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Tuesday, August 2, 2011

AUTHOR INTERVIEW GABRIELLE BISSET


Who is, Gabrielle Bisset? 
My name is Gabrielle Bisset, and I’m an author of erotic romance, in addition to being a full time college faculty member in history. 

When did you know you wanted to become a writer?
I think I always wanted to write, but I had to put that aside while I pursued what my parents had called my “fallback career”.

Who and/or what prompted you to write your first novel?
I know this sounds incredibly clich├ęd, but a dream prompted my first novel.  One day, all of a sudden, I had all these ideas for a book.

Where and/or how do you find the greatest inspiration?
I find my greatest inspiration from reading my genres, in addition to classics and especially mythology.  But you never know where inspiration can strike!

What made you chose to write erotic romance/paranormal/historical literature in particular? And is there any other genre you’d like to write? And if so, why?
I think erotic literature chose me.  I knew I planned to write a romance, but quickly I realized I wasn’t about the sweet kind of romance, so erotic ideas entered the picture. 

Which appears first when contemplating a new project: A character, the plot and/or the title?
Character always appears first.  My ideas are very character driven, so the come and then I create the plot around them.  As for the title, I admit, that’s usually the last thing, even after the book is written.

What’s the hardest part of a novel for you to write: Beginning, middle and/or end? Why?
For me, the hardest part of a novel to write is the end.  The beginning comes so easily and the middle usually works out pretty smoothly too, but I find the end is problematic.  I either struggle with how to end the story without it being too common, or I struggle with letting go of my characters.

Writing sex/romantic 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?
No, I like writing sex scenes!  Every sex scene I write allows me to imagine exactly what I think is sexy at that moment. 

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 prefer the sex to be open, and I would consider many of my sensual parts to be bold.  I don’t really have a method, and I find the characters tend to dictate how a sensual scene unfolds.

Are your characters based on people you know? Or are they completely fictitious?
My characters are entirely fictitious.  How much do I wish I knew men like Varek, Amon, Vasilije, Kadar, and Nikolai! 

Who is your favorite character, which you’ve created? And why?
Amon Kalins is my favorite character I’ve created.  In Stolen Destiny, he was the villain, selfish and willing to do whatever he had to get the woman he wanted.  In his book, Destiny Redeemed, I got to make him the hero, but there is still so much bad boy in him even when he’s good.

Can you tell us about your latest release? 
My latest release is Love’s Master, an historical novella set in Victorian England with a little light BDSM twist.  

23 year old Lily finds herself widowed and forced to live with her brother and his family, including his eight year old son William, who is nothing short of a terror.  Sure she cannot go another day with his behavior, she begins to search for a new nanny and tutor for her nephew with little success.  But when she happens across an advertisement in the Times that seems to be the answer to her problem, she is set on a path that will take her where she's never been before.  Victorian England is a place of strict social codes, and the sensual world she enters is strictly forbidden for a woman of her social stature. 

Her guide in this world is a man named Kadar, and the feelings he stirs in Lily threaten to change her forever.  However, Victorian society is never far away, and her brother intends on seeing his sister remarried and settled into a home near him in Regent's Park.  Lily will have to choose between Kadar, who makes her feel more alive than she ever believed she could, and Captain Mason Danvers, the gentleman who can offer her security and comfort for the rest of her life. 


What’s your newest WIP? And when we can expect a publication date?
My next novella, the last of the erotic romance trilogy set in Victorian England, is entitled Masquerade, and it’s set to be released in late August.  Then Destiny Redeemed will be released in the fall. 

How many novels do you have that are currently published? 


Where do you see your writing career in the next five to ten years?
I see me writing novels and novellas that showcase strong and sexy heroes and the women they desire.  They may be in historicals, contemporary romances, or more paranormals, but they’ll be erotic romances. 

Masquerade blurb: 
Annelisa Fielding has had the blessings of wealth her entire life, thanks to her industrialist father.  However, there is one thing even he can't give her: a title.  So he arranges a marriage between his daughter and the Earl of Swindon, Thornton Sutcliffe.  As long as his future bride is a virgin, the Earl will tolerate the marrying down because in return for taking Annelisa as his wife, her father will pay off his debts.  Everyone wins, as far as the men are concerned, but Annelisa wants more out of marriage than a title and is willing to wait.  

But she won't be able to wait if she doesn't find some way out of the marriage and fast because the deal is in one month she'll become Lady Annelisa Sutcliffe.  The solution to her problem? Count Nikolai Shetkolov, a diplomat in the service of the Tsar and stationed in England. An honorable man, he's the perfect person to help a young lady lose the one thing her odious future husband prizes most. But Annelisa must watch out or she may get more than she bargained for with Nikolai.


