Happy St. Patrick’s Day everyone! To celebrate this weekend, I want to introduce one of the male sex symbols of erotic romance. Brindle Chase joins us for “A Man’s World Interview” on The AfterDark World.
1. Brindle, thank you for taking the time out for this interview. Please, why don’t tell us a little bit about yourself?
Thank you for having me. Well, I hate this question. Hehehe. I never know how to answer it. Basically, I’m Brindle Chase, the alter-ego of a father, husband and provider. I live in the
Pacific Northwest, where it rains nearly 10 months out of the year and that suits me most of the time. Brindle is my wicked side, my imagination, fantasizer and the persona that allows me to live vicariously through my writing. That other guy, works 60+ hours a week, and is about as dull as they come. I only wish Brindle could get out more. =oP
2. How long have you been writing and when did you decide writing this genre was for you?
I’ve been writing about 5 years now. I never in my whole life ever even imagined writing romance. I had never even read a romance novel until a few years ago, as I sat down to write, my muse handed me a plot and she demanded I write it. That was Gothic City Lights: Lilith. A paranormal erotic romance. Since I knew nothing about the genre, I had a lot to learn. It took me over a year to write that one, mostly due to my learning curve, but as I went along, I fell in love with the genre. Who knew?
For the most part, I ignore the criticism with regards to my gender. I get criticized for being male and writing romance. I get criticized for being male, not being homosexual, and writing romance. I understand its fairly new territory for male authors and of course, we are to be met with cynicism, but I believe I’ve changed a few minds about the adage “men can’t write romance.”
4. How does you family and friends feel about your work?
I think most found it amusing at first, but they were all supportive. After my 2nd, 3rd and 4th books, they began to realize it wasn’t a fluke. Both not my becoming published, nor that I had chosen erotic romance as my genre. Now, they are all very supportive.
5. Is there a particular genre you haven’t touched, but would be interested in doing?
Absolutely. My muse is a spaz. She has plots coming out the ears for me, but right now I’m trying to keep my focus on erotic romance. However, I do have plots worked out for a space opera, a spy thriller, and an epic fantasy. I also intend to revisit a children’s book I wrote with my oldest daughter. It needs a bit of spit and polish, and then see if we can get it published. That would be so cool to her. She was 10 when she came up with the entire concept. I just helped her put it to pen, so to speak.
6. Tell us about your latest book
Helena: Lights, II? Gothic City
7. What inspired you to write
Helena: Lights, II? Gothic City
As usual, it was my muse. After Lilith’s story, she came along and planted the bug in my ear for this story. I have several more stories that will involve various characters from the Gothic City Lights world.
8. Do you have any upcoming projects that you wish to share?
I’m currently working on a piece for Ellora’s Cave Publishing’s new line, EC for men. Its an erotica line, but geared for male readers, rather than female readers. Its quite interesting how the nuances I had to learn, no longer apply. Its almost complete, so I am hoping for a possible late 2012 release… if I can sell it. =oP
9. What was one of the toughest projects you have ever faced, but was proud of the accomplishment?
Getting published seemed like an impossible hurdle. The temptation to self-publish was very strong, almost irresistible, but I am ever grateful I held out. The rejections I got, forced me to learn more about the craft, and once accepted by a publishing company, I learned more about the craft that you cannot learn anywhere else. I still have so much to learn, but that feat, was a standout moment for me.
10. What advice would you give to other writers, especially to those that are starting out?
Avoid drama. The writing circles are dens of poison. Backstabbing, rumor mongering, fact distortion, and other various pettiness. It’s a cutthroat business and you’d be amazed how low people will go to put you down, thinking it will lift them up. Fact check everything. Also, always start at the top and work your way down. Don’t settle for a publisher, just because they are the only one to say yes. If that’s true, it should be a warning sign that you as an author, have more to learn before you’re ready. Lastly, accept ALL criticism, even if it feels very wrong and stings. Every criticism came for a reason. The more credentials a person has in the industry, the more you should listen. If 15 publishers send you form rejection letters, it means 1 of 2 things. Either your book sucks, or you are sending it to the wrong publishers. It never means that they don’t understand your book. It never means they just don’t see your brilliance.
11. Lastly, where can people follow you (i.e. social networks, blogs, websites, etc.)?
The easiest place is my web at www.forlorn-hope.net … from there, you can get to my blog, my facebook, twitter, …all that.
Time for some trivial questions...
12. Cocktail Moment: If there was a drink of your kind, what would it be (alcoholic or non-alcoholic)?
Oh, probably alcoholic, though I drink much less these days. I think the perfect drink would be something like a quintuple espresso mixed with a shot of vodka, and come in a can like a cola, yet taste like pineapple juice or strawberries. =oP … right now, I’d settle for a long island iced tea… on a secluded tropical beach… with a beautiful and playful lover.
13. Your Day Off: If you could take a day off from your normal activity, how would you spend it?
Ultimately, I have to be shallow. If I was allowed to determine my day off and what I got to do with it, I’d spend it making love.
14. Favorite Man Food: It’s your day off and you wake up at 10AM, describe your kind of brunch?
Eggs and bacon! Very simple and simply delicious! Come evening, my answer would likely change to seafood fettuccini alfredo.
15. Something Extra: Is there anything trivial you wish to share to your readers about yourself?
Those who know me, know I’m a notorious flirt. However, I am married. I’m playful, but not going anywhere. =oP …It’s all in fun.
Brindle, I truly thank you for the interview and I hope to see you on here again. Thank you so much!