Seven Questions with Christa
Hello! Thank you for having me on your blog today. I’m thrilled to release my latest and last in the Cuffs, Collars and Love series: A Sniper’s Devotion. This story features Hector Castillo, our cocky sniper from Houston Police’s Department’s elite SWAT team and Miguel Delgado a childhood friend of Hector’s. A Sniper’s Devotion is a friends to lovers romance, but it’s also about growing and learning who you are.
Are there any types of scene you find hard to write?
Yes, sex scenes! I know lots of romance authors say this but it is so very true. I don’t want a sex scene to just be a mechanical description of body parts and thrusting. I want there to be emotions involved as well. Sometimes it’s love. Sometimes it’s anger. Sometimes it’s joy. To convey the physical parts and the emotion and the attraction and arousal takes a lot of work.
What do you do when you feel stuck with writer’s block?
Well, after I get over the frustrated cursing, I take a step back for a while. Then I sit down and figure things out. First, I re-read the scene to get a feel for it. Am I trying to force it to go where it doesn’t want to go? Do I not have enough information? Is it in the right point of view? Once I’ve answered those questions, I can usually figure out what I need to do to get back on track.
How do you handle a story that doesn’t go as you planned?
I used to try to brute force a story to go where I wanted. But after struggling with The Detective’s Pleasure to force it into a mold, I realized that wasn’t the way to go. Now, if I have a story that wants to do something different than what I planned, I let it. I save my original plans of course, then I let the story take me in the direction it wants. I am a plotter when it comes to writing, but I’ve learned that it’s okay to deviate from the original script when necessary. Sometimes the story and characters evolve in ways that call for a change. And I’m okay with that.
What else do you use to immerse yourself in the story (music, visuals, etc.)?
Music is a big help in my writing. I always choose a song that fits the mood of the song that I’m writing. I’ll often listen to it over and over again on repeat while I work on a scene or chapter. It really helps me to set the mood and to block out distractions. I also like visuals, although I don’t rely on them as much. I normally only have three or four photos of my main characters, their homes and general style of the story’s environment.
Who do you write for (your audience or who you hope to reach)?
I write for anyone who wants to read about two people falling in love, the struggles they endure to get to their happy endings, and the hot sex they’ll have along the way.
What do you wish people knew about your books or characters?
That they aren’t perfect. My characters are lovely, worthy book boyfriends. But they will mess things up. And that’s okay! They will learn from their mistakes and become better lovers, boyfriends and husbands. I promise.
What’s next for you?
I’m currently working on re-launching my Champions of Desire series. I initially decided to shelve it because book one didn’t do as well as I’d hoped. But after seeing so much love for Chance and Devin and wishes for Tre and Brandon’s story, I’ve decided to give it another go. Book one is currently being re-edited and will have a cool and sexy new cover. Book 2 is under way and I can’t wait to share it with you all next year.
About A Sniper’s Devotion
Officer Hector Castillo, a sniper on Houston’s elite SWAT team, is content living alone as a perpetual bachelor. But when he opens up his small apartment to a friend in need, their close quarters awaken long suppressed desires Hector can’t help but acknowledge.
Miguel Delgado’s unfortunate detour down a road he never intended to travel ends in a big wake up call, but he vows to get himself back on track. Though he’s always looked up to Hector, Miguel isn’t a kid with hero-worship anymore, and his schoolyard protector has matured into a strong and caring man – who happens to look damn sexy in his SWAT uniform.
Though their physical attraction to each other is undeniable, Hector and Miguel try hard to resist and protect their friendship. Until one night changes everything…
A Sniper’s Devotion is a loving and sexy, friends to lovers erotic romance. Hector and Miguel’s story is part of the Cuffs, Collars and Love series, but it is a stand-alone novel.
Available at: Amazon
An Excerpt from A Sniper’s Devotion
“Aaaagh!” Miguel squeaked again, ducking his head into Hector’s shoulder as a mass of zombies burst into the shop where the hero and his family were hiding. “How are you not dying at this?” he asked in an agonized voice.
Hector held back a grin at Miguel’s over-the-top reaction. After the things he’d seen on the police force, it would take more than a jump scare to freak him out. “I’m trembling on the inside,” he said.
“You are not,” Miguel answered with a dry laugh. He started to pull away. “Sorry about that.”
Hector stopped him. “You’re just going to jump back on me anyway. Might as well stay here where I can protect you from the zombies.”
Miguel snorted another laugh, but after a moment’s hesitation, he settled back against him. He rested against Hector’s chest, with his bent legs laying half over one of Hector’s. As the movie played on, the hero and his crew making a perilous escape from the zombie horde, Hector brought his hand up from the back of the couch, absently running it through Miguel’s hair. The curls were soft, sliding through his fingers.
Eventually the action on screen slowed, giving both the hero and the viewers a moment to breathe. Hector’s attention wandered from the screen, and he realized it was strange to have his hand in another man’s hair. He and Miguel were so close, and it was such a habit from watching movies with dates that he’d done it without even thinking. He abruptly stopped. Sitting there stiffly, his hand frozen in Miguel’s hair, he wondered if he should apologize. Before he could decide, Miguel turned his head slightly, his lips brushing Hector’s neck as he spoke.
“That felt nice,” he said in a soft whisper. “Keep going.”
His chest suddenly tight, Hector relaxed his fingers and slowly started playing them through Miguel’s hair again. His eyes were on the TV, but he wasn’t really watching the movie. Neither was Miguel. His face stayed turned into Hector’s neck, warm breath softly blowing over his skin. It was a surprise and yet not when Miguel pressed a kiss to his throat.
At that moment, Hector should have moved away from Miguel. Hell, he should have gotten off the couch altogether. But he didn’t. He sat there, letting Miguel brush more kisses up and down the side of his neck. A hand landed on his thigh. Hector swallowed hard, then turned to look down at his friend.
About Christa Tomlinson
Christa Tomlinson is an exciting up and coming author in erotic romance. Her first self-published novel, The Sergeant, was an Amazon Best Seller for Gay and Lesbian Erotica for seven weeks straight.
Christa graduated from The University of Missouri-St. Louis with a degree in History. She loves to create stories that are emotional and lovely with sex that is integral to the characters’ romantic arc. Her books include straight couples, curvy couples, gay, and multicultural couples. Love is love and everyone should have their story told.
Christa lives in Houston, Texas with her two dogs, and is a retired roller derby player
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