Welcome to UTC, Charlotte! We are thrilled to get to chance to speak to you today! So we all know that you write some of the best erotic romances out there, but if you had to describe your own books in a few words, what would they be?
Oh I’m terrible at stuff like this! Everyone else always says things like “brilliant, masterful, sexy”, while I have the urge to say “mad, weird, filthy”. But I realise I’m never going to win over any readers that way, so I’ll go with “brillmaweisexfilth”.
LOL! You have a brand new book releasing this month called, Run To You. Could you please tell us more about this series?
Okay – it’s about a sexy Hungarian businessman who has reduced his relationships down to anonymous liaisons, thanks to an exclusive club that caters to wealthy people and their kinky needs. But then the heroine turns up to one of these meetings – just to see what her best friend was getting up to – and when she hides, her hiding intrigues him. He decides to shake her out of her safe little world…but soon learns that she might be the one doing the shaking…
It’s basically my take on the whole sexy rich guy trope, with a twist. I don’t think I could ever write anything without a twist!
Is there a scene in this book that you adore most and would never want to cut?
I think the scene where he finally opens up to her. I love that moment when the hero drops his guard for the first time, and lets the heroine in. It’s always my favourite thing to write, and this one was agonising because Janos is so shutdown and closed off. I really enjoyed making him slowly want more.
What would you say is the key to writing a good erotic romance? Any tips for aspiring writers?
For me, the key to writing good erotic romance is making sure the sex scenes are just as integral to the romance and the plot as everything else. They’re not just there to be filler in between the important parts. They are the important parts. They should advance the plot and reveal character, and if they don’t there’s no point to them.
You also have THE PROFESSOR, a book about a woman and her aloof professor. Any more details you can give on this book? An estimated release date?
Man, I love this book so much. I absolutely adore writing contemporaries that have actual stakes and real boundaries to negotiate, but I don’t think I realised how much until I started writing professor/student. It’s set in an old English university, and the Professor in question is very rigid, very stuffy, and very cold. He completely isn’t prepared for the feelings the heroine provokes in him, and their burgeoning relationship is tense and fraught and filled with weird encounters where he sets all the rules – like only being able to touch her with something other than his body or his hands.
I’d love to get the chance to write it, but I haven’t even submitted it yet! So release date is very much dependent on what my editor thinks.
I am also thrilled to hear that you will be writing some New Adult books! I think you have a fantastic voice for it. Why did you decide to venture into this avenue and what can we expect from these future books?
I ventured into it quite by accident – I just wrote a book called Sheltered because the premise really resonated with me, and it was a minor success. And then it turned out Sheltered was New Adult, and people actually really love New Adult, and for once I found myself writing and loving a genre that other people do too!
Usually I’m the one writing femdom when everyone else is writing alpha males, so this was a huge source of delight to me. I’ve got lots of things planned – a book about a street fighter who ends up protecting the heroine from her brother’s drug dealer friends, and another about a thief who has to hide his brutal past to be with the girl he falls in love with. They’re quite edgy and dark, as Sheltered was, because basically that’s what I love to write. And I think that era in a woman’s life…it really gives the opportunity to explore some epic highs and lows.
If we were unforgivably rude and pulled at random five things from your hand bag, what would we find?
LOL oh you so wouldn’t want to do that. God knows what you’d have on your hand when you pulled it back out! But I’ll pretend there’s no random goo, and say: receipts from three years ago, a battered notepad, seven pens that don’t work, a mass of melted together sweets that have formed their own small society and a pair of ear buds that don’t work anymore.
Basically my bag is a makeshift bin.
What are some must haves that you require on your desk when you write?
I don’t have a desk! I have a bed, which I lie on until my posture is wrecked and my neck is a mess, and while doing so I require: jellybeans, seven thousand pens, my laptop, my ipod, and the DVD remote control.
What is the last book you’ve read and would you recommend it?
The last book I read was Cara McKenna’s latest manuscript, and it was AMAZAMING. It’s going to slay everything when it’s released.
Gah! I love Cara McKenna so this gets me super excited now!
Thanks for having me!
Alissa Layton leads a dull and ordinary life, safe in routines, with no plans to escape. But when she meets businessman, Janos Kovaks, and is introduced to his kinky lifestyle, Allissa’s entire world changes…
From Charlotte Stein, author of best selling Mischief titles ‘Power Play’, ‘Deep Desires’ and ‘Make Me’.
Alissa uncovers a hidden world of secret assignations and kinky meetings between like-minded high fliers at an exclusive hotel. The businessman Alissa spies on seems far too handsome, sexy and worldly for someone like her, and he’s into the kind of things she’s not sure she can do.
Janos Kovacs has spent so long indulging in emotion-less dalliances that he’s forgotten what real passion is. But the more time he spends with Alissa, the less control he has over himself. By the time he’s finished teaching how deliciously naughty sex can be, he might be the one learning the lessons …
Coming July 25, 2013
Charlotte Stein has published over thirty short stories, novellas and novels, including entries in The Mammoth Book of Hot Romance and Best New Erotica 10. Her collection of short stories was named one of the best erotic romances of 2009 by Michelle Buonfiglio, and her first novel, Control, was recently called “…a non-stop crazy hot sex book”.When not writing non-stop crazy hot sex books, she can be found eating jelly turtles, watching terrible sitcoms and occasionally lusting after hunks. She lives in West Yorkshire with her husband and their imaginary dog.