Book Tour: Arabella’s Blog and Chit-Chat
Welcome to Contemporary Author – Paige Onsen
I’m delighted to welcome Paige Onsen to my blog.
Hello Paige – It was lovely to connect with you through our mutual publisher, Evernight Publishing. Before we learn more about your latest release I’m Your Man, here are a few questions that will hopefully give your readers and followers and insight into some of the things that matter to you.
Arabella: Authors can release books, making them available to readers in various ways … via an agent, or working directly with a traditional publisher, or they can even go the self-publishing route. Which method of publishing do you prefer, and why?
Paige: I have always dreamed of having my book published by a traditional publisher. I’ve envisioned this since I was twelve. When I think of my childhood, I remember sitting at my desk, getting completely lost in writing my newest story and then taking a book from my mini library and showing it to the world. I’d open the window and start expressing gratitude to the audience outside. I doubt anyone listened, but it felt great. J
In April this year, I manifested working with Evernight Publishing. The entire team is very professional and knowledgeable. A few months prior to sending my manuscript, I read the interview with Stacey Adderley and was impressed with her forward thinking and the advice she gave aspiring authors, so I decided to give it a try. The experience has been amazing so far.
I can’t wait to hold my book in my hands. The first thing I’m going to do is take a deep breath and sniff it.
Arabella: A slice of Chocolate Cake, a piece of Fruit, or Burger and Fries?
Paige: What an interesting question! Food is always a great conversation starter and I have to say a piece of fruit for me, please. I love anything that comes from mother nature in its purest form. Although, ten years ago I would have said a piece of chocolate cake. When I was younger, I had a serious sugar addiction (it’s a real thing and can be pretty nasty) and I got to the point where I had to choose between destructive indulgences and my health. Of course, I chose me and worked very hard to get where I am now. Still, while I don’t eat sugar—not nearly as much as I used to—a slice of chocolate cake would be a delightful treat as long as it is vegan.
Arabella: Who or what inspired you to write your latest release, I’m Your Man?
Paige: This book came to me in my dream and was inspired by a friend’s story and an influencer I’ve known for many years. I started writing in April 2018 in a shiny pink notebook that I got from my mom. (I am a stationery addict and I cannot live without notebooks and pens). I first write my ideas and paragraphs in my notebook and then I type and save everything in a computer program file. I’ve always been a pen and paper gal and there’s something about that action of gliding a smooth-writing pen on paper that awakens my creativity every time.
Arabella: If the person of your dreams, (husband/wife/partner/or superstar), were to take you out for the night, where would they take you and what would you do?
Paige: I’m always up for adventure although I am not a big fan of going out. I’m an INFJ and I am most energized in the morning. I wake up at 4:30 and go to bed at 9:00. By 8 p.m., I’m in my PJs, curled up on the couch, reading. I do love to go out on dates, so if hubby wants to take me on a trip around the world, I’d never say no. But right at this moment, I would love to spend a romantic evening on one of the famous rooftops in Paris.
Arabella: Who or what chases away your blues?
Paige: An emotion-filled romance novel or a romantic comedy. Long hugs from my boys. Talking to my mom and dad over the phone since we don’t live in the same city. A swim in the sea. Watching the clouds from the top of the hill. A vigorous early morning run. Journaling.
Arabella: Currently, what is your most favourite T.V. programme, and why?
Paige: I’ve been watching Ted Lasso lately. I’m a soccer fan and there’s something in that show that intrigues me. I recently finished watching Sex/Life, and I enjoyed it very much. I also love documentaries. Real-life stories inspire me.
Arabella: When writing a book or chapter, which do you concentrate on first: plot, character, or setting?
Paige: Hmm, let’s see. I usually like to start with writing a story down in as many details as I know. But to answer your question accurately, I’d say characters. Dialogue is very important to me and this is usually where the story begins. I have a character sheet that I always keep in the notebook of the book I am currently working on. I write everything I know about my characters and as I write the book and the story progresses, the characters speak to me. I don’t have everything planned out all at once, but I know the main points that I want to focus on. I also have to know the setting, as this helps me better visualize the most important scenes and where the action takes place. For example, when I started writing I’m Your Man, I knew my hero, Jason Tanner, would be a strong, sexy, down-to-earth guy who is confident around women (of course) and I knew he had to be a photographer, surfer and a passionate biker. I knew his age, where he lived and what his history was. With Rhea, it was similar but with a few tiny details that I changed along the way. In my process of writing, my main characters are the pillars of any book I write, and I like to keep them in close proximity at all times without interrupting the flow of their interaction for too long.
