**AUTHOR PEEK** Interview with Colette L. Saucier
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.
Links to Colette’s website, blog, books, etc.
THE PROUD AND THE PREJUDICED
Available now in eBook $2.99:
Coming soon in Hardback!
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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