AUTHOR SPOTLIGHT: LEXI POST
Author Lexi Post has joined us for a little chat…
What is your most current work out?
Masque was my first book released by Ellora’s Cave in ebook earlier this year and now it is coming out in print the end of this month! I’m very excited. My second ebook, Passion’s Poison came out in August.
Tell us a little about Masque, what inspired you to write Masque?
I write erotic romance inspired by the classics, so my inspiration for Masque was Edgar Alan Poe’s short story The Masque of the Red Death. In his story, a figure dressed in a mask depicting a victim of the Red Death comes to the masque held by Prince Prospero. His appearance causes everyone to die from the Red Death. I thought it would be interesting if the figure was, in fact, a friend who came to the masque to try to convince the prince to help the citizens outside his locked abbey. Unfortunately, the friend, or Synn as I call him in my book, is a carrier of the Red Death and he feels enormous guilt when everyone dies and seventy-three ghosts can’t cross over. That is where Rena comes in. Synn, who has been existing in the abandoned abbey with all the ghosts for over hundred and fifty years determines that if he can bring Rena through all seven Pleasure Rooms of the masque, the spirits will be freed. But Rena buys the abbey to start-up a haunted bed and breakfast. The last thing she wants is for her ghosts to leave.
When you start writing, do you already have the story plotted out or do you let the characters dictate what will happen?
I let the characters dictate what happens, though I must know ahead of time what the Black Moment will be. It is the hardest part of the story for me to write, so having some idea of what will tear the two lovers apart before I start writing, really helps keep them on track.
What inspired you to write in your genre? Is this the genre you started writing in or have you morphed to this one?
I started writing historical romance with a little bit of paranormal. When erotic romance came on the scene, I knew it was exactly what I needed to really make my stories click. I loved writing romance, but I wanted the bedroom scenes to be hotter and erotic romance made that possible.
Who was the toughest character for you to “get right” that you have written so far?
I would have to say that Beatrice Rappaccini in Passion’s Poison was my toughest so far. I had created a poisonous woman (or rather Nathaniel Hawthorne did in Rappaccini’s Daughter) who had to have sex to release her poisons or die, but when she had intercourse, the man she was with would become ill. Too much sex with one man would kill him. So she survived on one night stands. But when she falls for Zach, I realized she would know nothing about dating. Plus, though sexually experienced, all her encounters had only one goal, intercourse, so other fun sexual activities were generally not enjoyed. It was tough writing a sexually experienced, yet naïve heroine.
Do you draw inspiration for your characters from real life? Any fun stories you could share?
I find, unconsciously, there is a piece of my husband in every hero I write. Since I have found my own hero, I guess that makes sense. Sometimes it’s something simple like the fact that Zach drives a large pick-up truck like my husband. Other times it is something deeper, like taking responsibility for something he isn’t responsible for, which is a characteristic of Synn.
What do you find the hardest part of writing?
For me, the hardest part of writing is getting interrupted during the first draft process. I need to be able to write every day until that‘s finished. If I can’t write for a week in the middle of the first draft, it is incredibly difficult to get back into the flow of that creative stream.
Name one thing that your readers would be surprised to know about you.
I think many readers would be surprised to learn I can’t cook…at all.
Do you have a guilty pleasure?
Ice cream. I used to eat it every day after lunch and dinner. Needless to say, I can’t anymore and have to limit myself to once a week. I do make my own ice cream because I want it just right, though eating my failures is still good too.
What TV Show/s are you addicted to?
Currently, Castle, Sleepy Hollow, Marvel: Agents of Shield. Past addictions include Star Trek: Next Generation, Witch Blade, Highlander, Xena, and Hercules. Notice a pattern here? Generally, if a television show is realistic, I’m not interested J
Do you have a hobby that you like to try to squeeze in?
What do you need before you start writing? Anything that is just a must have or the creative juice don’t flow?
Generally, I like to lie out on the beach. I live in the Caribbean, right on the beach, so this is not a difficult task. I envision whole scenes while catching some rays. However, when it comes to writing my first draft, it has to be dark outside before I can start. I can revise and edit and polish in the daytime, but my creativity doesn’t wake up until the sun goes down. I guess I’m a night-writer.
Does music influence your writing? If so, do any of your stories have a theme song?
No. I like complete silence. Living on the beach means I hear the waves, but other than that, I prefer no sound at all. I only listen to music to dance to. I guess it’s habit. I was a dancer for 20 years J
Do you write one book from start to finish or are there multiple works underway at any given time?
I write a complete draft of a book all at once. Then, while I’m revising or editing, my next book percolates. I can work on multiple books at a time, but they have to be in completely different stages. I have written one while editing another while marketing another. That’s actually fun because it uses different parts of my brain and I feel productive.
Where were you when you got your first contract? What was the book and who did you tell first?
I was home by myself as my husband was working with the Coast Guard that day. I got the offer and realized I couldn’t call my husband, so I immediately called my critique partner, Marie Patrick. Unfortunately, there is a 3 hour time difference between us and I didn’t even think to look at the clock. Her phone rang just before 7:00am her time! Luckily, she is an early riser and she forgave me. That was my book Masque.
How old were you when you read your first romance book?
I was 14 when I read my first steamy romance.
Do you have an all-time favorite romance book (not written by you J)?
No. I have many favorite romance novels, including old ones like The Wolf and the Dove, The Gift, Whitney My Love, Knight in Shining Armor, and Gentle Rogue.
What author causes you to “go fan girl”/ squeal over/anticipate upcoming books?
Jennifer Ashley/Allyson James, who just happens to also be a friend and my role model. I try not to show her how excited I am, but I think she knows J
If you still have one of those pesky non writing jobs what is it?
I teach college English, writing and literature.
Do you have a favorite movie you have seen in the last few months and an all-time favorite?
The most recent movie I have watched was Thor. I really enjoyed it. I am a Marvel comics fan from long ago.
What are you currently working on, and what else is in the wings?
Passion of Sleepy Hollow is currently in process with my editor. We expect an early 2014 release date. I am also writing a novella inspired by Emily Dickinson’s poem “Wild Nights! Wild Nights!” That one will be the first in a series and takes place on a nude cruise. After that I will start another full length erotic romance that will also be the first in a series.
If you could co-write with another author who would it be?
How did you hear about the “bunnies” at Joyfully Reviewed?
My fellow Ellora’s Cave authors.
Where can readers find ?
And for the silly side –
What is your favorite type of ice cream?
Baileys ice cream that I make myself.