AUTHOR SPOTLIGHT: IVY BATEMAN
Author Ivy Bateman has joined us at Joyfully Reviewed for a chat….
What is your most current work out ?
My most current work out is Baby, You’re Cold Inside. It was released through Breathless Press on December 21, 2012.
Tell us a little about Baby, You’re Cold Inside. What inspired you to write Baby, You’re Cold Inside?
Well, it’s a paranormal erotic story based on A Christmas Carol. Breathless Press put out a call for Holiday stories and when I was thinking about whether or not I should answer the call, my husband came up with the idea. However, instead of a cranky male lead, the lead in my story is a strong, sexy, no-nonsense woman named Lily Sinclair.
When you start writing, do you already have the story plotted out or do you let the characters dictate what will happen?
I usually have the story plotted out in only in the barest sense. Usually I have the major plot points figured out, but how I’m going to get from plot point to plot point or even what the ending will be is dictated by my characters.
What inspired you to write in your genre? Is this the genre you started writing in or have you morphed to this one?
My first book with Breathless Press, Between the Lines, was straight up erotica, but my books since have been paranormal erotica. I feel very comfortable writing in the weird and strange universe. The erotic side was added because of writing for a publisher that specializes in romance and erotica. I’m not sure if there’s anything specific that inspires me to write paranormal, but it’s handy genre to write in. If the story is not of this world, and I find myself painted into a writing corner, I can get out of it easier if action doesn’t have to obey the laws of our universe.
Do you have a favorite character you have written?
Lily Sinclair, the lead in Baby, You’re Cold Inside. She’s not very nice, but she’s funny and she says things that most of us wouldn’t dare say to anyone outside of our heads. She has a confidence and strength that I strive for. However, I don’t think I’d ever be as cold as she can be!
Who was the toughest character for you to “get right” that you have written so far?
I think that would have to be Darkness, my shadow being in The Fifth Story. He’s not exactly a hero, but he’s not exactly a full on villain either. I had trouble figuring out how bad or good he should be.
Do you draw inspiration for your characters from real life? Any fun stories you could share?
I’m sorry to say that if my characters are inspired by actual real people, they aren’t ones I know! I have my muses, but I’ve never met them.
What do you find the hardest part of writing?
I find the hardest part of writing is getting started. I always have a fit of non-confidence before I start any project, but once I just get rolling, it passes.
Name one thing that your readers would be surprised to know about you.
I really don’t read a lot of erotica. I love paranormal and sci-fi and if it happens to be an erotic tale too, that’s great, but it doesn’t have to be spicy.
Do you have a guilty pleasure?
YouTube: I could waste my life away watching interviews with actors I adore.
What TV Show are you addicted to?
Well, we don’t have cable; but we have a lot of TV series on DVD. Both my daughter and I are obsessed with the Canadian comedy, Corner Gas: brilliant writing and hilarious characters. I highly recommend it. And right now, I’m really getting into Doctor Who. Oh David Tennant…you’re so charming and strange…
What do you need before you start writing? Anything that is just a must have or the creative juice don’t flow?
There’s nothing in particular I NEED to do, but it helps to have chores out of the way. If I’m having trouble getting started, laundry becomes very important, but if I’ve taken care of things that may aid me in procrastination, I’m more likely to get down to business.
Does music influence your writing? If so, do any of your stories have a theme song?
I don’t often listen to music when I’m writing as I find it distracting. However, if I’m writing a saucy scene, I find listening to dance music with a heavy bass line helps get me in the mood. As for a theme song…I don’t think so. Unless I choose one day to write a parody of “Baby, It’s Cold Outside” to go with Baby, You’re Cold Inside.
If your story was optioned for a movie, who would play your characters?
Maybe Lily Sinclair, my female lead character, could be played by Maggie Gyllenhaal or Anne Hathaway; someone who would have a lot of fun playing a really cold, successful and powerful woman. For my male lead character, perhaps if Tom Hiddleston or Michael Fassbender were free, either of them would be lovely as Phillip.
Where were you when you got your first contract? Who did you tell first?
I was where I am right now as I do this interview: in our home office/guest room. When I got my email from Breathless Press saying they wanted to offer me a contract for Between the Lines I burst out crying. Through my tears I told my husband and our daughter. It was a lovely moment.
How old were you when you read your first romance book?
When I was in grade 6, so 12 I guess, someone brought in a Judy Blume book. Now, all the girls in my class had read a lot of her ‘intended for young girls’ books, but this one…I can’t remember what it was called, but it had a locket on the front cover…was for adults! (Interviewee believes it was Forever by Judy Blume, which was the scandal in my school as well, and yes I read it) It was shocking! Back then I also read a lot of Sweet Valley High books. I’m not sure those can be counted as romance books, but they had romance in them.
What author causes you to “go fan girl”/ squeal over/anticipate upcoming books?
Neil Gaiman. He’s incredible. So straight forward and strange and beautiful all at the same time.
If you still have one of those pesky non-writing jobs what is it?
I work part time helping with the books at an animation studio and at a music store.
Do you have a favorite movie you have seen in the last few months and/or an all time favorite?
I have a lot of movies I love and would call my favourites and the list is very long. Of all time I would have to say my favorite movie is “Return of the King”.
What are you currently working on, and what else is in the wings?
At the moment, I have nothing on the go. I have some ideas, but nothing on paper yet.
If you could co-write with another author who would it be?
Back to Neil Gaiman! Or, if I could, Sharon Shinn. She writes many leveled sci-fi stories with strong female leads. I really admire her work and it would be pleasure to work with her.
How do you pick your characters names?
Sometimes they just come to me and other times, I do research. For example, in The Fifth Story, I have a character who is a sea witch and she reminded me of a snake. I looked up names that meant snake or serpent and found the name Melusine.
Do you prefer the love at first sight approach or a steady growth throughout?
It really depends on the story. If love (or lust) at first site works, than I go for it, but if it seems out of character, than a steady growth throughout the tale is most likely what I’ll do.
Readers are always welcome to email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
And for the silly side – What is your favorite type of chocolate?
Dark, dark chocolate coupled with a fresh cup of coffee…(sigh)…it’s heaven.