I’m currently writing sexy stories set in post-apocalyptic, science fiction and contemporary settings. I like threads of paranormal and urban fantasy, too. Some of my stories will have pairs and some will have three–Love is Love. I currently have a space opera novella series out with Samhain Publishing and will soon have a post-apocalyptic novella series out with them, too. I’ve lived in some crazy places but currently reside in the Midwest, and I’m represented by Miriam Kriss of the Irene Goodman Agency. Contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org or follow me on Twitter
Welcome author, Dani Worth, here with us today.
1. Why did you choose to write ménage? What intrigues you about this particular genre?
I actually had several reasons, but originally, an author friend told me that ménage was a popular theme in erotic romance and she thought I’d like writing them. I considered it a fun challenge but then it turned into something I truly enjoyed writing. I’m intrigued by the idea of a love that can be shared and enjoy writing relationships that are outside of what some consider normal.
2. Tell us about your latest ménage release: what’s it all about? Where did you find the inspiration?
My latest release is REPLICANT, which is book two in The Kithran Regenesis series. The inspiration actually came from an image I stumbled upon on DeviantArt. I knew I wanted this second book to be from the point of view of a Gwinarian woman who had experienced incredible loss. I knew she was hard—that she’d made herself that way to survive. I also knew she had a soft, squishy center and needed love. Here’s the official cover and blurb:
When a bounty hunter returns to her destroyed planet on the hunt for an escaped alien, the last thing she expects to find is love.
Jarana Gothbrun is the number one Tracker in the galaxies, famous for tagging Replicants—shape-shifting aliens who can take on humanoid forms once they have someone’s DNA. She has two more Replicants to catch in her current job, ones who escaped from a high-security prison planet. Unfortunately, one of them is currently on her home planet, Kithra. She hasn’t been back since a Replicant kidnapped her and took her off planet prior to its destruction.
Maska is engaged to Erik, who has no idea the love of his life is an escaped prisoner. Or male. When Jarana uses an untested device to force Maska’s shift to his native form, it puts him in danger and pisses off everyone on the planet. Her plan to fly in and out with her prisoner is put on hold as she has to deal with the people who’ve come to love Maska. Not to mention her own grief at the destruction of Kithra…and everyone she loved.Product Warnings
Contains an angsty and sexy gender-bending alien, a confused, angsty and sexy human and an angsty too-tough heroine. Lots of sexy loving and oh, did I mention the ANGST?
3. Who is your favorite ménage character(s) and why?
Do you mean from my own work? I couldn’t pick a favorite out of my characters. But I can share why I like each one. Lux (KITHRA) for her strength, attitude and fierce loyalty. Egan (KITHRA) for his sexy, loving nature. Kol (KITHRA) for his self-control and how much he needed someone to mess it up. Jarana (REPLICANT) who loves so deeply, she has to shut down emotion to survive. Maska (REPLICANT) for his compassion and Erik (REPLICANT) for his quiet strength and acceptance. One of my very favorites is Ross (AFTER THE CRUX-coming in July) who is fiercely protective and who really, really needs to be touched.
As for other wonderful characters? Some ménage authors I’ve enjoyed recently are Kelley Jamieson , Tara Lain, and Lauren Dane.
4. In your opinion, what makes a good ménage novel?
I do prefer the ones with a HEA for all members involved, but I’ve enjoyed some that had a different outcome. I like ones that deal with the realistic problems this sort of relationship would cause, and I love it if at least one member has to come to terms with a complete change in what he (or she) believes about himself. I do like to see a character’s world rocked.
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?
More? As in more than three? I’d have to give one of those a try—would be interesting to see how an author pulled it off. I’m not sure I’d ever write a relationship with more than three, but I don’t know that for sure. Especially when writing Gwinarians. Kithra was originally going to be M/F. Then Egan strolled onto the scene, and I couldn’t resist him. So how could Lux and Kol? 😉
6. What sparks your ménage imagination to the point of writing one? Is there a particular source of inspiration for your ménage stories?
