Every heroine has a story. She has a background, a history, and
a past. This interview allows us to meet a heroine and get to know her better,
by focusing on how she handles being relaxed, as well as how she handles
stress.

Author Bio

Anna Durand is an award-winning writer, a freelance
librarian, and an audiobook addict. She specializes in steamy romances
featuring spunky heroines and hunky heroes. As a member of Romance Writers of
America, she volunteers for its chapters to give back to the romance community.
In her previous life as a librarian, she haunted the stacks of public libraries
but never met any hot vampires hunting for magical books.

About the Book

Title Tempted by a Kiss
Genre Erotic romance
Book heat level (based on movie ratings): R
Mel Thompson just dumped her cheating ex after two years
together. Now she’s determined to understand the allure of casual sex by having
a steamy fling of her own at a notoriously raunchy underground club. When her
best friend, Adam Caras, catches on to her plan, he makes a surprising offer to
derail her. If she wants a hot fling, he’ll give it to her.
Who better than Adam, renowned lady-killer, to demonstrate
the erotic pleasures of a one night stand? Sex could ruin their friendship, but
after a soul-searing kiss, Mel fears one night may never be enough.

Stressing The Heroine

Every heroine has a story. She has a background, a history, and
a past. This interview allows us to meet a heroine and get to know her better,
by focusing on how she handles being relaxed, as well as how she handles
stress.

The Heroine’s Relaxed Side

This heroine is at a
party. Considering her story, describe the party.
Mel Thompson has been dragged to a party at the cramped
apartment of her best friend, Adam Caras. The place is filled to capacity with
family and friends, including Adam’s rowdy firefighter buddies.
How does the heroine
feel about being at this particular party, and what body language is she
displaying that gives it away?
Mel lingers behind the bar, arms wrapped around herself,
gaze scanning the room for Adam. She used to love parties, but now they make
her nervous. Though she’s still confident at work, in her personal life she’s
lost her self-assurance.
Is she more likely to
mingle or remain aloof?
She’ll stick close to Adam, even avoiding his brothers and
father, whom she’s known her whole life.
If she drinks, what is
her drink of choice at this party?
Beer. She grew up next door to the Caras boys, and though
beer isn’t her first choice, at a Caras party she’s not averse to tossing back
a lager.
How much drink is her
usual?
She drinks in moderation, never getting drunk. Well, maybe
not neverā€¦
The heroine figures out
where the hiding places are and then goes there. Is it to hide, to avoid
someone, or to go drag a friend back to the party?
Mel longs to escape the party — especially when Adam’s
buddies start referring to him as the Arsonist, a renowned ladykiller.
Is she likely to latch
onto a friend and stay with him/her and ignore others, or is she the friend
that others latch onto?
She wants nothing more than to cling to Adam, or hide behind
him, but he keeps dragging her into conversations with everybody else.
If someone picked a fight
at this party, how is the heroine going to handle it?
Anyone who attacks Adam, or harasses a woman, will meet Mel
the Terminator.
Is the heroine the one
most likely to get tossed out of the party, or the one who does the tossing?
Don’t mess with Mel. She may be nervous at a party, but
she’ll boot out the troublemakers.
Will she know when to
leave, or stay late and make a nuisance of herself?
She’ll try to sneak out early, but Adam will convince her to
stay until everyone else is gone. He’s got an ulterior motive, but she’s
oblivious to it.

The Heroine’s Stressed Out Side

How does the heroine handle
it if the cops or some other authority figure pulls her aside when she was
blameless in a situation?
She’ll give them a tongue lashing, for sure.
How does the heroine react
to hearing a scream?
Mel flinches, but then rushes to see if someone’s in
trouble.
If she sees someone being
assaulted, what is the FIRST thing that crosses her mind?
A man attacking another man: Too dangerous, run away.
A man attacking a woman: Won’t let another woman become a
victim.
If she sees someone
being assaulted, what is the FIRST thing she does?
A man attacking another man: Call the cops.
A man attacking a woman: Jump in with her stun gun to stop
the assault.
This heroine attempts
to rescue someone and realizes that she is in over her head. The odds are against
her and there is no way out. She is going to get her butt handed to her. What does
she do?
Call Adam on her cell phone.
The heroine runs into
the one person from her past she wanted to avoid. She can’t get out of the
situation and must interact with him/her in some way. What does she do?
When Mel runs into her cheating ex, Devon McCallister, she puts
up a tough front to hide her fear while searching for a way out, one that won’t
alert Devon to how scared she is.
Someone younger than
the heroine is in charge of the situation, and they are handling it badly,
perhaps bungling things. How does the heroine deal with it?
Mel started her own business from the ground up, so she
excels at finding a diplomatic way to step in when someone else is screwing up.
The heroine is in
physical pain but must bear up under it and keep going. What does she tell herself
in order to get through the situation?
She remembers how resilient her late father was and takes
strength from those memories.
What mentor’s words
come to mind in a bad situation?
She remembers her dad’s corny advice, like “Crying
doesn’t make you weak, Melly. Even a tough cookie can have a soft center.”
What lesson from her
past gets her through a stressful situation?
Getting through her father’s death proved to her she can
handle even the worst moments.

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