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.

36 comments:

  1. Great interview! The book sounds so good!

    BK

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  2. Loved the interview. Congrats on the new release! ;)

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  3. Great Interview Brindle...Thanks E.J. for pinning him down.

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  4. Thank you so much for having me here today, EJ!!


    Thank you BK, JA and Lynne!!

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  5. Awesome interview, Brindle and host! And I love the book cover - very well done and eye catching. Nice.
    BR

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  6. Thanks Blak!!

    I was thrilled with the cover for GCL. I put together the design with very specific details and even a photo mock-up of what I wanted. Cover artist Christine Griffin did a stellar, amazing, fantastic job recreating my design, as you obviously can see! For my very first published book, having such a great cover was a thrill I cannot describe!

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  7. Don't be shy people, ask me anything! =oP

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  8. Hi Brindle

    I just loved Gothe City Lights when I reviewed it for the Paranormal Romance Guild. I am so glad you are here so I can see what else you have written and add to my list...

    Gloria Lakritz/aka grammy

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  9. I have not questions but I like the book cover and am grateful you were persistent enough to keep writing and re-writing till getting published! I'm curious about the still to be re-written one.

    Congratulations on your achievement AND thanks you for allowing us to enjoy your talent.

    :)

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  10. Oh, I just had to come here!!! I am one of those stalker fans.;} Brindle is a phenom! He is male and writes hot, steamy romance for women, and to top it off? He writes my favorite genre! Dang...
    I send my best flirtatious wink to a wonderful guy!
    Wicked Leanore

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  11. Superb interview....I can definitely picture you as a vigilante vamp....I like that you would go after evil bankers....(LOL)...Can't wait to read a few of your books!

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  12. Thank you Grammy! Your review was so kind. I totally appreciate it. Thank you!!!! *hugs and kisses*

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  13. Thank you Sharon!!! A little encouragement goes a long ways with us writers. Its often a world full of rejection for us, so we love sweet words like yours. Thanks babe!! *hugs and kisses*

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  14. *lol*@Leanore!!! You vixen you.. *winks back* a girl after my own heart.

    For those who don't know me well, I'm also a notorious flirt! *lol*

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  15. Thank you Laurie!! Evildoers beware!!! hehehehe

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  16. How does it feel being a man a genre typically written by women?

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  17. I agree Rho: isn't that a GREAT question!
    (You See? I'm stalking again)

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  18. Hi Rho, thanks for the question. Let me tell you, that's a whopper too! *lol* ... Let's see if I can encapsulate all that entails into a short answer for you.

    Basically, I love it. There are obstacles of course. The toughest being, writing from the female's perspective and point of view. Obviously I'm gender challenged there. The other is not in writing, but in enduring a bit of sexism in the genre. There is a small, but prominent mindset out there who are of the opinion that men cannot write romance. I understand and concede it is a woman's realm, but I don't beleive for a minute there is anything I can do, that a woman cannot. =o)

    Anyway, overcoming those obstacles has been and remains a challenge, but I love writing and love writing erotic romance, so I'm here to stay!

    I hope that answers your question, Rho?

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  19. *lol*Leanore... its okay, I love being stalked! *lol* And yes, a great question!!!

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  20. oh, I so agree with you, Brindle. I think I would choose a vampire as well, but it would have to come with the stipulation that I didn't have to kill to survive. Eww, and I wouldn't want to have to drink from blood bags either. LOL

    Great interview and congratulations on your success!

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  21. I does, thanks! I love your work by the way. Diva-licious was delicious! LOL

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  22. Excuse my typos, I'm obviously having trouble hitting all the keys today. *blushes*

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  23. Thanks Jessica!! I'll make you a deal, you drain 'em, and I'll kill 'em. *lol* ... but just the bad guys.

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  24. Ahhh, thanks, Rho!!! *hugs and kisses* I'm so glad you liked Diva-licious. That one was hard for me to write, because I've never written anything BDSM... even though it was very mild in Diva. I struggled with keeping the hero Alpha, meting out her punishment, but not transgressing into that grey area of non-consentual sex (which I abhor).

    No worries on the typos... look at mine! *lol* My kingdom for an edit button!!! *lol*

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  25. Brindle, I am worried about your choices of dream partner. Some of them are dead, for goodness sake! Still, I suppose they are experienced....

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  26. Congrats Brindle!!

    Do you have a favorite character? Or who was the most fun to write?

    Loved That One Night in Vegas.

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  27. *lol*@Jacqueline... what can I say?

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  28. Thank you, Eileen! I do have a favorite, but he is not as yet published. Of my published characters, I really love Lilith. Don't get me wrong, I love all my characters, but Lilith is a hoot. What's not to love about a drop-dead gorgeous, insatiable succubus who isn't evil? *lol*

    Seriously, writing Lilith was fun, as she was my first female perspective, which might explain why it took me so many drafts to get Gothic City Lights to a publishable level. She's sexy, funny and wildly independent. But she's also sensitive, kind and caring.

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  29. Well, I could name at least a couple of things that a woman can do and you can't LOL but that's not relevant to writing. :D

    I've already said this before, but I'll say it again, you make an excellent job writing in a woman's perspective, it's incredibly convincing.

    Do you plan to write a romance through a male's perspective? I've always wondered what that would be like but never got the chance to read one.

    :)

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  30. *lol*@Sharon... barring the physical feats we can achieve only through those physical features that define us as either male or female... *lol* But fair enough.

    Thank you!!!! Seriously, there is not a better compliment to me, than to hear my heroines are believable and enjoyable.

    And yes, I have actually just finished an erotic romance novella from the hero's perspective. I know this has been done, but its rare in the genre. It's currently sitting on the desk of one of my editors. I hope to hear it will be published in the next week or two! If so, I'll be sure to announce it!

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  31. I'll be waiting for it then :D

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  32. Brindle -
    Nice interview. I'm also interested in that novella that's on your editors desk (pertaining to writing from a hero's perspective). :D

    Lea Ellen {night owl in IL}

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  33. Thank you Lea Ellen. If all goes well, it will likely release in late 2011. Keep your fingers crossed for me!!

    The waiting is always the worst part. *lol*

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  34. Great interview, as always!

    Question, when you write that Vampire Vigilante--which you totally SHOULD--can I beta read? =)

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