Quill’s Edge Author Spotlight: Paris Wynters
Welcome to another edition of Quill’s Edge! Adult Romance Author, Paris Wynters has a double whammy. She has not one but two new books to talk about!
Paris Wynters is an adult romance author represented by Tricia Skinner at Fuse Literary. She lives on Long Island (in New York) with her family, which includes two psychotic working dogs. Paris is a graduate of Loyola University Chicago. Both she and her son are nationally certified Search and Rescue personnel (she is a canine handler). When not writing, Paris enjoys playing XBOX (she is a huge HALO fanatic and enjoys FORTNITE), watching hockey (Go Islanders), and trying new things like flying planes and taking trapeze classes. She is the author of Hearts Unleashed (2017), Issued (2020), Matched (2020), and Love on the Winter Steppes (2021).
Stephanie: Welcome to Quill’s Edge Paris!
Paris: Thanks for having me.
Stephanie: Let’s jump right in! Issued is your latest book and let me just saw it was an awesome read!
Paris: Thanks Stephanie!
Stephanie: So, tell us more about Issued.
Paris: Taya Maverick has just volunteered to marry a random Navy SEAL as part of the military’s new spouse-matching program. What other choice does she have? Her former best friend killed her father and torched her house. Taya’s determined to start over, but to be safe she has to disappear. The program is the perfect opportunity, complete with refuge and a built-in bodyguard. Her Navy SEAL husband can keep her safe, right?
After one spectacularly disastrous marriage, Jim Stephens nixes round two. But his commanding officer never accepts no for an order. While an injury may have sidelined him temporarily, Jim still needs to salvage his career after a mistake in combat puts him in leadership’s cross-hairs. Being the first in the pilot program guarantees him his rank and eventual active duty clearance…as long as he can last the trial year.
The I dos are barely uttered before Jim and Taya realize they’ve each miscalculated. Their sizzling chemistry might lead to bed, but neither is prepared to open their heart. And then Taya’s past comes knocking.
Stephanie: I have to tell you I couldn’t put this book down! From start to finish it was a nonstop pulse racing story. When did this book hit stores?
Paris: Issued came out on 6/25/2020.
Stephanie: What do you want your readers take away from this book?
Paris: Keeping secrets never works out. And that its okay to ask for help, that it doesn’t make us “less than” when we can’t do something on our own that we are expected to because of society’s standards. Also, I want readers to take away that sometimes there is more behind the façade people put up and that they respond in different ways, that not everybody reacts the same. But for people to help us and care for us, we have to take that scary leap and open up, to let people in and tell them why we may act the way we do.
Stephanie: I hear you have another book coming out in the Fall, can you tell us about that one?
Paris: Sure! The name of the book is Matched. It is the second installment in my Navy SEALS of Little Creek series!
Stephanie: What can you tell us about Matched?
Paris: After a dangerous mission, Navy SEAL Anthony Martinez lets adrenaline and loneliness cloud his judgment when he signs up for the military’s spouse matching program without his Commanding Officer’s approval. Of course, nothing has ever come easy for Tony. He’s matched to a woman he’s already hit on and struck out with. Then his CO threatens his dreams of attending Officer Candidate School leaving Tony with only one option—make the marriage work.
Inara Ramirez has always wanted love and a family, but her luck with romance is as bad as her serial divorcée mother’s. Determined to find the one, she signs up with the military’s science-based spouse matching program. She’s thrilled to be matched until she realizes her new husband is the cockiest, flirtiest and hottest Navy SEAL she’s ever met.
Inara is determined to make the marriage work but Tony’s only planning on a year tops. Is it possible that science and fate have created the perfect match?
Stephanie: So who’s your favorite character in this book?
Paris: Tony is definitely a character, but Inara gives it right back. There is a pet in this one, and lots of food. I actually got hungry often while writing this book.
Stephanie: So when does Matched hit stores?
Paris: Matched hits stores in September of this year.
