Q: Audrey, to begin, let's talk about your unusual writing style. I have noticed that most of your stories have a gothic tone to them. What is it about that type of atmosphere that intrigues you?
A: I'm not sure, I suppose it's the combination of an eerie setting, and forbidden romance. However, not all of my romances have a gothic tone. It just depends on the storyline. For instance, Dirty Little Steam Queen is about a naughty little deejay with a chip on her shoulder. However, gothic, or not, I will always add a few colorful characters to give the story depth. And, of course, there will always be plenty of erotic activity, and beautiful people to stimulate our imaginations.
Q: Where do you get most of the ideas for your stories?
A: I've had ideas come from dreams, conversations, TV, or other books. When it comes, your eyes widen, and your heart flutters. With me, it feels line one tiny little seed drops into my psyche and begins to grow. Before I know it, I have a full blown story. For instance, one night I saw a beautiful man in a devil costume dancing across the stage. Needless to say, my heart jumped into my throat. From that one magnificent experience Dancing with the Devil was born. I've heard that some people are natural storytellers. I hope that description fits me.
Q: Who has been your most difficult character to write and who has been the easiest?
A: I think Franz Staresini, the elusive magician in The Erotic Ghost was my most difficult. I really had to dig down into his psyche to understand him, but I think it was a real triumph. The easiest was the twin werewolves in Brothers of the Night. I enjoyed who they were, and could even understand them. Even though I had to mentally jump from one to the other, it gave me so many opportunities to surprise my readers. Lance Duquesne was my favorite twin, only because I could do more with his blatant immorality and swaggering conceit. I personally think he's a writer's dream character.
Q: How hard is it for you when you have to kill off a character?
A: It can be difficult when the character is colorful, and you've grown to care about them. For instance in Sin City I had to kill off Cap Robertson, the wacky private detective with a colorful past. I really liked him, but he smoked too much and was stricken with throat cancer. He made a triumphant exit, though, and his death was needed to give the novel its happy, but bittersweet ending. I've had many characters who seemed to steal my heart. Who knows why?
Q: How much of your personality comes through to your characters?
A: Too much, I'm afraid. I never realized until I began writing how very twisted I was!
Q: If you could become one of your characters, which one would it be and why?
A: Now, this is hard to answer because all of my heroines have a lot of me in them. If you really want to know meread about me as the kick-ass late night radio deejay in Dirty Little Steam Queen, the never-say-no nymphomaniac in Sweet Hell, the frustrated captive in The Erotic Ghost, the wild child in Brothers of the Night, or the lonely erotica writer in Shadow Lover. I show up in all of them, and this only scratches the surface!
Q: What is your favorite part of writing?
A: I love to create unique and unforgettable characters. In Dancing with the Devil there's Dagmar, the housekeeper, who is a lost soul with a tragic past. In Sin City, there's Cap Robertson whom I mentioned earlier. He had a few humorous quirks. And then in Brothers of the Night there's the old/young voodoo queen "Calico" who wipes her makeup off and surprises us all. I believe in colorful characters the way I believe in spices for your food. Without them your food is dull and plain, but apply those exotic spices and it is lifted out of the ordinary and given plenty of pizzazz!
Q: Do you have any unfinished projects sitting around?
A: Do I ever! Between them, and the ones I still have in my head I shouldn't be lacking for writing material for a long time to come.
Q: Do you have a favorite song that you could listen to over and over again?
A: I adore old love songs. There's one that I used in my book, The Erotic Ghost, called That Old Black Magic. For those that don't know, it's literally a musical description of the sex act. In the book, the heroine gets lost between the pages of her favorite historical romance novel, and meets the hero of that story in the flesh. Read it and see how the song ties in. Interesting.
Q: For fun: Who is your favorite actor?
A: I love the film industry and know a little about it as you will see in my novel, Dancing with the Devil, but all my favorites are those of yesteryear. The sentiments that came out of the mouth of my Lorna Desmond character were mine, and it took just a little twist of my imagination to turn her into an old actress that was deliciously evil and out of place in today's world. Like her, I always loved Hollywood's glamour era. Truthfully, the actresses of today leave me cold, but many of the male stars like Antonio Banderas are really hot. I see him as Lance and Stefan Duquesne in Brothers of the Night. Bottom line? Like, Lorna, I saw glamour die. Unlike Lorna, I'm not madI don't thwellmaybe a little.
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