MY INTERVIEW WITH GOLDEN ANGEL❤️
What’s your name and what genre would you consider your books to be?
Hello! I’m Golden Angel and… Romance I guess would be the big genre but I write in a lot of subgenres of it – paranormal, Victorian era spanking, contemporary BDSM, and I wrote my first reverse harem earlier this year and plan on doing more in the future.
Tell me about your book. How did you come up with that (story, angle, idea)?
Arabella’s Taming is part of my Bridal Discipline series which is set in the Victorian era. One of the things I really like to do is play with a lot of the recurring tropes I see in the genres that I write in. I’m an avid reader and I love the tropes… but I also like to mess with them. So for Arabella, I have a particularly sassy, strong-willed independent heroine who isn’t afraid to step out of line. I’d done a trapped-into-marriage storyline before, but not quite like this one and definitely not with two characters who were constantly going to be at odds the way she and Thomas are. In a lot of spanking stories, I feel like there tends to be a theme of the head of household always being right, or usually being right, but – as one of my beta readers said – neither of them can behave! And that’s why I love them.
I’ve never written a story before where the villain for the hero and heroine are each other. Not in a malicious way, exactly, but just because they’re each other’s biggest obstacle. It was both a challenge and a joy.
How did you get interested in writing this particular genre (historical novels, mysteries, sci-fi, children’s books, etc.)?
Oh definitely from reading. I devour both historical romances and spanking romances, but I found that there wasn’t enough crossover of the two to satisfy my appetite. There are a lot of steamy historical romances, but a lot of the historical spanking romances I was coming across were age play (which, don’t get me wrong, I love) or more erotica than romance (which, again, love). While there were some exceptions, I found myself wanting more historical romances that were also spanking romances and not age-play or erotica. So I decided to start writing some.
What kind of research did you do for this book?
I have a confession… I don’t formally research my Victorians at this point. I’ve always been a bit obsessed with the era and I read a ton of fiction and non-fiction books set in / about the Victorian era and over the years I’ve just kind of pulled in so much general knowledge that I only research things when I can’t remember something. The main thing I find myself looking up is phrases that I want to use in the book which I have to make sure were in use then!
Can you tell me about your Series?
The Bridal Discipline series are all standalone spanking romances set in the Victorian era, and in each one of them I explore a different trope. The first book, Philip’s Rules, was really focused on me wanting to explore the heroine being the victim of an emotionally abusive relationship with someone in her life and having spanking being turned into a strength which gives her the confidence to start standing up for herself. And then in the second book I turned it around and made the villain of the first book into the heroine, because I wanted to play with the idea that everyone is the hero of their own story – point of view matters.
Do you have a favorite book out of this series?
Oh gosh… that’s like trying to choose a favorite child. Maybe Benedict’s Commands. As much as I love all the other books in the series, that one has a special place in my heart because the trope I decided to play with there was the widow who gets to be the heroine. I read a lot of Victorian era books where the widows who are merry, who have lovers, are either the villains out to steal the hero from the heroine or are throwaway characters whom the hero would never consider marrying. Widows who DO get to marry are usually virtuous and haven’t had a lover since their previous husband. I love those books, but at the same time there’s a part of me that felt really bad for all those widows.
I mean, here they are, in a short or long-term relationship with an amazing man, and then all of the sudden some virgin comes along and they get dumped so he can marry a pure, young thing who doesn’t know what she’s doing in the bedroom? And that’s what’s going to keep happening to them for the rest of their lives?
I wanted a merry widow, one who had had lovers since her husband had passed, who got to have a happy ending. That book was Benedict’s Commands and so out of the whole series, I think that’s my favorite, because the message in that one was so very dear to me.
What’s a typical working day like for you? When and where do you write? Do you set a daily writing goal?
I work a day job, so I write a lot in the evenings or on my breaks. I do not have a daily goal… it’s usually “Finish this chapter” lol. It also depends on when my next book deadline is.
Do you have a new book in the making and if so, what’s the name of your upcoming book?
