Welcome author, Bryce Evans, here with us today.
- Why did you choose to write ménage? What intrigues you about this particular genre?
The first book I read was an ménage book and it was Jana Leigh’s the Denver Pack series (Alpha’s Mate). I was hooked from the beginning. I loved the romance of these books and how the woman is the most important part of the relationship. Call me greedy but women crave that or at least I do. The fact that two men or more would share a mate was intriguing. I love how dominant the men are and how nobody exists but his or her mate or true love. When I was given the opportunity to write, there wasn’t even a decision to be made. I knew I wanted to write an ménage paranormal romance.
- Tell us about your latest ménage release: what’s it all about? Where did you find the inspiration?
My latest ménage is called “Once Forgotten Twice Loved.” The book is about Ashland Peters is a Detective with the New York Police Department. She is sent to a training class at the Meadowland Lodge in Colorado where her childhood friend Werewolf Nash Porters lives and works along with his pack. They’ve been friends since they were six years old and sent to the same orphanage. When they were old enough to leave on their own, Nash received what he had wanted his whole life and Ashland went to follow a dream. Separated for years by distance they finally get the chance to see each other when she is sent to Colorado for training. Once Ash arrives, she meets sexy werewolf Alpha Larken Wilder who owns the Meadowland Lodge. From the moment Larken sees Ash, he knows she is his mate. However, problems seem to follow Ash and it turns out no different in Colorado, when the Sheriff has a problem with his brother’s mate. It’s the Alpha’s only chance for happiness, but Ash doesn’t know if she is right for the man, she doesn’t want to come between him and his brother. When young girls are kidnapped from the neighboring packs, Ash’s help is needed. Ash finds herself working with not one Alpha but with a team of them, if they are to save the young girls from a Rogue wolf and his pack. As they solve the mystery, Ash finds answers to questions she’s had her whole life.
I wish I could tell you that I get divine inspiration from somewhere, but I don’t. I just have these characters running around in my head and I have to put them down on paper. This particular story started with Ashland Peters a cop. I have a thing for cops so you may see them in a lot of my stories. They fascinate me and I love all the forensic stuff that they do. I knew I wanted Ashland to be a strong character, but I also wanted her to be damaged from her childhood. I think it makes her stronger and when they do find that true love, it makes the story a lot more desirable. Characters seem to just pop in my head or I have friends like them so I include them in the story some way. I have had Ashland Peters swimming in my head for a long time so it was time for her to come out.
- Who is your favorite ménage character(s) and why?
I love all my characters, but if I had to pick a favorite it would Adrianna McDonald from The Trinity: The Ashland Pack series. She has all the qualities that I like in a woman. Strong, Confident, Skilled, Protective, and Damaged.
- In your opinion, what makes a good ménage novel?
Well the most important thing about an ménage story is the Attraction the characters feel for each other and being able to feel the intensity just by reading the story. Without that the story is just blah in my opinion. Then there has to be intense sex scenes in the story or I’m going to go to another book that has it. Then last there has to be romance. It has to hold that dream like state as you are reading the book that makes you feel you are the main character and this is happening to you. Now that is what makes a great ménage story.
- 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?
Well I love ménage stories in general, but I do love the ones that have four to five male characters and one woman in it. I love the protection that you get from the males and how each one of the male characters differs from each other. I plan on writing one with four to five males in it, but I had to start somewhere. I will say the more the better, however if you go over five then you have too much in the book to keep up with. Too many people and you cant picture the poor girl getting any sleep.
- What sparks your ménage imagination to the point of writing one? Is there a particular source of inspiration for your ménage stories?
I guess it is so taboo to the general public that ménage is not to be talked about, which of course gets you thinking about them. Again I love the romance of it all. For me it is the characters that spark my imagination. I may see someone on TV, but most of the time as I’m alone in my car and riding down the road, I think of these people and put myself as the main character. I get to be the bad ass and have certain qualities that don’t exist or at least I don’t have. Plus, I can give them powers too, which to me is the bomb.
- What is your favorite gender combination in ménage? More men than women? No women all men? Why?
Well for me I have to have one woman and lots of men. I guess my favorite to read is the ones that have at least four men to one woman. But I also like how a woman can share two men. I just love all the aspects of how the men feel for that one woman and how they cherish her. The love they show her and the sex they give her. Oh the imagination I have.
