Monday, September 24, 2012

Interview with National Best Selling Author Delilah Devlin

I’d like to start with little story how Delilah Devlin went from working for an IT company to becoming the National Best Selling Author she is today.

The Beginning: Midnight December 31, 1999

It turned out that on December 31 1999 the end of the world didn’t happen as some predicted. As Deliah and her sister
Myla Jackson pass the time as the clock approach midnight waiting to see what would happen they made a decision that literally changed both of their lives forever. So in short the world rang in the beginning of a new century and Delilah and Myla rang in the beginning to their new futures too.
Now it wasn’t all peaches and cream after that. But the only deadlines Delilah and her sister have to worry about now are for their books.

Which brings us to now, 2013

Delilah Devlin
is a prolific and award-winning author of erotica and erotic romance with a rapidly expanding reputation for writing deliciously edgy stories with complex characters. Whether creating dark, erotically-charged paranormal worlds or richly descriptive historical stories that ring with authenticity, Delilah Devlin "pens in uncharted territory that will leave the readers breathless and hungering for more…" (Paranormal Reviews) Devlin has published over 100 erotic stories in multiple genres and lengths.

She is published by Atria/Strebor, Avon, Berkley, Black Lace, Cleis Press, Ellora’s Cave, Harlequin Spice, Kensington, Running Press, and Samhain Publishing.

I am so pleased welcome National Best Selling Author Delilah Devlin, to Risqué Reviews and would like to thank her for taking time to do this interview.

Hi Delilah and thank you for joining us.

Then let’s start the ball rolling shall we…

I’d like to start by talking about the anthology of Western Romances, COWBOY LUST: EROTIC ROMANCE FOR WOMEN release August of 2012.

Q. What can you tell us about your story in Cowboy Lust, Runaway Bride?

I love it when a man takes charge. In Runaway Bride, my cowboy was left standing at the altar without a single clue why. He’s been stewing ever since. On a whim, he kidnaps the girl he still loves, hell-bent on finding out why, and hoping to seduce her into submission.

Q. Who came up with the idea to put together Cowboy Lust?

Actually, my editor at Cleis Press approached me with the idea. Seems like it should have been instinctual given how into cowboys I am. I loved the idea of it and jumped at the chance.

Q. How were the authors that contributed chosen?

I didn’t choose the authors; I chose the best, most unique stories. It’s true, I had to refuse many really good stories, but I was looking for well-written tales that felt as though they hung together thematically.

Your stories include many genres, BDSM, Fantasy, Paranormal, LGBT, Erotica, Ménage as well as Sci-Fi,  etc., sometimes blending genres into one story. When I am reviewing stories such as these, the biggest problem I have is trying to decide what genre to put it under *grin*. This leads me to my next two questions;

Qa: How do you keep the character/relationship central to the story while still combining genres?

By getting as deep inside the character as I can and looking at the world around them through his/her eyes. People are people even when they’re Vikings living on another planet. :)

Qb: Are your books character or plot driven?

A good romance needs to be both. Readers need to love the characters. A plot keeps them from snoring through relational angst because plot forces the characters to change and move forward.

Q. When you completed your novels/series do you breathe a sigh of relief, or do you feel sad the experience has ended?

I don’t ever acknowledge that anything is over. I’m wishy-washy that way. I tell myself I’ll revisit them later.

Q. How difficult is it to separate the author from the person?

It’s not possible. I am a writer because I write. I don’t really have a separate fictional persona. What you sense about me through my writing, or through my Facebook and blog, is exactly what you get.

