of Christ minister and I minored in religious studies in college. While I am nonreligious now, I decided to take some of the questions and theories I’d had throughout upbringing and during my studies and apply it to my fiction. I started with the Seven Deadly Sins, and everything grew from there.

Q) How long did it take you to write?
Well, considering this is a re-release, about four years. The first 54k happened in about 6 weeks back in 2010. When the story was first conceived, it wasn’t a series book. That came when I met Ava’s sister, and the world developed even more. As I started plotting the rest of the series, I realized the 54k I wrote in 2010 needed a revamp to match what the series had become. I began the rewrite in 2013, and the 54k morphed into 90k with a lot more depth and development.

Q) What is your favorite thing about writing?
When the characters take over and do something unexpected. It can be rather aggravating, admittedly, when they go off script, but the result is typically better than I originally conceived.

Q) What is your least favorite thing about writing?
About the craft itself? Nothing. My least favorite thing is trying to find the time to do it, when I’m not physically or mentally exhausted. Working two jobs can take it out of you.

Q) If you could be any famous person for one day, who would you be and why?
Joss Whedon, to make all my fangirl shipperness from the Buffyverse official canon. I tried to think of something more altruistic, but that was the first thing that came to mind, so I figured I might as well be honest. Also, I think if I hijacked the body of a more powerful, influential person, I might end up making whatever I wanted to fix worse.

Q) What is the oldest thing in your fridge and how old is it?
We just purged the fridge! I think it was a jar of pickles, and you don’t want to know.

Q) What can readers expect from you in the future?
More from the Sinners & Saints world, worlds like it, and forays into contemporary romance.

Thanks for having me!

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