Thursday, September 25, 2014

Thursday Thoughts: Cris Anson Talks About Her New Release Aaron's Jewel, Love and Sex after 50 and Chocolate

Warning: Mature sexual themes.

Today we welcome Cris Anson to the Grove. Cris' newest novel, Aaron's Jewel releases September 26. 

Synopsis for Aaron's Jewel

Finding a position as corporate legal counsel in one’s middle-50s after being downsized sucks, so Aaron haunts his local dungeon to soothe his frustration. Feeling squeezed by work and family obligations, ghost writer Julia turns up at the same dungeon to do “research” for her current assignment.
The moment they meet, the dominant in Aaron recognizes the submissive in Julia.
He peels away the layers of her shyness along with her clothes. He gets her—his Jewel—naked and writhing against the cross and over the spanking bench. And she revels in his dominance and tutelage, discovering her wanton self whether tied to a bed in private or blindfolded and the target of many hands in public.
But real life isn’t all adult fun and games. Not when grown children, parents, careers and aging bodies conspire to challenge their burgeoning relationship.

Storyteller's Grove:  So Cris, tell us about yourself and what brought you to writing?
Cris Anson: Many years ago, after my first husband died, I poured all my grief and fears and rage into a journal. After a year or so, I took some of those emotions and began to twist them into scenes with a semblance of a happy ending, even if it was only on paper, to help me cope. Eventually the writing bug really did bite me and I set out to learn my craft. My second husband encouraged my writing efforts, and was thrilled to see several of my books published in his lifetime. Now that he’s also gone, I make sure that parts of him — his honor, courage, optimism, tenacity, and lust for life — live on in all my heroes. 

I also firmly believe that life doesn’t stop at the bedroom door, so when I discovered Ellora’s Cave, I happily jumped into erotic romance and never looked back. In fact, I’ve been delving into BDSM and my more recent stories reflect my in-depth, hands-on research in the “Scene”.

SG: Share with our readers a little about your book.
CA: When Ellora’s Cave put out a call for their “VaVa Boomers” series, I was intrigued. They wanted sexy seniors—mature heroines (not cougars) and heroes who have the benefit of experience and well-developed skills, “because love, like women and fine wine, gets better with age.”

And so my novella, AARON’S JEWEL, was born. Both Aaron and Julia have real-life problems to deal with, but their connection is immediate and there’s plenty of red-hot sex—when they manage to find time together. As a mature woman myself, I’m here to tell you that you’re never too old to want to love and be loved (and to have red-hot sex!).
SG: What do you love about writing? Hate?
CA: I hate when I get writers’ block, which I do on a regular basis. I’m not one of those folks who has zillions of plots in their head, so I have to really dig deep when I’m starting out. And backtracking when I get stumped as to what’s next.

On the other hand, I love it when, about halfway through the book, the characters start talking back to me, start doing things I hadn’t anticipated. That’s when I know I’m on the right track.

SG: What do you love to eat while writing?

CA: Dove Dark Chocolates. I have to ration them or else I’d eat the entire bag. I’ll take a few upstairs with me and leave the rest in the fridge so I won’t be tempted.

SG: What do you love to drink while you pour steam on the page?
CA: Ice water with a slice of lemon. I can’t have tea or coffee because of the caffeine, I don’t like the fizz of sodas, and one glass of wine makes me sleepy. Yes, I’m a cheap date!

SG: Do you consider yourself more of a hunter or a gatherer?
CA: Not merely a gatherer, I’m a nester, almost a hoarder. I hate to throw things away because I know I’ll need it a week after I toss it. I surround myself with things I love or need, and my desk has mounds of papers. But I know what’s where! (Mostly.) Even outdoors, I tend a compost pile of all the weeds and grass clippings and corn husks and stuff.

SG: If you were a box of cereal, what would you be and why?
CA: Rice Krispies, because I like to snap, crackle and pop.

SG: If you could throw a parade, what kind would it be?
CA: Raucus, rainbow, pandemonium. Seventy-six trombones meets New Orleans jazz band meets Scottish bagpipers complete with kilts, and a grand piano on a float with my brother playing Rhapsody in Blue full-bore. And everyone watching would respectfully salute the flag as the Color Guard marches by.

“Passion Without Boundaries” is the tagline on my website  because I firmly believe that life doesn't stop at the bedroom door. I had a deeply romantic relationship with my husband of 22 years, and I want to celebrate his memory in my writing. After he died, it took me a long time to come out of my grief, but parts of him -- his honor, courage, optimism, tenacity, and lust for life -- live on in all my heroes. They’re all alpha men, as well.
My first book, DANCE OF THE SEVEN VEILS, was published in 2005 and is still in print. AARON’S JEWEL is my 15th title with Ellora’s Cave. In the past few years I’ve become interested in the BDSM sub-culture and my most recent books reflect my hands-on research. I also blog about my BDSM experiences at Cris Anson’s Passions.

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