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Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Interview With Author Avril Ashton!!

First I'd like to introduce to you a wonderful friend and author, Avril Ashton - welcome to my blog Avril! This lady has wicked talent and I'm so pleased that she took the time today to do this interview for me! And my apologies to everyone, this morning I was is such a rush I didn't get a chance to post this interview properly, but now I've made the necessary adjustments and I hope you enjoy!!

1. First things first… Who is Avril Ashton? Tell us about yourself. 

I’m a fiancĂ©, a mother and a big sister who happens to salivate at the thought of books. Born in the Caribbean, I moved to the U.S years ago and settled in Brooklyn N.Y. I live with my partner of almost seven years who tries to understand the writing thing, and a 6 y/o daughter who loves the reading thing. I’m a hermit who hates mingling, cooking and cleaning. Oh and I love to eat. Heh.

2. Here’s the big one… When did you know you wanted to become a writer? 

I’ve always been in love with the written word. My mother, who never had the chance to further her education beyond the 8th grade level, was always reading, learning and sharing that with me. The thought of writing came later, when one day I was reading a book and I said, “I can do this. I have to do this.” I was maybe 12-13 y/o.

3. Who and/or what prompted you to write your first novel? 

I flirted for months with the idea, even went so far as to write some stuff down on paper, but it never caught any momentum. The need to write was like a weight on my chest, pulling me down until it was all I thought about-all I dreamt about. I finally confessed to my partner, and I say confessed because it felt like something dark and forbidden, my urge to write. I remember we were lying in bed, and I couldn’t look him in the eye. My eyes were tearing up, my skin was clammy. My voice shook when I said, “I have to write, it’s my dream. I need to do this. I feel it in my chest.” He said, “So do it.” I did.

4. Where and/or how do you find the greatest inspiration? 

Inspiration. It’s all around me, but nothing specific stands out. It can be a photograph, an image in a movie, a song. If it reaches out and grabs my imagination, I go with the flow.

5. How would you classify your writing? Gritty? Bold? Descriptive? Sensual? Romantic? Sinful? Or Downright Dirty? All of the above? 

I think it’s romantic because it’s about love and finding that special someone. It’s bold because my characters can’t be anything else. Sensual and descriptive, hell yeah. There are no closed doors up in there. Everything is laid bare. Sinful and dirty, damn straight. That’s how I take it. I write the things I like to read. Gritty too, because I don’t write the soft and pink. My writing is all about the hard and red. Take that anyway you want…Lol.

6. Tell us about your latest release ‘A Wicked Ride’. It’s the first novel in your ‘Wicked’ series. When will the next edition in this series be available and can you give us a brief synopsis of ‘One Wicked Night’. 

A Wicked Ride is, I think, my favorite story to write, so far. I’d just finished the first draft of my very first novel when the heroine of A Wicked Ride, Sasha Forde, showed herself. She’s a reformed thief blackmailed by a local mobster into doing one last job. If she doesn’t, she and her cohorts will go to jail and her foster parents will be killed. Since she’s not a huge fan of prison orange, Sasha agrees, but an enemy of her blackmailer is in the way. Holding the very thing she needs in his hands. A Wicked Ride will be out on February First of next year from eXtasybooks.
Book two in the series, One Wicked Night, is the story of hit man Justice Alexandre who we meet in Book one, as one the hero’s friends. Justice has a one night stand with a woman who gets under his skin. They go their separate ways, but when he’s given orders to kill her, he starts questioning his lifestyle and priorities. There’s no official date yet for One Wicked Night.

7. Do you have a writing ritual? A certain time you like to right? Perhaps music you like to listen to? 

What ritual? I get it in when I get it in. I work part time, so the bulk of my writing is done at the office where a variety of distractions abound. I love it, helps the process. Recently I began writing at home. On weekdays, I’m up at 6:30 to get the offspring up for school. She’s on the bus at 7:30, and I get myself a coffee from the store and sit on the couch naked and write until around midday. Then I stop. If I go to work later that day, I pick up at around 4pm. Music is always on, I can’t write without music.

