Today I have the lovely Tess Oliver back on Erin’s Choice talking all about her novel Paradise and her upcoming novel Dray which is the 3rd in the Custom Culture series.
Q1 – Hi Tess, welcome back to the blog! Tell us about your novel Paradise. Is that a new release in ebook format?
Actually it's not a new release. For some strange reason Amazon puts on a new publication date if the cover or anything else has been changed. Paradise is a light, sexy romance about a girl named Jayden who is busy building a career and life for herself. After one disastrous, failed office romance, she resolves to never get involved with a workmate again. But her newest boss, Nick, makes it hard a resolution to keep.
Q2 – The story is set in Tahiti. Have you been there? What inspired this location for the story?
I've been to Hawaii but never Tahiti. I thought a warm, tropical island would make a sexy backdrop for the story.
Q3 – Nick’s character is a bit of a hero in his past life, and his heroics have translated into helping people less fortunate than himself. What inspired this in his character?
I have a thing for heroes that can be categorized as super-alphas with heart. Both sides need to be there, in my opinion. So I always try and soften the hard edges to make them more swoon worthy.
Q4 – I thought this was a re-release but instead you’ve recently given the ebook format of the book a facelift. What made you change the cover design?
The paperback and ebook came out together but this is the third cover. Mostly it was changed because it has been hard to get the book noticed and sometimes a fresh cover does the trick. I'd originally published it under a different penname because it was far more sexy than my first books and I thought I should keep the genres separate. But I've recently changed the name on Paradise and Bittersweet Obsession to Tess Oliver.
Q5 – You have a new novel coming out in March, Dray, which is the 3rd in the Custom Culture series. Tell us a bit about that.
Dray is the character with all the demons and the grim past. He was a lot of fun to write about because the poor guy had so much baggage. And there is, of course, romance. He lost Cassie at the end of the Clutch book and that is how Dray's story starts. He's alone and going through some bad times. But love always wins out in my books.
Q6 – What can new readers of the Custom Culture series expect?
I hope they find a world that centres around the twenty something culture of Southern California, my home. The main characters are three (four if you count Barrett, and who cannot count him?) guys, each very different in personality, who are striving to make their mark in the world. As different as they are from each other, their friendship is tight and they will do anything for each other and the women they love.
Q7 – I really love that the books in this series are dual POV, what made you decide to write from both characters perspectives, and how you do you find writing from the male perspective?
I started writing in the dual perspective all the way back with A Little Less Girl. That book was well-received because readers loved knowing what the hero was thinking. It is a fun way to write but occasionally I have to remind myself to think and talk like a guy. Fortunately, I'm surrounded by male 20 somethings because I have a 21 year-old son. I listen to how they talk and interact. It is much different than the way girls interact.
Q8 – How have you found the self-publishing route?
Exciting and amazing. Thank you Amazon for opening the flood gates to those of us who want to write and be read.
Q9 – What advice would you have for new authors thinking about self-publishing?
Stick with it and write what you love. It's worth the time and effort.
Thanks to Tess for joining me again, and now I can’t help but wonder if there will be a 4th in the Custom Culture series…will there be a Barrett book?!