Monday, July 31, 2017

RD Peterson ~ an interview and his novel The House of Scarlet

RD Peterson

TITLE: The House of Scarlet
RELEASE DATE: March 25, 2017
AUTHOR: RD Peterson
ISBN: 978-1542823494
IMPRINT: Blue Feather

RD Peterson is a semi-retired attorney. Along with caring for assorted cats, dogs and horses, he also collects antique clocks and pocket watches. He and his wife live in California.


Q: Tell me something you would like your readers (fans) to know about you.
A:  I'm actually not very gregarious.  I have a few really good friends, but I think instead of being a socialite, I juxtapose social interaction into my writing where my characters can do things I would be afraid to do in real life.  For instance, I've never ridden in a limo in my life.  But in the current book, that's the main ride for the lead characters.

Q: Bedtime, relaxing so you can sleep sounds. Is your preference, white noise, TV, soft music, ocean waves, forest or meadow sounds, babbling brook, or something else?
A:  Noise at night bothers me so I read.  I read manuscripts, books, magazines and so on.  Not for long, just enough to let myself relax.  Or inspire me to get up in the middle of the night and write something.

Q: If your life were a movie would it be considered an action film, comedy, drama, romance, fantasy or a combination?
A:  Oh my God, it would be a disaster film, extended cut.  Most people like to think their lives are a mess, but mine actually has been a series of train wrecks.  From on the job injuries, to natural disasters, to the never ending problem solving at work  it just doesn't get any more action packed.

Q: Tell me one thing that your spouse does that really endears him/her to you. One thing that annoys you. These can be tiny little things, actually the smaller the better.
A:  She loves me.  She loves me not.  She loves me...

Q: Snack of choice – chips, pretzels, popcorn, or cookies, cake, candy? Or maybe you’re a healthy snacker - fruit, yogurt, nuts, raisins?
A:  Ice cream.  Who doesn't scream for ice cream?  Though I do like key lime and lemon cream pie.


Q: When did you start writing and why?
A:   I started writing in high school.  I took a class on creative writing and found out I was good at it.  Or so everyone told me.  My first stories were hand written and about a page or a page and a half in length.  No one wanted to read them.  Which makes you wonder; if no one wanted to read my stuff, how did they know it was good?

Q: Where do you get your ideas?
A:  Mostly from real life.  I have interesting friends and some of my business clients at the day job have interesting stories about things they've seen and done.  Not all of them, just some.  I also am not afraid to ask strangers questions about stuff I get interested in.  I just put all these things together with a plot and a story emerges from the chaos.

Q: How did you come to write your genre of choice?
A:  I don't really have a writing genre.  I write about many different areas and aspects of fiction.  I've written short stories about all kinds of different things, romances, Sci-Fi, and others areas of interest.   The stories are in my head, the characters exist in my mind.  Writing about them doesn't depend on a specific genre because the characters tell the story, not me.

Q: What do you think is the hardest part of writing a book?
A: Every story is like a marathon race.  There's a starting line, a finish line and all the stuff in between.  For me, sometimes at about the 2/3 to ¾ point there's a spot where I have to go from where the story currently is running along without a hitch to the beginning of the home stretch.  Connecting those two things seamlessly can often be difficult for me.

Q: Which element of book writing is most difficult for you?
A:  Editing.  I'm horrible at it.  When I read I don't see punctuation and I often skip over spelling errors.  I have to have an editor.  But here's the real rub.  A GOOD editor doesn't just check your spelling and punctuation.  A really good editor helps with your story line and catches your mistakes so you can fix them before you look like a fool with a manuscript.

Q: What is your favorite part of writing?
A:   The acceptance letter.  It's a validation that what I've done is worthwhile to someone else.  That someone else believes in me.  You don't get much better than that.

Q; Now your least favorite part?
A:   Sleepless nights.  A lot of what I write is done in the middle of the night because the Muses wake me up and won't let me roll over and go back to sleep.  Don't get me wrong, sometimes those ladies are good company, but there are times when I just want to sleep.

Q: How do you handle a writer's block?
A:  I write.  Usually what comes out is junk, but I get words into the computer.  Usually I dump what's there but sometimes there is something in all that garbage which is a nugget I can use to get beyond the sticking point.  And, it helps clarify where I want to story to go from where it is.


Q: What are you working on now? Would you like to share anything about it?
A:  Book #2 (A Shadow of Scarlet)  is written and we're waiting to see if the public likes this series before going ahead.  I've mostly got book #3 in this series written as well.  Depending on readership there “might be” a book #4 but if so, that's a couple of years away.  Really it comes down to fans and sales.

Q: How can we find you? Do you have a web page, FaceBook page or any buy links?
A:  Yes, I do. Here are the links.   

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KEYWORDS: BDSM, LGBT, Erotica, Bondage, Lesbian, Kink, Dominatrix

BDSM and kink. A world Karen never knew existed. That is, until she becomes the ultimate Mistress of The House of Scarlet.

Violet is a submissive member of a secret BDSM club. The trouble begins when she petitions her Mistress for permission to become pregnant and her wish is granted. Overjoyed and day-dreaming about having a baby, she unintentionally reveals the existence of the club to her best friend Karen.

Surprised by what she learns, Karen struggles to deal with this new revelation about Violet. After being attacked by a rogue member of the club, Karen empowers herself to overcome her own internal conflicts and seize the reins of her destiny.

Along the way she meets Callie who, as her sister says, is perfect. Except for her Lesbian side, which she hides from everyone. Approached by the police to try to help identify a murder victim, Callie’s tattoo parlor is burned to the ground. With her dreams reduced to ash and nowhere left to turn, Callie fits her hand into Karen’s.

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