Saturday, April 14, 2012
Spotlight Saturday: Surrender To Love by Sascha Illyvich
I have the pleasure of welcoming back the Bad Boy of Romance himself, the one and only Sascha Illyvich, to my blog today. Sascha dopped by last month for an interview, and today he's telling us a little more about his work, Surrender To Love in particular.
I cede him the floor for his answers to my questions!
So, Sascha darling... Tell us about your latest release
Surrender to Love is the story of Livia, an artist stuck in a creative rut. Livia ends up in Las Vegas by suggestion from her therapist. Oh and there’s a catch. Livia‘s been set up to have a one night stand with a very handsome man who promises her freedom through submission. Can she surrender to more than just passion?
In 5 words:
Your book - Contemporary BDSM with romantic elements
Your heroine - Sweet, sassy, cautiously open and sensual
Your hero - Confident, silly, submissive, skilled and seductive
You as an author - businesslike, sensual, skilled, "likeaboss" Dangerously flirty
Let's say your book is a movie – which one does it most closely resemble?
Red Shoe Diaries?
What real-life actors are playing the roles?
You know I was never a big movie buff. I have NO idea who would play submissive to the Domme in training!
LOL! Whenever I hear authors say that, I feel like such a wastrel, coz half my time is spent watching movies & TV show J
Now this movie needs a soundtrack – what songs/tracks best fit your book?
Lick, by The Flir, Lolite (Octaine Mix) by Claire Voyant, I’m sure there was some Disturbed or Devildriver in there...
Hmm, rocken sounds...
Your characters end up in a world where everyone's a fashionista – how do they dress and what are they wearing?
Sleek and sexy, baby! Black and revealing, cause no one's leaving the bedroom!
Who needs clothes in the bedroom, innit? *wink*
As writers, we are bombarded with ideas every minute of every day. What’s the idea behind this book, and how did it come about?
This book was inspired by both my real life soul mate and a scene I read in The Irish Devil by Diane Whiteside. My soulmate is very creative and in need of someone to show her that she owns her true power both sexually and otherwise and that she can be confident enough to take on the world.
Oooh, now this sounds intriguing... She must be a very lucky woman...
Tell us a bit about you, and something we don't know/wouldn't expect about you.
I'll probably have you naked by the end of this interview.
Hmm, will you now...? Nothing I like more than a good challenge...J
What’s your favorite moment of the day, and why?
When I light up that cigar, only to realize that I deserved the break because I knocked out words and accomplished things.
That's an awesome feeling, innit?
You're a color – which one are you and why?
Black. Keep undressing.
Hmm, can't... Where's my sexy striptease song cue?
What unique factor do you think you bring to the book/story market?
Realism that people can fantasize about and actually DO! In Surrender to Love, The Playground, Forced Pleasure (A Sizzler Edition title) and other older stories, the BDSM isn't highbrow, but it's doable by anyone on any budget. No fancy toys are required to tie someone to a chair, or leave them hung on playground equipment while you ravish them. In Forced Pleasure, the first scene involving bondage of my heroine, the hero uses her clothing to restrain her. It's real. My stories should leave you with a sense of hope and that's what I bring to the market. Oh, and I'm simply one HELL of an author.
Oh yeah, I've heard a lot about you, so you definitely must be *wink*
Best advice you've received, and that you'd want others to know?
"I was told to get the fuck up and dust myself off and go it again." Devildriver.
The lyric applies so much to writers, both veterans like myself and the new generation. By the way, this lyric isn't the first time I've heard the advice, just the words that resonated the most for me. I've been having moments lately questioning my style, my editing, everything about my career because I'm moving up and the pressure to write better is tougher. There's no "guide' to how to write better, tighter, smoother, it's all just practice, learning and growing. But every time someone knocks you down OR you get knocked down by people who are trying to help you, reread the above lyric and ask yourself, what do they stand to gain by giving you the feedback? If it's an agent or editor, they have your success to gain and be a part of. But grow a thick skin indeed.
Very true. And learning and growing come by practicing the craft, no other way around it!
Where can we find you and your books?
Decadent Publishing, Sizzler Editions, and Amazon. Btw, you naked yet?
*grin* Whataya think? J
From Mauritius with love,