Perilous Pauline–also known as Pauline Baird Jones writes science fiction romance novels and her next release,Girl Gone Nova, hits the shelves in April. Perilous Pauline’s adventures include winning an “IPPY” (Independent Book) Bronze Medal award in 2008 for The Key, another science fiction romance, and an “EPPIE” (E-Book award) in 2007 for her action-adventure romance Out of Time. Check out her contest on her website at PerilousPauline.com.
The teaser for Girl Gone Nova:
Doc–Delilah Oliver Clementyne’s—orders are simple: do the impossible and do it fast. A genius/bad ass, she does the impossible on a regular basis. But this time the impossible is complicated by an imminent war between the Earth expedition to the Garradian Galaxy and the Gadi, an encounter with some wife-hunting aliens, and not one but two bands of time travelers.
She could handle all that, but her biggest challenge—and the reason the impossible might be not possible this time—she’s fallen in love.
Wrong time, wrong man, wrong everything. So why does it feel so right?
Q: How many novels have you published at this point? How many years has it been?
A: I’ve published 9 novels with upcoming release since 1998.
Q: You’ve received awards and some great reviews–tell me what means the most to you and why?
A: I love getting great reviews, who doesn’t, but what means the most is to get unsolicited reader feedback. When someone posts a review on amazon, or writes me personally, it’s amazing. I love it when comments show that readers got what I was trying to do with my books.
Q: Why have you chosen to write science fiction romance?
A:. I love reading romance. It’s my favorite genre. It was natural for me to filter romance into my novels. And I am an optimist and a romantic. That helps. What I didn’t expect was the science fiction. I almost failed science in high school and was sure my last book wasn’t “SFR” until people started calling it that. I think I figured it out, though. Writing fictional science I can do—though its working better for me now than it did in high school. <g>
Q: How would you describe your type of book?
A: I write perilous books with a comedic twist. Humor is an important component of my writing, as important to me as the romance and suspense.
Q: Tell me your favorite or “when I was doing research for this novel you wouldn’t believe what happened” story:
A: When I was researching my time travel novel, Out of Time. I was trying to figure out method of travel, so did a google search on time machines. I found people selling time machines out there—though with disclaimers that they have not yet got them to work. There’s some pretty interesting stuff out there, including a listing of aliens who have visited Earth.
Q: Besides being a romance novelist, what other fascinating or off-beat jobs/careers have you had for a day job?
A: I was an elementary school lunch room bouncer. It was my job to stare down the kids during lunch time.
Q: Tell me about your early novelist career and how you got started:
A: I started out not being a novelist. The first thing I finished was a stage play called A Visible Difference, about a housewife who becomes invisible because her family doesn’t appreciate her. I then turned to writing for children (I had some and it seemed like a good plan), From there I tried writing short romance fiction which lead to a rejection from Playgirl Magazine. Then the first Gulf War happened. I was watching it one day and got slammed by this idea for a book and it was off to races with me.
Q: Tell me about your most fascinating inspiration for a book or story.
A: That would be The Key. I started watching Stargate Atlantis and, as often happens, got an idea for an episode that violated every rule for having ideas for tv episodes. I created my own character and made her the star. One-hundred plus pages later, I realized that I needed to take my character and find her a new story.
Q: When you’re writing, tell me what your typical daily routine is:
A: I roll out of bed with many groans. I am NOT a morning person. I head for refrigerator where I extract a Diet Dr. Pepper. Depending on how early it is, I may apply it to my head before I drink it. I make my way to my computer with lids at half mast. If it’s a good day, I can procrastinate until lunch. Once lunch if over, I know I have to get working and I work at least five hours. When I’m deep in a book, I’ll lay awake at night, sometimes for hours, imagining the scene, getting it right in my head (which contributes to the hard to wake up in the morning problem). When I’m out shopping or something, I’ll imagine how my main character might see and react to what I’m doing. I’m abstracted and annoying, but my husband is used to it now and can tell by looking if I’m me or my character. I know the book is “done” when the character is no longer in me.
Q: How long does it typically take you to complete a novel ?
A: At least 6 months, some books take longer, some happen faster. I wrote A Dangerous Dance in three weeks, but I had a deadline and won’t EVER do that again. It was NOT fun.
Q: How do you handle the isolation of being a full-time writer?
A: I am, by nature, a hermit, so I like isolation, but I do need the support of other writers. I use email a lot, meet with some local authors for support and input. When I’m deep in a book, the more alone I am, the better. I often long to go on a writer’s retreat, but that would require me to leave.
Q: Anything else you’d like to share with readers that I haven’t asked?
A: A lot of my readers were surprised when I switched from romantic suspense to writing science fiction romance. I hope readers will continue to follow me, no matter where I “boldly” go.
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