Thursday, 26 December 2013

Welcome erotic romance writer, Cari Silverwood...

1)            Who or what has been your biggest influence as a writer?
That’s a really difficult question as I’ve had so many influences. Every great book I’ve ever read influenced me to some extent. The way they were written no doubt leached into my brain. There is no person close to me who encouraged me to write so my influences have been a combination of my own love of reading and stories and a desire to have a good book published.
Authors who influenced me range from Cherise Sinclair and Jacqueline Carey, to Robert Heinlein, Iain M. Banks, Stephen King, and Terry Pratchett.
2)            How long does it take you to write a 50,000-60,000 word manuscript?
If you include the thinking at the start, probably two to three months. The actual writing tends to accelerate as I get deeper into the story and properly understand the characters and the way the plot moves. It took me three years to finish my very first book – a fantasy.
I don’t write too many books that short, but if 60,000 words long, the actual writing might take a month and a half. I pause often to rethink the plot and why the characters would act the way they do, and to figure out whether there is enough tension to pull the reader through the story.
A lot of my time at the very beginning is spent just mulling over how things might unfold and finding a story that interests me enough to want to write it. That thinking can take an extra few weeks and it’s one of the things authors have to do that isn’t always mentioned.
Plunging into a story without doing some form of thinking about where it is going would be very unlikely to work, no matter how much of a ‘pantser’ writer you think you are.
 3)            Tell us about a new author you’ve recently discovered.
The author of Prince of Thorns. Mark Lawrence. It’s a fantasy with an antihero, and it’s not a romance.
4)            Name two romances you’ve read more than once.
I don’t read straight romance really. I’m not sure I’ve reread any of my erotic romances. (Though I have reread the erotic bits on occasion!) But I adore Jacqueline Carey’s Kushiel’s Dart series. They are romances, I guess, but set within an amazingly complex alternate earth where the religions are based around sexual relationships, including BDSM. I have reread Captain Corelli’s Mandolin, which isn’t pure romance but it has a wonderful love story inside its pages.
5)            Tell us about your first car
A Mitsubishi Sigma, a car that I doubt was ever in the USA. I’m Australian. It was a standard four door sedan. Nothing amazing. I wish I could say I now have a Porsche but I don’t. J
Taking what you want may come at a terrifying price.
Chris calls his darkest, nastiest fantasy into the light of day when he has to kidnap Kat to save a friend. For years, he’s wanted to bring her to her knees.
But claiming her draws attention. Andreas wants to save Kat, until he sees her response to raw male dominance.
More dangerous are the human traffickers, who regard the acquisition and selling of women as a very high stakes business. And they’re watching. Everything.
Death. The perversion of love. The loss of freedom.
Sometimes there is no choice.
Warning: Capture fantasy; dubious consent; anal play; strap-on; M/f/M and f/f scenes; BDSM themes including caning, spanking, bondage, and piercing, as well as some upside-down naughtiness.
Also contains one Dom gone bad who believes obsession means never having to say you’re sorry.

Excerpt - PGish

The water might be cold but she was warm against my skin. I couldn’t help admiring her curves as I smoothed away the grime of all that had happened to her over the last day. A few times she stirred and pushed at my hand but I persisted. Her skin was pale, accentuating the red of her bra and black of her panties – color coded scraps of cloth that screamed sexual territory. All the best bits were underneath those. Her lips were plump with the promise of kisses. Long legs, female contours…


At last the tape loosened and I gently pulled the bits away from each strand of her hair, revealing her face. What color were her eyes? I turned her face upward and stroked her cheek until she opened them.

Gray. A pretty and liquid light gray.

“Hi,” I said softly.

She only groaned quietly and blinked.

When she turned her cheek away and nestled back into me, curving her back and drawing up her legs so the water swirled, I had to clamp down on a surge of emotion. Her eyelids drifted down again. She clung to my leg with both arms – determined yet weak. Her hair swept in lazy arcs against the masculine heaviness of my thigh.

Beauty personified.

I ached somewhere deep inside. What did Chris want to do to her?

The draw to protect her was so strong. I didn’t care what she might or might not have done. So cute all snuggled around me. I’d never had a woman do this. Ever. Not in such a vulnerable way.

“Hey, baby girl.” I stroked her cheek again. “I’m going to get you out of this.”

She stirred but her eyes stayed shut. “Not a baby. Fugg off.”

I chuckled and smiled. “Not a hope.”

Daylight was fading by the time we had her out of the bath and dried off. 

When Chris wrist and ankle cuffed her and collared her with black leather, I managed to stay quiet. When he attached a metal leash, I fought not to explode.

Maybe part of this was that I also found her disturbingly sexy all collared and leashed. That scared me.

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