I’m chatting with Sydney St. Claire who writes for the Wilder Roses at The Wild Rose Press. We promise to keep everything PG-13, although her titles are categorized as erotic romance. And she’s giving away stuff! Rafflecopter entry at the bottom of post.
Tell us a bit about you and your background.
I’ve been writing since 1987, published since 1996. To date I’ve had 12 books published in print and later in E-format. My publisher went out of business so I self-published two more books in each of my two series. As Sydney, I have one book out, Cinderella & Prince Dom, and one coming out Oct 31st (Red & Her Big Bad Dom). Snow & Her Huntsman looks to be a Jan release. When I tally my book count, it shocks me to see that I’m at 17! Wow! Doesn’t seem possible.
What are your hobbies away from the computer?
I’m a crafty person. Knitting and crocheting are my current favs, and with my first granddaughter on the way, I’ve gone back to sewing as well.
Do you start a new story with the plot or characters first?
As I tend to write series, Once Upon a Dom is my current and third, I usually start with the characters. I always know who they are and sometimes a bit about them, depending on the type of series.
If you use music while writing, name your favorite types.
I love music when I write. I tend to go very new age in my selections. Celtic music is a must. I love Enya and Secret Garden and several others. My current favorite is Blackmoor’s Night. I also love David Lanz and I also go for stranger stuff like Gregorian Chanters. Neil Diamond makes it into my play lists when the mood hits and oh yeah, mood music like wolves howling and bagpipes, all guaranteed to drive my family nuts. Basically, I love music.
Can you share a tip about what you do when you get stuck in creating a story?
I take a break if needed or these days, with such tight deadlines, I power through it. I write for an hour and find that the mind, under pressure, just pulls itself together and spits out what’s next. I do believe the story is there, we just don’t always see it but when our brain knows it is going to have to sit for an hour and produce words, it usually responds. I have a blog post on my blog on Power Writing and how it changed my writing and productivity.
Do you write in a genre other than the one of this release?
I write Historical Romances: Native American and Westerns as Susan Edwards. I hope to get back to those next year but right now, Sydney needs my attention <g>
What’s your dream vacation destination?
I’d love to go to Hawaii and do an Alaskan Cruise. Both on my to-do list.
Do you use visual aids (storyboards, Pintrest, collages) when plotting or writing?
I used to, but find I don’t have the luxury of those any longer. Nowadays, I’m lucky if I fill out plot or character sheets. I use Scrivener and just jot my notes in there. For my longer Historical romances, I’ll do a bit more but none of the fancy charts of my past. Just the facts, ma’am and get to writing.
In what genre do you read?
I read romance of course, and erotica but I also read fantasy, like L.E. Modesitts Imager series, and David Eddings Belgariad (when will they release the rest of the books in E-format!). Currently, I’ve started JD Robb’s Death series from the beginning. Will take me close to a year to read them back to back! Longer if I sneak in another book here and there…
Are you a pet person? If so, what do you have?
Cats and dogs and oh my! A few years ago, I could have added rats to this but alas, they have so short a lifespan. So, I just rescued a tiny black kitten, 8 weeks. She is number six! I’ve always said I was one cat shy of being a crazy cat lady. I’m afraid that Little Luna shoved me over that line. I also have 3 dogs, including a Great Pyrenees rescue with tons of health issues, including severe allergies. I actually have to cook her food.
What do you hope readers gain from your stories?
I hope my readers take away a few things. First, some good, old plain relaxation and fun. Reading is a pleasure and a joy. Second, my characters are strong and overcome challenges. I hope readers take away the feeling that they too can overcome life’s struggles. Lastly, for women especially, I hope they realize just how good, strong and important they are. Life can beat us down. My characters might be fictional but my readers are not, and it is my wish that they find one thing positive in my books that they can apply to their own lives to become the special people they are.
