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Saturday, October 1, 2011

Claw Marks Week on ABA: Cassandre Dayne Inteviews Dawne Prochilo

Cassandre: How did you get started writing and what inspires you the most?
Dawne: I've always wanted to write but professionally I started writing in 1998, as a newspaper contributing writer, from there, my career took off in many directions.
Inspirations come from every day life. Witnessing a couple in a restaurant, chatting with fellow authors and even just standing in line at the grocery store. There is a story in every moment of life.

Cassandre: Have you ever wanted to try writing in a completely alternative genre and how would you go about it?
Dawne: I've often wanted to write young adult and actually have a few outlines and WIP's sitting on my laptop. The only proponent to writing YA is time. Never enough time to write.

Cassandre: What’s the biggest misconception about being a writer and what difficulties have you faced with your writing?
Dawne: Every one thinks that what I write is how I live. I am the MOST unromantic person/female in the world. I am an advocate to banish the stigma applied to erotic romance authors. We are not “porn' writers...we create HEA and HFN endings. Granted sex plays a role, a secondary role, in our works and people need to understand we are NOT the characters. We are the story-tellers.

Cassandre: What are you currently working on and what’s coming up for you?
Dawne: I currently am finishing a contracted book for Ravenous Romance, two Valentine's novellas, three collaborative works with fellow erotic romance author Jodi Olson and a story about a man with a disability for Secret Cravings Special Love line.

Cassandre: What do you like best about working with a publishing company?
Dawne: I love and appreciate the open communication, camaraderie with the other authors and editors. Having a special relationship with all the publishing company's personnel is so important.

Some fun questions…

Cassandre: If you had to select an actor or actress to play in your piece from Claw Marks – who would it be?

Dawne: I've always been partial to Kate Hudson. I know she's not officially at the cougar age yet, but she'd make one hell of an Insatiable Kate. Saucy, a body to die for and she has the personality that all cougars can envy.

Cassandre: How hot do you think cougars are and why?
Dawne: Cougar age women are prowesses. They want fun, no strings commitment and to feel sexy. They are experienced in and out of the bedroom and love to add spice to their life *not that I know anything about that* Cougars are extremely hot and exude sex appeal, which I think the younger men's libido are attracted to. The 'cubs' want a woman who knows her way around the bedroom and knows how to please a man. Plus cougars are mature, no-nonsense and generally set in their careers and don't need a man to take care of them.

Cassandre: If you had an opportunity to have a young lover – do you have one in mind and would you fess up?
Dawne: Personally no but fantasy thinking, I would have to say Jake Gyllenhaal. It's the eyes. I am a sucker for the passion filled eyes.

Cassandre: What’s something you can’t live without for writing?
Dawne: I have to have my rock music and a glass of wine poured. Nothing gets my mind motivated like Nickelback, Godsmack or Seether and the wine loosens up my creativity.

Cassandre: Favorite color and does it suit your personality and why?
Dawne: Black is what I generally wear and no, it doesn't describe my personality. I am a positive thinking and person and black seems to be such a downer of a color (but also a slimming color).

Cassandre: What’s your favorite seduction song?
Dawne: Nickelback's Far Away. The lyrics speak to me and make me think of that one true and unconditional love.

Cassandre: What would you consider to be the most romantic place on earth and why?
Dawne: I'm a very basic and simple person. To me waking up to a
mountain view with snow gently falling, a fire in the fireplace while snuggled up to the one I love is the ultimate romantic place to be.
Author Bio for Dawne Prochilo:

Dawne Prochilo currently has six erotic and contemporary romance books out. In the fall of 2011, a short erotic F/F/M will be released in an anthology with Romance Divine and her seventh book, His Holiday Seduction, an erotic M/F, will be released in October 2011 also with Romance Divine. Her ninth novella, Insatiable Kate, is being released on October 3. Her first novel, On Her Own, is being re-released with Secret Cravings Publishing in November and she's under contract with Ravenous Romance for an early 2012 release of her eleventh novel.
She's the Promotion Director for a publisher, she's a freelance writer for a newspaper was a contributing writer to USA TODAY in September 2011, she writes web content and is the administrative editor of the WM Connection Freelance Writers website and a contributing editor for the WM Connection Review.

She oversees and contributes to nine blogs weekly, seven facebook fan pages and is in the process of writing a promotional eBook for authors.

She writes relationship articles for mademan.com, yahoo.com and associated press. She's also a reviewer for Eden Fantasy products and writes for their sister website, Eden Cafe. She contributes to Good Vibrations Magazine and many other adult content websites.

She reviews books for Coffee and Romance Times, Simply Erotic Reviews and Sexy Reads.

Claw Marks Anthology Coming Oct 3rd from Rebel Ink:

Have you ever considered engaging in an exciting relationship with a stunning hunk of a man who’s much younger? Does your heart beat rapidly as you savor his carved body from across the crowded room? Every cougar can tell you the answer. Entering into new relationships isn’t easy and for some, sharing joy means letting go of a difficult past. Join a talented group of writers from Rebel Ink Press who bring you stories of love and passion transcending age and sometimes tragedy.

Checkmate by SammyJo Hunt – For anchor Clint Watson, keeping a low profile about his sexuality is a must but on one beautiful afternoon over a game of chess, he finds pleasure in the arms of a younger man. Player Conference by Liz Crowe – Jess can’t get past the loss of her husband until her daughter’s soccer coach gives her every reason to try again. The Diver’s Club by Genevre Pierceau – Jilted by her cheating boyfriend, Jill finds solace over drinks with her girlfriends who convince her to turn the tables and engage in a moment of passion with a sexy contractor. Spicy White Chocolate by Cassandre Dayne – During a regular meeting of an erotic book club, the girls enter into a wicked pact to seduce a younger man and the first to do so wins a hefty prize, only Shawna Dupres didn’t count on falling in love. Insatiable Kate by Dawne Prochilo – Kate Winston was angry at being thwarted by the man of her dreams and she was ready to give him a piece of her mind. What she didn’t know was Rome made a promise years before and yet one he was ready to break for the possibility of romance.

Believe by K.T. Bishop – Gabi continues to suffer from the loss of her husband until she finds passion in the arms of a young athlete bent on making a better life for himself. But can his dream succeed against his family’s wishes? Tempting Research by
Sam Crescent – For Melissa Crane, research for her erotic books is everything. Stumped by a scene and facing a tough deadline, she enlists the help of one very sexy masseuse. Carnal Awakenings by Sara York – Anna is not only concerned about her aging looks but her children’s thoughts about her considering another relationship until a secluded vacation and a hot younger man and his male lover convince her an alternate lifestyle might work. Unwrap Me by Cassandre Dayne – Cristal refuses to get over the acts of her cheating ex husband until her best friend provides a special treat under the mistletoe. Fresh Meat by Marcos London – Robin Dahl moved to a small town in Texas to get away from her manipulating ex and pushes all thoughts of romance aside until a sexy deliveryman changes her mind.

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  1. I am anxious for Monday as I'm sure all the authors are- and I am grateful for this opportunity with Rebel Ink- congrats to all the authors that are there with me

    Dawne P

  2. Great interview Dawne. Love the romantic idea of the view, snow and fireplace.Ahhhh. Almost makes up for summer being gone. Good luck with your anthology.


  3. Great interview !!!


  4. Awesome interview, guys! I'm looking forward to this anthology!

  5. Great interview, Dawne! Good to know more about you and how you view writing.

    Congratulations on all your accomplishments and best of luck with all your upcoming projects and releases!



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