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Saturday, April 9, 2011
Author: Desiree Holt
Whipped Cream is pleased to welcome Desiree Holt, whose newest release Downstroke is being released by Ellora's Cave this week. And, next week, Desiree will be on a Virtual Book Tour with Downstroke next week. This week, she's busy at RT but she took time to chat with us.
I asked her to share a little bit about Downstroke with us.
It’s been twenty years since Charley Roper and Dallas Creed had their bitter parting. Now a killer in stalking mode has brought the trained security specialist and the country music icon together again, but are either of them ready for it? It’s obvious that the explosive chemistry is still there. She can’t forget the feel of his hands on her body. He can’t forget the hot touch of her mouth. When they finally tumble into bed together, the sex is hot enough to singe the sheets. But is it enough? Set against the background of the music industry, with a killer nipping at their heels, Dallas and Charley find themselves on a roller coaster ride that is hot, suspenseful and erotic. Can Dallas convince Charley to trust her heart to him one more time, to reach out for a richer, deeper, more mature love? Can she keep him safe long enough to take a chance?
Desiree always wanted to write, but had to wait until she retired to have the time. She started out writing a mystery, but got nowhere with it until she read a book by Linda Howard. Then she wrote her first book, a romantic suspense.
She wrote "sensual" romance, but never where the scene "fades to black" when the H/H kiss.
"It's not what I read so it's not what I write," she said.
"My late husband, my very own personal hero, saw me reading a submission call from Ellora's Cave one night," she remembered. "He urged me to dip my toe in the water."
She found that moving from sensual to erotic, she's been able to develop more complex characters and really get into their heads.
Desiree lives in Texas, surrounded by cowboys, so stories with cowboy heroes began shaping in her head.
"I subbed to one epublisher who contracted me, then to another, and it seemed the more I wrote the more I wanted to write," she told me. "I was hungry for feedback, joining a critique group, taking online workshops, entering contests. All that. And suddenly I couldn't seem to write fast enough to get all my stories out. It's still that way. I write for four publishers and love them all. And as I've grown in my writing I've delved into a lot of worlds-military, paranormal, BDSM, cowboys, you name it. I've been very, very blessed with the support of family and friends."
"How do you personally distinguish between erotica, erotic romance, and pornography?" I asked.
"For me erotica has a relationship but not necessarily a romance, erotic romance is all about the romance and pornography has nothing except graphic sex. No romance. No relationship."
It's all about the romance for Desiree. If that component is not present, she doesn't write the story.
There are many authors that Desiree thinks writes excellent erotic fiction, but first and foremost is Joey Hill, who Desiree calls "the queen of it all." It was Joey's work that first inspired Desiree to write erotic romance and still remains Desiree's favorite writer. Two other authors she's just discovered, Annabel Joseph and Kele Moon, she likes for the depth of emotion in their characters.
It's important, for Desiree, that the story be able to stand on its own without any sex.
"If the characters are developed and their relationship works-and the sex enhances the experience, then I know I've got a good story," she said.
Too many people equate erotic romance with straight pornography, Desiree feels.
"Erotic romance authors write about relationships and emotions and the role sex plays in those areas," she explained. "People who don't read erotic romance think it's just lots of graphic sex and nothing else."
When Desiree has questions about specific topics in her books, she uses Google a lot. She's also joined some online communities and developed email relationships with people who are wonderful about answering her questions.
"What does your family think of your reading?" I asked. "Do they read it?"
"My kids don't even read the versions with the sex blacked out!" she said with a grin, "But they are my best PR agents. They are very proud of me."
I also asked her about the most embarrassing sex scene she's ever written.
"Oh. Hmmm. I think some of the Scenes in Hot, Wicked and Wild. I let my imagination really get away from me there."
" If you could entertain a character from a book, who would it be and what would the evening be like?"
"Hands down it would be Dallas Creed from my upcoming release, Downstroke. I'd make him play his guitar for me; we'd talk about his rise to fame, fall from grace and rise again; drink some interesting wine and then he'd make very slow mature love to me until I melted into a puddle."
On a more personal note, I asked Desiree what body part she would pierce.
"Actually, just recently I had my navel pierced. (Ssh! It's a secret!)," she said. "I plan to get a tiny pair of handcuffs to replace the plain barbell when the piercing heals. (Kind of homage to my BDSM heroines.) I think it just has a sexy connotation to it."
If she could be anyone, Desiree would choose to be Carrie Underwood. "She's a gorgeous blonde with a great voice and a genuine personality," she said. However, if someone were to play her in a movie she said it would have to be, " Sascha Alexander, because she is me!"
Food that's best for eating off someone else's tummy? Chocolate cake with frosting. She added, "Thighs are sexy dinner plates, too."
Her favorite food? A toss-up between pizza and Chinese. However, food she absolutely cannot bring herself to eat would be frogs' legs.
"Can you tell the difference between Coke and Pepsi?" I wondered.
"Call me a peasant, but, no, I can't."
"What is your most embarrassing moment?"
"It actually happened when I was sixteen. I was an usher at my high school basketball game wearing a skirt I'd made in Home Ec. A thread caught on the bleachers and the skirt came apart."
Finally, I asked, "What advice do you give authors wanting to write erotica?"
"Read, read, read. And be able to put yourself emotionally in every scene so you can get the feel of your characters. Remember, readers want more than a biology textbooks with graphic words."
You can keep up with Desiree on her website, http://www.desireeholt.com