AUTHOR SPOTLIGHT: RHIAN CAHILL
Today we are chatting with Rhian Cahill about her two recent releases…
Tell us a little about these books:
Both books are sequels. Sand, Surf and Sunnie is loosely related to Bondi Beach Boys and I just wanted to head back to the beach for some super hot ménage fun.
When you start writing, do you already have the story plotted out or do you let the characters dictate what will happen?
I usually start with either a scene in my head or a character other than that I’m winging it all the way. In fact give me a plot to follow and I can guarantee I’m heading in a different direction inside of two words. LOL
What inspired you to write in your genre? Is this the genre you started writing in or have you morphed to this one?
I write contemporary and paranormal. Occasionally there’s a splash of suspense in there too. I love to read these genres so I guess it’s natural to write what you love.
Do you have a favorite character you have written?
*sigh* Brogan. I love all my characters but Brogan from Coyote Wild is my favorite even though I know I shouldn’t have one. It’s kind of like asking a mother to pick their favorite child, isn’t it? Although I do fall in love with all my heroes as I write them. I think that’s mandatory.
Who was the toughest character for you to “get right” that you have written so far?
I think Mac and Lil from Spin The Bottle have been the toughest to ‘get right’. I really struggled with them because they have so much history, so many emotions to deal with. It’s never easy to fall in love but doing it with someone who’s supposed to be ‘off limits’ adds to the complications and I really wanted to do these two right. *shrug* Hopefully I have.
Do you draw inspiration for your characters from real life? Any fun stories you could share?
OMG! Real life is full of inspiration. I don’t think there’s anything I’ve written that hasn’t in some way come from real life. I can’t recall anything off hand but I’m sure I could point out more than one scene that was inspired by real life, and no I’m not admitting to playing spin the bottle in real life.
What do you find the hardest part of writing?
I can’t write the end of a book unless I know I’m done with the rest. For me, as soon as I’ve typed ‘The End’ the book is done and I find it really had to go back in a change anything. I’ve been known to send in a book with the final scene missing so I can trick Mr. Muse into thinking we’re not done.
Name one thing that your readers would be surprised to know about you.
I can’t hang clothes out without using matching pegs and if I do I can’t stop thinking about it and end up going out and changing them within an hour.
Do you have a guilty pleasure?
Pleasure should never be guilty.
What TV Show are you addicted to?
Bones. OMG! Booth and Bones are the best!
What do you need before you start writing? Anything that is just a must have or the creative juice don’t flow?
Tea. I’m an addict. Oh, and my dictionaries and thesauruses. CANNOT write without those on hand. And Music. Must have music.
Does music influence your writing? If so, do any of your stories have a theme song?
I can’t write without music but I don’t usually pick one theme song. I find different stories require different styles of music. The last book I wrote I had the new Maroon 5 album on repeat.
If your story was optioned for a movie, who would play your characters?
I hate this question for a number of reasons but the main one is I don’t ‘model’ my characters off pictures. In fact it’s quite often I find myself halfway through a book before I have any idea what they look like other than general stats like hair and eye color, height and build. It’s hard to say who would be a good pick with those parameters. I guess as long as the general attributes are right and they’re good actors it wouldn’t matter.
Where were you when you got your first contract? Who did you tell first?
I was at home, at my desk J and Mr. C and the tribe were the first to hear me scream at the top of my lungs. Of course they all thought I was being murdered. LOL
How old were you when you read your first romance book?
Not old enough to read. Everyone knows Snow White and Cinderella are romances. Although the book or should I say the person that really sucked me into romance was Moonface from Enid Blyton’s The Enchanted Wood. Moonface was the hero who made my mind stand up and take notice. He might not be the best looking guy but he has hero stamped all over him anyway.
What author causes you to “go fan girl”/ squeal over/anticipate upcoming books?
Too many to name but I’ll go with recent ‘fan girl’ moments. Jill Shalvis, Jaci Burton, Susan Elizabeth Phillips and Nora Roberts. I love all these incredible writers. I’d love to sit down and chat with them.
If you still have one of those pesky non writing jobs what is it?
Do you have a favorite movie you have seen in the last few months and/or an all time favorite?
No recent movie favorite but I have a couple of all time faves I watch again and again. The American President and Catch and Release. I love both for different reasons but in general they’re both feel good romances. Only thing better is a good romance book.
What are you currently working on, and what else is in the wings?
I’ve got several short novellas coming out soon, although I don’t have definite dates as of yet. In the way of writing I’m working on another Party Games book and then I’ll be doing the last two Coyote Hunger books.
If you could co-write with another author who would it be?
Oh, so many great ones to choose from but I think top of the list would be my CP Mari Carr.
How do you pick your characters names?
I don’t. Well I do but I don’t have any real say in it. They are who they are and I just make sure I don’t double up or have too many starting with the same initial. I have had to change names because the original one didn’t fit after I got a little deeper into the story.
Do you prefer the love at first sight approach or a steady growth throughout?
I don’t have a preference but what I do insist on is that a love at first sight romance show growth throughout. It’s all good and fine to say yes we love each other but it’s not that easy or simple. There’s a lot to work out before the HEA or HFN ending.
What is your reaction to people who say one of the following…”Oh you write romance, I thought you were a real writer”, “Romance isn’t a real writing career” or the ever popular “Oh, one of those books”.
I usually just smile and say yes, I do followed quickly by a change of subject. I don’t have the need to justify what I write or read and I’d much rather be having fun than arguing with someone about something they obvious have no clue about. If they’re interested, genuinely interested, I’ll talk about it but on the whole they’re not so it’s best to avoid the discussion all together.
Where can readers find you?
I can be found at any of these-
And I also hang out on the Heat Wave Reader loops – http://groups.yahoo.com/group/Heat_Wave_Readers/
And for the silly side – What is your favorite type of chocolate?
Any! All chocolate is good.