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Saturday, November 28, 2009

Author Interview: Cherie Amour

Whipped Cream is pleased to have Cherie Amour, whose latest book Memories Forgotten, a medieval historical erotic romance, has just been released by Amira Press.

Here's a little bit about Memories Forgotten:

He wanted to fall deeper into sleep, into the darkness, but a siren's voice draws him out of unconsciousness. Her beauty enamors him. He longs to touch her, kiss her, make love to her.

When Geva meets a mysterious man in the woods, the sexual attraction's intense. She is frightened yet enchanted by him. Soon they find it difficult to keep their hands off one another.

But two obstacles keep them apart. One's an abhorrent mystery of his past. The other's their social standings. He's a wealthy nobleman; she's a poor serf's daughter. They were never meant to be together. Society forbids it. Will their love conquer all or will it be extinguished before it's fully ignited?

I asked Cherie to tell me what she saw as the difference between pornography, erotica, and erotic romance.

"Erotic romance to me is a romance story where the sex scenes are explored and described in more detail for the reader, but it still involves love and a happily ever after," she said. "Erotica is about the sex. Love may or may not be a factor in the story. The characters in erotic romances and erotica stories are well developed.

"Pornography is illicit and degrading where no romance is involved and characters are two dimensional and have no sense of love or any type of intimate, endearing feelings whatsoever."

For Cherie, stories need to reflect in some way how people actually fall in love in the real world, how lust plays a hand in the evolution of this love. To write about the lust without lacing it with love crosses the border between erotic romance and pornography. Unfortunately, she feels many people in the public see erotic romance and pornography as one and the same. Thankfully, when she approached her husband with the idea of switching from romance to erotic romance he was very supportive.

"His love is my inspiration for my writing," she told me. "He’s read some of it, but he’s not a big reader."

Cherie started out writing romance novels and decided to expand to erotic romance.

"In my eyes, it is the stronger romance genre," she said. "Far deeper and more complex aspects of romance are dealt with in it."

If Cherie could entertain a character from fiction, she told me she would choose Sebastian from her novella “Duel of Souls.”

"Not only is he tall, dark, and gorgeous, and can morph and multiply into anyone, but he is super smart and devious. I’d love to chat with him while playing a game of chess. Being his brain is always on hyper drive, he’d most probably be playing ten moves ahead in his mind, even before I’ve played my first," she said with a smile.

On a personal note, I asked Cherie, "If you could be anyone you wanted, who would it be?"

"Cleopatra. To be able to live in her dynasty and experience all she did and how she changed history would be amazing."

And, if she had to pierce a body part, she would choose her navel. Cherie doesn't believe it's the piercing itself that's so sexy.

"It’s the glittery gold, jewelry, or other type of ornament we use on the piercing," she explained. "That’s what makes it sexy and so alluring."

Something else she finds sexy and alluring is her favorite food—chocolate in all forms. Specifically, she shared what she finds best for eating off another person.

"Melted, sticky, yummy chocolate. The chest, neck, and lips and tongue. Most definitely lips and tongue, so both parties can indulge in the savoring at the same time."

However, she cannot bring herself to eat snails, escargot. Her comment about them—"Ewwww."

She can tell the difference between Coke and Pepsi. To her, Pepsi has a sweeter taste, and she prefers Coke.

"Have you ever known anyone who can tie a cherry stem with their tongue?" I wondered.

"No, but then again I’ve never asked," she replied. "Hmm, curiosity is getting the better of me. Perhaps I should start asking people if they can." She smiled. "Something tells me I’d be surprised at their responses."

When she isn't writing, she likes to cook, paint, and listen to music—because they all help inspire her in her writing. As a matter of fact, she always listens to music while she's writing.

"I find it helps me concentrate and it’s relaxing," she told me. "Without music, I’d most probably get writer’s block."

Finally, I asked Cherie what advice she would give to authors who wanted to write erotic romance.

"Write from your heart," she said. "Let loose your emotions and your imagination."

You can keep up with Cherie on her blog, http://authorcherieamour.wordpress.com

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