Sunday, October 14, 2012

Interview with Mandy Harbin

Do you have a specific writing style?

I don’t think I have a specific style, but I do love to have strong heroines who have flaws. I think readers can relate better if the heroine isn’t always a skinny, beautiful virgin. Of course, those are fun to write, too.

Do you write in different genres?

Yes! I read several different genres, and my writing has followed. I have a young adult (paranormal romance) book out, which is the start of a four-part series, and I write contemporary and paranormal erotic romance. I am also in the outlining phase of my first m/m erotic series.

If yes which is your favorite genre to write?

Eeeek. That’s tough. Honestly, it depends on my mood. Paranormal can be easy because if you need to speak telepathically or time-travel, then bam… you can. But then it can be difficult when you create new worlds because you have to keep everything in line. Contemporary is fun because my heroines tend to be moody. I love writing people with attitudes.

How did you come up with the title for your latest book?

The Woods Family series is a group of books that started with Surrounded by Woods. I’d considered doing a play on ‘Woods’ for the entire series, but decided to use ‘Surrounded’ instead. In this book, the heroine, Ariel, is a biochemist who must tempt our hero, Rob, to the brink of his sanity. The title, Surrounded by Temptation, felt immediately right. Sometimes you just know right away.

Do you title the book first or wait until after it’s complete?

I like to do a lot of prep work in the beginning, and that includes titling the book. But just like my outline might change or the ending be completely different than what I’d outlined, the title can also change. Doing the grunt work first helps keep me focused while I draft, but it’s not so stringent that it keeps the characters from find their own way. It’s a nice balance.

What book are you reading now?

I just finished Dark Lover, Book 1 in J.R. Ward’s Black Dagger Brotherhood series. Yes, I know it’s several years old, but I’ve been on an m/m kick for a while. I’ll be downloading book 2 after this interview. ;-)

What is your current “work in progress” or upcoming projects?

Book 4 in the Woods Family series, Surrounded by Secrets, has just been accepted, so I’ll begin edits on it soon. I can’t wait for it to come out! Questions from the beginning will finally be answered.

Who designed the cover of your latest book?

 Elaina Lee with I love her work. She has designed every book cover for this series, so when I wrote a short story about the brother Eric and self-published it (Surrounded by Death), I contacted her to do it. I also hired her to do the banner for my website. She’s awesome.

Do you have any advice for other writers?

Never give up. Every editor and publisher has a different opinion on what they want. Just because your work gets rejected doesn’t mean it’s not worthy of being published. Keep trying. Never give up.

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the first book in the series, Surrounded by Woods, is free on All Romance Ebooks and will remain free during the length of this tour the prequel to the series, Surrounded by Death, is also free on All Romance Ebooks right now.

Surrounded by Temptation
Woods Family Series Book 3
By Mandy Harbin

When Krista needs Ariel’s biochemical expertise because her new boyfriend can turn into a mountain lion, Ariel thinks her sister has lost her mind. But the possibility of a major discovery like this is too much of a temptation to ignore. Create a drug to stop a shifter from forcing a mating? Only if she got to test his sexual limits herself.

Rob thinks Ariel is an angel in disguise, and he immediately knows she’s the one for him. But is he strong enough to resist his animal’s need to claim her once the temptation begins?

WARNING:  This book contains a shifter who must resist his feral need to mate and a biochemist who is hell-bent on testing his sexual limits. You’ll never look at science the same way again.

Reader advisory: This book contains graphic language and explicit sex.

Amira Press   Amazon    Nook   ARe

About the Author:

Mandy Harbin is the author of several books across multiple genres that range from young adult to erotic romance.

Her novels include Season’s Change: Summer, a young adult romance, and Darkest Sin, an erotic romantic suspense, both being the first in new series. Mandy also continues to work on her Possession series, which explores BDSM elements with Digital Possession being the series starter, and the ever popular Woods Family series, which began with Surrounded by Woods. She lives in a small Arkansas town with her family and can be reached via her website at


Mandy Harbin said...

Thanks for having me today, Roxanne!!