Paranormal, Fantasy, Dystopian, Ménage, and Erotic Romance? What kind of story falls into so many genres? Lets ask our guest today. Welcome Houston Havens!
Lexi: Sinful Surrender certainly has a few genres listed.
Hi Lexi! LOL...I hate to say this, but...you missed a few genre listings ;-) It’s all of the above plus Post-Apocalyptic, Polyamory, and Science Fiction. Whew, now I think we’ve got them all. Even though these are not genres Sinful Surrender has traces of Voyeurism and Light BDSM as well.
Lexi: Lets start with the paranormal/sci-fi/fantasy angle. Fay, your heroine, has the ability to travel with her mind. A talent I am sure many of us have wished for at least once.
I’m sure! Fay’s abilities to mind travel is based on a very real ability called Remote Viewing. I’m sure most of you have heard of it ... I believe it was President Ronald Reagan in a public speech who called them (Remote Viewers) psychic spies. Anyone can learn to do this, there are well known institutes (for a fee) that will teach you how.
Lexi: To match this awesome power you gave Fay a fearless attitude. When she is out of body she comes across some incriminating evidence, and instead of hiding she sniffs out the truth. Would you keep searching for proof of a corrupt government, or would you want to hide?
Like Fay I want the TRUTH. It’s why I weave facts and truths in my stories like Orgone waves, Torsion Fields and HAARP ... these things are all real. They exist ... and the world should know about it. Now I’ve seen some pictures that look very real of actual Underworld cities and I’ve seen maps of underground tram systems that supposedly travel between these cities...but for now...there’s more research that needs to be done there before this can be called a fact.
Lexi: If you could hide with three strong men maybe that would be the more attractive option. Which takes us onto the next genres, Ménage, and Erotic Romance. Fay lands in the hands of three men; Arlo, Drakker and Logan. With very few women around Fay just became a hot commodity. Where did you come up with this plot line? It seems as if you plucked it straight out of the daydreams of bored housewives everywhere!
Sinful Surrender is my first attempt at writing Ménage and Erotic Romance ... I never read erotic romance but I heard authors talk about how Ménage stories were written with best friends or brothers sharing women...when I’d ask, “Why are the men sharing?” No one could answer the question. They’d shrug and say “Well it’s a Ménage...the men have to share or you don’t have a ménage.” I’d say, “I understand that, but what’s the reason for the men sharing?” I’d then get an expression of furrowed brows, squinting eyes, and opened mouths of horror ... like I’d just shape-shifted into the devil himself.
It was then I realized there had to be a hole in the basic ménage genre. Most of the authors I spoke to didn’t have REASONS for why the men shared. So, I decided to create my world of erotic romance.
A story has to fit logically together for me as a reader and a writer. So there has to be a REASON for the men to share beyond the standard ~ oh the two guys just like each other enough to share (in reality ~ most guys might like their best friend but they’re not going to share their woman with their BFF.) unless there’s a reason. Or the other standard being (A logical reason, I’ll give you that, but so overused it’s become a cliché to me) they belong to a pack.
So, I wrote Psychic Ménage ~ Sinful Surrender. I gave a reason for why the men had to share, why their worlds and their beliefs were the way they were. I then added what I love, my interest in things like remote viewing, my thirst for the paranormal, and my interest in revealing TRUTHS. I’m an author who likes to braid several plots (minor and major) with each plot having its own genre and theme to unravel. I love mixing fact with fiction and letting my readers discover where the line between the two sits.
Lexi: Despite Fay being a suspected spy, she is treated well and finds more than safety with the brothers. In other parts of the world it is acceptable for a man to have more than one woman.
In reality of the real world this is true. In my erotic world of the Dirt Dwellers and Airbornes ... because there are not enough women to go around, a man with more than one woman would be greedy ... that would be frowned on.
Lexi: Sinful Surrender does the opposite and gives Fay more than one man. Did you smile when you decided on this ratio?
A smirk was more like it. T for T if you know what I mean. *Wink*
Lexi: Isn’t it great that romance readers are so open. We love the new and unusual, and the wrecked worlds and struggling governments that try to run them. It had to be fun to imagine a dystopian government and all the twisted turning maneuverings that happen. Did you have to do any elaborate charts to keep your story straight?
No, I didn’t. I’m one of those authors that have the stories come to them ... in very clear images. Their worlds become real in my mind and the characters come alive and tell me everything I need to know about their worlds. I do keep a document with some info I’m given by the character that may or may not come into the story.
Lexi: What with all the different elements going on I don’t know if I could jump around and keep the writing concise. :)
My brain doesn’t work like normal people...it’s okay, I know I’m a wee bit odd. And I have an awesome editor who keeps me in line ☺
Lexi: Thanks for stopping by Houston! Sinful Surrender sounds like a great mix, congratulations on the release!
Thank you and thank you for having me here today. I hope your viewers enjoyed this little chat and if I grabbed their interest they can come visit me at http://houstonhavens.wordpress.com/