Thursday, October 25, 2012

Tory Richards - Author Interview

Today I'd like to welcome author Tory Richards here. Thanks for stopping by, and for being kind enough to answer all my prying questions! The floor is yours.

I want to thank Book Moms for letting me visit today. I will respond to all comments.

Why do you write in your genre?

Writing erotic romance is exciting. You have so much more freedom today to let your characters express themselves, naturally and honestly. Unlike when I began, reading books as a teenager and love was made behind closed doors. When you had to use your imagination, as well as finding out there were other meanings for the words; flower, melons, and shaft just to name a few. And yes, I was that young. What draws me to it? For all the reasons I just stated. There are many different genres out there but I believe when someone reads erotic romance they want and expect not only explicit sex but also the words that accompany sex. Don’t you?

What research (or world-building) is required?

I used to say I hate research. I wrote about what I know and guessed the rest. And luckily, it worked out. However, lately I found myself looking up a topic about deadly viruses for a futuristic romance I started.

I’m three chapters into it and at first; it was an alien invasion that destroyed most of earth. Then I decided to switch it to deadly viruses wiping out most of humanity. It sounded more plausible I guess. That brings me to world building. What would earth look like after viruses wipe out nearly 85% of the population, the government crumbling, people forced to live underground or migrate into unpopulated areas to survive. This concept is new to me so I don’t know how far I’ll go with it.

Name one thing you learned from your hero.

My soul mate of seventeen years passed away in March and he was my hero. He was so proud of me when I became published. And a lot of it had to do with how I grew as his wife. He taught me to be confident and strong. And to reach for my dreams. He urged me to do things on my own but he was always there in the background, looking out for me. Taking care of me. God I miss him so much but I know we’ll be together again one day.

Any odd or interesting writing quirks, habits or superstitions?

I can’t think of any. I’m probably the most undisciplined writer you will ever meet. I don’t have a schedule. I don’t write every day. It’s a hobby for me and I write because I enjoy it.

Plotter or pantser?

A plotter. I have to have some kind of idea to start with, and I build around that. Other authors can probably relate. Ideas can come from anywhere and at anytime. You take that tiny little something and all of a sudden, you’ve built up a little scenario in your head. Which then becomes a story when you get it down on paper.

Look to your right – what’s sitting there?

LOL, an empty ice cream bowl and a spray bottle of water I use on the cats, mostly Bear Cat because he’s always tormenting GinGin. Also a homemade basket with the flag on it that my niece bought me for my birthday last year.

Anything new coming up from you?

Always! Instant Attraction will come out in March. Here’s a little blurb:

Thomas is a motorcycle cop, new to the rural area. He needed a change from the hectic big city, and the pressures of being on the swat team. A little more peace and quiet to reflect on what he wants in life, and maybe find someone to share it with along the way. He never expected to find his perfect match in the form of one sexy, little animal activist. From the moment they meet, their attraction is hot and out of control.

Julie is an animal lover and works at a no kill shelter. Living next door to the new cop in the area, she's asked by the small town hall to welcome him to the neighborhood. When she meets Thomas for the very first time instant attraction causes the sparks to fly. And they can't keep their hands off each other. The hot anywhere, anytime sex is great but she wants more. Can instant attraction turn into love?

It’s coming out with Total.E.Bound, a new publisher for me.

Do you have a question for our readers?

Yes. And it has nothing to do with my books. I’ve always been curious what people would say when asked if there is one person, any person at all, that you could bring back, who would it be and why?

My answer? God. I would love to sit down and ask him about the last supper.

About the Author: Tory Richards is the pen name for Debbie Wallace. She is a daughter, mother, aunt, sister, and grandmother who writes smut. Her first book, Cupid’s Arrow, was on the publisher’s best sellers list for two consecutive months! That book was recently sexed up, at the request of her publisher, and released under their torrid line at Whiskey Creek Press Torrid. It also has a new name, Passionate Encounters.

Born in Maine, Tory has lived most of her life in Florida. She likes to travel, collects art and antiques, loves chocolate, (who doesn’t) and she has a weakness for sweet ice tea and good coffee. Tory recently retired from Disney to spend more time with her family, and focus on her writing.

With four releases this year alone, her first 2013 release comes out with Total.E.Bound in March. Instant Attraction is her first interracial romance. Her publishers are Ellora’s Cave, Liquid Silver Books, Whiskey Creek Press, Whiskey Creek Press Torrid, and The Wild Rose Press. She is also self-published on Amazon Kindle.

Tory is an animal lover. She has four indoor felines whose main goal in life is to get as much cat hair on the furniture as possible. Her first cat, Rufus, made his debut in her full-length romance; It’s All in the Jeans. He only responds to Woofy, though. When you talk baby talk to your pets, it can produce consequences you can’t foresee.

If you are interested in learning more about Tory and her books, please follow the links below. Tory loves hearing from readers. The book covers posted are her four releases that came out this year.

Website -
Email -
The Mercenary Way
Up in Flames 
Hot Spot 
Passionate Encounters


  1. Thank you for stopping by today, Tory!

  2. Thank you MJ! I'll stop in now and again to see if anyone else leaves a comment.



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