Back in 2007, I decided to get serious about my writing and joined the Toronto Romance Writers. While I was there, I met Wylie Kinson and started following her blog. One of the other regular commenters over there was today’s guest, Red Garnier.  So when I headed to Texas for the annual RWA conference, my overly-confident, newbie self contacted Red and arranged to meet her in person.

Red Garnier is a delightful tiny whirlwind of a lady. I have to confess, I had her in mind when I first came up with my character Rosie from Personal Protection. So I’m thrilled to have her here as my guest today.

It’s not shampoo!
I frequently get asked if Red Garnier is my real name, and if it isn’t, then why did I pick this particular name to write under?
Wow, you know? I’m not really sure!
What I do know is that I didn’t really get to pick my pen name. Somehow, it picked me.
When I started writing for Ellora’s Cave, my editor mentioned that because I was a new author, EC would not approve just any name. EC would like it to be different. They suggested I stay away from last names already taken by other authors, so Red Michaels – which I loved – would have to wait.
Worried about choosing the right one, I looked up the EC author list, noticed there were very few authors under certain last names that began with certain letters, so I asked my husband to help me find a cute last name with the letter G. He must have been watching TV – a soap opera, most likely. Or a shampoo commercial. I have no idea, but he said Garnier. And I protested, “That sounds like lingerie!” He said, “Sexy lingerie.” And I loved it instantly.
So now we’re stuck with each other, Red Garnier and I. Some people love my name, and others find it strange, but in my case, I’ve found that the more I use it, the more comfortable it becomes. Like a pajama – just gets better with wear.
Crazy as it sounds, I no longer feel like a Red Michaels at all!
Now if you’ve read one of my books, I think you’ll agree my name is fitting. And if you haven’t, then hell! Why not pick up a copy of THE SATIN SASH?
Sash is my first full-length print release, and I absolutely adore it. A passionate love triangle—sexy, provocative, and just plain adult fun. It’s in your nearest bookstores now and possibly one of the best ways to keep cozy and warm during the holidays.
Speaking of which—how do you all celebrate this time of year?
I celebrate with family, lots of warm cocoa, and time to indulge in a great book.
If you want to know more about Red, head on over to her website. You can also follow Red over on Twitter.
Leave a comment telling Red how you celebrate at this time of year, and you will be entered to win a print copy of her brand new release The Satin Sash.  I’ll pick a winner on Sunday! (As always, this contest open to anyone, not just those in the US or North America!)

Red Garnier: Not a Shampoo!
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25 thoughts on “Red Garnier: Not a Shampoo!

  • December 10, 2009 at 5:48 am

    Congratulations on the release! I can't wait to read this. I've loved your EC books 🙂

    Christmas. I love Christmas. Especially lately because I've been ruthless about cutting out all the extraneous stress. No Stress!! It works too. The last two Christmases since my "revelation" have been so much calmer and more relaxing.

    Now if I could just finish writing this book, Christmas could really start for me.

    Take care Leah and Red. Thanks for the great blog!

  • December 10, 2009 at 7:30 am

    Hey Red,
    I love your books..Stroke of Midnight is still one of my fave books to re-read.

    Happy Holidays
    Anna Shah Hoque

  • December 10, 2009 at 9:10 am

    J.K. Hi! Thank you for stopping by. I do wish you're able to finish the book in time so you're able to relax during the holidays. I get so stressed during this season too!

    Anna, thank you. It's wonderful to hear you enjoy my books! Happy Holidays to you too. With you lots of love, health, and happiness. 🙂

  • December 10, 2009 at 9:12 am

    Red!! I prefer Christmases that are quiet, just the family. We stay in pj's all day and play with our presents 🙂

    Loved loved loved Satin Sash.

  • December 10, 2009 at 9:18 am

    Another new author to me.
    A passionate love triangle—sexy, provocative, and just plain adult fun-My kind of book 🙂

    I celebrate by having the family over,spoiling the nieces and nephews.
    I also love to bake this time of year. I don't do any other time during the year.I just love all the festive goodies 🙂

  • December 10, 2009 at 10:17 am

    Wow. I never made the shampoo connection and I've known Red HOW long???

    Sheesh. I'm an idiot (but we knew that).

    Leah, I'm bored so I posted this at Win a Book. Red, if you've got any promo you'd like… Leah will tell you all about Win a Book. *grin*

  • December 10, 2009 at 11:52 am

    Red, I love the story of your name! That sounds like something I would do!

    This year, we are going up to my bothers, and celebrating with them. I am excited, it has been a while since I have seen them! 😀

  • December 10, 2009 at 12:24 pm

    love this posting…would very much enjoy reading this book…thanks for the opportunity.

    i will be spending christmas day w/ family this year.

    merry christmas.


  • December 10, 2009 at 1:04 pm

    Christmas is a family day for us.
    The grandkids open presents and then we have a family meal.

  • December 10, 2009 at 3:40 pm

    I celebrate by having a Christmas party for my friends (21 years in a row now).

