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Wednesday, 8 August 2012

Get Seduced by C.J. Roberts, Interview And Giveaway!

For those of you that are eagerly awaiting the release 
of  the second installment to C.J. Roberts two part series The dark Duet, your wait is almost over!  There are a few of us here at S,E,R's that are extremely excited for this release.  If you haven't read the first book, Captive in the Dark, be sure to check that one out first!

Rhonda's Review of Captive in the Dark

Thessa's Review for Captive in the Dark

On August 14th 2012, S,E,R's will post an early review for Seduced In the Dark, which will also include a giveaway for 2 ebooks of Seduced in the Dark!

Coming September 1, 2012         

In February 2012 we posted an interview with C.J. Roberts. In anticipation for the upcoming release we decided to post it again. We have also posted a radio interview from 2011 courtesy of C.J. Roberts. 

Our Interview with C.J. Roberts 2/2012

Rhonda: C.J. I am very excited to have you here today. (Contains “fan girl” self)  Would you tell us a little about yourself, and when you decided to become a writer?

C.J. - You crack me up, Rhonda. “Fan girl”…indeed, lol. About me? The truth is I’m sort of weird. Or at least, I started out that way. Nah – still weird, but I embrace it now.

I grew up the oldest of seven children in a mostly-single parent home. I saw my father in the summers and on holidays. My mother struggled to raise us herself, and though we went without certain comforts from time to time, we were always rich in love.

I always felt like an outsider though. I didn’t grow up in the best neighborhood and I felt like the people outside my front door were foreign to me. My interests revolved around theatre, movies, TV, music, and books. I got made fun of a lot.

My mom encouraged me though, and I applied to better schools outside my district; my middle school was a performing arts magnet, in HS I was the president of the Thespian Society. I felt more at home there in some ways, but less so in others. Suddenly, I was surrounded by people with more money, more social standing, and more access to ‘the outside world’, and it was difficult to fit in sometimes.

So, be it at home or at school – I was always the odd one. To get through, I wrote in my journal a lot. I studied people. I kept acting and singing. You’d be surprised how easy it is to become someone else, when you don’t know who you are.

Over time I grew thicker skin; I became stronger, funnier, wittier, and smarter – probably meaner, too. In time, I became someone people wanted to follow, instead of the person always looking in on others.

But to answer your question simply: I didn’t become a writer – I’ve just always been. However, I will add that with practice I’ve gotten better and even now, I know I can still improve.

 Rhonda: I am going to be honest; I don’t read much erotica because most of them tend to lack a good story.  I was intrigued by the synopsis of your book “Captive in the Dark” and decided to pick it up.  I have read some erotica involving BDSM, but they have usually involved a sex club and introducing a woman to the lifestyle as the premise.  This book was very different; in fact it didn’t involve clubs at all.  Was Captive always the story it is today, or did it evolve as you were writing? 

C.J. - Captive definitely evolved.  It evolved with me. It was my dumping ground, the place I went to get things out of my head, to escape from things, or just to laugh. At the time, I had never intended anyone to read it.

I was tired about reading books that revolved around a formula. I was tired of reading about ‘bad boys’ who weren’t really bad or messed up people who really weren’t. But I think I mostly wanted to read about a fucked up person, falling in love with another fucked up person. Probably because, at the time, I thought I was messed up and no one would ever ‘get’ me.

So I envisioned the most fucked up couple I possibly could. LOL

Rhonda: “Captive in the Dark” is a really dark story, what was your experience like in writing this book?

C.J.- This is a super hard question and the answer is complex. It was emotional. It was liberating. It was scary and disturbing. It was my guilty pleasure (I hear Charles Dickens in my head right now =P).

Like any piece of writing that comes from your imagination – it reveals things about you. Some of what Captive revealed to me I enjoyed and some of it I didn’t. That’s all I can really say.

Rhonda: Now for Caleb, our unconventional hero of the story.   Caleb is so tortured from his past and also with his present.  He is always dealing with conflict within himself, whether from his past, his loyalty to the man who saved him, or his feelings for Livvie that he doesn’t understand.  What inspired his character?

C.J. - Shit, where to begin! Caleb is a combination of people. He’s the devil that tempts us into doing horrible things. He’s the conscience that keeps us from doing the unspeakable. He’s everybody.

