Denise McCray

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Interview By: Tamazon

Date: March 30, 2011

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BARED ESSENTIALS, Decadent Publishing, Erotic/Interracial, March 1, 2011

Attorney Carin Cross, better known as CC, has just emerged from the marriage from hell. After the divorce, her best friend tricks her into visiting a clothing-optional resort, aptly named Bared Essentials. CC is not happy and lets everyone around her know her feelings. She makes up her mind to stay behind closed doors until it's time to go home, that is until she runs into the man she's fantasized about, Stephon Hill.

Stephon is a hard-working attorney who treasures his secret forays to the island. The last person he expected to see at the resort is CC, the woman of his dreams. Acting upon mutual attraction, the pair begins a torrid affair on the island. Almost as soon as it starts though, CC has doubts about them. Why would a gorgeous man like him want her?

Stephon must act quickly to convince CC she's more than an island fling to him. But can he overcome her seriously flawed self-esteem and show her they're made for each other?

Please describe your writing environment.

Truthfully, I really don't have a "writing environment". I can write just about anywhere with my AlphaSmart, be it my bedroom, or home office or even the courtroom when I'm between cases. My co-workers get a worried look on their faces when I stare at them though. They think I'm putting them into my stories, and most of the time they're right. But I always changed the names and faces to protest the innocent!

Please tell us your latest news!

Right now, I'm getting ready to travel to Los Angeles for the Romantic Times Convention, or better known as RT. I've never been to southern California, so I am so excited and can't wait to get there!! I'll have pens, romance trading cards, gift cards and tee shirts for my readers, so if you're in the area or attending the convention, come find me.

Who is your favorite author and what is it that really strikes you about their work?

I love Brenda Jackson and probably have every book she's written. What draws me into her stories are the characters, those lovable and sexy men especially. If I wasn't so old (or seasoned), or so married (twenty-seven years), I'd go find one of those Westmorelands men for myself!

Do you see writing as a career?

I most certainly do. I've been an attorney for almost twenty-six years (has it really been that long?) and I'm looking forward to retiring from the courtroom. Although I love what I do and especially my clients, I want to do something else for the rest of my life. The women in my family tend to live a long time, and I'd love to be a little old lady writing erotica!

Do you recall how your interest in writing originated?

I have always wanted to be a writer for as long as I can remember. As a child, I lived in the local library, reading everything I could get me hands on. At home, I fancied myself a writer, and wrote "books" to sell to classmates. I don't think they sold very well! As an adult, I really buckled down to write as I approached my fiftieth birthday. For me, it was now or never. I'm thankful I took the chance to write and more thankful that Decadent took a chance on me.

Do you plan all your characters out before you start a story or do they develop as you write?

I am a serious plotter, so I know all my characters before I set pen to paper (or fingers to AlphaSmart). Now that doesn't mean they act the way I want them to act when I'm writing. Sometimes one of the secondary character will ask for a little more action or dialogue, and if I can swing it, I give in.

Who has been your best supporter? How have they been there for you?

My husband, no question about it. The man allows to do whatever I please, to a certain extent. He was the first person I ran to when I found out that I sold Bared Essentials, and he was just as excited as I was. I love my husband with all my heart, and you can find a little bit of him in all my heroes.

Tell us all about "The Call" or "The Email"!

For me, it was "The Email". I had been shopping Bared Essentials around for over a year, and was getting rejection after rejection. I decided to give it one more shot, and sent it off to Decadent Publishing at the beginning of November 2010. It only took a couple weeks for them to respond and tell me they wanted my baby. The hubby and I did some serious celebrating that night!

I want to thank all my readers for purchasing BARED ESSENTIALS, and I look forward to hearing from you.

Love you,