Friday, November 12, 2010

Q&A with T.C. Archer!!!

1. Tell us about your newest release.

 
Sasha's Calling, an erotic space opera, is our newest release with Loose Id.

Blurb:

Nothing can stop freelance thief Sasha Smirnov from saving her planet -- except, Dirk, the gorgeous ambassador with polychrome eyes. Is it lust or designer pheromones? He is hot, too hot to resist -- or forget. A single, sizzling kiss burns him into her memory, and her body, but she can't afford to stop for passion, let alone love.
Sasha needs to get as far away from Dirk as possible and take the classified data she stole with her. So she stows away on a ship outward bound, only to discover Dirk's the pilot. Now she can't get away from him, or the system, but he will let her into his bed...

2. Can you tell us a little about your favorite scene in the story?

 
That would have to be the scene where Dirk saves Sasha from a very nasty character while in the bowels of The Rock, a planet which is part of a loose association of planetoids called the Bad Lands. This edgy scene highlights the sci-fi elements to a T, the villain is a vivid futuristic bionic man, and the resulting chemistry between Sasha and Dirk is hot, hot, hot.

3. How long have each of you been writing?
 Shawn--I've been writing for ten years.
Evan--I started writing in high school.

4. You write as a team. How do you manage to coordinate this?Very carefully! When one of us gets an idea for a story, we usually start by writing an opening scene or two, then share it with the other. Depending on the genre, we decide who 'goes next' in our round robin. Evan decides the underlying premise for all sci fi--his science background and experience with writing sci-fi makes him the resident expert on all things technical. Shorter novels, we generally panster our way through. Longer novels, we plot out once we get a few chapters the way into the book. We write and rewrite one another's versions, so the end result is a conglomeration that is its own entity. The book makes so many passes between us, we forget who wrote what!

5. Do you have conflicts?
 No serious conflicts. We've been writing together for about six years now, and have a couple overall ground rules that we really live by, the most important of which is: there are no deal breakers. If we find something we simply can't agree on, we just find another way to do it.

6. What surprising things have you learned while writing?

It's even harder than we thought--and we knew it was hard!

7. What authors or friends have influenced you in helping you become a writer?
First, one of our biggest influences is a good friend of ours, Kim Comeau. Kim was leading the writer's workshop where we met, and her knowledge of writing is amazing. Her patience and willingness to read and reread our work has been invaluable. As for published writers who have influenced us, Stephen King is a master. Believe it not, some of the older hard boiled detective authors like Nero Wolf and Mickey Spellane are big influences. Ray Bradbury, Orson Scott Card and even Anne Rice are a few more.

8. Can you tell us about what is coming next for you?

We're currently working on another space opera where our heroine's boss gets her a reality vacation--only she doesn't know it! The vacation turns very erotic, and has a few surprise turns for her.

9. How can readers find more about you and how to reach you on the world wide web?

Readers can visit us at http://www.tcarcher.com/. We announce upcoming releases, contests and any important news. They can follow the link to our blog to interact with us and, of course, emails are always welcome at info@tcarcher.com

2 comments:

Caffey said...

This is so neat, so different. I never read a space opera theme that I remember! I got into some SF romance from discovering them with ebooks. So it like SF and fantasy together? Congrats on the release and nice meeting you both!

T. C. Archer said...

Hi, Caffey, thanks so much. Space Operas are a style of science fiction, which means no Fantasy (Fantasy, as we all know, if magic, while science fiction is technology.) If you want to know what Space Operas are think Star Wars, Battlestar Galactica, and even Star Trek.

Space Operas tend to be very fast paced, high adventure--remember all the great adventure in Star Wars? And they tend to take place away from earth, often in space--remember how the colonists in Battlestar Galactica spent most of their time traveling in space?

And, of course, the stakes are very high. Saving planets, whole worlds, and such.

These element can be present in other types of science fiction, but again, if you think of the examples I gave, it's easy to get a snapshot of the tone and elements that make up this subgenre.