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Louisa Trent

 

Joyfully Interviewed would like to welcome Louisa Trent, author of an impressive body of work that explores the darker realms of love and sexuality. 

 

October 28th is the release date for your latest book, Bleeding Love from Loose Id. Can you tell us a little bit about the new book?

Thank you for asking! BLEEDING LOVE is a late 19th century historical with a Bar Harbor, Maine setting. Here’s the blurb:

John does more than stargaze through the lens of his telescope -- he voyeuristically watches Lily, his sister by marriage, his brother's wife, the woman he’s always coveted. She's his addiction, an obsession he tries to mask with a habit of another kind. Until Molly, the woman he sleeps with but swears he can never love, issues him an ultimatum.

Molly does more than pose nude for artists -- she watches out for John, an absinthe addict hell-bent on killing himself. He's her touchstone, a test of her willingness to open herself up to pain. To save John’s life, Molly will do anything. Submit to everything. Allow all. No degradation is too much to demand. For John’s soul, she’ll face a sexual crucible. For John’s heart, she’ll explore the dark depths of BLEEDING LOVE.

 

How did you feel about writing a sequel for Tainted Love?

Relieved.

I wrote TAINTED LOVE for Ellora’s Cave about 7 years ago and then revised the book for Loose Id. When LI subsequently asked me to revisit characters for a Christmas-themed short story, I chose John Donovan, the hero’s brother in TAINTED LOVE. But I left John’s HEA hanging in A CHRISTMAS COMING. So, I featured him again in another holiday themed story, THREE ON THE FOURTH…and left him hanging again. I know, I know, shame on me! After receiving -- ahem -- nudging reader emails, I wrote BLEEDING LOVE to give John his HEA -- after putting him through hell. What can I say? Putting characters through hell is a special gift of mine. I plan to torture -- I mean feature -- the third and youngest Donovan brother, Theo, next.

 

What was the hardest part about writing your new book?

Staying within the timeline and character arc delineated in TAINTED LOVE. Fortunately, my editor, Crystal, is both patient and detail-oriented.

 

How will you promote this book?

Does this interview count? And, by the way, thank you again for having me!

For BLEEDING LOVE, I’ll do the same promo as always: just about nothing. Fortunately, Loose Id is very understanding of my quirks. Life is short and so I only do what interests me. Promo doesn’t interest me. If asked, I will do an interview -- if I like the format and the questions aren’t personal. But I don’t seek out opportunities. Boundaries are good. And above all else, I value my privacy.

I noticed that both books have the same titles as two popular songs. How did you come up with the title?

I liked both songs, they coincidently worked with the books’ themes, and I was trying for continuity in what has inadvertently turned out to be a series through absolutely no advance planning on my part.

 

Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp?

Yes. But I prefer readers to draw their own conclusions.

 

Do your stories have their own soundtrack?

TAINTED LOVE and BLEEDING LOVE do. The rest, no.

 

When did you first decide that you wanted to write erotic romance with a BDSM focus?

I never consciously made that decision. There are guidelines to consider, naturally, which I always balk at, then rail against, and ultimately try my hardest to resist. (See above reference to “my quirks”.) I was told years and years ago, and by more than one NY editor, that I have an erotic voice and I don’t write romances. No argument. I write hybrids: erotic love stories with both mainstream and romantic elements. Looking for a hero and heroine in the most narrow sense? Steer clear of my books. They are not formula driven. Fitting in is something neither I, nor my books, do very well.

 

Who is the target audience for your books?

I have none. No target group. No brand. No author identity. I just tell a story. A DIFFERENT story every time I write, peopled with DIFFERENT kinds of characters every time I write, all of them imperfect, even non-heroic, every time I write. The books garner wildly divergent opinions from readers and reviewers. All the stories, however, elicit strong emotions. I don’t write middle-of-the road, safe books. I take risks. Some of the stories are dark. Edgy. They have unpretty scenes. I hit hard with my stories. No apologies. And no whining over my battle scars.

