Welcome to BRB, sweeties! It's author interview Wednesday. I enjoy reading the interviews and meeting fellow writers. It's truly inspirational sometimes and equally as interesting. But today is a little extra special as I've got a fellow eXtasy author here, Charlie Richards. It's always wonderful have authors from the same publisher!
Who is Charlie Richards?
The best description I can give is a laidback nature-lover. When I’m not researching and writing my next story, I enjoy reading, horseback riding, hiking, 4-wheeling, and motorcycle riding with my husband and friends. I love reading manlove as much as writing it, but I’ve also written M/F and ménage. My biggest dream is to own a fifty plus acre horse ranch where I can offer horses a haven to live out the rest of their lives in safety and comfort. Oh, and I want a corvette.
Where and/or how do you find the greatest inspiration?
Nature. Whenever I get stuck, I horseback ride in the mountains or talk my husband into taking me for a ride on our motorcycle or 4-wheeler. I have the opportunity to sit there and hold on and let my mind float. I’ve untangled many plot knots on those trips.
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?
I originally started writing epic fantasy, and I’ll admit I still enjoy dabbling in it every now and then. At seventeen I read my first erotic romance, and felt the pull to find a way to combine the two. I’m a sucker for a happy endings and the concept of love conquers all.
What’s the hardest part of a novel for you to write: Beginning, middle and/or end? Why?
I guess I’ll have to go with the end. It’s important to find resolution that’s not contrived or too easy, which I do struggle with at times, while making it believable and true to the characters.
Has your own life influenced your novels? And if so, how?
Yes. When I was younger, my mother and I listened to tapes together titled How to Build High Self-Esteem (a practical process for your personal growth) by Jack Canfield. I feel truly blessed to have done that with her. One of the things that really stood out to me was his emphasis on learning to love and accept yourself. This is a value that always seems to creep into my stories, even if in a subtle way.
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?
Yes. There are only so many ways to insert tab A into slot B. When I write a sex scene, I always try to remember other scenes in the book as well as scenes I’ve written for other books. As a writer, I have to be very careful that they don’t end up sounding too similar.
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?
No. No method. Yes, I prefer the sex to be open, I don’t know about bold. Lol. Sex is a tool I use for character growth and relationship building. But I don’t care for sex, just for sex’s sake. There has to be a purpose behind it.
Are your characters based on people you know? Or are they completely fictitious?
Um – blush. Yes. I’ve written characters that are based on real people. Blue Moon Mating is a Halloween story to be released at the end of October. The female role has a lot of me in her. And the sequel – Four Under the Mistletoe (To be released Christmas 2011) – has a lot of characteristics of my brother in him.
Who is your favorite character, which you’ve created? And why?
I have two, and I love them because they’ve progressed into my muses. Both are characters I wrote for an epic fantasy book titled Wizard’s Secrets under the name R.L. Geerdes, which is no longer in print. Castin is a lithe, blond-haired, blue-eyed, half-elf, half-human druid (can bend earth and water to his will), and Cypris is a dark-haired brooding barbarian prince (quite the sexy warrior). When I wrote them, I always noticed the tension between them, but I thought it was because they were both alpha males. Castin became my muse first, and when I told him how much I loved paranormal manlove and planned to start writing it, he poofed out of my dining room. At first I thought he’d deserted me, and I just about hyperventilated. Five minutes later, he reappeared with Cypris at his side. How the hell was I supposed to know all that tension was actually sexual? lol
Can you tell us about your latest release? Give a synopsis.
My last release (September 1st) was Accepting His Animal – Book 3 in the Wolves of Stone Ridge series. - Doctor Gordon Digby came to Stone Ridge to help rescued shifters heal from their time abused by poachers. Finding a mate wasn’t even a blip on his radar. Fate throws a wrench in his plans in the form of sexy tiger shifter Grady Stryker. The man sets Gordon’s blood on fire and scrambles his senses. But Grady’s a detective, and the good doctor has secrets he doesn’t want revealed, including his own animal’s transgressions. Detective Grady Stryker believes finding your fated mate is the greatest gift a shifter can receive, so he doesn’t understand Gordon’s reticence, until a friend gives him a little insight into Gordon’s past. His resolve set, Grady realizes the best way to win his mate just may be the most fun: seduction. Grady’s plans get put on hold when more poachers appear in Stone Ridge. Except these humans aren’t really poachers. They know about shifters, and if they can’t capture them, they’ll eradicate them. Can Grady convince Gordon to accept him in time to stop the humans from harming more of their friends? Or will they be too distracted to see what’s right in front of them?
What’s your newest WIP? And when we can expect a publication date?
My newest WIP is Book 5 in the Wolves of Stone Ridge series. The working title is Finding His Home, but that could change. An expected publication date would be January 15th, 2012 (Book 4 in the series – Accepting His Human – is already complete and will be out on November 15th).
How many novels do you have, that are currently published?
I have 8 stories currently available through eXtasy Books (www.extasybooks.com), with another 6 to be released through January 15th with confirmed publication dates. You can browse my website – www.charlie-richards.com – to find titles and expected release dates. Yes, writing is my full time job, and I love it.
Where do you see your writing career in the next five to ten years?
Currently, all the stories I’m working on are paranormal in nature (I write M/F, M/M, and ménage) featuring shifters, gargoyles, demons, and humans, but I do have some ideas for a contemporary series as well, and maybe someday, I’ll write epic fantasy again. Hopefully, those will be written from the deck of that fifty acre horse ranch I want. =)
The actions of a wolf shifter gone rogue forces Ben Maxwell, the alpha of the Catskill Mountain wolf pack, to act on a vision of his mate quicker than he’d planned. He discovers that she’ll be at an aerial acrobat performance several days before Halloween, which also coincides with the blue moon. Unable to attend himself, he sends his best friends and betas, Adam and Devon, to seek Sandy out. He knows he’ll be sharing her with them and trusts them to care for her in his stead.