My imagination can be sparked by anything. Most of the time it’s music. Sometimes it’s a news story or a random visual image. For work I’ve written under my own name, I’ve found a lot of inspiration in myth and obscure religions. For REPLICANT, it was an image. For KITHRA, it was sexy Egan and the song Star-Crossed Lovers by De/Vision. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CDs5ailZMCY.
7. What is your favorite gender combination in ménage? More men than women? No women all men? Why?
Two men, one woman—because how many of us would love to have two wonderful men love us to distraction? 😉 But… I might have an M/F/F coming up because some characters seem to be leaning that way. Oh, I did recently really enjoy a book that featured three male protagonists. The Starving Years by Jordan Castillo Price. LOVED the world building especially.
8. Do you prefer to use straight, gay or bisexual male character? Why? What influences your choice?
I like them all. Characters, just like real people, come with so many wonderful layers to their personalities. But I will admit to liking something that seems to be a little controversial. I love what some readers call the “gay for you” trope. I always have. I find the idea of a straight person falling for someone of their own sex intriguing, and the challenge of creating character who struggle past their own preconceived notions rocks.
9. In your opinion, do ménage stories work better with straight, gay or bisexual characters? Please elaborate.
Honestly, this all depends on the talent of the writer. The good ones can make it work and the trick is emotion. Give me the emotion and I’m a fan.
10. 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?
LOL! Most of my female characters are too damned assertive to ever be anyone’s doormat. I have a few softer ones coming up, but they will always have a layer of strength—whether it’s all internal or out and out in your face. I don’t think I could tackle a story where the female is just a toy or a doll. I need equality in the relationship.
11. In your opinion, can a true ménage work in real life? Why or why not?
I think it could, but it would be difficult—mostly because so many people are just too interested in what happens in other bedrooms. I have a nice, tall soapbox I could pull out on this subject, but I’ll be good. But the fantasy of how it could work, what it would be like… that’s the fun part.
12. 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?
One can be without the other. A good story is a good story. However, while I do enjoy a well-written sex scene, I prefer to read ménage books that focus on the relationship, too. Show me how they fall in love, why they fall in love. Make me care about the characters. Kudos if you make me care before you pop them into bed.
13. 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?
I’m thrilled reviewers are tackling these books and I’ve been pretty lucky with most of the ones for my debut release, Kithra. Most seem to enjoy the emotion I try to layer in my stories. It’s hard for an author to know if she pulls that off—we’re too close to the work to see it. But when a reader clues in? There’s nothing like that. Really.
14. Tell us about your future projects. Do you have a new ménage romance coming out soon?
AFTER THE CRUX is the first in my new post-apocalyptic novella series. It’s coming out from Samhain Publishing on July 3rd. This one is quite a bit different from my Kithran series. It’s told in rotating points of view. The second in the series isn’t a ménage, it’s M/F, but it’s possible this series will have another ménage or two. Here’s the blurb from my website.
Seventeen years after the Crux Virus wiped out most of the world’s population, Ross is doing what he can to keep his small community safe from raiders in a self-contained artist retreat in the Jemez Mountains of New Mexico. He’s made a habit of collecting survivors and they’ve all become family, but the most important members have always been Jenna and Dorian. At fourteen, Ross stumbled into the basement where the nine year-olds were hiding and the three have been together since. Years later, Jenna and Dorian became lovers, taking one room in the two bedroom wing they share with Ross. Now at thirty, Ross hopes to find a love of his own on supply runs, but he suffers incredible guilt because his heart has long been snagged by his two best friends.
What Ross doesn’t know is Dorian and Jenna want him too. His loneliness is tearing them up, so they decide it’s time to show this overprotective man of theirs what he’s been missing.
There will also be more in The Kithran Regenesis series as well. Book three, CATALYST, is in process now.
15. Where can the fans find you and find your books?
16. Please tell us where readers and fans can find you on the net.
17. Is there anything you wish to share with the readers?
Only a big, big thank you for giving my books a chance. Hope they touch your emotions and provide a wonderful escape!
Thank you so very much Dani for this great interview and also for your generosity! I cannot wait for After the Crux!!!!
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