Can you tell readers a little bit about yourself and what inspired to write in this particular genre?
I’m a paranormal and fantasy romance author formally educated in geology and anthropology. This seriously impacts my writing. I LOVE to world build where studying culture ad nauseum leads straight into playing with myth. Well, you can’t create a culture without adding an ideology! So, I always tend to write based on something that’s standard like werewolf mythos but tweak it quite a bit by the end of chapter one. Now, when I read, I tend to read for sexual tension and world building. If there isn’t a romance, I’m usually bored with the story—unless I’m researching something and intrigued by that subject. From that interest, I find I almost always have some sort of sexual tension in each scene of my works.
(sexual tension + intriguing world building = awesome romance) I’ve learned through reviews that my type of world building is very complex. I don’t just have a bottle with a curse on it that the heroine touches to travel through time. I usually play with subject matter that I rarely find in romance—political and ideological conflict. I believe you have to have the right motivations for a historical or you have to create them for futuristic/fantasy romance or your story just feels like it’s missing something. But that’s my preference, reflecting my university interests—the slant of this question’s answer. Whether it’s another planet, another culture, or another time period, I jump into the challenge head first and have loads of fun fleshing out the tale!
What inspired you to write this book?
BIG BAD BEAST is a long novella that follows the novel LOVING LUCIUS. BBB’s heroine Josie first enters the Werescape in LOVING LUCIUS. She’s dealing with serious grief and finally works through the anger phase in BBB by facing the werewolf shifter who she’s always loved but never found a way to connect with…I had to write her story, because it was left hanging in LOVING LUCIUS, for readers who wonder about secondary characters. Initially, I had planned to write some novellas with both of these stories and a third. LOVING LUCIUS grew too long. So, I ended it when Lucius’ romance ended and wrote two werewolf novella romances to carry on with two aspects from Lucius’ novel.
Please tell us about your latest release.
My latest release is BLACKBERRY WINE. It’s a Werescape romance that follows BIG BAD BEAST. The blurb can tell readers plenty…
To drink or not to drink? Either choice just might be the death of Colt because Hell hath no fury like a Raven scorned.
In the blink of an eye, Raven lost it all but regained a future. That's when she was ten. Thirteen years later, she's come full circle. In her breeding prime, attractive, wealthy, and powerful, she's what every Normal and Shifter male dreams of possessing. But she's not about to let a man make decisions for her. She can kick-ass with repairing machinery and running a homestead. Then the world stops when she sees him...
Bound by blood and honor, Shifter Colt can't shake the way his Wolf craves Raven. But he must because his brother found her first. And why does she fall into her little awestruck trances whenever her gaze falls upon Colt? His Wolf demands Colt sink his fangs into the salty flesh of the sexy female who can't function when he's nearby.
And everywhere Raven turns, she faces an even worse chapter in the Werescape's shootout at her supposed-to-be Okay Corral. Well, thank goodness every girl has a few tricks up her sleeve--fast draw, guts, all the muscles of one magnificent guardian Shifter, and a few bottles of her special-recipe brew...Temptation never uncorked a sweeter seduction than 2065's BLACKBERRY WINE.
Do you have a special formula for creating characters' names?
Do you try to match a name with a certain meaning to attributes of the character or do you search for names popular in certain time periods or regions?
I’ve actually done all of these tricks. What I do usually depends on whether the story takes place in a historical setting—then I look up appropriate names. In the WERESCAPE series, my werewolves have two clans in North America. One clan’s offspring are named after the (Roman) Caesars. The other clan’s offspring are named after strong powerful animals. This notes the Shifter’s origin and hints at whether or not a man is as trustworthy as another…
Is there a character that you enjoyed writing more than any of the others?
Jackal from Werescape Book 1 was a challenge to write because I loved the crazy American military dragon hunter in REIGN OF FIRE. *everyone gasps* Why, you ask, do I claim to have watched a movie reviewers said was geared toward teenage males? Well, first it’s apocalyptic! Then it had Gerald Butler…And I love dragons. But, the movie inspired Jackal because I loved the emotion in Matthew McConaughey’s eyes. So, I set out to make a character that expressive. Jackal was born. I still like him best out of the heroes I’ve created.
Do you have a formula for developing characters?
Like do you create a character sketch or list of attributes before you start writing or do you just let the character develop as you write? Oh, never. I would have to waste time and energy writing those things down when I’m too antsy to write the story. And, I’ve learned that characters evolve quickly as a writer creates rules (and rules grown out of rules) in story worlds. So, I find it’s easier to just jump in and write until I realize a character needs something and go back to tweak the character. The tweaks are quite simple once you’re in character…
Do you write in different genres?
