Welcome to the Blak Rayne Blog, where I post articles, author interviews, book and movie reviews, as well as anything else that sparks my interest!




Blak Rayne Newsletter Subscription

* indicates required

Tuesday, February 1, 2011


Today I'd like you to meet the wonderfully whimsical Dena Celeste, who has graciously agreed to do an author interview. I haven't known Dena all that long, but from the scads of emails @ RLJ I know she's got a great sense of humour, she's intelligent and a hoot to work with! Plus what a bonus she's a yaoi lover just like me!!! **whistles and claps**

1.     Who is Dena Celeste? Tell us about yourself. 
a.     Hm. Dena Celeste is in her mid-twenties, kinky as the day is long, a good friend, an obsessive bookworm, and a bit anal. *grins* That’s all true. I live in south Florida, where it’s more like the Yankee north than the south. Very much a melting pot of culture, without a definite one of its own. I’m also attending college, trying to get a business degree. That’s quite challenging, but I enjoy it too. I have a bit of a learning kink, in addition to all the others. ;)
2.     When did you know you wanted to become a writer? 
a.     Oh, I’ve been creating stories, song and poems since I can remember, and from the stories my parents tell, even before then. I won a prize for an essay at age 8, was writing much poetry from about age 5-12, and from age 12 on I wrote a lot of fanfiction. First Gundam Wing and Sailor Moon fanfic (because I’m a yaoi/yuri fan first). Then, a whole bunch of Harry Potter and Power Rangers slash, much of it kinky, and some incorporating nonmonogamous relationships. I did that up until…oh, about age 19. That’s when I bit the bullet and faced my fears of writing original fiction.
3.     Who and/or what prompted you to write your first novel? 
a.     Oh, my first novel, still unpublished, was a vampire erotic romance with a slight bit of kink and f/f. Mostly it was m/f and fairly traditional. I was prompted by a Halloween submissions call.
b.     For my first published novel, Her Master’s Gift, I was inspired to write by my relationship at the time, and some emotionally painful circumstances. A lot of the broad points were things I was working though, and so I explored my thoughts and feelings through the writing.
4.     Where and/or how do you find the greatest inspiration?
a.     Oh, it’s everywhere. Writers say that all the time, but it’s so true. I find a lot of my inspiration in my everyday life, the BDSM Lifestyle in particular. It’s so varied, and there’s an endless supply of dynamics to choose from.
5.     What made you chose to write F/F literature in particular? And is there any other genre you’d like to write? And if so, why?
a.     I choose to include aspects of f/f because…well, I’m into women. I identify as pansexual, which means that gender is…not as much of a consideration in my level of attraction. Still, when I write f/f, it tends to be between two fairly feminine women. Soft skin, lush bodies, sensuous natures. Even the women I’ve been with who are butch tend to still be softer (as far as texture goes) than men. It is fun to write about, especially when it comes to threesomes that include men. The dichotomy of sensations is incredible.
b.     I’ve been branching out a bit in my current WiPs, first because I’m attempting m/m again, this time in original fiction. Second because I’m writing steampunk and futuristic now! Still, all of my stories tend to have aspects of BDSM, from the lightest 1950s-household style to the heavier 24/7 Lifestyle aspect.
6.     Which appears first when contemplating a new project: A character, the plot and/or the title? 
a.     Good question. D) All of the above. I might get a title in my head or a halfway to fully formed character. Rarely, I’ll get an entire plot. But usually I have to struggle to figure out the plot.
7.     What’s the hardest part of a novel for you to write: Beginning, middle and/or end? Why?
a.     That depends on the novel. Sometimes I’ll start, get several thousand words written, and then…stall. *blank* Other times, I’ll just have the title to work with, and not know how the heck to start. The ending is usually the easiest part, because by then I know where I’m going.
8.     Has your own life influenced your novels? And if so, how? 
a.     Oh, absolutely. My sex life, my romantic life, my lifestyle, my faith, my family. I live the BDSM Lifestyle, 24/7. I’ve been with men and women, and each person has been special and taught me a lot. I was born Jewish, and I practice a mix of Judaism and Paganism. My friends and my family have always been a source of inspiration, from one-liners to characters.
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? 
a.     Oddly, that’s the easiest thing for me. I love, love, love sex and sensuality. The connection to the person I’m with, the build-up of feelings and sensations, foreplay, the actual sex act, the afterglow, and the ebb and flow of the whole experience. I am a very sensual person, in that I utilize all of my senses in my erotic life, whether that erotic life is physically based or mentally based.
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 the to imagination?
a.     That depends on what the story and characters require. In my sweet romance, Love in the Lights (yes, I did write one of those, hehe), I left everything to the imagination. There was a whole bunch of sensual and sexual tension, but nothing explicit. Of course, I was writing about people who were fairly conservative and had definite rules for romantic interaction.
b.     In Her Master’s Gift, the sex was out there: bold, sassy and kinky as you please. Katie was exploring herself, her sexuality, and her trust in Sam to make sure she didn’t get hurt.
c.      Really, I run the gamut when it comes to writing sex. It’ll always depend on what the story calls for, but sometimes what it calls for, the reading public isn’t quite ready for…yet. *grins* But I love all of it.
11. Are your characters based on people you know? Or are they completely fictitious?
a.     Both. *grins* Some characters are a mix, of me, of friends and other people, and some are purely their own creation.
12. Who is your favourite character, which you’ve created? And why?
a.     Oh gosh. Right now, in one of my paranormal WiPs, there’s a girl named Cheri. And boy, does she love sex. But she fights brutally hard against love, and even friendship. She isolates herself, and it is fun to see her knocked out of her comfort zone into a world that’s all about pack.
13. Can you tell us about your latest release? Give a synopsis.
a.     I participated in a round robin with the ladies of Red Lipstick Journals, and together we wrote Noelle’s Revenge, a holiday tale full of erotic fun.
14. What’s your newest WIP? And when we can expect a publication date?
a.     Right now I have a few different stories in the works. One is a steampunk story I’m co-authoring with one of my best friends, Christine Danse. One is a serial for the Red Lipstick Journals, m/m, futuristic. And the other is that story I mentioned about Cheri, called Lady of the Pack. The serial you should expect later in the year, but otherwise it’s a bit up in the air.
15. How many novels do you have, that are currently published? Please list all the publishers, so the readers can locate you. 
a.     Not so many yet. *grins* I have one novella (Her Master’s Gift) and one anthology (Winter Kisses) with Noble Romance Publishing. I also have the novella I mentioned earlier (Noelle’s Revenge) with my RLJ ladies. J
16. Where do you see your writing career in the next five to ten years?
a.     I see it growing by leaps and bounds. I have so many ideas, and I plan to see them come to fruition. I have writing goals, which include three completed stories this year, at least. And I look forward to conversing with a bunch of other readers and writers!
17. Purchase links and covers:

