Cassandra Carr lives in Western New York with her husband, Inspiration, and her daughter, Too Cute for Words. When not writing she enjoys watching hockey and hanging out on Twitter. Her debut novel, Talk to Me, was released by Loose Id on March 22, 2011. For more information about Cassandra, check out her website at http://www.booksbycassandracarr.com, “like” her Facebook fan page at http://www.facebook.com/AuthorCassandraCarr or follow her on Twitter at http://www.twitter.com/Cassandra_Carr.
Thank you for accepting this interview.
1. Tell us about your latest ménage release: what’s it all about? Where did you find the inspiration?
Head Games is about two men, both hockey goaltenders, who pursue a bistro owner for a menage relationship. Hockey players everywhere were my inspiration. I’m kind of a hockey freak. 😉
2. Why did you choose to write ménage? What intrigues you about this particular genre?
I chose to write it because I like reading it so much. The whole dynamic of main characters is fascinating and there are many layers you won’t find in a M/F story. I still love writing M/F stories, but menage is pretty interesting to write too.
3. Who is your favorite ménage character(s) and why?
In my book? Probably Leo. I love my heroes and a lot of them tend to be alpha males with a sarcastic/humorous bent.
4. In your opinion, what makes a good ménage novel?
I think it’s important to show the real questions and problems involved in a menage relationship. It’s not all sunshine and roses.
5. What do you think of ménage romance in general? Do you think numbers are important in ménage stories? The more the better or maybe not?
I love menage romance – it’s a little different from a lot of the other stories out there. I do think the largest number of men I will do is three, and even that is difficult to write at best. Numbers and the relationships between the men are very important to the story.
6. What sparks your ménage imagination to the point of writing one? Is there a particular source of inspiration for your ménage stories?
I thought it would be fun to consider all the intricacies and nuances of menages. There really wasn’t a particular source of imagination, just a desire to tell a good story.
7. What is your favorite gender combination in ménage? More men than women? No women all men? Why?
I’ve never written a M/M/M menage. I’m not sure I ever will. I’ve read a few and had some trouble keeping everybody straight (heh). For my own tastes, more men than women work for me.
8. Do you prefer to use straight, gay or bisexual male character? Why? What influences your choice?
I haven’t used any bisexual or gay characters yet. That’s not to say I never will, but probably not in this series. I try to keep the sexual orientation of the characters the same within a series.
I don’t write lesbian and bisexual characters. They’re just not a strong suit of mine, so I concentrate on other types of characters.
9. In your opinion, do ménage stories work better with straight, gay or bisexual characters? Please elaborate.
It all depends on the skill of the writer and on the story. Any of those combinations could be divine or an absolute trainwreck depending on how the story is handled.
10. In your opinion, can a true ménage work in real life? Why or why not?
I think it can, but man, would it take a lot of work! As I said above, there are so many additional issues to contend with – at least three separate personalities, hopes, dreams, and fears; perceptions of right and wrong in society, jealousy issues – you name it.
11. Do you think there is a difference between ménage sex and ménage relationship? Are the two one and the same? Or can one be without the other?
There’s definitely a difference and you can have one without the other. Especially if it’s not a permanent situation, you can definitely have menage sex. Living a 24/7 menage lifestyle is a totally different thing.
12. What do you think of reviews on ménage books? Do you find they capture the essence of your work? If yes, why? If no, why not? (feel free to include my review in your considerations)
I’ve only had one review of Head Games so far, but so far so good. The review definitely understood what I was going for in my story.
13. Tell us about your future projects. Do you have a new ménage romance coming out soon?
I am writing book 2 in this series at the moment. I expect to release three more books in this series in 2012 hopefully. I also have a BDSM holiday-themed novella and a bull rider story coming out.
14. Where can the fans find you and find your books?
Loose Id has my debut novel Talk to Me and Caught, the BDSM holiday novella releasing in December. Siren has my menage series, and Ellora’s cave is releasing my bull rider story in early 2012.
15. Please tell us where readers and fans can find you on the net.
16. Is there anything you wish to share with the readers?
Just to keep watching my website, as I expect to have more news about releases in 2012 soon! Also, I’ll be at RT in Chicago in April 2012. If you’re there stop by one of the book signings to say hi!
Thank you so much for this interview Mrs Carr. You are sure a very busy author and we cannot wait to read more menage of yours! And meanwhile great success with Head Games released today at Siren Publishing!