Charlotte’s new book The Black Door is out, so I’ve caught her and compelled her to tell me a thing or two…
Do you have a ‘fantasy cast list’ for your book?
Honestly? I haven’t got a clue. Although I have a Pinterest board full of “Delicious Temptations” that I would love to meet / work with, I’ve never really considered who I’d want to play each character.
With The Black Door, I really haven’t thought about it much. But Alex O’Loughlin (Hawaii Five-0) is currently set in my mind for the novel I’m currently writing! (Only if I get to play his leading lady though.)
What’s your favourite genre within erotica – romance, BDSM, M/M, menage, paranormal, historical or something else?
To write – contemporary romance. I’ve tried writing paranormal but I don’t think my imagination extends that far. I might give it another go one day.
To read – I’ll read anything erotica, but love a storyline if there is an element of action (as in crime, thriller type action!) and there has to be a dominant Alpha male character.
Which fictional character would you like to go on a date with (or have sex with)?
Gideon Cross from Sylvia Day’s Crossfire novels. I am completely addicted to him. My husband is looking forward to the next book coming out as much as I am – he gets more Xbox time when I’m immersing myself in Gideon!
Do you prefer writing short stories, novels or novellas, and why?
I prefer writing full-length novels. I think you can get more into a story that way, plus cramming a whole plot, beginning, middle, and end into a short story or novella takes skill and discipline. I loved writing my short story, City Nights: One Night in Edinburgh (due out in November, published by Tirgearr publishing) though – it made me challenge myself.
What’s the most extreme sex scene you’ve ever written?
I wrote a full on bondage scene once, complete with ties, blindfolds, whips, and toys. But it didn’t amount to a finished manuscript so is still sat on my laptop. In my published novels, I think the sex scenes are very mild for erotic romance, which is why they fall onto a borderline with contemporary romance.
Do you do a lot of research or are you drawing on an interesting personal history?
There wasn’t much research needed for The Black Door, although I have drawn on conversations I’ve had with friends who are single parents to help with developing Imogen’s character.
Personal history and experience certainly plays a part when I’m writing. With One Night in Edinburgh, I chose to write about that city because I’ve been there a few times and fell in love with it.
Men. All the bloody same.
My mind traced back to the day I had given up on one-sided monogamous relationships.
The children were at school or work, and the sun was beating down. It was a glorious day, and I had decided to go home for lunch, rather than spend it in a stuffy office.
I pulled up outside the house and a fleeting thought passed through my mind when I saw Connor’s car sitting in the driveway. My husband of eighteen years had had the same idea.
I crept into the house, hoping to surprise him. But, it turned out that his idea had involved a slutty bottle-blonde.
I wanted to blame the events that followed on a red mist descending over me. The truth is that in the time it took for my mind to register that some tart was riding my husband in what I later found out was known as reverse cowgirl, my mind had calculated the necessary response.
The skank lost a good handful of bleached hair, roots and all. I allowed her to gather her clothes and watched as she tugged her pants on whilst running out of the house. If nothing else, the neighbours got a good show.
Connor yelled at me. But his words were drowned out by the blood pumping in my ears. I marched back up the stairs and into his little study. Opening the window, I saw Miss Slut stood in the middle of the road, screeching obscenities at me. I looked at the Ferrari in our driveway and smiled.
I think his Xbox enjoyed its first and final flying lesson as it sailed out of the window. The fact that it landed in the bonnet of his prized mid-life crisis proved that Karma does exist.
I made a mental note of the two names at the top of my imaginary hit list.
I blinked and I was back in the boardroom.
Blurb and buy links
Imogen Pearce is a single mum of four children and fast approaching 40, she works at Ryedale Incorporated where she has to battle a younger and smarter generation to get to where she wants to go. If that means taking on the account of Cherry and Sean Rubin’s adult shop, then she will. But what happens when Imogen discovers the private club that they run at the back? And what happens when she realizes she knows quite a few members?
Author bio and links
British author Charlotte Howard, was born in Oman and spent much of the first part of her life flitting between Oman, Scotland, and England. Now settled in Somerset, Charlotte lives with her husband, two children, and growing menagerie of pets.
Her career as a writer began at an early age, with a poem being featured in an anthology for the East Midlands. Since then Charlotte has written many short stories and poems, and finally wrote her first full-length piece of fiction in 2010.
During what little spare time she has, Charlotte enjoys reading and writing (of course), spending time with her family, and watching action movies whilst eating curry and drinking tea.
Charlotte is an active member of Yeovil Creative Writers.