Tuesday, September 20, 2011

A Moment with Darah Lace

How do you stay motivated when the Muse is uncooperative?
My muse is more than uncooperative. She likes to take several extended vacations a year, leaving a big, blank void to work with. And I'm not one to just sit in my chair and start cranking out the words.  I have to see the characters, watch them like a video in my head, hear their dialogue, and feel their emotions.  When she leaves me to stare at a blank screen and no sound system, that's the time to get up and do something else. Sometimes that means interacting with my family, doing something that has nothing to do with writing. Or sometimes I watch television, read a book, go to the movies, listen to music. I try not to force creativity or I get frustrated. I've learned to just sit back and wait for my muse to come home and hope she's gathered tons of material for new stories. Btw, she's been gone a while. Has anybody seen her?
Who is your ideal hero?
From my books? That would be Marcus from Bachelor Auction. He has just enough insecurity to make him a lovable Beta and enough confidence to make him a totally hot Alpha. I haven't written another hero yet who surpasses Marcus's claim on my affection. Some come close, but they're just not quite there. Maybe someday.
If you could go anywhere in the world on a romantic getaway, what would you do and where would you go?
OMG, this is a difficult question for me. I'm such a homebody. I'd rather be home with my dh and a good movie. I have dreams of traveling to Scotland but I know myself well enough to realize the whole time I was gone, I'd be wanting to come home.
The tag line on my blog is ‘Indulge Your Inner Romantic.’ What do you do to indulge?
One look at my waistline and you'd know the answer. Food, more specifically and of late, chocolate...or any kind of ice cream.
What is the hardest thing for you to write?
Hmm, it's not so much that I have a hard time writing any one thing. I love writing dialogue, action, emotion. Those things flow pretty well for me. But I've found I have a hard time "not" writing certain elements. I've tried, but every story ends up with a sensual, steamy, or erotic tone. My characters are always sexually aware of the other and the tension is always high. It eventually takes control. I guess you could say, I like a little plot with my sex.

Game Night - The Wild Rose Press

Bucking Hard - Ellora's Cave


wlynnchantale said...

Hi Darah, Thanks so much for being my guest today. Please help yourself to the buffet and the open bar. There's plenty of chocolate and if you don't see something grab one of the hot male servers to do your bidding.

I really enjoy your work. The characters you create are so vivid. Do you plot them out before you write or just allow them to become?

Darah Lace said...

Ooh, hot men and chocolate! What more could a woman ask for? Thanks W.Lynn!

My characters? I can hear and see them, feel their emotions as a scene plays out in my imagination. From there I let the story develop.

Kelly said...

I really enjoyed Bucking Hard. I read it yesterday and I plan to pick up Game Night as well.

Darah Lace said...

Hi Kelly! I'm so glad you enjoyed Bucking Hard. Mason and Bradi were an emotional ride to write.

Susan JP Owens said...

Can't wait to read your new release!

Darah Lace said...

Hi Susan! Thanks for dropping in!

Carol L. said...

I can't wait to read Bucking Hard.Looking forward to finding out more about Mason and Bradi. I'm glad I met you here Darah.
Carol L
Lucky4750 (at) aol (dot) com

Darah Lace said...

Nice to meet you Carol!

Darah Lace said...

So, I thought I'd draw a name from those who commented for a free copy of one of my books. But if the three of you will email me privately (darah@darahlace.com), I'll give one to each of you.

Thanks W.Lynn, for having me at Decadent Decisions!