LaQuette and I just had one of those instant connections. Crazy knows crazy I suppose, but we both just go with it and have fun., love to rag on each other most of the time. We first met about six months ago via my private group on facebook, and I stopped in her blog one day for an interview. I told her I'd repay that favor one day. ~wicked laugh~ Guess what day it is? Yep, THAT day. You can see our first real blog together right here: http://www.laquettelikes.com/2014/06/12/piper-kay-is-here/
Piper: Welcome LaQuette, so glad to have you here in the hot seat, I mean in the spotlight chair today. lol
Piper: Awe, that's awesome. Were you just a little nervous or apprehensive about coming on the blog today? HA! ~tries to lay it on thick~!
LaQuette: Excited, I mean who wouldn’t be excited when THE Piper Kay invites you on to her blog. I mean, you’re writing royalty in erotica. And just a little scared. I wasn’t exactly certain what to expect. You’re so unpredictable, I knew whatever you asked was going to push the envelope, but that’s okay, I’m all about taking on unexpected challenges. lol
LaQuette: I’m from Brooklyn, New York. Yes, I was born and raised there. No matter where I move, I’m always going to be a Brooklyn girl.
Piper: I get it, I'm the same way about Houston. Was becoming an author planned or when did you decide this is what you wanted to do? Explain the process you went through?
LaQuette: You’re going to think this is crazy, and my mother is going to want to kill me for sharing this, but it is absolutely true. When I was a kid, I had an exceptionally smart mouth. ~No...~ I still have a smart mouth, I’ve just learned a little bit of tact—really, just a small amount—since then. I was mouthing off at my mother about something or another, and she calmly informed me that if I didn’t learn to speak to her in a respectful manner that I would find myself getting up off the floor. Now please, don’t think my mom was an abusive, crazed woman. She was anything but, I honestly deserved that threat, and it was a positive lesson to be learned. I learned to write down my thoughts. I learned to organize my thoughts in my head before speaking in order to make them the most effective. That was a priceless skill I developed.
LaQuette: Fast-forward ten or so years, my mother saw my talent and desire to write and gave me my very first desktop computer for Christmas to help support my ability and my desire to write. Now my process, that just kind of happened naturally. When I was sixteen, a classmate gave me my very first romance novel to read. After that book, I was hooked. I completely devoured her collection of Harlequin romances and then went on to do the same at my local library. I loved the books, but I was always upset that I never got to see the characters develop beyond “The End.” So I decided I was going to write them and I would always give my readers a little glimpse beyond the end of the book. As a result, I tend to write serials, I often feel that one book is just not enough to tell the story of awesome characters.
See, I couldn’t even give you a short answer to that simple question, do you really think I can write a little snippet and be done with it? I’m too damn long-winded, but that’s okay, I embrace my flaws. lol
Piper: That is a great flaw to have in our business though. I do the same thing. So just recently you were accepted by a publishing house. How do you feel about being published with an indie press like “Hot Ink Press”
LaQuette: I am completely thrilled. My first book, “My Beginning,” was a self-published book. I chose to go that route because I was very unfamiliar with the publishing industry and I was hearing horror stories about control issues, not being able to write the story that you as the author wanted to write or worse yet, authors having their work stolen from them. I was not about to put myself in that kind of situation if I could avoid it, at least not until I learned a thing or two about the industry. So I did my research, asked a huge amount of questions of author-friends like you and several others and watched.
About eight months after I self-published my first book, a certain redhead told me to, “Push the fucking button already,” over at the Hot Ink Press submission page and voila, I’m a traditionally published author. lol
LaQuette: The HIP family has been absolutely amazing to me. I’m learning so much, and people have been so supportive. That includes everyone from the Queen Bee, SJ Davis, down to every author on roster in the entire Crushing Hearts and Black Butterfly family. I’m using the word, “awesome” so much at this place. lol
Piper: Mine is woo hoo. Well, I for one am thrilled to have you as a lit sister now. When I read through your book I noticed this, so tell us about the “Damn what you heard” motto.
LaQuette: I knew you were going to make me get Brooklyn in this piece. lol “Damn what you heard,” just simply means, forget about all of the madness that people and society speak. If that’s not right for you, don’t worry about it. So when folks come at me telling me, “Oh, you really shouldn’t read or write those trashy romance novels. You should really be ashamed.” My answer to that is, “Damn what you heard,” I don’t have to write what pleases you; I write what pleases me, and if you don’t like it, step.
See Piper, you’re making me have ‘hood flashbacks. lol
LaQuette: The concept of Heart of the Matter was born twenty years ago, around the time I received that first desktop as a Christmas gift. Heart was born out of me analyzing my place in my family’s dynamic. It is not at all based on real life events, but the sentiment is true. In my family, there are certain members who are always seen as the “strong” ones. I noticed that those people were always treated as if they could always handle anything, no matter what it was, and the family never saw that those individuals needed just as much nurturing as the other members of the family. I found out the hard way, being one of those “strong” ones in the family that it’s not that we don’t need nurturing, it’s that people assume we don’t and we don’t know how to ask for it.
