MY INTERVIEW WITH AUTHOR CAROL DELMORNAY
What’s your name and what genre would you consider your books to be?
My name is Carol Delmornay and I consider all my books, so far, to be lobbed under the genre of erotic romance.
Tell me about your book. How did you come up with that (story, angle, idea)?
Currently, I have six books self-published. The first four are all parts of a series “His Word – The Trusted Saga”(book 1…Discovery, book 2…Doubt, book 3…Destiny, book 4…Destruction), with the two others a duet of sorts – “Reluctant Substitute – and the sequel, “Alison’s Awakening”. At the risk of sounding a little crazy, I don’t really “come up with” a story; my characters hassle me until their story is told.
How did you get interested in writing this particular genre (historical novels, mysteries, sci-fi, children’s books, etc.)?
I’ve always been a sensual, sexual being and often had “fantasies” or little monologues running around inside my head, but didn’t think I had anything to offer until 50 Shades of Grey came out. So, in essence, I suppose I can actually credit E. L. James in piquing my renewed interest in writing erotica, or at the very least, credit her with giving me the courage to publish.
What kind of research did you do for this book?
For the “His Word” series, the only research I did was all to do with costumes my characters were going to be wearing for a masquerade ball, or restaurants they attended that have been written in with the story. With “Reluctant Substitute”, I drew mostly on personal experience, but did research more in-depth into Consensual Slavery Contracts. With the sequel, “Alison’s Awakening”, I delved into researching a formal banquet and the “Rose” ceremony that is detailed in the book.
Do you have a favorite book out of this series?
Hmm… A favorite? I like all of them, but, if I had to pick a favorite, I’d say book 4 – “His Word…Destruction”
Was it always meant to become a series?
When I wrote the four book “His Word” series, it was initially one huge book, so, no, it wasn’t intended as a series. The book sat in my documents for almost two years before I happened across an editor who offered to help me after sending her a few chapters, and she is the one who convinced me to turn it into a series.
What’s a typical working day like for you? When and where do you write? Do you set a daily writing goal?
*laughing – I write when and where I can, whether it’s at two in the morning, or in an afternoon full of sunshine – I write indoors, or outdoors – my husband has created a magnificent garden of paradise which gets the creative juices flowing, and has installed power points almost everywhere so I can plug my laptop in anywhere in the back yard. My husband jokes about me having to have my laptop surgically removed because it seems to be glued to my hip. I don’t set daily writing goals. Some days I don’t write any, other days I might write upwards of 5000 words.
Do you have a new book in the making and if so, what’s the name of your upcoming book?
I have many waiting in the wings, so to speak, but am currently working on two new releases; one will be the first book in my “His Word – The Shattered Series” (book 1 will be titled “His Word…Deception”) which continues on from the Trusted Saga, and the second is an erotic thriller, which will be my first stand-alone book, titled “Lick of Darkness”.
How important are character names to you in your books? Is there a special meaning to any of the names?
Not really in any of the six already self-published, apart from “Alison’s Awakening” – the name Alison holds a special place in my heart.
Is there a genre that you’ve been wanting to experiment with?
The only genre I’ve decided to experiment with is the current work in progress, “Lick of Darkness”. I’m naturally submissive, so to write a strong Domme character is a real challenge for me. Add in murder and mayhem, and I’m really not within the realms of my comfort zone. Apart from this one, a couple of characters have begun to try and convince me I might be ready for a contemporary romance, or perhaps a romantic comedy, but I’m still unsure.
What is the hardest part of writing for you?
Beginning! Writing the opening of that first chapter. Coming in a close second is trying to find sufficient time alone in order to immerse myself into the story and write like a woman possessed.
What do you think of book trailers? Do you have a trailer or do you intend to create one for your own book?
I like book trailers. I even had a go at making one myself, for “Reluctant Substitute”. I had fun doing that, even though I didn’t really know what the hell I was doing! I think it turned out alright. Some of the one’s I’ve seen are downright amazing.
What do you consider to be your best accomplishment?
Becoming a self-published author has to be near the top of the list.
What’s the best thing about being an author?
Being able to get my characters out of my head and down on paper, to offer those who love reading a chance to escape, to immerse themselves in a tale I have woven, even if it’s for a short amount of time.
Where do you see yourself in 10 years?
Still wiling away the hours with my fingers tapping at the keys on my laptop, at all hours of the day or night.
Have you always liked to write?