Q. How do you cope emotionally with reviewers who seemed to have missed the point of your story completely?

I won’t lie. It’s painful when I get reviews from people who didn’t enjoy what I wrote. I want to ask them if maybe they missed something, or maybe if they should have checked the book’s warning label before they read it. I restrain myself, reminding myself there are plenty of books out there that have huge followings, but I don’t get them either. 
Q. You write such psychologically charged stories that are driven by some extraordinary sexual preferences. How far do you take your characters sexually when the story includes multifaceted lifestyles that go outside of “the comfort zones of preconceived ideals of right and wrong”, such as BDSM, Ménage and LGBT? 
Hmmm... I write fantasy. My personal fantasies. In my head there aren’t many taboos. I tend to believe that what makes a person happy is his or her own business, so when I sit down to write, I let inhibitions fly. If I’m curious about different lifestyles or choices, I like to explore.
Q. I often wonder how when dealing with emotional domination and physical pain in a story what is more important? Is it what is more acceptable to the readers? Or, what is significant to the story that really matters? What are your thoughts on this?
When I write, I’m deep in the character’s head. Whatever they do, feel, think, or need is right there for me to describe. In Begging For It, I wrote about a woman just back from Iraq who was struggling with PTSD and survivor’s guilt. She couldn’t allow herself to feel pleasure unless she felt significant pain. Writing those scenes made me uncomfortable, but she needed to suffer in order to face the things that frightened her and find her own redemption. I really didn’t think all that much about what readers would think because I wanted to tell the story in my head, not change it up to make it more palatable.

Q. You have many series (to see a list go to do they all have to be read in order or can some be read as standalones?

My Dark Realm and New Iceland series should be read sequentially, because things that happen in the series affect characters in later stories. My Lone Star Lovers series can be read out of order.

Q. How did you transpire to compose such a vast variety of genres that you write in? (Fancy way of asking, what came first the chicken or the egg?)

I get bored writing the same ole things and like to switch things up so that writing feels fresh to me.

*I always like to end interviews with a question just for fun. This is the one I choose for you.

. If you could have one superhuman power, what would it be? And Why?

The only superhuman power I’d love to have is immortality because I’d love to see what the future holds. The thought of traveling to other planets is a romantic notion for me, so I’d love to see what it’s really like.

The Ankh, also known as key of life

That brings us to the end of my interview with the talented Author Delilah Devlin.

Thank you again Delilah, I hope you enjoyed yourself.

To find out more about the books Delilah Devlin talked about in this inteview be sure to visit her website @



Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Interview with Author of Serious BDSM Candace Blevins

Candace Blevins is a southern girl who loves to travel the world.

She lives with her husband of 14 years and their two daughters. When not working or driving kids all over the place she can be found reading, writing, meditating, or swimming.

Candace writes romance books about characters who happen to have some extreme kinks. Relationships can be difficult enough without throwing power exchange into the mix, and her books show characters who care enough about each other to fight to make the relationship work.

This biography was provided by the author or their representative.

I must say that intro doesn’t do Candace Blevins justice. She does write romance and they do have extreme kinks. However what it fails to mention is that Blevins takes her readers into the world of serious BDSM lifestyle. And though some call it kink other might look at it as Tomato - Tomoto. Nevertheless for those that have read her work agree, it sets the reader on fire. I must also interject some warnings. Just to be fair.

Starting with:

1. If you are faint of heart, beware you may actually faint while reading any of Blevins books.

2. If you are one of those that already has a preconceived idea of what is right and wrong in a romantic relationship her tales are going to blow your mind. 

3. If you are not opened minded, well I don’t know what to tell you…

On that note I’d like to thank Candace for giving me this opportunity to find out what motivates her as an author as well as a person.

Hi Candace and welcome.

Hi Barb! Thanks for having me :)

Shall we begin?

Q.What motivated you to focus on the hardcore aspect of the S/m relationship in your stories?

The softer stuff just doesn’t do it for me, and I write what I’d like to read. While my characters may take things farther than the average reader expects, I hope I’m successful at showing them as ordinary people in every other way.

Ordinary Couples

 Q.What do you think is more acceptable to readers, emotional domination or physical pain?

It probably depends on the reader. Looking through the reviews on Goodreads you’ll find some who are turned on by the S&M I include but aren’t comfortable with the level of D/s the characters agree to, while others love the D/s portions but are squicked by the pain.

You don’t cut corners when it comes to the aspect of the hardcore side of S/m. Plus, you also go into a lot of detail about what this type relationship means as far as the psychological aspect and the BDSM life style as a whole. Thus bringing a much deeper understanding to the storyline of your works due to that factor. Kudos!

Thanks. I’ve tried to show that sadists don’t have to be "mean", and masochists aren’t sick for wanting pain. I also hope to show submissive doesn’t equal weak.

Q.What kind of line of investigation did you follow to find out so much about this?

