1. Who is Rachel D. Thompson? Tell us about yourself.
Generally, I’m a pretty private person. I’m married, with no children and two cats. I’ve lived in Minnesota for most of my life and love it, although the last few winters have been hard. I do have a full-time job to pay the bills, so I don’t get to write as often as I’d like, but when I am in a writing frenzy, my characters are known to haunt me. I prefer writing what I classify as fantasy and paranormal romance, though I’ll read just about anything as long as it’s fiction. In my spare time, I like to settle down with a good videogame—RPGs are my favorite, though I also enjoy a good action adventure title or first-person shooter.
2. When did you know you wanted to become a writer?
Ever since I was ten. I’ve had some road bumps along the way, as well as a loss of desire in my early twenties, but I wrote my very first short story when I was ten, and ever since then that’s all I’ve ever wanted to do. I remember telling my mom that I wanted to be a writer when I grow up.
3. Who and/or what prompted you to write your first novel?
I wrote my first novel when I was around seventeen. At the time, I was a huge fan of the fantasy series DragonLance. I devoured those books, and wanted to emulate them...hopefully in order to launch my own fantasy series. That first book wasn’t very good, but I use it now as a reminder of how far I’ve come, and of how much I’ve grown.
4. Where and/or how do you find the greatest inspiration?
As most writers know, inspiration can strike anywhere, though I find the best inspiration strikes me when I’m in the middle of a good book. It’s not that I grab ideas from books that I read, but more like reading a good book will put me in the mood to sit in front of the computer and pound away on the keyboard for a while. Reading gets me in the chair, and whenever I’m writing, I usually find most of my ideas hit me when I’m lying in bed trying to sleep.
5. What made you choose to write erotic literature in particular? And is there any other genre you’d like to write? And if so, why?
Erotic literature kind of fell on me. My first book is strictly a sweet romance, but I’ve enjoyed reading erotic literature, and it seem to me that in terms of e-book sales, more readers are attracted to that sort of book, so it made sense for me to make the short leap from romance to erotic literature. My books still retain heavy elements of romance though. My second book contains only one erotic scene, though in my third (The Prince’s Knight), I pulled out all the stops, incorporating quite a few erotic scenes. I write whatever the book calls for and whatever the characters demand. My secondary genre is, of course, fantasy. That was my first love and something I still enjoy exploring.
6. Which appears first when contemplating a new project: A character, the plot and/or the title?
Honestly, any of the three. I’ve had books start off with just a title, just a character, or just an idea for a plot. Usually though, I’ll begin with a character and flesh the plot out after I hit the third chapter or so. I think characters are the most important aspects of any story, so I prefer to start with them.
7. What’s the hardest part of a novel for you to write: Beginning, middle and/or end? Why?
Definitely the middle. Anytime I get an idea for a book, I can get through about three chapters before losing steam. Then comes the hard part: the actual plot. How to get the characters from Point A to Point B? About halfway through the book, I’ve determined how I want it to end, so I have to find some way to get my characters there, but the middle takes the longest to write, and if I don’t keep hacking through it, it’s easy to lose interest.
8. Has your own life influenced your novels? And if so, how?
In certain ways, I suppose. None of my characters resemble people I know (at least, not yet), except for me. A couple of my characters share some of my likes and tendencies, but I have pulled certain situations from my life into my writing. Most of the stuff I write is complete fiction though.
9. Writing sex scenes can be a challenge for some authors. Do you find it difficult? If yes, how do you compensate? If no, where do you draw your inspiration?
They can sometimes be difficult, but usually I find them pretty easy. As long as the characters are speaking to me, I do just fine. What I mean by that is I don’t try to force my characters into anything. If I want to incorporate a sex scene at a certain point in the book and I’m having trouble writing it, it means it probably wasn’t meant to be, and I’ll try to fit it in somewhere else. If I’m really stuck, I’ll turn to other erotic stories for inspiration, and hopefully that will shake something loose.
10. Do you have a method you use to write the sensual parts? Do you prefer the sex to be open and bold? Or left to the imagination?
I don’t think I would classify my style as either really. Maybe somewhere in the middle? There are certain words I refuse to use when writing a sex scene, so the sex isn’t really bold, but I try to give the reader a good image of what’s going on.
11. Are your characters based on people you know? Or are they completely fictitious?
The only person I can say that any of my characters resemble is myself. I’ll give them some of my likes or dislikes, maybe a few of my tendencies. The main character in Demon’s Torment, Ally, is probably the most like me in the things she likes and dislikes. But I do prefer fictitious people. My husband has one rule about my writing: don’t include him, at all. So I think that’s a good rule for everyone I know.
12. Who is your favorite character, which you’ve created? And why?
Well, I love them all obviously, so this was a tough decision, but right now I’d have to say my absolute favorite is Alecandros, the demon in Tied to a Demon. First of all, I just love his name—I don’t even know how I came up with it. He embodies everything I like about a hero: he’s strong, with a shaky past and something he’s trying to overcome. He’s looking for redemption, and I love that. He can be sweet and overprotective, as well as overbearing and dominant.
13. Can you tell us about your latest release? Give a synopsis.
My last release was Royal Guard Book 1: The Prince’s Knight. This was my first foray into a M/M romance. Here’s the excerpt:
Becoming the prince’s bodyguard was supposed to be easy. No one warned him to guard his heart...
