I wondered what books or authors had influenced her own writing.
"Conan Doyle is the author I’d have to say has influenced me for attention to detail and tight, concise plotting. The Sherlock Holmes stories, their subtle detail, and the atmosphere that dominates them. Also, for fantasy and world-building, it would have to be Terry Brooks and his Shannara series. I’ve read that several times, and each time I find myself swept up in the magic, it’s wonderful. If I could write something like that, I’d die happy!! Also, for the romance aspect, Margaret Mitchell’s epic Gone With the Wind is one I have read repeatedly–for sheer scope and splendour, you can’t get a better story!!"
She told me that she has the most wonderful and supportive readers an author could hope to have. She hears from them daily on her Facebook pages as well as via Twitter and her newsgroup, often getting lovely notes in her email, as well.
"When I ask for input on what they’d like to read, or share something I feel is worth discussion, they’re always there to give me very thoughtful and intelligent opinions," she said. "The notes that tell me how much they’ve enjoyed books, of course, are just delightful, and I cherish them, but really, it’s an on-going relationship that I hope I can always maintain, because every opinion is valid and I want to always hear from people about what they like or don’t like."
One of the things she can count on her readers for is calling her on it if her facts are wrong, especially in a specialized field or an historical. Denysé loves western and Victorian settings and can often write them without a lot of detailed research, because she's read so much of it over the years, but admits there are still things you need to look up for the sake of accuracy and authenticity.
"If you’re writing contemporary, thrillers or anything with a specialized character, he or she has to have the right background and credentials," she said. "It’s always the small details that make a story live and breathe, so they have to be acknowledged and presented properly, or it’s going to be a reviewer’s pleasure to point out all those little things you got wrong."
When Denysé is thinking about her characters' descriptions, eyes come first to her, because that tends to be the first real awareness and contact between people.
"If you look up and see someone watching you, the first thing you take note of is often their eyes," she explained. "From there it depends on the situation, the setting, and the type of story. If it’s paranormal, odds are you will be impressed by the air of mystery that surrounds the otherworldly character, and probably the general size of the vampire/shifter; in contemporary, it’s going to be a more basic and every day notice, hair colour, general build, voice if they are speaking. Historical will often lead to type of dress, etc., because that tends to determine the social standing of your characters in many settings."
"How do you personally distinguish between pornography, erotica, and erotic romance?" I asked.
"Emotional investment is often the thing that distinguishes genres, even within them. For me, pornography is just sexual titillation, sex for the sake of it, and often graphic and without emotion attached to it. Erotica is sexuality with sensual settings, some kind of connection between the characters that runs deeper than their physical enjoyment of each other. Erotic romance is the love stories we’ve read since we were first enchanted with the whole genre, but they’ve grown up, and the love-making is detailed and passionate in emotional and physical terms. I tend to think of erotic romance as HEA, erotica is HFN, and pornography is immediate release."
Denysé writes what feels right for the story—sometimes that means passionate sex scenes, so she tries to let them work with intense emotion and strong, seductive language.
"If you have two very strong, physical characters, it’s natural that their emotional connections will be drawn out by their physical actions. In other stories, it’s more about the falling in love than the falling into bed, so to speak," she said. "Erotic romance is in many ways much more 'reality based' than sweet romance. Yes, people DO fall in love without sex, at least initially, but the reality is, sex is the natural act between people who are intensely attracted to each other. It’s a universal human response, like love itself. Erotic romance is about the romance and the evolution of a strong bond between two people, the kind of connection that readers know will endure and last forever."
"Say your publisher has offered to fly you anywhere in the world to do research on an upcoming book," I said. "Where would you most likely want to go?"
"No brainer, really…Rome, Italy–for reasons personal and professional. I’ve got three new novels set in various parts of Italy, a fantasy novel set in Sicily, a werewolf tale set in Venice, a paranormal set in Naples, and several other projects that are set in parts of Italy. So, yeah, a wealth of material waiting to be 'researched' and enjoyed!"
Not to mention enjoying her love of Italian food—she thinks dishes with pasta and rice are the most delicious things in the world. However, she has rather strong feelings about scallops.
"I totally loath and despise scallops." She shuddered. "OMG, they are vile, slimy things and the mere thought of them makes my stomach twitch."
Finally, I asked Denysé, "What advice would you give an author who wants to write erotica?"
"Be sure it’s what you want to create, and make sure your family knows about it. They don’t have to like it, but they really should know. Then, find a publishing house that you can work with, where you are comfortable. Good editors are wonderful, and if you are lucky enough to get one who works well with you, recognizes your strengths and helps you master your weaknesses, you’ve got a great shot at having a wonderful time while you create. Be at ease with language and don’t shy away from risks; they’ll be what sets you apart in a sea of writers who are vying for readership."
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