Sunday, July 29, 2012

Interview with S.L. Danielson, Erotic Author

Tonya and Brenda welcome S. L. Danielson (Steph) this week. Steph started writing as a teen and as an adult found writing M/M Romance as her niche. She resides in the quiet Midwest and is multi-published by different houses.

Before we chat, here's a little bit about Steph in her own words:

Author of over 10+ m/m romance books so far...with many more percolating in my mind. I am also a business owner of Romance First Publishing.

In another world I am a wife, a mother of two cats, and a cog in the corporate machine.
In my spare moments I love to cycle, shoot pool, and get together with my parents, brothers, nephews, and friends as much as humanly possible!

Naughty Reader’s: Tell us a bit about yourself  that our readers might not know.

Steph: Well, beyond being a nearly-complete graduate student, and entrepreneur, I am an accomplished figure skater as well. I hope to get back up to speed once school is over and life calms, and I have the $ and time to pursue it again, to become a coach.


Naughty Reader’s: Maybe you'll be coaching future Olympian skaters! What made you want to become a writer?

Steph: I can’t remember a time when I didn’t want to be one; I was always doodling and drawing, and writing, ever since grammar school. It’s been my calling, and passion all my life.

Naughty Reader’s: Please share a bit about your new release without giving away any spoilers.

Steph: My very latest book will be Upstaged: Opening Act. Here is the blurb:

Asher and Erik were poles apart. Asher the snarky Brit and Erik the arrogant American. Add to that the fact that Erik was all for bringing back grunge while Asher was hardcore goth and the music they made together was anything but enchanting. Can Erik and Asher overcome their differences to become frenemies, much less friends, or will they always hit a sour note?

Naughty Reader’s: Readers, follow Steph on her blog and Facebook for the release date. Do you write under a pen name?

Steph: Yes, S. L. Danielson or Stephanie Danielson is my pen name. My real name is far too dull.

Naughty Reader’s: What types of hero or heroine do you like best?

Steph: I like heroes who are real, and not helpless, but I mix my alphas and betas into every story. I’ve been touted many times as having very ‘real’ and ‘believable’ men in my stories.

Naughty Reader’s: Tell us about a typical day in your life as a writer.

Steph: Well, after working a full-time job, and the evening calms, I can get 1-4 hours of writing in per night; depending on inspiration level and motivation. Time is my biggest obstacle, not having enough of it. On weekends though, I will spend the lion’s share of the day writing.

Naughty Reader’s: Time is always the barrier when writing. Tonya wants a clone to do her other tasks. LOL Do your books have a common theme or are they all different?

Steph: I almost said a HEA… but that’s not happened all the time. So far the only common theme is overcoming obstacles; whether they be physical, mental, or other.

Naughty Reader’s: How long does it take you to write and then edit a story?

Steph: Once I wrote a tale in two weeks and edited it in about the same amount of time. But others it’s taken months; so it all depends on length and time.

Naughty Reader’s: Do you have to be alone to write?

Steph: Yes, definitely. My cat is my sole companion usually, though hubby pops in from time to time; but I have to be alone to focus at all.

Naughty Reader’s: How do you go about naming characters?

Steph: I go with names I like, some from movies, TV, but mainly biblical names, and I have a huge baby naming book too. I like to be authentic with them too, for example, Irish or Italian names.

Naughty Reader’s: Is it easier to write about the characters if you find pictures of them before you write or do you write then find character pictures?

Steph: I write them and then find the photos; I usually have a pretty clear image of them in my head already. Then I just need to find the model that suits him best.

Naughty Reader’s: How do you pick locations for your stories?

Steph: I go with areas that are familiar to me, or even fantasy sites, such as Europe. But right now, I stick with states I’ve either lived in or visited personally.

Naughty Reader’s: What are you working on now and what should readers be looking forward to from you in the future?

Steph: At this very moment, I’m working with a friend of mine on another series that is based on a band, which begins in high school and through their 20’s. Currently, we are on book #6!

Naughty Reader’s: Where can readers find out more about you and your books?

Steph: email:
My author pages are:  
And at Amazon 

Giveaway: a copy of my book…Ranch Hands 2: Jerry’s Season, pubbed through my own company, 
Romance First Publishing.

S.L. Danielson's Books:
Love by the Numbers
For the Heart of Phillip
Life After Math
Bernard; Diary of a 46-yr-old Bellhop
Ranch Hands
My Fair Vampire (with Julie Hayes)
**Ranch Hands 2: Jerry's Season
The Alpha Lambda House (with M. J. MacGregor)
The Southern Comfort series (with Julie Hayes) 1st Book: It Started With a Dare
2nd book: Growing Pains
3rd book: Aftermath due out July 7th
4th book: Truth and Consequences due out August, 2012


  1. That's an impressive backlist for one who is spinning so many plates in life! I'm envious of your productivity because this: "Time is my biggest obstacle, not having enough of it."

    Really resonated with me. :-)

    What is your personal favorite among all your stories?

  2. Thank you for your comment! I have too many irons in the fire I think; but I hate to be bored... ha ha. :)

    I think my personal favorite is For the Heart of Phillip, because it was one of my first, and I worked with it the longest; but a close 2nd would be Love by the Numbers.

    I love teenagers and young adults; they are the most fun to write for me.

  3. Hi Steph!
    Sarah, nice to see you stop by again!
    Hope you two are having a great summer. Although I look forward to winter now; it's just too hot. Speaking of hot, readers if you're M/M erotic romance fans, you'll definitely want to check out theses two authors' books!
    Steph is here all week; be sure to comment for a chance to win and good luck! ~Brenda

  4. Always interesting to see from the other side. Thanks! Michelle
    chellebee66 at gmail dot com

  5. Thanks for the post. Please enter me for a chance to win!

  6. Enjoyed the interview!!
    Please count me in on the contest if i'm not too late. >__< Thank you!!


  7. Great interview! Just wanted to let you know how much I have enjoyed The Southern Comfort Series and I can't wait until Truth and Consequences is out! What a roller coaster ride it's been so far. :D I'm also excited to hear about your new series about a band. Look forward to that one, too. :)


  8. Love your books! Please count me in.


  9. Congratulation Judi - Loveless3173! You won the drawing for a copy of Ranch Hands 2: Jerry’s Season. Steph will be contacting you. ~Brenda