Friday, December 2, 2011

Interview with Ellora's Cave author Christine d'Abo

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, come chat with me over at Twitter @Christine_dAbo, or keep up to date with my latest news at my 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.

No Remedy

 And remember RomFan is also giving away a $25 Ellora's Cave Gift Certificate to one person see details (here)

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