What’s your name and where do you come from?
Hello, I'm A.C. Melody and I hail from the beautifully green western Washington.
Tell us a bit about your latest release.
This is actually my first release! I'm very excited, so thank you for having me here! My book is called The Zen Lounge and it's futuristic, without being too SciFi. The main character is a jaded, multi-billionaire playboy with a dark past who likes to rebel against society's norm. His two unlikely friends are always helping him through struggles with his inner demons, but we all know that it takes that special someone to really turn your world (and libido) on its ear, right? The Zen Lounge is actually the name of a Pleasure House where the hero and heroine meet, and ends up being linked to both of their painful histories.
The Zen Lounge is definitely an erotic romance, but there's also a lot of crime/mystery elements at play, lending it some nice suspenseful moments. Mostly, it's about the interactions between all of the characters, the human parts, the friendships as well as the unscrupulous, explosive romance between the main characters.
Where do you get your inspiration from?
I get most of my inspiration from reading, especially researching historical events or facts, even though I don't write historical romance. I love taking ancient cultures, twisting them up with fictional, often supernatural additives and then wedging them right into modern times with extremely hot details.
How do you go about creating the perfect "Swoon" worthy man?
Oh, that's a good question! I think it's 90% subconscious – all of the things that I'm attracted to – and 10% creativity, to keep my heroes from feeling like carbon copies. There have only been a few times when I've actually gone into a story knowing what I wanted my hero to look like; usually they tell me. I'm just the messenger. The same goes for their personalities. I know what attracts me, and also what would keep me. It's the keeping parts combined with their outrageously good looks that make up the ultimate 'swoon' worthiness.
What’s your biggest turn on?
I'd have to say integrity, although, I am a sucker for light eyes. Unless it's Joshua Hartnett. I mean, who doesn't love those puppy dog eyes (or the rest of him, for that matter)?
Do you have a favourite character from your books? Why are they your favourite?
I shouldn't, but I do! The main character from The Zen Lounge, Voryk Kade, just happens to be one of them. He's just so blatantly unapologetic. I have a weakness for flawed heroes. They're selfish, they have scars and they make bad decisions, but at their core, they're far more real and honest than Prince Charming could ever hope to be.
What’s your greatest weakness?
When it comes to men? Wit. I can't walk away from a man who can spar with me verbally, humorously, intelligently... it seduces my mind. Outside of men, coffee. In fact, if there were ever a Zombie Apocalypse, I would kill them all just to save coffee from extinction. It's my deep-fried Twinkie.
How do you decide how hot or not your book is going to be?
Oh, gosh... I'm horribly, 100% a pantser, not a plotter! Typically, my characters' personalities determine how hot a book is going to be, but I always try to make sure that that smouldering, sizzling tension never fades between them, even when they have to keep their clothes on for awhile.
What do you do to get in the mood for writing love scenes? Candles, music etc?
Oh, no, no, nothing like that. I usually don't have any problems writing them, because I'm already so deep into the story, right there in sync with my character's feelings. In the rare instances when I have struggled, though, I skipped the love scenes altogether, then plugged them in later when my brain was ready to function properly.
Tell us something that might surprise our readers.
I wrote The Zen Lounge during a particularly long dry spell in my own love life. Perhaps, that's why it's so hot! There was a little frustration fuelling those scenes!! I don't recommend using celibacy as a muse, though. It's just not worth it!
Welcome to the Zen Lounge, twenty-one floors of customizable carnal pleasures to fulfill your wildest fantasies. Even in the year 2192, it shouldn't exist but Voryk Kade simply couldn't ignore the urge to take a closer look. What he finds is a woman bent on ruining everything he'd ever believed to be true. She holds the key to all of Voryk's darkest, neediest desires and despite her silence, provides the proof behind his belief that there is something far seedier going on under the high-end gloss of professional eroticism.
Enlisting the help of his closest friends, Voryk's only goal is to keep Nexlana safe, naked and his. Unfortunately, she was already someone's favorite pet and when Master comes calling, it’s with a vengeance and the intent of never letting her slip away again. Haunted pasts continue to resurface, only Nexlana's might be far deadlier than any of them could have guessed—connections between her, arson, an assassination and a cold case no one ever wanted to delve into again. To stop the worst case scenario from taking place, they must finally figure out just who in the hell the Master really is.