I’ve been in the lifestyle over twenty years, and have experienced most of the things I write about. My husband and I don’t go to clubs anymore – having kids changed our social life dramatically – but nothing will change the fact I’m a masochist and he’s a sadist. Our lives look pretty normal during the day now, but before kids we played around with heavy duty TPE for a while.

 Q. Do you ever reach a point in writing a book where you have to step back because you felt it is getting too intense? Whether sexually or the complexity of the story itself?
To be honest, I tend to write the BDSM aspects more extreme, and then tone it down. Often, my beta readers show me other areas that need to be softened even more. When my beta readers are alarmed I generally either temper it with some emotion, or just back off on the intensity.

Hard and Soft Rope Floggers

With the two Davenport books, I spent a lot of time crying as I wrote. So yes, in that case, the story did a number on my emotions.

 Q. How do you know when writing a setting that it produces the desired or intended result, sexually and otherwise?

I write what I would like to read. I don’t really know if others will like it until my beta readers give me feedback, and I’m always nervous about whether others will like it when a book releases.


 Q. How do you keep the main character’s relationship central to the story while still combining other participants (secondary characters) into a BDSM "scene"?

That’s a very good question. I think it boils down to whose emotions and sensations you focus on, though that’s probably an oversimplified answer. Honestly, the hardest part of writing a ménage scene with three men and one woman is you can’t say "his" or "he", you have to keep naming which man is doing what.


 Q. Can you explain to our readers about some of the terminology used by those that practice the BDSM lifestyle? For example the word "scene" and what that means when it’s used?

Most couples don’t exchange power full time, and a scene begins when the power exchange begins. The Dom is in control during the scene, and the submissive has given his or her power over to their partner. Whatever rules they’ve agreed to are in force during a scene, and remain that way until the scene ends. For people who have a 24/7 agreement, a scene can be a period of time where the submissive is under "formal rules" as opposed to the every-day rules she usually has to follow. Scenes often involve sex, but don’t have to.

 Q. How do you keep the sex fresh? How do you keep it from feeling repetitive from story to story?

I intend to focus on different styles of BDSM for each story, or in some cases, completely different kinks. My current WIP explores objectification, which is something I haven’t really touched on in my previous books. Every couple is different, with diverse desires, individual kinks. That makes the sex automatically different. Some parts of sex are repetitive, but the things the person is experiencing while it’s happening are different.

 Q. How do you decide on what qualities you give to each of your main characters?

I get to know my characters before I start writing them. I know how they walk, the flow of their hair, what styles they prefer to wear, the tone of their voice, and some basic mannerisms. Some of this I get by people watching when I’m out, but much of it just fits the character right off the bat.

 Q. So what do you draw on as your muse to come up with all those vivid "scenes" you put together?

Experience and memories, for most of them. Twenty plus years is a lot of inspiration.

 Q. How do you cope emotionally with reviewers who seemed to have missed the point of your story completely?
For the ones who use snark to make fun of it, I try to stop reading as soon as I realize that’s what they’re doing. At that point, it’s not about me or my writing, it’s about them trying to look cool, and that means I won’t get anything constructive from them. For the ones who obviously aren’t into BDSM, I read what they say to see if there might have been something I could’ve done to help them understand. For everyone else, I take what I can that’s constructive, and then remind myself not everyone will like every book. Some of my favorite books have one star reviews on Goodreads and Amazon. What we do is subjective.
I’ve spent many years on stage as a performer, where I learned the art of discerning constructive vs venomous criticism, and taking what I can from the former while ignoring the latter. And the other type – the ignorant – if I see something I could have done to help them understand, I make a mental note for future books, but in most cases I don’t see anything I could have done. The warnings are up everywhere the book is sold, and there are plenty of reviewers cautioning people my books aren’t BDSM Lite.

Q. Can you tell us some of the pleasures and pitfalls of writing serious BDSM romance?
I love it when someone says they understand the mindset of the masochist now, or they get why someone might want to submit. I hear from many people who thank me for showing a loving sadist instead of the screwed-up mentally damaged sadist so many books portray.
As for the pitfalls – I don’t want to traumatize anyone, but some people don’t read the warnings very well. I always feel a little guilty when someone complains about it being "real pain" and how they don’t think that’s sexy. Well, unless they’re being snarky about it, and then I just try to look away.

