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….


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

Would you like to find out more about Cinsearae and her work? Then here is the link to her website, http://bloodtouch.webs.com/

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