Wednesday, August 30, 2017

RD Peterson ~ 2nd 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: Have you ever been too embarrassed to promote any certain titles to friends or family?
A:  Sometimes.  My reading (and writing) choices could be called somewhat odd.  Some of my friends/family do not understand why I choose to read or write about some alternative lifestyle choices.  It's like they transpose what I read or write as something I secretly desire to do.  Which is silly when you think about it; reading a murder mystery doesn't mean anyone wants to be a murderer.  Or that reading a spy novel makes someone a spy.
Q: Favorite color?
A:  Scarlet.  :D  Ok, ok.  Either red, tan, or black.  Not white.  White is my least favorite color.

Q: Dress up or dress down?
A:  Both.  I wear a suit for work but at home I'm totally casual.  Jeans and boots.

Q: Dine in or dine out?
A:   Out if possible.  I like watching other people interact.  Some of the things I've seen have made their way into my stories over the years.

Q: Coffee or Tea?
A:  Tea.  It's the civilized drink all over the world.  Coffee is nice but tea is where it's at.


Q: Do you write long hand first, or does it go straight into the computer?
A:  Straight into the PC.  That way I can delete it before anyone sees how awful it is.  No evidence left behind that way.

Q: Are you a sit down and play it by ear kind of writer, or do you need a structured guideline, or maybe a little of both?
A:  I've done it both ways.  Longer works need something, even if it's just a bare outline of each chapter, to keep me on track.  Of course I'm not saying I stick to the outline.  Sometimes where I think a story is going has nothing to do with where it ends up.  Which is usually a big surprise to everyone, including me.

Q: When crafting the story do you go from beginning to end, or do you jump around writing the scenes that are pushing themselves forward in your brain?
A:  A little bit of both.  I think staying on track keeps things organized.  But, if something is really itching to get written, I'll open another window and start jotting things down.  I cut & paste that into the story where appropriate when I get there.

Q: Do you always know how a story will end when you begin writing it?
A:   Not really.  I have an idea, but some of the things in the plot will circle back onto themselves.  At that point I have to change the direction of the characters and/or plot.  Since it's uncharted territory, I have no idea where I'm going except that I'm headed cross-country trying to find my way back to the marked trail on the map.  Sometimes I fall into abandoned mine shafts or discover El Dorado and the lost treasure of the Inca's along the way.

Q: Have your characters ever taken the story in a different direction than you had originally planned? Do you have a for instance, for us?
A:  Very often the characters develop personality traits that differ from what I intended.  Take this book for instance.  Violet was the first character I created.  I had originally intended her to be much more dominant than she wound up being.  Her character was also supposed to play a much larger role in the overall plot.  Unfortunately, she couldn't be who she is and still be that larger character.  So I had to create Karen to take over for her.  Karen is much more complex than Violet.  Because of that complexity the story ended up in a completely different plot alignment than I had first intended.  Karen's relationship with Wolfe was not planned at all.  Nor was Callie's personal honor code intended to be so inflexible and rigid.  Chasandra was totally unexpected and I really have no idea where her character came from.

Q: How long does it take you to create a novel?
A:   This is different for everything I've ever written.  Some stories I have to push to get finished.  Others use me as the tool to write themselves.  The House of Scarlet took 60 days.  Book #2 in the series took twice that long.

Q: Do you like to read the genre that you write?
A:  I read everything.  Westerns, romance, sci-fi, mystery, you name it, I read it.  Well, except for biographies and true crime.  Those aren't my thing at all.

Q: How does the man/woman in your life feel about the genre you write? Has he read any of your work?
A:   All my friends and family read my stuff.  Well I try to get them to read it.  It's like showing home movies to friends, they don't really seem interested.  The eye rolls and virtual  running away when I show up with a new manuscript only reinforces that aspect.  The thing is, when I do get it right, they can't put it down.  And then they tell me they hate me because I killed off their favorite characters, or made them cry, or haven't written the next bit, or whatever.  Being a writer is emotionally brutal.


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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