Q. What makes a romance novel, no matter the genre, a great love story and how would you define "romance"?


Fictional romance is all about people coming together to find their Happily Ever After. Whether two people, three people, or more, it’s about people finding a way to join their lives and become a unit.
What makes a great love story? Emotions, depth of character, the challenges they face and the way they handle them? I’m sure there’s more, but that’s what comes immediately to mind.

 Q. Is there a limit to how risqué you will allow your characters to go?

Yes, there are a few hard limits I doubt I’ll cross as an author – things like children, scat, and exhibitionism where the observers didn’t give consent to observe, to name a few things. At this point I don’t plan to write non-consent, but that may change at some point in the future.

I always like to end my interviews with a question "Just For Fun". This is the one I choose for you Candace.

Q. What sort of character would you play in a comic book (hero, humorous sidekick, villain, that abrasive newspaper guy, etc.)

My first thought was that at my age I’d be more likely to be the hero’s mom, but I suppose I could just as easily be some other character that acts as the hero’s advice-giver and support staff. In the right context I could probably play the part of the hero, but really, I think my skills are more of the "ask the right question so the hero figures out his own answers and saves the world in the process" kind of person.

Queen Hippolyta, Wonder Woman's Mother

If it’s an x-rated comic I could play the part of the hero’s sex slave :)

And that brings us to the end of my interview with Author, Candace Blevins.

Thank you again Candace for allowing me this chance to get to know you. I hope you had fun.

And I want to say thank you to those that stopped by. Hope you enjoyed yourselves too!!

Candace and I would love to hear if you enjoyed this interview. So please don’t be shy, leave a comment and say Hi!!

You can visit Candace on the web at and





Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Whimsical Interview with Dark Paranormal Romance & Horror Author Cinsearae S plus bonus treasures

Here’s what’s in store for you today!

Lot’s of laughter, as some of the characters from Diary of a Vampire Stripper join Cinsearae today for the fun!!

And if that isn’t enough, Cinsearae is also graciously giving away some goodies as a way of saying thank you for letting her characters talk about the dark side with their gravely witty remarks.

***Details on how to win are at the end of the interview!***

Cinsearae S
Lets Begin this interview with a bit about Cinsearae S.
Cinsearae’s Career Side:

Cinsearae is a digital artist, jewelry designer and still photographer, among other things. Somehow between those venues she still finds time to write. Cinsearae is well known for creating the dark paranormal romance/horror series, ABRAXAS and BOLEYN, Tudor Vampire. And that’s not all. She has won various awards, one for the magazine, Dark Gothic Resurrected, which she is the editor/publisher. An extremely artistic and talented woman, Cinsearae never disappoints.

Cinsearae’s Personal Side:

A huge fan of horror movies (Freddy, Jason, Michael, Pinhead, etc.)
She collects skulls. (I’ll ask her…)
Personal Quote: "Insanity Is My Sanity" (Don’t believe me? It’s on her website. Where do you think I find this stuff?)
And yes you guessed it, Halloween is her favorite time of year.
Beware: If you happen to come across a woman trekking around in a cemetery talking to herself, don’t be alarmed. It could be Cinsearae talking to her muse about a new idea for a book. Um…just to be safe, I still wouldn’t approach anyone walking alone in the cemetery talking to themselves. Just sayin’…
She’s an all out "Goth Gal" – Anything supernatural, odd, bizarre, and "darkly beautiful" has always enthused her.
So to make Cinsearae feel at home and to go along with her Goth persona, I’ve made sure the number of questions I’ve asked is 13!! (Just so we’re clear, questions within questions don’t count).
Hi, Cinsearae! Thank you for joining us. And for providing us a chance to see what it’s like to dine on the dark side, with a bit of dark wit tossed on the side to help us through.

Thank you very much for having me here, Barbara!
Shall we begin?

