Since my recording didn’t render much in the way of material to report, I asked each author to answer some of the standard interview questions. I love asking the same questions and seeing what each author has to say.
1. Where do you currently live?
CR- Las Vegas, baby, yeah! Land of sun and warmth and not too much humidity.
RM- I live in Henderson, Nevada.
2. Are you Married? kids? pets?
CR-I’m married and in a TINK situation, unless you count our cat as a K. He sure can be as needy as one. Interesting tidbit, Marius, our cat, is the inspiration for Myrddin, the feline in my current series with Devine Destinies. Oh and TINK is ‘two incomes no kids’ for those who might be wondering.
RM- I’m married, one son age eleven and a step-son age thirty two.
3. What/who/ How did you get started writing?
CR-Geez, I’ve been working toward a career in writing for as long as I can remember. I had been creating stories since I started to read, but the thought of writing for a living solidified when I was in middle school and received an A in English. I looked at the grade and that’s when my life was defined. I realized I could do it. From that point on, I put pen to paper to get my thoughts down and made sure to take classes appropriate to learning and honing the craft. I did Creative Writing and Drama in high school. My BA from Rutgers stems from a concentration of courses in Communications and English. I’ve even taken a couple of novel writing workshops where I was mentored one-on-one by a Kensington author. Now there are the classes at the conventions, conferences and through the local RWA chapter that I attend, which helps to keep me writing.
RM- I’ve written for many, many years. From diaries to journals, to short stories. Six years ago I decided to try my luck at novel writing. My first novel took me five years to complete. I was in graduate school, so I wrote when I could. Usually early in the morning, and late at night.
4. Do you want to thank one person in particular for giving that extra push?
CR-Not just one, but all my English teachers from middle school through college, including my literature and creative writing professors.
RM- Yes, and she knows who she is; my writing soul-mate.
5. How many books did you attempt before you were published?
CR-I had a full novel completed and two others in the works when my first novella was contracted. Since then two of the full novels have been published, one which was expanded and split into three segments, and the third is currently being dismantled and worked into four different novellas
RM- Oh boy…a few.
6. Do you have any MUST haves to write? Food, drink or time?
CR-Sunflower seeds. Water or coffee depending upon the time of day.
RM- I need music in my ear. The type of music depends on the scene I’m writing.
7. Which novel is your favorite of your books?
CR-I’d have to say, right at this moment, it’s my novella Dirty Little Demons, the fifth story in my Dirty Little series. It was written in collaboration with my writing partner, RM Sotera. We’re quite excited about these stories. Check out the trailer here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mKS7sNsJCzw
RM- Probably “A Thirsting Love,” the first book in my vampyre series. Yes…the name is spelled funky because we are not talking about the supernatural kind. Do I have you wondering?
8. Who is your favorite character?
RM-From the Dirty Little series, I have to say handsome demon Ash. Dark hair, eyes, goatee…think Robert Downey, Jr. in Iron Man either dressed in the suit in the desert or in that burgundy shirt and black dress pants http://www.imdb.com/media/rm2193856000/tt0371746
RM- My favorite character in my books is probably a tie for hero between Jordan in “Thirsting Love,” and Jett in “Dirty Dancer.” As for heroine, It was a blast to write Mia in “Thirsting Love,” and Sophia in “Dirty Dancer.”
9. How many books do you have in the works now?
CR-Let’s see… I have one I’m wrapping up that’s due out in the summer. That’s a time travel called Look What the Cat Dragged In for Julie and will be available through Devine Destinies. Then four more contracted. One is for extasy books—Dirty Little Boys, where Keg is the hero and has to rescue people from Hell, and where Ash lets a secret out. The others, stories that follow the remaining inhabitants and friends of Raritan Manor from the Look What the Cat Dragged In series, will be available through Devine Destinies during the next year or so. I’m also in various stages for about ten more stories from novellas to full length (80K+) stories.
RM- Too many!
10. For your next book, what is the name and when is the release date?
CR-My next book due out is Dirty Little Demons and is slated for release on June 15, 2010 through www.extasybooks.com.
RM- My next book in the Dirty series is titled “Dirty Deed.” The release date is pending. I need to finish writing it first.
11. . What made you write a dark book?
CR-My writing roots started in horror. I wanted to be the next great horror writer until a friend of mine lent me her copy of A Knight in Shining Armor by Jude Deveraux. Since then I’ve been writing romance and currently merging romance with the darker aspects of life. What can I say? I like to torture my characters at times; In fact, the first two books in my Dirty Little series were considered ‘creepy’ by one of my critique partners. And my story, Beautiful People, is pretty disturbing as well. Dirty Little Demons isn’t as creepy or disturbing, but it still has a dark angle to it.
RM- My Catholic upbringing. LOL
12. Do you like writing the hot romance scenes?
CR-It depends upon the story and if my characters and muse are in the mood.
RM- It depends.
13. Do you have plans for another new book/series?
CR-Like I mentioned, I have about ten more WIPs. Some of those stories will finish out the Dirty Little series. Another one will be part of a cowboy series. The remaining stories will be for two other paranormal series and at this time I’m keeping mum about them. One has to have some mystery surrounding them, right?
RM- Yes…check out my website at www.rmsotera.com The site was updated recently with my works in progress.
14. What is the 1st book you remember reading and falling in love with?
CR-There have been different books at different times of my life. As a very young child, it was Winnie the Pooh. I think I drove my mother and the library people nuts with always taking out that book, along with Beauty and the Beast. As a young girl, there were Black Beauty and The Black Stallion. In high school it was Pet Sematary (& anything else by King). In my late teens and early 20’s they were Interview with the Vampire by Anne Rice, Remembrance by Jude Deveraux, then two by Clive Barker—Imajica and Weaveworld. The last book as an adult I can remember falling in love with was the third book in the Beauty series by Rice.
RM- Jane Austen’s “Sense and Sensibility,” and “Interview With A Vampire.” Yes…I know, quite an eclectic mix.
15. Who are your favorite authors? Favorite series?
CR-In no particular order: Clive Barker; Stephen King – Dark Tower series; anything by Anne Rice (including her more recent works); Frank Herbert – Dune series
RM- Anne Rice remains all supreme for me. Love…I mean love…the “Sleeping Beauty” series.
16. What is your favorite quote?
CR-“This too shall pass.” (King Solomon)
RM-“Thou art to me a delicious torment.” Emerson.
18. Naughtiest book you ever read?
CR-I read V.C. Andrews in eighth grade—the first three in the Dollanganger series. I thought those were naughty. Then I read Rice’s Beauty series, Belinda and Exit to Eden the early 2000s. Now those were fun, naughty books.
RM- Probably the Anne Rice Beauty series.
CR also said:
Thanks for having me & my writing partner R.M. Sotera on the blog!
C.R. Moss, a self-proclaimed eccentric and eclectic writer, pens multi-genre stories for both the mainstream and erotic romance markets, giving readers Worlds of Possibilities. For more about the woman behind the keyboard and her books, visit: http://www.crmoss.net/