Arabella: How do you research your novels and characters?
Paige: I’m a very visual person and I believe that imagination can take us anywhere we want to go. After I write the storyline and visualize details of specific scenes, I go online and look for photos that I immediately put on my vision board. Then, once I start writing and I am fully invested, I have the help of the vision board in case I struggle to finish a scene. If my characters have deep emotional issues, like my heroine Rhea who suffers from PTSD, I spend a great deal in learning about the topic if I am not familiar with it or I speak to my friends who are physicians and people I know who’ve been through similar situations (including myself). When it comes to settings, I rely on my imagination and the trips I’ve taken so far. I have been so lucky to have had the chance to travel the whole world in my twenties and see some of the most magnificent places on earth. Despite my being an introvert (that’s a whole new topic), I love meeting people and absorbing different cultures while I secretly plot my next novel in my head. Oh, and I always, always have a playlist that I listen to as I write.
Arabella: What advice would you give to someone who is starting out on their writing journey?
Paige: Read, read, read, then write. And always believe in yourself. Someday you are going to be someone’s favorite author.
Thank you for this wonderful opportunity, Arabella! Keep up the amazing work you’re doing.
Thank you for being a super guest on Arabella’s Blog and Chit-Chat, Paige. I must confess I didn’t know who or what INFJ meant. After Googling…
An Advocate (INFJ) is someone with Introverted, Intuitive, Feeling, and Judging personality traits. They tend to approach life with deep thoughtfulness and imagination. Their inner vision, personal values, and a quiet, principled version of humanism guide them in all things.
Wishing the best for your latest release – I’m Your Man
About Paige Onsen
An incurable romantic with imagination in constant overdrive…
Paige Onsen is a contemporary romance author who started writing from a very early age. As a curly-haired girl with giant pink glasses on her skinny face, she has always been an avid reader of romance, mysteries, and adventure books.
After secretly writing for years, Paige finally decided to come out in the open and share her stories with the world. She enjoys a hot and steamy story but she is a sucker for romance novels that are emotional, strong and irresistibly sexy. She is best known for her sexy, witty and emotion-filled contemporary romances with strong independent heroines.
When she is not writing, plotting or swooning over her sinfully sexy alpha heroes, she takes care of her family and enjoys a delicious cup of tea in her lush green garden. An avid globe trotter, she has traveled the world lengthwise and crosswise and loves using her experiences and faraway corners of the world as motivation to create memorable characters and dazzling settings.
Paige is a badass at smashing goals when it comes to writing, but her life goals are pretty simple: to raise two happy and healthy young men into strong and compassionate real-life romance novel heroes, to continue traveling for as long as she can, and to never stop writing powerful love stories with passion.
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Book Blurb: I’m Your Man
Rhea Torres is a powerful woman. She runs an extravagant multi-million-dollar company while enjoying the benefits of the lavish lifestyle she’s worked so hard to achieve. Yet, under that perfect facade is the girl who has never been enough. Growing up in foster homes, she knew what it meant to go through hell and work her butt off to get to where she is now.
Jason Tanner is a vibrant, utterly fulfilled man who leads a life of purpose. He lives in LA. He lives in Hawaii. And he is everything she is not—healthy and energetic with a vigorous desire for life. With a smile to kill and a body to seduce, he is the ultimate catch.
Too bad Rhea’s not interested. Because she knows not to trust men. She never has.
As Jason tenaciously pursues Rhea and she gets to know him, there’s something about him that draws her in and she accepts his dinner invitation. But when things start to sizzle and she realizes that Jason is so much more than the hunk she first thought him to be, she lifts her guard up and lets him in. Until she finds out that Jason hid a very important piece of information from her—a secret that could potentially ruin what they have and change their lives forever.
Paige’s Website: tikipaige.com
Evernight Publishing: https://www.evernightpublishing.com/