But Sandy is a human, and finding out that not only are shifters real, but that she’s mated to not just one, but three of them, is a lot to take in. Can Ben and his betas convince her to accept her place at their side before the pheromones caused by a blue moon on Halloween draws every shifter in the area to her door, including the rogue wolf that would rather see her dead than in the arms of anyone else?
“So, if I believe you, the only reason you and the other guys are interested in me is because of Fate and these damn pheromones,” she whispered.
“What? No!” Devon growled. He leaned forward and grabbed her arms, unable to keep from touching her a second longer. Heedless of his wound, he pulled her onto his lap and cupped her face, forcing her to look him in the eye. “You are a stunning, beautiful, sexy woman, Sandy. Any man would be blessed to have you at his side. Even if we didn’t feel the pull of the mating heat, we’d still know you were ours. The mate-bond just helps it happen faster.”
“You don’t know anything about me,” she whispered.
Devon smiled. “I’d like to change that. We’d all like to change that.” He leaned forward and brushed his lips over Sandy’s, pleased when she didn’t pull away. “We’d like you to get to know us as well.”
When he pulled back, he saw the glassy look in Sandy’s eyes as her green eyes swept over his naked chest. “I want to touch you so badly,” she whispered. “Your skin looks so smooth and firm. Why do I feel this way?”
Taking her hands, he placed them on his shoulders, shivering at the contact. Heat traveled from where her hands touched him to his groin, and a drop of pre-cum leaked from his cock, soaking the blanket covering him. “Because you feel the pull too, baby. Your body wants us.” He knew it was wrong to use the mating heat this way, but he couldn’t help it. He wanted her too badly. Leaning forward, he reined kisses up the side of her neck. “Just let go, baby. Let me help you relax. I can explain everything afterwards,” he promised.
As he continued to trail kisses along her jaw, she tilted her head, giving him better access. Her sweet submission was so fucking sexy, and Devon felt his cock jerk, eager to be let out to play. Damn, it had been a long time since he’d had this much pent up frustration. He knew Ben and Adam fucked several times a month, but one night stands weren’t his way. He couldn’t seem to allow himself to just take pleasure in another’s body without some kind of commitment.
This woman, though. This one was his. His and Ben’s and Adam’s. It would be so much better to please her, knowing he could learn everything about her, all of her likes and dislikes. And after watching her, protecting her, for two days, need burned through his blood, heating him until he felt like he’d combust.
“I… I don’t have any condoms,” he heard Sandy mutter distractedly.
He did a mental fist pump, knowing she was caving. “Don’t need ‘em, baby,” he whispered, wrapping lips around her ear and sucking gently. Her soft mewl of pleasure was nearly his undoing. Reining in his wolf, he added, “We can’t get you pregnant until after we claim you.”
He knew what she was trying to ask, even as her brain shut down. Such a sweet, curious mate. Releasing her ear, he open-mouthed kissed his way back down her neck. “To claim their mate, a shifter will sink their teeth into them. Some do it here,” he nipped where her shoulder met her neck. “Some do it on the back of the neck, and others do it over the heart.”
“And you won’t do that to me?”
Devon pulled away slightly and stared into her green eyes. “I have every intention of claiming you, Sandy, but not until Ben and Adam are with us too. It’s something that should be done together.”
“You want me to bite you guys too?” she asked, frowning.
Chuckling, he leaned forward and kissed her again. He sure didn’t want her to start thinking too hard. “Maybe, but it’s not necessary. We’ll talk about that. There are still a lot of things to talk about,” he admitted. “But right now,” he said, getting back to what both their bodies craved. “Let me take care of you.” He slid his hands under her shirt and up her sides. His cock leaked another drop of pre-cum when he discovered she wasn’t wearing a bra. Devon scraped his thumbs along the sides of her breasts, moving closer and closer to the hard nipples straining against her shirt.
Sandy’s eyes glazed back over before they slid shut. She thrust her breasts toward Devon, moaning. “Yes.”
He took that as consent and rubbed a thumb over each nipple, teasing the tight buds. He’d felt them through the thin layers of her dress and bra a couple nights ago, but nothing compared to the actual feel of her soft skin, the plump nubs, and the overwhelmed reactions that actually touching her caused.
Sandy’s breath came in hitching pants, and she made the most incredible sounds when he moved his hands to cup those full mounds. Damn, they were perfect. He had to see them. Devon paused just long enough to ease Sandy’s shirt over her head, revealing those beautiful, rose flushed breasts.
Her dusky nipples jutted toward him, begging to be tasted. Devon wasted no time. He leaned forward and latched onto one hard nub, sucking and nibbling the pebbled flesh. With a hand he cupped the other breast, pinching and rolling the nipple there. Lifting his gaze, he loved the flush covering his mate’s breasts and neck as she threw her head back and enjoyed his pleasuring of her body.
With his other hand, he reached for her jean’s button and quickly undid it. The zipper followed. He just about came when he saw she wasn’t wearing any underwear either. “Oh, fuck, baby, that’s so sexy,” he groaned against her flesh.
He quickly slipped a hand down the front of her pants, his fingers diving into her wet folds. Sandy gasped loudly as he sank a finger into her dripping sheath. Shit, he couldn’t wait to get his cock in there. But first… He used his thumb to scrape across her swollen clit, making her breath hitch.
“Oh, yes, Devon. Please,” she cried out.
Thank you so much for doing this interview, Charlie! I wish you the very best for the future.