    And then every chance I get I watch A Christmas Story. I adore Ralphie!

  • December 10, 2009 at 4:20 pm

    yeap absolutely no SHAMPOO 🙂

    Happy knowing you Red ! You are a new author for me, looking forward to get my chance to win your book !

    At this time, usually we'll have a end of year vacation to other cities. just to have some relaxation before starting the new year.

  • December 10, 2009 at 5:49 pm

    Hi Red, I love your name. As for celebrating, we have a lot of family get togethers this time of year. A big dinner at my parent's house with all assorted sister's, their hubbies and neices and nephews. Always lots of good food and laughter.

    Christmas Eve is a quiet day, just a great dinner and a movie night. Christmas Day we all pack up and drive to Tahoe where the kid's go skiing, and I eat too much and try to keep warm, lol.


  • December 10, 2009 at 6:14 pm

    I like to celebrate with family and friends. I love to bake with my nieces and nephews. They love helping to make all the holiday cookies and candy. The Satin Sash sounds great!

  • December 10, 2009 at 6:21 pm

    Hey everyone! I'm so excited to learn how you'll all be spending your holidays.

    Wylie, I think I'm flying up there just so I can spend all day in pj's too. That would be my perfect Christmas! Plus I'd be spending it with such an amazing friend. 🙂

    Elaing8 – Baking is not my fortre, but like you, I also enjoy baking during the winter. After lots of practice, now I make some really delicious almond butter cookies.

    Susan, OMG, I've missed you! Thanks for posting this in Win a Book, you're the bestest. How are you? Every time I try to pop into your blog my computer goes wonkers, why?!

    Natasha, that sounds wonderful! I hope you have a fabulous time with your brothers, sounds like you've missed the quality time.

    KarenK, have a wonderful holiday! Thanks for commenting, I appreciate it!

    Estella, can I come? 🙂 Sounds wonderful!

    Joder- I so miss my friends! Be sure to have a blast with them!

    Mariska – I love your name, how unique! It's happy knowing you too, and I wish you a kick ass vacation!

    Cathy M – Your Xmas sounds just like mine. Wild day the 24th, a calm, peaceful day the 25th. Love them both! Have a great one, Cathy!

  • December 10, 2009 at 6:22 pm

    Hi and happy holidays! I can't wait for my nieces to grow up and help me with the cookies too, sounds like a wonderful Kodak moment! 🙂

  • December 10, 2009 at 6:24 pm

    And Leah, I forgot to tell you what a great, great pleasure it was to meet you that day. I can't wait for our next meeting! We'll have drinks then for sure.

  • December 10, 2009 at 6:49 pm

    Red Garnier, I love your pen name!! And yes, I did think you were related to the shampoo tycoon. *grin*

    Congratulations on your book. I love the excerpts and definitely its on my "must read" list.

    On Christmas day, we hangout in our pj's. The kids enjoy their latest shiny things and DH is busy making Irish Coffees. We've started a tradition of "Christmas Meatloaf" dinner so I don't have to spend so much time in the kitchen.

    Happy Holidays
    armiefox at yahoo dot com

  • December 10, 2009 at 9:00 pm

    Hi, Red! How neat to learn the story behind your pen name! And how fantastic that it's come to be such a good fit for you and your writing!

    We just got our tree up (blue lights and all–they were out of white ones by the time we made it to the store ;)) and we're getting ready for our annual get-together with the same group of friends. We started before we had kids, and now our group is huge just because our families have all grown! I'm definitely looking forward to indulging in some good reads in the next few weeks, too! Nothing says good times better than a warm house and good reads 😉

  • December 10, 2009 at 11:47 pm

    Christmas Eve is spent with immediate family…dinner first then opening our presents. The first part of Christmas Day is spent in PJ's watching the kids open gifts..then we all get dressed and hight tale it to both Grandparents homes for more celebrations….ending up coming home late to a mess and looking forward to the next day. Love every minute of the fun with family and friends.

    mitzihinkey at sbcglobal dot net

  • December 10, 2009 at 11:59 pm

    Hi 🙂
    Thank you to Leah for having Red Garnier here today and thank you to Red for sharing. I enjoyed learning the backstory for her name and about her journey. THE SATIN SASH sounds like a great read. Congratulations to Red on her first full length print release.
    I have a big Christmas dinner with my family and watch my family open their present.
    Happy Holidays,

  • December 11, 2009 at 11:39 am

    We celebrate with good old christmas dinner and lots of bickering 🙂

    mischivusfairy-inbox12 [at] yahoo [dot] com

  • December 11, 2009 at 6:48 pm

    I would say getting together with family. I love being in the kitchen cooking and laughing with my sisters and mom! We always have alot of catching up to do. Thanks!jacquecurl1(at)gmail(dot)com

  • December 12, 2009 at 7:08 pm

    We have the brothers and sisters at our house about a week before Christmas for our celebration. Then on Christmas Day, we load up and go to my daughter's house and eat and spend the day with the grandkids.

    I am a new follower.

    mlawson17 at hotmail dot com

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