Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Q&A and giveaway with Aimee Duffy!

Aimee Duffy is the author of three novels, the second of which – Isle of Sensuality – I am currently immersed in. Aimee has a fresh and engaging style of writing, a wonderful descriptive voice and an ability to write poignant and heart-wrenching moments beautifully. This page-turner has me itching to see what happens to the hero and heroine, Jake and Caitlyn, and I’m already rooting for their HEA.

So without further ado, please welcome the lovely Aimee to the hot seat. At the end you'll be able to find out about her giveaway!

Can you tell us a little something about Aimee – who is she, where does she live, what does she do?

Hmmm what to say. Well, I’m from dreary Scotland where the sun rarely shines and there’s never a water shortage. Those of you who follow me on Twitter/Facebook will know I have no self-discipline when it comes to hotties (especially the fanged kind), resisting a stunning pair of shoes (who can?), or procrastination.

Describe yourself in three words.

I’d love to say shy, quiet and reserved, but those who know me would never believe it. I’ll go with bonkers, incorrigible and chatty.

What genre would you place your book/s into?

Category romance (on the steamy side).

Can you tell us a little about your published books (including who they are published by)?

The Monster of Fame is book 1 in The Price of Fame series. It takes place on a reality signing show. The heroine, Anna, enters the competition in the hopes of paying off the debt her father left them with. Miles, the hero, is a celebrity judge on the opposing team and doesn’t think Anna is strong enough, or has what it takes to win.

Isle of Sensuality is set on an island off the coast of Rio. Jake, the hero, and Caitlyn, the heroine, are stars on a movie they’re there to shoot. Although they know they can never be together long term, they can’t keep away from each other.

Never Say Never, book 2 in The Price of Fame series is due for release in April. Sander, one of the judges from the show, needs a date to save face at his ex-fiancé and ex best friend’s engagement party. Chloe needs a better job to help pay the bills and care for her mother who has dementia. Sander offers her the chance to get into the studio and in exchange she has to pretend to be his girlfriend. The lines they draw get blurred along the way.

All three are published by Beachwalk Press.

Did it take a long time to get your first book published?

I received an R & R from one publisher a few months after I finished TMOF. Although I agreed with, and made some of the changes, I wasn’t keen on the rest so I sent it to Beachwalk after hearing good things about them. They offered me a contract a few weeks later.

Can you tell us one positive thing and one negative thing about being a published author?

Positive: It’s a dream come true.
Negative: Instead of worrying about never being published, I’m worrying that I’ll run out of ideas.

Have you ever had a book make a big impact on you? What was it and why?

Of Mice and Men. It made me cry and it’s the only book I’ve read over ten times.

Do real people or situations inspire your books?

The X-Factor inspired TMOF, but Jake and Caitlyn aren’t similar to anyone I know.

Your current release is Isle of Sensuality. Caitlyn has an extremely upsetting past. Has that strengthened her character or weakened it?

She thinks it made her weak, but she had to be strong for her younger sister and I think she has more backbone than she gives herself credit for.

What are three things that make Jake perfect for Caitlyn? What two things make him bad for her?

He’s a nice guy, caring and wouldn’t push her to do anything she didn’t want to. On the flip side he has commitment issues and doesn’t want to take responsibility for anyone ever again.

What advice would you give to a new writer? 

Keep at it! Rome wasn’t built in a day : )

What can we expect from you in the future?

The rest of The Price of Fame series (two more after Never Say Never), my wild heiress and sexy Spanish hero, and I have a few more plotted out. Need to type faster ; )

Thank you so much for having me ladies. 

Ah, it was an absolute pleasure, Aimee! Thanks so much for joining us.

Aimee is giving away TWO copies of Isle of Sensuality here on the Hot Pink Typewriter. All you have to do is comment to be in with a chance. Two randomly-selected, lucky readers will be announced tomorrow!

If you'd like to find out more about Isle of Sensuality, here are the links: 

If you would like to follow Aimee, you can find her via the links below:

Good luck, everyone! 


  1. Thanks so much for giving up your time and joining us here on the Hot Pink Typewriter, Aimee! It was great interviewing you. I'm nearly at the end of Isle of Sensuality so no spoilers please! :-)

  2. Thanks so much for being here today, Aimee-and for the awesome giveaway!! Congrats on your three books, thanks for sharing. Wishing you much success :-)

  3. Of Mice and Men? Wow, maybe I need to re-read it. :-)
    Gr8 interview!!

  4. Awesome interview, Aimee and Lindsay!

    Monster of Fame and Isle of Sensuality are definitely on my TBR list. I just love your writing, Aimee! Best of luck to you.

  5. Thanks for having me! It was a pleasure. Jennifer it just really touched me. It's strange, I didn't cry at titanic but blubbered at the end of that book. :)


  6. Excellent interview! And yes, I would agree - you are definitely bonkers! xxx

  7. This sounds pretty awesome! :) Look forward to reading this and possibly reviewing on my site as well! :) Great interview!

    1. Thanks for the interest and for stopping by. Hope you like it :)

  8. Great interview, Aimee, and huge congratulations on all of your success! Your books sound like great reads. Being bonkers has served you well. ;-)

    And my TBR pile grows. *sigh*

  9. Aimee, loved the interview. Huge congrats on the three books pub'd and more on the way!!! You are on such a roll. Keep it up. :-)

  10. Congrats on your new book Aimee! Of Mice and Men is a great book! Here's to many many more launches for you. (And I know you won't run out of ideas ;))

  11. Congrats, Aimee! I can't wait to read your books. You are on a very exciting roll! :)

  12. Thanks girlies. :)

    I really hope I don't run out of them Jen. But now I have so many I wish I had more time to write!