Hello Sara welcome to Nightstand Novels…we are so glad to have you join us today. Congrats on your success as an author, how has the experience been?
Thank you! I’m excited to be here today. I think the whole experience of publishing is surreal and sometimes overwhelming because I’m still waiting to wake up. I never would have dreamed I would be a published author.
Why erotica…what is it about the genre and specifically BDSM that attracts you?
When I started reading romance novels in my late teens, I was always frustrated by the “closed door” aspect of the sex scenes. These two people loved each other and its part of their story, so why the heck can’t I hear about it as well? The physiological aspect of BDSM is what draws me, not bondage or the more physical aspects. Sure, they’re a part of it – but they don’t always have to be. I love a great give and take between a Dom and sub.
How did “Taking Over Me” come about?
I kept reading all these stories where the geeks with the typical guys, but a sexy version of Revenge of the Nerds. I don’t know about others, but I had plenty of girl friends that could run circles on a computer around some of those guys. A few of my gamer buddies were girls, though when I did RPG, I was the only girl. But even as an adult, a lot of my gamer friends were still girls. So, I thought, why the heck can’t I write a story where the female lead is a geek girl?
I absolutely loved your book and am curious to read more about Alex, Ryan and Elena but what I really want to know is what is in Dade’s room? Any sequels in the future and if so care to share?
Thank you! It’s always exciting to be able to share stories with readers that I love. And yes, there are more stories, three more to make the series a nice, round four books! In fact, the second book of the series, Rock Your Soul, just released on May 31. That would be Ryan’s book. He makes a brief appearance in Taking Over Me. Then Break Me In is slated for release by year’s end and finally, Glad You Came is slated for release in spring of 2014. I don’t want to divulge too much of the story lines for those two books, but everyone will get their HEAs.
How do you come up with your characters and their specific personality traits…what’s the process like?
As odd as it sounds, the characters usually tell me all about themselves. Sometimes in great detail. When I first start a book, I don’t always know their quirks and such, but as I write more and get to know them better, I get to fill in the blanks.
Do you do any research for your books? And if so what?
What kind and how much research I do for a book is really dependent on the storyline, a character’s career or even hobby. The research for Taking Over Me was actually very little as I already possessed a lot of the knowledge I needed. I’m not a stranger to comic book stores (though Allison & Patrick share the honor of just what happens in said store *g*) or coffee houses. I did have to research a little about types of coffee, pulling shots, etc because I knew all about drinking coffee, but not preparing it.
Did you include any real life experiences in Taking Over Me or any of your novels and if so care to share?
I’ve been the only chick in the comic book store before. Multiple times in fact, as I still collected comics well into adulthood (I stopped a few years ago because it does take a lot of time). One time, I visited a new-to-me shop, only to have the guy behind the counter scowl at me when I walked in. I’m a girl, I wasn’t supposed to be in a comic shop, right? After I made my selections, when he started to cash out my stack, I started chatting him up. He seem genuinely shocked that I knew my stuff and I ended up talking to him for a few hours. Allison’s experience in the comic book store is remarkably different, but I’ve been on the other end of what Patrick sees when he goes to the store with Allison for the first time.
What is the toughest part about writing sex scenes?
Surprisingly, it’s not very sexy to write a sex scene. Sometimes one can take days to write, sometimes weeks. I have to break it down to make sure everything flows well, positions are possible, etc. Reading the finished scene is always a blast though, great to see how it all comes together (no pun intended)!
Where do you get the inspiration for your sex scenes, are they purely based on fantasy or is there a little real life experience thrown in?
Purely fantasy. One of the great things about being a writer and having the imagination to come up with stories, is also getting to come up with the sex scenes. Everyone has a different method, but inspiration for sex scenes comes from the same places inspiration for stories overall comes from—my brain. So I guess that means I have one seriously smutty brain. *G*
Do you ever get embarrassed by the sex?
I don’t think you can write some of the things that I do and be embarrassed about it. It’s fun, natural and healthy as long as everyone is consenting.
Apart from your own characters, who is your favorite Dom/character and why?
Though not a Dom, but certainly an alpha male – Roarke from the …In Death series by J D Robb (a pen name of Nora Roberts) is probably one of my favorites. I’ve been reading those books since there were only two books in the series. O_o I’m a little attached…
Do you hear from your readers much and if so what kinds of things do they say?
I always love to hear from readers! The first time I met a few readers at the first convention I attend was a great thrill for me. I had a hard time not fangirling over them because I had people I could talk to my books about. *g* I keep a contact form on my website to make it easy if a reader wants to write. Just the other day, I received an email from a reader with a problem and I was able to help her and within a few emails was able to get it taken care of.
Are reviews important to you and how do you react to negative/bad reviews?
I think reviews of any kind are important, positive or negative, because it means someone took some time out of their life to write about something I took time out of my life to write. I’m always grateful to a reviewer whether or not they liked one of my books, because, as I said, they took time to read and then review one of my books.
Has social networking impacted your life as a writer? And in what way?
TIt sucks the life from me! *g* Seriously, I love Twitter and am on it far more than I really should be. If you see me chatting it up on there, feel free to come give me a swift kick in the pants because I should probably be writing.
What do want readers to take away from your fiction and where can readers find you?
I simply hope, if they pick up one of my books, they can escape for a few hours. As I said above, I’m on Twitter all the time and I always respond to @ messages. Facebook as well, I have both a regular account and an author page. My website, of course, is always up to date with the latest information I have about new and recent releases.
And finally does sex sell?
Given the explosion of erotic romance & erotica in the past few years, I think it’s pretty obvious it’s here to stay. I’ve been writing in the genre a lot longer than that, but I for one and glad to see the surge in popularity.
It’s been a pleasure Sara, Thanks for stopping by … can’t wait to read more of your work.