I’m happy to welcome my fellow Crimson Romance sister, Sharon Clare. She’s here to share her book, Rhapsody with us.
If you could be a character in one of your books, who would it be, and why?
It would be fun to be Finn, the Elvin trickster who appears in both books. I’d love to have his power to teleport and his advanced understanding of energy and metaphysics. Even though he spends most of his time amongst humans, I’d visit his wonderful world of beauty and decadence. Perhaps I could tame the trickster in him.
If you hadn’t decided to become a writer, what other occupation can you see yourself in?
If I wasn’t a writer, I’d like to be doing something creative and be in business for myself. I’d love to learn graphic design and work with book covers and promotional materials.
Do you prefer redeemable villains, or like them nasty through and through?
I prefer a redeemable villain. Finn is the antagonist in Rhapsody and although he’s not evil, he will disregard human feelings for his own gain. Still, he has a good reason for his actions. In Love of Her Lives, Matthew is a nasty villain, but I gave him a justifiable reason for his actions that lies in his back story and drives his motivation. It’s warped, but he believes it.
What faults do you prefer your heroes to have?
I give my characters faults that stem from misguided beliefs in the way they see themselves and the world. In Rhapsody, Jonathan doesn’t value intimacy. He’s a bit of a womanizer and not in touch with his emotions until he’s forced into a vulnerable position and must rely on the heroine.
In Love of Her Lives, I had a great time making Calum a control freak who can’t quite control his own temper. These faults gave him great attitude and voice, at least that’s how he felt to me.
What faults do you prefer your heroines to have?
I like the hero and heroine’s flaws to feed off each other. In Rhapsody, I gave Isabelle a self-esteem issue, mainly because men see her beautiful sex-kitten body instead of the person inside. In the story, she’s working on a relationship rescue course, and this was great fun to help her begin to see her flaws and it also red-flagged the hero. In Love of Her Lives, Beth is a risk-taker which drives Calum’s need to control, which in turn pushes Beth into precarious situations and so on.
How do you pick the names of your characters?
I use one of those online name generators and I go through the list until something feels right.
Is finding the right title easy or hard?
Who would you like to see cast as the hero and heroine in a movie made about Rhapsody?
I’m terrible at this question since I don’t know movie personalities that well. Be right back. Heading to the Crimson Romance writer’s Facebook group for inspiration. Back. For Jonathan I could see Olivier Martinez (I love him with his long hair in Unfaithful) For Isabelle, I could see Michelle Monaghan.
What did you do immediately after receiving your first ‘call?’
I received an email from my editor Jennifer Lawler at Crimson Romance. Like everyone, I imagine, I was crazy excited. I don’t think I even finished reading the entire email before I grabbed my husband to come see it. I was beyond happy, on the other side of bliss, better than winning the lottery (in a way) because it meant validation and dreams come true.
Now for a few fun things:
Mountain home or beach house?
Oh man, hard to choose. When I start selling gazillions of books I’d like to have both please, but I’ll take the beach house for now.
Gloomy day or sunshine to get your muse going?
Sunshine no question.
Coffee or tea?
Coffee in the morning, tea in the afternoons.
Cat or dog?
Again, not easy to pick one since I have both. Okay, dog. (Don’t tell Dave my cat—he can be ornery)
Beach vacation or sightseeing?
I love to alternate, but I’m dreaming of beaches lately.
Jeans, t-shirt, and sneakers, or pencil skirt, silk blouse, and killer heels?
Jeans, t-shirt and sneakers.
Carrie Underwood or Lady Gaga?
I guess Carrie Underwood. Sorry, not a big fan of either.
I want to thank my fellow Crimson sister Callie Hutton so very kindly for having me as a guest on her blog today! To thank your readers for visiting today, I like to offer a chance to win one electronic copy of Rhapsody. Please leave a comment with your email address and tell us what is your favourite romance or book genre.
Isabelle plans to escape the real world when she takes a tropical vacation. But escape becomes too real when Paradise Resort disappears. To win her freedom, she must break an oath and out-play her opponent in a game of seduction. Her self-control is resolute until her traitorous body decides this is a game she wants to play.
Jonathan’s needs are simple: break down Isabelle’s resistance, win the game, and get back to the real world where an emergency waits. Desire grows between them as each roll of the die reveals secrets, truths and skin, until Jonathan is forced to confront his worse fear or forfeit Isabelle to the dark mastermind of the game.
Sharon Clare lives in Ontario with her husband and three wonderful grown-up kids who come and go from the nest. She fell in love with writing at the University of Toronto where she graduated with a science degree in psychology and professional writing. She writes paranormal romance and has published short stories, art reviews, newsletter and magazine articles. Her favourite place to write is outside under the maple trees beside the lily pond.