Chellesie B. Dancer Interview

Today I have the pleasure of speaking with author Chellesie B. Dancer. Thanks for being here today Chellesie, welcome to FAR!
Thanks, I'm happy to be here with other like-minded souls.

To start, can you tell us a little bit about yourself?
I'm an eclectic mix of experiences and passions. I am a great believer in using food for healing and balance, and other holistic means to physical, emotional and sexual health. I started out as an actress, worked several years on stage and a little bit on camera. I even had my own live theater at one time. While getting my degree in Theater Arts, I also took courses in Engineering, just for fun. Now when I'm not writing, I coordinate parties and work as an entertainer-I'm sometimes a mime, sometimes an M.C., sometimes a paleontologist's assistant for dinosaur parties. And occasionally a dancing gorilla.

Please tell readers a little bit about your current release, Power Play.
Sergio needs to make partner in the ad firm before he turns thirty, and his last chance is to get a huge new account with an underwear magnate. He's focused all his time and energy on this presentation, until he meets a beautiful woman in the parking garage.

Liz is hugely successful in business, but not so successful in her relationships. She wants a man who finds her attractive for herself, not her money. She encounters this artistic and sexy man who takes control and that triggers a submissive reaction in her.

The attraction heightens, and Liz teases Sergio until he turns dominant. Once he discovers who she is, he plots his payback, controlling her body, her emotions, and her sexual pleasure. After a glorious night of sensational sex, the real control battle begins. Who will end up on top during the day, and during the night?

(I had tons of fun writing this story, especially the main seduction scene. He arrives at her door on one page, has her stripped naked by the next, then spends more than 20 pages seducing her through every room of her house, and outdoors, until he finally makes love to her.)

What inspired you to write Power Play?
A friend had said it would be fun try to seduce someone at work, when they were only alone for ten minutes, and that was all the inspiration I needed. Envisioning this as a little 'quickie' story, I wrote that scenario. But then I knew that Sergio needed to get his revenge. I had so much fun writing his seduction of her later that night, that it went from a two scene short story to a ten chapter novella!

Is there a message in your story that you want readers to grasp?
Absolutely. I want readers to grasp the message that balance is the key to a successful relationship, and that there are many ways to find that balance. And there's a silk tie they could grasp too…

As a newly published author, is there any advice you feel was instrumental in keeping you going?
Keep writing! If one story doesn't work as well as you'd hoped, or others don't like it as much as you do, write another one.

How did you celebrate selling Power Play?
I haven't had a chance to celebrate yet, been too busy writing the next one, prepping this one, and doing promotion. Hopefully I'll get a chance to celebrate after it comes out this week-looking forward to a small gathering with some of my friends, a bottle or two of champagne, and maybe a nap!

What would you like to accomplish with your writing career?
I certainly want to entertain my readers, but I also want to inspire them to go after whatever it is that they need to have a happy and satisfying relationship.

Can you tell us a little about your other upcoming works?
Because the theme of Power Play is control, and the characters dabble with dominance and submission, I have two more stories with that theme, Have It Your Way, and an unnamed work in progress. But I have many other stories I've written, or begun, on many other themes. Some are steamy, and the others are very steamy! I have a ménage story called Restless that is almost ready, and two different series I'm working on. And soon I hope to rewrite and sell my first book In Hot Water. It's a full-length novel, and it also has a long playful seduction that spans a couple of chapters.

What is the best advice that anyone ever gave you?
Be careful what you wish for, you just might get it!

While writing, how does the story develop for you? Do you go from start to finish or create scenes as they come to you?
I do not write in a linear fashion. I write the key scenes first, which could be the opening, or a major reveal moment, or the climax, then I go back to the beginning. For a recently completed story, I knew how I wanted them to meet, and where their relationship would go that first night. So I wrote the beginning, the next critical turning points, then the climax scene. Then I went back to the beginning and worked my way towards the climax. Then I went and wrote the end before I'd resolved the climax. I always have the end figured out before I get there, so I know what I'm aiming for. It's a lot like outlining the story, except that I often start out with large chunks instead of a bare outline.

As I go back and fill in the rest of the story, the key scenes usually needs adjusting to account for all that I've discovered about the characters as I wrote the rest of the book. But that just add layers and enriches the scenes, especially the ending. To me the ending is critical, and I want it to be satisfying. Too many times I read a book, and the characters have worked so hard to earn their Happily Ever After, yet it is glossed over and resolved in a few sentences. I love an epilogue, when appropriate, to show where they end up later on. Power Play needed a short epilogue because the majority of the story takes place over two days, and that wasn't a sufficient time frame for the characters to develop their relationship as fully as we'd like.

Since everybody needs a break, even when doing something they love, how do you like to spend your time away from writing?
Well there's always research to do, especially for all the sex scenes… ;)

We all have one, so tell us yours. What is your favorite comfort food?
Hot oatmeal with blueberries and cinnamon.

Describe yourself in 5 words.
Seriously silly, smart sensual siren.

Do you have a website or blog where readers can learn more about you and your works?
Yes, I have both: Website and blog

Is there anything else you would like to add today?
I really enjoy words, and playing with them. When used well, words help people feel a huge variety of emotions.

Thank you for taking time to speak with me today Chellesie.
Thank you! It was a pleasure being had, I mean being here, on your site.

Interviewed by: Tammy