Chrissy Munder Interview

Hello Chrissy and welcome to Fallen Angel Reviews. It is good to have you with us this morning. We are anxious to hear about Chrissy Munder and her books.
Thank you, Linda. Iím excited to be here.

I like the theme of your website, love, laughter, and desire, the home of erotic fiction. Your website is easy to navigate.
I appreciate both of those comments. Website feedback is often hard to come by. Itís good to hear that my visitors have an easy time.

I noticed that you have quite a number of great reviews.
Iím very happy that my work has been well received and that readers connect with my characters.

Would you like to discuss Drive Me Home, or is there another book that you would like to chat about with us today? We would love to hear about your electrifying read.
Drive Me Home is my first novel published with Dreamspinner Press although they have published my shorter work in multiple print anthologies as well as eBook downloads.

Drive Me Home is a novel set in Las Vegas, Nevada. Centered around the background of the not-so glamorous life of a limo driver it follows the journey of Eric Moss as he struggles to recover from a series of events that have left him alone and unsure. As he works to find his path in life he comes across two very different, but appealing men. Suddenly, heís faced with choices he never expected to have to make, and roads he never thought heíd travel.

I lived in Nevada for a time and I felt the dry, desert locale was the perfect place to illustrate the theme of Eric coming back to life much as the desert itself blooms after a long drought. He has to learn how to make friends and trust others, and find somewhere in the barren landscape his life has become that bit of treasure we all search for in our lives Ė love for himself once again.

What is your favorite part of writing?
Thatís an interesting question thatís not often asked. I have to say sharing my characters with my readers. Iím very fond of the men I write about and would like everyone to care about them the way I do.

What about your least favorite part?
Definitely it is finding time to write. Like most of my readers I lead a very busy life and am often caught between my work and home responsibilities. Add writing in there and it becomes an amazing juggling act. Please try not to notice all the broken plates on the floor.

Do you have any future releases you would like to tell us about?
I currently have two short stories, A Simple Life and Promise of the Heart, just released in the Dreamspinner Press To Have and to Hold Collection. I also have a novella, Fair Winds, set in the world of competitive sailing that will be released on July 9th.

Those interested can keep an eye out for four new short pieces in the works, two new novellas at the halfway mark and another novel well on the way. Did I mention the juggling?

Any character that you wish you could write about again?
Without hesitation I can say it would be Dwayne, the chunky and overly-bonded with his owner cat in my short story Brush with Desire. I would also like to spend more quality time with Ike Ujarka from the upcoming Fair Winds.

What really draws your attention to a good book?
The premise right off the start. Iím a sucker for a good hook. Then I would like whatever caught my attention and made me pick the book up to continue. There is nothing more frustrating than when a novel veers away from the promised path. The background setting helps keep me interested, and of course, the characters because it can be the best idea in the world, in the best location, and if I donít care for the characters Iím walking away.

If you had the chance to see your books in a movie, who would you like to play the leading roles?
Now this is a difficult question as there are so many good-looking and talented actors out there. For Drive Me Home I could imagine Daniel Craig as Marc Evans. I could certainly see how he would catch Ericís interest. Eric Stolz would do an interesting job expressing Ericís inner confusion and self doubt and Brad Torres I could see being played by David Chokachi.

Itís a shame I didnít think of this when I wrote the novel because I donít have anyone that Benecio del Toro could play and I adore him Ė maybe I could write something for him in my next piece of work.

What do you do to relax and recharge your batteries?
Sleep for about a week. Well, thatís my dream vacation. Actually itís been quite a while since Iíve had a chance to slow things down. When I do get the opportunity I enjoy spending time roughing it along the shores of Lake Michigan. Put me in a tent near some surf and away from the crowds and Iím happy.

If you could go back in time, what time and place would you enjoy visiting and is there anything you would change?
I have this odd engineering quirk that comes up all the time. If I travel I constantly want to know whatís behind everything and how things work. Iíd like to be there when Stonehenge was built; the same for the Egyptian pyramids or any of the Mayan structures. I would have liked to have seen how they carved the city of Petra out of the rock in Jordan or how they designed the temple complex of Angkor Wat. Iím fascinated by how ancient cultures were able to create such lasting works of beauty.

As for changing anything, well, there are all the obvious thoughts about stopping prior atrocities, but how do you pick one over the other? I do wonder what North America would be like if the Native Americans had arbitrarily killed everyone who sailed to their shores rather than letting them get a foothold.

Please share with us your website, myspace, or any links with your books?
Iíve received many emails from readers who tell me that while they are interested in whatís ahead they donít want to leave their comfort zone to find out. I appreciate their honesty as time is at a premium for us all. With that in mind I have mirrored sites across the web to accommodate as many readersí preferences as I comfortably can.

Website, blog, backlist at Dreamspinner Press.

For those that prefer the social network/blogging sites they can find me at:

Facebook, Twitter, MySpace, Blogger

Readers can also find portions of my home library listed at Goodreads, Library Thing, and Shelfari if they are interested.

Is there anything else that you would like to share?
I offer contests on my website where readers can win copies of my work and tell me a little about themselves. Thereís a new one every month and plenty of chances to win.

Have you ever been close to a rattlesnake or any snake? Or seen a snake charmer?
To our mutual surprise I was once quite close to a rattlesnake while hiking through the Dakota Badlands and when I was a youngster we used to pick up garter snakes in the back yard and play with them. I actually did see a snake charmer once at a fair, but I canít tell you how real he was. I really wanted to go up and touch the rope.

If you could go back in time, where and when would you go and what is the one thing you would bring with you?
I think pretty much anywhere in the worldís past history would be fascinating as long as I could bring along a good supply of modern antibiotics.

For Fun: Camping in the mountains or going on a ski trip?
Camping! Mosquitoes! Símores! Mosquitoes! Fire! Mosquitoes! Well, you get the idea.

Chrissy thanks so much for this interview. I have enjoyed this time together and look forward to your releases.
Thank you, Linda. I had fun with these questions.

Interviewed by: Linda L.

Linda L.