Yes. Paranormal. Fantasy. Futuristic. All my books are romance, even the ones labeled erotic by my publisher. Those books have solid romantic growth. I’ve read erotica to understand the market and find true erotica simply lacks soul for me. My characters have soul. So, they need romantic growth. I call my “erotica” romantica. It’s usually erotic because I push a boundary not allowed in traditional romance. I have long explicit sex scenes that often grade across the fringes of acceptable…
Do you find it difficult to write in multiple genres?
Not at all. Well, unless I’m trying to write contemporary. I’ve started writing a few contemporaries. Unfortunately by the end of chapter one, something has jolted those stories into the paranormal or fantasy realm! I blame that on my fascination with culture (cultural studies). I just can’t sit and think “no magic” or “no myth”. Now, I was trained to think scientifically about everything. But, writing myth, legend, magic, and about the future is just way too much fun! I find it difficult to write straight genre stories.
Where can readers find you on the web?
(all the following links are at my website)
Yahoo Newsletter Group: http://groups.yahoo.com/group/skhyemoncrief/
Would you like to leave readers with a little teaser or excerpt from the book?
Wolf writhed in agony because she was even more beautiful when she hissed words through grated teeth. But I'm unlike the Shifter Tacitus who seeks challenges. No. I prefer my females docile and safe at home. Josie will never be either.
Mine, Wolf growled.
"Gods-damn-it, Hostillian. Don't growl at me. Just let me pass." Her pale blue eyes glinted like they had a Shifter glow of their own.
Play, Wolf hummed.
Sit. Quiet. Let me think.
Her heart thrashed like she faced a grizzly.
And she'd said Augustus had that damned wink when he gave her this assignment. He sent her on purpose. Hell, I can't let her go out with the curfew a few hours away. Not that tight little ass and those pouty lips. What kind of Guardian would I be if anything happened to a female? "There's nowhere you can go this time of day. You have to stay here." Hopefully, I sounded calm. But she has a way of working from every angle to pry my flesh from my bones. A way of forcing every one of my blood cells into my swelling cock.
"You're kidding. Right?" she snarled. "You and me in the same space until morning?"
She's right. But I'd be damned if she got the best of me in any discussion. "If you behave, everything will be fine," I managed calmly.
"Me?" she crowed, pointing at the floorboards with obvious rage reddening her cheeks.
"You're the one who accused me of coming here on purpose. I offered to leave too."
Unfortunately, I couldn't allow her to win. "You will behave. I have seven teens here learning to grow wheat. But they're highly impressionable--"
"How dare you suggest I'd seduce them!" She thrust up a finger and stabbed the pointed tip into my chest. "I don't know when the last time was I even looked at a youth the age of the one that just left. He's scrawny."
The solid fingertip jabbed harder with each of her words.
Not hard enough to soften Wolf's cock. "You're not leaving this cabin until sunrise." I turned my back to her, leaned an elbow against the biting doorframe, and stared at unfolding grassy prairie beyond the gaping gateway.
Movement even farther out noted my loping students in their Wolfskins were returning to prepare for the evening meal. "You'd better find something to do, Josie. The boys are back.
In were-form. And they'll be shifting shortly. If you don't want to mislead them by staring at their nude bodies, you'd better back away from the door and find something to do."
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BIG BAD BEAST
Werescape Book Six
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Word Count: 38,000 words
Cover Artist: Erin Dameron-Hill (EDH Graphics)
Each wants the other, but neither can stand to be in the same room.
One day in the Big Woods, Normal Josie wakes up and helplessly watches a Shifter virus kill her immediate family in their remote wilderness homestead. Josie has no choice but to carry on. She's forced to brave the forested Wild alone, leading a string of pack horses with all the supplies she can manage to her uncle's Shifter outpost--back to where she became known as a little Normal female who could kick butt with the best Shifters, back to where she fell in love with the only Shifter she could ever mate. Thank goodness he isn't there. But when living among a pack of Shifters, a girl has to obey the alpha. And her alpha has secret plans for her, plans that involve the only Shifter she loves--the Shifter who now irritates the hell out of her.
Stationed at an isolated agricultural outpost with nothing but teenage hormones for company, Shifter Hostillian doesn't mind monotonous day-to-day schedules where he rules the roost. And then his inner Wolf's favorite wild cat screeches at his door. He has no desire to mate the only person who challenges everything he utters. But his Wolf makes demands the minute it catches Josie's scent.
Stand back and watch the fireworks light up the Minnesota sky because the BIG BAD BEAST can't help but to huff and puff and blow Josie's house in...
About the Author:
Aside from muscled men in fur, leather, denim, or kilts, I love cultural ecology, cultural evolution, cultural relativism, and natural processes. Big ideas. Simple concepts that manifest in world building to crazy people like me who studied anthropology and geology before turning to writing romantic fiction. My rule of thumb is to love the good, the bad, and the ugly of every culture in my tales so every aspect of my stories resonates as real as possible.
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