Thursday, July 31, 2014

Author Interview: Silvia Violet Discusses Unexpected Trust with Jodi

We are very happy to welcome Silvia Violet to the Smoocher’s Voice blog today. Violet’s latest novel Unexpected Trust is available from Silvia Violet books.

Violet writes erotic romance and erotica in a variety of genres including contemporary, sci fi, paranormal, and historical.

Silvia Violet can often be found haunting coffee shops looking for the darkest, strongest cup of coffee she can find. Once equipped with the needed fuel, she can happily sit for hours pounding away at her laptop. Silvia typically leaves home disguised as a suburban stay-at-home-mom, and other coffee shop patrons tend to ask her hilarious questions like "Do you write children's books?" She loves watching the looks on their faces when they learn what she's actually up to. When not writing, Silvia enjoys baking sinful chocolate treats, exploring new styles of cooking, and reading children's books to her wickedly smart offspring.

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Jodi:     Thank you, Silvia for taking the time to answer some questions for our readers. Tell us a little about yourself and how you decided to write exclusively in the m/m genre.

Silvia:  Thank you for having me here. I’ve been a romance reader since I was in high school. My favorite books at the time I started writing were m/f urban fantasy romance and Regencies, so those were the first things I wrote. Very early in my writing career, I began writing m/m/f but it wasn’t until I became a rabid reader of m/m that I started thinking about writing an m/m story myself. Once I did, the inspirations started coming, and I enjoyed it so much, that’s where I’ve been since. I wouldn’t rule out writing some more m/f or m/m/f eventually though.

Jodi:     You write both standalone books as well as series. Do you have a preference? Do you feel that series give you more leeway for character development?

Silvia:  Most of my series have started when a secondary characters in a book calls to me and I want to write a story for him. I guess that means I prefer series since I usually end up writing them whether I mean to or not. I do enjoy getting to revisit characters.

Jodi:     Your books span a variety of genres: science fiction, paranormal, historical and contemporary. Is there a specific genre that you prefer?

Silvia:  I enjoy writing a variety, because if I had to write just one, I’d get burned out. I’m not sure I have a favorite, though recently most of my books have been shifter stories or contemporary.

Jodi:     Is it difficult to switch back and forth to writing in different genres?

Silvia:  Occasionally, I wish my non-magical characters had the abilities of my shifters, but otherwise, no, I find it refreshing.

Jodi:     If someone is not familiar with your books, which book would you recommend they read first?

Silvia:  Depending on whether they preferred paranormal or contemporary, I’d recommend Wild R Farm Book 1: Finding Release or Unexpected Rescue.

Jodi:     The Unexpected books are intriguing. What was your inspiration for the plot?

Silvia:  I originally started Unexpected Rescue after seeing a submission call for a military anthology. I began planning the story while I was at the beach and the opening scene when Jackson rescues a kayaker came to me while watching the ocean. The rest just developed as I wrote. I don’t do a lot of story planning after the first few scenes.

Jodi:     Did you have to do special research about PTSD, the military, or law enforcement for this series?

Silvia:  Yes, I did research on the FBI: training, structure, casework, etc. I also researched SEALs and military personnel who suffer from PTSD. I thoroughly enjoyed the research.

Jodi:     In the first book of the series, Unexpected Rescue, readers meet Jackson and Sport. Both men are broken and suffering from PTSD. We don’t realize how broken Sport is until we learn more about him in Unexpected Trust. What was your inspiration for these men?

Silvia:  I don’t have a single moment of inspiration that I can pinpoint. Both men popped into my head as characters and I learned about them as I wrote their stories. I love when I feel like I’m watching the story unfold in my mind like that. These two men had so many layers to slowly revealed.

Jodi:     Is “The Incident” based on an actual evident?

Silvia:  No, while it’s something that could happen to a SEAL team, it’s completely fictional.

Jodi:     Danny O’Sullivan is a strong character: a special operative, a trained killer. Yet, he is surprisingly vulnerable when it comes to Sport. What was your inspiration for this character?

Silvia:  A picture that I saw on Facebook inspired the idea of Danny. When I saw it, I knew the man I was looking at was saucy and a pain in the ass but also far more complex than he seemed on the surface.

Jodi:     Will there be more books in this series? Will Simon and Edgar get their HEA?

Silvia:  Yes, there will be at least two more books. The next one will focus on Simon and Edgar. Simon is very impatient for me to get started.

Jodi:     Switching gears a little, I enjoyed reading If Wishes Were Horses. This was an interesting plot with great characters. What was your inspiration for that book?

Silvia:  Thank you. The story was inspired by the song “As If” by Sarah Evans. When I heard that song, I imagined a hot ranch owner singing it about one of the hands he wanted badly but knew he shouldn’t touch.

