I’d like to welcome debut author DAVID BRIDGER to the Writer’s Block today. David’s novel, Beauty and the Bastard released last month from Liquid Silver Books. He’s agreed to hang out today, party a little and talk about his new book. He has no idea what he’s getting himself into. (Or perhaps he does ;))

Tell us a little bit about you and how you got into writing
I knew from an early age that I would be a writer, but first I needed to scratch my wanderlust itch. The sea called to me. After nearly twenty years and a variety of jobs that included lifeguard, sailor, intelligence gather and investigator, I came home badly injured. It took me several years to regain my mobility. Learning to write helped me stay sane (ish) during that dark and scary time.

Yeah let’s not touch that sanity statement *g* and move right along to the details of your book:
Saul the Bastard is a fallen angel who works as a bounty hunter for powerful urban demon families. Rebecca Drake, a modern day demon princess, is being hunted by dangerous desert demons. When Rebecca’s family hires Saul to protect her, they are both unhappy with the arrangement, but before long sparks fly as they try to resist their strong mutual attraction. For the first time in living memory, Saul has someone to love; someone he is scared of losing; someone the desert demons have marked to be their next sacrifice.

Wow, angels and demons, I’m in love already. How did you come up with this story?
They invaded my mind late one night when I was waiting for sleep to take me. Saul’s opening scene played over and over in my head. It was like watching the first five minutes of a film noir movie on a loop. I was wide awake anyway by that point, so I went looking and found Rebecca.

I fell asleep eventually. At dawn I opened a new file on the computer and started writing their story before the kettle boiled for my first cup of tea.

Interesting the hero came to you first. Well, since we’re on the subject when you’re reading a romance what about the way the hero is portrayed drives you crazy? In other words … do woman get it wrong? 
In general, you all get it right. Well, what did you expect me to say? 🙂

I  get bored when someone writes a cardboard cut-out character, but there’s no gender-based qualification for that.

LOL! You certainly dodged that bullet. I’ll move away from the gender questions and just ask you to describe your writing space. 
I get to know my characters in bed, and like to do my plotting in the bath, but I always write in my study.

Ya know … two erotic authors should never be left alone with statements like that so I’m just going to show my readers a picture of your study and move on …

The study is at the back of the house, which is dug into a steep hillside. It’s quiet in here, except when people stamp around on the roof garden above my head. But I do my yoga up there so I can’t complain about other family members enjoying it too.

The study has been redecorated since I took that photo, and we’ve shuffled the furniture around to give me more leg room. The chesterfield is still on the left wall but the far end of it is now against the window wall. The club chair is immediately inside the door, below the bottom left corner of the photo, and my desk is under the window where the club chair used to be. When I raise my eyes from the monitor, I’m looking up the slope into our back garden.

Since you opened the door into your private world I figure I can ask you most anything. Why romance? I mean … you’re a GUY, everyone knows the majority of romance readers are women. We’re pretty particular about our stories.
I’ve always been a romantic. Show me an ocean-going sailor who says he isn’t a romantic and I’ll show you someone in denial. Show me a man who claims he’s never had a romantic thought or feeling and I’ll show you a bloody liar. But I didn’t choose to write romance. There just came a day when I realized that everything I’d written so far contained a strong element of romance, even if it wasn’t always the main storyline, and that I was good at it. So I simply followed the path.

I want to believe you, but I’m a skeptic. Quick, which do you prefer … a cold brew on the back deck with your lady or a scotch at the local pub with the boys? 
A long cold G&T with ice and lemon, on the roof with my lady, watching the sun sink into the Atlantic.

*sigh* Are you sure you didn’t walk right off the pages of the latest best selling romance? … Oh, sorry, I was making a character sketch of my next hero … Um, where was I? Oh, anything else you want to share with your readers?
Never google “wolfbagging”.

ROFLMBO … most writers have writing advice, but since I didn’t follow yours I’m going to suggest to others to heed David’s advice. And while I try to recover from that let me share with everyone a short excerpt from the second chapter of Beauty and the Bastard (click on publisher’s link up top for an excerpt from chapter one)
Rebecca woke to the luxury of warm nudity on silk sheets. She stretched until her fingers and toes tingled, smiled hello to the sun kissing her eyelids, and felt like purring, right up until the moment she opened her eyes and saw an angry angel glaring at her from the rooftop opposite her bedroom window.

She sat bolt upright in bed and glared right back, ready to tell the freak to fuck off, and laughed aloud when she realized what it was.

It wasn’t glaring into her apartment. She held her hair back from her face and stood at the window to study the statue. Well, probably not. Its thousand-yard stare seemed to aim somewhere above her head. And now that she knew what she was looking at, the wide wing span felt more protective than aggressive. His sculptor had given him great abs and a good weighty dick, too. She’d never met an actual angel. Were they all hung like incubi? Who knew? She tipped a casual salute to her new friend and went hunting for breakfast.

