I recently had the chance to chat with a
talented author. So, without further delay let’s hear from
always know that one day you would be a writer?
Yes, I think it was inevitable that at some point I would
write erotica. I was always that girl who was a little too
smart. I could make straight A's, charm the teachers into
believing I was perfect and then get a bunch of girls together
at our lunch table for "story time". And really, the stories
were fairly graphic for young girls to be sharing.
How did you get
I've always written—a journal, poetry, soul searching songs—but my
writing shifted into high gear in 1986 when I found myself the
full-time caretaker of my invalid parents. Most nights instead of
sleeping I would write, amassing several 100k novels. After their
deaths, I looked at the pile and said, "Now what?" At the same time
my teenage daughter was interested in what I was doing on the
computer and decided to sneak one of my ms out of the house. She
loved it so much that it ended up at one of those dark, smoke filled
coffee/poetry cafés and was read aloud over the course of an
evening. Everyone there loved it, and without my even knowing it a
fan base was born. That story was Sacred Secrets. Was I mad? Of
course, but I was also amazed that anyone would want to read it.
After that I started investigating writers’ groups.
Tell us what
When I write, I have an intense desire to make the reader think, to
push their boundaries, to challenge their beliefs about people. I
write about damaged people because I believe in some way, we are all
damaged. That's what makes us who we are as humans. That's what
makes us interesting and it's how we cope with the event that
damaged us that really intrigues me. We all have vices and escapes
from the mundane—creativity outlets, religion—to the
extreme—cutting, BDSM, addictions. When I write, I write to touch
deep seated human emotion.
When writing do
you plan the story out before you start or does it develop as your
That's interesting, because my writing is evolving. I never use an
outline. The Chronicle of Surrender: Books I-III, Submissive, and
Old Dog, New Tricks were all written as I told the story in my head,
sometimes taking years to piece together.
The novels I'm currently working on seem to need telling with
immediacy and so I write the rough and dirty story as soon as it
comes to me on scraps of paper, napkins, whatever is handy. Though
I'm now trying to carry a notebook for such emergency writing
moments, and that seems to me to be as close to an outline as I will
If you could
bring one of your characters, or any character to life, who would it
be and why?
Jackie, Garrett's best friend and the male to female transsexual
that makes an appearance in all of the Chronicles of Surrender. Why?
I admire her strength and her courage, her sense of identity, and
her love of life. She is a very passionate woman.
Tell us some of
your favorites…foods, movies, music, authors, books, colors, and any
others you want to share?
FOOD: I love food...any and all food, especially global
choices...except maybe not LIVE food (grubs, worms etc)...I love to
find restaurants that are off the main road, mom and pop home
cooking places. I have a couple favs here close-by...one Mexican,
one Greek, one Chinese, and one American Vegan...and they know
me...they know I want whatever they are probably having for dinner
themselves tonight...the stuff that isn't necessarily on the menu...
MOVIES: You know that single copy movie that they have at the video
store that no one has ever rented...except for maybe one really
eccentric person? Yeah, I'm that person...
MUSIC: Folk, Blues, Indy, Celtic...I love live music by local people
who will never be known...they just sound amazing.
BOOKS: Fiction and non-fiction...including but not limited
to...philosophy, sociology, anthropology, economics, sci-fi,
chick-lit, mysteries...the classics...
I love to read...my favorite authors are too many to note here...
I read you
belong to a writing group. Do you find this to be helpful? Would you
recommend this to writers who are just starting out?
Yes...yes...yes...a writing group provides motivation, moral
support, emotional support, friendships, critiques. Where would I be
without the friends I've made at the group and their encouragement?
I would be a much lesser writer than I am today for certain.
What would a
perfect day for you involve?
I try to make everyday a perfect day because I learned very early
that there isn't always a tomorrow for a second try. The secret is
learning to be passionate and involved with every moment. The good
ones and the bad ones. Some of the days I remember and cherish as
memories are those days that seemed so tragic but one second, one
moment I embraced something good and fine and held on for dear life.
You stories deal
with BDSM, what draws you to this genre?
Life experience. Finding pleasure in the pain. See the prior
question because the long answer is very long and deals with abusive
relationships, religious fanaticism, and surviving of emotional
Do you enjoy
hearing from your readers and what is the best way to contact you?
I love, love, love hearing from my readers...roxyharte at gmail dot
Did I read that
your house is actually haunted? I am very curious to learn more
Oh wow...Lucy! I do miss Lucy, our wonderful, playful child-ghost
who scared us as often as she amused us. When I got married last
year, my husband moved me and my daughter from our 100 yr old
haunted house and into a newly built dream house. Neither my husband
nor my daughter misses Lucy and, honestly, it was fairly
frightening. Exploding lightbulbs, thrown objects, being shaken
awake, terrorized pets but there was never a dull moment—and she was
amazing at finding lost things...
What do you
consider your greatest strength? Any weaknesses?
STRENGTH: My survival instinct, my intuition, my willingness to love
WEAKNESS: Unreasonable fears...phobias...
What does your
family think of your writing? Are they your biggest fans and do they
read your work?
My family is proud of me for pursuing my dreams, and yes, they've
all read at least some of my works.
Are you able to
write full-time of do you have one of those pesky day jobs?
I'm a real-estate agent who was so busy working 12 and 14 hour days
just to keep up with demand a few years ago who suddenly has an
amazing amount of free time...so no pesky day job.
Do you have a
writing schedule that you follow?
Not strictly, but most days I do try to write at least 3000 words.
And days that I actually write double that are my favorite kind of
days because it means there was no life drama that needed attending.
anything else you would like to share with us? Any current or
Old Dog, New Tricks being released in July by Loose-Id Publishers
(working title, subject to change)
Unholy Promises, Book 3 of the Chronicles of Surrender also being
released this summer by Liquid Silver Books.
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