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Scene opens with the entire crew wearing men’s dress shirts in various colors. Some buttoned more than others. *cough*Hellie*cough* Lounging on two scarlet red chaises are writing phenomenon, Victoria Dahl, and the Bo’sun. Hottie crew members are passing out drinks and bon bons.
Bo’sun: Thank you so much for joining us on the ship today, Ms. Dahl.
VICTORIA: Thanks for inviting me to the party! This is quite the set up you’ve got here. Do I get my very own cabin boy?
Bo’sun: Of course you do! Check out our Hottie Crewmen and take your pick. (I’m guessing you’ll like our resident cowboy. *w*) You can even have two if that’s your fancy. To say you are one busy lady might be the understatement of the year. Why don’t you tell everyone what you have on your plate and up your sleeve for the next year?
VICTORIA: I am a busy lady! Strange how much time I still have for snacking, but snacks aside, here’s what I have going on. My first erotic e-romance, “The Wicked West,” debuted in June. START ME UP hits the stands this week, and ONE WEEK AS LOVERS will be in stores on August 1st! Woohoo! And I have one more release in 2009; my first vampire novella, “Laird of Midnight,” which will be included in the September anthology HIGHLAND BEAST with Hannah Howell!
Bo’sun: *takes a moment to close her mouth* Is there some kind of special supplement you take every day? Or maybe some magical clock that has 33 hours a day?
VICTORIA: I get a lot of vitamin C in the margarita form. And I emulate Scarlett O’Hara every time someone asks how I’m going to make my next deadline. “I’ll think about that tomorrow.” Basically, my life has been crazy for the past year and a half, but I’ve tried to be brave in the face of sacrifice. For example, I’ve nobly given up cooking and cleaning and sewing homemade Halloween costumes with nary a complaint. Also, I never sewed Halloween costumes.
Bo’sun: You are officially my new role model. I think we should all follow your regimen. So, as you mention, July 1st you’re celebrating the release of the second in your Contemporary series titled START ME UP. What’s the book about?
VICTORIA: START ME UP is Lori Love’s story. It’s a bit of the flip side of the first book, because TALK ME DOWN was about Molly Jennings returning to her small home town, but Lori has never managed to leave, despite big dreams of traveling the world. At this point in her life, she can’t drop everything and move, but she wants to experience a little of the excitement she’s missed out on. Luckily, her childhood friend, Quinn Jennings, volunteers to help her spice things up, using her favorite erotica stories as guide books. Obviously the man is a genius. A sexy genius.
Bo’sun: *looks around to find the crew fighting over the one copy aboard* I knew that was going to happen. The first in this series featured a heroine with an interesting occupation, which led to a sort of spin off/follow-up extra story. Tell the crew about TALK ME DOWN and the bonus that came out of it.
VICTORIA: Molly Jennings, the heroine of TALK ME DOWN, writes erotic romance for a living. Throughout that book, Molly is hard at work on a story about a Wild West sheriff with kinky needs he can’t satisfy with the decent women in his town. I never considered writing the story myself, but my publisher called me up one day and asked if I’d be willing to consider it. Consider it?! I jumped on that offer faster than you can say, “Oh, Sheriff!” “The Wild West” is now available online as a short story in ebook form. And I hope it’s as fantastically delicious to read as it was to write! *dabs sweat from brow*
Bo’sun: There seems to be a heat wave on this ship today. “Oh, Sheriff!” indeed. Now, where was I? Oh yes, it’s time to bring up the reason I knew I had to have you on the ship. Other than the fact that you’re an irritatingly talented writer (*g*) and uber-cool, you created a heroine who *gasp* is sexually experienced, knows what she wants and isn’t afraid to say it. So, uhm, how’d that go for you? LOL!
VICTORIA: Well... let’s put it this way: some readers were THRILLED. And some were... er... willing to use strong language to convey how much they didn’t like Molly. But Molly is Molly. She takes joy in life and in men. As a matter of fact, I was a little surprised at some of the negative comments about Molly--“dog in heat” comes to mind--because she’s so positive about her own sexuality. There’s nothing damaged or dirty about it. And that’s how I hope ALL of us can view ourselves, no matter how much or how little experience we have. Sex is supposed to be a good time, and frankly, I’m not interested in cursing my poor heroines with a lifetime of bad sex before the hero finally makes his entrance. You never hear the HEROES complain about how miserable sex was before the heroine came along. She’s special, of course, but folks, he has been having orgasms, and plenty of them.
Bo’sun: Well let me just say THANK YOU from all of us. We certainly try to promote that sex is a good time here whenever we can. (You’ll see proof when you see the drink menu.) You are totally our hero…err…heroine. For anyone who has been living under a rock, you actually debuted in Romance with Historicals. Did you always write in both time periods and how do you handle bouncing between them?
VICTORIA: Historical was my first love. As a matter of fact, when I started to write, historicals were the only thing I read. Then I discovered paranormals. Then romantic suspense and just about every genre in between. I’ve since written historicals, paranormals AND contemporaries. For me, writing across subgenres is almost like cleansing my palate. After I’ve been concentrating on the lush, rich world of scandalous historicals, it is such a relief to crack a few penis jokes, you know? Almost like a vacation... for the first few days anyway. LOL
Bo’sun: *clears throat* Why we were just talking penises around here last week. Well, the rest of the crew were, I'd never....okay, I started it. Now, our favorite topic, heroes. *sigh* Where do you find inspiration for these delectable men and what’s your favorite part about writing them?
VICTORIA: Hmm. Well, it’s not easy. I have to spend many, many hours of prep time just lounging around with them first. You’ve got to put in the good quality time with these guys to be sure they’re worthy hero material. And sometimes they surprise you. That’s the best part. My upcoming historical hero is Lancaster, who first made an appearance in A RAKE’S GUIDE TO PLEASURE. I knew he was handsome and charming. I knew he was adorable. But suddenly, Lancaster takes off his cravat and he has this scar. A huge scar on his neck. What in the world happened to him? I was horrified! Poor Lancaster! I had to write his story just to find out. And you’ll have to read ONE WEEK AS LOVERS if you want to know too. *evil grin*
Bo’sun: You had me at “takes off his cravat”. I guess it’s time I give the crew and our pirate pals the chance to ask some questions. As mentioned, we do have an extensive drink menu on this ship so just let 2nd Chance know whether you’d like a Glittery Hooha or a Seething Passion. Then again, there’s always the Mighty Mast. We still have no idea where she gets those, shall we say, illustrative glasses. Did you have a question you’d like to put to your audience?
VICTORIA: Oh, you know I’ll have to go for the Glittery Hooha! Okay, girls, here’s my question: In START ME UP, Lori Love offers Quinn a glimpse into her fantasies by letting him read her favorite erotica books. Would you let your significant (or not-so-significant) other read your favorite books to find out what YOU think is sexy?
Thanks so much for having me! (Pun intended.) This is one fun interview!
Bo’sun: I can’t wait to read the answers to this one. There’s a copy of START ME UP up for grabs to one lucky commenter so get to it, wenches!