Tuesday, August 9, 2011
Interview with Lila Dubois!!
As promised, a series of weird and seemingly pointless questions. But I am assured that these are the types of things readers are truly curious about.
1. If you could transform into any animal, what would you choose? Please tell us, as only an author can, why you would make this specific choice?
I would transform into a dolphin, and not just because everything I own was covered in pink and purple dolphin and kitty stickers when I was 12. The depths of the oceans are off limits to humans. They’re, slowly developing the technology that allows for awesome HD TV specials, but for a person to really experience that themselves is dangerous and scary. (Did anyone else see that episode of MythBusters where they took an oldschool dive suit and proved that if you lose pressure yes, your internal organs would squish up into the helmet? No scuba for me, thank you very fucking much.) As a dolphin I could see the ocean, eat sushi, and live my pink and purple 12-year-old dream.
2. Please share with us your most embarrassing moment with a fan or another author
Hmm, I’m rarely embarrassed, and am usually embarrassing other people. Though I must say I did want to die, when, at the past Romantic Time Convention my hubby, who I had running around getting books signed for me, proceeded to grill Shannon K. Butcher about what would happen in the next Jim Butcher book. I was chucking M and M’s at his back from across the aisle to shut him up (my signing table was across the aisle from Shannon’s).
3. Which do you prefer to write? The hero or the villain? And why?
In erotic romance I love writing my heros, because, you know they’re having a very very good time. Even the “villians” seem to rarely stay bad. SPOILER! The bad guy in Lights, Camera…Monsters is the hero in book three of the series, Gone with the Monster, and he’s a freaking HOOT!
4. Do you have someone in your life that you model your heroes after? What about those villains?
I never model characters after whole people, but they will pick up characteristics of people I know—a particular phase, a way of standing, or a shirt they always wear. Having something in my characters that reminds me of someone I know helps keep them sounding like real people (or so I hope).
I have noticed that since getting engaged and then married my heroes have become more realistically bone-headed in some ways—not really listening, fiddling with electronics when they shouldn’t be, just generally being a little clueless. This has, nothing to do with my very sweet but occasionally absentminded scientist partner. Nope. Nada.
5. I am a woman who is 43 years old and has a crush on her 25-year-old gardener, what naughty secret do you have to share?
Exactly how naughty are we talking? Cuz I have a couple…
Here’s my naughty secret: I’m an erotic romance author whose never had a threesome. I expect to be drummed out of the league of awesome erotic romance authors any moment.
6. I’ll go easy on you this time. What is your sinful pleasure? I have two. Gluttony: where I eat to much Ben & Jerry’s Pistachio Pistachio, and Sloth : where I laze in bed all day watching HGTV (Mike Holmes…mmm nummy!) or Farscape. Please be equally specific.
Mine is overindulgence, which stems from the idea that anything worth doing is worth doing well and a lot. This usually leads to a host of other sins. I hosted a bachelorette on Friday night. I put up enough decorations to make my place look like a cheap strip club, bought ridiculous amounts of both food and booze, proceeded to consume huge amounts of both before hauling the party all over downtown. This night of drunken revelry lead to a Saturday spent lying on the couch amid the ruins of the decorations watching Hoarders and moaning piteously until someone brought me aspirin, water and a bean and cheese burrito.
7. Do you sing in the shower? What would Simon Cowell think of your performance? What is your favorite song choice?
I absolutely cannot sing and never since in the shower as a result. Dogs would howl.
8. If you could be any of your characters whom would you choose? Tell us why of course.
Jane, my heroine in My Fair Monster is a successfully screenwriter in Hollywood. Not only is this a ridiculously cool job that I’d love to have but she’s one of those gorgeous women who doesn’t know how hot she is. This is not my problem, but I wish it was. Professional I think Jane’s life would be pretty sweet, and personally Jane’s hero, Michael, is seriously hot, sexy and inventive in the bedroom. AWWW YEA! Plus he turns into something really, really interesting!
9. Who did it the best? Out of all of your favorite paranormal authors’ works, who wrote the BEST SCENE EVA? Explain.
That’s an awful question, it’s like trying to pick a favorite at a Thunder from Down Under show. Instead I’ll describe the scene that made me realize I loved paranormal romance above all other sub-genres. This is old school, because this book was my mom’s battered copy that I got my hands on when I was 14 or 15—Dazzling Brightness by Roberta Gellis. I freaking love that book. There a scene in the beginning where Persephone (still called Kore—omg so good!) runs away from him through a narrow rock passage. Hades uses his power to force the rock passage open wide enough for him to follow. He literally moves a mountain to follow her. *sigh *swoon
10. You are now a published author, which some would say is the pinnacle for any writer. Now that you have achieved this goal, what is your new dream? What is it that you now aspire to do?
I recently finished my MFA in writing. As my thesis I wrote an Urban Fantasy. Publishing that book is my next great writing adventure.
Luke is desperate to save his people. A lifetime of sneaking in to human houses and watching movies has convinced him that if he can make a great movie about monsters, humanity will change its opinion of them. With his friends at his side, all in shiny new human bodies, Luke heads for Tinsel Town.
A rising Hollywood producer, all-business Lena knows a good story when she sees it. Luke? He’s just another amateur who wants to get famous. But Luke’s too gorgeous to pass up. And there’s something vulnerable about him that leads her to throw caution to the wind and invite him to dinner.
One night of incredible sex later, Lena wakes up next to the surprise of her life. She’s sleeping next to a monster. Literally.
Appearances aside, she finds herself wanting to help Luke save his people. But they’ve got more to worry about than just human prejudice.
Some of the monsters would rather stay in the closet—and to make them all stay there, they’re willing to kill.
Calling the Wild
Destiny is waiting…
Moira doesn’t know who’s hunting her, but she knows why. In her youth she unleashed a deadly force that killed everything within range—a strange power she has vowed never to use again.
Needing protection, she risks a bit of the old magic to call for backup. She gets more than she asks for. A lot more. A proud, sexually magnetic, enraged centaur who’s far from a quiet, obedient servant.
Kiron at first tries to intimidate the witch into freeing him, but she possesses more backbone than the average human. When she’s attacked again, he realizes she’s not a real witch. In fact, she’s not even human. And the sparks flying between them have nothing to do with the magical shackles that bind them together.
Curiosity grows to admiration, then to a love that in the end may not be enough to protect her. Moira’s enemies are closing in, intending to harness her power to restore a dark kingdom that has lain dormant for a thousand years.
There’s only one, heart-wrenching way out—give herself over to the full extent of her powers hoping that her true destiny lies with Kiron, and not in fulfilling a prophecy of death…
Running into an old friend isn’t a big deal, unless you’re attending a BDSM mixer. When Liz, a woman who has it all—except a sex life—sees college pal Mark in the parking lot, she brushes off her embarrassment and agrees to go out for coffee to catch up.
Mark assumes Liz is a Domme, but when she reveals her red ribbon—a ribbon identifying her as a sub—he has to have her. He makes her complete a sex checklist that lists every toy, kink, position and taboo he might do to her, on her or with her.
Though desperate for this relationship to work, Liz cannot fully accept her desires or bring herself to submit passively. She wants Mark to master her, to dominate her. Mark is delighted by the way she challenges him, and with one touch, he knows she’s his perfect sexual match.
Now they face their greatest challenge yet, that forbidden territory that lies outside the bedroom… Dating.