1. Before we start talking about your book, why don’t you tell everybody a little bit about yourself?
Hi! Thanks for having me here today. :) My name is Chris, and I write under the names C.R. Moss for erotic and mainstream romance and Casey Moss for mainstream dark fiction (horror, suspense, urban fantasy). My professional bio for C.R.: “An eccentric and eclectic writer, C.R. Moss pens stories for the mainstream and erotic romance markets, giving readers Worlds of Possibilities when it comes to love.” Basically I write stories from the light and sweet to the dark and deadly with varying degrees of sexual heat. The bio for my other persona: Casey Moss delves into the darker aspects of life in her writing, sometimes basing the stories on reality, sometimes on myth. No matter the path, her stories will take you on a journey from the light-hearted paranormal to dark things unspeakable. What waits around the corner? Come explore…
2. Besides writing, what other things do you enjoy doing in your spare time?
I watch movies and television. I’ll read. I’ll crochet. Sometimes I’ll play some on-line computer games. On the weekend nights we’ll have people over to play cards/board games. On occasion I can be found out drinking with friends.
3. What is your daily routine as far as when you have an idea for your story?
First thing I normally do is check email, then I’ll do Triberr and check facebook. Next I’ll get to my writing projects. When I’m working on a story, I’ll reread and do editing on the parts I haven’t edited yet to catch myself up. I’ll make the font a color other than black to keep track of what I’ve already gone through. Then I’ll write the new material. If I’m starting a new project, I do an information dump and outline as much of the story that’s in my head first thing. Then I work off the outline, fleshing out all the ideas and stuff as per above. But then, when I'm really focused on a project, I tend to just plow through it and focus only on getting it done...staying up late writing, getting up early and getting back to the story, eating when I think I can get away from my desk without ruining the flow... The house and social life suffers, but I’m a slave to my art. :)
4. Where do you get your ideas from?
I get ideas from everywhere…conversations, news headlines, television, songs. On occasion I’ve been known to pull from my old careers and the people I’ve known, drawing out tidbits of personalities for characters, places for settings and information to assist with subject matter—for example, using the basis and background knowledge of energy work that I learned in the massage field for paranormal stories I’ve worked on. I love using the places I’ve lived in and visited as the settings. There was one story I wrote (it’s not available at the moment) where I used a situation I’d been in one night on a beach. Granted, I elaborated on the situation and made it much more intense than it had been, but the foundation was there.
5. Out of all of the stories you’ve written so far, what would be your favorite and why?
This is almost like asking who’s your favorite child… Right now it’s a tie between Wild West Hauntings and Lovers and the Fiend. For WWH, it’s because my writing partner and I have fun working on the Double D Ranch Tales series. For Lovers, it’s because it’s my first Evernight Publishing Naughty Fairy Tale and based off one of my favorite childhood stories ~ Beauty and the Beast. Another one that’s close to my heart? Tracked. That book’s been with me a long time.
6. Tell us something funny about yourself that not a lot of people know about?
If I had a super power, it'd be the capability to fly. It would save lots of travel costs and I could skip the airports and germ infested tubes.
7. Does any of the stories you’ve written based on real life experiences or basically just from imagination?
Like I said above, I’ve used the basis and background knowledge of energy work that I learned in the massage field for paranormal stories I’ve worked on. I love using the places I’ve lived in and visited as the settings. There was one story I wrote (it’s not available at the moment) where I used a situation I’d been in one night on a beach. So I use tidbits of real life experiences here and there, but mostly it comes from imagination.
8. Does your ‘muse’ have a name and if so what is his/her name?
I've worked with a few muses. When they're all together I call them my council. Lol! My main muse is Adam. Then there's Sophie and another guy who hasn't given me his name yet.
9. What other genre besides the one you are writing about now would you like to venture into writing?
I’ve considered doing YA and/or Inspirational. If I ever do either of them, that’ll mean another pen name though.
10. Who are your favorite authors that are out now?
My tried and true standby is Anne Rice. I've also enjoyed the works of RM Sotera (my awesome writing partner), Liz Crowe, Kathleen Grieve, KC Klein, Adam Cesare, and just recently discovered Jack Ketchum.
11. Who is your favorite female and male characters from your books and why?
I like the heroine Cassie from Wild West Weekend and Wild West Hauntings. We’re working on book three right now in our Double D Ranch Tales, and I’m really digging one of the heroes ~ Ethan. But in a book that’s currently out, I’d have to say male character Dalton from Wild West Hauntings.
12. What do you think is the hardest thing about being a writer?
Keeping on a schedule. I tend to write more when the mood strikes, which is usually at night, than on a regimented schedule (say 9 am to 5 pm) like I really should.
13. What advice would you give someone who wants to start off being a writer?
Learn the craft, from grammar to story building and everything in between. Adhere to the rules for a while. Once you do that, then you’ll understand how and when to break the rules and really let your creativity thrive. After learning the craft, start promoting yourself before the first story is picked up/published. And if you’re going the e-book route through e-book publishers, get two or three places under your belt right away. If you’re doing the independent route (or e-publisher even), perhaps finishing two or three books first before you send book one out to the world would be a good idea. This way you don’t have to rush in starting to build a back list and can space out the publications of the ones you already have done while you work on more. But on top of knowing about writing mechanics, learning about marketing and promotion and getting that going is just as important.