 

What was the publishers' reaction when you first started submitting your books?

Well, Ellora’s Cave published my earlier ones so I assume they liked them well enough.

 

How many books have you written? Which is your favorite?

I’ve written 19 books. No favorites.

 

Have you written any books that are strictly M/M or F/F?  If not, why?

THE PICKUP LINE portrays a (pseudo) cross-dressing heroine’s heartbreaking passion for a gay man. I wrote the book over 5 years ago and that het love story is as close as I’ve come to writing a gay romance. I’ve never written a strictly M/M or F/F book. Nor have I ever written a were or a vamp story. You will not find me jumping on any bandwagons. Far too crowded for my tastes. (shudder) As soon as the latest trend in anything appears, my resistant personality takes me running in the opposite direction. (See above reference to: “Fitting in is not something I do very well.”)

 

Where do you get your information or ideas for your books?

This is where I always bring up my warped psyche -- as good an answer as any.

 

What is most important to you when it comes down to character development?

Moral ambiguity/ambivalence/complexity. Redemption. Meaningful and gritty eroticism.

 

Which genre do you prefer: Historical, Contemporary, or Futuristic settings?

I find contemporary romances easiest to write. Naturally, I resist writing them for that very same reason.

 

How important is HEA to you?

HEA is the only mandatory romance obligation I happily uphold. I don’t want to pay for my tears, and I don’t want my readers to pay for their tears either.

 

What book(s) most influenced your life?

WUTHERING HEIGHTS.

 

What are your favorite things to do when you're not writing?

Gardening. Travel. Went to Ireland this past summer. We take an annual pilgrimage to the Berkshires every year for Shakespeare And Company. We also attend Jabob’s Pillow for dance while we’re there. Trey McIntrye Project is my favorite dance company. Movies and theatre throughout the year. Duffy in concert is on the docket for this coming weekend. Hiking. We go on LOTS of nature walks. And I’m always touring historical homes. I’d like to start biking again. I miss it. And quilting. I miss that too. I also miss streaking naked across the field at football games. (Just seeing if you were paying attention.)

 

What would you put in a Louisa Trent time capsule?

Nothing. I would not choose to participate. (See? What I tell ya? Resistant all the way. That’s me.)

 

Who would you choose to play you in a movie about your life?

Okay. This one, even *I* can’t resist. Hugh Laurie. That’s right, Dr. Gregory House of TV’s HOUSE fame. He’d need to shave of course…

 

Are there any new authors that have sparked your interest and why?

I support ALL the many talented writers at Loose Id, new and old alike. My books wouldn’t be there if I didn’t fully endorse the publisher. The cross-genre concept is a good match for me, as is the high sensuality level. Here’s a link to the new authors: http://www.loose-id.com/searchresult.aspx?CategoryID=337   Read the blurbs and the excerpts. That’s what I do.

 

 What are some of the best tools available today for writers, especially those just starting out?

Tools, eh? Here goes. Hold self-discipline in one hand, a “Jesus, take the wheel” philosophy in the other. A strong ego is a must-have tool. Independent wealth and a large inheritance are two more. Put those on your wish list. A paying day job is the best tool of all. Keep that one in your pocket. Never lose it. The portrayal of a “starving artist” is a cliché for a reason.

Now for the use of your tools: Respect the process of writing. Strive for excellence. Work at originality. Ignore the atmosphere of cynicism and create a masterpiece that some reader somewhere will love. Never forget, words are your power tools. Keep them charged!

 

Where can readers find you and your work?

Primarily, at Loose Id. I also have two books at Samhain.

 

Is there anything you'd like to say or share with your readers before you go?

I’d like to thank my readers for following me through the years. It’s been a bumpy road. I commend you for your patience and fortitude. You can reach me through my email at www.louisatrent.com

 

Joyfully Interviewed would like to thank you for taking the time to do this interview.

The pleasure was all mine. I’ve enjoyed your thought-provoking questions.

 

     

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