WATCH OUT: Luxie Ryder
I want to welcome you all to another edition of Watch Out. This week I’m excited to bring you author Luxie Ryder.
Welcome to Watch Out, Luxie, it is so great to have you here. I must say I love your name; it is so uncommon and unique.
Thank you! The first part was ‘bestowed’ upon me by a gay friend!
For the readers out there who might not know about you or your work, can you please tell them a little about yourself.
I live in the south west of England with my husband and my German Shepherd. No kids – if you don’t include hubby and the dog in that category! I’m a huge music and movie fan, as well as being an avid reader. I don’t write as much as I should but I love creating worlds and characters and having them act out some of our most common fantasies. I also love Paranormal movies and books, especially if they have a little bit of eroticism thrown into the mix.
Can you tell us a little about your current releases?
At the moment, I am proud to say I have two new books out there for readers to enjoy as well as another on the way at the end of October.
‘ Sacrifice’ is a Paranormal romance, available from Evernight Publishing. It’s a novella featuring the short story of Hallie and Ethan – two everyday, ordinary people in extraordinary circumstances. But there’s one thing about vampires that never changes, so readers will not be disappointed to hear that the handsome Ethan Butler is every bit as sexy and overwhelmingly attractive as we expect our vampires to be. Hallie can’t resist him, and the readers won’t be able to either! Available to buy at http://www.evernightpublishing.com/sacrifice.html
My new menage romance – A Ballad for her Cowboys – is available at SirenBookstrand. When Misty sees Aiden and Seth again, she hopes the handsome cowboys have forgotten the wild night they all shared. But for the men who loved and lost her years earlier, finding their songbird again at a resort in the middle of Arizona gives them another chance to show her how they feel. Can Misty admit that she loves them too and be satisfied with life far from the spotlight? Will the day ever come when the only song in her heart is A Ballad for Her Cowboys? Available from http://www.bookstrand.com/a-ballad-for-her-cowboys
A few of your books are ménage, what draws you to write ménage? Do you find it harder to write ménage?
I must admit, I do find menage a little more difficult to write than other genres. You need a vivid imagination and an endless supply of enthusiasm to create believable sex scenes! Coming up with original ideas can be a challenge but that’s why I enjoy it. There really is no greater fantasy than having two sexy men, and in my stories, they are usually cowboys, who know how to treat a woman.
The publishing industry is constantly changing; do you think that eBooks will one day make paperback books nonexistent?
No. In the same way that people still go to movies, or live music gigs or the theatre, there will always be a need for indulgences in the real world. eBooks are fab because you don’t have to wait – if a story catches your eye, you can be curled up with a glass of wine and a box of chocs and reading it in a matter of seconds! On the other hand, browsing the shelves of a bookstore and holding a new book in your hands is exciting! I think there is room for both.
What influences the topics, and genre’s that you pick to write a story in?
I love sexy stories, paranormal tales and sweeping romances. To some degree,I have to write what people want to read and the popularity of the genres I work in determine which I will focus on more but I simply write what I love.
One thing readers might be surprised to know about you?
I take an active part in the campaign to stop the cynical marketing of baby milk products to the third world. Go to BabyMilkAction.Org to find out more.
What is the best thing someone has ever said to you about your books that you have never forgotten?
There isn’t anything specific I can recall but I do remember feeling very proud the first time one of my friends introduced me to someone as a writer!
Your favourite part about being an author?
Release day! I am always excited to know what the readers will think.
What are you currently reading?
I am reading ‘Crazy For You’ by Jennifer Crusie. The tagline reads ‘Adultery, theft, stalking, gossip, seduction and dog-napping. Just another day in Tibbett, Ohio”. I’m really enjoying it.
What do you think sets your stories apart from other authors?
My personal byline is ‘Sexy Stories for Real Women’. I try to write believable circumstances and characters. If I am reading about a woman who falls into ecstasy at the slightest attention from her handsome lover, my brain switches off because, women just aren’t like that (not unless they are very lucky). I also like to write about the internal conflicts many of us have between doing what we want and doing what we think we should and I hope readers can relate to this.
One thing people tell you over and over when they find out what you write?
Do you read what you write or you try to read other genres?
I do read the genres I write in but I will basically read anything. So many topics interest me that I could never stay within a category to satisfy my needs. Just this year, I’ve read two books on atheism, a stack of romances and a couple of paranormals. My tastes are very diverse.
Is there anything you’re currently working on that you can give us a taste of?
You remember I said I love sexy stories, paranormal tales and sweeping romances? Well I’ve written an 80,000 word novel that combines all three! I am not sure where best to try and find a home for it but I hope to be able to share it with you all soon.
What is the best advice you ever got with regards to writing?
Write what you know and write to please yourself.
What is one pet peeve you have when it comes to publishing?
A pet peeve of mine is how many companies there are out there just waiting to take advantage of people who want to be writers. It upsets me to think of how many talented authors are put off forever because they were the victims of a scam.
Any advice for new writers out there?
Take note of what I said in answer to the last question and do your research before you hand your precious work over to anybody.
Where can readers find out more about you and your work?