Thursday, January 12, 2012

Five Card Stud by Gem Sivad: Author Interview

I am thrilled to share an amazing author with you today, Gem Sivad of Five Card Stud  and Perfect Strangers is here with me on the blog today and I really think you will enjoy this interview - a great author to check out!

About the Books:

Perfect Strangers (Eclipse Heat #5)

Lucy and Ambrose Quince share fiery passion in and out of bed; they love hard but fight often, both having opinions and tempers. But Lucy mysteriously disappears in 1874, leaving the Double-Q ranch and all she loves behind. Three years later, scarred in mind and body, Lucy is drawn back to Eclipse and the life she’s forgotten—including a snarling, lustful husband.

Although she claims she can’t remember him, Ambrose hasn’t forgotten a damned thing. Lucy left him and he owes her nothing. Trouble is—his heart remembers too, and Lucy’s the only woman who’ll ever own it.

Reader Advisory: This book contains rape and graphic violence. This title was previously published elsewhere as Intimate Strangers, but has been revised extensively for Ellora’s Cave.

Five Card Stud (Eclipse Heat #2):

When bounty hunter Sam McCallister sees Eden Pace playing poker for the first time, he loses all interest in the cards; instead, the thought of playing stud with the lady gambler stirs his cock to life. Eden's the prettiest woman and the best card sharp Sam's ever met. Good thing he has a few cards up his sleeve.

Eden's doing her own outlaw hunting. She's on the trail of her husband's killer and Sam's in her way. To get free of this hardheaded, softhearted, gorgeous man, Eden tries strip poker and naked truth-or-dare, but when Sam ups the stakes, carnal submission and desire are unleashed.

When Sam discovers Eden's wanted for murder, he figures his bed is the safest place for her. But taking Eden prisoner isn't as easy as Sam expects. He's in a high-stakes poker game with lust on the table and his heart on the line, because one taste of Eden just isn't enough. 

Author Interview:

1. Describe what it’s like to be an author in three words. 

God awful intense.

2. What is your favorite genre of literature? 


3. At what point in your life did you realize you wanted to be a writer? 

When I was 8.

4. What would you consider to be the best book you have ever read? 

Of Mice and Men- John Steinbeck

5. How do you react to a bad review of your book? 

Totally crushed, loss of self-confidence, sugar eating time.

6. Are the names of the characters in your novels important?  How and why?

Very.  I have to be able to “hear” the rightness of a name before I can use it.

7. Do you enjoy giving interviews? 

Frankly, not at all. I don’t think I’m unique, entertaining, or very interesting. I’d rather write about characters who are.

8. How much impact does your childhood have on your writing? 

I grew up spoiled rotten, riding horses, and the apple of my daddy’s eye. Both he and my mother encouraged me to “color outside the borders”.  As shaping goes, I don’t think it could have been better.

9. What was the greatest thing you learned in school? 

How to read a book propped up behind a text book without getting caught.

10. Do you admire your own work? 

Sometimes some of it. I love it when others relate to a character or experience and tell me I hit the right note for a scene.

11. Who else’s work do you admire? 

Ilona Andrews, Cara Bristol, Liia White, Patricia Briggs, Ranae Rose, Jodi Thomas. Sheesh. You don’t really have enough space for all the names. I’m a voracious reader—when I find an author voice I like, I read every book they write, regardless of genre.

Thanks very much for the interview, Lindsay.