Thursday, January 21, 2010
Go Ahead, Ask Me Anything…Almost
As long as it pertains to my books, characters, or an opinion I feel strongly about, you’ll probably get an honest answer. I say probably here because if there’s no chance I’ll ever meet you, I’ll likely tell you I’m a petite blonde in my early twenties. Wait, make that mid twenties so I don’t have to pay extra to rent a car.
I’ll answer personal questions about the obvious. Why Dalton Diaz (DD)? Because Ashlyn Chase has a great sense of humor and she chose the name. Anyone within eye-poking distance of me knows how she came up with that one.
What I don’t get is when people ask me about my sex life. Not whether I’m comfortable writing about certain sex acts, but if I indulge in them myself. Huh?
Let me start with research vs reality. Research is the fun part of the job! Is it physically possible as described for tab A to fit into slot B? Really? Ok, let’s give him another inch… Sometimes research is hands-on, but most of the time you put a call out to your peeps or you look online. Think about it; most of us do not have sex slaves on call 24/7. I’m sure there are authors out there who live that lifestyle, too, but I’m not asking!
I’ve never been able to figure out why some people assume contemporary erotic authors can only write from experience vs authors who write about vampires or ghosts. I’m pretty sure JR Ward and Laurell K. Hamilton aren’t going around biting males to see how it tastes and feels, any more than Lora Leigh is finding humans bred with felines to interview!
In Love Cuffs, I wrote the male point of view. I’m not a man. In Illegal Moves, I wrote a bisexual male point of view. I’m not a bisexual male. My heroines hold their own. I’m a total wimp.
In truth, this is what I love most about writing. I can be anyone, try anything, and if I want to, have a sex slave 24/7. I don’t think DH would wear that T-shirt, though.
So talk to me. My favorite thing about Romanticon last year was the focus group workshops. I love to hear what you like to read. You never know what might show up in a book.