If I say any more, this is going to get very boring and metaphysical. Someday when we’ve split about eight bottles of wine – I’ll hold nothing back. I’ll go full nerd on your ass Rhonda, FULL NERD!

Rhonda: C.J. there were times I found it really difficult to be in Livvie’s head.  The fact that she is so young did add to the difficulty, but you wrote her so smart, and having suffered mental abuse from her mother and the life she had lived basically made her wise beyond her years,  so there were times when I forgot she was so young.  Livvie is written in the first person POV, what was it like to write her??

C.J. - This is my first novel – ever. I don’t have any manuscripts sitting in my house. I mention this because I feel that if you were to read any author’s first work (not first published) you will find that there is a lot of reflection in the work – more honesty. Seduced in the Dark is already very different from Captive.

I tend to be very introspective, always have been. So in a way, Livvie was the easiest to write, but by far, she was less fun to write. Writing her reconnected me to old angst. Old insecurity.

CJ (Forrest) Gump says: “And that’s all I have to say about that.”

Rhonda: How did you come up with such a dark story?

My mind is a very dark place to be sometimes. I thought I’d publish and invite others into the fray.

Help me!

I’m stuck in here.

Won’t you come in and turn on the light?

Nom nom nom nom!

You have been eaten by a grue.

 Thank You C.J. for sharing with us today, and I look forward to more from you, whether it's the next Novel... Which I can't wait for!! Or chatting, and I hope you'll visit again soon! 

2011 Radio Interview KMACK

Book Trailer for Seduced in the Dark

 For those of you that haven't read the first book and want to, we are going to give away 2 ebook copies of 
Captive in the Dark (The Dark Duet Book 1)

How do you feel about dark erotica??

a Rafflecopter giveaway


Miss Lane said...

Excellent Interview! C.J. seems like like a fun lady! I read this and even though it was sometimes hard to get through, I stuck it out and I was so glad I did. After about the halfway mark, the story shifts and, the end result was amazing!! This was the first truly dark erotica I've read, and I must say that it has swayed me to read more. However this book definitely sets the bar for others.

I can't wait for Seduced in the Dark!!

Kelsey Summer said...

I've had the release of Seduced in the Dark in my calendar for almost a year. I'm not anxious for summer to end, but I want it to hurry so I can buy the book.

erin said...

Thanks for an awesome interiew! This book sounds fabulous! Gonna be adding it to my wishlist ;)

Gin Bryant said...

Awesome interview! I cannot wait to read this book - LOVED the first one! :)

Thanks for the giveaway!

LorettaLynn//Temprance said...

Sounds really good, thanks for sharing the post.
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Jaime Anderson said...

This book sounds fabulous!!! Can't wait to read! Thanks for the giveaway!
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Elena said...

Well after reading this interview,I now know more about C.J Then her uh..naughty side =P I like it!

You both keep teasing me with Book 2 and I'm dying over here! I'm hoping to wake up one morning and it's already released LOL!

Thanks for the insightful interview ladies!

Lona said...

I read Captive in the Dark and I could not put it down. I absolutely loved it. I was pretty sure I'm gonna die of need to read the second book before it comes out. Great book. Thx much

helpmerhonda72 said...

Thanks to everyone for stopping by, I can tell you that book 2 is worth the wait.

Tonya said...

I won CITD right here on this blog back in Feb when the interview was posted. I was so excited and couldn't wait to read it and then I found out there would be a part 2. I don't do well with waiting for "next books" so I decided I would wait until part 2 came out and read them together. I've been counting the days. I'm excited to read these books. They are not my usual kind of books but the more I hear/read about them the more intrigued I am. Don't enter me in the giveaway since I've already won it.

Now, to answer your question ~~ I don't usually read erotica let alone dark erotica. However I like books that are different & make me think, books that have a hero that by all accounts shouldn't be called a hero. I know these books are way out of my comfort zone but I'm okay with that. At least I'm okay with that right now. I haven't read the books yet. HA!

helpmerhonda72 said...

Hi Tonya!!!

I can't wait to hear your thoughts on this series. If you need some support you have my email, and you can find me on goodreads too! :-)

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