Thanks for joining me, Dena! Awesome interview!! ^_^!!

Just a few brief announcements - this coming Friday, February 4th is very special for my next guest(s) as they've never been interviewed. Supernova Dreams are relatively new to the writing and manga scene. This artist duo love manga and yaoi. I'm pleased that I can offer them an audience for the day! 

After that it's back to blogging! Yeah! I love having guests, it gives me a break, but I also start to feel with-drawls the blog whore that I am! LMAO Yep, need the Chia Tea Latte and gingersnaps!

Here's a quickie just for laughs - my daughter was singing to a Walt Disney soundtrack  while I set up this interview to post. Remember my ears are ringing from the noise. 

"You should really have your own acting and singing studio," I said.
"Really?? You think I'm that good??" My daughter replies.
"No. I'm just trying to boost you fragile ego!"
Yes we both laughed - ah that sick humour of mine...**evil laughing**

Happy Yaoi Hunting!!^_^!!
Blak Rayne


  1. Thanks for having me Blak! It was an absolute pleasure. ^_^ This is a great site you have, and you're an awesome person. *grins* I look forward to our friendship growing!

  2. Love, the interview, and I'm loving me some Dena Celeste -- such an interesting, varied soul. She's young, she' eclectic, she's a student, she's super awesome.

    And I'm soooooo lucky she writes with us on Red Lipstick Journals.

    Oh, yeah, one more thing, Buy this chickie's books, you won't be disappointed,

    Hugs, Dena --- Keta

  3. It was great to have you, Dena - any time! And thanks for dropping by!