Always! I’m currently writing a piece for a box set, but that will actually be out after my NEXT book which will release on June 24th and be part of the Celestial Mates series. I get to play with aliens! Current working title is “Mated On Hades”.
Where do your ideas come from?
I wish I knew so I could make them stop. I have too many of them. It’s like my head is full of characters and they’re mostly all shouting, and whoever shouts the loudest gets to have their story told. Some of them are quieter than others, especially at first, but eventually they get louder and louder and pushier and pushier.
I described this one to my Facebook group and someone said they pictured just a bunch of people inside my head, all fighting each other to crawl out and I said – YES. That’s EXACTLY what it feels like!
Is there a genre that you’ve been wanting to experiment with?
Oh so many! I’m so excited to be jumping into the sci-fi genre this summer, sci-fi is one of my all time favorite genres. I’d also love to do more with fantasy and urban-fantasy. I have the paranormal shifter series, but that’s not quite the same.
What is the hardest part of writing for you?
Finishing a book. I usually start and everything’s flowing and great and I’m moving… and the closer and closer I get to the end, the harder and harder it is to write. Not because I don’t know where the book is going, I do, but I just have trouble finding the motivation to finish it. I can never decide if it’s because I already know how it ends so I lose interest (whereas the characters constantly are surprising me along the journey) or if it’s because I don’t really want to finish the book because I’m enjoying myself so much in that world. Maybe a little bit of both.
What’s the best thing about being an author?
The readers. Seriously. I’d write even if no one liked what I write, because I just need to, but having people actually enjoying it is amazing. I’ve cried multiple times over messages I’ve received from readers telling me how my work has touched or even changed their lives. It is incredibly humbling and uplifting to know that something I created has helped someone in any small way.
Plus, as a reader myself, I fangirl over authors all the time. Having someone react to me the same way I react to my favorite authors is always shocking but wonderful. Who doesn’t like to be validated?
Where do you see yourself in 10 years?
With a massive backlog of books on my Kindle because I have even less time to read now that I’m writing more LOL.
I’m not sure where I see myself, but I can tell you where I’d like to be – I would love to have a USA Today or NYT (or both!) Best-seller tag by my name. I would love to have written something in every genre that I’m interested in. And I’d really love to have written a fantasy epic – think Robert Jordan’s Wheel of Time or Terry Goodkind’s Sword of Truth – but with a female heroine.
What writing advice do you have for aspiring authors?
Believe in yourself. It’s going to be the hardest thing in the world to do. You’re going to feel like an imposter. You’re going to feel like you don’t belong. You’re not going to want to reach out to other authors because you’re going to be convinced they wouldn’t want anything to do with you. You’re going to tell yourself you’re not ready… just one more book… one more goal… and THEN you’ll take the really big leap.
Take the leap now. Reach out. Talk to other authors. I wish I had sooner. The vast majority of them are SO nice and will want to help you. The book industry is NOT a competition. The readers are reading so much, so fast, no one person could possibly keep up with them. Every romance author I’ve met has been thrilled to get to know a new romance author and to share my books. It keeps the readers satisfied as they wait for the next release if they have more books in similar themes / genres to devour.
Just write and put it out there. Connect. Don’t worry so much.
HERE IS A TEASER FROM ARABELLA’S TAMING:
Stepping forward, he was gratified to see her eyes widen in surprise, although – being Arabella – she held her ground as he stalked up to her. She let out a squeak of alarm as, rather than looming over her, he suddenly snaked his arm around her waist and pulled her up against him.
Those perfect, pink lips parted in surprise, consternation and shock flitting across her face, and a smug, male satisfaction filled Thomas’ chest where it was pressed against her soft bosoms. He lowered his mouth to hers, this time kissing her.
With her lips already parted it wasn’t difficult to press his advance, his tongue sweeping into her mouth and tasting her. Honey. Mint. Feminine curves wriggled delightfully against him before settling.
