HOW AND WHERE CAN I BUY YOUR BOOKS?
You can click each book cover image on the HOME page and that will take you directly to the purchase page on Amazon.com, or go to Amazon.com and search on my name: Theresa E Liggins, or the book titles. Stay tuned to my Facebook page: @RomantiCreations for book giveaways, signings, and more! If you would like to receive up to date information on my books, please subscribe on my Guest Book & Subscribe page! Thank you!
WHERE CAN I READ THE REVIEWS OF YOUR BOOKS?
You can read all the reviews left by readers on my Feedback & Reviews page. There you can also leave your feedback!
ARE YOU AVAILABLE TO MENTOR NEW WRITERS?
Yes, I am! I conduct workshops called A Write Moment to coach new writers on the fundamentals of writing and, just as important, the process to publishing. Just complete the brief questionnaire to get started.
WHICH CHARACTER IS YOUR FAVORITE AND LEAST FAVORITE?
Just like the question about my favorite book, the answer is the same. I don’t really have a favorite character; I love them all! If it weren’t for them—good or bad—then the stories wouldn’t be what they are—published! If for whatever reason, I’m not happy with the outcome of the project and if it doesn’t speak to ME, then I won’t publish it. Each character is uniquely chosen for each scene in each book. I may not always like what they stand for or who they are, but they all serve a purpose for a successful story.
DO YOU COME UP WITH THE TITLE FIRST OR THE STORY?
That’s tricky. Although I may not have a complete conceptualized story in my head, I do have some inking of a plot, which is immediately followed by an appropriate title. I find that it’s hard to write without knowing the title. The title, for me, usually gives the reader a preview of what they’ll find inside the pages. I’ve found that it’s just as important, if not more, to have the perfect title to represent my work of art.
WHAT MADE YOU CHOOSE CHICAGO AS THE CITY IN THE ESCORT BOOKS VERSUS THE OTHER BIG CITIES IN THE UNITED STATES?
The best reason I could come up with is because Chicago is one of my favorite big cities of the handful of big cities I’ve visited throughout the US. Chicago lends itself to the abundance of fascinating venues to which one would require an escort. It exudes richness and adventure. It is also an exciting city where anything imaginable could happen, but at the same time, could be well hidden. Plus, my favorite tall building in the world is the John Hancock Center. It was an obvious choice of residence for my main characters. If you haven’t visited Chicago or the John Hancock Center, I recommend it as a must see!
WHAT WAS YOUR INSPIRATION FOR THE BOOK, TO LOVE AND TO CHEAT?
That was an easy one for me. There wasn’t a day that would go by that there wasn’t some story on the News or Talk shows that wasn’t about cheating. As I listened to these stories, I noticed that there wasn’t a whole lot of discussion around why someone cheated. In this book, I decided to tell the story from the mistress’ point of view—what my character, Holly’s, motives were for choosing to engage in illicit affairs with married men, and why my married men were cheating with her. I also decided to include the views of the friends and family directly impacted by these unpopular choices. I gathered some data for this project, by eliciting voluntary information via a questionnaire posted to my web site, soliciting married participants. I received very interesting answers from both genders who have cheated, thought about cheating or have been impacted by the cheating. This project was probably the most insightful project to date.
WHAT ARE YOU WORKING ON NOW IN 2013 AND WILL WE SEE MORE BOOKS FROM YOU IN THE NEAR FUTURE?
I have completed my 9th novel: You Danced on My Dreams, which is technically the third installment to my first two novels, but my plan is for it to supersede those novels. It could stand on its own without having to go back and read those books, which were written early on in my writing career. I don’t have a date yet as to when it’ll be published, but my goal is in late 2013, early 2014. I’m also working on another story—sort of a spinoff from You Danced on My Dreams, and it’s titled, Sis’Loyalty (a play on Disloyalty). If you’re a fan of my work and have read my previous books, there is a surprise in Sis’Loyalty that I think you’ll enjoy. Also, I’m not sure if you’re aware or not, but I have two additional novels, besides the ones I’ve mentioned here, that I’ve written and are in the queue for editing and publishing. Like I said before, I’ve never had a writer’s block moment.
WHEN DID YOU START WRITING?
I’ve always liked to write, whether it would be short stories, letters, essays, or poems. I thought seriously about writing my first novel in 1999 when I developed a story-line in my head, which came to me so instinctively. I started jotting down notes, which turned into pages, which turned into chapters until I had twenty-four chapters. That’s when "Life is But a Dream" came to life.
WHAT WAS YOUR INSPIRATION FOR SOME OF YOUR NOVELS?
"Life is But a Dream" and its sequel, "Dance Me to the End of Love," was conceived through my experience in ballroom dance training, which began in 1999. That adventure introduced me to so many life-changing events and sequences. It taught me to believe in myself and to know that I can do anything I set my mind to. This story, about a strong and independent woman who is quite vulnerable to destructive forces in life, is "loosely" based on my own trials through a segment of my life. The books, "The Escort, Et Cetera," its sequels, "The Escort II—Princess and the Surrogate" and "The Escort III—Son of an Escort" were a little different. Not that any part of this story derived from my own experiences (wink-wink), the covert and esoteric lifestyle of an escort intrigued me and the many scenarios for sub-plots seemed too easy to not create an adventurous story around. I took a risk and created a very steamy novel slathered with deception, lust, and heart. Under the Purple Moon and Under the Cover of Darkness took me way out of my element for a thriller plot. I decided that it was time to get out of my comfort zone and create something a little more audacious and non traditional. And, I think I accomplished that in these two novels. I mean everyone has ghost stories, right?