Starting this blog was the best idea I’ve ever had. Each week I get to learn a little more about my favourite authors and this week is no exception. I was thrilled when Total-E-Bound and best selling erotic author Sierra Cartwright agreed to visit downunder and answer my interview questions. Bonus – she is a sports fan! We have shared some friendly little chats via email and Facebook and I’ve got to say Sierra Cartwright is one lovely lady. So please join me in welcoming Sierra to On the Bench.
Sierra Cartwright is On the Bench
Bestselling erotic romance author Sierra Cartwright invites you to take a walk on the wild side where “the BDSM is hotness gone nuclear.” Though she lives in the US, she was born in England and penned her first novel at age nine and hasn’t stopped since. She’d love to connect with you: facebook.com/SierraCartwrightOfficial or on twitter: SierraWrites
From the moment he’s cautioned to avoid the submissive who snares his attention, Dom Michael Dayton is intrigued. With her tight dress, flowing hair, and honest dialogue, what could be more perfect than a few hours together?
Sydney Wallace fears only one thing: being tied down. She lives for adventure and fun, including the occasional BDSM party. By always scening with different Doms, she avoids emotional entanglements that might complicate her life. A man who owns a ranch and has roots deep into the soil is definitely not the kind of Dom she wants to play with.
Sydney has never met anyone as complex as Master Michael Dayton. From the moment he issues his first command, she knows he’s different. He watches her reactions, sees what she wants, and unselfishly gives her what she needs. Getting involved with a man like him would be the biggest risk of her life, crossing over all of lines she’s drawn to protect her way of life.
After the first night together, Michael realises he should have heeded the warning. But it may already be too late…
Over The Line ©Total-E-Bound Publishing
Available now at tot-e-bound.com
Out on pre-release May 24th
General Release June 21st.
Author Interview Questions.
What was the first book you had published?
Writing as Sierra Cartwright? I had two books in the Naughty Nibbles Anthology “Fed Up” and “This Time.” My first standalone erotic romance novel was Unbound Commitment.
Previous to that, I wrote under a different name for Silhouette (Harlequin) Desire and Silhouette Intimate Moments.
What was your initial reaction when offered that first contract?
Elation. I had gone through a divorce, and the realities of being on my own were staggering. I needed to find a job with benefits as well as a new place to live. My creative energies took a long siesta. A number of years later, the erotic romance market was opening up. New experiences had changed me as a person and a writer. The desire to create was reawakened. And the opportunity to write erotic romances was irresistible. I felt free to express myself, to delve deeper into emotional issues, and to explore issues that had once been taboo.
The day I received the news, I was in Santa Fe on a writing retreat, and I recall walking around the plaza in a daze. And I mean a real, certifiable daze, obviously, since I didn’t buy anything.
I was so happy to be writing and publishing again…really, there are no words.
Of the books you have written is there one that holds a special place in your heart and why?
All of my books are part of me and my experience. I find writing to be a rewarding, but really difficult experience. I know authors who sit down and regularly produce ten times the amount I do per day. I wish it came easier for me, but (Zen moment) it is what it is. So each book holds not just a special place in my heart, but a piece of my soul.
Are you a disciplined writer or do you have to wait for the muse to arrive? Do you have a ritual that gets you in the mood?
I have found that sitting down and beginning takes a lot of discipline. I don’t wait for the muse. I hunt that bitch down. Sometimes I entice her with chocolate. And she always demands coffee. With half and half.
What was the last book you read?
For fun? I love reading books on FBI profiling! I devour J.D. Robb, Harlan Coben, and Lee Child. I love Cherise Sinclair, Belinda McBride, Desiree Holt, Maya Banks. My TBR pile includes J Kenner, Sylvia Day, SK Quinn, and, of course Donna Gallagher. Books are my ultimate addiction. * D – You’re making me blush Sierra, actually you often do – your books are seriously hot!
What are you working on now?
Right now, I’m writing book four in the Mastered series for Total-E-Bound. There will be six books in total. All of them have a larger-than life, sexier-than sin Dom, and a strong, feisty heroine who knows exactly what she wants. You can count on sizzling sex, and as one reviewer said, BDSM hotness that’s gone nuclear.
