She’s not only a fabulous writer and a good friend but also the President of the Passionate Ink Chapter of the RWA. She also has a sexy new short out – let’s take a look at her and a hot bit from her release.
Thanks for having me to your blog today Cassandre! You have some good questions below that got me thinking.
How did you get started writing? I remember writing my first story in Grade 10. It was about a horse and set in Wyoming. Cowboys! My teacher loved it.
Are you lucky enough to write full time or do you have another job? I do have an “evil day job” which isn’t so evil. I like what I do and it’s very interest. Great bookfodder. I’m also President of Passionate Ink for the 2nd year.
If you could do any other job – what would it be? I’d be a beach bum and hang out a beach bar in flips lops but I’d avoid those pop tops. Don’t want to cut my heel and have to go on home.
What genre/s do you write in? Contemporary erotic romance
What’s another genre you’d love to try writing? Women’s fiction and a paranormal arena – those wips are yet unpublished.
What do your friends and family think about your writing? They are very supportive and actually surprised that I ‘did it’
What’s the biggest misconception about being a writer? It’s easy. Because it’s not. It’s also obsessive, on my mind constantly through the day.
What do you love and hate most about writing? Love the feeling of excitement I get when a story comes to me and pours out. That happened the other day with a witch story, 5300 words in one day and I could have still gone on, but I needed to move out of the chair I’d been sitting in. Hate not having the time to write as much as I want to.
What are you currently working on and what’s coming up for you? March 16, Switch Me Up, came out with Ellora’s Cave. I have another with EC in edits Elemental Heat, and part of an anthology at Sybarite Seductions in May/June Taking It Outside. I’m working on a women’s fiction, my dad’s WWII story and a witch tale, lotsa stuff J
Blurb – Switch Me Up
Watch for the excerpt at the end of the interview.
Steve wasn’t sure how finding a match on a dating site could have gone so wrong—or was it so right? Younger than him by ten years, Clare exudes confidence, sexuality and an erotic allure that leaves no room for misinterpretation. She wants him. And he wants nothing more than to bury himself in her heat. But Clare comes with some baggage. Literally. Once his predatory minx breaks open the suitcase and the toys come out, Steve knows he’s in for the wildest ride of his life.
What experiences have you had working with your publisher/s? Great. My EC editor is such a great lady and has taught me stuff outside the writing world which I’m very appreciative. She claims to be a “full service editor” and I love her for it.
What is the one most difficult aspect of getting out there in writing? Finding your niche, what your voice wants to write. I think it can be a square peg in a round hole at times and you need to know your strengths and weaknesses.
How do you see the industry in two years/five years? Gee, good question. It’s a crap shoot really. If you read tweets and articles you know the industry is in flux and in some cases seems to be moving backward. Who knows, just have to learn to go with the flow.
What do you like and dislike about the e-publishing business? I’d like to see a book of mine in print. But I love the quick turnaround from acceptance to release day.
What type of marketing has helped you the most? I have a website, blog, twitter @cristalryder and Facebook, which if they auto switch me to that horrible timeline, I won’t use anymore. It’s hard to say what works the best because I’m a fairly new writer and with like any marketing plan, it takes time to assess the results.
Some fun questions…
Do you write to music and if so, to what? No, I don’t. I can write pretty much anywhere. Funny enough, I go with my man to the horse track and plug in my lap top there. I’ve written a few books at the track. I’m really good at tuning out.
What type of movies do you enjoy and hate? Love sci fi, think Terminator, Aliens, Predator. I’m open to pretty much any genre… I don’t like sports films, ugh.
Do you have a ritual with writing? I don’t think so. Hmm, will have to think about that one.
Who is your favorite character you’ve written and why? Tom Rourke, he is my ultimate alpha hero and a cross between the younger Tom Selleck and Mickey Rourke. Hence the name J He is my hero in Being Ariana and Being Bound
What’s something you can’t live without for writing? My laptop! Oh and my reading glasses.
