Monday, April 26, 2010

Author of the Week: Nicole Gestalt

I wanted to interview Nicole this month since her release with Phaze Touch of Silver came out!!!! Nicole is a bit of a hero of mine from what I've learned from her and the bit I know of her. Currently she's  making a living as a writer and artist.

Living in England has to be so beautiful but I hear her is here in New Hampshire with her partner.

She's a busy woman and writes as: Heidi Cook (General fiction), Heidi Morbannaon (Science Fiction and Fantasy), Talu Briar (Horror) , Melissandra Clover (Certain joint works) and Nicole Gestalt (Erotica) and runs her own blog at The Gestalt Bourdour.

So Nicole, you're a busy woman. Surely you find time to let loose and have some fun. What’s the kinkiest, sexiest thing you’ve ever done: hmm…I think that would be telling *wink* but….read my books and you might get an idea from them.

How bad do you get with your writing, are we talking just suggestion or down right bondage? It varies from book to book, Summer of Fire for example is a hot little piece of romance a couple brought together during a series of arson attacks. Whilst Melting Point: Breaking the Mould takes place in a BDSM club and has scenes of wax play in it.

Certainly you write other genre's but your erotica sounds hot. I'm sure you have your favorite stories but what's the best thing you’ve ever written—the best line? That’s an easy one…though maybe a little cliched. The best thing I’ve ever written were the words: The End. When I wrote them on the first story I’d ever written I knew I if I could finish one I could finish more, it gave me such a boost to my confidence that I’d been able to get even that far.

I felt the same way--it's exhilirating, isn't it? :> 

A lot of romance writers pin up pictures and music, even watch movies. It always leads to the question, if you could have any movie star take on a role as one of your heroes, who would it be? Hmm…I think I’d love to have Terrance Zdunich (the screenwriter and actor from Repo! The Genetic Opera – if you’ve never seen it do so!) to play Kevalan the icy hero from my fantasy Cold Fire. He has such a great range of looks and expressions that personally I think he would be perfect for the role.

I haven't seen that... I'm going to have to google him. It's always interesting to check out the hotties around here and there's always a new one. Ahem... okay back to the interview.

Size counts… on average how loooooonnnnnggg do you like your (um, how do we put it delicately) manuscripts to be ;> ( in words silly, not inches) and how steamy? I like them to be the size they want to be. Sometimes a story is only so long and there is no amount of provoking and nudging that will make it longer. That’s why I have stories that span a large variety of sizes. The same goes for steam, sometimes the characters don’t want to do anything more then hold hands, other times they are tugging at each others clothes even if you don’t want them to. It’s really all about letting the story itself dictate pace, length and steam.

Nearly every author has their own opinion on that and their reasons - always interesting. Beyond your own writing hangups, what are the hardest scenes to write for you? I have two that really make me squirm, dialogue and violence. The dialogue it always takes me a while to get into especially if there is a lot that one of the characters has to tell. Whilst with violence, its all about setting the scene up and then using what is around and remembering that it is there, in my upcoming story Touch of Silver I have a fight scene that takes place in the middle of the desert. It’s between the two werewolves so in preparation of writing that scene I sat and watched numerous nature programs that had various big dogs and cats at play watching how they held their opponent and sometimes pray.

That's a new one. Usually most romance writers aren't thinking violence. You've got me intrigued. How close in real life have you gotten to one of your fantasies? 3,167 miles

Wow, such an exact distance. LOL.

Well, I guess we've run out of time. I could ask a lot more but what would you want other writers and your readers to know about you? I’m very ecceltic in my writing – just look at my other pen-names in my journals (My main journal is: from there you can find links to my others) and you’ll see. So don’t ever expect one ebook from me to be the same as the next! I’ve been writing since early 2007 since I learned to write in 2006 (I got amnesia in 2005 and promptly forgot everything so had to be totally re-taught) I guess that is the most interesting thing about me. Well there are lots more, but you would have to ask the right questions to get those *wink*

And finally… anything you would like to share with us, an excerpt, a tidbit, or anything else about yourself?

My next ebook Touch of Silver will be released with Phaze in April it’s a delicious werewolf story with f/f and m/f scenes. Here is the blurb for it:

When Tammy arrives in town to find everywhere but a single bar closed and shuttered as if in preparation for a storm her curiosity is aroused. Little does she realise exactly what kind of storm is approaching, as she is swept up into a world apart from her own. A world of excitement and danger, one that she could never have believed existed. One that will herald many changes, and not merely for her as she experiences the touch of silver.

That sounds really good. I wish you the best of luck with your release and hope to see a lot more from you.
Thanks for letting me interview you!!!!

1 comment:

Chloe Waits said...

Great interview, you two!

Heidi, you are a card...easiest thing you've written: "The End: LOL!!

I did not know you wrote other genres under other names. Great learning more about you, and April, great of you to conduct and post it!