Tuesday, May 4, 2010
My Very First Interview: Aleksandr Voinov and Barbara Sheridan!
*puts head in hands* I am giddy. If this ever gets out to the ‘real’ world…I'm doomed.
I just finished their book Clean Slate and really liked it. I sooo want more. The shorter ones aren't really my preference, but for once, I wasn't left lacking. I'll get a review posted for it eventually, but in the meantime, AND even better…I got to gab with them a little about it. (I’ve never been able to do that before; talk to an author…two even. That is sooo cool to me.)
I hope you like it, I sure had nothing but fun doing it. Check it out...
Amora’s very first interview: Aleksandr Voniov and Barbara Sheridan
Amora: I have sooo many questions for you two I don't even know where to start. *flips thru pages and pages of notes that don't make sense in all my excitement* How about I just start with…
…is Clean Slate the first book you’ve written together?
Aleksandr - Yes. But we've just finished our third and there are no signs of slowing down! I guess there's another half dozen stories or so in the general set-up. And who knows what happens next.
Amora: That's right, I forgot about Risky Maneuvers. Wait. Did you say another half dozen? *grins* Nice. So, I’m dying to know, how did you two 'hook up' to write together?
Barb---Fate, Karma, maybe sheer dumb luck? LOL We actually "met" through a publisher's author loop. I was lamenting my total lack of channeling "tough guy" point of view and Alex kindly offered to look over the opening scene I had. It all took off from there. I had one of the main characters pretty well formed and an idea of the plot--two hot military types find themselves in a total WTF secret ops mission and hotmaxsexing ensues. THat's the book that's coming from LI ^_^
Aleks - Seriously, who can resist that kind of offer? She seemed nice and sane (what passes for sane in AuthorLand), and I liked her style, and I'm always happy to write tough guys. I'm not sure I could write a weepy girly guy. Should I try? Might be a challenge.
Amora: NO! *shakes head* Sorry, let me try that again. Pleease, no weepy girly guys. No thank you, very much. Seriously, your extreme alphas are one of the things I like best, don't you dare. And I do have to say...yay for fate, Karma or sheer dumb luck! Nicely done pairing you two together whatever it was. Tell me, what inspired Clean Slate?
Barb--Alex's interest in and knowledge of Russian mob stuff and my enduring fangirl love of Illya Kuryakin and Napoleon Solo from the old Man from U.N.C.L.E. show.
Aleks - I grew up on James Bond, A-Team, always loved spy action. The core idea was when our first book - Risky Maneuvers - did not turn into an m/m/m menage (that was the original plan). The guys were just so into each other there was no space for a third. So I felt like I'd "failed" somehow and started thinking about how to make an m/m/m menage work. I remember one Saturday, lying in bed, doing nothing in particular (honest) and suddenly I knew there's two guys and an amnesiac. That way, we had action (who had caused the amnesia and why?) and two guys sorting out their issues. By wiping out Andrei's memory, we had a third guy who has to rely on the two others to tell him "the truth" - and that's a delicious mindfuck, isn't it? There are two hot guys who tell you you're something, but you don't remember, but they are nice and sexy and you fall in love a bit. As my partner says, espionage is all about whom you can trust - yourself, your partner, your contacts, your skills - or not trust. In this case, my personal challenge here was to write a guy who doesn't get messed up by having his life wiped out, but stays strong and resourceful. The setting is something I'd researched for a story I've written with Raev Gray, so I re-used it. I end up using settings a few times, because I get intrigued by places. Same happened with Afghanistan and London, recently.
Amora: *laughs* I remember those shows. *clears throat* U.N.C.L.E.? Ok...and James Bond doesn't surprise me much, but, did you say the A-Team? *coughs* I'm sorry. I didn't expect that one. *clears throat* Interesting. *smiles* Honestly though, the whole thing with Andrei's memory WAS a "delicious mindfuck" as you so perfectly put it. I hesitate to confess, I was worried it was going to be a bit cliche at first. Ha! Shame on me. I underestimated you two. I should know better than that.
I have a hard time wrapping my brain around co-writing. How does that work? Did you each write a character, or did you share them all? And which way do you prefer to co-write a book?
Barb--We've each created characters but we tend to share the writing of them once the story gets going.
Aleks - Yes. There's maybe a bit more from one of us in each character, but in the end we did share them. (Mind out of the gutter!)
Amora: *shakes head and laughs* Mind out of the gutter...yeah, good luck with that. Ok. I'm trying to be serious here. *chuckles* Where was I? *shakes head* I understand you’re going to give us a sequel? A nice looong one this time?
Barb--The first draft is around 62,000 words so it's definitely novel length.
Aleks - I think it'll end up 65k in first draft. Proper novel length. Total blast to write.
Amora: Nice. I prefer long ones. (lol. Ok, you're right. Everybody, minds out of the gutter.) Can you give me any dirt, tease us a little bit?
Barb--It ties in to the premise of CLEAN SLATE. The mission from that one comes to bite one of the espionage team members in the ass so to speak. ^_^
Aleks - *laughs* But Chris likes it, he likes it a lot, but he's more "experimental" and "open-minded" than the other two guys.
Amora: *chuckles* Nice. I don't suppose I can ask for more than that. Sounds good...and...well, we'll just say good. *grins* I can’t wait.
Thanks soooo much for chatting with me. That’s awesome...Risky Maneuvers right around the corner AND a sequel to Clean Slate in the works…a nice long one. I like it. *closes notebook and jumps up* Thanks again, both of you for giving me a chance to gab with you a bit. *laughs* I’ve got so many more questions, but I am just way too excited right now. *grins REAL big* Thanks again..um, again!
Hee, hee. My very first interview. That is so cool!
Did he say a half dozen or so stories MORE in the works? They are going to keep me soooo busy. Sweet. You just gotta love great authors that write lots of good stuff. AND give interviews to little overly excited baby bloggers too. What do I even do with that?
How fun were they?! *still grinning*