Jaimie Newberry is jobless, her rent is due, and her cat just died. On top of that, she was accused of embezzling before she was fired. When her friend invites her for a weekend of kinky fairytale role-playing, she agrees to go as Cinderella. What has she got to lose when sex with a handsome prince is involved?
CEO Bryce Langston needs to know if Jamie is innocent of embezzlement or just very clever. He arranges for her to be his weekend sub but soon realizes the pretty scullery maid is naïve to the BDSM lifestyle. As her prince and her Dom, he intends to not only learn the truth but to make sure she has a fantasy come true.
Bryce spotted his Cinderella entering the parlor below. The ruffles of her skirt swirled playfully around slender thighs, and the low cut of her simple top revealed a nice swell of breasts. Deep inside, anticipation hummed, and not just for learning the truth. Annie had been gone five years now, and while he hadn’t been celibate during those long years, he hadn’t participated in the games he hosted either. This would be his first.
And only because he needed to know the truth.
Jaimie had uncovered an embezzling ring in one of his accounting firms. Her boss implicated her, her files backed the man up, but as he’d found out, the man himself had proved to be a liar, and the leader in the group of employees caught.
Lucy, his personal assistant, swore Jaimie was innocent, that she was the one who’d discovered the theft, then been fired because of it. The fact Jaimie had blown the whistle lent her story credence, as did the files she gave Lucy to give to him, all dated before she’d been fired. He’d hired auditors, and they thought she was innocent. But he wouldn’t know until he spoke to her. A study of her employment files indicated the woman was smart. She could easily have done what she did to make herself look innocent and then gotten out before being caught.
“Does it matter if she is as guilty as the others?”
Bryce nodded. “Yes. If she was part of it, I’ll press charges. No one steals from me.” He’d already gotten confessions out of the rest of his employees and fired those who were supposed to oversee that department. Fools were more concerned with their ladder climbing and brown-nosing instead of doing their job.
Determining Jaimie’s level of involvement was unfinished business. Was his Cinderella truly innocent, or had she been framed? He couldn’t find any money trails leading to her bank accounts, but that didn’t mean she didn’t have money squirreled away elsewhere, under another name. No, he needed to know for sure.
Glorie laughed low in her throat. “My, your little playmate looks ready to bolt, and it’s not even midnight.”
Bryce narrowed his eyes. Glorie was right. Jaimie was staring at some of the costumes with mouth agape. He couldn’t see her eyes but imagined they were wide with shock. Even from where he stood, he could see her face was flushed with embarrassment. She took a big gulp of her champagne then grabbed Lucy by the arm. Though he couldn’t hear the conversation, it was clear his sub was having serious doubts.
Sydney St. Claire is the pseudonym of Susan Edwards, author of 14 Historical Native American/Western/Paranormal romances and the author of the popular “White” Series.
Sydney loves writing and sharing stories of love, happiness and dreams come true with her readers. She credits her mother for her writing success. Encouraged to read as a child, she always preferred happy endings which meant romances were her favorite genre. Sydney takes her readers into the world of erotica romance where her characters come together in explosive passion as they solve life’s problems and find true love along with the best sex our hero and heroine have ever experienced.
Sydney’s office is quite crowded with three dogs at her feet and five cats to keep her company while she writes. Three cats always insist on beds on her desk, barely leaving enough room for her monitor and keyboard. Life gets fun when all five insist on supervising…
When not writing, she enjoys crafts of all sorts including quilting, sewing, cross-stitch and knitting. She and her husband of 30 + years are avid gardeners. He takes care of the veggies, and Susan is in charge of the ‘pretties’. Her medicine wheel garden is in a contact state of war: flowers vs. weeds. Sadly, right now the weeds are wining…
While writing, she listens to a wide variety of music. Her current favorites are Blackmore’s Night and David Lanz.
Where to find Sydney on the web:
Once Upon a Dom Tote Bag and goodies (mug, flash drive & more). See pictures of prizes and details here