An Interview with Aimée Brissay

Author Image 8Born in Romania, land of the Iele and Vlad the Impaler, she spent all her life surrounded by books. She rode side by side with d’Artagnan and The Three Musketeers to retrieve the Queen’s diamonds, set sail on the Erasmus in search of the Japans, fell in love with Rhett Butler, and roamed the Wild West along Old Shatterhand. In her mind, she’d never been the damsel in distress but rather the knight in shining armor fighting for a cause. With a background like this, turning to writing was no surprise. She discovered erotica early on in life and never looked back. When she’s not at her evil day job, she can be found writing or playing with her cat. She welcomes messages from readers and promises to answer all of them as soon as possible.

Q: The setting of the story, Bucharest, is so beautiful and vivid! How did you get inspired to set the story there?

A: It seemed like the natural choice. Born and raised in Romania, I’ve spent most of my life in Bucharest. I’m fascinated by its architecture, its people, its history. There are layers to it and sometimes, if you look close enough, the veil drops allowing you to see it as it was, in all its former glory. It wasn’t called the little Paris for nothing, after all!

Q: Ménages can be formed in any number of ways. Tell us about how you came up with the incredibly unique Dare/Adam/Zephyr love triangle.

A: It didn’t start as a triangle, but no matter what I did, how I tried to turn the story around, Darien and Adam kept insisting on adding Zephyr to the mix. Who am I to argue with my characters? They always know best.

Q: As Adam shows us, the process of becoming a vampire seems like it takes some getting used to! What would be the hardest part for you to adjust to, if you were to be turned?

A: That would be the loneliness. It cannot be easy to live what is basically an eternal life and have all the people you care for, friends, family, lovers, die one by one.

Q: Lucinda is a wonderfully wicked villain, but she also seems to have a lot of fragility and depth. What was it like creating her character?

A: She has to be the most difficult character I’ve created so far. I wanted someone strong on the outside, with age and experience on her side, but with a certain level of mental instability that made her dangerous and unpredictable.

Q: Daring Adam introduces readers to a whole collection of fascinating secondary characters. Who can we look forward to seeing in future books of the series?

A: Dante for sure. This demon has grown on me, and though he was supposed to make only an appearance or two, he will play a more important role in the story.

Q: Out of all the lines you’ve written (so far!), which is your favorite?

A: “It can’t be about me or you would have challenged me out in the open. We’re almost equally matched, so it would have come down to skill and experience. Of course, you’re crazy so you would have had the upper hand.”

Q: What do you do to relax or get the creative juices flowing when you are struggling to meet your writing goals or deadlines?

A: This might come as a surprise, but I read (ha! I bet you didn’t see this coming). Whether I want to relax or get in the mood to write, books are a sure way to do it. I immerse myself into another world, live the story, love and hate along with the characters. Of course, this has its downside, because at times, I get so wrapped up in the book I can’t put it down and that makes it difficult to write my own. When reading doesn’t help, I bake.

Q: What person, record, and book would you take with you to a desert island?

A: David Burtka (you’ve got to love a man that looks as good as he does, and who can cook), Metallica’s Greatest Hits Part II, and James Clavell’s Shogun.

Q: Tell us something we don’t know about you that might surprise us.

A: Most people who know me would tell you that I’m a control freak, but not everyone knows that I don’t only love to be in control, I also like to relent it. To place myself completely in another’s hands, let myself enjoy, feel, ride it out. But of course, this has to be done on my terms. (Ha! Control freak, I told you.)

Q: When you start a series, do you plan all the books and heroes out beforehand or do you make them up as you go along?

A: Neither, or a little bit of both, to be exact. I always start out with a plan. I flesh out the characters, decide on the length of the story, plot out the action throughout the series, tweak every little detail until I’m satisfied (control freak, remember?), and then I start writing and everything goes to hell. From MM I end up with MMM, 30,000 words turn out to be closer to 50,000, and so on.