I was an avid reader before I began to write. I would consume books like drinking a glass of water. It wasn’t until an English teacher sat me down at the end of a year of essays, and recommended I look into either journalism or writing as a career, that I even contemplated writing.
What writing advice do you have for aspiring authors?
If writing a book is something you want to do, then go for it. I have no formal qualifications except that I like weaving a tale. My attitude is “I write for myself – the fact that others seem to like what I write is a bonus”. You have to be able to ask for help when you think you need it, and you have to have somewhat of a thick skin. Unfortunately, there are some nasty people out in the world and sometimes you just have to take what they say with a pinch of salt. I’m technologically challenged like you wouldn’t believe, so if I can make it happen, so can you.
If you didn’t like writing books, or weren’t any good at it, what would you like to do for a living?
You can make a living out of writing books? Where does that happen? I’ve tried my hands at many things; from mucking out stables, to washing and detailing cars, to working in an office environment under many differing labels, to owning my own businesses. I’ve worked outdoors for many years, and apart from the sometimes-grueling workload, I think I was happiest working for myself, outdoors; landscaping.
Do you read reviews of your book(s)? Do you respond to them, good or bad? How do you deal with the bad?
Yes, I read any review posted for any of my books. How to deal with the bad; you have to let it wash off you like water off a duck’s back. Not everyone is going to like what you write, especially in the genre I chose to explore. The way I write is very explicit and detailed – not everyone appreciates my style. I was actually excited when I received my first one-star review. Sometimes, those kinds of reviews are good advertising…
What is your least favourite part of the writing / publishing process?
Ugh – editing, by far. I may read through each book almost a dozen times, but I still don’t catch all of the edits.
What are you working on now?
His Word…Deception (book 1 in the Shattered Series)
Lick of Darkness (stand-alone)
Can you give us a few tasty morsels from your work-in-progress?
Tasty morsel number 1 from His Word…Deception
Appraising my appearance in the full-length, beveled mirror running half the length of one wall, a sensual smile pulled at my lips. The obsidian bustier corset was laced tightly all the way down my back, ensuring the leather boned bodice hugged and enhanced every tempting curve a woman of my more mature age possessed.
The creamy plumpness of my beasts swelled like inviting mounds just begging for a hand to knead and caress the velvety flesh, or a tongue to trail across to taste what is on offer. The triple layer of sheer black lace, peppered with millions of soft blue hearts, followed the top edge of the arches of the decadent corset encasing my breasts, highlighting the milky creaminess of my pillowed flesh. The perfect placement of the satin sapphire bow in the middle tempted an appreciative eye to roam down my deep cleavage enticingly on display.
Adjusting the garter straps so they were stretched nice and taught down the middle of my upper thigh, front and back, I secured them to the tops of each soft blue thigh high, and ruffled the triple lace edge running around the them to ensure it fell in soft tufts, fingering the satin bows above each strap to guarantee they were hanging perfectly before I stepped into my pale blue stilettos.
Selecting my sheer lace, color-matched figure-hugging dress, I slipped it off the hanger and threaded my arms up to shimmy it down over the top of my leather corset. There was no mistaking what I was wearing underneath it…it was plainly displayed through the sheer lace overlay of the short dress. There was no mistaking my intentions for the night, either.
Tasty morsel number 2 from Lick of Darkness
His chest was hard, his shoulders broad. As he swayed with my body plastered to his, I allowed myself to run my palm over his pectoral muscle and slowly down over the rigid bumps of some abs concealed beneath his collared shirt. His breath became heavy with underlying lust when I intentionally thrust my groin into his hips. Oh, he’s hanging out for a fuck. I can almost smell it.
“Not that I’m complaining,” he whispered in my ear. “But why do you wear such sexy outfits? Is it to torment poor blokes like me by showing such a tantalizing sight of what may be on offer?” He leaned back to look me in the eye, still swaying to the beat of the song playing. “You’re a naughty girl going out dressed like that.” Mistress Hellion bubbled up inside me…and this time, I couldn’t silence her.
“If anyone’s going to dish out punishment, it’ll be me,” I stated boldly, holding his gaze. With a chuckle, he drew me close once again.