Q. So you collect skulls? Real ones? Fake? Combination of both? Help us out with this one, Cinsearae…

Wouldn’t the readers love to know…*giving a creepy laugh* honestly though, I have both, although my hubby helps out with the ‘real’ part of my collection when it comes to larger skulls. I’m quite content obtaining smaller ones. Some of them (on occasion) are incorporated into anthropomorphic art that I sell in my shop, Mistress Rae’s Decadent Designs aside from my horror-themed dolls, while others simply sit in my curio cabinet. I’m SO fortunate to have friends that are completely cool with my creepy sense of style. And for the record, any remains are always obtained from already-dead critters. I can also thank one of my doggies, Chaos, for digging up my poor guinea pig’s skull. Imagine me finding him happily gnawing away on something round wondering what the heck it is, then spotting a freshly dug hole and putting two and two together!!!  

Q. Your latest release, Diary of a Vampire Stripper has a whisper of dark comedy that runs throughout. Was this planned or just your own wicked sense of irony coming through?

This was definitely a combination of both. My MC already came to me with a tough, snarky, no b.s. attitude, so the style of writing for this book came very easily for me!

Audra and Lucinda, the two lead female characters in DoaVS, are quite the pair. Yet they are best friends. One might go as far as to say polar opposites (and not just because Audra is a vampire and Lucinda is a werewolf).

Lucinda: (poking her head in and waving) Very much polar opposites, but I’m helping her out with that...

Audra: But it’s not really necessary, Lu. You’re extroverted enough for the both of us, and then some. (Gives a big cheesy grin)

L: Honestly, Audie, how do you expect to keep going in our field of expertise if you aren’t more outgoing?

A: I auditioned out of desperation, remember?!

L: But just think, if you didn’t try, we’d have never, ever met! (Crushes Audra to her in a side-hug)

A: (cracking a smile) This is true…..

 Q. How did they end up in the middle of what can only be describe as a gang war, between the vampires and werewolves?

Lucinda: (Taking over and sitting down, smoothing back her hair) Oh my God, you’d have to see it to believe it. Some goofball mad scientist (yes, I’m very serious!) who was hiding underground, conducting some really crazy-assed experiments, started dumping the dead bodies above ground, causing all the b.s. unintentionally. My grandpa is verrry old fashioned and does not like vamps at all, so naturally, he blamed Audie’s fam for dumping the bodies on his turf, and of course, her fam blamed ours for dumping more bodies on theirs. She and I knew better, and put our heads together to figure all that crap out before there was any bloodshed!

Goofball Mad Scientist

Dumped Dead Bodies

Audra: To make a long story short, it was definitely quite a doozy. We had to ‘coax’ him a bit to get him to explain to our family that the dead bodies were all his doing.

L: (Sticking her tongue out) Blech. …And his experimental head did not taste good.

A: (holds her hand up) Probably because it was immersed in all that pink goo! Please, no more trips down memory lane, Lu.

 Q. Between their jobs as strippers and the growing tension between the vampires and werewolves, do the girls have trouble with relationships? Oh, let’s just get right to the nitty-gritty, how sexual do you allow these characters to go?

Oh, they do have moments here and there for a bit of fun time. Not that often, considering the varied moments of chaos going on around them, but when they do, they get as much in as they possibly can, lol.

Audra: Speak for yourself!

Lucinda: Ah, you don’t try hard enough, Audie! There’s always time for a little fun!

 Q. I’ve also heard there is a male character that’s a zombie? Isn’t it hard to keep him in somebody's company? For that matter, does he continue to get moldy?


Paul: (Taking over and poking his head in, clearing his throat as he holds a finger up) A-hem. NOT a zombie. A ghoul. I keep telling everyone that! There’s a BIG difference!


Lucinda: (mumbling) Barely.

P: Do we have to go over this again? Zombies don’t talk. And you don’t see me shuffling around with my arms stuck out in front of me, going, "Braaaaains," do you? Brains are full of cholesterol anyway!

L: Like you’d care about DIETING in the state you’re in!

(Meanwhile, Audra is laughing her ass off.)

P: I only eat road-kill, or freshly dead things, thank you very much.

What it might be like taking Paul for lunch?

L: As if that makes it any better! At least you don’t stink too badly right now. (Turns to interviewer) As for the case of keeping his stench low, we have that down to a science. The big secret: Lysol! It’s the catalyst for anything else we decide to douse Paul with to keep him stink-free. He doesn’t really get moldy per se, just…slowly rots. It’s not a pretty picture seeing his skin slough off, so me and Audie bandage up what we can.

Paul on a good day?

