Rachelle Chase Interview

It is my great pleasure to be interviewing Rachelle Chase, successfully published author of erotic romance. Hello Rachelle!!
Hello, Lynn. It’s great to be here!

Following your fabulous debut "Out of Control" in the Secrets, Volume 13 publication, you have an up-coming single author book , Sex Lounge, to be released in May and another, Sin Club, due out this fall. Could you tell us a little bit about them?
“Fabulous debut …” I love that! Thank you. In Sex Lounge, Nichole keeps a private journal filled with erotic fantasies starring a sexy client named Derek . Well, Derek discovers her notebook and convinces her to act her fantasies out, one at a time. And, of course, he gets more than he bargained for. Sin Club is my single author anthology, featuring three stories woven together by a talk show called the Sin Club, where the host encourages listeners to sin – in a very good way.

Many of your stories to date feature mistaken identities in one form or another, and several contain elements of submission/bondage. Why do you think readers enjoy this so much?
Submission/bondage? Oh, no. Don’t get the reader’s hopes up! Alas, there are no whips, chains, or studded collars in my books. LOL But, I always play around with control, as I find it fascinating. For example, in Sex Lounge, Derek thinks he’s in control by ‘making’ Nichole give into her fantasies, but the more she gives into them, the less he’s in control.

People fantasize about the opposite of their real lives. So, if I was a person who pleased others and never stood up for what I wanted, I’d probably be a self-confident, kick-ass woman in my fantasies. Conversely, if I was a type-A personality and felt that I always had my life under control, I’d fantasize about being less in control. Books with submission/bondage or control themes fulfill the fantasies of both those types of people.

Of all the individuals you have created, do you have a particular favorite? What appeals to you the most about this character?
There are two characters that I’m most proud of: Sharice and Alyssa, both from Sin Club. Mainly because they’re different from heroines I usually create. Sharice is the jaded, promiscuous heroine who’s given up on love and convinced herself that all she wants is sex, while Alyssa is a smart woman hired to play the ditzy blonde – who ends up having fun with it as she sexually torments the hero. I’m proud of Sharice because her outlook on life and the way she lives it is totally different than mine, and yet I think I’ve made her believable. Alyssa is a fun character. This is the first time I’ve combined “fun” with “erotic,” and I feel it works.

Do you feel as if the characters live with you as you write? Do they haunt your dreams?
My characters only live with me and haunt my dreams, turning them into nightmares, when I’m on deadline. LOL Otherwise, they are like good friends who visit me when I write or interrupt me during the day when I’m grocery shopping, but eventually go home for a bit until I see them again.

How many hours a day do you spend writing?
The correct answer is: “Every day. I sit down at my computer from 4:00 a.m. - 7:00 a.m., write 5 pages, then grab spare 30 minute chunks during the day, ending up with another 5 pages.”

The real answer is: Excluding deadline periods, there are days – or weeks – when I don’t write, followed by days – or weeks – where I write every day, and on good days, write 20 pages. Right now, I’m going through one of those non-writing periods as I’m focusing on promotion. But, as it always does, my writing stress-o-meter kicks in when I’ve been away too long, and forces me to focus on writing again.

Do you outline your stories or do you just write as you go?
An idea will come to me and I’ll think about it until I have a high-level idea of the whole story and know what I want to have happen in the first 1-3 chapters. Then, I just sit down and start writing. I usually make it to chapter 2 or 3. Then, I stop and plot the rest of the book, scene by scene, chapter by chapter, and then I’m ready to start writing again.

Do you have any bad writing habits?(Be honest here!)
Oh, God, yes! P-R-O-C-R-A-S-T-I-N-A-T-I-O-N. If you’ve ever read any of my blog entries, you’ll see that I oftentimes share some of my procrastination techniques. I’m most proud of the video I made during a particularly creative procrastination moment. It’s at http://rachellechase.blogspot.com/2006/12/my-writing-process-video.html . This will tell you all you need to know about my writing process!

Do you think there is a perfect mate for everyone, a HEA just waiting to be found?
I think there’s a HEA waiting to be created. Relationships are hard work. Once the infatuation stage is over and reality sets in, that’s when HEA-creation skills are needed. People have different needs, different ways of dealing with things, etc. Plus, needs change over time. So the “perfect mate” is the one you’re compatible with, has the must-haves on your list so that the relationship isn’t as much work, and has the same commitment to keeping the HEA as you do, especially during the bad times.

Yes, I think there’s someone for everyone, but I don’t think there’s a single someone – or “perfect mate” - for everyone. Meaning, if I missed out on the “perfect” guy years ago, I don’t think I missed my once-in-a-lifetime chance to be with a guy that’s right for me.

If so should people go actively searching for "the one" or let fate take its course? Should "second best" be acceptable, or is it best to hold out, in the hopes of finding him?
I think “actively searching” is too much like being on a mission. It makes me picture someone taking a list of questions, getting in front of as many men as possible, and then immediately proceeding to cross each one off the list because he’s not “the one.” It hints at … desperation.

Finding “the one” happens whenever it’s going to happen. I don’t think you can force it. What you can do, is be open to it happening. Meaning, you can put yourself in situations that increase your odds of meeting someone special – such as, getting out, doing the things you like doing, frequenting the types of places you like, being positive and friendly. But not with the expectation that you’re going to meet someone, that you must meet someone. Rather, it’s with the mindset, “I’m doing something that *I* like doing and if I meet someone, great, if I don’t, that’s great, too.”

Regarding “second best” being acceptable, absolutely not. This is not a game where you accept the consolation prize – that’s unfair to both parties. If you’re dating someone and it’s just not working, you’re just not connecting, or there’s a big flashing neon sign on his forehead saying, “I am a commitment-phobe, bad boy,” move on and don’t settle. It’s hard enough to make a relationship work when both parties are “right” for each other so why decrease the odds by settling for someone that you know is “wrong” for you?

Finally, you have an award-winning web-site you designed yourself. Do you have any interest in furthering that as a "day job?"
Aw, shucks, Lynn – thanks for the nice words about my site. ;-) I used to be a computer programmer, though I never learned the languages needed to create web sites. So, now I’m a hacker. I use HTML code-generators and find canned code, then guess what it’s doing, and then tweak it until it does what I want it to do. All this is to say, if I could find the time to actually learn some new web-specific programming languages, and take a few design classes, I would LOVE to design web sites for others!

Thank you Rachelle for sharing your experience with us today!!
Thank you so much, Lynn. You’ve asked a lot of thought-provoking questions. I had fun!

Readers may contact Rachelle at www.rachellechase.com

Interviewed by: Lynn