The female lead, Heart “Mac” MacKenzie, was fashioned with that sentiment in mind. A young woman who is outwardly seen as someone who can take on the world, but on the inside she’s slowly crumbling. Life has taught her to push everyone a way, and so she doesn’t have a strong anchor to hold on to in order to keep her from sinking, until she meets Kenneth Searlington.
In developing Kenneth, I wanted a man who could match her physically, and intellectually, but someone who was tenacious enough to push past her defenses and do what was best for her, even when she didn’t really know what that was or meant.
Piper: Your character Heart is a cop, and she is one tough cookie, cocky and smart with an attitude. She doesn’t mind speaking exactly what is on her mind. (my kinda chick) Do you think the two of you share any similar characteristics?
LaQuette: Absolutely! Heart shares my sense of bluntness that I am often criticized for, she shares my sense of duty in taking care of others, and she also shares my, stop-bitching-and-get-shit-done attitude. Lastly, she also shares my each-one-teach-one attitude which plays an integral role in the story development.
Piper: Heart and Kenneth don’t start off on the very best of terms, and they definitely butt heads. I love that and love that it helps make things get real, ahem…intense. Why don’t you fill us in on the basic storyline, without giving anything away?
LaQuette: Yeah, Heart and Kenneth are both pretty much used to getting their own way when they meet. She’s a commanding lieutenant in the NYPD; he’s a billionaire running a global enterprise. They’re both used to wielding a certain amount of power and they clash because of it.
Kenneth’s niece is kidnapped, and Heart and her team of investigators are called in to work the case and bring the girl home. There are two problems with this situation. Heart’s commanding officer has a longstanding connection with Kenneth and his family that makes Kenneth feel he’s entitled to certain privileges with respect to how involved he is in the investigation. Heart is not having it, and they pretty much fight tooth and nail because of that, and the fact that they’re both insanely attracted to one another. Kenneth is okay with admitting that, Heart…not so much. He chases her, she threatens to shoot him, and an intense love story unfolds as a result. lol
Piper: If you’d like to give a teaser, I’m sure no one would object. I wouldn’t. lol
LaQuette: Oh baby, have I got one for you. lol
Kenneth watched Heart climb the stairs two at a time. She went into what had now become their bedroom and headed straight for the walk-in closet. He heard the keypad beeps from the gun safe as she dialed in the combination code.
He felt a slight sense of relief. Heart was silent-angry. That was never a good thing. At least if she was this mad and her weapons were locked away, he stood a chance of surviving to see the next day.
She re-entered the bedroom and walked directly past him. He heard her quick footsteps run down the stairs. He followed, saw her head for the basement door, and disappear into the lower level of the house.
He walked downstairs to find her standing in the middle of the gym with her arms crossed against the expanse of her heaving chest.
“Baby, I…” She put up her hand and stopped his words. She turned toward the stereo, turned it on, and fiddled with the dials until he heard Maxwell’s “Bad Habit” pouring from the speakers.
It was late and she had the sound turned up on damn. Fortunately for their neighbors, the basement was soundproofed. When the house was built, the original owner had wanted a place in the house where he could make as much noise as he wanted without disturbing the neighbors. By the looks of it, Heart planned to benefit from that fact. He wasn’t quite sure if he was going to benefit from it or not yet.
“What’s with the music being so loud?” He yelled over the driving base.
“I want to make sure that the neighbors don’t hear you scream,” she said, face straight, muscles tightening in her arms as she squeezed her hands into tight fists.”
“Shit,” was all he could say. He knew he was in trouble now.
She rushed him…that was the only way to explain how she was standing across from him one moment, and sitting on top of him the next. In a matter of seconds he was on the floor; face up, with her sitting on top of him.
“Heart, this is not funny. Get up so we can talk.”
She didn’t move, didn’t even make a sound. She just looked at him, through him with sharp brown eyes cutting into his soul. His hands had somehow ended up near his head when he fell. He went to pull them down and felt resistance. He tried to move them again and heard a metal clinking sound above his head. He moved his head around until he could see the shiny glint of handcuffs. She’d cuffed him to the weight machine they’d landed in front of when she’d taken him to the floor. This was the very same weight machine that was bolted to the floor and immovable.
“Heart, this isn’t funny. What are you doing? Why did you cuff me?”
Her face was still tight with anger, her body stiff and poised for attack.
“Kenneth, do you know that I hate watching you get dressed. I hate it because I hate that anything else in this world gets to touch your beautiful alabaster skin as closely as I do. I want to be the only thing draped over you so intimately. Not the fine garments you wear, and certainly not that bitch, Faith.”
