Welcome L. E. Chamberlin!
Hello everyone and welcome to another author interview! I am so glad you could join me today with my good friend and fellow author L.E. Chamberlin. She is great. One reason she is wonderful is she puts up with me. Another reason is she did this interview. I don't mean to toot my own horn but it's my blog so I am going to toot and fart however I like. I suggest you open a window.
This is normally where I have an author picture, but L.E. didn't provide one so I made up one for her. She, of course, fell victim to one of my many traps when being friends with me. You don't want your picture up, I will imagine what you look like. Let's get on with the interview, shall we.
EL: Sometimes I don’t filter myself which seems to annoy people and I never hear from them again. Is there anything you do that you know people don’t like?
LE: I snore, which is decidedly unpopular with the fellas. My last boyfriend confessed that the first time he heard me snore, he wondered briefly if it contributed to the demise of my marriage. (I don’t think he was kidding.)
Other than that, I am pretty cheerful which sometimes grates people’s nerves. I like to be cheerful. And it’s not fake. It doesn’t mean I’m not snarky and sarcastic and all that other stuff, too, but I just don’t lead with that. I lead with the happy. *shrugs*
EL: I have read Just This Once and am currently reading The Rewards of Letting Go. For some reason no one wants the interviewer to describe the books, preferring the author to describe them. I think I could add a nice twist, but some have accused me of adding things that aren’t in the books (some people are so picky with their books). Since, by law, I am no longer allowed to describe other author’s works, could you describe them for me?
LE: *gigglesnort* What does one say when describing their own works? Is this where I’m supposed to give a synopsis, or am I supposed to tell you what’s magical about them? I guess I can do both.
Just This Once is about a couple whose spark has been snuffed out by the drudgery of daily life. They have an opportunity to do something which could be a make or break for them, and the act of it is what saves them. It’s not about the sex, although the sex is very hot. But they make a decision together to hold hands and jump off a cliff (metaphorically speaking) and the mutual trust involved in that plunge is ultimately what saves them.
The Rewards of Letting Go is also about mutual trust. It explores finding one’s own footing in BDSM and what it means to submit to a lover. This couple is new, and they’re trying to come to terms with common ground that already exists. Also very hot, and also (I hope) thought-provoking.
EL: I haven’t read your other works, of which there are many. Especially your new release For Life. Why have you been hiding them from me? I need to know about them…NOW!
LE: I’m shady. This you already knew, Lynxy.
I’ve written three other novellas, one F/F short called I Owe You One, an erotic M/F/F short called A Whole New Level, and a prequel to a M/F contemporary romance I hope to get to early next year called Ninety-Two, Redux (which, I should probably mention, is free on Smashwords). I also have short stories included in two anthologies: “Don’t Break the Spell” in the Once anthology, “Question” in the Project: Aphrodite anthology.
EL: What is your life like outside of writing? Do you talk to people? If so, do they answer back?
LE: My life outside of writing is pretty quiet. I work at a bookstore, which is fun, and so I have to talk to people. It’s a job requirement. Also, sometimes they’re nice and fun and want to talk about books, which I love. (Other times they are creepy over sharers who want to tell me all their deeply personal and usually boring business.) I enjoy the odd margarita (salt, rocks) with friends and try to walk somewhere green and quiet every day
EL: Can you tell me about your current WIP (work in progress)? Are there interesting elements to it like unicorns or a talking seagull?
LE: My current WIP is the follow-up to For Life called Back to Life. It’s a related standalone book about a woman who has to rebuild her life after her husband dies suddenly, leaving her with four small children and a broken heart. She has a complete crisis of faith, crisis of identity – the whole thing – and at the same time all this is happening she encounters a man from her past, someone who meant a lot to her, someone who complicates things a lot for her. It’s sad, but it’s also hopeful and funny and of course steamy. The Goodreads link is here. The book should be out late October-ish.
EL: I’m tired. Do you have a bed I could crash on? If so, are you just going to be creepy and hang there while I sleep or will you go away?
LE: If you crash on my bed, I will go away. But my grand-puppy will get all in there with you, so I hope you like dogs and don’t mind sleeping with your legs half off the bed. Because it’s happening.
EL: What is the speed of darkness?
LE: I feel like answering this involves math. I don’t math.
EL: Is there anyone (living or dead) that has inspired your characters? It could even be non-human beings like raccoons or fish.
LE: I think all of my characters are little bits of real people, both living and dead. Possibly non-humans have made their way in there as well. I mean, Ares in For Life is definitely inspired by a real-life dog I know named Spar. But he’s also kind of an extension of Grady, who is himself a steadfast, vigilant, guarding kind of guy. Does that make sense.
EL: Have you ever thought about stalking? Like as a profession?
LE: I would probably make a great stalker, since I totally stalked every boy I had a crush on in high school. I’m talking memorizing class schedules and knowing where their cars were parked and the whole nine. But I’m afraid of jail, mostly because they’ll take away my contacts and make me wear my awful coke-bottle glasses. So the fear keeps me at bay. I can, however, tell you that if I were to stalk anyone, it would be Zac Efron. It’s not that he’s my absolute favorite, but I feel like he probably leads a pretty interesting life and gets up to some shenanigans and maybe hot threesomes. So, you know, for “research purposes.”
EL: Last question. Your fans are your biggest asset. Any author knows that. What would you say to them if you met them at a dinosaur themed park where the dinosaurs were real and ran wild?
LE: I would warn them that I can’t run very fast and am pretty likely to be eaten, so though it’s been lovely meeting them they best be on their way unless they have weapons or motorcycles or something like that, in which case— Wait, WTF? Is this a trick question? Why in the name of all that’s holy would I go to a place like that? a) People b) Danger c) PEOPLE. (Fans don’t count. They are Superpeople.)
EL: Thank you so much L.E. Chamberlin for your amazing and at times odd interview. I loved how you let us know about your snoring problem and your weird thing with dogs. I know dogs personally and they have said, "Why is she so obsessed with us?" Yeah, L.E., you might need help.
L.E. Chamberlin is a foodie and former librarian who never returns her library books on time. An aficionado of steamy romances, she wrote her first one at age thirteen and still has all eighty-six handwritten pages of it in a box under her bed.
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