Wednesday, February 20, 2013

The Next Big Thing

Hey spankypants!  Yeah, I'm talking to you!  I just got tagged by my friend Sarah Henning to be in "The Next Big Thing" blog tour.  I talk in-depth about my upcoming book and also dish about who I'd cast as my sexy Domme, Cerise, and flog-a-licious vamp, William!  Enjoy!

What is the working title of your book?
The title has had many iterations through this whole process (Sub Plans, The Substitute and the Submissive, Cherry on Top) but the title we announced with is THE SCHOOLTEACHER AND THE SUBMISSIVE.  We may still tinker with it, but for now that's the title.

Where did the idea come from for the book?
I like to pop my head into the echo chamber of pop culture, see what's bouncing around, and put unexpected things together.  What's more popular than vampires and BDSM?  This seemed like a no-brainer for someone who loves both of those genres.  So I wrote a vampire submissive.  But made it comedy.  And threw in role playing for good measure.

What genre does your book fall under?
I think it would be easier to rule out genres, haha.  It's an erotic paranormal comedy.  Yeah, pretty freaking niche.  I think it has something for everyone though, so hopefully I pull it off. 

What is your book about?

Cerise Norrel, Type A substitute teacher by day, is ready to quit
being a domme. Despite her best intentions, none of her partners can
keep up with her scene fetish and attention to detail—let alone her
demand that they have a costume and set waiting every afternoon by the
time she’s home from school.

Over a dozen potential subs have left her in the past year, but just
when Cerise thinks it’s impossible—that she’ll have to go back to
vanilla relationships, or be alone forever--she meets William, who
wants to make all her fantasies come true. He turns her home into a
geisha’s dream apartment, a concert hall with a grand piano (which he
uses to play an original composition while wearing a tuxedo), and even
rents an abandoned loft for a zombie apocalypse scene—complete with
canned goods.

But there's something strange about William. Well, a lot of strange
things. He must be absurdly rich, since he can afford to provide
extravagant costumes and props on a daily basis without having to
leave work early. He must be insane, since he puts up with Cerise's
over-the-top demands. And most importantly, he doesn't redden when
he's spanked, and his skin is as cool as satin sheets. When Cerise
discovers she's become domme to the infamous "Chilly Willy," as he's
known throughout BDSM urban lore, she begins to find out there's a
whole lot more to her handsome submissive than a creative mind and a
hard body.

And when it’s William, ironically, who starts pressing Cerise to give
him the kind of commitment she’s never given anyone, it’ll take
everything she has to work through her issues, confront her past, and
learn to be vulnerable.

Will your book be self-published or represented by an agency?
The book will be published by Simon and Schuster's Pocket Star imprint.  I'm represented by the amazing Jessica Sinsheimer of the Sarah Jane Freymann Literary Agency.

Which actors would you choose to play your characters in a movie rendition?
Even though she's not blonde, Mila Kunis.  She's so funny and so hot and so edgy.

Then there's Scar Jo.

I love everything about Scarlett Johansson.  I think she'd make an amazing Cerise because she can be funny but also be really badass.  Plus, that body!  Dayum!

Or Jennifer Lawrence because she's quirky and a total bombshell.

William is harder.  Heh.  No, I mean it's really hard to find a guy to properly represent my sweet, submissive hunk.  Sure, I could go to the easy picks, but most of these guys are currently associated with Mr. Christian Grey because of their light eyes and strikingly hot faces.  I'm talking specifically about Henry Cavill (my pick, cough cough).

I found a picture of this guy, however, and I can't find out anything about him.  BUT...he looks like William, too.
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Cerise is giving him a bit of a headache.
Runner up would be to dye Chris Hemsworth's or Sam Worthington's hair.  Mmm. 



What else about your book might pique the reader’s interest?

Well, honestly I just think it would make people happy.  It's unexpected.  It's funny.  It's sexy.  Cerise is a heroine you really root for, and William is the kind of guy you'd die for.  I think it's a good mix.

On Wednesday, Feb. 27th, please visit a few of my writer friends Sarah L. Blair and Tamara Mataya as they write their Next Big Thing.