Interview & Contest: Olivia Cunning

Jen: Today we are excited to welcome Olivia Cunning to Romancing the Book. Olivia, will you share a short bio with us?
Olivia: Combining her love for romantic fiction and rock ‘n roll, NYTimes and USA Today Best-Selling Author Olivia Cunning writes erotic romance centered around rock musicians.

Raised on hard rock music from the cradle, she attended her first Styx concert at age six and fell instantly in love with live music. She’s been known to travel over a thousand miles just to see a favorite band in concert. As a teen, she discovered her second love, romantic fiction — first, voraciously reading steamy romance novels and then penning her own. She currently lives in Galveston, Texas because it’s the closest ocean beach to the Midwest, where she was born and her extended family still resides.

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Jen: Please tell us about your newest release and where the idea came from.
Olivia: Hot Ticket is the third book in the Sinners on Tour series. It is about the bassist of the rock band Sinners and his journey to letting go of a tragic past. It’s a little darker than the other books in the Sinners on Tour series, but still has a lot of humor. It is definitely an emotional story. The book was mostly influenced by the song “Pain” by Three Days Grace.

Jen: Are you a plotter or pantser?
Olivia: I’m mostly a pantser, though I do begin with an idea for a main plot (fall in love—this is romance, after all) and several vague ideas for sub-plots. If I plot too much before I start, I can’t seem to get the words to flow. That’s I already know everything that happens. I like to have some surprises when I write.

Jen: Describe your writing in 3 words.
Olivia: erotic, humorous, character-driven

Jen: Do you have a writing routine?
Olivia: I wish I did. So many things are vying for my time these days that I can’t seem to get anything accomplished. I always think having a strict regimen or routine would help me get everything done, but I’m not much for sticking to schedules. I do tend to write on my laptop in my recliner. Or I’ll go down to the beach and write for a bit, if I need a change of scenery. I almost never use my designated writing area. Perhaps it is too uninspiring. Sometimes when I write, I listen to music. Sometimes I listen to “white noise” CDs (waves and thunderstorms). Sometimes I listen to nothing. Sometimes I write two sentences and other times I write pages and pages of text. So I guess what I’m saying is “no”, I don’t have a routine.

Jen: How do you remember ideas that come to you at odd times?
Olivia: I forget so many of my good ideas, but sometimes come back to me when I’m writing and the idea works for a particular scene. I get most of my ideas right when I wake up and am lying in bed or when I’m in the shower. I also get a lot of ideas when I’m driving. I just file them all away in my brain and hope they reappear when I need them later.

Jen: Is there a genre you’d like to write?  Is there one you’ll probably stay away from?  Why?
Olivia: If you’ve read my books, you’ll probably think this is weird, but I think I’d like to write YA without a single sex scene. Something completely different from what I’m known for. I think this goes back to my inability to stick to a routine and liking surprises when I write. I should probably stay away from writing horror. I tried it once, scared myself half to death in the first scene and picked up the nickname “Bonesaw” after several of my writer friends read what I’d written. I decided that I’m too chicken to finish ever writing that book.

Jen: What’s next for you?
Olivia: The fourth book in the series, Wicked Beat, will be released in August. This one is about the drummer of Sinners. I’m working on a couple of other series about different bands too.

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41 thoughts on “Interview & Contest: Olivia Cunning

  1. I often find that music and books have a tendency to inter-connect, so hearing what song had a part in this story is interesting. I know that when I am reading I will often think “This book makes me think of *this* song.” or else I’ll later hear a song and it will remind me of a book. One pair like this that I remember are Sherrilyn Kenyon’s story in the Stroke of Midnight anthology (it was about Dante, a were-panther, finding his mate. Been a while since I read it.) and the song “Go With Her” by Toby Keith, because in were-panther society, the women leave the men to raise babies but the person Dante ended up with didn’t actually like that so they ended up staying together despite the oddity of it.

    Anyway, thanks for the great giveaway. Have a great day!

  2. Texas Book Lover says:

    I did not inherit the musical genes in my family so music doesn’t really inspire me but that doesn’t mean I don’t love to read about the hot rockers in this series. I am holding out on reading these last few books so that I can read them in the order they were written rather than released. The wait is killer but I am not one for spoilers.

    Thanks so much!

  3. Christy Harrelson says:

    I’ve been a Sinner’s fan from day one, love all of Olivia’s work, thanks for the chance to win 🙂

    • Christy Harrelson says:

      Olivia and I share the same taste in music and hotties, I often contribute to her famous Hump Day Hotties and I am so glad that she’s officially a full time writer! Kinda shocked about her wanting to write YA but I have no doubt it would rock in true Olivia style 🙂 We will follow our fearless leader no matter where she may roam!

  4. Mindy S says:

    I love thnking of music that goes along with a particular book. It’s great when I hear what songs the author is thinking about when writing. It helps me get into the story better when I can think of a particular song. I have not read this book yet but have heard great things about it ! I don’t have any special song that has influenced me … yet 🙂 I love music though !! Thanks !

  5. Jenny says:

    I can’t choose one song that has influenced me, but I love associating songs with books. I love making playlists for the books I’ve read and listening to them whenever I think about a particular book or character. Thanks for the giveaway!

