Interview With Author Zara Chase
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~~ October Calendar Girl~~
Zara Chase is a British author who spends a lot of her time travelling the world. Being a gypsy provides her with ample opportunities to scope out exotic locations for her stories. She likes to involve her heroines in her erotic novels in all sorts of dangerous situations--and not only with the hunky heroes whom they encounter along the way. Murder, blackmail, kidnapping and fraud--to name just a few of life's most common crimes-- make frequent appearances in her books, adding pace and excitement to her racy stories.
Zara is an animal lover who enjoys keeping fit and good wine--yes the two can co-exist-- and believes in making the most out of life.
Interview with author Zara Chase
Originally from Great Britain and spending time in Florida, France, Spain, and other
Mediterranean countries, tell us about all your wonderful travels in the past year.
Right now I’m in Ireland, which really is a beautiful emerald island. We’ve brought wonderful weather
with us, and are helping the hospitable Irish people to enjoy their Indian summer. I write historical
romance under my own name, so visiting some of the ancient houses here is a real inspiration.
Killruddery House, for instance, has been home to the Brabazon family, (the Earls of Meath), since
1618. You can feel the history seeping into your bones. I shall definitely set a series of books in that
setting, which is so much easier for me to imagine, having been there.
Do you have another job other than writing? Have you considered incorporating your vast
travel experience into your writing?
No, I’m fortunate enough to be a full time writer. I never waste an experience, and write as
much from real life experience as possible. It saves on all that research. We had boats for
many years and so I wrote a series of boats about a marine-based detective.
What is your favorite place to eat?
Anywhere, as long as I don’t have to cook!
If I came to your home (or boat) and looked inside the refrigerator, what would I find?
Well, there would be a bottle of vodka in the freezer, plenty of white wine in the fridge,
chocolate…oh dear, what does that say about me? Well, chocolate is supposed to be the food
of inspiration for writers. Not sure who perpetrated that myth…probably me!
Something silly you have done …
I once reversed an old Jeep I kept for running up and down to my horses into my husband’s
beloved vintage Porsche. And yes, we’re still married!
Where do you like to go when you want to run away?
Into my fictional worlds. That’s why we writers create them. We can control what happens,
and it’s always so much nicer than reality!
Attending any conventions/conferences this year?
No, I’m on the move too much for that. When I’m home, I like to stay put!
Do you have a critique partner?
No, critique partner, no writing group, just me and my imagination has produced over forty
titles as Zara Chase and under my own name.
What is the best advice that you carry with you at all times?
You can’t please all of the people all of the time, so have faith in your own judgement, and
take criticism on the chin.
Tell us your latest news? Current projects?
I’m part of a six-book series to be published in October by Siren called Sanctuary, Montana.
It’s about two warring families who run the town. The younger generation are fed up with the
feud and try to figure out how it started so they can bring it to the end. Each book is written
by a different author, and I go last, tying up all the loose ends and solving the mystery. No
I’m also writing a series entitled Clandestine Affairs, which features kick-ass ex-military
types turned vigilantes. It’s doing really well. Charmed and Dangerous and Smooth Operators
are already published. Licensed to Thrill comes in October.
Just to make sure I don’t bore anyone, I’m also doing an Apres-Ski series based in a fictional
European principality. I would refer you back to incorporating my travels into my writing!
Easiest and hardest thing about writing erotic thrillers?
I’m good at thinking up plots, and I do like to put a good story into my books. Thinking of
different and original ‘games’ for my characters to play can be challenging.
What inspired you to write your first erotica?
A friend in my local chapter won’t mind me saying when I first looked at her I guessed from
her appearance that she wrote inspirational. Turned out she was a well-established writer of
menage for Siren. Don’t judge a writer by her cover! She encouraged me to give it a go, and I
haven’t looked back.
If you could say one thing to the next generation of authors, what would it be?
It’s hard work, and the market is getting increasingly competitive. Don’t figure on giving up
the day job any time soon, but have the courage to follow your dream.
What would you like to say to your readers?
Thank you! Authors love to get feedback from their readers. Contact me through my website or
Facebook and tell me what you do and don’t like about my books. Be honest. I can take it!
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Thanks so much for having me here. It’s been a blast.