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Saturday, 11 May 2013

Saturday Storyteller Interview: Charlotte Howard


Please welcome Charlotte today who talks turn on's and the best way to her heart! 

What’s your name and where do you come from?
Charlotte Howard, and I live in Somerset.  I was born in Oman, and have lived in Aberdeen, Nottingham, Lincoln and the Channel Islands.

Tell us a bit about your latest release.
Seven Dirty Words is about Paige Holmes who is overcoming a traumatic experience, and finds herself torn between two men – TDS, who is older than she is by 30 years, and nobody approves of, and Matt Jackson, her own age who everyone loves.  Who does she choose if either?

Where do you get your inspiration from?
Everywhere.  Books I read, conversations I hear, films I watch… Everywhere.

How do you go about creating the perfect "Swoon" worthy man?
Obviously he has to be stunningly gorgeous – TDS for instance stands for Tall, Dark and Smouldering!  But he also has to be charming.   Not necessarily the nicest person, but definitely have some loveable qualities.

What’s your biggest turn on?
Protectiveness (is that a real word?) I can handle myself, but I still like my men to be protective of me.  Just not smothering.  Oh, and biceps.  I like muscles.  But not too much.

If you couldn’t be an author, what would your ideal career be?
Vet.  I always wanted to be a vet when I was growing up, and I did work as a vet nurse for years before I decided to write full-time.

Do you have a favourite character from your books? Why are they your favourite?
I don’t really, but I do like Lucky from Lucky’s Lady by Tami Hoag – he’s a charming bad boy really!

What’s the most romantic thing anyone has ever done for you?
Cooked for me.  The first time my husband stayed at my flat he turned up with a huge bunch of flowers, giant Easter egg, and a bag of shopping to cook dinner for me – it worked!  Ten years later, we’re married with 2 children.

What do you do to unwind and relax?
Cup of tea and a good film or book.

What’s your greatest weakness?
Food in general.  Feed me and I’m yours.

What trait do you find the sexiest?
Now that’s a tricky one!  I do fall for the ones that brood and are mysterious – I think that’s the maternal instinct in me.  I want someone I can look after.  But then there is a fine line between brooding and being grumpy!

How do you decide how hot or not your book is going to be?
I don’t, it just happens.  I write where my characters take me.

Is there any erotic scenarios you wouldn’t write about?
I can’t think of any – if my character likes it, it will happen.  Unless I have to research it.

Is the stuff you write about from experience or mostly imagination? 
A bit of both.  I take my experiences and multiply them by a hundred and imagine how I would have felt in that situation.

What’s your idea of a perfect romantic evening?
Curry, film, cup of tea, no children.  You can tell I’m getting old!  Ten years ago it would have been wine, expensive meal, posh restaurant and a hotel!

What do you do to get in the mood for writing love scenes? Candles, music etc?
Silence, lock myself in the office with a cup of tea.  I do tend to read a book in a similar genre as well, to help inspire me!

What do you do when you’re not writing?
Being a full-time Mum.  Between school runs, kickboxing, ballet, Rainbows, birthday parties, playdates, walking the dog and homework, there isn’t much free time.

Tell us something that might surprise our readers.
I didn’t read my first proper erotic novel until last year.
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Paige Holmes hides herself in a masculine world in a desperate attempt to remain safe. Just as she is ready to face her fears and her past, she finds herself torn between Matt Jackson and Vance Ellery: handsome, rich, and safe – or handsome, rich, and dangerous? Which will she choose? The one who appears to be the most perfect, or the one who makes her use all Seven Dirty Words?

Find Charlotte on Facebook and her website. You can purchase Seven Dirty Words from Amazon and RHP.

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