Stephanie: What do you want your readers take away from this book?
Paris: I think the biggest take away from this book is about forgiveness, and that parents make mistakes. They aren’t perfect and sometimes, until we have children and make mistakes, it’s easy to forget and blame them. And we forget they have feelings (especially when we are teenagers and growing up). It’s also about how that can affect our future relationships and how to move past it, and how to communicate about the things that hurt us.
Stephanie: What inspired you to start writing?
Paris: I have a creative side to my science/analytic side but I was never good at most of the arts. Until I found writing. It became fun to create worlds and characters, but then it became my escape as a teenager in a household where you couldn’t “talk back” and trying to find that balance between what I felt and respect led me to write.
Stephanie: How do you handle writer’s block?
Paris: Oh, this is tough. It depends why the block is occurring. So I guess the first step is to reflect on what is going on. Is it something in my personal life? If so, I take a break and do something else. Is it because of the story itself? I’ve talked to my writing group, read, watched movies, and any other thing that helps. But when it comes to the story itself usually talking it through with the RIGHT people I find is key for me. Right people= those who listen and try not to make the story theirs, but actually help guide YOU.
Stephanie: Describe your writing space.
Paris: Haha, I don’t have a defined writing space. I write wherever. In my car (when my son is at hockey practice), in the backyard, at Barnes and Noble, in the living room, or at my mom’s house if I need somewhere quiet and I know she is at work. Thank you, universe, for the creation of laptops.
Stephanie: What puts you in the mood to write?
Paris: Music or an idea or scene that pops into my head that I want to get on paper. Having an outline makes it easier too because I have some direction and it helps me focus.
Stephanie: What computer software do you use to write your book?
Paris: Microsoft Word, but also Google Docs
Stephanie: Do you have a writer library? What’s in it?
Paris: The Emotional Thesaurus (actually all those Thesaurus Books), Rivet Your Readers with Deep POV, The Emotional Craft of Fiction, Verbalize, Writing Active Setting just to name a few.
Stephanie: Which do you prefer? Paper and pen or a computer?
Paris: Computer, but I use paper and pen as well (when I am in meetings for work but have ideas…shhh).
Stephanie: Which do you prefer? Writing in a café or bookstore or a home in the quiet?
Paris: Quiet!! I am the person who can’t even read if someone is making noise. I will even sit in my car on the two-hour drive home from work in complete silence.
Stephanie: Who is your favorite author and why?
Paris: Nina Crespo for sooo many reasons including how supportive she is of other authors. She is the epitome of doing this together instead of looking at everyone as competition. Plus, her books are amazing. The same can also be said about Tricia Lynne.
Stephanie: What books or authors have most influenced your own writing?
Paris: Rebecca Yarros, Alexis Daria, Helen Huang in romance. But my very first writing influences, the people who made me fall in love with writing- Robin Cook, Michael Crichton, and Stephen King. Yes, I loved thrillers and horror. I still do.
Stephanie: Who is the author you most admire in your genre?
Paris: Nina Crespo for the exact same reasons she is my favorite author.
Stephanie: Would you rather be in a room full of snakes or a room full of spiders?
Paris: Snakes. I don’t mind them, but spiders are terrifying.
Stephanie: Would you rather have an endless summer or an endless winter?
Stephanie: Coffee or Tea/Wine or Beer
Paris: Coffee. I don’t drink alcohol so neither of the others
Stephanie: Who would be on the soundtrack for your book?
Paris: Tommee Profitt, Joel Porter, Halsey, Aero Chord, and Daft Punk
Stephanie: What’s one bit of advice you’d like to share with aspiring authors?
Paris: Don’t ever give up, find your writing tribe, and everyone is different- you do not have to write every day or feel bad if you don’t. Follow your own path.
Stephanie: Wise words to live by. Thank you so much for joining us today.
Paris: Thanks for having me Stephanie.
Stephanie: Alright romance readers, be sure to pick up your copies of Issued and Matched!