A: He gets a Lysol bath every three days. I don’t know what we would have done for him if Lysol didn’t exist.

Buy it by the gross, it would be cheaper.

L: Yeah, without Lysol, using body spray on Paul is like trying to spray a piece of shit with perfume.

P: HEY! Are you calling me a turd?

L: Of course not! It was just a bad analogy. (Pats him on the shoulder.)

 Q. This question is for Audra and Lucinda, unless of course you’d like to answer it to Cinsearae. I’m an equal opportunity interviewer . Most risqué place you’ve ever gotten frisky with your significant other, others? (Come on, I bet there was some things Cinsearae left out of the book you wish she hadn’t…)

Audra: Actually, this question should have been expressly for Lu. I’m pretty vanilla.

Lucinda: Well, let’s see. I’ve been in a cemetery---but wait, it gets better. One of the maintenance men—or plot diggers—whatever you wanna call them, left one of their tractor thingies outside of their garage, you know, the one that digs up the dirt. Me and my boyfriend Ezra hopped up on the thing. He sat in the seat, and I sat on him. HA!

Audra: (wide-eyed) Seriously?

L: Then of course, there was the time you caught us in the bushes behind the club.

A: Thank God I only heard you two and didn’t actually see you...

L: Then there was a time we got it on in the bathroom at a Chinese restaurant that had just opened up in our neighborhood. That was pretty easy though, since you could lock the bathroom door from the inside.

(Paul raises his eyebrow.)

L: But me and Ezra are pretty outdoorsy. Nothing like being out in Mother Nature!

Really what comment can I add? Maybe wolfies likey “hanky panky”

Paul: Well, like Audie said, I’m pretty vanilla too, but I wouldn’t mind trying something out of the ordinary once or twice. Like those flavored massage lotions or that liquid ‘body candy’ stuff… (Blushes)

L: (Nudging Audra) Ooo, body candy gives a whole new meaning to the word ‘lollipop’ if you use it on a guy!

Audra: Not while he’s like that, I’m not! (Points at his bandages, then looks at Paul.) The last thing I need is some piece of you falling off.

Take out 'boys' and put Paul

P: But hey, I’m not weird-looking or anything down there…in case you were wondering….

L: (Covering her ears.) La, la, la, la, la….NOT LISTENING!!!!

Q. Is there any circumstance where cheating is okay?

Audra: (Taking over) If they like ‘swinging’ or being in an ‘open’ relationship, then that makes the cheating aspect a moot point. Darren and Paul know about each other, but neither one is budging from this situation the three of us are in. I haven’t had sex with Darren since I’ve been with Paul though; I just wouldn’t feel right doing that.

Paul: And I really don’t want to leave Audra, despite her still being married to him. When a vampire sires another, they belong to them anyway, no matter what. Darren gives her a lot of freedoms; I guess some vamps don’t mind when their sired takes on other interests….although the reason why I look the way I do now is technically his fault…

Lucinda: Long story short--Darren killed Paul in a fit of jealousy. I suggested a way to revive Paul to Audie, and it worked…but the repercussions were pretty…well, you see how he looks.

Audra: And my thing is, I’ve never juggled two guys before. This situation just feels so awkward to me.

 Q. Can you tell us some of the pleasures and pitfalls of simultaneously authoring romance/horror together?

Well, if a reader likes plain, contemporary romances with predictable plots and lovey-dovey, happily-ever-after, fairy tale endings, my writing wouldn’t be for them. Fairy tale endings are just too fluffy for me, so trying to write like that would feel fake and a waste of my time. I can’t be untrue to myself when I’m writing. I like action, tension, drama and conflict while the two MCs struggle to get their romance going. And I’ve always had a flair for the paranormal and unordinary. Strange and unusual is right up my alley, and it simply makes things way more interesting than the usual, conventional stuff. I was born this way, and I may have been chastised for it by family and pseudo-friends alike, but that’s not going to change! The only pitfalls I see are simply trying to find reviewers who like this style of writing, but it’s not *that* hard, thank

 Q. How do you know when writing a scene that it has produced the desired or intended result, sexually and otherwise?

If it makes me feel hot, then I’ve got the scene right! Lol! And if reviewers also mention them, then that’s further validation! *grin*

 Q. Do you believe in heaven and hell?

Of an actual place of ‘fire and brimstone’ ….not too much. I think that’s more of a metaphorical idea. I do believe in the existence of demons, so they have to come from somewhere. Probably not a place of physical flames, but I bet it’s not pretty!! I also like to think of heaven as a more Elysian Fields type of place, not somewhere in the sky where everyone’s walking on clouds with wings and harps.

