So, without further ado... Heidi Cullinan!
1. Do you have a favourite spot to write? Do you move around or do you do best sticking to one particular set up?
I usually write at my desk, though if I’m chasing my kid around for activities, I switch to my laptop and write on the go. If I’m having a rough pain day and I need to work from somewhere more comfy, I do the laptop in a big overstuffed chair. But mostly at my desk. I have a HUGE iMac, Bose noise-cancelling headphones, and an ergonomic chair.
2. Do you choose names for your characters or do they announce their names to you? If you choose, do you have a routine you follow?
It’s kind of a bit of both. They get named during the discovery process, when I’m following them around, making playlists, picking stock images. Usually I end up at Behind the Name and at some point something just clicks. Or, in the case of Love Lessons I look over, see my cat, and think, “Walter. Walter’s a good name."
3. If you have a really tough scene to write, do you have special routine you go through to prepare you for it? Or conversely, a special routine to soothe you once it's written.
Hmm. I’ve never thought about it, actually. I think I just do it. Though probably I vent on Twitter more or to someone in chat. If something upsets me to write—usually not what upsets the reader—I tend to write in distracted bits. There was one really bad scene for one book (can’t remember which one now) where I wrote to music that was a huge irony of tone. Mostly thought I just get through. I kind of operate in a flow zone, so mostly I don’t remember what happened.
4. What comes first - the plot or the characters?
Oh, characters. Always. Then we dance around for a few months while I say, “No, really. You’re fabulous, yes, but WHAT IS YOUR CONFLICT.” I have one I want to write for Christmas/winter 2016 which is doing that. They know what they want to do and who they are, but they have no conflict, so we’re in a stalemate.
5. What book, genre or otherwise, have you read recently that made you sit up and go, "YEAH!”
A Forbidden Rumspringa! I fucking love that book. I have the sequel on my kindle but I can’t bring myself to read it yet.
6. Do you have a guilty or a not-so-guilty pleasure that might surprise us?
Hmm, I don’t know. I like Teen Wolf mostly because it’s so insanely bad. But I don’t know if that counts. I love bad TV. Not painful sitcoms, but dramas that are supposed to be serious but make me laugh.
Black Butler! I love Black Butler. So much so that I put BB roleplay in Lonely Hearts.
7. What is your favourite classic (for the purposes of today, prior to 1995) song?
I always liked “Gloria.” Forget who sang it, but my husband would know. (Ed. Laura Brannigan) I always sang it in the car. Oh, that and “Abracadabra.” (Reach out and grab ya!)
8. And lastly, what is Heidi's dream getaway vacation?
I want to go back to Prague. I’m going to get there too. Just not quite yet.
Coming February 4 from Wilde City Press
In a land unforgiving of indulgent, dangerous sex, merchantman Eryn does his best to keep his desires in the dark…until the plight of a beautiful prince leads him out of the shadows and into adventures both sensual and terrible.
Capture, curse, and torture litter Eryn’s road to true love, along with carnal delights beyond his most wicked imaginings. His strengths and limitations are exposed—and the hard truth, that nothing holds him back more than the monster of self-loathing in his heart. Prince Wyn might be everything he’s dreamed of in a man—and master—but before Eryn can accept the exquisitely wicked affections of his one true love, he must first save himself…from himself.