Wednesday, 18 July 2007

The Wednesday Interview

**Remember to read part two of our serial on and part three tomorrow on
Ah Wednesday once more – hump day – no that that hump…get over today and there is only 2 more days to the weekend – woo hoo!
The brilliant author for this Wednesday is Dragon in the System author Cindy Spencer Pape. Be here next week for Finding Sarah author Terry Odell

Dragon in the System – the blurb:-

Computer science professor Eric Gordon has been asked to find the hacker responsible for a virus that is embezzling from University accounts. When his investigations indicate that some sort of large reptile may be living in the steam tunnels under campus, he turns to biology professor Lori Tremain for help. Lori’s life is crazy with her tenure review looming, but she’s too curious and attracted to turn down Eric’s request. Together, Lori and Eric start to uncover things that their scientific minds can barely imagine. Can they find the thief and still find time to fall in love? Is everything on, and under, campus what it appears? Or could there truly be a dragon in the system?
The Interview

1. You have some sizzling sex scenes in your book. How hard is it to write sex and make it convincing?
You think so? Cool. I just stick my tongue firmly in my cheek and do it. I find if you treat it as just fun, it’s a lot easier. And yes, I’m talking about writing, not the act itself.

2. Romance and the condom. How hard do you find to slip it in or on when the action is hot between characters?
Nah, I don’t find it awkward at all. It’s just part of the action. Or it isn’t. You can bet if I don’t mention it, it’s going to be an issue.

3. Do you think romance just happens or do you make your characters work for it?
Depends on the character and the situation. To make a story out of it they’re going to have to work but the spark and the attraction are usually there from the beginning.

4. What is it about your hero that makes him irresistible to women?
Irresistible? We’re talking a bout Eric? From Dragon in the System? A lot of women wouldn’t find him irresistible at all. He’s an absent minded geek in glasses. He just happens to be perfect for Lori. That’s the key. My characters are never perfect, but they’re always perfect for each other.
***Amarinda – I have read Dragon in the System and I have to disagree about Eric…a lot of women would find him irresistible…it’s what happens when the glasses come off…

5. Do you think readers want to escape or do they want to identify with a character?
Can’t you do both? I do. All the time.

6. What do you think is the most important thing to remember when writing romance?
The HEA is vital. Also, a good story has to have emotion, it has to be intense in spots and fun in others, and I have to LIKE the characters without making it too easy for them to get together.

7. What are you working on now?
The third book in my cowboy series for The Wild Rose Press and another Quickie for Ellora’s Cave. I’ve got a mini-series in the works for the 2008 gemstone theme. I’ve also got a collaboration project going with another EC author, so I’m plenty busy this summer.

Thanks so much Amarinda for having me here. It’s been fun chatting like this!
***Amarinda note - always a pip talking to you Dragon Lady
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Last week’s brilliant author – Anny Cook – Dancer’s Delight


Anny Cook said...

I also read Dragon in the System and I agree with you Amarinda. Eric's definitely irresistible when he, uh, gets going...

Clover Autrey said...

Great interview, Cindy. Can't wait to read the book.

Bronwyn Green said...

Awesome interview, ladies! I am sooooooooooooooo looking forward to reading Dragon. It's on the virtual top of TBR pile!

Phoenix said...

Of course you are both brilliant. It's why we keep coming back for more. Bravas.