Monday, September 5, 2011

Monday Author Interview ~ Victoria Blisse

Here’s the official bio, but our guest is dear friend of the Menagerie, Victoria Blisse!!!

Victoria Blisse is a Mother, Wife, Christian, Manchester United Fan and Award Winning Erotica Authoress.

She is equally at home behind a laptop or a cooker and she loves to create stories, poems, cakes and biscuits that make people happy. She was born near Manchester, England and her northern English quirkiness shows through in all of her stories.

Passion, love and laughter fill her works, just as they fill her busy life.

We are so glad you made it. Love having you on the couch. Where are you from?

I was born and bred in the North West of England and I currently live just to the East of Manchester. I love it. I’m definitely a northern bird through and through.

I’m so jealous. I want to go to England.

Me, too. So, do you have a specific writing style?

My style is quite light and humourous. I love to make people chuckle and you know everyone thinks a sense of humour is attractive! I try and keep my fiction ‘real’. I don’t mean I only write what happens in real life, I’ve written about werewolves, Vampires and Djinns as well as just human type humans but I like my characters to be people you believe you could meet in the street.

Yay! Someone else who loves to laugh. How did you come up with the title?

I was asked to write a story for the Bollywood line and after a lot of thought I started writing this story about a Bollywood star, his Djinn and the Bollywood loving British Cinema steward. As is often the case I had written the whole book before the title came to me. I felt that Silver Screen Dream seemed grandiose in a typically Bollywood style and that since a lot of the action happens in a cinema that it was good to mention that in the title!

I love the costumes...sigh...
She’s a hopeless romantic and loves satiny fabric. Geesh. Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp?

Love conquers all. I know it’s not a new message but I think it is an important one in a world where violence, terror and pain are so pervasive.

Even Johnny, my Djinn believes Love Conquers all and he’s a very jaded individual. Well, you would be living in slavery for hundreds of years in a world you hate surrounded by humans you don’t understand. But even Johnny knows love is something special, something worth fighting for.

Great theme! How much of the book is realistic?

Okay, well, I can’t say it all is because erm, I’ve never met a Djinn in real life. However, I can confidently say that I did a lot of Bollywood research and I do know what the inside of a British cinema looks like so all that is pretty damn real I can tell you.

Silver Screen Dream is as real as a supernatural tale with magic and hot sex in it can be.

Hot sex makes lots of stories even better. Are experiences based on someone you know, or events in your own life?

Now if I had a tenner for every time I’m asked this I’d be…slightly better off than I am now!

I think any author who says that their stories aren’t based, at least in in part, on their own life experiences are probably not telling the whole truth. I think we all pull on our lives when we’re looking for inspiration. But no, though characters may have essences of people in my life and some scenes may bear a passing resemblance to things that have happened to me in real life most of what I write comes straight from my imagination.

(Falling over laughing about the tenner...hee hee!) You crack us up! Do you see writing as a career?

Yes, a pleasurable one, one that doesn’t quite pay the bills as yet but yes, it’s definitely a career. I’m so lucky to love it so much I do it for pleasure too.

And of course by ‘it’ I mean writing!

Well, yanno, this is the Menagerie...’it’ can be a lot of things. *g* Can you share a little of your current work with us?

Oh, gladly! Here’s a snippet from when Rahul and Laura meet for the first time.

“I had to peep again, I just couldn’t resist. I reached out to open the door once more without even glancing that way. My hand encountered something hard, but it was also warm and it certainly wasn’t wooden like the door would have been.
“Oh, I’m sorry,” I gasped. “I didn’t see you there.”
“It’s okay,” Rahul replied with a smirk. “I never complain when a pretty lady touches me.”
“Are you all right? Do you need anything?”
I stepped back but didn’t take my hand off his chest. Signals from my brain were taking forever to seep through the excited cells of my body to my fingers.
“I do want something,” he said, and stared deep into my eyes as the door swung shut behind him. “I want you.”
I wasn’t sure I had heard him right at first. I decided I must have been fantasising again.
“I want you,” he repeated. “I haven’t stopped thinking about you.”
“Me?” I was stunned. I should have leapt on him. I should have pushed my face to his, but all I did was stand rooted to the spot. Oh, and I gawped. Like a wide-mouthed clown on a miniature golf course, I let my jaw hang loose.
“Yes,” he affirmed, “you.”He stepped forward and pushed a curl of my hair back behind my ear. His warm fingers lingered on my cheek, his soft palm lay gently on my heated flesh.
I held my breath.
He looked at my lips, and I darted my tongue out instinctively to wet the dried flesh that I had suddenly become intensely aware of.
It was just like my favourite moment from any Bollywood film. Time slowed, colours intensified and I noticed the ice shock of his blue corneas against the jet black, widened pools of lust that were his pupils.
I could hear the softened, romantic music. It might have been real or imagined, I wasn’t sure, but everything in the background faded away, and it became as if Rahul and I were the only people in all the world.
The moment his lips touched mine, I felt as if I had been switched on. Turned on, certainly, but I was also fully functioning. Every little brush of his lips on mine registered in every last, little nerve. Every movement excited me. I realised I had been left on standby since I had been dumped by Danny, my body just going through the motions. Rahul’s kiss brought me back to life.
I had never experienced anything of its like before. I suddenly realised why a kiss could bring Snow White back from the dead. I won’t ever be able to explain exactly what happened to me then, but it was magical. I had watched a million movies, each of them hundreds of times over. I’d seen more first kisses than I could remember, and I always knew, deep in my heart, that a Bollywood kiss was a lie. It was acting. It was a show.
I got my first Bollywood kiss, and I realised that it was a reality. That love at first kiss could exist.”