- Do you prefer to use straight, gay or bisexual male character? Why? What influences your choice? In your opinion, do ménage stories work better with straight, gay or bisexual characters?
I haven’t used any of the men in my books that are bi-sexual or strictly gay, but I would love to put some of it in there. I do find it sexy to see two men and one woman together and I mean all together. I guess it is a matter of taste for the reader, but I’m not against it.
- In your opinion, inside a ménage with more than one man, is the woman character condemned to a passive role? Or can she be portrayed as dominant? Is she just a toy, a doll in the men’s hands, or can she assert herself as a woman and an individual?
Now for me, I like the women to be strong and dominant too. I guess because I’m the character as I write it and it makes since to me to be that way. I don’t want a woman who can’t hold her own with the males in her life. Then she would be too submissive and there is a time for it and then there is a time to be strong and dominant.
- In your opinion, can a true ménage work in real life? Why or why not?
Not where I’m from. Again I think people see it as being taboo and against their own religion. It is fantasy for me and I live it out in my books. I’m sure there are some places where an ménage is accepted, but I have never been there are no where that place exists outside of my imagination. I guess it can exist today and I’m sure it does, but I bet they have a hard time with people judging them so it makes it hard on the relationship. But good luck to the ones who are trying and succeeding.
- 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?
Well to me ménage sex is just that-sex, where the people have no emotional ties to the sex, but an ménage relationship has love, romance, and sex all in one. The ties that bind them are all of the three.
- 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? (Please feel free to include my reviews in your considerations.)
Well the one thing I had to learn is that Reviews are only one persons opinion. They can do a lot of damage to the author if the story is a bad review, especially if the Reviewer has a lot of followers and those followers value that person’s opinion to read the book. However, I do like having them especially when it is a good one. I have gained a lot of good advice from Reviews so I do appreciate them because without them I would still be making the same mistakes. So I welcome the reviews for the experience and to see what my readers want.
I got a good review from you on my first book:
So in many ways I liked the story. Bryce Evans is this kind of author that I will enjoy to follow and see how she will evolve. Great work, Mrs Evans, I look forward reading you in the future! Another story that was very popular to be nominated in the Ménage Romances Fan’s Choices Awards! Overall Review: 4 STARS
As you can see, I’m pretty excited about this review. I did learn a lot too. I have changed a lot in my books just from some of what you wrote and others said.
- Tell us about your future projects. Do you have a new ménage romance coming out soon?
I have a book that came out in March called Once Forgotten Twice Loved and it seems to be doing well. It is an ménage story and again it has to do with a cop meeting her two mates. I have a lot of friends who are cops and they have given me lots of information to put in my stories. I have gotten a lot of feedback from it and again my writing is getting better each time. I also have a book that is coming out in April called Perfect Reflections. It is co-authored with Jana Leigh and I’m so excited about that. She has a wicked sense of humor, which goes in her writing. I like this and we think alike in some aspects of our writing. This story is also about a cop who has to solve a bunch of murders. It has a lot of twists and turns in it. Plus it is also a ménage. I think it will be a good read for people.
- Where can the fans find you and find your books?
- Please tell us where readers and fans can find you on the net.
I love this questions and I love talking to people about my books. You always find me on face book, but you can contact me at these locations: firstname.lastname@example.org, www.bryceevansauthor.com, @Bryce__Evans on twitter, www.blog.bryceevansauthor.com
Hope to talk to you soon.
- Is there anything you wish to share with the readers?
Well I do appreciate the people who continue to support me and buy my books. I love to write and only hope to improve. I would like to hear from readers who have read my books and even the ones who didn’t like them. I know that sounds strange but they may actually have some good advice for me that will help me in improving the quality of my books. Books are a release from everyday ordinary life so reading is the way to knowledge. What you do with that knowledge is up to you. Happy reading and don’t forget to look me up and drop a few lines. I would love to hear from you. Again, I would like to thank Mary Naughty Whispers for giving me this opportunity to speak with you.
Thank you very much Bryce for this great interview! I love to know more about the authors I read and I am sure people will be now even more curious to read you. I am looking forward to read Once Forgotten Twice Loved.
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