Moriah Gemel has stopped by on her VBT for Load the Dice. She’s answering some questions, brought along an excerpt and even a contest to enter.
Contest: Moriah will be awarding a free download of an Interlude Press eBook title or an author/book swag pack (US ONLY) to TEN randomly drawn winners via rafflecopter during the tour as well as a Grand Prize of a $25 B&N gift card to a randomly drawn winner. A $25 B&N gift card and print edition (to be released at conclusion of the series in January) of Load the Dice will be awarded to a randomly drawn host. Use this Rafflecopter link to enter and for additional contest details. Must be 18 years of age or older to enter.
My Interview with Moriah Gemel on Writing, Favorite Books, and Inspiration
STRW: What was your inspiration for the story?
Moriah Gemel: A friend and I were discussing what it would be like to meet someone through a game, to start a romance that way. I write a great deal of BDSM romance, and I thought, what better way to play a game? A BDSM scene can be much like a game—there are rules, and a set progression through agreed-upon activities, but all in the name of fun, and everybody wins–so what kind of game could two people meet through? And so Load the Dice was born.
STRW: Do you have a muse?
Moriah Gemel: Not that I think of as personified, no. I like to think of my inspiration as energy—some days I have plenty of it, and it just flows out through my fingers. But other days it’s stuck, and needs some jolting to get out, and that’s when I seek inspiration from other sources.
Do you work on one project at a time or many?
Moriah Gemel: I try to work on one thing at a time, but inevitably I forget that I’m supposed to be doing that and take on something else.
Hero or Antihero? Who would you chose and why?
Moriah Gemel: I think it depends on the story. Characters are just people, and every person is different and does things their own way. And so both have their own merit depending on which character you’re throwing into which situation. For Load the Dice, I needed Eric to be a hero, of a sort—he needed to be honest and open and good, as much as he could be. Another character could easily have become an antihero though.
People say write what you know. Do you think that is right or is that even important?
Moriah Gemel: I like to say, “Write everything.” That includes what you know, what you don’t know, what exists, what doesn’t exist. Why limit yourself when there really are no bounds?
What is the first book you read that really meant something to you?
Moriah Gemel: When I was six years old, my grandfather handed me Watership Down by Richard Adams. And so I read it, and understood so very little. I wasn’t mature enough. But his advice was to keep reading until I got it, and so I did—I read it over and over and over, and I still read it from time to time. There’s always something new to discover.
What do you find sexy in a man?
Moriah Gemel: I love a good pair of arms on a guy. I like them strong and thick, hard enough to hold me tight and hold me up. That and respect—nothing hotter than a guy who treats me like a person, you know?
What’s next up for you?
Moriah Gemel: I’ve just outlined my second novel! I’m excited about it, it’s completely different and a new challenge for me.
Thank you, Moriah, for sitting in our author’s chair and giving us some insight into your books, inspiration and writing. Now let’s take a closer look at Moriah Gemel’s book Load the Dice.
Load the Dice (Episode One)
by Moriah Gemel
Publisher: Interlude Press
Sales Link: Load the Dice at Interlude Press
Load the Dice Blurb:
Eric left the BDSM scene years ago because he couldn’t find the right partner, opting instead to meet men in quiet coffee shops and piano bars. But when his friend invites him to a posh hook-up party, he meets first time sub Jamie, who he convinces to detail his sexual fantasies during a passionate night together.
The pair soon embark on a relationship that introduces Jamie to the BDSM scene, and plays out his fantasies one by one. But as they approach the final fantasy, will Eric be able to walk away?
Load the Dice Excerpt
He crawls onto the bed and straddles Jamie’s thighs, his clothed body barely touching Jamie’s, and Jamie whimpers. “Are you still wearing all your clothes?” he asks breathlessly, and Eric leans down and kisses the top of his spine, letting him feel the fabric of his clothes over his bare body.
“Yes, I am,” Eric says, and Jamie rocks down into the bed.
“Oh god, that’s so hot.”
Eric chuckles, and then sits back up, making sure to keep as little contact as he can.
“I want you to tell me about your fantasies,” Eric says. “For every fantasy you tell me, I will explore one part of your body with my mouth and hands. The more details you give, the more I will pay attention to the spot I’m on.” This gives Jamie just a little bit of control, and lets Eric know the kinds of touches he likes best. Jamie can decide if he wants to keep Eric somewhere or move on—it’ll keep him on his toes, and Eric has one more trick up his sleeve to ensure it.
“But if you stop talking,” he adds, “and you don’t move on to the next fantasy, or tell me more about the one you’re on, you will be punished. Is that understood?”
Jamie whimpers again, nodding.
“I need an answer, Jamie.”
Eric kisses the top of his spine again. “Good boy. Number the fantasies as you go. You may begin.”
Eric smiles. It’s a start.
Moriah Gemel has developed a dedicated following for her realistic, sexually-charged stories over twelve years in online fan communities. Passionate about a realistic depiction of BDSM, her goal is to both entertain and educate readers about the BDSM community.
Load the Dice originated as a short work of fan fiction, written in three parts. For her first work of professional fiction, she has turned it into a serialized novel in ten parts.
She is married and has a young son.
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a Rafflecopter giveaway – see contest details and prizes listed at the beginning of this post.