Cassandra Carr is a multi-published erotic romance writer who lives in Western New York with her husband, Inspiration, and her daughter, Too Cute for Words. When not writing she enjoys watching hockey and hanging out on Twitter. Her debut novel, Talk to Me, was released by Loose Id on March 22, 2011. Head Games, Buffalo Intimidators book 1, released on November 2, 2011 from Siren Bookstrand, Caught will release December 13, 2011 from Loose Id, and Impact is coming in early 2012 from Ellora's Cave. For more information about Cassandra, check out her website at http://www.booksbycassandracarr.com, "like" her Facebook fan page athttp://www.facebook.com/AuthorCassandraCarr or follow her on Twitter at http://www.twitter.com/Cassandra_Carr.
1. Why do you write erotic romance?
I get asked this question a lot, and it's usually related to "Why don't you write non-erotic romance?". Frankly, I write erotic romance because I like it and because I'm good at it. Maybe that makes me sound cocky, but hey, a writer needs to know where her strengths lie!
2. Tell me about Talk to Me, what sort of “dirty talk” is involved in the story?
Drew likes to make Jamie blush, so when they're in bed (or, hell, out of bed) he tells her things like "I'm gonna make you come until you pass out." The title isn't really about talking dirty, though, it's about being seduced by a voice - a man's voice, in this instance. Drew could be reciting the phone book and Jamie would get hot.
3. Is that you on the cover?
*snort* Thankfully for all the people buying the book, no. Why? Does it look like me? *shifty eyes*
4. Judging by your backlist I’m seeing a love of men in uniform. How do they inspire erotic fantasies for you?
I do love men in uniform. Who doesn't? I think there's a different allure around a man in uniform, whether it's a soldier, a firefighter, or even (as in my short story in Uniform Behaviour), a cook in a kitchen.
Caught is an edgy BDSM holiday novella. I see you all raising your eyebrows. Yes, I managed to mesh edgy BDSM with tinsel and garland (and in quite an interesting way!). Caught is getting some great advanced reviews and will be available at http://www.loose-id.com/Caught.aspx on December 13th.
6. Let’s switch gears: How different is it writing for a heavily erotic publisher like EC or LI compared to any other publishers you’ve worked with in the past?
I have really only worked with publishers like EC and LI so far, so I can't really comment. However, I'm talking to a print publisher right now about writing a book for them that would be significantly less steamy than the books I've published so far. It would still have some steam, but wouldn't be as blatantly erotic as my current stories.
7. What from your perspective does it take for an author to really make a name for themselves in erotica/erotic romance?
Great stories, with great characters and something a little different. I try not to write the same stuff other people are writing and I think it's doing well for me so far.
8. How important is it for authors to do the research for something like BDSM?
Heh. You've hit on one of my hugest pet peeves! But you knew that, didn't you? I think it's very, very important for an author to do their research when writing a BDSM book. Like it or not, readers may think things that happen in BDSM books, even if they were only meant for pure fantasy, are possible to do in real life. If something you portray in one of your books is dangerous, a reader may still do it. I've heard authors say it's not our responsibility to make sure the things in our books are safe, but I respectfully disagree.
9. Tell me what sexy clothing are you wearing *snicker*
Heh. Fleece. It's important for a writer to be warm, you know.
10. Lastly, your URL and what you want readers to take away from your books?
I hope readers think my books are sexy and yet have humor. I want them to fall in love with my characters just like I do every time I write a book.
We do too! It's been a pleasure to interview you.
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