“Well now,” he crooned in my ear, his tone still holding some amusement. “And why is it that you’ll be the one to dish out some punishment? In my opinion, you should be the one punished for the alluringly seductive outfit you’re almost wearing that is driving every male inside this establishment wild with mindless desire, hoping for a more intimate glimpse if only that skirt of yours rode up just that bit higher.” Bryce’s hand began to slide down over the curve of my ass. Cupping the lower curve, he pulled, crushing my groin into his swaying body. His burgeoning erection pressed against my lower stomach. But his hand kept sliding, down over the back of my thigh. His fingers toyed with the top of my thigh highs, the tips briefly sliding in beneath them before they began their upward journey. Every part of flesh he touched, crawled with disgust. When I felt them divert and try to edge beneath the hem of my skirt, I bent my free hand around to firmly halt his hand from reaching its intended destination.
“No-one touches Mistress without consent,” I bit out, unable to contain myself as I withdrew his arm from around me and stepped away from him.
“Mistress?” he asked with a touch of confusion mixed with enlightenment.
“Mistress Hellion,” I responded with stern emphasis and his brow rose.
“What’s with the ‘mistress’ part,” he asked inadvertently. My eyes left his and pointedly roamed down the entire length of him, before I lifted them and met his gaze.
“I don’t know if you’re the sort of person who would appreciate someone with the title of mistress.” I’ve thrown out the line—is he going to take the bait?
“Oh?” he asked casually, stepping closer, raising his brow even higher. “And what sort of person appreciates someone with the title of ‘mistress’,” he emphasized as his hand snaked back around my back, pulling me into him.
“Someone who’s willing to give up control. You don’t look like you’d give that up,” I answered frankly with a challenging tone in my voice. He wrenched his head back and stared at me for almost a whole minute. I didn’t break eye contact.
Where did your love of books come from?
Honestly, I can’t say – I’ve been reading books for as long as I can remember. I think I used it as a form of escape, even as a child.
Do you have any favorite authors or favorite books?
Oh, I have quite a few favorite authors. Top of my list is Lucas X Black – anything he writes – he’s a real-life sadist and writes about the Master/slave dynamic, but if I had to pick a favorite, I’d pick his Josiah – Love and Justice series. Next is Lucian W Bane – his Desecrating Solomon series, and his Dom Wars series are amazing. Another, more recent favorite – NJ Cole and Oliver Durant, who have combined to write The Other End of the Leash – with their sequel due out soon. They are real-life Dom/sub, husband/wife and that book is freaking amazing. NJ Cole has other books that I have, but haven’t read yet.
Of all the characters you have created, which is your favourite and why?
I think my favorite character has to be Alison Walker from Reluctant Substitute, and the sequel Alison’s Awakening. Writing the character and describing her journey into the world of BDSM at the hands of Jaxon Connors was cleansing in a way, and I hope I’ve managed to write it in a manner that conveys how exciting and rewarding BDSM can be.
Does writing energize or exhaust you?
Hmm – most of the time, I’d say it exhausts me. Especially if I’ve just finished writing a heated sex scene, or something really intense.
What is your writing Kryptonite?
Interruptions – having to immerse myself into the mind of my character, when I get interrupted it breaks the connection and it takes a while to get back into that frame of mind. And chocolate – who doesn’t love chocolate – I’m a self-professed chocoholic, so if there is any in the house, there are many interruptions.
Do you try more to be original or to deliver to readers what they want?
I haven’t really thought about whether or not I’m original. Hopefully, I am original in the way I write – I want the reader to feel like they are there, with the characters, experiencing what the character is experiencing. A reviewer once wrote that I write with skill and “…made me feel a blushing voyeur”. That was the highest compliment anyone could have given me.
What other authors are you friends with, and how do they help you become a better writer?
I have a lot of authors I’m friends with, and have many of their books. Each of them writes in a different way, some totally fiction, others with some of their real life thrown into each story. The more I read, the more I learn, from all of them.
If you were writing a book about your life, what would the title be?
I am genuinely contemplating writing a book based on my life, but haven’t thought of a title…maybe, “Banished”, or “Wicked Family”.
What question have you always wanted to be asked in an interview? How would you answer that question?
This is not something I’ve ever actually thought about. To be interviewed at all is a privilege, regardless of the platform, but I guess, if I had to think of one, maybe “Is there any personal experiences written into any of your books?” The answer would be “There are some personal revelations in all of them. It is up to the reader to decide what is fiction, and what is not.”
Where can your fans find you and follow??
They can friend me on Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100025252849019
or like my page – https://www.facebook.com/seductiveanglesdesires/
They can subscribe to my website – https://caroldelmornay.wixsite.com/aussie-erotic-author
They can follow me on Amazon – amazon.com/author/caroldelmornay
They can find me on Goodreads – https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/16225041.Carol_Delmornay
Thank you for taking your time to do this interview ❤️