I’m so very happy to introduce my friend Charlotte Featherstone!
Keeping it Real!
I’m thrilled to be here, blogging at Karin’s place. I’m a big fan girl. Actually, I’m a rabid fan of the Blood Swords! Like frothing at the mouth rabid, ya know! So, when she offered me the chance to talk about my erotic historical Addicted, I squeed and squealed and took her up on a great opportunity.
So, now I have to blog. About what? I dunno. I’m actually sitting here, in a very quaint coffee shop, sipping away at a chai latte, wondering how I’m going to discuss with you my opium addicted hero and not send you running the other way! Lol!
I was thinking that I could recite some reviews. You know, the typical stuff, but that’s so impersonal and blah, blah, blah. Then I thought about something funny and then realized I’m not funny. I’m only funny when I least mean to be. So, I scraped that idea. Now, I’m thinking back to last night (it’s Thurs. am, a day ahead of the blog date) and that moment on the couch when my husband (get your mind out of the gutter!) said as I was droning on and on about Nathan’s painfully over the top attire (Amerian Idol) that at least he was ‘true to himself’.
That comment stopped me cold. I hate a man who rationalizes when I’m on a rant. Grrrr. However, as I was watching Nathan’s performance being reviewed I realized that while he’s a Drama King and he makes me feel all weird and embarrassed for him(despite the fact he can sing) I have to agree with hubby. He is true to himself. Something that isn’t always easy to do in our lives considering the critical world we live in.
So, now that I’m thinking ‘to thy own self be true’, I’m thinking of Karin’s Blood Sword series. What drew me to the books, beside the fact they’re hot knights wielding swords, and Karin’s sexy prose, was the fact that, these guys are just guys. They’re the product of their time which was dark and brutal. She makes no excuses for their behavior, thoughts or feelings. They just are. They’re her heroes and she writes them how they are, warts and all. And I so get that. As an author I admire the hell out of staying true to your characters when you could just play it safe. As a reader, I eat those books up because they make me feel. They make they think.
I did this with Addicted. I could have taken the easy road, make Lindsay an opium dabbler, not a full blown addict, but then I wouldn’t be true to his character. Lindsay is a Viscount in Victorian England. He’s a good man with a good heart and lots of honor. But sometimes he’s self righteous, he’s narrow minded, everyone is wrong and he’s right. He’s well, human and he’s slipped into a vice that is destroying his life. There were lots of things I could have changed about him, and his heroine as well, except that I felt I was cheating not only myself, but the readers from reading about two very human people who make some bad choices, and must learn to live with the consequences. Who of us haven’t made mistakes? Or said something and then immediately thought, ‘oh, shit! Wrong thing to say!” We’re human. It happens. And in Addicted, both protagonists are very human, foibles and all!
Reviewers have been calling Addicted ‘heart wrenching’, ‘honest and raw’; ‘hauntingly beautiful’, ‘darkly sensual’. I’m very proud of those things, but what I’m most proud of is that I took the more difficult path by writing a book that some people may hate, or not understand. I wrote about a hero with a true addiction and his journey. I wrote about a couple in love who are not perfect, who do make bad choices, but who must learn to forgive and move along if they’re to have their happily ever after. Taking the path was scary, especially for a large press debut. I don’t mind saying that I was sacred as hell about what readers were going to think about Lindsay and his opium binges (not to mention the love scenes between him and his heroine that take place in his opium den when he’s under the influence) but in the end, I feel proud and satisfied as an author that I stayed true to my character and the way he is. Just as Nathan from Idol should be proud that he came out as himself, not something deemed ‘more commercial’.
What do you think of reading books where the characters are human and flawed? Does it add a layer of realism and connection for you, or does it detract from the escapism found in a romance novel?
I’m giving away a copy of Addicted, so just leave a comment and I’ll pick a random winner (Normally random means my 9y/o daughter draws a name from a Dale Earnhardt Jr. hat! Lol! Good luck and thanks to the ultra cool Karin for letting me pimp my book!)
Thanks for stopping by, Charlotte! And I just want to add, I have begun ADDICTED, and I’m ADDICTED! Charlotte, I love your voice! Oh, and another little snippet, Charlotte also writes very sexy contemps as Sophie Renwick. I had the pleasure to read HOT IN HERE, which releases this June. Hot, sexy and scrumptious!
PS. You can also visit Charlotte at Lust in Time, one of my fave blog stops!