Excerpt:  
“Miss Fielding?”
Annelisa turned slowly toward him and smiled. “Yes, Count Shetkolov?”
Nikolai approached her cautiously as to not frighten her. When he reached her, he whispered, “I think it may be permissible for us to use our first names considering our recent history.”
The smile disappeared from her face, replaced by a look of surprise. Her voice, however, betrayed nothing more than its usual politeness.
“Recent history, sir?”
“There’s no need for any more lies, Annelisa. I know it was you at the ball. And I intend on doing the honorable thing, I assure you.”
“The honorable thing?”
“Why, of course. I’ll confess to your father my part in our rendezvous and properly ask for your hand in marriage. While what we feel may not be love now, I believe it will grow in time and we can be quite happy.”
Bending down on one knee, Nikolai took her hand in his and gazed up into her eyes. “I pledge to make you happy and take care of you, as I know you will me.”
While he’d never proposed marriage before, he was sure her stunned reaction wasn’t common. But perhaps she’d underestimated his honor.
“Did you think I’d abandon you when you need me most?”
“Count Shetkolov, please get up.”
Nikolai rose and stared down at her, liking what he saw.
“Sir, please forgive me, but I no more want to marry you than the Earl of Swindon. While I’m positive you are an honorable man, I simply don’t want to marry anyone at all.”
Nikolai stood stunned. “Pardon?”
“I see by your expression that I’ve offended you. I am sorry. But I’m not in need of a husband.”
“But what we did in the Stewarts’ garden...”
“Was what I had to do to be free of the Earl. Nothing more, Count.”
“Please call me Nikolai. And it was far more than what you say. I took your virginity, and for that we must marry. I would be a scoundrel if I allowed you to face this alone.”
Annelisa smiled and touched his hand. “Nikolai, for that I must thank you for you helped me retain my freedom. I am sorry I had to resort to tricking you, but if I remember correctly, you enjoyed yourself. Let’s leave it at that—an enjoyable experience each of us will remember.”
Nikolai glared down into the face of this obstinate woman.
“Uprymaya!”
“What does that mean?”
“Perhaps French would be better, mademoiselle. Fille tetue.”
Annelisa dropped his hand and stepped back. “Stubborn girl?”
“Yes, and if you won’t agree to marriage, I’m sure your father will when I confess to him that I’m the man he seeks.”
“You wouldn’t! He’d be furious. He’d never forgive you.”
“Oh, I’m sure he’d be angry, but he likes me. In time, he’d forgive me.”
Nikolai held out his hand and waited for Annelisa to take it. “Shall we?”
All confidence drained from her face. “Don’t do this, please! You don’t love me, and I don’t love you. Why would you want to marry me?”
“Because it’s the right thing to do.”
“Why is everyone always telling me what they want to do is the right thing?”
Ignoring her question, he repeated his question and added, “Or perhaps you’d prefer I approach him myself?”
Nikolai began to walk back toward the house.  In truth, his stomach was in knots over telling her father what he’d done, but he had to show her he meant business. If she even thought he might be anything less than strong now, she’d never respect him as a husband.
Annelisa ran in front of him and stopped him with her hands on his chest. “Please, Nikolai! Don’t do this. I’ll do anything you require. Just not marriage.”
Every word from her mouth insulted. Did she believe him to be unworthy of her hand?
“Anything I require?”
“Anything!”
So now she was willing to submit to anything he required as long as it wasn’t marriage to him? What about everything? That would be better yet.
“Then anything it shall be, Annelisa. The cost of your freedom will be the continuation of what we began at the Stewarts’ ball. Unless you’re willing to do this, I will leave to speak to your father now.”
“The continuation of...” she stammered.
Nikolai watched as her face grew red. “There’s no reason to be bashful now, Miss Fielding.”
“So I am to be your sex slave?”
Finally, something had left her mouth that didn’t offend him. “Sex slave? No, not exactly. I’m looking forward to your efforts showing the eagerness of our first time together.” 
“I thought you were an honorable man, Count Shetkolov.”
Nikolai chuckled at her attempt to sway him through his honor. “I’m not the one who began this, my dear, but I see nothing dishonorable in what we are to do.”
Annelisa stood looking up at him, a look of exasperation on her face. Nikolai enjoyed her irritation and hoped his words had bothered her as much as hers had him.
“You leave me with no choice then. Either I am to be your unwilling wife or your willing concubine, but I must be one.”
Ordinarily he would agree with her assessment of his behavior as lacking honor, but the combination of wanting her again and wishing to retaliate for her insults blinded him to the impropriety of his demands. At the moment, though, the pleasure of watching her chafe under his power over her was perfect.
“I will expect you at my home tomorrow at three.”
“And if I refuse?”
“Then we speak to your father and at the end of the month, we will be married.”
Annelisa turned on her heels and stormed away ahead of him before spinning back toward him, as if she’d suddenly remembered something important.
“Is it true you are soon to be recalled to St. Petersburg?”
Grinning, Nikolai took his time answering as he walked toward her. When he stood in front of her, he leaned down to inhale her sweet perfume and whisper in her ear, “You won’t get rid of me that easily, my dear Annelisa.”

Website:  Gabrielle Bisset
Blog:  Gabrielle Bisset: A Writer's Blog

Thanks so much for joining BRB, Gabrielle. It was wonderful to have you here, you're an interesting lady and, I wish all the success for the future!
Happy Yaoi Hunting
Blak Rayne ^_^!!

2 comments:

  1. Thank you so much for having me here today at your blog!
    -Gabrielle

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