Author Spotlight: Constance Masters
Describe yourself in one word:
What is your background with regard to writing?
I started writing fan-fiction because I doubted my ability to create my own characters. I found though that although I started with the characters from a TV show, those characters were living within a family I’d created.
When did you first begin writing with a view of embarking on a career as a published author?
That was early in 2011. I was on the Blushing Books website when I noticed the write for us button. I decided to give it a go. My first book was published in May. I have six books published with Blushing Books with two more expected out by the end of the year. Maybe another Christmas book if I can fit it in. I also have four books with Stormy Night Publications, the fourth being The Billionaire and the Waitress.
Tell us a little more about The Billionaire and the Waitress and what sparked this story for you?
The Billionaire and The Waitress was a suggested story idea that James Johnson, the co-owner of Stormy Night Publications came up with. He sent me some ideas and then left it to me to develop the story from there. I loved the concept of this story. The fact that for the most part it’s set in a small town, meant that I was able to bring in a couple of quirky characters. Basically, the story is about a young couple (Josh and Chelsea) that although are very different at the moment that they met, turn out to want the same thing; to be in a loving relationship. It was almost love at first sight.
The Billionaire and the Waitress explores the use of domestic discipline within Josh and Chelsea’s relationship, what was the most challenging aspect of writing this particular aspect of the story?
For me the challenge of writing domestic discipline is to keep the story flowing while adding in all the elements that make the story a fun, warm, happy ending type of spanking romance while at the same time making sure that the reader knows that any discipline is consensual. In The Billionaire and The Waitress, domestic discipline is something that Josh knows he wants to be blended into a relationship when he fins that special person. It doesn’t take Chelsea long to realise that the idea intrigues and titillates her.
What one character trait will most endear both Josh and Chelsea to your readers?
Gee that’s a hard one. I think the fact that both Chelsea and Josh are very real. Chelsea is imperfect, like the rest of us but she’s still nice. What Josh wants is a lot to ask of any woman, to give him total trust; but he believes that it is the key to a healthy happy relationship and he only intends to have one in his life. For him Chelsea is that one. Josh has the courage of his convictions.
With much attention given to alternate sexual lifestyles of late, as a writer exploring and presenting aspects of domestic discipline, what’s the one thing you’d like people to know about the lifestyle?
Another big question. I think the thing that I want people to know about domestic discipline is that I write happy endings. That’s what I’m going for with my stories. Relationships that strive to grow and get better with less arguments and better communication. Now I’m not saying that there are no happy relationships if domestic discipline isn’t involved but the people in my stories make the choice to do it that way. It’s all about choice.
What do you want readers to know about the romance genre?
Sadly in real life not every relationship or marriage has a happy ending. In the romance genre it usually does or at least a happily ever after, for now. That doesn’t mean that that’s all there is. Jump in and enjoy a romance there is so much more that can go on in a romance novel that just the romance. I personally like my romance with a lot of real life in them: A little normal everyday life, a little angst, maybe a tinge of mystery. Of course you have to have some humour and the main element lot’s of love.
What’s next for you?
Two books actually. One is called Monkey Trouble; the story of a summer intern at a zoo who falls in love with one of the keepers. It’s a fun story. The other is my second story in the Corbin’s Bend Series. It’s actually my very first F/F romance. It’s the story of Carol and Crystal who are in a long term committed relationship. They have a nine year old daughter that Crystal gave birth to. This story is about Carol who decides she wants to have a baby, sooner rather than later. That is a fun ride.
What book is currently on your nightstand?
To be honest I haven’t read anything for a while but the kindle on my computer is packed with books waiting to be read. I’m going to give myself a break at Christmas and catch up then.
What advice would you give your 16-year-old self?
Relax and enjoy, life turns out the way it’s supposed to.
What do you find easiest to write? And, the hardest?
The easiest to me is the comedy. The hardest are the sex scenes; if I’m not alone. My house is still pretty full and it’s hard to write a sex scene when people are asking you what’s for dinner or trying to talk to you about what’s on TV.
Favourite travel experience?
A cruise I went on when I was in my teens. I didn’t appreciate the experience of having everything done for me nearly as much as I would now.
Number one thing to do on your bucket list: Travel.
Milk, dark or white chocolate? Depends what I’m in the mood for but usually milk.
Red, white, bubbly? Bubbly.
Salty or sweet? Sweet.
Beach or mountains? Mountains
Give or receive? What are we talking about here? If it’s gifts definitely give.