Interview with Eva Lefoy
Sweet Cravings by Eva Lefoy
Riding the waves of a sugar high, Violet Cunningham seduces the town’s newest pastry chef, slathering him with whipped cream in his secret kitchen. But all that is made of sugar melts, and her brazenness vanishes soon after their tryst, leaving her battling old insecurities about her waistline and appetites, courtesy of her mother. Positive she’s only made a fool of herself, she’s mortified when her boss sends her back to sexy Chef Max’s kitchen and into the proverbial frying pan.
After a red-hot date, her chef disappears, and Violet’s emotions simmer to a boil, forcing her to confront the awful truth: there’s more to life than pastry.
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Be sure to read the excerpt posted at the bottom of this inteview!
: Welcome, Eva! Please tell us a little about yourself.
Eva: I am a former newspaper reporter, avid hiker and tea drinker. I run and am enslaved to an evil cat. Currently living in small town U.S.A.
Tricia: When did you begin writing?
Eva: First grade! Well, I always knew in the back of my mind I wanted to become a writer. After stints in the restaurant industry, the mortgage and finance industry and the commercial insurance industry, I’m now getting around to making that dream come true.
Tricia: I’m so glad you’re following your dream. Describe your writing process. Do you plot or write by the seat of your pants? When and where do you write?
Eva: Total pantster. Really. Don’t even waft a character worksheet my way. My muse will suddenly go on vacation for a month. : ( I write in the evenings or weekends on the lappy on my living room couch. Not a very exotic setting!
Tricia: Can you tell us about your most recent release?
Eva: I have a sexy romance story out with Decadent Publishing called Sweet Cravings. It’s a foodie romance involving whipped cream and a sexy chef. Luckily, I have friends that knew how to make cream puffs…
Tricia: Yum! How did you get the idea for the book?
Eva: Believe it or not it’s all Justin Timberlake’s fault. Yep. Well, to back up a bit it’s Timbaland’s fault. You see, when they still showed One Life to Live ( the BEST soap opera ever IMO) I went to the gym on my lunch break. The radio would play “The Way I Are” by Timbaland. I liked it so I would watch the video on YouTube. http://youtu.be/U5rLz5AZBIA Then I got to wondering what else Timbaland had that I might like… I found “Carry Out,” which he did with Justin Timberlake. http://youtu.be/NRdHsuuXxfk now that video is about food and sex. Look at those scantily clad girls eating cake, pie and whipped cream. And those lyrics! They’re not merely suggestive, they’re downright…. Well, you watch and see. Which part of your muse does it feed? Uh huh, I thought so!
Tricia: I love Justin Timberlake! Of all your characters, which one is your favorite? Why?
Eva: Right now my favorite character is Contessa, she’s a stripper and she’s hot. She has a lot of secrets, but she’s going to get them worked out. Look for her in my F/F romance coming out later this month.
Tricia: What was the most challenging aspect of writing your book?
Eva: With Sweet Cravings, it was deepening the characters with each editing pass, trying to put more and more emotion into the work. This story is a 1st POV told from the heroine’s POV. But it’s also humorous. And sexy! It’s been called “chick lit with cooking.”
Tricia: Which authors have inspired your writing?
Eva: Gosh I’ve read so much romance over the years it’s hard to say. I think everyone fell in love with Sherrilyn Kenyon and J. R. Ward’s work, and I did too, at least for a short while. I studied what they did, loved their sex scenes, and realized that readers were ready for a far deeper experience than they had ever been before. I think they and other authors have set the bar pretty high in terms of tight third POV. I also find a good Harlequin Presents to be rather inspirational now and then!
Tricia: What projects are you currently working on?
Eva: Well I have a M/M romance sold to Decadent Publishing that is a story set in Mumbai, India! I also have a F/F romance coming out this month that is self-pubbed. And I have a cowboy M/M story on submission that I think will be a series…. After that, it’s back to the far reaches of outer space with some M/F sci-fi loving!
Tricia: What advice would you offer to new or aspiring authors?
Eva: Keep writing. Keep reading in the genres you write in to keep current. Find people willing to critique your work and listen to them. Especially if they aren’t authors. When they say things like, “this timeline really lost me,” or, “you’re character’s a wimp,” listen to them! They’re probably right! And lastly, listen to your muse. Write what he/she wants to write, not what you think will sell best. The sales will come. Be satisfied with the work you put out and you’ll never have a problem with promo.
Tricia: Eva, it was a pleasure talking to you. For any readers out there who’d like to learn more about Eva and her book, please visit the following links: