**Author Peek** with Colette L. Saucier

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**AUTHOR PEEK** Interview with Colette L. Saucier

INTRODUCING…Colette.

1. What genre do you write & why?

My tagline is “Embracing all genres of romance” because I just write in whatever genre I am inspired at the time. I think I probably lean toward writing Romantic Suspense, but The Proud and the Prejudiced is a Contemporary Romance, and my story of Jane Austen’s Mr. Darcy as a vampire – Pulse and Prejudice – is a Paranormal Regency. There is even some VERY mild BDSM in the romantic thriller Alicia’s Possession. I also write in other genres under different pen names.

2. If you were to choose one superpower, what would it be?

This is probably not something one would consider a typical “superpower,” but I wish I didn’t have to sleep. There just never seem to be enough hours in the day to get everything done. Next would be never to get sick.

3. Where do you get the ideas for your stories?

Anywhere from a conversation, an old movie, or being in a certain setting. My upcoming romantic suspense Viuda (The Widow) was inspired by the Hitchcock classic Notorious, although I don’t even touch that plot until 60% into the novel. I got the idea for Alicia’s Possession when my daughter bought a house on a lake. For Pulse and Prejudice, my other daughter and I couldn’t find a true vampire adaptation of Pride and Prejudice, so she told me to write one.

She is also the muse behind The Proud and the Prejudiced. Another lifetime ago, I had written this over-the-top melodramatic novella, probably influenced by novels in the ‘70s and ‘80s like The Other Side of Midnight and Princess Daisy. For some reason, she became quite attached to it and practically put a gun to my head to publish it. When I read it, though, I told her I could never publish it because it was as farfetched as a soap opera. Then a light bulb went on for both of us: What if I wrote a novel about a writer for a soap opera who reads this crazy book for inspiration? I had just finished Pulse and Prejudice, so that plot was stuck in my mind. I wrote a detailed outline for my daughter’s approval, and that’s how The Proud and the Prejudiced was born, with chapters of the absurdist The Edge of Darkness as a book within the book. My daughter knew what she was talking about because an abridged version (under the title All My Tomorrows) became an Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award Semi-finalist!

4. What is your least favorite part of writing?

Promoting. I would never make it in sales. I always feel so uncomfortable, as if I am begging people, “Please, buy my books!”

By the way, please buy my books! Just kidding. (No, really: buy my books!)

5. If we came to your house for dinner, what would you prepare for us?

It would depend on the date. Usually we have dinner parties around some sort of theme. To commemorate the 100th anniversary of the assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand (and his lovely wife Sophie), we invited friends over for wiener schnitzel, bohnen salst, and Sacher Torte, along with wines from Austria. Oh, and cheese sandwiches because, if Gavrilo Princip had not stopped for a cheese sandwich, he wouldn’t have been there to assassinate the Archduke.

After I travelled to Tunisia, I worked to perfect my recipe for couscous before serving it to guests. When I came back from Peru, I prepared many of the foods I had tried there, along with Pisco Sours. As I invited guests, I asked them if there were ANY foods they would not eat. I heard things like liver and cilantro, so I served the Peruvian classic anticuchos. Only after everyone had devoured it and said how delicious it was did I tell them it was beef heart.

6. How likely are people you meet going to end up in your next book?

I have had some characters with a few qualities from people I know, but I doubt I will ever have someone I meet actually in a novel I write. Anything someone says, however, is fair game! I include a conversation I had with my daughter in my current work in progress Dearest Bloodiest Elizabeth, the sequel to Pulse and Prejudice.

7. Tell us about your hero. Give us one of his strengths and one of his weaknesses.

The subtitle of The Proud and the Prejudiced is “A Modern Twist on Pride and Prejudice,” so the hero – Peter Walsingham – shares many of the same strengths and weaknesses of Jane Austen’s Mr. Darcy. Of course, in my version he is a movie star with a bad-boy reputation providing fodder for the tabloids. Plus, being in the 21st century, he can be more…demonstrative with the object of his affection.

