Roll up, roll up! It’s the first ever visit to the grill by erotic romanticist Renee Luke. I’m sure we’re going to have a delicious time! Welcome, Renee!
1. Who was your first famous-person crush?
Okay, well I didn’t have a TV until I was 10 and even after that, I was hardly ever allowed to watch. So I had music. I got my first ‘famous-person’ crush when I was 16. (pink cheeks) It is/was LL Cool J. I mostly listened to the radio but when I was 16 I purchased the tape (yes, I said tape) of LL’s album. It included a pull-out color mini poster of him in a bunch of different poses. And oh yes, baby, he was/is beautiful. Those dimples. Those lips. That voice. Yes, he was my first and my current crush.
2. What writers inspired you as a child and young adult?
Because we didn’t have a TV growing up, my mom read to us nightly. There were so many incredible stories but the series that burned mostly deeply into my memory was C.S. Lewis and The Chronicles of Narnia. Knowing that such amazing worlds could be created with words definitely inspired me.
3. What made you turn your hand to writing erotica?
Prior to writing erotica/erotic romance, I was writing historical romances. On a challenge from a friend, I decided to see how hot I could write. Could I make the pages sizzle rather than just steam? My first attempt at erotic was Chocolate Kisses. After writing 10 complete historical romances and not selling any of them, Chocolate Kisses sold to NAL within a couple months of completion. I guess my friend’s dare/challenge worked out pretty well.
4. Have any of your books/stories/scenes been inspired by a song or piece of music?
I write to music. Loud. In headphones. Each story ends up with a playlist. And while I write to music (the rhythm and beat motivate me) I wouldn’t say that any of my books/stories/scene have been inspired by a song or a piece of music.
5. Do you think where you live has influenced what you write?
I live in the suburbs in a pretty unromantic setting. I suppose if I lived near the beach or on an exotic island, or in the middle of the wilderness, I’d be pretty inspired by where I live. For now, I think that I am not influenced in my writing by where I live, but use my imagination to create settings because of the boringness of my own setting.
6. You once wrote a book called Dipped In Chocolate. What sort of chocolate?
Chocolate Kisses is about Hershey’s chocolate Kisses. Nicole kept a cookie jar on her countertop filled with Hershey Kisses and when she proposes a sexual relationship with her friend Marcus, she adds foil wrapped condoms to the cookie jar with the arrangement that when the condoms are gone, their sexual encounters will be over.
7. What are your favourite erotic themes?
I love themes that include desert and edibles mixed in with the erotic romances. I often include chocolates, berries, whipped cream into the scenes. Items that are tasty and lickable off the skin. I also adore happily-ever-afters so most all of my stories contain them.
8. What’s your heroine wearing when she’s bent on seduction?
To be honest, I’ve written very few erotic stories where the heroine sets out to seduce. Often, it’s when she’s not trying to be sexy that the hero finds her most irresistible and is seduced by her. Often she’ll be a mess, with chocolate on her face and apron, hair a mess, or after she’s been crying and her eyes are puffy and lips are wet.
9. What word choices completely turn you off when reading erotica?
Oh my goodness. Ha! I guess I’m pretty opened minded when it comes to reading erotica. There is very little that would be a complete turn-off. And, I’m a strong believer that rules can be broken if the writer is skilled enough to break them well. But, there’s two that stick out to me that I still feel a mixture of disgust and humor over even after years since reading it. They are ‘horse meat’ and ‘slime hole’ Yes, truly, someone wrote those.
10. What are you working on now?
A whole BUNCH of things. I am struggling (maybe admitting it is the first step) to finish Tease. I keep setting it aside to work on anything else because Jonah is giving me trouble. He is unlike any hero I’ve ever written. He’s both Alpha and Beta in one. He’s had a hard life and a harder decade and he has every reason to be bitter and angry. But, he approaches life with laughter and an ease I don’t understand. I just signed up for Summer Camp of NaNo so I’m hoping to get him done. Finally.
I am also in the midst of writing a whole bunch of short stories for different anthology calls. I think this is such a good way to reach a broad spectrum of readers.
I’ve also recently been included in The Den of Sin and have an AA contemporary book coming out this fall (nov release) with them, as well as a medieval erotic romance in an anthology put out by Delilah Devlin (oct release) I have Thou Art Mine which recently sold to Ellora’s Cave. It’s a full length erotic medieval romance.
I have a WIP called Play With Me, think Bad Girls Club meets Bar Rescue, or Coyote Ugly with a competition to see who gets to run the bar.
And, I am also Nyomi Scott and write YA, so I’m working on a series of YA as well called Drama Center…
I could go on. I have so many. In addition, I’ve been designing book covers and started Cover Me Book Covers. My client list is slowly growing.
All exciting ish, if you ask me
Thanks so much for having me.
Thank you so much for coming! We have a lot in common – the Narnia books were my favourites as a child, and I’m a devotee of historical romances as well. All the best of luck with your forthcoming books and projects.Read More