Tuesday, February 03, 2015

Tuesday Treat - Interview with Heidi Cullinan

Today, we are pleased to welcome our good friend (and one of our founders) Heidi Cullinan on the blog tour for The Devil Will Do, her latest release (or re-release) for Wilde City Press.  Heidi's stopped by to answer some questions about herself, her process and some other fun things.  There's also a link to an excerpt of The Devil Will Do.  And there's a random drawing giveaway AND a rafflecopter giveaway!

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.

The Devil Will Do was originally published as Sweet Son as part of the Dreamspinner Press Fairytales series. It has been significantly revised and slightly expanded from its original release.
The Devil Will Do is a highly erotic fantasy novel with romantic elements. It was written specifically for one reader, who thorugh a twist of fate ended up being the editor for the reissue at Wilde City. The novel has heavy kink, particularly bondage, dubcon, humilation kink, and features multiple partners. 

Available from: 

Wilde City           Goodreads


Heidi Cullinan has always loved a good love story, provided it has a happy ending. She enjoys writing across many genres but loves above all to write happy, romantic endings for LGBT characters because there just aren't enough of those stories out there. When Heidi isn't writing, she enjoys cooking, reading, knitting, listening to music, and watching television with her husband and teenaged daughter. Heidi is a vocal advocate for LGBT rights and is proud to be from the first Midwestern state with full marriage equality. Find out more about Heidi, including her social networks, at www.heidicullinan.com.

To enter the random drawing for a digital copy of The Devil Will Do, leave your name and email addy in a comment to this post!

And enter the tour-wide Rafflecopter giveaway.


  1. I'm looking forward to the release of this book. Love Heidi Cullinan. I'm never disappointed.


  2. Oh, I'm first to comment again. Adding *another* book to my TBR. ;)

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  4. Great interview!!

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  5. Loved the interview. Interesting that names take a bit to be discovered.

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  6. Love Heidi's books! It's always nice to get to know a favorite author. Thank you!

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  7. Great interview! I love the Special Delivery series!


  8. Aloha

    Great interview. I really enjoyed the Q and A. Some interesting answers. I always like to see how people arrive at things.

    Thanks. Aloha Meg Amor. :-)

  9. Thank you for the awesome interview! I love Heidi's books! This giveaway is amazing too!

  10. Huge fan of yours!! Looking forward to this book!

  11. Huge fan of yours!! Looking forward to this book!

  12. Huge fan of yours!! Looking forward to this book!

  13. The book sounds great and I love the cover!
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  14. Sounds like another great one!

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  15. Oh, hell yeah! Gimme some o' that Kink! Much success, Heidi! And thanks for the pressies!
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