Be right back. I have to fan my computer screen.

Dramatic. She’s so dramatic. Do you have anything specific that you want to say to your readers?

Thank you! I know it’s not much, but it’s heartfelt!

Thank you is a big thing to say when lots don’t. *g* What would you say is your interesting writing quirk?

Well, I do all my writing early in the morning and I usually get the titles after I’ve written the whole story. Are they quirks?

If you say they are quirks, then they are. What do you like to do when you're not writing?

I read, I bake, I sing (in the church choir), I walk and do Zumba!
Not all at the same time, though.

Aw, come on. Tell the truth. You really do all that at the same time. Ok, so maybe not. Makes a funny picture though. What do you think makes a good story?

Excellent Characters are essential to a good story. You need something interesting to happen but unless I care about the people in the event I’m not going to enjoy the book.

Well put. As a child, what did you want to do when you grew up?

I changed my mind fairly often but I wanted to be a nurse, a doctor, a vet, an archeologist, a librarian and a teacher and my top fantasy job was always to be an author.

I’m so lucky!

There’s no crime in trying every option. I love it. Do you hate how you look in pictures? Why or why not?

Generally, I don’t mind how I look in photos. My husband, God love him, has a habit of capturing me in the most unflattering light possible but apart from his quest to make me look like a right plonker I’m generally fairly happy with how I look in photos.

Yanno, I think it’s a man thing. Food half way to the mouth? Snap! Hair in your face? Snap. Kid spilled something down your front? Snap! Been there, done that.

We both have. What were you doing at midnight last night?

Sleeping. I’m an early morning person so I’m rarely awake after 11pm and I swear if I’m up past midnight a well fed Gremlin has nothing on me.

Wow, now that’s an 80’s reference. *g* What’s a saying you use a lot? Where did it originate from?

Wait and see. I’m a patient kind of person and I try and diffuse situations a lot. I also have a nine year old daughter who isn’t so patient. You’d be amazed how many times a day I can use the chosen three words!

You have patience. Want to share it with Kealie and me? We need patience....bad. Have you ever cried during a movie? If yes, which one and why?

I always cry. I am so very soft. ET gets me every time and this is a true, if weird fact. EVERY time I hear even a short snippet of Bright Eyes from Watership Down I cry. I do. It happened in a supermarket once, how embarrassing!

Last question...Are you a morning person or a night person?

Morning, totally a morning person. On holiday I wake up early to go for a morning walk. It’s something we’d do on family holidays when I was little. My Dad, me and sometimes my sister would go out for a walk at six in the morning then go back to the caravan for breakfast!

Do you want to know more about Silver Screen Dream? Here’s the blurb:
Book one in the Djinn's Amulet Series

When true love conquers all, what is a djinn to do?

Johnny is a djinn, and he has a hard life. His master, Rahul, is a massive Bollywood star who’s run off to England to avoid an arranged marriage, a marriage Johnny has to make happen. It’s his job.
Rahul further complicates matters by falling for a British Bollywood fan, Laura, whom he meets at a film premiere. How can Johnny get his master back to Mumbai to marry the woman to whom he is pledged and away from the English hussy who is steadily taking more and more of his attention?
Johnny will use revenge and jealousy, but how will he cope when true love is thrown into the mix?
Reader Advisory: This book is best read in sequence as part of a series
Thanks to Victoria for stopping by. Be sure to leave her comments as we all want to know someone’s reading. 


Victoria Blisse said...

Thanks for having me ladies, I've had a lovely time. All your comments crack me up! :)

Megan Slayer said...

Sorry I'm a derelict and didn't get back here fast enough to say hi and i'm so glad you were here. I'm a poo I guess. Thanks for being here Victoria!! We had a blast!