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Jaci Burton

After spending too many years to count in the high stress business world, Jaci Burton is thrilled to be living her dream of writing passionate romance. Now she occasionally writes in her pajamas while surrounded by yipping little dogs she adores but that drive her crazy. She’d like to say she lives a glamorous life, but it’s all too normal. She still has to do laundry, dishes and feed her family, and wouldn’t have it any other way. She lives in Oklahoma with her husband, who inspires her to create stories about sexy, stubborn alpha males who don’t always do what the heroine wants them to.

Jaci is a multi published, award-winning author who writes in many genres. She currently writes for Bantam Dell, Berkley Publishing, Samhain Publishing and Ellora’s Cave.

She is a member of Romance Writers of America, Passionate Ink, Oklahoma Romance Writers and Romance Writer’s Ink.

WILD, WICKED, & WANTON

Three friends... three secret desires... three chances to make it all come true.

They're inseparable best friends who delight in sharing their wildest secrets and dares. But their latest bet is the boldest one of all: each must sleep with whomever the other two have chosen for her. And come back with every juicy detail...

WILD
Abby married the town bad boy. And he lived up to his reputation, bedding any woman who let her guard down. She swore off men for good, but never counted on a pair of sexy veterinarians who are fulfilling a desire of their own.

WICKED
Blaire is the town heartbreaker. Afraid to commit, she's broken off three engagements. Yet there's one man she never had the courage to bed. The one man she really loved. But now, the decision is out her hands.

WANTON
Callie is the sensible one....but beneath it all she's a true romantic, with the broken heart to prove it. Now her long-dormant fantasies may be getting a workout. A new man enters her life and everything about him is irresistible.

Beyond The Book - Jaci Burton on WILD, WICKED & WANTON

Lee : Hi Jaci, thanks for taking time out to chat with me. Before we talk about your new release, could you share something of your background with our readers? Tell us about the Jaci, the woman, behind the author.

Jaci: I live in Oklahoma with my husband, Charlie. We have five dogs and one fish. My life is very simple, just the way I like it. Before becoming an author, I spent twenty years in corporate life, a lot of that in California, which was extremely fast paced and stressful. Now I have a lot of downtime with my husband, we ride on his Harley as often as we can, I watch a lot (probably too much) television and I'm really fond of naps. They help charge the creative juices.

Lee : How many books have you got under your belt now? What’s the journey been like since you became published? Does the thrill ever fade?

Jaci : I have over thirty books released now. It's been a whirlwind. I was first published in 2003 so the journey the past four years has been like a tidal wave. I started in epublishing, wrote like crazy for several years, was picked up by New York in 2005 and have been writing for two publishers since then. And no, the thrill never fades. With every book release it's like the first time. Nerve wracking and so exciting!

Lee : Your new release is under the Heat imprint at Berkley. To be honest, I haven’t read many books in this line. What can readers expect in a Heat novel? Is it fun writing them?

Jaci : I loved writing my first Heat release for Berkley! The Heat line is sexy erotic romance, no holds barred. Multiple genres, any kind of storyline, but always romance at its core.

Lee : Please tell us about WILD, WICKED AND WANTON.

Jaci : Wild, Wicked & Wanton is the story of three women who have been best friends since childhood. They've always made crazy bets for fun, but this time, the bet they make finds them the hot and sexy men of their dreams. There are three connected novellas in Wild, Wicked and Wanton. Each novella is one woman's journey to finding her happiness, and her friends play a role in each story. I had so much fun writing about the friendship of these three women!

Lee : You’re multi-published now with book out with Bantam Dell and Samhain Publishing too, aside from Berkley. Has it been hard juggling so many writing commitments? Do you write similar books for each publishing house or are they all different in terms of sub-genre?

Jaci : They're all different. With Berkley Heat I write contemporary erotic romance. With Bantam Dell I write paranormal romance. With Samhain I write contemporary romance or erotic romance. It's never difficult to juggle because I've always written in different genres. It's refreshing to be able to switch from one to another with each book. Gives me a chance to clear my head. By the time I finish a paranormal romance, I'm ready to jump into a contemporary erotic romance. By the time I finish that, I'm ready for a sweet romance. After that, I'm more than ready to jump into the paranormal again. It's always something new, which I love.

Lee : Do you write every day? Are your projects / manuscripts planned out to help meet deadlines in plenty of time or do you find you’re at your creative best if you just scramble at the very end to get the whole thing done and handed in on time?

Jaci : I try to write every day, but that doesn't always happen. In addition to writing there are also copyedits, galleys and promotion, so sometimes writing goes on the back burner. It also depends on where I am in a project. If I'm deep into the writing process, then writing takes front and center and I will write every single day.

Yes, my projects are planned out way in advance and I calendar my projects so there's no overlap. I know when each of my deadlines are and know exactly how much time I have/need to write and finish a project. Scrambling to meet a deadline makes me insane! I try never to do that. It really messes with my creative flow.

Lee : Where could I find you if you weren’t busy writing or reading? What hobbies do you enjoy.

Jaci : In a perfect world, you'd find me on a beach, reading a good book while listening to the ocean waves break against the shore. But since I live in landlocked Oklahoma, that world exists only in my fantasies *g*. My husband and I own a Harley so we ride a lot, especially since the Harley will be featured in a new series I'm starting for Berkley Heat. I love being outside when it's warm, and I love the water, so I enjoy swimming. I also love to travel and there are so many places I haven't been, so we try to get out and about as much as possible and see the sights.

Lee : Based on everything you know today about the publishing industry and making it as a writer, is there anything you’d do differently if you had to do it all over again?

Jaci : I think it's important that new writers get a few books under their belt to figure out their voice and where they fit. When you first start out, it's natural to want to succeed with that very first book. And many never get beyond that first book and will push it endlessly through contests and through publishing houses. Write a book, get some feedback from critique groups and people you trust. Then write another one. And another one. Don't be afraid to mix it up a bit. I stayed with contemporary romance a long time before switching it up a bit and trying paranormal, and then erotic romance. Once I started writing erotic romance, I found a fit for my voice and started my road to publication. If I hadn't taken that leap away from where I 'thought' I fit, I might never have become a published author.

Lee : What are you working on at the moment?

Jaci : I'm writing the third book of my Demon Hunters series for Bantam Dell.

Lee : What does success mean to you?

Jaci : Success, to me, is an internal thing. It means I've achieved the goals I set for myself. I always wanted to be published by New York publishers. I have been. Does that makes me successful? I guess it does. Though I have a lot of other internal goals that I haven't yet achieved. It's good to be goal oriented, to see a prize and want to reach for it. Keeps a writer motivated.

Lee : How may fans contact you?

Jaci : Website: http://www.jaciburton.com
Blog: http://www.jaciburton.com/blog
Myspace: http://www.myspace.com/jaciburton
Chat Group: http://groups.yahoo.com/group/jaciburtonsparadise

Lee : Jaci, thanks so much for your time. Looking forward to your next book!

Jaci : Thank you for the interview, Lee!