Charlotte Stein is the acclaimed author of over thirty short stories, novellas and novels, including the recently DABWAHA nominated ‘Run To You’ and RT nominated ‘Intrusion’ (Under the Skin #1) . When not writing deeply emotional and intensely sexy books, she can be found eating jelly turtles, watching terrible sitcoms and occasionally lusting after hunks.
I’m a big fan of Charlotte Stein’s. A couple of her books are on my ‘all time favourite’ list. The books on that list are pretty special to me so I was really excited to get the opportunity to do this little interview during the blog tour for ‘Forbidden’. So, thanks Charlotte.
Imagine me sat legs crossed, pen poised over pad, two mugs of strong Yorkshire tea in front of us….
1) Did you enjoy writing Forbidden? What were the challenges you faced with this book?
I absolutely LOVED writing this story. The only real challenges I faced were in terms of logistics setting and timings and where they should be on their little road trip. But the thing I thought would be hardest, building the explosive tension between them actually came really quickly.
2) How do you see your style evolving in the writing of this book and through the Under The Skin series?
I really struggle with thinking of myself as a writer who is progressing and developing. Mostly I spend my time being pretty hard on myself, so I’ve been pleasantly surprised by how much satisfaction I got out of writing this series, and how much I’ve felt that it is stronger than a lot of things I’ve written previously. I think for the first time I really attempted to layer in outside elements and hints of other genres I’d like to explore like romantic suspense and gothic horror and it’s been a lot of fun.
3) What made a West Yorkshire lass decide to have the narrator in ‘Forbidden’ from the ‘deep south’?
She just came to me! She just kind of walked into my head, fully formed.
4) Why did you choose the hero to be a sexy almost – priest?
Well, I’ve always wanted to write one. But the less cool, serious answer is that I saw a little known movie called The Rite. It’s completely terrible and dull and silly, but I found myself utterly gripped because of the hero in it. He’s quite intense and vulnerable and fierce and oh my god hot as balls, and he just stayed with me as my hero inspiration.
5) What do you want your readers to think and feel after reading this book?
I hope they’ll feel the same thing I would always like them to go away with: a sense that love and passion is real and possible and full of joy and escape from whatever terrible thing might have happened in the course of the book. Or even just in every day life.
6) Summarise Forbidden for eager readers in one sentence.
He is everything she is forbidden to have.
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