Favorite color and does it suit your personality and why? I love turquoise, when I see this colour I don’t think of the stone, I think of tropical lagoons. Match my personality? I googled it: Turquoise Energy: Turquoise is the color of communication, self awareness and initiative. Turquoise has more to do with feeling and creative expression than with rational thought. The color of a Turquoise will make you feel happy and relaxed, for it combines the light blue of the sky with the invigorating green of the seas. Based on this explanation, I’d have to say yes!
If you had to use a food or drink to entice your love, what would it be and how would you use it? Baking and chocolate. Melt the chocolate and pour it over, my – sorry, I’ll keep that private.
What’s your favorite seduction song? Take Your Hat Off, Tom Jones, among many others.
What would you consider to be the most romantic place on earth and why? A tropical cove surrounded by palm trees, white powder beaches and turquoise waters.
What male star do you consider the hottest and why? I adore Michael Biehn, he just has the something something and I fell for him in Terminator.
Are you afraid of the dark? Only when I spook myself.
Favorite family tradition? I have a lot, but since my divorce and the kids growing up and moving out, they have fallen by the wayside, which is sad. I’d have to say my baking. They loved it and miss it. We always get together with my brother and his family and my parents. That’s the extent of our family because my parents emigrated in the 1953 from England and Poland.
What level of YOU do you bring into your writing? That’s so hard to say. I think writing is always a full part of us writers.
White chocolate or dark chocolate? dark
Victoria’s Secret or Old Navy? Victoria’s Secret
The Beach or the Mountains? Beach
Plain or chunky peanut butter? Plain
Favorite Pizza: light sauce, extra cheese, pineapple, bacon and chicken
Red or black? black
Soft or hard? soft
Candy Kisses or Twizzlers? neither
Kinky or romantic? A nice combination of both!
Switch Me Up
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An Excerpt From: SWITCH ME UP
Copyright © CRISTAL RYDER, 2012
All Rights Reserved, Ellora’s Cave Publishing, Inc.
He left her in the living room. Upstairs he tossed some clothes laying around his bedroom into the hamper, smoothed the bed that didn’t need fixing and turned on the bedside lamp.
He was about to have sex with a complete stranger.
Something so totally out of character for him it made him nervous. He may be apprehensive but he sure wasn’t dead and he wasn’t about to let this opportunity pass by. His heart started to race and his cock hardened. Sex. Tonight he was going to bang a woman ten years his junior. What did that make him?
A lucky fucking dog, that’s what. He smiled at his wit.
Once he was satisfied with the room Steve went back downstairs.
He totally expected her to be sitting on the couch waiting for him with her drink in hand. He half hoped she’d be naked or something. Instead she sat in the shadows out of the glow of the fire. She had changed clothes. Steve adjusted his balls and stiffening dick in his jeans.
What the fuck did she have on?
She stood and stepped into the light cast by the fire and lamp in the far corner. He nearly swallowed his tongue. Now he knew one thing she had in the suitcase.
“Do you like?” Clare smoothed her palms over her breasts, along her sides and ended her caress by placing her hands on her hips, tipping her shoulder forward with her hip cocked. Her voice, low and sultry, wrapped around him like hot honey.
“Speak, tell me you like it.”
His eyebrows shot up and Clare reached out a hand sheathed in elbow-length leather opera gloves and touched his shoulder.
“I like it,” he replied quickly.
Clare’s husky laugh didn’t seem to fit her tiny form. She circled and paused behind him, running her finger across his back from shoulder to shoulder before settling both palms on his hips. He craned his head to look at her and was distracted when her black, stocking-clad leg hooked around his knee. Steve’s hand dropped to her thigh and held her leg in place.
“I’m glad you like it,” she whispered in his ear.
He kept his gaze glued on her leg, rubbing his palm up her thigh to the scarlet top on the stockings and back down to her knee. It was a spectacular sight. He groaned when she thrust her hips against his ass and tightened her grip.
“Are you hard for me?”
Is she fucking kidding? “Why don’t you check for yourself?”
“Oh, what a delicious invitation.”
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