Today we're joined by Ellora's Cave author Christine d'Abo. Christine, it's a pleasure to have you with us today. In honor of Ellora's Cave week, can I ask you why you chose Ellora's Cave to publish with?
Thank you so much for having me! I was first published with Ellora’s Cave back in 2007. One of the things I loved about them at the time was the range of stories they had available. I’d always been a big fan of romance science fiction and futuristics. I couldn’t get my fix with a lot of the NY publishers, so I started writing my own. EC was the first publisher who came to mind because I knew they were willing to take a chance on the types of stories I wanted to tell. I haven’t looked back since.
What made you decide to start writing erotica? I know women love to read it, but very few are gutsy enough to try writing it. And to make this a two-part question, what made you decide on sci-fi erotica?
Let’s be honest here, I like sex in my romance. For me the sexual relationship is a huge component to who these couples (triads, conglomerations) happen to be. I don’t think you can simply shut the door or fade to black and the character development stops. We learn a lot about who a person is during sex, and those are the aspects I like to explore. Plus, it’s frigging hot!
As for sci-fi erotica…I’ve been a geek since I was a kid. I had a thing for Han Solo and wanted more of the romance between him and Princess Lea. Yes, I was that girl. Because I loved the worlds in science fiction as a kid, it was only natural for me as a writer to want to weave in the romance elements I felt were missing. I hope I’ve been able to do that.
How long did it take you to go from "Hey, I think I'll write a book today" to "Woohoo! I'm published!" I've heard the average is five years.
It turned out to be about three years for me. I first started writing with the intent on getting published when I was on maternity leave with my second daughter. It gave me an outlet for those days when the diapers got to be too much. In those three years I wrote a historical novel (90k – bad story), half a Blaze and two versions of The Bond That Ties Us, the book I eventually sold to Ellora’s Cave.
If you have any free time (I know I never do) what would we catch you doing?
Free time? HAHAHAHA…oh sorry. Yeah, I don’t have much of it myself. I work full time at my day job, have two pre-teen daughters, two dogs and a husband who I love to see on the rare occasions we meet up. I also write what I consider to be full time. But on the rare occasions when I’m not doing any of that, I love to read, I’m a huge football fan, and enjoy exercising (yes, I’m crazy).
What kinds of books do you enjoy reading?
Funny enough, I find myself reading a lot of historical. Now that I’m published, I tend to not read as much erotic sci-fi as I’d like. I want to keep things fresh. I also love a good m/m story and have been getting into graphic novels recently. I’m also a closet horror reader. Love Joe Hill!
What advice would you give to aspiring authors out there?
Everyone says don’t give up. But I would have to say the best thing you can do is find a critique partner that you trust. Find someone who has strengths that balance against your weaknesses, and vice versa. With my critique partner JK Coi, she’s stronger on grammar than I am. I’m a plot idea girl. :)
Where can we go to learn more about you and your books?
You can visit me at my website http://www.christinedabo.com/, come chat with me over at Twitter @Christine_dAbo, or keep up to date with my latest news at my blog www.christinedabo.com/blog.
Christine, thanks so much for joining us today, and we wish you much success in the future.
Thank you for having me. :)
To read the review of Christine's book, click on the link below.
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