You survived Monday and boy, do we ever have a the BEST reward for your efforts. We’ve got an amazing Q&A with the brilliant Naima Simone, author of Only For Your Touch, out today!
Spoiler: Get your popcorn, because Naima’s taste in movies is amazing.
What are your five favorite movies with romance or romantic elements?
Only five? Ooh. That’s so unfair. Okay, but here are five of my top faves of all time!
Love and Basketball
Describe your favorite scene from each one (you can include a Youtube clip if you want as well).
My favorite scenes from each one? You have me about to go watch all of them!
Dirty Dancing – The lake scene. This is where Baby started to really gain her confidence and have fun, and Johnny started seeing her as a woman rather than the body taking the place of his dancing partner. Plus the music, the scenery…sigh. This movie made me fall in love with romance.
Love and Basketball – Oh God, this scene. Had me in tears. It even had my cold-hearted-three-sizes-too-small-hearted twin in tears! This is where it seems all is lost between Monica and Quincy. She challenges him to a game of one-on-one for his heart, and she’s literally fighting to win it. Her desperation, angst, and his seemingly I-don’t-give-a-f**k-ness? Epic. And when she loses? You can feel her heartbreak! Right up until he says, “Double or nothing.” Oh man! Kills me!
Sixteen Candles – Okay, this one is self-explanatory! It’s every nerd’s dream! Including mine…cough
Mystic Pizza –I love this fish-in-the-Porsche scene because not only is it hilarious, but it’s where Daisy realizes that Charlie isn’t like the lying, using, cheating men she’s used to. Oh. I just got the feels watching this clip…
Pretty Woman – I have a Julia Roberts thing going on here. LOL! The first kiss scene. I love it because it’s so momentous. Vivian has refused to kiss him—or any john—up until then. But this shows Edward that he’s so much more to her than a john, as well as it’s the moment when Vivian lowers that final guard and trusts in this man. And then at the end of the scene when she whispers I love you into the dark? Oh. palm over heart I’m out. Done. It’s over.
Did you have any of these scenes in mind when writing scenes from your latest release?
I didn’t have these in mind when writing scenes, but the way they made—and still make me—feel? Definitely. Those emotions that they draw out of me are what I strive to put into every book. If someone can experience that hope or awe or triumph of love conquering all that I’ve felt every time I’ve seen these movies, then I’ve done my job!
If you could only read five books for the rest of your life, what five books would they be, and why?
Five books. Lemme see, lemme see. This is tough! LOL! Okay, Son of the Morning by Linda Howard, The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe by C.S. Lewis, Ransom by Julie Garwood, the Bible and Eternal Lover by J.R. Ward. Aaaand Caressed by Ice by Nalini Singh. Yes, I cheated! LOL!! Why? Because they all make me better after finishing them.
Who are your book boyfriends? (list a maximum of five) What do you like about them? What characteristics do they share with the hero from your latest release?
So many book boyfriends, so little time…Sigh. I’m a book whore, so the list is extensive! LOL! I loves me some Black Niall from Son of the Morning, Rhage from the Black Dagger Brotherhood, Raphael from the Guild Hunter series, Dex (Ethan Dexter) from The Game Plan and Vic Savian from Wicked Burn. They are all incredibly alpha men, strong, with an unshakable sense of honor and their own moral code. They’re protective, and for their women, mush. 🙂 Sasha Merchant, the hero in my latest release, Only for Your Touch, shares all of these qualities.
Everyone has a favorite couple (an “OTP” in ‘shipping terms) in romance, whether in a romance book, movie, or television series. Who is your favorite couple, and why?
Johnny and Baby from Dirty Dancing. Hands down. They were everything that was romantic, fun, angsty, sexy and love conquers all-y. And all to a killer soundtrack!
FIRST ROMANCE (AKA My First Time):
What was the first romance novel you read?
Honestly, I don’t remember the first romance I ever read, but I do remember the one that made the most impact and changed me into a romance-a-holic. The Hawk and the Dove by Virginia Henley.
What do you remember about it?
I remember everything! The hero and heroine—Shane Hawkhurst and Sarah Bishop/Sabre Wilde. She was such a firecracker who refused to bend to any man. And Shane, without my knowing it at the time, was my first alpha hero. And he made me fall in absolute love with them. Also, the setting of England during Queen Elizabeth’s rule, the intrigue, the heat, the love story. It was perfection!
What did you like most about it?
Shane and Sabre. They made the story. Their dominant personalities, the push and pull dynamic between them, the chemistry and the love.
What did you like least about it?
That it ended! LOL! Seriously, I can’t think of anything I disliked about the book.
Have you ever reread it? If you did, how do you feel about it now?
I actually found a print copy on Amazon a couple of years ago, and I snapped it up! I’ve reread it several times since then, and I still love it!
Darcy or Wentworth?
Oh, Mr. Darcy…
(bonus: who’s your favorite Darcy or Wentworth on screen?)
I looooove Colin Firth. But you know what other movie I loved? Bridge and Prejudice. I do, I do! LOL! And Martin Henderson, who plays, Mr. Darcy, is soooo yummy!
Christian or Gideon?
Rochester or Heathcliff?
Spock or Kirk?
Spock. He’s a challenge. And the hair and ears just do it for me. J
Sunrise or sunset?
Sunset. Mornings? Boooo!
Angst or humor?
Both. Can I cheat and say both? Because a book or movie that has booth has me!
Tea or coffee?
Don’t play. Coffee, of course!
Wine or beer?
Neither. Does that make me a square? Does saying “square” make me old?
Cake or pie?
Pie! Especially if it’s pecan or peach. Yaaaahhhs.
Scruff, beard, or clean-shaven?
Scruff and beard. Which one depends if the man bun comes with it!
Blue-collar or white collar?
I should say white collar because millionaires are mah catnip, but I love a blue-collar man. There’s something so ROWR about him.
Jeans or a suit?
A suit. Jeans. Hell…
Car or motorcycle?
Car! I need panels around me!
Naima Simone’s love of romance was first stirred by Johanna Lindsey, Sandra Brown and Linda Howard many years ago. Well not that many. She is only eighteen…ish. Though her first attempt at a romance novel starring Ralph Tresvant from New Edition never saw the light of day, her love of romance, reading and writing has endured. Published since 2009, she spends her days—and nights— creating stories of unique men and women who experience the first bites of desire, the dizzying heights of passion, and the tender, healing heat of love.
She is wife to Superman, or his non-Kryptonian, less bullet proof equivalent, and mother to the most awesome kids ever. They all live in perfect, sometimes domestically-challenged bliss in the southern United States.