He could practically feel her surprise melting away as she leaned into him, kissing him back with interest. Even if she didn’t have a preference for him, there was certainly passion aplenty between them. Perhaps the sparks of irritation they always seemed to set off against each other had been somehow transmuted to the sparks of desire instead…
Blood rushed to his groin as he deepened the kiss, her hands pressed against his chest, clinging to his jacket. A groan made its way up his throat as he slid one hand down her back to the curve of her bottom. She gasped as he caressed the soft mound, her body arching forward in surprise at the unexpected touch and making her rub herself against his cock.
Thomas was so engrossed in the unexpected passion which had welled up inside of him, he almost shouted with surprise when her brother loudly cleared his throat.
Embarrassed heat flushed Thomas’ cheeks as he pulled away from Arabella’s lithe form, feeling more than a little reluctance to do so. Her lips were swollen from the kiss, cheeks just as hot as his, hazel eyes bright and glassy, and she nearly stumbled without him holding her up. Immediately, Thomas reached out to right her, and then snatched his hands back as soon as she was steady, all the while Isaac looked on.
Perhaps she shouldn’t have been so forward, but Arabella didn’t see the point in pretending. She understood exactly what was to happen and she was rather looking forward to it. Perhaps she should have pretending more ignorance? But where was the attraction in that?
He should be grateful he didn’t have to explain anything to her. Grateful she wasn’t horrified or shocked or disgusted by the idea. Granted, she’d been a little of all three when she’d first learned what happened between a man and a woman in the bedchamber – especially some of the salacious details her friends had let fall – but she’d moved past those initial reactions. Knowing there was inexpressible pleasure at the end of the proceedings, and sometimes before, had helped a great deal.
Their wedding night would be a good deal less fun if she’d just learned about what they were meant to do and had no idea that there would be a reward for indulging in what still sounded like a rather awkward business.
Although she was beginning to understand some of what her friends meant. With Thomas’ lips on hers, his arms circled around her waist and holding her up, one hand already sliding down towards her bottom, and the strange hardness of his groin pressing into her belly, she didn’t feel awkward at all. She felt hot, almost itchy, like her skin was too tight and she wanted to rub herself all over him. There was an ache deep inside of her, and she knew exactly what was supposed to fill it even though she didn’t know how it would feel.
His tongue slid into her mouth, his hand moving down to cup her bottom, and Arabella moaned as heat and need shot through her. It felt like her skin had become exquisitely sensitive.
When Thomas’ lips pulled away from hers, she almost protested, but instead of really pulling away he was just moving them… across her jawline… to her neck… goodness, she’d had no idea her neck was so sensitive. She tipped her head back, giving him full access to her throat, clinging to his shoulders as he left a line of burning kisses across her skin.
“What your friends tell you about tonight?” He murmured the question, his voice deep and sensual.
Arabella blinked, trying to think as his hands began to roam along with his mouth. Her breasts felt swollen and heavy and her entire body shuddered as the hand not caressing her bottom cupped her right breast.
“Um… oh my… they said… they said you would put your cock in me… in my… between my legs,” she managed to get out, suddenly feeling shy. At least, shy about using any of the words she might use for exactly where he was going to put his cock. “And maybe my mouth… my bottom…”
The hand on her bottom tightened immediately, pulling her even harder against him as he moaned against the sensitive skin between her shoulder and her neck. She shuddered as he rocked his hips against her, very aware of exactly how much he liked that idea. Arabella was almost sorry she’d brought it up – the reports from the other ladies had been mixed at best.
Yet Thomas’ reaction almost made her want to try…
Somehow the idea seemed much more appealing in this moment, while she was in his arms, feeling the full force of his ardor.
“Anything else?” he asked, practically grating the words out.
The words slipped out of her mouth then. Words she definitely hadn’t meant to say, because she still thought her friends were mad for their insistence it could be fun, even enjoyable.
“They said you might spank me,” she whispered. “And that I might like it.”
Moaning against his lips, she wantonly rubbed herself against his front, enjoying the way the lace rasped over her tightly budded nipples as well.
To her disappointment, his hands suddenly disappeared from her backside and clamped on to her hips, pushing her away. About to protest as her lips were torn from his, she looked up at him in confusion and sudden uncertainty.
