Monday, June 1, 2009
NAL Editor Tracy Bernstein in the Manor!!!
All of you on the blog know me as Charlotte Featherstone, but some of you might not know that I write erotic contemporaries, (and soon, erotic paranormals) under the name Sophie Renwick. Well, tomorrow is the official relase date of my debut erotic contemporary, Hot In Here And I'm really excited about it!
A few months ago, I asked my (Sophie's) editor to come and visit us and tell us about herself and her job. Tracy is an awesome editor, and I count myself very lucky to have her in my corner. She's a hands-on editor, and I love that. We've brainstormed plotting snaffoo's, sex scenes, and my new Annwyn world. She's read countless rough drafts, and helped me forge my contemporary voice!
Without Tracy, Hot might not have made the light of day!
So, without further ado, here's Tracy B (as I call her). Don't be afraid to comment, ask questions, she doesn't bite, regardless of what you've heard about editors! Tracy is going to be checking in periodically throughout the day, too. I've already warned her about our rakish lord. Perhaps you might want to rouse Lord Craven-Moore, I'm sure he'd love to make an appearance! :)
Leave a comment, question etc for Tracy and you'll be entered to win a signed copy of Hot In Here!
Tell us a little about yourself.
I’m the mother of two (brilliant and talented) children, a proud native New Yorker, and started in publishing many years ago (I won’t say how many!) as a summer intern. I fell in love with the business immediately and have never done anything else. Since then I’ve worked at publishers large and small, literary and commercial. I absolutely love my current job at NAL because it gives me the most freedom to do all kinds of books.
What type of books do you edit?
Everything from memoir, health and parenting to women’s fiction, romance and mysteries. On the side I run our Signet Classics program, so I can pretend I’m Jane Austen’s editor!
In your free time (I know, that’s funny ) what kind of books do you read for pleasure?
For fun I definitely prefer to read fiction, but my taste therein is pretty broad: I love historical fiction, women’s fiction, comic novels, historical mysteries, dark suspense. . .
What makes a book hot for you?
A really conflicted relationship! I think that push-pull is what makes a relationship hot – and a book gripping.
What makes a book better for NAL’s Signet line as opposed to the Heat line (In regards to heat/sex)?
Signet books can be very explicit and steamy, but no matter how erotic they get they follow the basic rules of romance: the hero and heroine love only each another and they end up happily ever after. In Heat, those rules do NOT apply!
What kind of book would you love to get your hands on?
Some amazing new kind of contemporary romance. It’s time to reinvent the genre! Anyone have a great idea?!
What genre/theme/ are you tired of?
Nothing, really. A great writer can make anything seem new.
I know we shouldn’t write to trends, but do you see any trends emerging?
Romances that are darker and grittier.
Favorite celebrity crush.
Hugh Jackman. And Pierce Brosnan. Oh, and Jimmy Smits.
Favorite type of hero.
Someone surprising, someone who defies the heroine’s expectations. (Of course he has to be strong and sexy too!!)
I hate heroine’s who are....
Foolish, who make stupid choices. We all make bad choices, but stupid I can’t forgive!
What’s your favourite scene in Sophie’s Hot In Here?
Wow, that’s personal! Well, OK—the one in the alley that starts with an ice cream cone and ends with. . .something else entirely!
Thanks for visiting today! Since we're getting personal, my favorite scene is when they're in Tuscany and Bryce makes Jena that omelet and they share it! Sigh...wish my husband would tear the page out of that book and follow the instructions! :)
Posted by Charlotte Featherstone at 7:25 AM