Debi is featuring a giveaway to one lucky commenter; details below!
Although some like to think Ms. Wilder lives what she writes, it’s far from the truth. She has shelves filled with research books such as Sex Toy Tales, Lip Service, and The Academy, which she gets from her sister-in-law from time to time. Thankfully her husband doesn’t think they have to try everything at least once!
Ms. Wilder loves the freedom that writing erotica brings. There’s a no holds barred attitude that suits her when her imagination and characters take over and run wild on the pages. And like her characters, Ms. Wilder believes romance and sex go hand in hand.
Ms. Wilder currently lives a quiet life with her husband nestled deep among the pyramids of Rock Lake.
Brenda & Steve: Debi, welcome to our blog! We’re so excited you could join us for a chat. You have hosted for us twice on Romancing the Heart. It’s about time we feature you! When did you first decide to submit your work to be published? Tell us what or who encouraged you to take this big step.
Debi: Hi! I’m happy to be here and am just as excited as the two of you. I started writing in the 1980s in general romance, but turned my attention to erotica in the 2000s. I took creative writing classes in high school, however it wasn’t until a friend’s sister because published that I thought “hey if she can do that so can I!” and the rest is history.
Brenda & Steve: Please tell us a little about your new release Blue Moon Magic without giving too much of a spoiler away.
Debi: Blue Moon Magic will be coming out in print for the first time since publication in 2007. It’s four storied about three sisters, a brother they didn’t know they had, and the effects of the coming blue moon. This series was penned by Honey Jans, Shari Dare, Lynn Crain, and myself. The individual books are available at Loose-Id. I believe the print book with all four stories is to be released sometime this month.
For more information and buy links on the Blue Moon Magic Series visit here.
In February Gabby’s Second Chance came out as book 2 in the Lacey’s Lamp Series. It’s a series of twelve short stories and let’s just say all genie’s don’t live in lamps.
Both series are from Muse It Up Publishing
Gabby shook off her winter coat and then sat on a stool at the bar. “I guess I could use something warm, it is damp out there tonight and with the snow…” she started, wondering why she hadn’t seen the bar on her way down to the docks. “When did you say you opened? I don’t remember seeing a sign or anything earlier tonight.”
“I’ve got exactly what you need. You don’t look like a big drinker, so how about a Peppermint Patty?” Lacey replied, setting a cup of steaming hot chocolate in front of Gabby. The sweet richness made Gabby smile while the peppermint schnapps soothed her troubled mind with memories of a happier time.
Lacey leaned over the bar, dropping a couple of mini marshmallows into the steaming cup. “I must confess, I’m not really ready to open to the public yet. You just looked so cold when I saw you standing at the docks, that when you walked by I just had to flip on the sign. Sort of like a guiding beacon in the night.”
“This is wonderful.” Gabby licked her lips, catching all the richness of chocolate that might have escaped. “Why Lacey’s Lamp? I don’t get it.”
Lacey refilled Gabby’s cup, her eyes twinkling. “Because I’m a genie and can grant you any wish you want.”
For more information and buy links on Lacey's Lamp Series click here.
Brenda & Steve: Do you plan all your characters out before you start a story or do they develop as you write?
Debi: Sometimes I get a feel for them in the beginning. Their name, sex, what they want. Characters have a way of getting into my head and telling me they have a story to be told. Now, I don’t always get to that story right away, so I put everything down in a spreadsheet.
Brenda & Steve: How much research do you do for your books? Have you found any cool tidbits in your research?
Debi: Well…one of my sister-in-laws always gave my husband and I a box of books at Christmas filled with goodies and research material. Titles like The Loving Dominant, The Ultimate Guide to Sexual Fantasy, The Mistress Manual, three of the books from the Tales of the Marketplace series. If I need something fresh, I grab a book and flip it open. If it looks like it might work in my story, I use it. If not, I try a different page or book.
And to answer that question I hear out there—no, my husband and I don’t try things I write about. While my characters may be adventurous in that area, me not so much.
The only book I’ve done any research for is my current piece I’m writing, Carnival: The Guardian. It’s about poney play, and since I don’t have any experience (not sure I’m up for that at this point in my life) I called a few people who might know who to contact. It’s an interesting fetish and you’ve got to be a strong person—physically, mentally, emotionally—to play at their game.
If you’re ever in Vegas, check out the Erotic Heritage Museum. You’ll be amazed at how far back erotica (porn) goes.
Brenda & Steve: Oh, one of our sons live in NV. We'll have to stop by there! What is your writing process? Do you outline, write by the seat of your pants (Pantser) or a combination of both?
Debi: I use to be a Pantser, and I still am a bit. I don’t really outline, but if I have an idea of where I want the story to go I make one sentence notes to refer to as I’m writing. Of course, sometimes things change because my characters have taken down a path I didn’t count on.
Brenda & Steve: Do you write full time? What did you do before you became a writer or still do?
Debi: I retired in 2010 as a legal secretary for the WDOR, so I write full-time. However, I’m a “muse” writer, so I can’t just make myself sit down and write during certain hours of the day. That’s too much like work to me; I’d much rather let my muse kick me in the butt. A little inspiration never hurts either. *wink*
Brenda & Steve: Steve and I semi-retired so we could write full time. It's finding the time between Facebook, blogging and Twitter; we have to make ourselves just stay off them and write. Do you have a ritual when it comes to writing? Example….get coffee, blanket, paper, pen, laptop and a comfy place.
Debi: Nope, not concrete. Sometimes it’s just a pad and pencil in front of the TV. Other times it’s while I’m sitting in my office, in front of the computer, doing nothing relating to writing. But if I’m really pushing to get something done, like in Human Touch, I might look for music relating to the topic.
Brenda & Steve: Describe a typical writing day for you.
Debi: Typical? Never! LOL
Brenda & Steve: Please give us a sneak peek at your future books. What’s on the horizon?
Debi: Human Touch is an erotic scifi set in 2525 where human reproduction is controlled, sex is a thing of the past, and droids give birth to human babies. HT has been submitted and I’m waiting to hear back from a couple of publishers.
Carnival: The Guardian is a fallen angel erotic with mind reading, poney play, shape-shifting. Guardian is my current WIP and it’s been a long process, but it always is with me. It’s a bit over half done, but a long way to go yet.
Brenda & Steve: What is your favorite genre to read and who is your favorite author?
Debi: Romance is always first on my list, but I’ve developed an interest for suspense/mystery. My next book will probably have a suspense theme to it at some point. I don’t have a favorite author these days. Although I do love the Oz series by Gregory Macquire.
Brenda & Steve: There are so many very good authors; it is hard to name a favorite. Is there anything else you would like to tell the readers we have not touched on?
Debi: Never to give up on your dreams, always go after them. Don’t stop reading and letting your imagination take you places. Find new authors, try new genres…you might be surprised.
Brenda & Steve: Where can the readers learn more about you and find your books on the web?
Brenda and Steve, thank you for allowing me to be here this week. You’re both amazing.
Readers, I'll giveaway a choice of Book 1 of Blue Moon Magic or Gabby’s Second Chance to one lucky commenter. I’ll pick a name at random.
Brenda & Steve: Debi, thank you for visiting with us. You're pretty awesome yourself! Readers, visit Debi's blog and follow her. She also features author interviews on her Romancing the Heart blog. Sign up for her newsletter. Good luck in the drawing everyone!
Watch the trailer for Blue Moon Magic