This week we have the venerable C.M. Steele in Under the Covers! In the interview C.M. talks about how Chicago has influenced her books and how she got into writing in the first place. Enjoy!
Fiona Blake: What made you decide to take the plunge and start writing your first novel?
C.M.: I’ve always had a love for writing. As a kid, I wrote a lot of poetry. Then in college I took theater (Yes there is some footage of me out there.) One of the assignments involved creating a play. I made one and that was the start of my madness.
Fiona: What writers inspire you?
C.M.: There are so many, but the most influential is the immortal Jane Austen. Then there’s the Cowboy queen Diana Palmer.
Fiona: How do you incorporate your life into your books?
C.M.: My characters tend to be from Chicago where I was born and raised, some of the female characters look how I did when I was teen.
Fiona: What is your writing process?
C.M.: I get ideas from the smallest of things. I was talking to a former acquaintance about a slumber party she was having and I was like that would make a great story for my Best Friend Series. One time I was on a field trip with my kids or watching my favorite channel Investigation Discovery. After taking all three kids to school, I pop into my office with my coffee and start writing until it’s time to make my husband something to eat. And I try to get some writing in throughout the day in between the mom duties.
Fiona: What is the best sentence you’ve ever published?
C.M.: Damn that C.M. Steele and her dirty words!
Fiona: What exciting projects do you have in the works?
C.M.: I’m working on a vampire series. It’s going to be a set of three full length novels. It’s the biggest project I’ve ever done and I’m truly scared shitless about doing it.