I’d like to thank David for hanging out here today. I’ve hired a few cabana babes for the day to entice him to stay and respond to your questions and comments. So while we sit around talking all things romance and erotica you can find out more about him by visiting his website or his blog. You can also follow him on twitter.

0 Responses to Beauty, Bastard and Bridger

  • Thank you for inviting me, Nina! You have a lovely place and it’s a pleasure to be here today. 🙂

  • I enjoyed reading the interview. I love the sound of your roof garden. There’s nothing nicer than relaxing in the garden with a drink in hand and good company. 🙂

  • Hi Shelley. 🙂

    I love our roof garden. Our two huge hounds can’t get up there so it’s the only part of the garden where we can grow delicate plants and flowers.

  • Great interview Nina! David, you’re a character! This was fun!

  • I loved the interview and envy your view – a roof garden and the Atlantic.
    You definitely had some interesting jobs during your wanderlust years.

    • Hi, Andrea, and thank you! Yes, we bought this house in midwinter when it was someone else’s interrupted renovation project. A cold wet building site, in other words. But we had a vision for the place, and several years later we’re finally getting there. 🙂

    • Andrea – I’m envious of all of David’s experience. What author wouldn’t love to have that in their arsenal? Thanks for stopping by.

  • Okay, am I the only one who’ll admit she Googled wolfbagging? *_* Sheesh. I just *had* to after that comment.

    btw … good advice. >_<

    Does the sun get in your eyes when you're writing? I would think facing a window would cause glare behind the monitor. How do you overcome that?

    Kayelle (who seriously writes in a closet. Yes, a closet! Don't ask.)

    • Hi Kayelle. Forgive me, but I”m lolling like a loon at your post-wolfbagging emoticon!

      Ahem. Hello. 🙂

      No, I took that photo in the evening, when the outside light is brightest outside that window. We live in a heavily-wooded valley with just this single corridor of open view to the west from our roof. So the sun never shines in my study window, or even on it.

      A closet?

    • Kayelle – Well, you already know I couldn’t resist the temptation especially since he said NOT to do it. And really…ick! LOL! And I can attest to Kayelle’s closet. I’ve seen pictures.

  • Enjoyed the interview and Beauty and the Bastard sounds like my kind of book. Angels and demons!

  • It’s a closet off the bedroom. The opening is just wide enough for my chair, and the area at the back has a wider pole, with room to hang things around the corner. Instead of using it for clothes, I put my cpu tower in the corner on top of a short bookshelf where I stock office supplies. My desk is against the back wall. When I leave, I swivel the chair around and stand up. I reverse that to “enter” the office. Good thing I’m not claustrophobic, huh? The walls are decorated with posters and inspirational (to me) items. I like the small space and feel cozy in here. I propped a mirror on a shelf so I can see if anyone is behind me.

    Hubby will sit here long enough to read something online, but otherwise retreats to his own area, a large section of a spacious living room with high celings. What can I say? Opposites attract.

    I write straight as well as gay romance, so it’s kind of a private joke that I write “in the closet.” =^_^=

    • I’m all for your husband’s space and high ceilings, but whatever makes us happy is the place we’re meant to write in. Your closet sounds like a fine place, actually. 🙂

  • Well, a double yum for me today. Got to “meet” a new author and got to find another book with angels in it, which is what I write too. Nice to have the balancing act with the demons. I’m a fan already, and haven’t gotten my fingers to the Kindle store yet.
    How skillfully you dodge bullets! How wonderful you paint your world and your past experiences. You are the first male author I’ve read that gets women, and that is very sexy, my friend.
    I write overlooking my garden at a 1200 acre open space in the wine country in California. Not an ocean in sight, but very inspiring to have nature all around me. Hope to read more of your work soon, and thanks for a great interview, Nina.

    • Sharon – I have several male friends who write erotic romance. I’m all about having them hang out for a day with me here at the Block. 😉 BTW, I love angel stories and went over to check out your new site. Gorgeous. Thanks for stopping over.

    • Hello, Sharon, and thank you for your kind words. I’m pleased to meet you, too. My wife and I share a Californian beach house dream, but unless a multi-million dollar movie deal comes my way we know it will remain only a dream. It’s a nice one, though.

      I wonder, would you be interested in joining a new “angel and demon authors” group blog I’m helping to set up? There are ten of us so far and we’re getting close to lift-off.

  • I try to pop in here often, and you know I love finding new authors. Will be looking forward to meeting more.

    David, now that you’ve blogged with Nina, how about coming over to mine? Email me and I’ll send you an interview. kayelle@kayelleallen.com

  • Nina and David, reading this was fun. David, your voice is gruff male
    seduction that paints a picture with every word…and that is just the interview.

    I haven’t read Beauty and the Bastard yet, but I will and now it will be sooner, not later. 🙂


  • Wow! Glad I’m not the only person whose characters invade their sleep and demand their own book! Good luck with B&TB.

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