Can you write sex scenes at any time or do you have to be “in the mood?”
I write chronologically, so the love story unfolds for me as it does for my characters. That means when they are getting to that point in the story, I’m usually pretty happy they are going to have a good time and that makes it easy to write that first draft. I do like to write a love scene at one sitting because I find if I have to stop in the middle of it and then try to get back to it, it’s ‘writer interruptus’ and I have to work myself up for it again. That all sounded much naughtier than it ought to! I like to write sex scenes and I love to give my characters good experiences because, well, I like them and they deserve it.
What do you like best about writing menage?
For me, creating characters is the most fun part of writing, so with menage, I get to have three POVs in a story. I haven’t written more than a threesome, mostly because I think it would become unwieldy for me. Each of my characters has something unique to give to his or her other lovers, and needs something from them as well, and meshing all of those motivations together is a lot of fun.
Do you find it harder to write novels or short stories?
Definitely more difficult for me to write short stories. I’ve tried several times to keep to that low word limit and the stories just bubbled over and ended up novellas or longer. I saw a submission call for an anthology over the summer and was determined to write something that would fit the publisher’s parameters, so I buckled down and completed a short in about two and a half weeks. It ended up being about fifty words short of the upper limit, so I think I succeeded. Or half-succeeded, since I don’t know if it will actually make it into the anthology I submitted it to. That’s the writer’s life, we work very hard, meet our deadlines, gather the courage to submit, then we wait and wait to find out if we made the cut.
Would you give us a sneak peek at one of your upcoming releases?
I just finished edits on a m/m sci-fi book, Raider Captured, for Dreamspinner Press. I don’t have a release date for it yet but it will be out sometime before the end of 2015. I needed a new writing direction after producing five menage books, so I decided to try m/m, just as a personal challenge. After thinking about it for about twenty-four hours, and yes, I count my sleep time as work time because my subconscious does a lot of heavy lifting, I had characters and the broad strokes of a story locked in. From that point on, it was just getting those words on the page. I’ve completed another m/m novel and a m/m short over the summer, so hopefully those will be picked up too. Now I’m wondering what sub genre I should try next.
Would you share a favorite quote from your latest hero, heroine or villain?
Here’s a sweet bit from my newest, Raider Captured:
“Do you want to know what lies within me?” Sagiv tapped at his own broad chest.
The soft tone of Sagiv’s voice gave wings to the burning hope that erupted in Daran’s soul. He nodded, too overcome for words. Sagiv gave a quirked smile in response. “Perhaps I don’t have feelings. They might have killed them with their gene splicing, or trained me to ignore them so I’d be a better fighter.” He punctuated this warning with a slight press of his fingers against Daran’s chest.
“I don’t believe that.”
With wonderful quickness, Sagiv ran his fingers up Daran’s collarbone and neck to cup his cheek. “Are you sure you want to trust me with something so vital as your heart?”
Daran rocked on his heels, too addled by Sagiv’s touches and intent regard to speak. “It’s all I have left of value.”
Where would you go on your dream vacation?
I would love to take a month or more and explore the Western coast of South America. I’d like to see Easter Island and the Galapagos, then explore the archaeological sites of Chile, Ecuador, and Peru, including Machu Picchu and the Nazca Lines. It would be the perfect combination of natural history and anthropology, with the added bonus of getting to know new cuisines and cultures, and shop for soft and warm alpaca accessories.
What book are you currently reading?
I’m currently reading A History of Life in 100 Fossils by Paul D. Taylor and Aaron O’Dea. It’s research for a new book I just started writing, plus I’m hoping to get my inner rock hound on and do some surface collecting for fossils this fall with my family. I tend to read mostly non-fiction and lean towards science books which is only natural considering I write mostly science fiction.
Do you have any pets?
We currently have a beta fish and he and I get along really well, so I’m content with the composition of our household at the moment. I have heard some scuttlebutt that a puppy or kitten would be welcome to join us, but I haven’t quite jumped on that bandwagon since I’ll be the one taking on the majority of care. It would be nice to have a mammal to cuddle with on a cold winter night since a fish isn’t exactly warm and affectionate. Though my fish does the best he ca