Thursday, October 13, 2011

Interview with Inara Scott and Giveaway - October 13, 2011

Please welcome Inara Scott to The Qwillery. Radiant Desire (Handmaid's Seduction 1) was published earlier this month by Entangled Publishing.

TQ:  What would you say is your most interesting writing quirk?

Inara:  I’m not sure I’m very quirky (I wish I was—quirky people are so interesting!). Probably the weirdest thing I do is make my computer read my manuscript to me after I’ve finished a draft. It’s not a fancy program, just the built-in Mac software. The voice is very funny and robotic, but I love hearing the words spoken aloud. I find lots of things to edit when I listen that I would never have found by reading.

TQ:  Are you a plotter or a pantser?

Inara:  Definitely a plotter. I use lots of charts and spreadsheets when I’m figuring out the arc of a story. I get very visual with my process.

TQ:  What inspired you to write the Handmaid’s Seduction series?

Inara:  Um, would you hate me if I said Barbie Fairies? LOL! My daughter had a bunch of these Barbie faeries that she would play with in the bath and I thought (because I’m twisted like that) that these Barbies would be great romance novel characters. Particularly if they were used to being the most beautiful creatures in the world, and then had to become mortal, and imperfect.

TQ:  What sort of research did you do to create the world in the series?

Inara:  I set the story in Miami, but live in Oregon, so I had to visit Miami for research. ;-) Actually, I did spend time eating the food, walking along the beach, and visiting neighborhoods to make sure I’d gotten it all right. I also chatted with florists about their jobs, and contacted a real estate agent to get ideas for the type of home that Portia, my grande dame, would own.

TQ:  Describe Radiant Desire (A Handmaid’s Seduction 1) in 140 characters or less.

Inara:  The object of every man’s desire must break a man’s heart or lose her wings forever. But what if she’s the one falling in love?

TQ:  How did you create the names for the Fey in the series?

Inara:  There’s no real science – just a lot of time on baby name websites. With the Handmaids, I really wanted names that were lyrical and sensual. Something that would flow off a man’s tongue easily when he was in the throes of passion. ;-)

TQ:  Without giving anything away, what is/are your favorite scene(s) in Radiant Desire?

Inara:  I adore the scene when Kaia and Garrett fight, and she challenges his long-held beliefs about his family and his life. There’s another scene I love, but I can’t tell you which one because it would be a spoiler! Basically, I love “resolution” scenes, where the Big Emotional Moment happens. They’re so fun to write, and as a reader, they’re the moment that I’m most engrossed in the book.

TQ:  In Radiant Desire, who was the most difficult character to write and why? The easiest and why?

Inara:  Garrett was my hardest character. I struggle to make my men alpha enough to be enticing to readers, but not jerks. Garrett verged on jerk a few times, and I had to dial him back and make him more vulnerable. Writing good men is a true art!

Easiest was Kaia. Though I had to really double and triple think about her perspective as both a faerie and a human, I found the path she takes very easy to picture. Her realizations about love and humanity mirror my own beliefs about the essential goodness of the human heart.

TQ:  How many books are planned for the series?

Inara:  There’s definitely room for each of the Handmaids to have their own book, but I’m taking it one faerie at a time. I want to make sure each Handmaid’s story is fresh and begs to be told.

TQ:  What's next?

Inara:  I am currently working on Mina’s story, revising a young adult novel, and plotting another YA. I can’t imagine a time when I won’t be writing.

TQ:  Thank you for joining us at The Qwillery.

Inara:  Thank you!

About Radiant Desire

Radiant Desire
Handmaid's Seduction 1
Entangled Publishing, October 2011
Contemporary Fantasy Romance

The object of every man’s fantasy just lost her wings…

Kaia Verde is one of the four Faerie Handmaids of Zafira, Queen of the Fey. To redress an ancient wrong done to Zafira by a human king, the Handmaids make sport of mortal men, seducing and humiliating them. When Kaia sets out to seduce Garrett Jameson, but ends up being the one surrendering to pleasure, Zafira is furious. Kaia’s punishment is simple: make Garrett fall in love with her by the summer solstice, then break his heart, or face eternity without her wings—or her soul. To make the task harder, Zafira tells Kaia she cannot use her faerie magic or charm to lure Garrett into her bed.

…and now she’s losing her heart…

Kaia thinks her task will be relatively easy—as a faerie, she understands lust, and can love be much different? But once she is living among the humans, Kaia discovers the race she once disparaged is far more complex and beautiful than she imagined. She learns before she can break Garrett’s heart, she must find a way to heal it. And eventually, discovers that losing her wings may be a far easier price to pay than losing her heart.

About Inara

Inara Scott grew up in the winter wonderland of Buffalo, NY. Consequently, she spent much of her childhood complaining about being cold. To spare the world her whining, she fled the cold climate and eventually wound up in the Pacific NW. She loves it there — they get occasional snow, tons of rain in the winter, and lots of sun in the summer. The forests are huge, and the old Douglas Fir trees and thick ferns make you think you’ve wandered into a fairy tale. She would be surprised if there weren’t fairies and elves living there. Seriously.

She loves to hike, canoe, and play outside. She is addicted to yoga. She has a deep affinity for water (she used to believe she could learn to breathe underwater, if she stayed down there long enough).

Inara is a geek through and through. She fears deep, intellectual books and loves romance and fantasies. She listens to cheesy, happy music. When she was in high school, her friends considered having a clothing intervention for her because she insisted on making her own clothes and shopping at thrift stores. Somehow, she survived.

Inara's Links


The Giveaway


What:  One commenter will win an ebook copy of Radiant Desire (Handmaid's Seduction 1) from Entangled Publishing.

