My next author guest, Misty Carlisle, lives with her sexy hubby and three gorgeous felines in a beautiful part of the world. She turned to writing when she couldn’t find the kind of worlds she wanted to live in, and loves the freedom to twist plots, and tropes and play with an audience’s expectations. As well as romance, she publishes in other genres, loves belly dancing and adores Japanese pop music.
Welcome, Misty, and thanks for doing this. It’s such a glorious morning today over here, may I ask what inspires you to get out of bed each day?
I have three cats who are very punctual about when they want their bowls filled and quite creative about making sure that I get up in time to fill those bowls. Once I’m up, my muse is usually dancing in my office so I have to go see what she’s up to and before you know it, it’s bed time.
I agree, it’s said to be the most important meal of the day. Speaking of your muse, I get this question a lot and I’d like to know what other writers say about it. Is there anything you find particularly challenging in your writing as far as content?
There is something that challenges me in every story. What that challenge is changes from novel to novel and short story to short story. I’m always trying to push a boundary or two. I want my stories to show the world as it could be, even when they aren’t about this world at all.
That is a thought provoking answer, pushing boundaries in fiction, I’m sure your readers love that. So do you read much and if so who are your favourite authors?
I wish I had time to read more. I’m absolutely addicted to the written word and will read just about anything that gets in front of my eyes. I used to read the whole cereal box every morning over breakfast – my brother teased me about that. Now, most of my reading is in the form of beta-reads for my fellow authors. My favorite authors (in no particular order): Devin Harnois, Francisco Cordoba, Ash Litton, Mercedes Lackey, and Patricia Briggs.
Excellent writers, I love Francisco Cordoba’s work. He is such a talented wordsmith who writes with a sense of humour and originality. So with such admirable writers on your reading list, what was the hardest thing about writing your latest book?
The research. For Adelaide’s House of Ill Repute, I’m digging into a sex culture that is, by its very nature, hard to research. I’ve had to rely heavily on people who don’t know me well to tell me private things. But I’ve seen what happens when you don’t do the research and I’m not up for that kind of criticism. The BDSM community has a bad enough reputation from others not doing their research.
That’s interesting. In my non-writing life, I know someone who runs a fetish fair and is active on the scene, and she just laughed at some stuff. So where do the your ideas come from?
My Muse, Missy, brings me most of my ideas. I have absolutely no clue where she gets them. She gathers them up and drops them on me, usually before I’m ready for them, which is how I end up with so many open projects. Sometimes I’m inspired by a writing prompt, or more likely had one thrown at me in a challenge. I can’t resist a good challenge.
You are so lucky to have Missy as a muse, she sounds awesome! I wish we had more time to continue this interview, it’s been great having you! Thanks Misty.
Misty’s books are available on her Amazon, and to connect with her on social media check out her website and blog, The Crazy Worlds of Misty Carlie https://mistycarlisle.mreauowpublishing.com, and Twitter @AuthorMisty