Jodi:     Do you have any plans to expand that book to a series?

Silvia:  I do plan to write a series. I want to write a book about Rusty and another one about Ken and Andy. I might eventually do a crosser over with Unexpected since both Lt. Gomez from If Wishes Were Horses and Sport are in the FBI.

Jodi:     Was it difficult to mingle the mystery, violence and romance in that book as well as in the Unexpected books?

Silvia:  Yes, keeping the plot threads going and sorting them out in my mind was very challenging. I ended up doing a lot of non-linear writing and moving scenes around to help the story flow.

Jodi:     What was your inspiration for the Wild R Farm series?

Silvia:  Someone challenged me to write a story about a cowboy and his horse (shifter). So I started thinking how that would work and how much more fun it would be if the cowboy were a werewolf. The idea of a werewolf running a horse farm was too amusing not to develop.

Jodi:     What is your next project?

Silvia:  I’ve got a short story, Say Yes, coming out in August. It features the owner of a grass fed beef business and an event planner. I’m also working on Wild R Farm 6, Zach and Brandon’s story. I hope to have t ready to publish in the late fall.

Unexpected Trust

Special Agent Hugh Cranford, better known as Sport, is conducting an off-the-record investigation. He’s after Danny O’Sullivan, a spy rumored to have assisted in the ambush of Sport’s former SEAL team. Danny claims he and Sport are on the same side, and the real traitor is the man Sport is working for. But Danny is a master manipulator. He’s also the most seductive man Sport has ever met. Sport can’t help being attracted to him, but that doesn’t mean he’s willing to trust him.

In his quest to bring down a few highly-placed traitors in the US government, Danny O’Sullivan has been keeping tabs on Sport. When Sport comes looking for him, Danny decides to bring Sport in on his secret mission and into his bed. Sport may not trust Danny, but he wants him. As the two men risk their lives to complete Danny’s mission, they discover neither is as strong as they like to pretend.

Before you read Unexpected Trust, make sure you know where it all began: Check out Book 1 in the Unexpected series, Unexpected Rescue.

 He closed the box and reached for another. Then he heard the whoosh of a door opening. No footsteps followed. Someone was trying to be silent. O’Sullivan? A security guard? It might be nothing more than a routine check, but his instincts told him he was about to be discovered. He flattened himself again the wall next to the shelves.
Several seconds of silence. The hall door opened and closed again. Sport started to put his gun away.
Suddenly, the office door swung open and Danny was there, aiming a Glock at his chest. Fuck. He hadn’t heard a thing.
Why hadn’t he waited to come back here? Based on what he’d seen of the security, he could have gotten in easily after hours. He could hear his instructor at Quantico berating him for his impatience. Mr. Invincible. Mr. I’m-Better-Than-Any-Fucking-Spook. Look where that got you.
“Hello there,” O’Sullivan said. "Waiting for me?”
The Irish lilt went straight to Sport’s cock. Damn the man. "Just leaving actually,” Sport said, pushing away from the wall.
Danny shook his head. “Not yet. Get rid of your gun and then we’re going to get to know each other better.”
“I don’t think that’s a good idea, O’Sullivan,” Sport said as he dropped his gun on the floor. Danny kicked it away from him.
“Call me Danny. You’ve obviously been getting to know me already.”
“Can’t say that I have. Not much here to learn from.”
Danny walked to the desk and jerked open the drawer where Sport had seen the bug. Danny ripped it loose, dropped it on the floor, and smashed it with his foot, apparently no longer caring if whoever placed it realized Danny was on to them. “That’s better, now we can have some privacy. So tell me this, why did you bother poking around in this dusty old place when what you really want is right here?” Danny swept his hand down his body, letting it graze over his cock.
“It looked like you’d already found some company,” Sport said, keeping his face neutral. “I don’t do secondhand.”
Danny moved closer. "You’d do me. Any way you could get me."
Sport fucking hated him, and he hated that he wanted the man under him, begging for mercy. That would be a mistake though; he couldn’t trust a word a man like O’Sullivan said. “Cut the games. Either shoot me or step out of the way so I can get back to my evening.”
Danny took another few steps toward him. Sport could have reached out and touched him, made a grab for Danny’s weapon or.... something else.
Danny reached out and drew a line down Sport’s chest with the tip of his gun. Sport didn’t flinch. Danny wasn’t going to shoot him, not that night anyway. After a while you learned to tell who was likely to pull the trigger and who wasn't. Danny had no intention of ending things yet. He was the type who enjoyed the game far more than the outcome. He liked pitting himself against other operatives and coming out on top.
Sport could make sure he enjoyed coming on the bottom too.

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