Renee, it is good to have you with me today. I know you are crazy busy so thanks for taking a moment to answer a few questions and introduce yourself. For those readers not familiar with your background, please tell us a little about yourself and your work.
Whether as D. Reneé Bagby or Zenobia Renquist, I live in my imagination. When not traveling through my fantasy worlds, I can be found in MD living with my husband and two cats.
I am an Air Force brat turned Air Force wife, which means I’m accustomed to travel and do it whenever possible (so long as I don’t have to fly). My favorite pastime is torturing my characters on their way to happily-ever-after for the enjoyment of my readers.
On the few occasions my muse flees the scene of the crime, I like to read (comics, manga, and romance), go to the movies, play a few levels of whichever puzzle game has hijacked my interest or experiment with a new chainmail weave.
You can find out more about me at my website http://dreneebagby.com or my blog http://dreneebagby.blogspot.com.
Time is on their side and they can be together, assuming the truth doesn't ruin everything first.
Immortals born in the thirteenth century, Lucien Riordan and Ranulf Styr have waited centuries to be reunited with their love. Want for her cemented their friendship through time even as it tore it apart. She changed their lives, made them want better, and they plan to show her that. There’s only one catch—she’s never met them before.
Eris Brue is flattered by Lucien and Ranulf’s attention but they are her bosses. She doesn’t want to get tangled up in an office romance, especially not with two men. Their joint seduction overcomes her resolve and she gives in even though she knows they are keeping secrets that could doom their relationship.
Centuries of planning have finally come to fruition. Lucien and Ranulf have a short amount of time to make Eris love them, because once time has her, everything could come to an end.
Buy Link: http://www.bookstrand.com/eris
Read the First chapter: http://dreneebagbypresentsfirstchapters.blogspot.com/2010/06/eris-by-d-renee-bagby.html
Hot stuff, Renee. In fact, HOT describes the majority of your work, that and believable despite the fantasy settings. Reviewers often expound on the realism of your characters and their emotions, yet your worlds stretch the imagination. So why paranormal–and erotic paranormal at that? What is it about the genre that drew you in?
I’d rather make it all than to do research. I love to escape reality and have been making a hobby of it since high school. I always wanted to be carried away to some far off planet or to another dimension where all of the fantastical things I had read about and seen on TV existed. Since that never happened, writing about it became the next best thing.
I tiptoed into erotic paranormal, namely ménage, because sometimes I don’t want to choose between the moody stoic or the loveable joker, and I don’t think my heroine should have to either. Writing a ménage offers the freedom of having two types of hero get the same girl and having her love them both equally.
Too funny though that explains a good deal. I’ve never thought of world building as a way to avoid research. It has always seemed like a great deal of work. Now, I know better. ;-D So, if you could visit one of your self-made worlds, would you?
In a heartbeat and without fail, I would be on the first magic spell off this rock and on to Gezane. It’s got everything—magic, mythical beings, and really tall gorgeous men with horns. *eg* I know I can’t get there in real life so I’m really looking forward to revisiting that world when I write the sequel to SERENITY, which I hope to do in 2011.
It seems like you really do love your worlds. Is one of them filled with cat people? What is behind the cute little creature I see everywhere you hang out? Your blog and website are adorned with an adorable kitty cat mascot. Does she have significance beyond cuteness?
She is Sekhmet, named after the Ancient Egyptian goddess of vengeance. In high school, my best friend and I wanted to create a comic book. I would write and she would draw. Sekhmet is the character I created for our comic. Well, the comic never got off the ground but I loved Sekhmet too much to let her languish and be forgotten. I adopted her as the embodiment of my muse as well my site’s mascot.
That is pretty cool. My muse hides too often to have a face. Speaking of inspiration though, you live surrounded by it on an Air Force base. Do you find the military influences your work in any way–negative or positive? How so?
I have a super soldier story waiting to be finished, so I’d say it does influence me. I don’t see any of it as negative. Since I’m so widely traveled, that has exposed me to many different cultures. That, in turn, helps me to create more realistic worlds and give my characters’ reactions to those worlds that are more true to life.
I bet your readers will love the soldier as much as they appreciate your diverse background and its influence on your work. Thanks again for stopping by today, Renee. It has been fun getting to know you.