After receiving a crippling injury in the line of duty, Sir Aric finds himself reassigned to the crown prince’s royal guard. He thinks this will be an easy job, but Prince Matthew is a spoiled brat too used to getting his own way. Within the first week, the prince disappears, almost getting himself killed in his desire to be a part of the ongoing war effort at the southern edge of the kingdom. Matthew’s brief taste of battle leaves him shaken, making him seek refuge in Sir Aric’s arms. Until matters of state force Matthew to choose a bride that can provide him with an heir to the kingdom.
14. What’s your newest WIP? And when can we expect a publication date?
I have a lot of ongoing projects right now. I suppose I’d like to finish up Royal Guard Book 2 next, though it’s nowhere near complete, so I don’t have a publication date yet. Hopefully next fall? I’ll keep my fingers crossed for that.
15. How many novels do you have, that are currently published? Please list all the publishers, so the readers can locate you.
I have three novels published so far, two paranormal romances and one fantasy erotica. All three can be found through Purple Sword Publications. The first book, Demon’s Torment, is also available in paperback through Lulu.com.
16. Where do you see your writing career in the next five to ten years?
Hopefully it will continue to grow. I’ve started to find a bit of success now. I’d like to continue writing paranormal books, and I’m very loyal to my current publishing house, so I hope we can continue to work together going forward, but I’d also make the leap from strictly e-books to a more mainstream market. I think that’s every writer’s dream, though I’m happy where I’m at now.
Here is also an excerpt for The Prince’s Knight:
He scanned the visible windows, not seeing anyone. One little kiss couldn’t hurt, could it? He’d given her the ring, asked her to marry him. There was no taboo against one little kiss. Besides, he’d already kissed her once. This wasn’t much different; there were just more potential witnesses.
“All right,” he agreed. His hands rose to grasp her upper arms.
Before he could change his mind, he leaned forward, his lips brushing against hers. So soft! He deepened the kiss, pulling her closer, dragging her against his suddenly hard length. He was attracted to her—there was no doubt about that.
“Am I going to have to pry you two apart?” a deep voice asked.
Matthew released Jessa abruptly. She stumbled against him before regaining her balance.
Aric stared at them from two feet away. Every muscle was taut with anger. Or jealousy. He took two quick steps forward. “I know your decision,” he hissed. “You don’t have to taunt me with it.”
“Aric,” Matthew said with a clear warning in his voice.
“What? Afraid Jessa might guess your dirty little secret?” The knight sheathed his sword and turned away to pull his shirt on.
“Shut up! You will respect your king!”
The cold look Aric gave him sent shivers down Matthew’s spine. The knight stepped closer, his tone dropping to a dangerous level. “The same way you respect your lover?” He shot a glance at Jessa.
“Actually, I already g-guessed.”
“Ah.” Aric leaned back. “Well, let’s get everything in the open then. Your groom is a jackass.”
“You’re the jackass right now,” Matthew sniped back.
“S-stop it!” Jessa’s raised voice stopping them both in their tracks. Both men stared at her, wide-eyed. “You’re both behaving l-like children.”
Matthew sighed and ran a hand over his face, taking a step back to gather himself. “Aric, you know how I feel about you. What will it take to make this easier on you?” A sly look appeared on the knight’s face, and Matthew knew he was in trouble.
“I think it’s only fair I get a kiss, too.” Aric’s gaze slid from Jessa to Matthew.
“Absolutely not!” Matthew exploded. “That’s completely inappropriate.”
“Not from her.” Aric sidled closer. Now his expression could only be considered smoldering. “From you.”
Matthew retreated from the knight’s advance. “You’ve kissed me plenty of times,” he mumbled.
“Then it shouldn’t be a big deal.”
Matthew glanced at Jessa, but there was no help to be found there. “I th-think you should. I don’t want to come between you two.”
A triumphant smile lit Aric’s handsome face. He reached out, his hands fisting into the fabric of Matthew’s tunic. Displaying his strength, the knight dragged him back into a corner created by one wall of the castle and a towering turret.
“Prove to me you don’t want me,” Aric challenged, and then his lips descended on the king’s. Matthew’s thoughts dissolved. No longer did he worry about their audience, or whether or not anyone could see them from a castle window. The kiss was rough, bruising, but he only wanted more. His wilting erection grew hard and firm, pressing against the thin leather of his trousers.
He took over, pushing Aric hard against the unforgiving stones of the castle wall. Had he thought he could live without this passion? He’d been so wrong.
Finally, Aric pushed him away with a smirk on those beautiful lips. Matthew was breathing hard, and when he glanced at Jessa, ashamed that he’d lost control so easily, he saw that she didn’t look entirely unaffected by the display.
“I want love like that,” she said, breathless.
Aric turned away from Matthew to throw a companionable arm around her shoulders, steering her towards the front of the castle. “Then you’d better hurry along those wedding plans, my dear. It’s inappropriate for Matthew to kiss you like that.”
“And doubly so for you.” She ducked under his arm and skipped to the front door, laughter trailing behind her.
Both men stared after her for a moment, perplexed.
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Thanks so much for the interview, Rachel! Your books sound interesting. I wish you the best of success.
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