Em Petrova lives in backwoods Pennsylvania, where she raises four kids and a Labradoodle puppy named Daisy Hasselhoff and pays too damn much for utilities. She loves to write gritty characters with lots of heart and is well-known for scorching, panty-soaking menage a trois stories.
1. Where do you get your writing inspiration from?
The little things provide inspiration for me. A leaf skittering across a shadow, a glance between strangers. Music also gets my mental juices flowing.
2. Did you have to do any research for your books? If so what?
Absolutely. I research occupations or farming methods, the logging industry and firefighter equipment. My Hollis Boys series is set in the Old West, so I look up everything from the cost of a prostitute to how many people died per day while working on the railroad. If the FBI looked at my search history, I might be in trouble, especially when you consider the eye candy I Google!
3. What are you working on now?
A hot new cowboy ménage for Samhain. It’s gritty and dirty and full of quirks and life. My first Samhain release Hard Ridin’ is coming February 5, 2012. You can peek at my cover here: http://empetrova.com
4. What is the hardest part of writing for you?
Self-doubt. Halfway through every manuscript, I hate it. Want to kill off the characters and revamp the plot. Then I get to the climax and I know it’s going to be all right.
5. What can readers expect next?
A flaming ménage in my Firehouse 5 series called CONTROLLED BURN, coming in mid-December from Ellora’s Cave. Here’s a blurb:
Fire Chief Pearce Johnson has been struggling with his attraction to fellow team member and special ops guy Mitch Morelli. In the sauna, the long looks turn into a steamy self-love encounter. Pearce runs home and tells his wife of fifteen years all about it—resulting in a five-alarm blaze between them.
Ellie has always suspected her bisexual husband would crave another relationship with a man. When he brings Mitch into their fantasies, she encourages Pearce to explore this newfound sexual link even as she longs for the big Italian firefighter to visit their bed. But taming two firemen might be tougher than she thinks.
Mitch can’t get enough of his rugged chief and Ellie’s femininity. But on the job, his boss pushes him away and purposely splits them up to avoid working with him. Wounded by the acts, Mitch is finished trying to see his lover’s point of view, until one perilous event makes them all wake up and realize love is too precious to ignore.
6. What question have you always wanted to be asked in an interview and how would you answer that question?
Question: If a shirtless cowboy with low-slung jeans and a Stetson sauntered up to you and asked if you’d come into the bunkhouse for a nightcap, would you go?
7. If you were writing a book about your life, what would the title be?
You Forgot the Secret Sauce
8. Who is your favorite author?
9. What is your guilty pleasure?
Wedding shows. I’m a sucker for them. But I only watch in the wee hours of the night, like a good closet junkie.
10. Highest point of your writing career?
Getting my acceptance for Hard Ridin’ from Samhain. Love you, Christa Desir!
11. Advice for aspiring authors?
Take the time to learn the craft, find people who are better than you to help you. And just when you think you’re ready, don’t hit “send.” Take more time until you can wrap your head around every aspect of the craft and industry.
12. Last song that was stuck in your head?
Dirt Road Anthem by Jason Aldean. I love me some ripped jeans. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Lb9q1ScC4cg