I'm thrilled to have a very special Tuesday Teaser today - talented author and dear friend, the lovely Clair de Lune! She's patiently answered a bunch of questions thrown at her and once again, she's managed to make me blush. Wanna know why? Read the interview, I'm sure you can work it out...
Q. What genre do you write and why?
A. My first book was contemporary BDSM erotica. When that was accepted, I had an idea for a Regency ménage mystery, which I wrote at the same time as book 2 in the “Prometheus in Chains” series. When I retired, I had time to read for the first time in years. Then, I bought a Kindle and let myself loose on Amazon. I enjoyed reading BDSM fiction and bought some factual books on the subject. When it came to writing my first book, the genre was obvious. I’d always loved the Regency period and read widely about it, both fact and fiction so the Regency novel was no surprise. What was a surprise was the ménage. I’d never written anything apart from the first two Prometheus books, so a ménage, with hindsight, seems a bit of a reach, but I enjoyed writing it and that’s what counts.
Q. Do you start with plot or characters?
A. Characters always come first, well if you can call 9 books always. With “The Locket” the triplets came into my mind and, once I’d worked out what they looked like, the heroine and her plot came next. It’s the same with the “Prometheus in Chains” series. “Initiation” had several secondary characters all with their own stories and gradually I’m writing them.
Q. Do you have a particular person, or picture of an actor or actress in mind when you describe your characters?
A. No, I don’t. I suppose that a particular type of hero and heroine appeal to me so maybe that does influence me. Master Angus has a lot of Sean Connery in him, which is no surprise to me. Mostly it’s a physical description that fits the name I’ve chosen. Llewellyn in “Reconciliation” is Welsh, so the huge rugby players, born of the mining industry with their love of singing and community had to play a part in his character.
Q. How long does it take to write a book?
A. It varies. With “Initiation” it was very quick, just a few weeks, the story meant a lot to me and it flowed. It still can be quick but it depends on how fast the story develops. If there’s a hitch, then I have to leave it and think until I get the characters, or the plot, out of the knot they’re in. Sometimes it’s as simple as sleeping on it and waking the next day with the solution, sometimes it’s redoing chapters. The more books I write the more admin I have to do and that plus real life with the concerns of family, home and garden, slows down the rate at which I can write.
Q. Does reader reaction matter?
A. Yes it does. While I write because I have a story to tell, at the end of every book I add my email address. I like to hear from my readers and answer every email and Facebook contact. I think you can learn a lot from reader reaction, and some of my readers have become friends. Even negative feedback can be helpful provided it’s constructive, as everyone is entitled to their opinion.
Q. What are you working on now?
A. I’ve just written Prometheus’s own story and I’m half way through his friend, Jack Robinson’s story. Jack is the ex-SAS friend who helps Master Eric out from time to time. I have a dragon shape-shifting series to come out in January 2013. That’s a new genre for me. During a family holiday to Moray in Scotland this year, we revisited Loch Ness. The dark waters of the loch and a line from an old song “There is a monster in Loch Ness the fact ye cannae hide” were enough to set off a train of thought and the first novel Dragon’s Mate was started on Findhorn beach, while watching my granddaughters make sand-castles.
Q. If someone hasn’t read any of your work, which book would you recommend they start with ?
A. For me “Initiation” will always be the best book to start with. Although the novels in the “Prometheus in Chains” series can be read as stand-alone books, many of the main characters for them appear in “Initiation”. It gives depth to the subsequent books if you know their back story. Each book is labelled no 1, 2 , 3, because, as a reader, I found it frustrating in the extreme trying to work out the correct order for some of the series I read.
Q. What are you reading now?
A. I have to admit I don’t have much time to read now but I just bought a copy of “Catching a Phoenix.” I loved the cover. I downloaded it to my Kindle and thought I’d just open it and read a chapter, then I couldn’t put it down. It’s a very good book, Sage, and so well written. I’ve just finished “2 Sirs for Sasha” by Cooper McKenzie. I love her Esoteria series.
Thanks for being my guest - as always, I enjoyed talking to you !
Clair de Lune is published with Siren-BookStrand, Inc. Her next book, the fourth in her sexy "Prometheus in Chains" series, releases tomorrow, November 14th - and boy, she's got some hot stuff going on in there!
Learning to Live With Her Master
by Clair de Lune
[Siren Classic: Erotic Consensual BDSM Romance, public exhibition, voyeurism, spanking, caning, figging, sex toys, HEA]
After the collaring ceremony, Jane Browne and Angus Scott go on holiday to Southern Spain, and the adjustment begins. Jane is fast regaining her confidence, and they are falling more deeply in love every day.
All is not plain sailing, as when they return, they discover Emma has encountered some danger of her own. Jane loses her temper and challenges Master Angus and his nephews, who are Doms. To avoid losing face, Angus is forced to punish her. After seeing how much he disliked having to punish her, will Jane forgive him?
Then Jane overhears a beautiful woman claim Angus is her love, and she flees. Will Angus lose her when this woman from his past tries to claim him? Can Jane and Angus overcome their difficulties and learn to live together at last?
A Siren Erotic Romance
available to pre-order now: http://www.bookstrand.com/learning-to-live-with-her-master
(releases November 14th)
for all books by Clair de Lune go to: www.bookstrand.com/clair-de-lune