Welcome D.C. to the Bitches Be Writin’ Interview Session.
Where do you get your ideas for your books?
Oooh, good question. Usually the plots of my books are based on cases I’ve come across or studied during my career. In my daytime job, I’m an investigator, and have studied Criminal Justice for sixteen years, so the plots of my books go a bit deeper than you’d see in a normal suspense or thriller. Not to say they are written at the same level (after all there is SO MUCH talent out there), but I hit a bit of the criminal world a bit harder than would be seen in a normal romantic suspense. I also drive a lot of my military romance in much the same way (I served eight years in the USAF) and show what the real world is to a soldier, airman, marine, or sailor.
Who is your favorite character that YOU have written?
I’d have to say, by far, is the guy I’m writing right now. He’s a tortured type of hero: Special Forces Military Dog Handler, one who has been away from his family for so long, who grew up with a rough life, and who has to learn how to rely on others in order to let himself heal. He has this quirky sense of humor, but takes himself entirely too seriously. In case you’re wondering, he’s my hero in book three, Chris, of the Empire Blue series, Intimate Honor.
If you were deserted on an island, who are 3 famous people you would want with you?
Well, if my arm has to be twisted….it’d be Chris Hemsworth (surprised? I’m not), Jimmy Fallon, and Scarlett Johansson. Eye candy, laughter, and an overall kick ass woman to gab with. What more could a woman ask for?
If your book was made into a movie who would you want playing your characters?
With Intimate Danger it’d be David Gandy (I know he’s used so much, but really, the guy has it all) as Trent Rossi, Kate Beckinsale for Charlese Lopez, and just because he has such a big part in the book, Taylor Kinney as Dwayne Gonzalez (Charlie’s best friend).
Who is your favorite author and what is it that really strikes you about their work?
I have many favorite authors, but if I had to choose one to stalk forever, it’d be Julie Ann Walker. She has the right recipe with every book, every time: Humor, sexiness, suspense, and an overall style of writing that really puts you right there with her characters. She always makes me want to pick the book right back up and read it again.
What is the difference between erotic fiction and porn?
Ah, the age old question, no? There was a post I did on this about a year ago, when I had met up with an erotic editor at a conference and we got into this discussion. We were debating on whether romance has a place in erotica, and his response was yes, it did. He said it didn’t matter if romance was there or not, but with erotica, the relationship between the two (or three, four, five, you get it) partners are more built on the sex and chemistry. I read a lot of Joey Hill and Joan Swan and these two ladies get it just right when it comes to erotica and erotic romance. I think the difference between the two (in keeping to answering your question) is while both are designed to turn a reader on, erotic fiction and porn would show sex scene after sex scene with no plot really written in.
How much does your own sexuality come into play when writing erotic fiction?
Eh, I mean, a little of every author normally comes out in their work in some fashion or another. I would say I take more adventures in my writing with the sexuality than I would in my real life. But then again, I have plenty of opportunities to eventually act them out. <winks> Should the need ever…ahem…arise.
What role does music play in inspiring your work?
It plays a big role. Each book I’ve written has been associated with some album or group. And each book takes a feel toward it as well. I remember years and years ago when I was reading The Dark Series by Christine Feehan, I had been listening to Train’s new album, and now whenever I hear them, I think of the series. Same goes for the Twilight series and Timbaland’s new album. It’s nice though, to be able to think back on books I generally enjoyed. Most times, I make a point to list what songs I’ve used to write a book with. For Intimate Danger it was the entire song list for Muse.
Do you feel that having a romantic plot helps or hurts an erotic piece of fiction?
Personally? And this is speaking from someone who HARDLY reads outside of the romance genre, I think it helps it. But that’s just my preference. I don’t like to see meaningless sex scene after scene, unless there is something in the end that’s lead to that to show some sort of character development. Joan Swan just did a somewhat type of “hook up” for the sake of hooking up, in her new release, Ricochet, and I found it to be done superbly done.
Tell us something that would surprise your readers, or something most people don’t know about you.
In my daytime job, I’m known as the Investigative Whisperer, because I get people to tell me their deepest, darkest secrets without thinking twice. <grins>
Is there any additional info you would like to share with your readers about what’s next for you and your books?
I’d love to. While I have two books being released this month, Intimate Danger, and What Could Have, they are two extremely different stories. One is based on romantic suspense, and that series will have a total of seven books, with a break off to another series, which will include another six. What Could Have is a Women’s Fiction Military Romance, and is a story about love being lost and found again. Bring the tissues for that one.
Where can readers stalk…um…I mean, find you?
I love stalking. I’ve included the hyperlinks. Please stop by for a daily dose of coffee, and weekly hits of Man Candy on Mondays!
Facebook PAGE: http://www.facebook.com/authorDCStone
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Intimate Danger by D.C. Stone
When FBI agent Trent Rossi arrives to investigate a chain of crimes—devastating murders and violent rapes—an inexperienced small town Detective, Charlie, who’s assigned to assist, finds her desire surging for the agent—only to realize he is the primary suspect.
A sleeping threat has awakened in the small town of Nyack. Crimes in the cozy village, garner the attention of the FBI, who assign two agents to assist Charlie in tracking down the sick and deranged perpetrator. Agents Trent Rossi and Dillon Echols work closely with Charlie, but as the crimes progress, dark secrets begin to cloud the air, blurring the line between who is on the side of the law and who’s against it. Being Charlie’s first major case, she’s unprepared not only for the menacing killer on the loose, but also with the unexpected feelings Trent draws out of her.
While Trent holds secrets, disappears at random, and seems to understand their perpetrator all-too-well, Charlie’s suspicions grow along with the pull she feels toward him. Her attraction could become fatal, yet she does not realize it until it is too late.
Annabelle and Lucas have just enlisted in the United States Air Force. The two live on opposite sides of the country, but are drawn together by a common goal, and a common connection.
Their friendship blooms, their trust grows, and the lust between them explodes. There are two problems with this situation, though. Neither of them communicate to the other on how they feel. And both of them fight against it.
Choices are taken out of their hands when, upon graduating from training, Annabelle and Lucas find that instead of being on opposite sides of the country, they will be on opposite sides of the world.
Ten years later, a common website has brought Annabelle and Lucas back in contact. The two of them have found each other after so many years; however, now, both are promised to others.
A brief kiss.
A heartbreaking realization.
And an accident.
Choices made that are, once again, taken out of their hands.
Author’s Bio: D.C. Stone is a romance author and full-time fraud investigator. She lives in the north-east with her incredibly supporting husband and two kids. She’ll deny any association with the grumpy cat that also resides in the house, but he is there, never-the-less.
After serving eight years of service with the United States Air Force, she went on to transition into the world of financial crimes and became a lead investigator for many years.
Reading has always been a passion of hers, getting lost in a good, steamy romance is one of her favorite past times. She soon after discovered her own love for writing and recreating stories and characters in her head. Her writing concentrates on romantic with specifics in paranormal, suspense and erotica.
Now, when she isn’t trying to solve a new puzzle in the world of fraud, she is engulfed with coffee, her laptop, and all those crazy characters in her head. She is a member of the Romance Writers of America, New Jersey Romance Writers, RomVets, RWA Kiss of Death, and the Liberty State Fiction Writers. She currently serves as the Vice President and 2014 Conference Chair for NJRW. Come stop by on Facebook, Twitter, or her website and say hello!
Do you have a tag line: Real Crimes, Real World, Real Men
Giveaway: One of five copies to a lucky commentor during the tour