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Saturday, 28 June 2014

Saturday Storyteller Interview: C.V. Madison

Please welcome Carrie to our blog today as she talks about inspiration and her latest release.
What’s your name and where do you come from?
My name is Carrie. I write under the name C.V. Madison. I hail from the currently balmy city of Columbus, Ohio.
Tell us a bit about your latest release.
I was part of a vampire anthology for Breathless Press with my piece Dimitri’s Walk. It features a long time character of mine, Winter, and her accomplice, Dimitri, who has fallen for the hunter. Of course he’s an age old vampire and she a fierce demon hunter.
Where do you get your inspiration from?
I have a really vivid imagination. Story ideas sometimes crop up from writing prompts. Sometimes while I’m on autopilot during a massage session, ideas crop up or plotlines twist. I spend a lot of time thinking as I’m shy in social settings.
If you couldn’t be an author, what would your ideal career be?
I have three passions in life: writing, massage therapy and coffee. I’ve written since I was twelve. I’ve been a licensed massage therapist for the last six years. I worked three years in a coffeehouse and I’m considering picking up a part time job at a coffeehouse again. I miss pulling my own espresso.
Do you have a favourite character from your books? Why are they your favourite?
All of my characters become my favorites. They become real people to me with real struggles and real worries and complications. All of them have things I love about them and all of them have things I hate about them. Locke is, as he would say, “balls to the wall” and not afraid to say what he thinks. Winter is strong and capable and determined. Baby is energetic and sunny and spunky, but he has a dark center. When I have to kill off one of my darlings, I cry right along with the remaining cast.
What do you do to unwind and relax?
We live near the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium. They own a water park that opens every summer. I buy a season pass and I’m there almost every week. I float around on the inflatable rings (we call them Cheerios) or lay out in the sun. They have a wave pool and water slides and on Friday nights they do dive-in movies. There is a different movie every Friday night. Last year they showed Goonies. Two years ago they showed Jaws.
What’s your greatest weakness?
I give until it hurts and then I give a little more. I fill in the cracks. Where there is a weak point, I mortar the brick. It often ends with me being worn too thin. I have gotten better about putting things down, but that’s been recent.
How do you decide how hot or not your book is going to be?
I have a lot of trouble writing heterosexual scenes. I can do romance, but when it comes to the down and dirty sex scenes, I really have to work at it. I have never shied away from hardcore scenes. One of my favorite scenes I’ve ever written will probably never see the light of day because it’s really intense.
Are there any erotic scenarios you wouldn’t write about?
Probably not. I’ve written some fairly dark stuff. I’d like to expound on one of the horror stories I wrote years ago. I’ll spare readers the details. In short, outside of rape, obvious bestiality or anything involving pedophilia (which is not erotic at all, in my humble opinion), I can’t think of anything I wouldn’t write.
Is the stuff you write about from experience or mostly imagination?
The BDSM I’ve written comes partially from experience. If I don’t know how something works, I research extensively. There is definitely something to be said for getting your hands dirty and experiencing the things your characters do. I have plans to take Krav Maga and potentially do free running for one of the books I’m currently working on.

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Dimitri’s Walk by C.V. Madison
Part of the Crimson Volume 2 anthology
erotic M/F urban fantasy/horror
Release date: 03/28/2014
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After a demon hunt, Dimitri finds his love draped across the threshold bleeding and nearly dead. With his unique gifts as a vampire, he can heal her wounds and save her life, but will the siren song of her blood be too much to conquer?

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