He watched her pull something from her back pocket. At first it looked like a heavy handle, but with a flick of her wrist, it became a knife.
She ran the dull side of the knife across his lips and said, “Ssssh.”
He swallowed carefully as he watched her remove the knife from his lips and slice the sharp side down the length of his shirt, causing the two sides to peel away from his body like water.
She continued the slide of the blade through his pants until he was lying beneath her naked and at her mercy.
“I’m an only child, Kenneth. I never really learned how to share. I’ll be damned if I’m going to share you. So hear me now. If you want that bitch, be with that bitch, and leave me the fuck alone. But if here is where you want to be, keep that bitch, and any other out of your face. I. Don’t. Play. That. Shit.”
He nodded his head quickly. He knew he hadn’t perpetrated that kiss with Faith, but him lying naked beneath her while she had a sharp blade dancing between her fingers didn’t seem the most appropriate time to point out whose fault this entire fallout was.
She brought down the hand holding the knife with a hard and fast stabbing motion. He flinched, anticipating pain, but realized soon that there was no pain. She hadn’t stabbed him. He turned his head slightly to the side and saw the shiny blade next to him, sticking out of the floor.
Heart grabbed him by his chin and allowed one word to slip through her tightly ground jaw, “Mine!”
She slammed her mouth down on his and kissed him hard, sharp teeth biting into his flesh. His skin rent and he tasted the bitter metallic tang of blood. He should have been pissed, he really should have felt afraid, after all, this woman had rendered him helpless and brandished a weapon in front of him. He was shaking, his heart was pounding, and his breath was coming out in rapid tufts of air from his heaving chest. But surprisingly, there was no fear only…interest.
His dick jumped beneath her. He was handcuffed with a knife sticking out of the floor next to his head and he was so turned on his dick could cut granite.
What the fuck is wrong with me?
I so love Heart, she’s a hot mess.
LaQuette: I’m working on a couple of things. I’m working on the sequel to Heart of the Matter. It’s going to feature Kenneth’s hard-hitting attorney—Alexis “A.J.”Tenetti—as the female lead. I’m also starting to flesh out the sequel to my first book, My Beginning . So my hands are really full and I’m juggling a lot of balls in the air right now. lol **she giggles** I said balls. lol
Piper: Lmao too, I caught that. What are your writing or publishing plans for 2015?
LaQuette: My goals are to be like Piper Kay and put out a least four books next year. I don’t know if that will actually happen, but it’s certainly something I’m working on.
Piper: Where and what do you hope to be doing five years from now?
LaQuette: This…right here. Writing is my passion; it’s what I do best, really. I’m good at many things, but creating love stories…that was the talent the good Lord blessed me with in abundance.
Piper: Are you a pantster or plotter?
LaQuette: I’m usually a panster—I’m actually allergic to outlines—but for some reason, Heart of the Matter threw curves at me. I mentioned that I actually wrote this story about twenty years ago. So when I decided to publish it, I had to completely rebuild it. I was able to keep the foundation, but everything else had to go in order for it to be more current and have a greater impact and connection in today’s world. I wrote most of it from the seat of my pants, but the last third of the book I had to actually plot out in order to get it finished and have it make sense.
Piper: Who is your favorite author?
LaQuette: That is such a loaded question. lol I don’t have one favorite, I have an ever evolving list of favorites. Avril Ashton, Tyler Robbins, Tere Michaels, Kade Boehme, Rochelle Allers, Francis Ray, Zane, Cardeno C, and then there’s this crazy redheaded chick named Piper Kay that I’m all over at the moment. She stays making me mad with these little short novellas when she knows darn well I need full-length novels. I’m greedy like that when it comes to good writing.
Piper: Is there a genre you’d like to experiment writing in?
LaQuette: One day, when I’ve grown up as an author, I’m looking forward to trying my hand at M/M romance. I think it’s a sub-genre of romance that is very hard-hitting, gritty, and realistic. I’m all about producing romance that’s real, not that sweet syrupy stuff that is traditionally categorized as romance. If that’s your lane, cool, but for me, I like my romance to reflect real life. That’s what I like to read, that’s what I like to write. M/M romance has that in spades.
Piper: Thank you so much for coming on today. Any parting words?
LaQuette: Piper, thank you so much for having me on your blog. You have no idea how much of a fangirl I really am. I’ve loved your work and to get to sit down and talk to you like I’m actually one of your peers, well, this just made my fangirl life. lol I’m also very grateful for you forcing me to get out of my own way and submit this thing, now the world is going to get to know and love Kenneth and Heart just like I do.
If you'd like to follow LaQuette, here are your stalker links. Drop by her blog, it's a blast and funny. By the way, I wanted to say that LaQuette and her book Heart of The Matter slammed into the amazon ranks when released. I am so very proud of her.
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