Friday, August 21, 2009

Interview with Lynne Logan

I’d like to welcome our guest today, Lynne Logan. It’s a pleasure having you come visit us at Much Cheaper Than Therapy, where chocolate is plentiful and advice is free. So grab some chocolate and a lounge chair. Your therapy session has begun.

I understand you have a new release out called Bribes, Blackmail and Bondage. Can you tell us a little bit about your fabulous new book?

I’d be more than happy to, Kim. The novella is about an attorney who is out to prove that her client is innocent. But then a moment of forbidden passion between them jeopardizes his freedom and her career and thrusts them both into a game of sexual blackmail.
Bribes, Blackmail and Bondage is a very interesting title. How did you arrive at that name?

I’ve always loved titles that have a certain cadence or rhythm to them. So I started thinking about what the book was about and what the best adjectives were for the story. When I came up with Bribes, Blackmail and Bondage, I knew that was going to be it. Every word describes what the heroine goes through and I really liked the rhythm of how it sounded.

What made you decide to write in this genre?

I never thought I would write erotica. I really didn’t even read it, but a couple of authors were writing them in my critique group and I thought why not? I’m all for trying something different. Much to my surprise I sold my first erotic submission to the Wild Rose Press, titled, Burn Baby Burn (I still love that title), and I’ve been writing them ever since.

Are you a plotter or a pantser and how did it affect the writing of this book?

I do a bit of both. I’ll be walking or driving or just plain shopping and a ‘what if’ scenario pops into my head and then I start asking questions and the answers start coming(scary I know). I’ll also have a framework, but I don’t completely adhere to it, because another, better idea might pop into my head and I’ll fly with that.

Did you have to do a lot of research for the book?

I did some research. I actually had an expert to drill. I have a really good friend that knows the criminal system, and I bombarded her with question after question.

What are your favorite research books or sites?

The internet by far is my favorite research place. I do have some books, but I love how I can sit behind a computer and pull up photographs and a wealth of information on a subject. I am careful as to what sites I visit and I verify one source with another. Just because information is on what looks like an expensive, professional site, it doesn’t necessarily follow that the information is accurate.

Where did you get your idea for this particular book?

I work for a defense attorney at my ‘other’ job. Many of her clients have stories that are stranger than fiction. I’d heard about a case several years back that caused a scandal between a lawyer and her client, and then my mind started racing with so many different scenarios, and it just snowballed from that idea.

Which character did you like writing about the most, and why?

I would definitely have to say the heroine, Amanda. She has a tremendous amount at stake in the story. By being sexually blackmailed, she not only risks losing her self-respect and her job, but far more, and she quickly discovers just how far she will go to keep her blackmailer silent.

Tell us about how you develop your characters. Do you create character sheets, do interviews, that sort of thing? How does your research affect your character development?

I think it’s more the other way around. My characters make me decide how much research I’m going to do. If they’re daring and try things I would never think to do, then I definitely have to do the research.

Do you have any authors that inspired you?

Dean Koontz. I love all his older books, particularly Watchers. When it comes to erotica, hands down, my favorite writer is Robin Schone. I find her writing amazing. They’re not only hot, hot, hot but they punch a wallop of an emotional impact.

What do you feel is the most effective promotion you have done for your book?

It always helps writing for a wonderful publisher like Red Sage Publishing. They have gotten a fantastic name when it comes to the erotic romance genre. I’ve visited several blogs, which I think helps. I’m just trying to get my name out to readers in a fun and interesting way. Writing the best story I can is probably the most effective, because nothing beats word of mouth.

What do we have to look forward next?

I just submitted another erotic romance, Cocktails at Tiffany’s, to a publishing house. I’m hoping to hear back from them soon.

Thanks, Lynne!

To celebrate her book release, Lynne is offering a free ebook of Bribes, Blackmail and Bondage to one lucky commenter on today's blog. She will be around all day today. I'm sure some of you have questions or comments for her, so please ask away... (Please check back late Monday to see who won)

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Kim Watters said...

Thanks for stopping by today Lynne. Love the title. What was the most challenging thing you found in writing this particular story?

Shelley Mosley said...

Love your title, Lynne! Nice alliteration!

joder said...

Sounds like a super hot read which are my favorite kinds.

Lynne Logan said...

Hi, Kim. I think the most challenging thing about writing, Bribes, Blackmail and Bondage is making the scenes believable. I also wanted to add an dark, dangerous element with all three characters, and I hope I managed to pull it off.

Hi, Shelley. You're a sweetheart for dropping by!

Thanks, Joder. This book is probably the hottest book I've written so far!

Estella said...

What kind of research did you do for the bondage aspect of the book?

Mari said...

Hi Lynne, I've never read your books, but would love to!
I am a big fan of Robin's also. Her books are like erotica for smart people:)

Alexis Walker said...

Hi Lynne,

Sounds like an interesting erotic plot. I just started reading erotic romance. Does there really have to be a sex scene in the very first chapter?

Tina LaVon said...

Great cover!
Can't wait to read the book.

Lynne Logan said...

Hi, Estella. I talked to a defense attorney when it came to how a prisoner is handcuffed. I ad-libbed a bit because I wanted one of his hands free. Everything else was pure imagination.

Lynne Logan said...

Hi, Mari, I agree whole-heartedly. I think Robin is wonderful when it comes to characterization.

Hi, Alexis. I don’t think you have to have a sex scene in the very first chapter, but I think there has to be a lot of chemistry between the hero and heroine. Also, I’ve read many a scene where there isn’t sex, but there is a huge erotic element between the characters. Personally, I always remember those scenes far more than the actual act.

Thanks, Tina!