Recently, I was hit up for a bloghop by two of my favorite writers: Janine Ashbless and Nikki Magennis. And I’m not one who can resist two hot, talented women asking me for things. So here is my bloggy-hoppery of “My Next Big Thing” — where I answer questions about my upcoming book!

What is the working title of your book? Leather Bound.

Where did the idea come from for the book? I write a lot of steamy stories set in book stores (and often, I’ve noticed, with the words “leather” and/or “bound” in the titles). I think print books are incredibly sexy — they’re beautiful and tactile, they have a sound and smell that’s all their own, and the act of reading them is a sensual, intimate experience. So I started the idea with this old book store that specializes in hard-to-find books about naughty topics. My librarianesque bookstore owner kind of came with the package.

What genre does your book fall under? I would say erotic romance with a bit of mystery thrown in, although it’s not a traditional romance, in the sense of one man/one woman and happily ever after. This is all about sexuality that is heightened by an emotional connection between people.

Which actors would you choose to play your characters in a movie rendition? I actually have a whole Pinterest board of resources that I use to inspire the book and the characters. Janine Arch, my main character, is a combination of Dita Von Teese and Jennifer Connelly. She’s a quiet, shy bookworm, but when she feels safe enough to explore and really become herself, she blossoms into this remarkably self-assured woman.

Supporting cast would be Scarlett Johansson (as a tattooed redhead) for Lily, Chad Pinther as Davian, Alexander Skarsgard as Josh.

What is the one-sentence synopsis of your book? When a bookstore owner gets a new client — an incredibly sexy man looking for a book that doesn’t exist — she finds herself getting tangled in a delicious, and potentially dangerous, underground of sex and desire.

Will your book be self-published or represented by an agency? The book is contracted to come out early next year from Harper Collins’ Mischief line.

How long did it take you to write the first draft of your manuscript? It took me about three months. But my rough drafts are very rough. I’m still figuring out what the story is, and who the characters are.

What else about your book might pique the reader’s interest? It has leather-bound books and leather-bound boys, girls in rope and stockings and cuffs, power plays, bondage, exhibitionism, tattoos, and threesomes — all wrapped in an orgasmic origami box of love and mystery. It’s pretty much the book where I get to explore all of my favorite fantasies in 80,000 words!

I’m having a ton of fun writing it, and am really looking forward to working with my editor to make this one of the sexiest, smartest erotic books to hit the stores next year. I hope you’ll enjoy it too!

Kiss kiss bang bang, s.

P.S. ~As part of this blog hop, I’m supposed to tag five people who’d like to follow suit, but (because I am bad at playing by the rules), I’d rather invite people to participate if they’d like to. If you do decide to play along, please throw a link to your site in the comments so people can find it!