Wednesday, 19 September 2007

The Wednesday Interview

Ahoy maties…had to get that in as it is International Talk like a Pirate Day. However, it's also the Wednesday Interview with a brilliant author day. This week it’s Solange Ayre and her current book One Thousand Brides. And check out Wizard’s Woman released October 1st.Next week Anh Leod drops in to chat about her next release Bijou's Bonds.

One Thousand Brides - The Blurb

Janis Stone awakens on an alien colonization ship, one of a thousand human women destined to become Brides of the Terilian colonists. At first outraged by the kidnapping, Jan soon finds herself intrigued by Delos, the Terilian doctor who serves as liaison to the human Brides. They embark on a sensual journey, exploring their species' sexual compatibility.

But their new love is threatened when a higher-ranked male desires Jan. As she plans a mass wedding for the Brides, she dreads the upcoming "Spring Running", the mysterious rite where Terilians will mate with their Brides. Will the wrong groom claim her?

The Interview

1. You have some sizzling sex scenes in your book. How hard is it to write sex and make it convincing?

Actually, I think the difficulty is to make the sex scenes different from book to book, so that they are unique for each couple.

In my novella One Thousand Brides, the hero is a Terilian, an alien with some catlike characteristics. I didn’t want Delos, the hero, to make love just like a human male. It was a challenge to come up with some differences that would still be sexy to human readers. So I said the Terilians didn’t kiss, but were very good at licking.

2. Romance and the condom. How hard do you find to slip it in or on when the action is hot between characters?

I just finished a contemporary jewel novella, Emerald Eyes, that my editor is considering. The hero is a quirky guy so I used the condoms as a humorous point a few times. For instance, he buys a red, white and blue condom and tells the heroine, “If we don’t use this, the terrorists will have won.” (*Amarinda - I love that line)

I don’t think it’s difficult to mention “he sheathed himself” or something like that—I actually think the disposal is a little more of a problem, since that part isn’t sexy.

3. Do you think romance just happens or do you make your characters work for it?

In my books, the characters usually fall in love quickly, but an external force keeps them apart. In Brides, Jan and Delos wish to choose each other at the alien mating ritual, but a higher-ranked alien male has decided that Jan will be his bride. My Halloween quickie, Wizard’s Woman, is coming out October 1. In that story, the heroine has disguised herself as a young man and apprenticed herself to a wizard. She’s desperately in love with the wizard and wants to take him to bed, but she has to do that without revealing she’s his apprentice.

4. What is it about your hero that makes him irresistible to women?

I write about heroes who are intelligent, considerate, and sensual. Much like my dear departed husband, St. Georges Ayre, who not only had all those qualities, but was also one of the wealthiest men in the world. All of my heroes have a little bit of St. Georges in them.

5. Do you think readers want to escape or do they want to identify with a character?

Definitely both! When I read a book, I want to escape into the world the author is showing me, whether it’s a fantasy world, a science fiction world, or merely a different contemporary setting than I live in. (Although being lucky enough to live on an island-republic named after me—Ayriana—I have a nearly idyllic life). But I also want to identify with the characters, whether they’re wizards or aliens or police officers.

6. What do you think is the most important thing to remember when writing romance?

Keep the emotion high and the sex hot!

7. What are you working on now?

I’m writing a novella, tentatively titled Bride Reborn, about another one of the thousand human women kidnapped by the Terilians. This heroine is happy about the kidnapping because she’s ill and in a nursing home on Earth. The Terilians cure her and put her under the care of a handsome and muscular physical therapist.

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anny cook said...

Excellent interview, Solange. The book was great! Arrrr!

As always, you did a wonderful job, Amarinda!

Kelly Kirch said...

Arrr, back at ye matey! Solange's book was the first one I bought when I stumbled into the pond. I thought it was pretty great! Meow.

Has anyone else gone to Amazon and looked up the talk like a pirate book? I read the first few pages online and it's a riot. I will have to buy it immediately.

Erin McCarthy said...

LOL on the condom line, Solange! I love it. :-D

Amarinda Jones said...

Oh yeah - love the pirate boys. let madness rule.

And I agree with Erin - that condom line is so good. It's an art to write like that Solange....well done....aaarrrr

Rhonda Stapleton said...

Solange--the patriotic condom thing is hilarious.

Great interview!!