Monday, January 31, 2011
Guest Author Interview: Brindle Chase
Please welcome today's guest author Brindle Chase! Brindle is the author of That One Night In Vegas, Gothic City Lights, Diva-licious, My Snow White, and The Grass Is Always Greener.
EJ: When did you begin writing?
Brindle: I started a novel about 20 years ago for a creative writing class in college. An epic fantasy, if I recall. Never finished it. Then about 10 years ago, started another one, a paranormal, didn't finish. Then when I turned 40 (4 years ago) I decided, screw it. I love to write but always let real life get in the way. For christmas, I went out and bought me a laptop and started writing every day on my lunch break at work. I started with re-writing that paranormal I started way back when. I Finished it a year later. Sent it off to 60 agents. All rejected me. *sniffle* But I knew then, I had more to learn about writing. So I hit the author forums and found out many of my mistakes. My muse fed me the premise for Gothic City Lights 2 years ago, so I took that on next. It was to prove to myself I was publishable. To exercise what I had learned from other authors and a year later, it was finished. I sent it off to 30-35 agents. Got several nibbles, but ultimately no offers. My test readers were established writers, so I trusted in them and tried this time with publishers. I sent it to 4 publishers and received 1 request for more, 2 rejections and 1 offer. I took the offer and Loose Id published Gothic City Lights this last June! Yeah!!! Oh, um, so the answer is, for real? About 4 years ago.
EJ: What brought you to the paranormal genre?
Brindle: This is going to sound very geeky. I was playing Vampire: the Masquerade, Live Action version with a group of players that met on weekends to role play our vampire characters. The storyline I used for that character, was the foundation for the paranormal story I rewrote (and plan to rewrite again soon)
EJ: If you could be any paranormal or have any one supernatural talent, what would it be? Why?
Brindle: This is hard. Up front, my pick leans heavily towards being a vampire. But it would depend on which kind. I'm not a fan of bloodbank or small animal feeding, sparkling in sunlight, wussy vampires. I would be more like Lestat, but less sinister and callous. I would prey on two types of victims. Beautiful women (to sate my own desires, obviously. I never claimed to be a gentleman *lol*), but I would not drain them or cause them death. And then for hunting, I would seek out the worst of humans. The most evil, greedy and selfish, drain them until death claimed them. Depending on their crimes, I might torture them instead, force them to provide me finances and make serious amend to the world they have corrupted/blighted…. Etc… Basically a vigilante vampire. Hehehe.
EJ: Tell us why readers will enjoy your new release.
Brindle: My upcoming release, Trading Up, is a touching contemporary erotic romance. Its about two sisters, one dating a great guy, but she doesn’t really love him. He's fun at the moment. The other sister is head over heels in love with her sister's boyfriend. When the two sisters discover this, they plot a switch in the dark, one giving over the guy to her sister, when they realize he is Mr. Right, but for the other. Readers will enjoy the sexy eroticism of the switch. But the emotional depth, the vulnerabilities all the characters reveal and deal with, is very touching. Its not erotica… definitely a sweet, but extremely sexy romance! It releases in march 2011 from Breathless Press.
EJ: If your book(s) were being made into a movie, who would you cast for the leading roles? Why?
Brindle: My paranormal erotic romance would definitely end up as a porn, or at least a Cinemax or HBO movie. Gothic City Lights is a very erotic paranormal romance. Very. Lilith is the heroine and she is a drop dead gorgeous succubus, a real bombshell. Casting her would be difficult. She's half Chinese as well, limiting it further. I think a young Kelly Hu maybe? And Gabriel is a buff, strikingly handsome angel. I see him sort of a young prettier and buffer Russell Crowe, with longer hair, maybe? Why? These selections are based on how I see the characters looks. Not sure if they could pull off the personalities, but hey, they are actors, right? Hehehe.
Gothic City Lights by Brindle Chase.
It was just a fling. Lilith Templeton had no clue he was a human agent working for the angels. No big deal, but she got caught and Mother Superior, Portland’s most powerful angel, wants penance. Or death, Lilith’s choice. Being a lowly half-demon and therefore not a participant in the never-ending war for souls, she knows it's insane to cross the full-blood demons like Mother Superior wants. But opting out isn't an option: do or die. For additional penance, she's paired with an angel who not only ignites her lust but something more. Lilith wants to fall in love, to know what it was like to share herself with just one man. Yet since succubi needed to stay sexually satisfied, falling in love with the angel of chastity is a mistake she can’t afford.
Gabriel would have never second-guessed his choice to ascend through the virtue of chastity. Until he meets Lilith. Now, his ascension would be forfeit if he cannot vanquish his need for her. Having no choice but to ignore the fire burning inside them, they work towards tempting the demon cult’s human leader into revealing the hideout. Lilith, sexually irresistible half-succubus, is the perfect bait. Get in, send the signal and wait for the angel to rescue her. Oh and not get killed, or tempt the angel. Simple, right?
Thanks Brindle for joining us here today at From the Shadows!
To learn more about Brindle Chase and his books, please visit his website.
E.J. Stevens is the author of the Spirit Guide young adult paranormal romance series, the Hunters' Guild urban fantasy series, and the award-winning Ivy Granger urban fantasy series. She is known for filling pages with quirky characters, bloodsucking vampires, psychotic faeries, and snarky, kick-butt heroines.