Maria-Claire Payne

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Interview By: Tamazon

Date: October 31, 2011

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Bending Tyme | Total-E-Bound | Time-travel Regency Erotic Romance | 10/24/2011

Esme Tyme, CEO of her antiques business, eschews romance in favour of building her success and asserting her independence by day; by night, her need for control at odds with her predilection for spankings and riding crops, her philosophy towards love is pure twenty-first century cynic: she wants her men to hit it (literally) and quit it. Logan Davenport, hot - and hot-blooded - lord of the manor, channels his passion into breeding horses, resigning himself to the endless parade of insipid society women competing to attain his titles and his wealth, none caring to capture his heart. To discover the love Logan's mother, blessed with the second sight, predicted would come to him "from afar," the couple, with a bit of help from one George Gordon, the Lord Byron, must reconcile Esme's twenty-first century sensibilities with Logan's high-bred sense when Esme finds herself transported from contemporary Boston, Massachusetts to Regency England - and into the Lord Davenport's bed.

What main genre do you write in?

Erotica Romance

Please tell us your latest news!

I'm thrilled to have Bending Tyme, my second release, under my belt in October so quickly after my very first novella, Unstrung, was released in July. It's been quite a ride for the past few months! I have another novella turned into my editor at Total-E-Bound and I am sorting through several WIPS nearing completion so I can send her another as soon as possible!

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

I refuse to name one favorite! I never met a book I didn't like, at least a little bit! A story that moves me in some way, in any genre, makes me a happy reader. I suppose my "favorite" author is whoever I'm reading on any given day -- and that usually includes several!

Please describe your writing environment.

I bang out everything on one of two beloved netbooks (outrageous battery life!) triangulated by three cats at all times while I write. Meet two of the felines -- brothers -- who consider it their duty to provide loud purring to accompany my keyboard taps. Occasionally, one of my two teenagers gathers around as well. I have no idea how to write alone in a quiet place :)

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

My two teenagers offer me tremendous support. My son does all the grocery shopping and my daughter makes dinner. They're also both great at pouring a glass of wine for me when I need a break -- and then chasing down aspirin when I pull an all-nighter to work in writing time. They give me the gift of time :)

Do you like to mix genres?

I favor mixing genres! My current release is a time-travel Regency historical erotic romance. Mixing genres opens up so many possibilities -- and it's just such great fun to have that freedom to mix things up. I don't want to be limited and stuck in just one genre. I'm never quite sure exactly which path my characters plan to lead me down when we start!

What book are you reading now? What are your thoughts on it?

I'm reading Marion Zimmer Bradley's The Mists of Avalon for...oh, I lost count...the umpteenth time. I am a bit obsessed with all the variations on the Arthur legends and I especially love her version, written from the perspectives of the women in Arthur's life. I love their strength, their conflicts -- and I love fantasy. MZB is one of my inspirations, always, and this book is classic. Just perfect, in my eyes.

What inspires your writing?

I lost someone to a tragic death at too young an age. First and foremost,Todd inspires me -- he's my muse. He'd be the first to kick my butt if I squandered the opportunity to pursue something we both loved: writing. I keep at it since I don't relish the idea of an ass-whupping by a ghost in the wee hours some morning ;) Inspiration for different characters and conflicts and settings...that inspiration comes from a love of people-watching. I like to work in some science concept too -- that's my day job. Basically, inspiration comes from the sum of my life experiences.

Do you have any animals? Do they influence your writing?

My kids tell me we can never say how many cats we actually have. Feline personalities definitely influence my writing -- mainly, these purr-balls remind me to take a nap occasionally :) In a busy, nano-second world of "get it done yesterday," my cats reminder me that it's okay to be distracted by a flock of birds or a lizard. I also find them useful scapegoat when I find myself chasing my tail and getting nothing done...they think such activities are perfectly fine entertainment and just as necessary as a nap, so I blame them for setting a bad example....

If you had to choose one person to have dinner with, who would it be? And why?

Mary Shelley. She was a woman so far ahead of her time, and Frankenstein is one of my favorite classics. In truth, though, I'd invite her mainly since she'd bring Percy and Lord Byron along....Now that's a dinner party!

Thank you for the opportunity to chat some about myself!