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Saturday, 21 June 2014

Saturday Storyteller Interview: V.L. Brock

What’s your name and where do you come from?
My name is V.L. Brock and I come from South Wales, UK.

Tell us a bit about your latest release.
Seeking Nirvana (Dark Evoke, #1) is a romantic suspense/mystery/thriller series. It follows twenty-seven year old Kady Jenson who has woken from a four day coma with a three year void in her memory. For an unknown reason, she begins to fall back into unrecalled routines and habits, especially when she is in the presence of the one person she is supposed to trust the most.
When her long-term boyfriend goes away on a business trip, Kady seeks the help of the Irish stranger, to whom was at her bedside in the hospital, to fill in the missing gaps in her memory before its too late.
The Dark Evoke Series is dark, and the deeper you get, the more it unfolds, the darker it gets.

Where do you get your inspiration from?
Some people may call this silly but, for me, I find it in knowing that I have kept, and still striving to uphold a promise which was made to someone who played an enormous part in my life, just before he past away. It drives me. It puts me on that metaphorical spot that helps me see things from different angles and reminds me not to give up.
Music is another way I find inspiration, especially when my characters refuse to let me channel them. I've just filled my phone up with Nickelback because 'Irish' (Walker), was being stubborn.

How do you go about creating the perfect "Swoon" worthy man?
We each have our own ideas of 'the perfect man'. I compile a list of attributes that I find attractive, expand on it and finally add flaws to make them human.

What’s your biggest turn on?
Accents. I have an enormous weakness for them, especially the Irish accent.

If you couldn’t be an author, what would your ideal career be?
If I couldn't be an author then I'd love to be a counsellor. I've always reflected on my own life lessons and used them to help offer advice and guidance to others who are struggling. I'm the kind of person who, even if it is 3am, if someone needs help I'll always be there.

Do you have a favourite character from your books? Why are they your favourite?
No, I don't have a favourite. My characters are made up of each attribute I possess, they are small pieces of me. Jessie from my debut, Impulses had spent many years being the rock for Samantha, giving her advice, helping her see that altering your viewpoint of life is possible if you have a powerful enough reason/person to kick you up the backside to do it. That is the part of me that strives to help people. You can see where I'm going with this...

What’s the most romantic thing anyone has ever done for you?
My husband was my high school sweetheart. Unfortunately, after about 2 years we went our separate ways. 2 years later he discovered by word of mouth some painful times which I was going through and he finally got in contact with me. We spent a few hours on the phone and he piped up with, "I can't do this, I can't hear your voice and not see you." The power and need in his voice when he said that...well, it still gives me goose bumps. To me, after a hideous end to the relationship and after everything we had been through when we were apart, the fact that he still cared for me and my well-being, and the passion in his voice, was the most romantic combination I've ever experienced in my life.  

What do you do to unwind and relax?
Simple. I read or cook. I love being in the kitchen, baking my cakes and brownies or just experimenting with food in general.

What’s your greatest weakness?
As in guilty-pleasures? I have three, coffee, coconut mushrooms and those mini corned beef pasties you can get from the petrol stations.
If we are talking about men, then accents, more specifically, the Irish accent.

What trait do you find the sexiest?
Eyes and confidence. I stress that there is a difference between confidence and arrogance. Arrogance isn't sexy at all for me, but a man who holds himself well is definitely an eye opener.

How do you decide how hot or not your book is going to be?
I don't. My characters do. They're the ones running the show I just do as they tell me.

Is there any erotic scenarios you wouldn’t write about?
I don't think I could write about anything which I haven't experienced. Gathering sources and learning from them is one thing, but for me, I like to undoubtedly be in the situation and write about the feelings and sensations coming from me, if that makes sense. It's easier for me to express if it is something I have experienced, otherwise it's just words on a page.

Is the stuff you write about from experience or mostly imagination?
Although there are fictitious elements in both Impulses and The Dark Evoke Series, 3/4 of the story is me.
I use writing as a form of therapy, an outlet for past regrets and hurts that have occurred in my life. Life is a lesson for which we learn with each day that passes. Some lessons are painful, others emotional and some distressing. I'm an honest person, an open book, I answer honestly and hold no shame with past happenings because it tells a story, it makes you stronger, it makes you who you are today.
Recognising that the foundation of my books come from my experiences, if one person came to me and said, "because of your book, I..." then as far as I am concerned, my goal is fulfilled.

What’s your idea of a perfect romantic evening?
Oh goodness. Umm...probably a nice meal and a good movie. Other than that, there was a lovely little Italian restaurant in central London where we ate a few years back, I wouldn't say no to going back there.

What do you do to get in the mood for writing love scenes? Candles, music etc?
For a carnal sex scene, a glass or two of wine. As we know, alcohol lowers your inhibitions so you're less likely to get embarrassed by typing certain graphic terms on your computer. Write your sex scenes with a glass of liquid courage and edit sober.
For an actual love scene, definitely music. There are two love scenes in Impulses where I had the music playing while writing and safe to say, the second scene after Sam and Hayden went through a harrowing time, had me physically removing myself from the computer. The tears were streaming.   

What do you do when you’re not writing?
If I'm not writing then I'm reading or chasing my energetic 5 year old son around.

Tell us something that might surprise our readers.
I suffer from something called astrophobia, which is a phobia of planets and space as a whole. I don't dare look up at the night sky or the moon because it sends me into severe anxiety attacks.  

Synopsis of Seeking Nirvana (Dark Evoke, #1):
They say that old habits die hard, and twenty-seven year old, Kady Jenson, is about to discover how true that statement actually is.
Waking up in a hospital room with a complete stranger at her bedside, should have caused panic and confusion, but for a reason unknown to her, Kady finds herself drawn, and calmed by the presence of the rugged, devastatingly handsome man with the pleasant Irish brogue.
It’s when she discovers that she has just woken from a four day coma, with a three year void in her memory, which spawns confusion and panic.
Kady soon comes to realize that things change with time, and not only appearances.
Not only is the sexual chemistry she once shared with her long-term boyfriend, now a long-ago memory, but Kady also begins to unconsciously fall back into unremembered habits, and with each day, the increasing sense of foreboding, becomes increasingly harder to ignore.
Left on her own when her boyfriend goes on a business trip, Kady seeks help from the Irish stranger as they go on a quest together, in a race against time, to piece the puzzle together.

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