8. Which appears first when contemplating a new project: A character, the plot and/or the title? 

Title-ooh, I love a good eye-catching title. Then the characters, then the plot.

9. What’s the hardest part of a novel for you to write: Beginning, middle and/or end? Why? 

The end, I never want to finish, but also tying everything up in a nice little bow is kinda hard.

10. Okay, I have to ask (and you can slap me later LOL)… Which do you prefer to be on the top or the bottom? 

The top. I would say ‘cause you have more control, but that’s not entirely true (the better-half can attest to that). Truth be told, I love A Wicked Ride—ooh, see what I did there. Genius, I know ☺

11. Because of the genre we write–you had to know this one was coming… Do your own sexual experiences influence your writing? 

It does, to an extent. I can close my eyes and call up sensory details like scent, touch, feel, sound. But other than that, nope.

12. Do you find it difficult to right sex scenes? If so, why? 

Those are the most fun, difficult, quickest scenes to write. I lose myself in those scenes more than all the rest because it takes more out of me. Don’t ask why, I have no idea. It gets difficult cause I forget to add emotion sometimes. But, I love it. So far, I haven’t had any complaints about my love scenes from my CPs, but then again, my editor hasn’t had a go at it yet.

13. And lastly Avril… Where do you see your writing career in the next five to ten years?

I hope to still be writing. To still feel that quiver in my tummy, to still get light-headed when a new plot/character comes to me. I hope to still cry when my characters cry and laugh when they laugh. And I hope by then some reader out there would have felt the same when they read my work.

A Wicked Ride-blurb: Sasha Forde has hung up her thieving stilettos, but a visit from a mobster sends her right back to her old life. In order to save her family-and herself-from jail, she must steal evidence hidden in a lawyer's office. She sets out to do what she considers a simple B and E, but someone else has arrived first. And he holds her life in his tattooed hands. Not for long. 

Niko Davaris is all about revenge on the man who tried to kill him. The evidence he stole is the first step in that direction. He's not thrilled to wake up with a gun to his head. The woman on the other end is cocky, smug, and too damn hot for her own good. He wants her, she wants the evidence. When she takes it and disappears, he gives chase. Battle lines are blurred as they give in to their bodies' temptation, but on a ride like this someone has to come out on top. Who will it be?  

To read an exciting excerpt of this upcoming release hit this link: http://avrilashton.weebly.com/coming-soon.html    

Avril's novel will be released: February 1, 2011 from eXtasybooks!! 

I've added her link to the title of this blog - so you can visit her web pages! http://avril-ashton.blogspot.com

Also Avril has interviewed me today! We've both been busy! LOL You can catch my interview @ her blog by again, hitting the title of this one!

Thanks so much Avril for visiting my blog and I wish you the very best with your upcoming release!

Until my next post - Happy Yaoi Hunting!!
Blak Rayne ^_^!!


  1. Great interview!
    Liz Arnold
    Stories you will love.
    The Wild Rose Press

  2. Yay, my internet took pity on me and allowed me through. It'll konk out again but damn it, I'm here now!

    Thank you, my darling Blak, for this here interview. I agree with Liz up top, it's great. Thank you for the support and well wishes, and I wish the same for you :-)

    I'll be popping in and out, here and at my blog, as the trippy internet allows.

  3. Great interview! Congrats on the upcoming release. I am so on this one. Much Success!

    By the way, the Q&A were really Awesome!


  4. Yeah, really enjoyed reading this interview!

  5. You're the best Avril!
    **Kisses & Hugs**
    Thanks everyone!

  6. Thanks @Serenity, and @Scarlett. Glad you enjoyed the Q and A, I did, too. B.R did a damn good job.

    And thanks for the well wishes, much appreciated :-)