    • Olivia Cunning says:

      Before I quit my job in December, I was a college professor. I taught Human Anatomy and Physiology, so that’s what I’d still be doing if I wasn’t writing.

  6. Julie Cole says:

    The song “Livin’ on a Prayer” by Bon Jovi helped me through my divorce a many years ago. I was entering single motherhood w/ two small children, a mortgage and a prayer. I had not had a job in 12 years and went back to college all at the same time. It was tough, I would sing this song and my son & daughter would sing along with me and it always made us laugh and feel better. I had one more child while single and when he was 3 weeks old I met the Love of my Life. Now it’s 19 yrs. later and we are empty nesters sort of my stepdaughter moves in and out like our house is a revolving door and she is the oldest of our children, go figure!

  7. erinf1 says:

    Thanks for a great post and congrats to Olivia on her new release! I’m not a big music person. I like to listen to music in the car but I don’t go out of my way to listen/hear music. I I don’t think I have that much of an musical ear! But I do wish I enjoyed it more b/c those who do seem to have such such a special connection.

  8. Debbie Murray says:

    I really can’t name just one artist or song that has influenced me. It would be music in general. I love listening to music. The artist and genre depends on what is going on in my life. Sometimes it is country but mostly it is metal/rock. The rock is the real me that I tend to keep hidden. That wild girl who likes to get rid of the responsibility and do crazy things when ever she feels like it.

  9. Christina Garner says:

    Love these books! And the playlist that Olivia posts for each book. Music can really help set the tone of a book. I crank up some My Darkest Days and vege out with some hottie rockstar books. 🙂

  10. I stumbled across Backstage Pass for free in April 2011 and have been a huge fan ever since. Looking forward to reading this one and excited about the summer release to complete the series.

  11. Leanna H says:

    I don’t listen to music that much. Althougu when people get in my car and hear what I listen to they are surprised. Have you ever thought about writing fiction for men?

    • Olivia Cunning says:

      I have quite a few men who enjoy my books. I don’t really have a gender in mind when I write. I mostly write what I want to read, so I’m often amazed that people like what I write.

  12. Jen B. says:

    I love the song Nobody’s Listening by Linkin Park. It’s great on days when my kids are jumping on my last nerve.

  13. Wendy says:

    OMG!!! I love this series. I bought the 1st book on my nook and after only reading 2 chapters I went and bought the other 3 books! I’m trying to wait till Aug. so I can read Eric’s book before I read Trey’s but I have a feeling I won’t make it. LOL

  14. latisha depoortere says:

    I love the series I can’t wait to read this book. Thank you for the great blog tour and great giveaway!

  15. Diane Sallans says:

    I love to play music in the background – it can really effect my mood – if I have to thin it’s best to be quiet non-vocal, but if I’m working around it will be loud with a strong beat.

  16. June M. says:

    I don’t have any musical talent, but I have always loved music. For many years, Metallica has been my favorite, I just love their style of music. The lyrics are poetic stories and the music is is beautiful. I actually listened to it so much that my cockatiel loved them! He would always relax and quiet down when I played Metallica, even dance from side to side on his perch 🙂

  17. Josette Schaber says:

    Music plays a big part in my life. My daughter dances, sings, and plays the saxophone. My husband plays the guitar and drums. My son has played a few instruments, but wasn’t able to take band at school due to other classes. We play music a lot of the time. I definitely like to listen while I’m working on my writing. On my playlist I have songs from the Twilight soundtracks, Evanessense, Black Lab, Apocalyptica, and Lady Antebellum.

  18. Sara Butler says:

    I would say that the music that really speaks to me is Tori Amos. I freakin’ love her.

    I just have to say to Olivia, I absolutely love this series, your One Night With Sole Regret series and I’m so happy that there’s going to be a series about Dare’s band as well. So awesome. You definitely write some of the hottest books out there! I have no question, I just want you to know how much I appreciate and love your work!

  19. OIivia, I just have to say that you are one of my absolute favorite authors!! You have an amazing talent and I am absolutely hooked on the Sinners books! I can’t wait to read Eric’s story!!

  20. leannessf says:

    I was going through a hard time in high school and when I heard the song, Creep, from Radiohead, I totally related with it. Now, when I hear it on my iPod, makes me treasure my memories from that time!


  21. Suzie says:

    I think music influences our lives, it can be your companion and see you through many things. I do like Kely Clarkson’s Stronger. Whenever I need to pick myself up and get going, I play it.

  22. Aretha Harvey says:

    I think all of the music I listen to has influnced my life in one way or another. there is no particualr band or artist that has done it for me, all of my muisc has at one point and time or another. I just love music!!!

  23. Angie K says:

    I’ve Devoured EVERY Sinner’s book……I love each and everyone of these bad boy rockers…I can’t get enough!! HUGE Olivia Cunning fan!! Keep writing, Olivia!!!

  24. Susan T. says:

    I’m not much of a music person, however, that was a posting on Olivia Cunning’s blog about a band called What Now which I thought sounded very much like The Sinner.

  25. Veronica says:

    I’m not so much influenced creativity-wise but the music I listen to really determines my mood for the day. Say I’m having a bad day, I love listening to upbeat Bruno Mars songs and that makes me happier

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