But before we start, let me remind everyone that Desiree's interview with Bill Geist will be re-broadcast this Sunday, June 23 on CBS Sunday Morning. If you missed it the first time around, be sure to catch it. If you've already seen it, tell all your friends! Desiree does us all proud!
Now on to the interview:
- Hi Desiree! Thanks so much for being here today. Let me start by asking you this: since the whole Fifty Shades of Grey phenomenon, it seems that erotic romance has become known as "Mommy porn". What do you think of that term?
How can I say this nicely? I think it’s not only demeaning but totally incorrect. Porn, whether written or visual, is simply raw sex without emotion or any personal connection. Erotic romance is first and foremost about the relationship. The story begins with the two main characters and how their relationship develops. Can it start out with a sex scene? Of course, depending on the story and where it goes from there. But the emotion, the connection—that’s so essential. And “mommy porn?” How demeaning for women who like to read erotic romance. I think the media coined the term because it’s startling and attention-getting but it in no way describes the reality of the genre.
- You are such a prolific author, and a real inspiration for the rest of us. Would you mind sharing a bit about your writing schedule and routine?
Not at all. I’m up early because my three cats demand their breakfast by seven or I’m toast. Then coffee )or lately, tea) and time to answer my email and do my promo for the day. I try to answer every email and post. If readers take the time to connect with me I want them to know I appreciate it. Then treadmill, shower, dress and the real work of the day begins. I review what I’m working on (two or three manuscripts at a time so I work from a spread sheet), check any notes I made the night before and begin to write. I quit sometime between four and five and put my hands to bed for the day. But not my brain, which apparently never shuts off. So while I’m watching television and reading (something totally different from what I’m writing), thoughts pop into my head and I make notes. Then to sleep, get up and begin again. Writing is a business and if you want to be successful you have to treat it as such.
- During your interview segment on CBS Sunday Morning, I couldn't help but chuckle when they showed the little dolls you used to "test" various sexual positions. How important is research to you in writing your books?
Totally important. I don’t think you can write about something unless you know what you’re talking about. That means to me everything from studying the BDSM lifestyle to geographic research to information on the military to law enforcement. I don’t overload my books with info but I want what my characters do and where they go to be true to life.
- In your writing, you've tackled cowboys and cougars, ménage and BDSM, even co-authored (with Jane Austen) Northanger Abbey (as a Clandestine Classic). Is there any erotic topic the intrepid Desiree Holt hasn't written about yet, but would like to?
I have not written horror or GBLT but that’s just my personal preference. I don’t think I’ll be dipping my toe in those waters, although there are a number of excellent writers who produce terrific books. Otherwise, I tackle pretty much anything that pops into my head. A lot of it really depends on how my characters develop in my mind. Who are they? What are their personalities? What do they do for a living? And why?
- Desiree, we can't wait to hear about your latest book! Is there anything you'd like share? We're all ears!
And MORE from Desiree:
Here’s what Night Owl reviews said about it:
She had one weekend to convince him she was made for him. Micah Sheridan is a self-made billionaire who has the world at his fingertips. He can have any woman he wants but they all seem to leave him unfulfilled.
What he really wants is a woman who can submit to him completely in the bedroom but who is a strong person out in the world. An equal match for him.
Enter Teri Choate who heads an executive search agency. She’s searching, too—for a man who can master her in bed yet allow her strong personality to flourish beyond the bedroom door.
The chemistry between them is so explosive it should come with a warning. When a few nights together reveal she is as addicted to BDSM as he is, he has her flown to his secluded Maine island.
She has one weekend to prove to him she can be the perfect submissive in the bedroom and an equal beyond the bedroom doors.
In short, a woman who is made for him.
I’m not making a mistake. This is the chance of a lifetime. Everything will be fine.
Teri Choate locked her fingers together in her lap, watching through the helicopter window as the Friday afternoon sun lit the waters of the Atlantic Ocean below her. A representative of Micah Sheridan’s had arrived at her condo in San Antonio at noon to take her to the private airstrip where the Sheridan Worldwide helo awaited her. Now, as they got closer and closer to his private island off the coast of Maine, as the weekend loomed before her, she forced back the case of nerves that kept trying to take over her body. This weekend was a test, for both her and Micah Sheridan. He wanted to push her, to see if she could fully match his needs as a Dom. What would he ask her to do that would show him she trusted him completely?
She wanted desperately to unlock his heart, because she’d had the misfortune to fall in love with the man and that was a disaster in the making. Could she submit to him as completely as he demanded, no matter what level he took her to? And could he finally unlock the shackles he kept around his emotions to make their relationship emotional as well as physical? Commit to something long term?
She had struggled for so long with the clash between her submissive nature and her strong personality. It had been a big step for her, even before she’d met Micah, to blend those two parts of her. Two sides of the same coin. The result had been some less than satisfactory relationships, leaving her to constrain her sexual activities to impersonal sessions at The Castle, the private bondage club she belonged to. It never ceased to amaze her that while she ran an executive employment agency that served clients everywhere, making decisions that involved power and money, once she took off her clothes she turned into someone else. She was sure that was the reason she’d never been able to build a lasting relationship.
Until Micah Sheridan. The man she knew could take control without controlling her.
At thirty-eight he had amassed a global fortune and was both respected and feared in business communities all over the world. The world saw him as a man in elegantly tailored clothing with a sharp business mind and a ruthless attitude, yet still playing with all the toys a man of his wealth accumulated.
She’d done her homework on him. She was aware that this home she was on her way to was only one of many. He had a villa in Cannes, one in Acapulco, a condo in Hong Kong and a chalet in Switzerland. He raced cars for fun, skied both the Alps and the Andes, kept fully outfitted yachts at each of his villas, and never carried a suitcase because every one of his homes was outfitted with his needs.
But Teri knew he was also a man of wild, untamed sexual passion whose skills as a Dom were beyond anything she’d ever dreamed. He’d never been seen with the same woman twice. They were sleek and elegant and came from every country where he had offices or did business. Those who lived the BDSM lifestyle easily spotted the submissive nature of the women and secretly whispered about what went on behind Micah’s bedroom door.
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Thanks again for visiting with us, Desiree! It's been awesome!
Have a wonderful weekend, all!
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