For readers who are new to your books, can you tell us a bit about yourself?
Of course. I always feel like I’m on a dating site when I do this *g* Hi, I’m R.G. Alexander aka Rachel Grace and I write erotic paranormal and contemporary romance for Samhain, Ellora’s Cave and Berkley Heat. I’ve written over 20 books, I prefer Firefly marathons to long walks on the beach but I am a fan of sunsets and chocolate. I also belong to an author group called The Smutketeers, with fellow erotic romance authors Eden Bradley/Eve Berlin, Crystal Jordan and Karen Erickson.
Possess Me is set in New Orleans and every page is infused with their magical culture. What was it about New Orleans that made you set the book there?
Well, I do love New Orleans. Who wouldn’t? Not the crush or the beads but the mystery and romance of it. The classic crumbling buildings and the indomitable spirit. History and magic. But I didn’t really have a choice. My mischievous Loa Bone Daddy appeared in my mind, and really, he couldn’t live anywhere else.
The format of Possess Me is interesting. Set in three short stories that are interlinked, how and why did you decide to write Possess Me in this manner?
Possess Me started as a very short story just about Allegra, Rousseau and Bone Daddy, but as it fleshed itself out, it became so much more. The family and friendships were so vivid, and everyone wanted their story told. Heck, even The Mamas wanted more time. I only realized halfway through that it all connected, that their stories had to be told together. Did I mention I was a pantser? No one was more surprised than I was when it continued in Tempt Me…or that the stories and characters want to keep going.
Bone Daddy is a star. Can you tell us what it is about BD that makes him so desirable?
At first, he’s just irresistible, just revelling in what he is and what he can bring out in other people. He was a force of nature no one could deny. I think what kept him so riveting was his evolution. Seeing beneath the sexual being to the bright soul inside. Seeing his mistakes, his flaws, and his love for the people he found himself connected to.
Tempt Me is Gabriel’s book. This changes styles and is written as a novel. What can readers expect from this book?
I did not think I would write Gabriel’s story. In Possess Me’s second novella he appears and his actions made him almost irredeemable. In fact, that’s how he saw himself. Readers can expect a man who has hit rock bottom, who believes there is nothing in him worth saving…and all the people-human and not-who believe the opposite. I also think you’ll get a few surprises-a human BD for example. Still sexy, but he loves to do the laundry. Talk about perfection.
What is your favourite quality about Gabriel?
Oddly, its that he is one of the grumpiest heroes I’ve ever written. Also, I think, its all he’s had to go through his entire life, and that he’s survived it with any good intact at all. Plus he’s incredibly sexy.
When writing erotica romance, how do you "keep things fresh"?
I just do my best to stay true to the character. Each character has their own unique way of lusting and loving. Their own issues to conquer. Their own secret desires. The character’s perception makes it fresh every time, because no one else sees the world or romance exactly the same way.
Who is your favourite heroine?
That is hard. Every story I’m currently writing has my best heroine, because I’m rooting for her. Reggie from Regina in the Sun and Meru from Lifting the Veil, my two earliest heroines, are probably still closest to my heart. Meru was so much like me…only better. And Regina was, well, amazing and spunky and bold. But then again, Angelique from Tempt Me is fairly spunky as well. She has to be to get Gabriel’s attention.
Do you find it more easy or difficult to write anthologies?
I actually enjoy anthologies, because I can look at the same world in the same book from entirely different points of view. In Three Sinful Wishes, my Berkley Heat ménage antho that came out in June, I was able to look at the same basic wish from three unique perspectives, three paths to love with friends who, despite their connection to each other, were all very different. In fact…after Tempt Me…I’m hoping readers will see a few characters that are begging for their own anthology *wink*
Fun question! Complete the following sentences with either Bone Daddy, Rousseau or Ben.
(RG: These are evil and unfair-I love them all! And I don’t think my answers will be expected.)
I would have a one night stand with.... Celestin Rousseau (because he’d be…energetic)
I would marry... Ben Adair (because despite his sass and bravado, he is the friend who stayed, and the man who waited)
I would date...Bone Daddy (because he would always keep things interesting-wait, can I choose to marry all of them? That has to be legal somewhere)
Thanks for the interview!!
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