8. Tell us about your next book & when it is being published.

The Proud and the Prejudiced is currently only available as an eBook, but the hardback will be available later this month.

My next book – Viuda – is a romantic thriller about an undercover DEA agent who has infiltrated a Mexican drug cartel and finds himself devastatingly attracted to the widow of a drug lord. Then he must convince her to risk her life as a confidential informant. I hope it will be published as soon as my agent gets a contract!

9. A penguin walks into your office, right now, wearing a sombrero. What does he say to you and why is he here?

He says, “I am here from Penguin Books. We loved your manuscript for Viuda about the Mexican drug cartel, and I am here to offer you a lucrative contract. And by the way, I love your pajamas!” I adore penguins, so my daughter gets me penguin pajamas every Christmas.

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Links to Colette’s website, blog, books, etc.

THE PROUD AND THE PREJUDICED
Available now in eBook $2.99:

Barnes and Noble:
http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/the-proud-and-the-prejudiced-colette-saucier/1120916650

Amazon:
http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00R3SERHO

All Romance eBooks:
https://www.allromanceebooks.com/product-theproudandtheprejudicedamoderntwistonprideandprejudice-1704096-177.html

Coming soon in Hardback!

Blog: http://colettesaucier.blogspot.com/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ColetteSaucierAuthor

Website: http://www.colettesaucier.com/

Novel Purchase link:
http://www.colettesaucier.com/ask-at-your-favourite-bookstore-or-order-print-or-ebook-from-these-sites

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BE SURE TO COME BACK to read more about Colette, her new release, and an excerpt from THE PROUD AND THE PREJUDICED, on Wednesday’s Karen’s Killer Book Bench. Happy Reading!

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Burst_08**SPECIAL GIVEAWAY**:  Colette is giving away a $20 Amazon gift card to a lucky reader who comments on her Interview or Karen’s Killer Book Bench blogs. Don’t miss the chance to read this story! Thanks, Colette, for sharing your stories with us!

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11 Responses to **Author Peek** with Colette L. Saucier

  1. Karen Docter says:

    Welcome to Karen’s Killer Book Bench, Colette! I LOVE that your penguin is FROM Penguin! I hope he hands you that lucrative contract any day now.

    …and yes, not having to sleep is definitely a superpower I’d love to have, too. 🙂

  2. Talia Sommer says:

    I loved Pulse and Prejudice so I am really looking forward to reading this one. Even though, sales is your least fave thing to do, I am glad you do blog interviews so I can learn when your books come out. Thank you.

  3. Anita A says:

    It is interesting to read your story. Your dinner parties sound fun.

  4. bn100 says:

    That’d be a nice dinner

  5. Fun interview, and you nailed what the penguin would say! It’s cool your daughter is your muse. 🙂

  6. Joy Dawn King says:

    Colette, with such a broad scope of writing, what draws you to Darcy and Elizabeth? How good it is that your family is involved with your writing projects. Having returned to the U.S. after living several years in Ecuador this last September, I find that I no longer ask what is in a dish someone else is serving me. From living in South America, I quickly learned that it was best not to know.

    • Yes, in Peru I DID ask what the meat was (since I had already tried the guinea pig), and after consulting with another waiter in Spanish, our waiter turned to us and said, “Beef.” Only later did I find out it was beef heart! Still delicious….

      In college, I had done two research papers on P&P – one of them a deep character analysis of Elizabeth – but I never considered writing PULSE AND PREJUDICE until that horrible zombie book came out and got so much attention. My daughter had a copy of it (and also hated it), but one night when I couldn’t sleep I tried reading it. I stopped 2/3 into it because the author had just taken the complete text of P&P and stuck zombies and ninjas in random places without even attempting to stay true to Austen. I wrote PULSE from Mr. Darcy’s point of view as if Jane Austen herself had always conceived his character as a vampire (which is why he is unsociable and misreads human emotions) and had just failed to let us in on her secret! 😀

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