Party girl Maya Darlington-Hume feels an illicit thrill when a gorgeous man walks in on her naked. When she discovers the sexy stranger is her father’s business associate and her new boss, she naughtily decides to turn up the heat—and Benedict Chivers can’t resist her for long. Maya could lose everything if her controlling father finds out, but each encounter leaves her begging for more!
If you could tell your younger writing self anything, what would it be?
There’s no point in worrying about what readers will think of the story while you’re writing the first draft. A story will change quite a bit through the editing process—so don’t get too attached to your words either. Let yourself enjoy the process as much as possible. Most of all don’t panic about revisions. Your editor is on your side and wants to help you produce your best work. It’ll all come good in the end.
How did publishing your first book change your process of writing?
After my first book for Harlequin Mills & Boon was published and I was offered a contract to write more stories for them I found I had to write a lot faster and be more organised with my time to hit deadlines. I needed to be stricter with myself about sitting down and hitting my word count for the day if I wanted a book to be finished on time!
What was the best money you ever spent as a writer?
That would be paying for memberships to the Romantic Novelist Association (in the UK) the Romance Writers of America and joining the Society of Authors (UK). Each one has given me invaluable support, offered opportunities to learn and grow with my writing, but also helped me feel part of a wonderful community of professionals.
What was the change you went through as you transitioned from writing sweet romance to a steamier one?
I was so excited to try my hand at super sexy after writing very sweet stories for a couple of years. I double-challenged myself by choosing to write the steamier books in first person, which is something I hadn’t done before. I’ve written open door sex scenes before, but the ones for Dare are a step beyond! It’s been a lot of fun transitioning between the two subgenres and a good way to freshen up my ideas and inspire me to push myself in new directions. I’m loving it!
Tell us a bit about your book...
My first book for the Dare line—Wild Child—is an office romance with a difference. My heroine is anything but subservient and definitely gives her temporary boss a run for his money. The two of them have a lot of fun together, teasing and taunting each other and pushing each other’s sexual boundaries and, of course, falling in love in the process.
Meet the Author Christy McKellen
Formerly a Video and Radio Producer, Christy now spends her time writing fun, impassioned and emotive romance with an undercurrent of sexual tension. When she’s not writing, she can be found enjoying life with her husband and three children, walking for pleasure and researching other people’s deepest secrets and desires.
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