Welcome Clair de Lune! This is the second part of her open and frank interview. Clair also has her latest release out today, it's called Master Eric's Virgin Sub, and can be bought from Bookstrand HERE
As a way of wetting your appetite, here's the blurb and cover for Clair's latest release, Master Eric's Virgin Sub
Clair congratulations on your latest release.
Master Eric Ballater, the Dom behind the bar at Prometheus in Chains, a BDSM club, meets Emma Browne, a beautiful blonde virgin waiting for her hero, at a Collaring Ceremony. Curious about the club, she returns for an exploratory visit—and likes what she sees.
She is happy with her new life until someone steals her identity, sending abusive e-mails in her name and spending large amounts on her credit card. Why is it happening to Emma?
Eric, determined to find out, sets a successful trap, snaring the stalker. Thinking all is over, she explores BDSM with Eric, and they fall in love. But Emma is torn between her love for him and the disapproval of her family if they find out about his involvement in BDSM. At the club's anniversary celebrations, the stalker returns and attacks Emma. Can Eric save her and win her heart completely?
A. Self doubt. Can I do this? Will anyone want to read what I write? There’s a lot of me in Jane, my first heroine. A reviewer said that Jane’s age was never stated. That was deliberate. Jane is a grandmother. When you get to a certain age, with or without grey hair, you become invisible in shops and the like. You are not expected to have an interesting life, as for BDSM and a sex life? Perish the thought! I wanted to show that older women, not women of 50 or 60 or 70 but just older women have a life, can enjoy new experiences and have sex just as much as a 20 year old. Life will give you wrinkles, but only you can let those wrinkles rule your life. Jane’s in her early sixties in fact. She has doubts, problems with her arthritis and her-self image. Master Angus, bless him, will have none of it. He sees past the ‘grandma’ to the person Jane has always been and always will be, whatever changes take place in her outward appearance. Just look at the attitude of the person who waxed her. Master Angus understands why she has these problems but he helps her face and overcome them.
Q. Where do you get the inspirations for your books?
A. It might be an item on the news, like Fiona’s Two Masters, Book 3 in the Prometheus series.(Due to be released October 31st) Several women have been given prison sentences for withdrawing, under duress, complaints against violent partners. It can be something I experience in my own life, like Initiation. Sometimes a particular interest, like the Kinbaku in Catriona’s Golden Angel. I tend to start with some characters in my head and then the story comes.
Q. Do you prefer stand-alone books or series (As a reader or a writer) ?
A. As a reader I don’t mind. If I like a set of characters, then I want to read more about them, for instance Desire, Bliss, Esoteria. I could go on, with a long list. My Kindle is full of them. Stand-alone is fine too. If a book engages my interest I will read it, and read it several times. Pride and Prejudice is my favourite and I read it on average once a year. I doubt it will be read this year as I have little time to read now.
As a writer I prefer series. There is always something at the end of a book that could have been added or needed to be said. A series allows characters to re-appear and develop as you put them into other situations with other people. How many books have you read where you wonder what happened to them afterwards? Did they have that baby? Did they live together happily ever after? If you write a series you can answer all those questions. I love Anne McCaffrey’s “Freedom” series. Sadly Anne is no longer with us so we will never ever now what happened to Kris and Zainal later on.
Q. If you could change places with one character from your book, who would it be and why?
A. Jane, she gets her loving Dominant and a very fulfilling new life. She appears in almost all the Prometheus novels to some degree, with her new circle of friends. I know what those Gaelic words mean too!
Q. Do you listen to music while you are writing, and if so what music is it?
A. No, I need quiet, when I’m at home. Strangely enough when I’m out, if I need to write something down, I just get on. I started a plot for one novel in the middle of Tullie House museum, with kids running all over and playing with the exhibits. I never heard a thing! Music does play a large part in my life. I love Heavy Metal. Led Zeppelin, Deep Purple, Black Sabbath, Nine Inch Nails. I also enjoy Bellowhead, an English folk band, Runrig ,a gaelic Rock group, Donnie Munro, their ex-front man, Queen, the Who. I am sure you get the picture by now. Cooking and cleaning are done to loud music.
Q. How may readers contact you?
Clairdelune4542 (at) yahoo (dot) co (dot) uk
I answer every email and Facebook contact. As a reader I know it is difficult to decide to get in contact. You think the author will be too busy to answer. Well that’s not so. It is good to hear what you have to say about the books and characters. Tell me what you really think !
Q. Are there any words of encouragement for unpublished writers?
A. Yes, just keep trying. It's never too late. I'm still dazed and confused (Led Zep reference) by the way writing has now become central to my life and happiness, in such a short space of time. I have found nothing but advice and help from the staff at Siren and my fellow authors, several of whom have become friends.