How:  Leave a comment answering the following question:

Barbie or Ken?

Please remember - if you don't answer the question your entry will not be counted.

You may receive additional entries by:

1)  Being a Follower of The Qwillery.

2)  Mentioning the giveaway on Facebook and/or Twitter. Even if you mention the giveaway on both, you will get only one additional entry. You get only one additional entry even if you mention the giveaway on Facebook and/or Twitter multiple times.

3)  Mentioning the giveaway on your on blog or website. It must be your own blog or website; not a website that belongs to someone else or a site where giveaways, contests, etc. are posted.

There are a total of 4 entries you may receive: Comment (1 entry), Follower (+1 entry), Facebook and/or Twitter (+ 1 entry), and personal blog/website mention (+1 entry). This is subject to change again in the future for future giveaways.

Please leave links for Facebook, Twitter, or blog/website mentions. In addition please leave a way to contact you.

Who and When: The contest is open to all humans on the planet earth with a mailing address. Contest ends at 11:59pm US Eastern Time on Thursday, October 20, 2011. Void where prohibited by law. You must be 18 years old or older to enter.

*Giveaway rules are subject to change.*


  1. Well I think I would pick Ken since I am a lady after all. Great interview and thanks for the chance to win this book!

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  3. First the answer to the question: if I must Ken (but I liked his best friend Allen better). I love that your daughter's Barbie inspired this book and how sad that you had to sacrifice and go to Miami to do research. I don't know how you could stand it.
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  4. Barbie or Ken? Hellooooo! Barbie - that bitch has all the stuff! (I wish I knew where I heard that the first time. Still makes me giggle!).

    Other than her impossible measurements, I'll always have a fond place in my heart for Barbie. And her playhouse. And her convertible. And her clothes. And her shoes. And, and, and... ;)

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  5. I am a girl who loved playing with her dolls, so I am saying Barbie. When I was little I wanted to be her. She had everything. Clothes, a cool house with great furniture, a cool car, and she also had Ken. She also had lots of friends. Even though most looked like her, but that was okay.
    I love the cover of this book, that is the first thing that attrached me to it. This books looks great and would love to win and read. Please choose me for the giveaway, would make a great bday present(Oct 15th)LOL.
    Thanks for the giveaway and the chance to win.

  6. Definitely Barbie for me! She's got great clothes and always has the perfect accessories, while I never remember if my shoes are clashing with my purse, belt, whathaveyou.

    Thanks for the interview and Giveaway! I love how you got the idea for the story from the Barbie fairies!


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  7. Radiant Desire's cover is wonderful.

    barbie, guy , duh ,lol


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  8. Barbie. I've always been a tomboy and Barbie is super feminine and has everything. I'd like to experience that if for a little while!

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  9. Barbie. I got my first Barbie when I was 4, with beauty salon.


  10. Ken for me. Please enter me in contest.

  11. Barbie.
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    thanks for the giveaway :)

  12. Probably Ken. I get annoyed by girly girls. ;) The cover is gorgeous! This book is definitely on my TBR list.

  13. Ken, I think! Barbie is just way too disturbing :)
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  14. great interview, I think I would pick Ken.
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  15. I would pick Ken. I have always kind of had a crush on him >.> edysicecreamlover18@gmailDOTc
    GFC Krystal Larson

    The cover of your book is gorgeous, thank you very much for the chance to win.

  16. Well I have to pick Barbie, because as I remember him, Ken was a eunuch who seemed to just stand there without animation, whereas Barbie has always been a fun gal who will go out and concur any profession or obstacle in her path, especially when she was behind the wheel of her convertible. LOL - I have to say I still love the Barbie song and sometimes just play it for fun:) Thank you for the lovely interview today and for the fun giveaway opportunity. I am of course a follower and would not have it any other way!


  17. I would have to pick Barbie. I grew up with her and now my little girl is all about Barbie. Thanks for the giveaway.

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  18. Ken for me please. Love the cover. It is quite beautiful.
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  19. Barbie
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  20. Neither. I'm not a Barbie/Ken person. Teddy Bears; now teddy bears are quite something else. I love a nice cuddly soft toy!

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  21. Great interview!!! :)

    I'd have to go with Ken because Barbie's ginormous chest used to scare me when I was little...

    Perhaps I'm quirky! LOL

    Good luck with the new release Inara!!!

    Lisa :)

  22. I'd have to pick Barbie ... Ken was just too perfect... never a hair out of place.
    Great interview! I LOVE that cover! Thanks for the giveaway!
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  23. Durn! I forgot to include my email address! Sorry!

  24. Ken for me.

    Radiant Desire's cover is wonderful. I can't wait to read it.

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  25. I would have to say Barbie and all her cool accessories and ensembles!! LOL

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  26. Barbie, Ken always freaked me out a little bit.

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  27. Thanks for the lovely interview! Love the premise for this book. Definitely orginal!

    I'd have to say Ken. I keep picturing the Ken from Toy Story 3 and how he eventually redeemed himself for love of Barbie :)

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  28. Sadly, I was never a fan of Ken growing up. He was never manly enough for me and my barbies needed something better. G.I. Joe fit the bill a little bit better :)

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  29. Great interview! I would pick Barbie, Ken always creeped me out. :)

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  30. I think I would pick Ken. I always thought that Barbie was a stuck-up be-yatch. No, really. I gave it much too much thought...
    Thanks for the giveaway!
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  31. i love fey stories.

    difficult choice because i love barbie and ken but since i'm lady so i choice ken (sorry barbie ;()

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  32. +1 Barbie :)
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  33. Ken. I like his sensible shoes.

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