Monday, February 21, 2011

Interview with author Christy Poff

Please welcome erotic romance writer Christy Poff!

Laurie-Hello Christy, I am so glad you accepted to do this interview. Would you tell us a little about yourself?

Christy -In essence, there’s not a great deal to tell – I’m married with two kids and an amazing granddaughter outside of Philadelphia, Pa.  I love to travel and hope to get up to Canada in the next few years. I used to be a firefighter but things happened and I no longer can do it.

Laurie-What inspired you to write?

Christy -A family trip to Gettysburg one day and my first historical hit paper.  It’s also a period of time with so many fascinating people and events. I love it when an idea comes to mind then ends up as a full-length novel or even a novella.

Laurie-Out of all the books you wrote, do you have a few that hold a special place in your heart? How about your heroes and heroines, do you have a favorite among them?

Christy -Chase for an Angel will always be my favorite as well as Jessie and Andrew though my other characters are all fighting for second place.

Laurie-What are some of your favorite author’s and some of your favorite books you've read?

Christy -I love Christine Feehan’s Dark series as well as Laurell K. Hamilton’s Anita Blake series. I literally go through withdrawal between books in WEB Griffin’s Badge of Honor series which centers on the Philadelphia Police Department.

Laurie-What sub-genre that you write? Do you have a favorite?

Christy -I write several, in fact.  I love vampires and werewolves as evidenced from my Eyes of Darkness series which at this moment has no last book in sight as it keeps continuing on, my Internet Bonds and Desire series are erotic with BDSM involved, and I’ve got some thrillers as well.  I basically write what comes to mind at the moment – except for Sci-Fi.

Laurie-I recently read WAR IN DARKNESS: MOONSTRUCK and really enjoyed it. What was your favorite part about witting this story?

Christy -The fact I could base it in Charleston, South Carolina (one of my favorite cities in the world) since I have a good amount of family there plus the time period.  Being able to merge the history aspect with the vampire idea intrigued me.

Laurie-With War in Darkness: Moonstruck setting in Confederate times, did you have to do any research while witting?

Christy -I had a lot of the information about the city already but I wound up calling a very nice man at the Exchange Museum in Charleston to ask him about the stores underneath the original building.  When I saw the construction and architecture of them, I knew I had to use the underground area in the story.  Looking into Osceola was fascinating, too. I can also cheat and ask my cousin for any naval help.

Laurie-Can you tell us what inspired you to write the heroine as a spy?  Most people say women didn't do things like this back then, but I believe they did. So, I loved this idea!

Christy -Then they aren’t aware of Belle Boyd, Crazy Betty and several others who worked to undermine the Union and Confederacy.  It’s rumored that Betty had one of her spies in Jefferson Davis’ household in the Confederate White House in Richmond.  Belle’s life is fascinating, as well.  Women had attributes and wiles the men didn’t and they used them to get information on and to either side.  Having her get pulled into the covert side of the war worked well.

Laurie-Have you ever thought about writing more books like your War in Darkness Moonstruck?

Christy -I have another one planned for the series which continues the story of the Austin Brothers who are werewolves in the Tennessee and Shenandoah Valleys.  Their stories began in the first book which released under the Torrid Teasers line at Whiskey Creek Press Torrid.  The book had two short stories—Addicted to Cyn which dealt with the idea of vampires making a nightly feast at the battlefields though one had a conscience and the other, Scarlet Love which told about a girl taken hostage by Yanks since her home lay in the wrong area and the man who saved her and took her farther south to his home.

Laurie-Would you tell us a little of what you’re working on next?

Christy -I’ve just finished the edits for the fourth Desire book which releases in a few weeks and I’m not sure what might come next though I am looking into more Civil War elements.

Fun questions:
What your favorite color? Black
Do you have any pets? Used to have three cats.
What your favorite movie and TV show?  Favorite movie is Casino Royale with Daniel Craig and TV Show is a toss up between several – Torchwood, Doctor Who with David Tennant or any of the Doctors preceding him as I don’t like Matt Smith, Top Gear but only the UK original and Hawaii Five-O ( loved the original with Jack Lord and love the new one with Alex O’Loughlin.) Other than that, you’ll find me watching any hockey game I can.
Do you have a favorite food or place to eat? Shrimp is my favorite food followed by chocolate.  As to favorite restaurant – good question.

Place to find Christy
You can find Christy's Poff books here
Christy's Web Journal - Bravenet Blog 

My review of  WAR IN DARKNESS: MOONSTRUCK by Christy Poff

Thanks again Christy!

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