Demon Skull

 Q. How do you cope emotionally with reviewers who seemed to have missed the point of your story completely?

There are times when I’d love to say something back, but we live in an age where anyone is likely tomisconstrue anything you say, or twist your words to make you look like the ‘bad’ person. No author wants to be blacklisted or stigmatized—any sort of negative news about an author travels much faster than good news. There is a right way and a wrong way to make comments, but it’s tricky. I usually don’t say anything, just let it sting for a day or two, then move on. I did notice a review in which the reviewer wrote quite a few inaccuracies concerning the story, and completely misinterpreted a few scenes or downgraded them to something so menial it was laughable. But so far it’s only been one mediocre review in a group of great ones, so I feel like it doesn’t have any true merit now. I still find it interesting how reviews can completely contradict each other. Although reviews are (sometimes) helpful, it’s up to the individual to make their own decision as to whether or not to read a book.


Q. When you’ve completed your novels do you breathe a sigh of relief, or do you feel sad the experience has ended?

I may breathe a sigh of relief, but I’m never sad. Depending on the story, I usually keep it going until my muse says it ‘done’, and that hasn’t happened yet! *grin*

The Muses

I always like to end my interviews with a question "Just For Fun". This is the one I choose for you Cinsearae.

"Just For Fun"

 Q. You suddenly realize you live in a haunted house. Do you:

a) run screaming for the door
b) bravely go to a church, load up on holy water and try to get rid of the ghost
c) set up ghost hunting equipment to capture phenomenon

d) call in the Ghost Adventures crew so that you can ogle the lead guy Zac’s amazingly stiff hair when you’re not ogling his….physical attributes
e) deny you have a ghost and just let it scare the bejesus out of your visitors.

A VERY good question, so I’ll have to break it down like this.
1. If I felt extremely uncomfortable and/or picked up on some strong malicious vibes, I’d run out of there screaming bloody murder. The last thing I need is to be attacked by some demonic ‘thing’.
2. If I feel that the ghost is benign, we could cohabitate quite peacefully. That whole, ‘you-don’t-bother-me-and-I-won’t-call-a-priest-on-you’ gig.
3. I’m not one for having a bunch of people tromp through my house, so calling Ghost Adventures might not be on top of my to-do list. However, if I WAS in that sort of mood, I probably would try to mash Zac’s hair down to test how ‘sharp’ it was, then ask how much product did he use that day. *grin*
4. I more than likely WOULD pretend the ghost didn’t exist and let it scare the hell out of any visitors, (especially a few jackassy neighbors I have). Can you tell I much prefer my solitude???

Well, I think Cinsearae needs a break. Thank you for being such a good sport and allowing me have some fun with this interview. I hope you enjoyed yourself. And I’d also like to thank Audra, Lucinda and Paul for stopping by also.

I had a blast Barbara! Thank you again for having me!
Lucinda: This was pretty fun! I love interviews!
Audra: Speak for YOURself, Lu.
Paul: (grunts)

Sorry, Paul about that moldy comment. No hard feelings? We good? Paul??? Gees’ Zombies are so thin-skinned. (Thin-skinned hehe...Damn, sorry again Paul. But man come on even you have to admit that was funny. Paul???)

Paul: Har-de har-har. I’ve heard worse, though. I catch more flak from Lu than anyone else, considering I don’t let people see me, outside of roaming around on Halloween.

Lucinda: Well, I GOTTA joke about you! I never had a zombie for a friend….

Paul: GHOUL, damn it, GHOUL! Geez, Lu!!! Know what? Screw it. (Sticks his arms out in front of him and starts shuffling towards Lucinda) Braaaains….

Lucinda runs screaming out of the room.

Audra: (nudging Paul) You know she’s gonna kick the shit out of you for doing that to her later, right?

Paul: (hunches shoulders) Well, until she stops calling me a zombie….


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