How old were you when you first realized you wanted to write?
I began to write for my own amusement when I was in Junior High. I would concoct Harlequin-like stories and my friends would pass the tattered notebook around and giggle about the sappy love scenes during free period. After that, I got caught up in life and actually went to college intending to major in Political Science. I envisioned working for the state department and working for peace in the middle east. But, for some ungodly reason, my mother insisted I major in accounting and I obeyed. For several years I was miserable, trapped in a small cubicle, chasing blue and brown numbers across a ledger sheet. Finally I rebelled and decided to make myself happy, so I started to write. My first endeavors were ‘sweet romance’ and that left me unsatisfied. The first hot book I read was Leslie Kelly’s Slow Hands – and that book changed my life. It was erotic, touching – an emotional roller coaster and I decided I wanted to take my characters behind the bedroom door and find out exactly what they were thinking and feeling as they made love. And that has made all of the difference. One of my favorite reviews I ever received said that my sex scenes were ‘delicious’ and they felt like they were watching from behind the bushes. Others have said that my books make them laugh and cry and sweat and I take that as a compliment.
Most authors have an unusual story or way that they come up with their ideas for books…Do you have one?
I daydream all the time. Sometimes, I laugh at myself – I’m a female Walter Mitty. As I plot in my head and ‘live’ scenes – I am always the heroine and if I can ever get inside of her head and ‘see’ and feel what she is experiencing I know that book will be one I can make work. I carry a notebook around or make notes on my cell phone. It’s terrible to admit, but I get ideas at the oddest times. I’ve found myself jotting down notes for an erotic novel while sitting in church and listening to a sermon. There was this song that used the words ‘you are magnificently and wonderfully made’. It was referring to creation – but I thought about - uh – other things. So, I actually have a heroine who says those words to a man the first time she looks at his ‘assets’. Ideas come to me when I am talking to friends or reading a newspaper or watching a show – anytime. And when I get a certain character in my head, I start to build on that and I begin to construct his background and personality and likes and dislikes – layers that make my hero and heroine live. I always fall in love with my heroes and I entertain myself no end having daytime and nighttime fantasies about these Texas good ole’ boys that populate my stories.
What was your biggest influence that steered you towards writing?
The biggest influence that steered me toward writing was the desire to escape my own reality. Sometimes life can be an unpleasant place to be. In the worlds that I create, right always prevails – love conquers all – and holding out for a hero is not an impossible dream. I enjoy being able to lay down the common worries of life and enter a place where I control every element – I am god in the scenes that I write and when I am able to solve my heroines problems and make them strong – I can carry that same determination into my own situations. That may sound strange – but my creative process can help me problem solve and sort out my own real-life challenges.
I have to ask, are sex scenes hard for you to write?
No, not really. Although when you write ten detailed sex scenes per book – after ten books, it is a challenge to make each scene fresh and different from the many that have gone before. It is important that my scenes not be just mechanical accountings of two people having intercourse – no matter how exotic the position. I want emotion and motivation and hope and desire to jump off the page and allow the reader to be able to experience the heat and the longing for themselves.
As my writing progresses, I am getting bolder in my sex scenes. I am using words I avoided in the past and I am broaching subjects such as BDSM and ménages – and I’m having a blast! Researching sex is fun – I haunt Cinemax late night and have even ventured into a western store and popped myself on the butt with a quirt. That was wild! I was caught by a good-looking guy and we both got a kick out of my explanation. Picture me trying to tell him that I wrote erotic romance novels and needed to know how it felt to be spanked. Guess what? He volunteered to assist me in my research. And as Forrest Gump would say – ‘that’s all I have to say about that’.
No, I really can’t. I like to read horror – and I tried my hand at it, once. But it’s not for me. I love romance. I love sex. And I love to write hot scenes about people in that magical time of discovery. Sexual chemistry and white lace and promises are things that are missing from some people’s lives. And if I can offer them the chance to experience that thrill in my books – I will know that I have done my small part to bring a smile or a moment of happiness to their lives. I know that I fantasize – and when I lose myself in the pages of a book – what I can do and where I can go and who I can have sex with – is limited only by what I can dream. And that is no limitation at all.
Ah...You write for the same reason I read!! Has your family been supportive?
For the most part – my family has been supportive. My husband wouldn’t read my books – he kept asking me for illustrations. My brother has really stood by me. He was the cover model on all of my self-published books and he got a kick out of telling coeds at the
that his sister wrote erotic romance. University of Texas
My ninety three year old grandmother reads my novels and fans herself. She missed a hair appointment one day because she was too involved in a scene to realize what time it was. And for a woman of her generation to miss a chance to get their hair done – now, that’s saying something. She also asked me if I only wrote about men with ‘large penises’. I told her – yes, I guess so. She said – ‘good’, I don’t want to read about a man with a little dick. – Well, now you know.
Are any of your characters reflective of you?
All of my heroines are me. Their insecurities, challenges, hopes and dreams – in some way, they are all mine. I haven’t faced cancer or kidney failure but I do know what it is like to be looked down upon or disliked for what you believe or how you choose to live. If you want to know me – just look read my books. I am on every page.
What do you like to do when you're not writing?
I have several hobbies. Since I am from south
, originally – I love to cook Cajun or Creole. Louisiana has introduced me to BBQ and TexMex – so I have been told my cooking can make a grown man weep – and in a good way. I’ll give you a hint – Texas
Sable’s Orgasmic Brownies – simple, yet decadent.
