It’s Friday and time for another author interview, this time with the lovely Paloma Beck. We’re talking about her latest book, Hold My Hand, with all the details and a meltingly tender excerpt :).
Welcome, Paloma :). How did you get started writing?
I began writing seriously in high school. I took a creative writing course with a professor who taught me to channel all that teenage angst into my writing. I wrote for the high school magazine but then I took a side trip when I went to college. I decided I needed a degree in something that would make money. It wasn’t until I married, had children and decided to stay home with them that I picked up my writing again. Now I’ve been writing full-time for about a year.
And you’ve packed an awful lot into that year :). What was the best piece of writing advice you received?
Short, to the point and absolutely true! What do you think makes good erotica?
I differentiate between erotic romance and erotica. In most cases, erotic romance has an enhanced storyline, which is what I prefer to read and write. Erotica does not promise to incorporate romantic elements.
Where do you get your ideas and your characters from?
My characters come to me in my everyday observations or experiences. Many of their traits are drawn from the people around me which creates a link between myself and my characters. My story ideas are similarly drawn from my life, or my imaginings that something in my world inspires.
And is that what happened with the idea for Hold My Hand?
Hold My Hand started with Aubrey. She came to me in a dream and told me her story. I wrote the beginning of the book simply by journaling all she’d said. There were pieces of her story I discovered were inside of me for a long time, especially finding a poem I’d written at age sixteen that perfectly fit with Aubrey’s story.
What do you think makes a good sex scene?
Weaving emotion into the physical act is the key to bringing readers into the scene, as well as reinforcing its significance to the story.
You write both contemporary and paranormal erotica. Do you ever find it difficult to swap between the two?
I write whichever calls to me most strongly on that given day so I’ve not had any difficulty. Entering into the world of any book I write is to escape the world I live and surround myself in the fantasy world of the story – whether it is contemporary or paranormal, it doesn’t matter.
Do you have a writing routine? Do you need absolute quiet to write or background music/noise?
I write daily in my home office. I enjoy a schedule that includes the business side of writing as well as blocking at least the full afternoon every day for writing. Depending on my focus that day, I sometimes play music. I’m a big alternative rock fan and some of that music can inspire the types of stories I write.
Do you ever suffer from writer’s block and if so, how do you get over it?
No. I work on the book with whichever character is calling to me most strongly on that day. Since I work on multiple manuscripts at one time, there is always a story to be written.
I have several stories on the go at once too and find it a very helpful way to work. Are you a plotter or a pantser?
Me too :). What do you like most about being a writer?
Out of all your books, do you think you could pick a favourite and why?
Hold My Hand is very personal to me so it’s become my favorite. I feel most attached to Aubrey and William. Aubrey’s childhood spent being emotionally abused and how that affects her as an adult woman was a compelling story to tell.
I’m sure it was. What’s next for you?
I need to finish a few more Seven Sin Sister books under contract. Then I can write the sequel to Hold My Hand, titled Heal My Soul. And maybe even a short story written from William’s perspective.
Thanks so much for visiting, Paloma :). Now we’ve got details of the book and that gorgeous excerpt I promised you. Can’t wait to read this one 🙂
Aubrey has been hurt in the past, discouraged and degraded by a heartless father. Still, William sees something in her that won’t allow him to walk away. Instantly drawn to her but intuitive enough to take it slowly, he courts her. Then he bargains, persuades and seduces until he ensnares Aubrey with his commanding nature. He’s everything she ever needed but never had the courage to want for. Despite the fight she puts up in accepting William’s lifestyle, the bonds he places on Aubrey give her a freedom she desperately needs. Together, they heal old wounds and find their perfect love.
When he seated me on the edge of the chair nearest the fireplace and began to stoke the embers of the fire, I kept my eyes cast down. He made me nervous, those same nerves I felt once living under my father’s roof. No, I reminded myself again, not those nerves exactly. William told me I was beautiful so I know it’s not the same. He was nothing like my father though that tension –the tiny feeling of inadequacy I couldn’t quite shake- was so similar; I shied away from his gaze. Yet at the same time I craved William, his presence completely overwhelmed me.
He moved behind me, seated himself with his legs on either side of my body and pulled me down to him. My back to his front. My heat to his heat. My body to his body. I shivered, wanting nothing more than to be what he wanted me to be. I assured myself my desire to please was different this time. I was already pleasing William. He told me as much and I believed him. After all, I had to believe in something.
His fingers on my shoulders distracted me. “You’re so tense, sweet Aubrey. Won’t you just relax in my arms tonight?”
“I’ll try. I don’t relax often.”
“No, Aubrey. Your answer to me is yes, sir.”
“Yes sir,” the whisper floated from my lips on a sigh. It was such a certain response, it left no room for me to fail or disappoint. I found comfort in the statement and relaxed into his body.
“Good. Well done.” His affirmation bolstered my confidence. I’ve not received many compliments that I can recall and it felt nice. I couldn’t help but smile while the pride at such a simple act made my chest feel tight.
William aligned his body against mine so that I could feel him as part of myself. Then I realized he could feel every inch of me against him. He could feel my imperfections. I tensed, wondering what he’d think of me when he got a closer look. I was no longer overweight but now I was slight and never held any real beauty. When he realized this, my time with him will most likely end.
He molded my shoulders and back with his strong fingers. “Relax into me and let me took care of you,” William tickled my neck with his words and a tiny shiver ran along my spine.
“I thought it would be the other way around.”
I felt his laugh against my neck. “You think too much. Time for thinking was over. Now simply trust in me to take care of you.”
His warmth enveloped me. I was caught in him, absolutely ensnared by all that he was.
Paloma Beck is a Romance Author living a life of contradiction… she’s a happily married carpooling mom writing erotic romance. It’s almost naughty! Paloma writes in both the Contemporary and Paranormal realms, journaling the stories her characters tell her, and they are anything but PG. She dabbles in vampires, witches, ménage, spanking and bdsm – all in her books, of course.
Paloma believes a daily dose of espresso and a good book make any day better.