***This author interview includes links to purchase a book for 18+, although the interview is family friendly.***
I am pleased to invite author Gene Doucette, an award-winning screenwriter, novelist, playwright, humorist, essayist, father, husband, cyclist, dog owner – and a few other things, too to hang out at Acting Balanced today to talk about his latest project!
Sapphire Blue is Doucette’s first foray into the erotica genre, and is currently avaiable for purchase in both paperback and e-book formats.
I am very much a binge writer. I will write furiously for 4-6 weeks, rest for a few days, and then go back and edit madly. I’ll make three or four edit passes before I’m willing to show it to anybody, because there’s nothing worse than getting a note back for something I already know is wrong.
I work from beginning to end, without any outlines or character sketches or extra scenes, or notes. I keep it all in my head until it’s on the page. This is mostly because as soon as I write something down—even in a note—it becomes a true thing and I start rigging the plot to accommodate this true thing, even when if I find it doesn’t serve the plot. Holding it all in my head keeps everything malleable.
2. How long have you been writing and what do you love about it?
I’ve always been a writer, from when I learned to read and onward. Basically, as soon as I learned there were people whose job it was to assemble words in a meaningful order, I was ready to try it.
I love it for those moments when everything works and I end up creating something that’s as beautiful on the page as it was in my head. It doesn’t happen often.
3. What hobbies/interests do you have?
Writing is pretty much the big one. I guess you could say cycling, in the sense that I own a bike and lots of bike clothing, and when the weather permits I commute to an from my day job, and that day job is 18 miles from my home, so that’s a commitment there. But at the same time I don’t race or bike on weekends, or with friends. It’s just, that’s how I get to work.
4. Something people would be surprised to know about me is…
…I’m incredibly normal. I say they would be surprised by this because Sapphire Blue is very much not the sort of thing you’d expect from an incredibly normal person.
5. If you could invite 4 people (real or fictional, living or dead) to a dinner party, who would you invite and what would you serve?
Good lord. I can’t possibly limit this to four, so:
Either Caddie Compson from The Sound and the Fury or Eliza from the Baroque Cycle
Either Carl Sagan or Richard Feynman
Either Oscar Wilde or Jonathan Swift
Either Marilyn Monroe or Elizabeth Taylor
And I’m tempted to add Adam, my character from the Immortal books, but I feel like I hang out with him all the time anyway.
As to what I would serve, I don’t think it would matter so long as there was plenty of alcohol for this group.
6. I can’t live without…
…oxygen, water, food, and WiFi. Not necessarily in that order.
7. Tell us a little about this current book - what was your favorite part about writing it?
The sex scenes. That’s also the answer to the question, “what was the most difficult part”. I did end up spending a lot of time in a very strange head space to write those scenes. It was fun to visit, but I’m glad I’m not there all the time.
8. What's next for your writing?
I wrote two novels in 2013, and the second of those is due out in October. It’s the third book in the Immortal series, called Immortal at the Edge of the World, and it’s not erotica. I have an unnamed project for 2015 that I will have to start getting to work on soon—it will probably be another erotic novel, but I haven’t decided yet. I’m also working on a short story or two.
9. How can your fans stay up to date with what you are doing?
I’m kind of hard not to find online. I am on Facebook, Goodreads, Website, Twitter, Tumblr.
Here's a little more about Sapphire Blue:
"WARNING: DARK THEMES, EXPLICIT CONTENT"
Published by http://ph.thewriterscoffeeshop.com/books
Mara Cantor’s life is boring and uncomplicated, and she likes it that way. She has her internship at the museum—a job she shares with her roommate, Davis—and while it is low-paying and occasionally mind-numbing, it gives her all the free time she needs to finish her thesis. And that is just fine.
But when Argent Leeds, the internationally famous playboy and raconteur, visits Mara’s museum, he brings with him the most exciting archeological discovery in decades: the Pazuzu gemstones. Long assumed to be nothing more than a myth by most scholars, the gemstones are rumored to possess mystical powers.
Between Argent, his gemstones, and Davis, Mara’s boring life has suddenly gotten very complicated. Now she is caught up in a sexual adventure that is either the most exciting time of her life . . . or the most terrifying.