14. If you hadn’t become a writer, what do you think you would be doing right now?
I usually say that I'd either still be a massage therapist or working as an office admin/executive assistant somewhere. But I’m not sure about those things anymore either. In other words, I don’t know.
15. What do you like on a man…..briefs, boxer briefs or boxer shorts or nothing at all?
Boxer briefs aren't bad. Don't care for the white men's briefs at all. Blech. Comando is good, too! ;)
Well now that we got the question and answer out of the way…..why don’t you tell us about your latest story you have out now?
Ex-cop turned private investigator, Jack Vorst, learns his elf girlfriend Kristina has been missing for a few days after being invited to an underground vampire club. He, too, is summoned to visit club Hexenringe and is taken captive. Jack finds Kristina bound and gagged in a human sized bird cage. They’re both thrust into a kinky world at the hands of Kol, the club owner. Kol, a vampiric beast, shifts into human form to be with Jack and Kristina and needs them to remember their pasts and to love him so he can return to what he used to be. Can Kol make the pair fall in love with him despite his current situation and the fact he’s keeping them captive or will they leave, making it too late for him to change all their fates?
Warning: ménage a trios, M/M, bondage, anal sex, sex toys, public exhibition
The view of the man’s hard-on had been quick, but it had been enough. Jack’s cock pulsed, grew, pressed against his jeans again, reminding him of its presence, and that he should find Kristina.
The crowd’s roar was a good indication the man was amongst the favored. Hell, the dancer had his vote.
The handsome guy grabbed his pants, hurried off the stage and down the side steps.
Well, it’s either find my girl or appease any inquisitiveness toward being with a member of the same sex. Like maybe with Mr. Sexy who’s coming toward me.
Jack stopped several inches short of running into the dancer, who happened to be the same height as his six-foot frame. The man smiled. His dazzling gray eyes twinkled. The dancer reminded Jack of someone, but he couldn’t place who. The guy dropped his pants, grabbed the back of Jack’s head and planted his lips on his. The kiss was harsh, demanding, but the man didn’t seem to care, so neither did Jack. His free hand traveled down and cupped the bulge hiding in Jack’s jeans. Tingles raced through his body, and Jack wondered what the feel of the dancer’s hand on his naked cock would be like.
For the merest of moments, the man swept his tongue into Jack’s mouth. He tasted of a nutty, roasted flavor with a sweet tinge. Caramel? Perhaps. Jack made a note to find the beer the dancer drank beforehand and read the ingredients.
Loving the play of his tongue against his, Jack was about to reciprocate in the intensity of the kiss, but the dancer broke it off.
“I’m glad you approved,” the man’s tenor voice purred in a hint above a whisper.
Jack wasn’t sure if he meant how Jack didn’t mind the stranger planting one on him, touching him or the thought he had about what he’d been drinking, or all of it, so he just nodded.
“Come.” The man presented his long fingered hand with a charming smile.
Surprised how it didn’t faze him to accept it, he grinned, and where they touched, Jack’s skin sizzled. His knees seemed to weaken, and the only thought running through his lust-addled brain was that he’d follow the dancer anywhere, do anything the man wanted him to do.
The dancer winked, making him feel like his mind was an open book to him, and guided him to a door between the bar and stage. After stepping through the doorway, the man shut the door, encasing them in darkness. His hand tugged Jack’s. In silence, the dancer led him through the dark. How? He didn’t know. But in a weird way, Jack trusted him not to lead him astray.
Several feet in, the man stopped. “I am pleased you made the right decision to come here tonight.” His hot breath fanned Jack’s cheek.
Jack wished he could see the man and how close he actually was to him. If he moved his head, would he be able to kiss the guy in the thong? He cleared his throat. “Well, first off I came to find my woman. Secondly, your invitation seemed to be one I couldn’t ignore, and…” Jack paused. And what? Now that he was here, he found himself aroused and craving the man’s attention. Could he admit that aloud?
“And?” The man licked the edge of his ear.
Desire within Jack spiked, and heat fanned out from his ear and encompassed his neck. He gulped. “And now I think I want you.”
“That so? You want me? Good. What if I want to tie or chain you up? Have my way with you in all sorts of kinky ways?”
All sense left Jack, leaving in its departure a raging libido. Relief, he realized, was just an agreement away. “Sure. I’m up for anything you want to do.”
Please visit http://crmoss.blogspot.com/p/books.html and click on the book cover for Lovers and the Fiend to buy it.
Find C.R. Moss here ~
Double D Ranch Tales: http://doubledranchtales.blogspot.com/
Evernight Publishing – C.R. Moss: http://tinyurl.com/CRMoss-EvernightPublishing
All Romance Ebooks: http://tinyurl.com/CRMoss-ARe
Link for Casey Moss ~ http://caseymossbooks.com/
Current release ~
Lovers and the Fiend is a story in Evernight Publishing’s Naughty Fairy Tale line. The characters, Jack and Kristina, appeared in my short story – Chasing Miss Kringle – that’s in an Evernight Publishing anthology – Stockings and Suspenders. This is the first of a handful of stories I have planned for the NFT line that revolve around the world started in CMK and Lovers. You don’t have to read the anthology story to read Lovers, but it’d be nice if you did. ;)