Tuesday, September 4, 2007
CJ Maxx - Coming Back a Virgin
Why did you pick the setting you used in your story? I'm not looking for -- "because I live there". I want you to dig deep and tell us...
Okay. I won’t give you “because I live there”. I’ll be more flippant, because it fit the story. Now, I’ll explain.
Why you chose that particular setting?
My hero doesn’t have a clue about romance or women. In his spare time he writes mainstream novels with pornographic sex scenes. I wanted his surroundings and his apartment to reflect someone with little intimate contact with actual females.
What does the setting add to the story?
It reinforces who he is. He sees his place as a cool bachelor pad. The state of disarray, the lack of food, the mismatched furniture, his collection of X-rated videos, the need of a thorough cleaning, and everything else points to the lack of females in his life and his cluelessness.
Could you write the same story in a different setting?
I suppose I could have made him a compulsive cleaner without a clue about women but it would have taken a lot out of the story. No, the setting’s critical to the story.
Why or why couldn't you use a different setting?
My whole point about the setting was to reinforce his weaknesses. Besides that, it gives my heroine something to bitch about, something to question why she’s there.
Did you use a real place as a basis for your setting?
No. The apartment is imaginary. I used the name of a restaurant in the Knoxville, Tennessee area but I never identify where he lives. I’ve used that restaurant in another story and I just like the name of it. I’ve never been there.
Or, did you create the setting from scratch?
Definitely from scratch, the apartment is never described until the heroine makes her walk-through inspection. Much to her disgust, I might add.
Is there anything else about your setting that we need to know? Feel free to share.
The transformation of the setting is essential to the story. It changes from a bachelor’s slovenly haven into something that a woman could enter without cringing. In fact, some actual romance takes places there.
Please provide your website link.www.cjmaxx.net
What is the link to buy your book?http://www.whiskeycreekpress.com/torrid/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=4&products_id=211
Tell us some specific details about your setting. What would we see? What sort of people are there? If we were traveling to your setting, what should we bring with us? For visitors, what do they need to know to visit your setting?
This is probably not a good question for me since the story deals almost exclusively with two characters inside his apartment.
Thank you for sharing details about your book setting. Now, what's the title of your book and where can we buy it?
The title is Coming Back a Virgin and the publisher is Whiskey Creek Press-Torrid. It can be purchased from them. The link is in a previous question.