I’m ashamed to admit that when I joined an online crit group that Cherise belonged to I had never heard of her or her stories. I read one of her posts she put up for critiquing and I was hooked. Now I count myself a fangirl and find I am in a very large crowd. So, I am delighted to interview the charming and very amusing Ms Sinclair on the eve of her latest release.
Firstly, there is one question that I’ve been dying to ask. My husband would call me many things but submissive isn’t one of them and yet your doms make me melt. So, dish, what is it about them that turns sensible women to mush? And how do you capture it and put it in a book?
Well, Mz Lillian, if reading about control makes you melt, then maybe there’s a part of you that’s into submission. <g> Our dominant/submissive scale tends to slid back and forth depending on who we’re around and what we’re doing. For example, I’m submissive when it comes to sex, but don’t mess with me at other times. LOL
But even if you aren’t into giving up control, there’s something very erotic about a confident, powerful man who is completely focused on you. One who cares enough to watch your body language and hear what you might not be saying in words — and who will push for honesty in both.
I know you didn’t start out writing BDSM so tell me the path Cherise Sinclair took to become my favorite BDSM author?
Well, you see, I was at an RWA conference years ago, and my buddies said we should all write erotic romance, which was the newest bestselling genre. Now me, being an opinionated person, stated with utter confidence, “That’s one genre I’ll never write.”
Did you realize that when you say the “never” word, you’re doomed?
So a few years later, there I was, working on a nice paranormal. I got sick. The summer was hot, I was miserable, and consequently, was feeling ugly and unsexy. In an attempt to feel feminine again, I wrote a short, really hot fantasy for myself. Of course, I couldn’t throw it away, so I sent it off to a friend’s publisher. I was almost horrified when Loose Id bought it.
Eleven BDSM books later… I swear, I’m a lot more careful about that “never” word. LOL
Your latest book is another in your Masters of the Shadowlands series. Can you tell us a bit about the Dom who stars in this book, and his story?
Master Raoul was never supposed to have his own book — he was just a master dominant who appeared in the second Shadowlands book to teach the beginner class. But he slowly, quietly, increased his presence in the series. Unlike some Doms, he’s not overtly demanding; he just has complete confidence that you’ll do as he thinks is best.
As with most Doms, he’s very protective of women, and when he realized slavers were preying on the submissives in the Shadowlands, he took it upon himself to get involved. He arranged to attend a private auction…and was supposed to refuse the offerings in order to be invited to a larger auction. But he recognized one slave from a friend’s photograph. Now what?
Are there more books in the series to come?
I need to write at least one more book, so the FBI agents, Galen and Vance, can wrap up the slaver story. After that, who knows?
The sadist, Master Sam, talked his way into a couple of scenes in this book (pretty sneaky since I don’t usually write about sadists), and I’m holding my breath, waiting to see what the readers think.
When you wrote the first Shadowlands book did you know it would take on a life of its own and become a series?
I really didn’t. I didn’t even write it to be sold. But after the first two books, Loose Id wanted a third, so I wrote that, and then took a break, since my editor said that the publisher doesn’t usually want more than three books in a series. But the readers demanded a book for Master Cullen, so I wrote #4, and made the mistake of putting an interesting Dom in as a secondary character. A lawyer. In a suit. With a southern accent. I couldn’t stop thinking about what kind of submissive could shake up a lawyer. Bad mistake. Book #5, Make Me, Sir.
Even worse mistake, introducing a high-end slave trafficking association and leaving a submissive’s friend still in slavery. Must rescue Kim. Sigh. Book #6 To Command and Collar.
You recently wrote a shifter novel Hour of the Lion. I loved the community you built and wondered if you planned to revisit the town and the characters?
Actually, that’s what I’m working on right now. I love Cold Creek and the were-cougars and bears and wolves, but could probably have set it aside. Only…in Hour of the Lion, the heroine meets one of the clan protectors, and Zeb was so dark and rough and dangerous…and yet so lonely. I have this need to find him someone to fill his heart. (Do you ever get the impression that romance writers are frustrated match-makers?)
What’s the best thing about being Cherise Sinclair?
Oh, you know it’s the writing. J I love crafting a story, and I love hearing that a story took someone out of their ordinary world for a diversion or comfort or excitement. And, if I do a good job, then I get chocolate. LOL
Where do you get your story ideas from and do you ever base your characters on real people?
In the beginning drafts, some of the mannerisms come from people I’ve observed, but then the characters start being themselves. It can be an annoying point in a story — when the hero and heroine start throwing away my ideas: “Excuse me, Cherise, but have you ever gone backpacking and then tried to comb the twigs out of long hair? No — my hair is short.” “No, I’m not going to take her to a Miami beach — we’re going to Disneyland.” “I don’t care if you like exhibitionism, Cherise, I don’t. I want to play in private.” Sigh.
For ideas? My stories often start with someone intriguing from a previous book. I wonder what they’re like and why, find out a bit, then try to locate someone who will bring out the best — and worst — in them. And vice versa. It expands outward from there.
Now some questions just for fun.
What is your favorite movie quote?
Never give up; Never surrender. (Galaxy Quest) Totally my philosophy of life — except on the days that I want to surrender.
Chocolate or Sex?
That changes from moment to moment. Chocolate and snuggling are for comfort. Sex is for…well, excitement or growing closer or lazy mornings when it’s raining.
What is the stupidest thing you have ever done?
I fear there are so many that none stands out as the worst.
If you were stranded on an island what one thing would you take with you?
A giant dog crate filled with books and a dog. (that’s only one thing, right?) I love my DH, but I’d probably have to drown him if we were together 24/7 for months and months. No, he can come and rescue me, and we can have oh-you-saved-me; you’re-my-hero sex. LOL
Lillian, you should be spanked (and I have just the Dom to do it). Being a reader and writer, you know there’s no favorite book. It’s like chocolate and sex. It depends on the moment. You have certain books for happy times. Then there’s the days when your teenager has a diva melt-down, your car’s draining radiator fluid, and the cat hacked-up a hairball on a white sweater. And you really, really need a comfort book. My keeper shelf has lots of Nora Roberts. And Linda Howard who writes my kind of heroes. And just a few more — last count, we had about three thousand books on the shelves, so I must have about a thousand absolute favorites.
Butt plug or flogger?
Oh, definitely a flogger, applied just past the thuddy massage level to have a nice (little) bite of pain.
Thank you Cherise for answering my questions with class and your usual brand of humor.
Now while I wait patiently for Cher’s Dom to turn up and spank me, here’s a little teaser for her new book To Command and Collar
Determined to find the human traffickers preying on Shadowlands’ submissives, Master Raoul gets himself invited to a small slave auction. Once informed, the FBI orders him to reject the limited choices so the slavers will invite him to the big auction. To Raoul’s shock, one of the slaves is the kidnapped friend of a Shadowlands sub. She has a scarred body…and an unbroken spirit. He can’t leave her behind. Ruining the FBI’s carefully laid plans, he buys her.
Kimberly’s freedom has come at a devastating price: the other women are still slaves. An FBI raid is their only hope for rescue. Desperate to help the Feds locate the big auction, she agrees to pose as Master Raoul’s slave. Wearing a collar again is terrifying, but under the powerful dominant’s care, Kim starts to heal and then to blossom. This is what she’s been drawn to—and fled from—her entire life.
She escaped the slavers who captured her body—can she escape the master who’s captured her heart?
Buy it here at Loose ID