Today I’m interviewing author Cristal Ryder. So without further ado, here we go!
Thanks so much for having me to your blog today, Cassandra. I’m very glad to be here. You have some great interview questions!
Can you leave readers with a little teaser or excerpt from the book/new release?
I’d love to! This is from my newest release Rock-Hard Heat from Ellora’s Cave. It’s the continuation of Chet and Jenna’s story that began in Elemental Heat.
Blurb (excerpt at the end)
Unable to stay away from her sexy cowboy, Jenna flies back to him and the Colorado Rockies. A part of her stayed in the wild and rugged west after she left and she wants to rekindle their passion. And uncover the potential riches hidden in this majestic landscape.
Chet sets out to mine a special place in Jenna’s heart with love and their undeniable chemistry. Their steamy affair has Jenna searching for more than gold in the mountains—she wants Chet’s rock-hard love, anywhere she can get it.
Where can readers find you on the web?
What can readers expect next from you?
My next release will be coming soon from Sybarite Seductions. It’s an antho with Cassandra Carr titled Sexy Sport Shorts. My story is called Sweet Spot. We don’t have a release date yet, but hoping for October or November.
How do you get yourself in the right frame of mind to write those blush-worthy, heart-pumping sex scenes?
Really good question. I don’t know. I think it just flows from the previous scene. I’m a pantser so not really one that plans things out. The last sex scene I had to write was difficult and I kept putting it off thinking it would be boring. Then I found myself in the right mindset and it flames lit up on the page. Hot stuff
Who really knows that answer to this? Personally, I think it’s a way of letting inhibitions go. To experience something considered taboo and something you may not wish to experience in real life. You can do it through a story. It’s a great way to let your imagination go and whet your appetite. Who knows, maybe it will inspire some to take their fantasy to the next level. I touch on BDSM in my two books Being Ariana and Being Bound. Bound has a female dominatrix where the hero must make a very important decision. I love both these books and it was educational writing them.
It’s all in the name of research, right? What is the most interesting thing you did for research? *grins*
LOL – pretty boring actually. But I did go to the Kentucky Derby which provided a good foundation for the womens fiction I’m working on. However, I think I’m heading to a very liberal club this Friday night where pole dancing is the theme. Ask me later how I made out
Do you have a special formula for creating characters’ names?
Not really. They seem to just pop into my head and I go from there. I do think I’ll have to start a name spreadsheet though. Sometimes I find the names are similar sounding which rather surprises me. What exactly does that mean? *shrugs* not so sure but I’m sure it does somehow.
Can you tell readers a little bit about the world building in the book/series? Were there challenges or obstacles you had to overcome?
Most of my settings or world building are based on places I’ve been or have a keen interest in. I can only hope they are just as interesting to the reader as well. The one paranormal I have written is a post-apocalyptic story set in the future. I love sci fi and paranormal and a huge fan of Terminator, Alien and basically anything space. Challenges for me were to draw on my exposure to the sci fi world I so like, but not copy and to create my own beings and places and the reasons why there was an apocalypse. No zombies in this, instead we have a mutated form of humans that are both the good guys and a different more sinister mutation that is the bad guys. My lips are sealed for the rest
We usually never talk about villains of books during interviews. Share with us who or what is the antagonist of your story.
In a finished manuscript that I will be submitting soon, the villain is a woman that is obsessive to the point of being dangerous. We don’t find out just how volatile she is until the end of the book. Hints at her weirdness and emotional instability are scattered throughout the book, and hopefully not too obvious to ruin the surprise at the end. Wish me luck on finding this angsty, sexy and dark book a home.
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An Excerpt From: ROCK-HARD HEAT
Copyright © CRISTAL RYDER, 2012
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