Scarlet Blackwell Interview

Today I am speaking with historical and vampire fiction author, Scarlet Blackwell. Good morning, Scarlet, it is very good to have you join us today. I hope that you are doing well this morning.
Hi Linda, I'm doing fine, thanks so much for inviting me to the interview!

I visited your website and found it quite interesting. You are the first that has on their bio they enjoy elephants and polar bears. I think they are neat, as well. Your book covers are awesome. You have quite a few out there.
I love all animals but cats, polar bears and elephants are tops. I adore some of my book covers. I've been very lucky in working with some publishers who are keen on input from the author and who don't mind if you don't like the cover. Not all of them care what the author thinks.

Which book would you like to discuss, On the Wings of the Vampire, or perhaps, The Captain's Man, or maybe a little of both?
On the wings of the Vampire is a tale of a king who persecutes all the vampires in his kingdom before ending up falling in love with one. The Captain's Man is the story of Josh, who falls for the captain of his Mediterranean cruise. They're both very different. The vampire story is serious and dramatic. The Captain's Man is more light-hearted and saucy although it has plenty of emotional moments.

Is it easier for you to write historical then compose a vampire fiction novel?
I haven't written that many historical pieces even though I love them, due to the amount of research involved. It's easy for me to change from one genre to another though and I like to do so.

When did you first think about writing and what prompted you to submit your first manuscript?
I started writing when I was thirteen. A few years ago I started m/m work and decided to try my hand at publication.

I believe you have some future projects as well. Would you like to share those with the readers?
I have another book coming out with Total-e-Bound in June entitled Sin Row. This is the story of Blake, a corrupt cop who falls for a rent boy. I'm writing the sequel to it at the moment. Then in July I have a sequel, The Captain's Beloved, coming up with TEB and with Silver Publishing I have Sanctuary, the story of Sheridan, a broken-hearted animal sanctuary owner and his hopeless crush, Elliot.

I update my coming soon and work in progress pages at my website regularly.

What are the elements of a great romance for you?
It's not about the sex; it's about the passion and the emotion. It's about feeling that two people are soul mates, something I try to convey in my work. There's always room for spice of course, but in the right way.

I write dark, tortured and flawed characters. Not everyone appreciates romance that's real and visceral and not sugar-and-spice, so my books are not for everyone.

Does your sidekick, Zachary, ever lend an idea to you, or like to strike the keyboard when you are composing?
Zachary (my cat has a pseudonym too, he likes his privacy) likes to sit on my knee while I'm at the laptop. It's okay to type if he keeps his head down, but usually he has to wander over the keyboard adding his contribution which is when the trouble starts… He usually inspires me to give my characters a pet cat whenever I can. He has a big personality and a big heart.

What is the hardest part of writing and the easiest for you?
The hardest part is writing that first sentence. And the last. And increasingly, the love scenes.

If you could plan the best vacation trip where would you go, how long would you stay, and who would accompany you?
I would go to Hudson Bay in Canada to watch polar bears for a couple of weeks. I would take whichever friend had the cash to accompany me.

Do you have a household chore that you really hate doing?
Oh, I loathe all housework! Cleaning the floors, cleaning the bathroom, vacuuming, ironing… you name it, I hate it. If I had to pick one though, I'd go with mowing the lawn. A vile chore.

If you weren't writing, what would you be doing?
Taking my day job more seriously!

Can you share with us your website, blog, or Facebook?
My website, blog and Facebook.

What is your all time favorite candy?
I love any chocolate - particularly Cadbury's Twirl and Thornton's continental.

The place you would love to visit?
As above! Also various places in Europe such as Budapest and Berlin.

Scarlet thanks so much for taking time out of your busy schedule to spend with us today. We look forward to reading your excellent books.
Thanks for having me.

Interviewed by: Linda L.

Linda L.