Take 2 boxes of good Brownie mix. Substitute the water that it calls for with heavy cream and the oil for melted real butter. Add a quarter cup of chocolate syrup, two teaspoons of vanilla, a teaspoon of instant coffee and a package of chocolate chips. Bake as directed on the box – but don’t let them get completely done. They are better gooey. No one will ever believe that you took a short-cut. These brownies are sinful.
I also ghost hunt. Yes, I have been doing it for years. I have all the equipment and have traveled near and far to battlefields, plantations, hotels, prisons – you name it. I have found stuff too. With my camera, I have taken pictures that no one can explain – full body apparitions that you can easily see features, clothing, even expression. I have never been scared or hurt, although I was slapped once, by an unseen hand – but it wasn’t an angry whack, it was more – “Hey, I’m over here!” type tap. This hobby has opened my eyes to the reality that this life is not all there is. Couple that with my raising in
where my neighbors practiced hoodoo – and I am what you call ‘eccentric’. But that’s okay – I like myself, and that is all that is important. New Orleans
You sound like a really open person. Who is your favorite book heroine?
My favorite book heroine – in my own writing, is Aliyah in the book that is a sequel to
T-R-O-U-B-L-E, called My Aliyah – Heart in Chains. She is strong, spirited and a Mossad agent – so she can kick ass. It would be fun to be so self-assured and could back up your bravado. Aliyah is also soft-hearted and has been through heartache. But – into her life – walks arrogant, delicious, sweet Tyler Landon – a macho Texas Ranger who is also a sexual Dom. But in Aliyah –
meets his match. Tyler
Do you have any unusual habits that revolve around writing?
Unusual? Maybe. I love to write in my recliner and my best hours are the morning ones. I lay curled up with my laptop on my tummy and my wiener dog, Mojo, snugged up to my hip. I drink strong coffee and diet Dr Pepper and munch on BBQ Fritoes and sour pickles. I never start a project on a Friday – thanks to my
New Orleans supernatural upbringing and at night I rehash what I’ve done with a fellow author in . Pennsylvania
I don’t plot everything – I’m a panster for the most part. And I do not listen to music while I write. That seriously gets on my nerves. Sometimes I have the TV on – but I’m oblivious to it. I do like music and you probably think I like country – but I don’t. I listen to zydeco, Elvis and rap. Now, isn’t that a strange combo.
What is your favorite mystical creature?
My favorite mystical creature - well, let’s see. I hope that most mystical, mythical creatures actually exist. Every culture has their tales of shifters and magical folk who can bend reality to their will. I keep hoping that science will find Nessie and Bigfoot and I have no doubt that the universe holds more life than us – it’s just too damn big not to. So, if I had to pick one favorite mystical creature it would be the werewolf. Of course, that’s probably because of Joe Manganiello who plays Alcide on True Blood. I love to look at that man. He is my inspiration for Joseph in Her Magic Touch. - - Mouth-watering.
Girl after my own heart! Alcide is suppper yummy...with or without fur or clothes! What were some of your biggest challenges at the beginning of your career?
I had two challenges.
The first was that I was exposed as an erotic romance writer in the small backwards, backwoods town where I lived. I have since moved, but that was a horrifying experience to see hate and ignorance manifest themselves in people that you have known for years. I had sermons preached about me and people avoided me in the grocery store – it was sad. But – I changed my pseudo – packed my bags and moved on – literally. Now, I just laugh all the way to the bank.
The other challenge I had was trying to decide whether to keep self-publishing which I did rather successfully – or submit to a publishing house. Everyone I met was extremely helpful to me – both before I decided to traditionally publish and after. But I discovered what every author discovers – writing the book is only the first step. After it sells – the fun just begins. You have to blog and interview – chat and loop – twitter and facebook – and advertise – you have to promote to sell and that takes up valuable writing time. Trying to find a balance was definitely a challenge.
How do you feel about reader comments?
I welcome reader comments. I answer every email and thank the reader for taking the time to write me. If a reader has a suggestion or a criticism, I answer respectfully and thankfully. I have made many friends out of readers and I cherish them.
Do you have any advice for new authors?
Today’s writer’s market is a generous one. Self-publishing is available and you can actually make a living from it – I know – I’ve done it. Also there are so many ebook publishers and online publishers who are willing to accept and work with new authors. Anyone who can write – and wants to – will find that the doors to success are numerous and open and ready for you to be brave enough to walk through.
Where are your books available?
My kindle books are available at Amazon. T-R-O-U-B-L-E and the other works that Secret Cravings will be publishing are available at Secret Cravings Publishing store, Barnes and Nobel, All Romance Ebooks, Bookstrand and on my website, of course.
What can we expect from you in the future?
I write three types of erotic romances – cowboy, contemporary and paranormal. At Secret Cravings I have A Wishing Moon coming out in September – it is about a family of powerful
women who practice their form of witchcraft – hoodoo. And its sequel, Sweet Evangeline comes out in December, I think. A contemporary erotic, Unchained Melody comes out in November and the sequel to T-R-O-U-B-L-E, My Aliyah releases in January. I also have several self-published works coming out in my Hell Yeah! Series and about 4 WIP’s in various stages of completion. In other words – I’m busy. New Orleans
Where can we reach you and become informed of updates?
You can reach me at my website – http://sablehunter.com/
and at my email – firstname.lastname@example.org.
I also twitter @ huntersable.
Thank you for reading,
What a wonderful interview! I had several more questions but didn't want her to write another book for my blog :). Maybe we can get her back again! Now lets take a peek at her book T-R-O-U-B-L-E.
gentle, loving, and sexy as hell.
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