At the Bar with Lena Matthews

Author Lena Matthews spends her days dreaming about handsome heroes and her nights with her own personal hero. When not writing she can be found reading, watching movies, lifting up the cushions on the couch to look for batteries for the remote control and plotting different ways to bring Buffy back on the air.

Hey there, Lena!!! Tell us a few things about yourself.

I’m a voracious reader, a freakish movie buff who likes to quote random movie lines to unsuspecting strangers, a Libra and I have a weakness for tattoos and piercings.

When did you start writing and why?

I started writing about eight years ago. Misplaced cockiness. I thought I could do a better job than the stuff that was being published. I was wrong.

Who are your main influences? And what’s your creative process?

I have favorite authors, but no no real influences. I write books that I would want to read. I’m supposed to have a process, LOL? If anything I’m a panster, not a plotster. I write when the voices tell me to and stop when they shut up.

You’ve published an impressive number of books. How do you stay motivated?

I was very lucky and was first published about six months after I finished my first story. My best friend and co-writer Liz Andrews is a great motivation. And my Yahoo group. Hearing from my readers is always an inspiration.

Who does your artwork? Your book covers are amazing.

My publishers take care of all of the artwork for me. All I do is fill out a form and they send it off to one of the many talented people who make them up. My favorite cover hands down is Happily Even After and that was done by Valerie Tibbs.

Your primary genre appears to be romance/erotica. Why this genre?

Because they frown on sex scenes in Young Adult books. In all seriousness, erotica is my preferred genre to read. I like spicy. I like hot. I like being naughty.

I first learned about you thanks to authoress Shiree McCarver. You really caught my eye with your Blasian novella, The Good, the Bad, and the Naughty.  Is this your first Blasian book?  What inspired you to go that route?

Yes it is.  I don’t think anything inspired per say, but the world is a very colorful multicultural world and I want to write about it.

Readers on the Blasian Narrative are curious as to why Xavier Sun was mixed, rather than fully Asian. Was there a particular reason for choosing to make him mixed?

Like most of the characters I write, he was based on real person. In his case, Russell Wong, who himself is mixed.

Mmmmm...Russell WongNice choice.  When did you first fall for him?

The Joy Luck Club was the first movie I saw Russell in and it's been true love ever since.

I’ve noticed a rise in anal sex scenes in modern erotica; in fact, there’s such a scene in your book.  Why do you think there’s been an increase?

I think because it was something taboo before and in erotica you don’t have to be prim and proper. People do it, so why not write about it?

Fair enough! Can fans on the Narrative look forward to more Blasian stories from you?

Yes. I'm working on something right now, but it won't be out until late 2011 or early 2012. *wink*

What do you have in the works now?

My next book is entitled Still The One. It features the main characters from Happily Even After. It will be out early February with Loose Id.

What advice do you have for young writers of color trying to get their work publishers?

You need to write everyday, you need to have an honest critiquing partner, perseverance, and research your publisher thoroughly.

Lady Lena, thanks for "stopping by".

Comments

  1. Awesome interview Lena. Love your work and I'm looking forward to reading what you have in the works next.

    Wanda

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  2. Lena I love your work!!! I cannot wait for Still the One :)

    Thanks for sharing your works with us.

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  3. GREAT Interview! I love her honesty! And using darling Russell as a model does not hurt one bit!!

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  4. @ Amaya

    I know, right? *delightful shiver*

    I got to go reread that ish.

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  5. I love your work and read it whenever I can, Loved the book "Happily Even After" and look forward to the new one. I've been in a mixed marriage for twenty plus years and enjoy stories about couples m/m, m/f/m, f/f like myself and friends. Please keep up the fabulous work that you do.

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  6. Great interview. I've enjoyed every single book I've read my Ms. Matthews.

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    Anonymous, use a name!!!!

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  8. great interview, I'm impressed that it only took her 6 months to get published

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