Monday, September 1, 2008

Brothers of the Night and Sugar & Spice Interview

Hi, everyone.

Thanks to my wonderful readers, my book, Sweet Hell is doing well, so I thought I might like to tell you a little about what is coming next. This interview will take you into my private thoughts regarding Brothers of the Night and Sugar & Spice. It's not a long interview, but will allow you to get to know me a little better.

Interview begins...

Q - Hello Audrey, I hope these questions will be okay for you. If you don’t mind I’d like to touch on Brothers of the Night, and Sugar & Spice, the sequel. I understand these are very hot ménage a trois shapeshifter romances that will be released soon.

Hi, Simone. Yes, Brothers of the Night will be released soon. BookStrand is looking at an October release date, but since I’m already through editing it long before my deadline, I’m hoping the release date might be pushed up. Every time I think of this book I have to giggle. I wrote it early in my career when I honestly didn’t know what I was doing. Because of that I didn’t limit myself to any publisher’s guidelines, I simply wrote what I wanted to write, and loved doing it. When all was said and done, what I produced was a piece of erotica that puts a woman between two brothers who use her as a plaything. The sex many times borders on the primal since during the Autumn Moon Cycle they are little more than animals. As a result, the lusty scenes between them don’t have the usual limits. I shamefully colored outside the lines, bringing my readers everything I had inside me. There are so many twists and turns you can’t possibly predict what will happen next. I will have to admit that I did a lot of editing and rewriting of the first draft, but the finished product is pure gold.

Q – Did you write Sugar & Spice immediately afterwards, or was this an idea that came to you later?

Actually, I had no intention of writing a sequel, but when everyone began asking for one, my publisher got on the bandwagon and suggested I do it. I can’t describe to you how I felt. The story of the Duquesne’s had been told. Story over, chapter closed. But since I ended Brothers of the Night on a cliffhanger, the public refused to let it lay. Not being experienced at writing I didn’t know you NEVER end a book on a cliffhanger. Okay, I chalked it up to a lesson learned, and began writing its sequel. I was able to continue the ‘twins’ theme by giving Sugar (the heroines stage name) a ‘monster’ that made her appearance during a full moon. I named her Spice. Believe me, I was as surprised as anyone when the story began coming together with Jennifer being the first Duquesne she-devil. It’s a fabulous book, and I hope you will enjoy reading it.

Q - What drew you to write in the Erotica genre instead of pure Romance?

It was pure chance. I just wrote what I liked, and thought it was romance. However, when I compared it with other romance writers, I knew something had to be wrong. My writing was wilder, my descriptions more vivid, my love scenes more explicit and scorching. At the time I didn’t even know that there was a genre called Erotica. I simply wrote my stories the only way I knew how. Of course, later I found my home among other erotica writers, but for a while there I was flopping around like a fish out of water. I have learned since then that there are still differences in how far a writer will go. I, of course, by this time was not used to having limits, so I continued to write in my own free style. Whether you want to call it wild, unruly, exotic, experimental is up to you. I’ve been compared to Anne Rice, Jackie Collins, and even Danielle Steele…with a twist! But I disagree. Danielle Steele does it on silk sheets. I do it on desks, walls, in the dirt, in the rain, shacks, mansions, you name it. If it’s possible (or even impossible), I’ll get it into my book sooner or later.

Q - What advice would you give to aspiring writers in either Erotica or other genre?

I can’t emphasize it enough... write what you feel! You might be surprised with what you get, as I was. The amount of sex, or should I say, the depth of sex you bring into your story is up to you. Remember! Erotica is NOT pornography! Even in writing erotica, you don’t have to write what you’re not comfortable with. I’ve never liked writing sweet little romances and feel very comfortable in describing everything that goes on between a man and woman. From the soft, warm kiss to the bawdy sex-against-the-wall situation. Not everyone does. I can use a four-letter word as easily as I can any other, as long as it fits the story. My stories are frank, gritty, lust in the dust sort of thing, but yours doesn’t have to be. When you’re writing, don’t think about what some publisher or potential reader might think of what you’re saying, it’s too limiting. Simply write what you feel. From this comes your writing style, your tone, and keep in mind, no one can write that story like you can.

Q - What do you read when you are not writing?

Right now I’m into historical romances. The simple reason being, I was bored by contemporary novels that had so much police activity in them. Please! Enough, already! My life is very exciting, and the only time I ever speak to a policeman is when I’m stopped for speeding. I have to admit, in my yet-to-be-published novel, Pretty Baby I have an undercover detective in it, but I think I can be forgiven for it since the plot is one of my “coloring outside the lines” sort that tells how the handsome half-breed Indian falls in love with an innocent young woman whose obsessive sister makes her wear a crude, homemade mask to hide her beauty. (Did you notice how I plugged Pretty Baby? Slick, don’t you think?)

Q – I heard that once you were an artisan with All Experts. What was that all about?

Yes, I was an Allexperts Artisan for, I don’t know, about a year. Don’t get me wrong. I don’t in any way consider myself an expert in the writing field, but they needed people to help, and I was picked. I received questions, usually from aspiring writers who want to talk with an author. They ask questions such as how to begin a novel, how to create characters, scenes, dialogue, etc. Some sound a lot like me when I first started. They’re excited, enthusiastic, and need advice on how to start, so they ask someone who has been there. That’s what Allexperts is. It’s a website full of experts in many different fields, and they are more than willing to share what they know if you want to ask. The website is...

Q - Would you welcome personal mail from your readers?

Yes, I most definitely would. If any of you have read my books and have a feedback, or if you just want to chat, I’m available. Just put my name, AUDREY GODWIN in the subject line so I will know it’s not spam or some virus-happy freak. You may email me at I know one of the first questions asked will be about my website. I’m sorry, but it’s under construction at the present. I’m hoping to have it up and running soon. The address is

Q - Thank you, Audrey, we will be looking for Brothers of the Night, and the sequel, Sugar & Spice. We will also be keeping our fingers crossed that it will be released very soon.

Thanks, Simone. It’s been great talking with you, and I hope when my website is finished everyone will come and play in my erotic playground. It will be filled with lots of wonderful books, and information I hope you will want to know about. Love ya!

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