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Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Welcome Author Brigit Zahara...

Drawing today. Commentors will be entered into the giveaway until March 1st.

1. As a child, what did you want to be when you grew up? How has that childhood dream affected your current career? I wanted to be a dancer. Ever since I was little, I loved and studied Jazz and Tap,
dreaming of one day becoming the likes of Ginger Rogers. I always felt a ce
rtain spiritual freedom when I danced (still do) and while my dream of dancing for a living never materialized, I was fortunate enough to stumble onto another kind of spiritual liberation: writing.
2. How has your environment/ upbringing colored your writing? I think there’s a kind of electricity in the air in New York. I can’t really describe it – it’s a sense of excitement, passion, sexuality with the promise of adventure all wrapped up into one – but you can feel it the moment you touch down. I think all th
ose components have been woven into my makeup and consequently can be found in each of my stories. As for my upbringing, both my parents were artists so expression and creativity were a given in our household.

3. Tell us about your latest book. Do you have anything new in the works and can you tell us a bit about it? My brand new print release THE MORE THE MERRIER is a compilation of five of my hottest ménage a trois stories. While they all contain two uber HOT HEROs** and one willing heroine, the books’ locales vary from America, to Paris, to Ireland and even as far away as ancient Rome. Two have voracious virile vampires, the others – “just” hungry human males. J
Speaking of voracious vampires, my next two titles SPONTANEOUS COM
BUSTIONand MYSTERY MAN are M/M and M/F tales respectively that dance arounddangerous mortal/immortal affairs.
4. How did you come up with the title for your book(s)? Most of the time, they just come to me sometime during the writing process. I NEVER choose the title first. To me, that would be like choosing a name for a pet you haven’t adopted yet. You have to wait and see what fits.
5. Have you ever used contemporary events or stories “ripped from the headlines” in your work? You know I haven’t. To tell you the truth, I struggle with the decision of whether or not to watch the news/read the papers because on one hand, I want to keep current with all that’s going on in the world but on the other, I find all the stories so damn depressing that my day is often ruined after learning about them. I’d like to find a good balance.

6. What tools do you feel are must-haves for writers? A warm, cozy, quiet space filled with images, items, artwork and colors that you love and that inspire you; a comfortable chair, a window; music.
7. Where do you as an author draw the line on gory descriptions and/or erotic content? I’m not sure I can say where – it’s not as if I have a hard and fast “don’t do this” rule (with the obvious exception of bestiality or child pornography)– but I can tell you how…when I’m writing an explicit scene, but it sexual or otherwise, I allow the words to flow freely. I then revisit that scene a couple of times over the next week or so, strictly for the purpose of getting a gut reaction to it. If the words create the intended strong reaction i.e. a sex scene should excite, a murder, attack or torture scene should horrify, etc. then I basically keep it as is. In other words, I use myself as a barometer. Some publishers have set regulations about vocabulary, relationships and scenarios and try to pigeon hole their writers into adopting a set style. I vehemently oppose this and have refused to write for certain publishers for this very reason. Writing is a creative process and an artistic vision of the author. Like every other art form, it is not to be controlled or censored.
8. What's the weirdest thing you've ever done in the name of research? For my upcoming book SPONTANEOUS COMBUSTION that will be coming out this Spring, I spoke to a leading forensics expert in the field and attended an autopsy in which the victim had reportedly died of SHC. Let me tell you – THAT was something else.
9. Where can we find you on the net? There are quite a few places. I of course have a website; I have two profiles on Facebook – one a personal page, the other a fan page; each of my publishers has an author page on me, and there are numerous links to reviews and interviews available on Google, Yahoo, etc. etc. You need only search my name.
10. Where can we find out more about your books? Exact same as above. Here are all the links:
Check out Brigit’s YOU PICK THE HOT HERO Contest in which you could win a free book, pick Brigit’s first hero of 2012 and get a book dedicated to you!!


She said...

Nice picture! Good interview. I love menage stories with 2 men and one woman. Love that loving.


dukediva32 said...

Wow! I had NO idea that you went to such lengths for research. That autopsy took backbone. Kudos. Whatever method you are using for your writing works. The scenes, be they sexual or other, always evoke strong emotions. Keep up the good work.

Beach said...

Ok so this is the first interview I have read that I felt I connected with and truly could relate with. I have totally gotten into this genre off books lately and I look forward to reading your books.

GABixler said...

As above, this is a much more personal interview that I did enjoy...

Glad to hear your two no-no's...

Best wishes for your book marketing activities and future books!