What genre would you like to try and write that is different from your own?
I love this genre. I have a tremendous respect for it and its loyal, discerning readers. I also love thrillers, and I wrote two of them while I was going through my divorce. To date, I’ve done several books in the Hawkeye series, and those are erotic romantic suspense novels. So those were a ton of fun, as well. There’s something about the element of danger, isn’t there? Especially when there’s a sexy Dom involved….
When you receive edits are you Teary and Disillusioned or Feisty and Focussed?
That depends on how much Cadburys is on hand. Seriously, though, I think of edits as a left-brained activity. Writing, for me, is a right-brained activity. I recognise that, so I try to be objective. Pass the Dairy Milk, please. * D – You need to try Tim Tams.
What is one thing in your books you’d like to try?
I have tried everything in my books. That’s my story. I’m sticking to it. ::smile::
Now for some hard hitters with an Aussie flavour!
A sport /sportsperson that you watch? (C’mon there must be one) OR An embarrassing sporting memory.
Roger Federer, and Rafa Nadal! Those men just do it for me! 😉 I’m a huge tennis fan, and I have a lot of admiration for professional athletes of all types! (But c’mon, the underwear ads featuring Rafa? Be still my heart!!) I find it interesting that both men appeal to me. They’re so different. Doesn’t Roger remind you of a country club player (I will not comment on the Lindt chocolate balls commercial, I will not. I will not.) And Rafa is just all raw energy and masculinity. But I really do have a weakness for my fellow Brit, Andy Murray. Wasn’t it incredible when he won Olympic gold!
Embarrassing sports memory? We were at the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver and we skied in to see the men’s downhill and watch Bode Miller. There were hundreds and hundreds of really good skiers on the slopes that day. I had an amazing crash. You know the kind that’s called a “yard sale” because you leave all your belongings scattered all over the slopes? Yeah, one of those. That was embarrassing enough for me! 😉 *D – When you mentioned tennis players I could not resist posting this pic of Pat Rafter in the shower – One of my all time favs.
Favourite Aussie Author/Actor /Musician?
Of course I’d have to say Nicole Kidman because she’s not only beautiful, she’s also a versatile actress with tremendous talent! When I grow up, I want to be tall, willowy and beautiful as Nicole. (Look, I can dream, right?) * D- Doesn’t hurt that her husband is Keith Urban either!
Your view on Vegemite?
I understand it’s made from a brewers’ yeast extract. So, really, it’s beer, right? I’m in. *D – I like the way you think Sierra. Lol!
Formal dinner party or backyard barbeque?
They both have their purpose, but I do love a good party with a Fat Tire (a Colorado microbrewed beer) in my hand, so I’d have to say backyard barbeque! But put Tony Stark in a tux and invite me to dinner…. Thud.
Adventure holiday or relaxing by the pool?
Instead of the pool can we say the beach? There is nothing I enjoy more than sitting in the warm sun listening to the waves crashing around me. I’m a bit of an oddity, though. I love the beach with a book. But I love to mountain bike. And I’ve always wanted to try a zip line. (Is this the year?)
Favourite Aussie holiday place or one you’ve always wanted to visit?
Since I’m a huge tennis fan, I would love to attend the Australian Open. For me, going to Melbourne would be a double bonus. I live in Colorado, so January is not my favourite month. This year, we had some daytime highs in the single digits! So seeing Rafa in the middle of our winter would be incredible. Double points if I could see Lleyton Hewitt or Sam Stoser. *D – Well Siertra if you ever get downunder maybe I can get my sister to hook you up with tickets ( she’s a sports journo)
Thanks for having me, Donna!
Sierra it was my pleasure, I can’t wait to read the rest of the Mastered series and hope I get the chance to meet you in person one day 🙂
If you haven’t read Book 1 in the Mastered Series – With this Collar, here is the link http://www.total-e-bound.com/product.asp?strParents=&CAT_ID=&P_ID=1992
You can find more info at Sierra’s Total E Bound Author page http://www.total-e-bound.com/authordetail.asp?A_ID=8 or her website http://www.sierracartwright.com/