We have Sascha Illyvich visiting with us for a few days. Sascha has been proclaimed by the Publishing industry as the Bad Boy of Romance. He started writing eleven years ago and his erotic romances have been listed under the Night Owl Romance and Road to Romance’s Recommended read list, as well nominated for a CAPA by The Romance Studio.
A native of Texas, Sascha moved to sunny California seven years ago. He is very busy man with blogging, radio, and writing. And when he finally stops for the day, Sascha enjoys a tumbler of good scotch and a cigar. Although, he states liquor helps to get his creative juices flowing! His hobbies are playing guitar and chess, and throwing bullwhips.
His book Surrender to Love is in final edits and will be released soon. Let's give Sascha a warm welcome!
Brenda & Steve: Sascha, welcome to our blog! We’re so excited you could join us for a chat. When did you first decide to submit your work to be published? Tell us what or who encouraged you to take this big step.
Sascha: Thank you for having me. I decided twelve years ago to make writing my career and then I submitted to Sizzler Editions and eXtasy books. Mistress Koi, Emma Holly and a very well known historical romance author pushed me when I emailed them and asked how to get into this business. Her name escapes me but if I remember I'll add it in the comments!
Brenda & Steve: Please tell us a little about your new release Surrender to Love, without giving too much of a spoiler away.
Sascha: In order to cure the dreaded creative rut she’s in, Livia ends up in Las Vegas by suggestion from her therapist. Oh and there’s a catch. Livia ‘s been set up to have a one night stand with a very handsome man who promises her freedom through submission. Can she surrender to more than just passion? I pulled the idea from a scene in Diane Whiteside's book "The Irish Devil".
Brenda & Steve: Love the cover! Do you plan all your characters out before you start a story or do they develop as you write?
Sascha: I plan and plot meticulously if the story is over 40k. If the story is 20k or less it's a very simple plot that every reader should be able to relate to. I'm very methodical because I value my time as a writer and you know in business, time is money.
Brenda & Steve: How much research do you do for your books? Have you found any cool tidbits in your research?
Sascha: Depends on the plot. I've been on a Burn Notice kick so the spy world, guns, fighting, all get researched. So far, cool tidbits…nothing I could think of offhand.
Brenda & Steve: What is your writing process? Do you outline, write by the seat of your pants (Pantser) or a combination of both?
Sascha: I'm a meticulous plotter. I'd like to educe that all writers really should write this way simply because it makes the writing process go so much faster, then the only pain is editing I use a plotting pad template my mentor gave me years ago.
Brenda & Steve: Do you write full time? What did you do before you became a writer or still do?
Sascha: I do write full time. I also edit for Sizzler Editions, handling their erotic romance line. In a former life I was tech support for Microsoft.
Brenda & Steve: Do you have a ritual when it comes to writing? Example….get coffee, blanket, paper, pen, laptop and a comfy place.
Sascha: Usually I start off eating, down a cup or three of green tea while handing social media then when it comes time to put pen to paper, I start drinking. Liquor. Usually bourbon or scotch though I've found a number of higher alcohol content beers (like Arrogant Bastard) that help stave off hunger and let me write still.
Brenda & Steve: Describe a typical writing day for you.
Sascha: I write by word count. Usually my goal is to hit 2,500 words unless I'm really close to finishing a book. So I crank up the stereo with a good selection of dark, heavy, angry metal and get my ass in the chair and don’t leave until I've finished at LEAST that. Then depending on time left in a two hour sprint, I play "I can do how many more words til I've hit an extra 500? So if I end up with 2640 (a typical number!) I know that if I push it, I can get that extra 360 words. If I go more, I may try to push to 3,500. It also depends on how my body/back feels and if my wrists aren't sore by then.
Brenda & Steve: Please give us a sneak peek at your future books. What’s on the horizon?
Sascha: I'm planning a third 1Night Stand book that is tentatively titled "His Virgin" and will also be a "BDSM light" story where the bondage and kink can be done and imagined by any reader. This will involve a mouthy Scottish woman and an old flame.
Brenda & Steve: What is your favorite genre to read and who is your favorite author?
Sascha: Favorite genre: Paranormal romance. I get to feel more through that genre. Favorite authors include Diane Whiteside, Christina Dodd, Lora Leigh, Lori Foster.
Brenda & Steve: Is there anything else you would like to tell the readers we have not touched on?
Sascha: As the bad boy of romance and one of the very few males writing this genre I'd like to mention that it's been a fun ride. So many bodies…so much seduction…so many women LOL!
Brenda & Steve: Where can the readers learn more about you and find your books on the web?
Sascha: My web site Erotic Romance Author
Thank you eternally for the opportunity!
Brenda & Steve: Thank you again Sascha for stopping by.
Readers, you can also find Sascha blogging at Midnight Seductions Authors (22nd of each month). He has excerpts on his site to tantalize you here http://saschaillyvichauthor.com/excerpts/
You can find his book The Playground on Decadent Publishing
A review on The Playground ~
“I found this story very intriguing. Sascha made ‘The Playground’ very realistic, where anyone could picture themselves in Devon’s or Shelly’s shoes by using a scenario that has affected most of us at some point in our lives. Closure is so important and I liked the emotional honesty the story displayed. The dom/sub being portrayed from a ‘non toys’ perspective, showing how simple clothes can be used, was a great addition allowing the honesty to grow along with the characters. The agreement to go slow completed the honest emotional undertaking of the story showing some things have to be worked on and don’t just magically happen. Not to mention the ‘hot sex’ was integral to the story making this one ‘hot read’ emotionally tangling read.” – Rae Spencer
~Readers, Sascha has so graciously agreed to feature a giveaway, his choice of one of his works. So leave a comment with your email address. The winner will be drawn Jan 27.~