Thursday, October 30, 2014

Indie Fall Fest: Zoe Dawson Guest Post, Interview, Dream Cast, & Creative Writing Prompt

Zoe Dawson is in the house today with a guest post, dream cast, creative writing prompt, and interview by another fellow author! Stay tuned for all the fun.

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What Writing Erotica Zoe Dawson Style is All About…
Erotica is any literary or art form that arouses sexual desire. A cut and dry description for sure, but I want to take that description one step further. I say erotica Zoe Dawson style is about sensuality rather than sexual.

Erotica for me is a long tease, the build-up of that couple as they interact with each other and all their tingly parts gets even more tingly. It’s about a plot that is the structure that supports all that getting it on. It’s about theme and reinforcing your story message within that narrative. It’s about humor and the genuine quality of how a man interacts with a woman. It’s also about desires, more than the sexual. It’s the need to be overpowered and taken, the need to be cherished and gently ravished. It’s about eye contact and the connection of two people. It can even be about exploration, reunions, mind twists, domination, submission and discovery.

It’s how the couple thinks about each other. What turns them on about that person. For me, there has to be some kind of connection.

My first erotica story is all about what I mentioned. With my erotica you’re going to get romance. Can’t help it. It might be raw, intense, sweaty, dirty, and…erotic, but it will certainly be romantic.
Check out my short story, Monster Man, to see erotica Zoe Dawson style.

Characters from Going to the Dogs series book 4, Collared (out now) and the wedding and honeymoon companion novella, book #8, Captured (out 11/3/14)
Harper Sinclair: Katherine Heigl
Detective Caleb Shaw: Joe Manganiello
Brooke Palmer Hudson: Emily Rossom
Drew Hudson: Alex Pettyfer
Poe Madigan Taylor: Zooey Deschanel
Jared Taylor: Channing Tatum
Callie Lassiter McKay: Brie Larson
Owen McKay: Ian Somerhalder
Shane Dembowsky: Stefano Masciolini
Aiden Sinclair: Chace Crawford
Makana Kaeo: Jesse Metcalfe
Harold J. Sinclair: Richard Gere 

Interview by Chess DeSalls

  1. You have experience writing in multiple genres, including Romance, Mystery, and Urban Fantasy. Which one do you like best and why?
I would have to say romance is the heart of me. I love the relationship, the commitment, the road to falling love. It’s so beautiful and I get to mix it into mystery and urban fantasy.
  1. New Adult fiction is the new genre in town. Do you love it? Do you have to get in a completely different mindset for NA than when you write books for other age groups?
I absolutely love it! I do have to get into a different mindset. It was a bit intimidating to find my new adult male voice. It was the thing I was most worried about. But now I feel completely comfortable with it now.
  1. Why did you decide to become an Indie author?
I wanted to write more. With my traditional publisher, I could only get so many books out a year. Now the skies the limit. I can write as much as I want.
  1. What’s the best part of being an Indie author?
The freedom of having control over everything.
  1. Do you have any quirky writing habits?
Not really. J
  1. Do you keep a regular diary or journal?
  1. Where’s your favorite place to write?
My office.
  1. Where’s your favorite place to read?
  1. Do you prefer eBooks, print books or audiobooks?
Print books, but I’m loving the portable quality of my Kindle.
  1. Do you have any particular muses for the male leads in your stories?
Joe Manganiello, Alex Pettyfer, Chace Crawford, Marlon Teixeria, Sean O’Pry.
  1. I’m intrigued by your tagline: “No Formulas…No Rules. It’s all about the happily ever afters.” What does this mean to you?
That my books are sometimes off the wall, don’t follow traditional standards, and can be very quirky, but whatever happens there will always be a happily ever after because that’s what I’m all about.
  1. Do all of your stories have happy endings? (No need to answer if this would require spoilers!)
Yes, always.
  1. What happens when you reach the end of a book you’re reading and the ending is shockingly sad?
I get mad then I never buy that author again.
  1. If you had to choose one of your books to be adapted for film, which one would it be?
Afterlife. I would love to see my crazy, reality broken world come to life!
  1. If you could spend one day in the life of one of your characters, who would it be and why?
Harper Sinclair. She has money, beauty, and Detective Caleb Shaw.
  1. What do you like to do to relax and de-stress?
Play my on-line role playing game, World of Warcraft.
  1. Which season do you enjoy the most—Summer, Fall, Winter, Spring?
Fall, love the cooler weather, the changing of the leaves.
  1. If you could go anywhere in the world for a one week writing retreat (all expenses paid), where would you go and why? How much writing do you think you’d get done there? ;o)
Australia. I think a moderate amount. I would want to explore, but that would probably inspire me!
  1. Describe your writing in one word.

Your character suspects her husband is having an affair and decides to spy on him. What she discovers is not what she was expecting...

The Only Woman

I have always trusted Nathan. Always. We’ve been married for five years and in all that time, he’s never given me a moment’s worry about another woman.

But something’s changed. He’s secretive. Taking his cell phone calls in a different room and always signing off his email when he’d never done it in the past. Not that I ever read them. I have this sick, horrible feeling in my stomach and I am having a hard time sleeping. The heated warmth of my husband’s skin used to give me comfort, allow me to snuggle up to him and fall asleep. Now I feel distant. He’s given me a couple of hurt looks like I’m the one to blame.

So, here I am following him. I didn’t want to, but I had to know. I’m close enough to keep him in my sight but far enough away that he doesn’t see me. He’s heading into Central Park.

I’d forgotten how much I love the way Nate walks. That masculine sway of his six foot two body, his big broad shoulders with a back that shows the delineation of his muscles through the fabric. The breeze catches the shock of his black hair. The combination of the inkiness with his deep, aching blue eyes was what had attracted me to him the first time I saw him.

My throat closes and tears sting the backs of my eyes. He’s stopping in front of a park bench. It’s a blond woman. She’s looking up at him and my heart breaks, and breaks, and breaks. 

I collapse on a low stone wall devastated. Nate takes something from the woman, but I’m not focusing on that. She’s beautiful. 

I rise as he starts my way. I break and run. Sobs tearing at my throat. Before I can get to the car, I feel a hand on my shoulder. “Babe? What are you…what…oh God…don’t cry.”

He holds me so gently like spun glass. “It’s not what it looks like,” he whispers. “She’s the designer.” He catches me by the back of the neck and gives me a hot kiss that ripples out like an earthquake, shaking me.

He opens his hand and I stare at the ring box. “I’m as in love with you now as I was five years ago, Sophia. When we got married, I couldn’t afford to get you the ring I wanted to get you.” He opened the lid and I gasp.

Stars, my favorite symbol, circle a beautiful sapphire the color of Nate’s eyes.

He takes my hand and removes my engagement ring and sliding sapphire ring on. “Happy Anniversary, babe. My beautiful Sophia.

“Oh, God,” I murmured softly. I had been so worried about Nate’s behavior. I had totally forgotten it was our anniversary. I feel weak.

“I totally forgot.”

“I don’t give a damn.” He curls his hand around mine and my heart is so full of him. I was such a complete fool. I am the only woman in his life.

Zoe Dawson is the alter ego of Karen Anders, award winning, multi-published author. Her writing journey started with poetry and branched out into fiction. With a couple of college English courses under her belt, she penned a historical, then moved onto contemporary romance fiction. Today, she is happy producing romantic suspense, romantic mystery, new adult, urban fantasy and paranormal novels. The words feed her soul and the happily ever afters feed her heart.
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