Wednesday, 16 June 2010

Guest Author: Dee Tenorio with Tempting the Enemy

Hello Everyone! Claire was kind enough to let me, borrow her blog for the day. :) Thanks so much, Claire!!

Well, I guess I should tell you who I am...and what I'm doing here, right? Well, my name is Dee Tenorio and like Claire, I'm a Carina Press author. :)

What I'm doing here is answering some fun questions Claire sent my way while telling you about my newest release, "Tempting The Enemy". :)

 Ready? Here we go.

1) The making of "Tempting The Enemy". What inspired this story? Any rituals while writing? Trips to exotic islands in the name of research? Hiccups? Hair pulling? You get the picture…

Well, the story started with this strange little idea to write a story about a shifter. I wasn't really hot to do it because paranormals require so much world building and I'm not afraid to admit, this scared me. Then one of the victims started talking to me and I got sucked into the story. I promised myself it would be a short story. Little. A novella, even. Well, the characters had other ideas, lol. Sadly, this did not result in a trip up to Big Bear for research, but there was plenty of hair pulling as the story consumed my whole life for a few months. But when it was done, I knew it was special. I'm hoping you all have the same feeling too. :)

2) The character in your book that you love to hate? If you had to pick just one (the worst) and invite her to tea or him to the pub for a drink, what's the one question you're dying to ask?

Oh, that would be Verda-Rouge. Verda is a very powerful member of the Sibile, in the story, a group of magical mercenaries, if you will. She has this awesome power of controlling sound. She can whisper and knock down buildings if she wants. Verda is demanding, kind of vicious, and though you only see her for two scenes in the final product, she's seriously, deliciously hateful and it's all hidden behind a veneer of propriety. Something about the evilly uptight just gets me going, you know? Assuming she'd deign to sit with me, the one question I'd ask her is..."When you rule the world, what is it that you expect will happen?"
3) And how would he/her answer?

Honestly, I don't think Verda knows. She's power hungry and threatened by change. Not having anything left to conquer would be a very confusing time for her.

4) Why are you so excited about Carina Press?

Starting a new publishing company is an exciting venture. I'm working with my longtime editor and Carina is very author-conscious. That's always something to be excited about and I can't wait to see where this adventure takes us.

5) If your editor told you that, while she absolutely loves your work, your next book had to be in another genre… which one would you choose?

Well, I already write romantic comedies, dramas and light suspense. "Tempting The Enemy" is a step in a whole new direction for me and my editor is relieved because we actually had a similar conversation. She loves that my work is normally very internally conflicted. She wanted me to expand my external conflicts skills. I sent her "Tempting", which is a serial killer mystery with paranormal characters. It's chock full of external, lol. My editor was very happy and so am I. :)

6) What's next? Next book in sequel or in the same genre or something totally new?

Well, my next release is actually a contemporary erotic dramedy called "All Or Nothing", which is a sequel to my April release, "All Or Nothing". It's a really emotional story that I just love. Then a novella called "Shaken", about a divorcing couple trapped together in an elevator after an earthquake. But after that, I'm hoping to have a sequel to "Tempting" sometime in 2011. Cross your fingers!

Thanks so much for having me, Claire!!
If you'd like to know more about the book, please click the cover.
To learn more about Dee, please visit her website or Blog. She just loves company!

Thanks for stopping by Dee


  1. Hi Dee, lovely to hear about your Carina Press release. "Tempting the Enemy" sounds fascinating (I love paranormals).

    How did you manage to improve your external conflict skills? I love internal conflict and really battle with external conflict! :( Good luck with all your upcoming writing projects.

  2. Welcome Dee, nice to have you here

  3. Thanks Judy! (And thanks for having me Claire!)

    Sorry, I got like no sleep last night and it took til now to get rid of the migraine. (I'm always a disaster, lol)

    Anyway, well, for the EC skills, well, I wanted to hold onto my Internal conflict skills, but tie them into the external a little more. I tend to think of it as create the big problem, nest inside that problem the IC for each character and inside that, more, smaller issues that irritate the IC, but are resolved one by one until the characters have grown enough to resolve the largest issue. :)

    Not sure if that makes much sense, but it works for my addled brain, lol.

    Thanks for stopping in!!

  4. Dee Thanks for explaining! Using the nesting imagery makes it easy to understand. Now I'll just have to try and apply it to my own work.

    Hope the migraine (ouch) is completely better.