His dark eyes were glowing in the candlelight as he stared down at her, completely in control of himself now and sinfully handsome. Something had shifted in his gaze, making him look far more threatening than when he was actually trying to.
“Oh no, little minx, last night we went at your pace. Tonight we’re going at mine. Put your arms up.”
Confused, curious, Arabella did as he told her, a little thrill shivering down her spine as she raised her arms.
Strange how obeying him here, like this, made her tingle all over whereas obeying him elsewhere made her feel like gnashing her teeth.
His eyes seemed to burn, staring straight into hers as his hands skimmed up her sides, and then she felt her night gown lifting. With one smooth movement, Thomas pulled it up over her head, leaving her completely naked in front of him. Arabella started to lower her arms.
The command made her freeze and she felt almost breathless with a strange new excitement as she looked up at him.
“Put your hands behind your head if you need to, but you aren’t allowed to lower them yet.”
Any other time, any other arena, being told she wasn’t allowed to do something would have had Arabella immediately challenging the notion. But right now… she bent her elbows and cupped the back of her head with her palms. It only took her a moment to appreciate her new position as Thomas’ gaze dropped down to her completely exposed breasts. Her nipples throbbed as his hands skimmed up her sides ones again, barely touching her, making her ache for more.
When she tried to lean into his touch, he gave her right breast a short, sharp slap and she jumped in shock, her lungs seizing in her chest.
“I told you, we’re going at my pace,” he said, cupping the breast he’d just spanked and giving it a gentle squeeze. His thumb swept over her nipple and the tiny bud throbbed as a similar sensation pulsed between her legs like a response.
Arabella’s lips made a small ‘o’ but no sound emerged. She didn’t have the breath to make one.
Part of her wanted to smack him, but she couldn’t deny how arousing she found this previously hidden masterful side of his personality. It was like discovering a secret. Somehow this was very different from when he’d taken control and spanked her last night, and certainly different from this morning.
Staring up at him, she waited to see what he would do next.
Do you read reviews of your book(s)? Do you respond to them, good or bad? How do you deal with the bad?
Every single one! But I never respond. I think the only time I’ve responded was when someone let me know that a book had downloaded incorrectly, to let them know the problem was fixed. Definitely don’t respond to reviews, especially the bad ones.
The only time I’ve ever really been tempted was when a reviewer blamed my beta readers for something that was in my book. I disagreed with the reviewers’ take on things, but that wouldn’t have bothered me – saying that I needed better beta readers… oh man, that had me seeing red. Never, ever say anything bad about an authors’ beta readers. Anything that’s in the book that you don’t like, that’s on ME. I make all the final decisions. I wanted so badly to respond, but instead I went to one of my author groups and vented all over the place and held myself back. But it still makes me mad when I think about it.
Why did you choose to write in your genre? If you write in more than one, how do you balance them?
Honestly I think writing in so many different genres balances me! My Victorians tend to be a little darker than my contemporary BDSM books, which tend to have more angst than any of my other series, and so when I need a break from that I jump over to my paranormal series which is just full of silliness. It keeps me energized and on my toes!
Do you have any favorite authors or favorite books?
Oh so many! Off the top of my head, my most constant re-reads are Kit Rocha’s Eden series, Lexi Blake’s Masters and Mercenaries, Stephanie Lauren’s Cynster series, Cherise Sinclairs Masters of the Shadowlands series, Tracey St. John’s Kalquor series, Suzanne Wright’s Dark In You series, and Amanda M. Lee’s Avery Shaw series. But my favorite all-time book is The Merro Tree by Kate Waitman, which is sadly out of print because it’s bloody brilliant.
Of all the characters you have created, which is your favourite and why?
Cynthia from Punishing His Ward. Hands down. She’s just so much deliberate trouble. Not because she wants to be trouble, but she’s just incessantly curious, experimenting, and not particularly concerned about the consequences. I adore her. She shows up constantly in the Bridal Discipline series as a side character, much more so than any of the other characters from my Domestic Discipline Quartet, because I can’t get enough of her. Thankfully I made the Bridal Discipline series a spin-off from the Quartet so I can do that!
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