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Saturday, November 12, 2011
Author Interview with W. Lynn Chantale
Whipped Cream is pleased to welcome W. Lynn Chantale, whose latest book, Seducing His Wife, is now available. I asked her to tell us a little bit about it.
Haunted by nightmares, Sheridan Sinclair just wants to get through one night without reliving the terrible accident that led to her miscarriage. And she longs for the arms of the man who betrayed her. Matthew Sinclair has always loved his wife, but when she refuses to speak to him after her accident, he's left to wonder what went wrong. When a stolen kiss ignites their forgotten passion, he'll use their love as a means to get her home and in his bed again. Will a husband’s plan of seduction be enough to heal a wife’s broken heart?
She also has a story, "Mistletoe Mamba", in the upcoming anthology Still Moments Christmas Anthology which will be released next month.
Some of the authors Lynn thinks write excellent fiction include Emma Lai, Desiree Holt, Avril Ashton, Rue Allyn and Allure Van Sanz, to name a few, with her favorite being Emma Lai and her favorite erotic book being Tempting Terms.
Most of her research is done on the Internet.
"Sometimes it’s a real hardship reading and chatting online," she said with a wink. "Thankfully, the hubby enjoys the fruit of my research and doesn’t mind practicing."
She did use How to Write Erotic Fiction and admitted, "While it gave great advice, there's nothing like having a critique partner who can read over your work and give advice. I don't know what I would do without either one of mine."
" Did you always set out to write erotica or did it evolve from something else?" I asked.
"No, I didn’t set out to write erotica, but I was desperate to make a sale. So I picked up a book on how to write erotic romance, asked an erotic author to take a look and the rest as they say is history. It sounds funny now, because my first sale was what I would call a contemporary romance, but my publisher considers it to be an erotic contemporary."
She finds non-erotic romance challenging to write, in that she has to reign in her thoughts for the love scenes.
"Don’t get me wrong," she said, "it is nice to take a break from the explicitness, but it’s still a challenge."
Her family is proud of her and very supportive, but she does do her best to keep her writing away from her teens.
"I have one who will tell me in a heartbeat that the titles are freaky," she told me. "As for reading, both of my parents and my sister have read my work. I’m still waiting to find out what my brother thinks."
"What is the most embarrassing sex scene you’ve ever written?" I wondered.
"I would say all of them," she said with a smilte. "But getting the first time my heroine performs fellatio just right for Breaking Delia’s Rules took some doing and several odd looks from the hubby when I questioned him."
I wondered what the evening would be like, and who she would choose, if she could spend the evening with a fictional character.
"Hmm, interesting question. I’m flipping through all the characters I’ve ever met," she said. "I’d probably stay away from J.B. Fletcher, Hercule Poirot and Miss Marple, because people tend to end up dead around them. I think I would have to say Archie Goodwin, from Rex Stout’s Nero Wolfe series. As far as the evening is concerned, just to sit over a meal and be able to talk with him about his cases, how he came to meet Nero and why he decided to remain as his assistant would be enough for me. I bet you thought I was going to say something else, hmm?"
" If you could be anyone you wanted, who would it be?" I asked.
"The truth? I would still be me. I’ve had people tell me they would trade places with my life in a heartbeat. Admirable, but they don’t know what I went through to get to each point in my life. To exchange a different set of circumstances and experiences for say Oprah’s, no thanks. The money would be great, but no thanks."
Some things you might not know about Lynn:
~ her ears are pierced and that's the extent of piercings she wants to have. "I like shiny sparklies on my ears. I don’t find piercing alone to be sexy, but rather the total package," she explained.
~she's been known to indulge a banana split with nuts, she told me with a wink, when I asked what food she considered best for eating off another's tummy.
~her most embarrassing moment? Standing in front of a class room explaining the correct procedure for sterilizing rubber utensils and only saying rubbers.
~her favorite food is Sloppy Joes, with a slice of American cheese. "I can eat Sloppy Joes every day if given the chance," she told me. "Oh and not the stuff out the can either. This is the homemade lick-your-fingers and cover-your-fries-in goodness."
~ she could not bring herself to eat chitlins, however.
~she can tell the difference between Coke and Pepsi, saying, "Pepsi is sweeter, with lots of fizz, while Coke tends to be more citrusy and have more of a kick."
~her strangest habit is feeling her way around her environment.
"When you are not writing, what can you usually be found doing?" I asked.
"I can be found playing bass guitar in the garage, video games, reading, baking chocolate chip cookies or brownies or hanging out with my hubby and kids."
Finally, I asked, "What advice do you give authors wanting to write erotica? "
"I have to take a page from Nike and say Just do it!"
You can keep up with Lynn on her blog, http://wlynnchantale-decadentdecisions.blogspot.com .