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Saturday, June 26, 2010
Author Interview: Cherie De Sues
Whipped Cream is pleased to welcome Chérie De Sues whose books Tales of the Red Moon Clan and Lacy- A Bad Girl's Revenge are available from Noble Romance.
I asked her to tell us a little about Tales of the Red Moon Clan.
Neol Pallaton walks alone through the bowels of society as a bounty hunter, until he shifts into a cougar to save Assistant D.A. Sara Hughes from certain death. A relentless killer keeps them moving by day through the Oregon forest—and by night under the full moon, passion rules their hearts.
The rugged forest is no place for a beautiful and feisty city woman, but Neol’s determined to help Sara piece together why she's being hunted. Sara thought bounty hunters were brutal loners who stretched the law she’s sworn to uphold. But Neol proves that no one can hunt, track and protect her like a Navajo medicine man from the Red Moon Clan.
Neol is willing to anger the spirits to protect his one true mate. Sara will have to bend the law to keep Neol and her alive—and together forever.
Chérie told me she counts the other authors at Noble Publishing as among her very favorite erotic authors.
"I compete with some pretty incredible authors that make me stay on my toes," she admitted. "Our editor, Jill, is a consummate dragon lady when she's in edit mode. We have to give her the very best material."
Chérie tests her manuscripts by giving them to friends who read a lot of romance in different heat levels. Just like with a litmus strip, Chérie can gauge her audience and get important feedback. And just because they are her friends doesn't mean they treat her with kid gloves.
"I get sucker-punched with reality!" she told me.
Before Chérie became a full-time author she worked in an operating room as a First Assistant. Every day for years she would see three to seven undressed patients, so she has to push really hard in order to see the eroticism in a naked body.
"Wine and great music help," she said.
She wants her readers to feel romantically involved, not disconnected, so she writes sensual/erotic scenes between the hero and heroine that spark and sizzle with verbal foreplay.
"Men and women do a dance," she explained. "Some take longer than others, but they can be very erotic."
The sensual scenes need to be tied in with the emotions of the characters, Chérie believes. If an author writes greats sex, good for them—but if they lead up to that scene with lots of conflict, foreplay, and desire—good for their readers.
" How do you do your research for your books?" I wondered.
"I'm a full-time author and online most of the day. I research places, vehicles, objects, weapons…dear lord, I know how to reload a gun from my research. Finding new information online is great; I really enjoy that part of my work."
Chérie tried to write non-erotic romance, but it didn't work.
"I can't read it and should have known I would never write it," she admitted. "I enjoy lacing frisky sexual encounters with my protagonists. I write paranormal and suspense for the same reason—those are the genres I read."
She's not pushed herself hard with erotica, however, and so she's not crossed any personal lines between porn and erotic romance. The hero decides what he wants and she tries to work his sexual fantasies in with the heroine. And each character has their distinct personality.
"Just because 'Jesse' is promiscuous doesn't mean 'Sara' will be," she explained.
And, she's never written an embarrassing sex scene.
"Cute or silly maybe," she told me, "but I don't see sex as embarrassing. Bad grammar and poorly edited manuscripts would be embarrassing!"
On a personal note, Chérie admitted that if she could be anyone, she would still choose to be herself.
"Seriously," she said. "I like who I am and what I'm doing in life. I spent most of my adult life in an operating room, helping to save lives. Now I'm hopefully entertaining people with my words. I'm having fun and friends think I'm a much happier person as a romance author. They're right."
I asked Chérie what body part she would pierce if she had to choose one.
"I'm not young enough to stick holes in my skin and look sexy," she said. "But, if I had to, I would like a tiny diamond or jewel in my nose. Weird, huh? Yeah, I know the whole blowing of your nose can be a mess, but you asked," she added with a smile.
Chérie told me with a snicker that we didn’t have enough room on the website for her to tell me her most embarrassing moment.
"Working in the O.R., my embarrassment came daily," she said. "I've slipped on my ass more than once and had to rescrub and keep going."
"What is your favorite food?" I asked.
"Chocolate…. Um, chocolate and wait…. Chocolate anything."
When Chérie isn't writing, she spends her time promoting her novels, working on her website, talking to friends, or taking her Irish terrier, Reilly, to the dog park or to the pet store for goodies.
You can keep up with Chérie on her website, http://www.cheriedesues.com