The Romance Studio
Interview with Sultry Summers
By Diane Tugman
Editorial Assistant for The Romance Studio
DT: Sultry thank you for joining us today. Your featured book is called Gift of
the Nightflyer. Will you tell us something about this story?
SE: Gift of the Nightflyer is a darkly erotic Vampire tale, the first of at least two.
It begins in the late 1800's, set in the Transylvanian Mountains and enters the
lonely life of Count Ignatio Magonoff who has lost his wife in childbirth to a
stillborn son. The beautiful Vampire, Lady Leslie, has chosen him to change
into a Vampire and become her lover. Ignatio becomes an extremely powerful
Vampire; however he doesn't consider becoming a Vampire a "gift" as she does.
He truly only wanted a wife and children and resents the loss of his soul and
Lady Leslie for turning him. But in the same way, he cannot let her go.
His sexual appetite becomes more distorted, as far as Lady Leslie is concerned,
and he takes measures to assure her fidelity. On their way home from a
meeting with a group of Vampires in the area, they find a young Scottish couple,
delayed in their journey home after their carriage breaks a wheel. The Count
falls immediately in love with the young Scottish woman who is 8 months
pregnant. From here on all their lives become much more complicated,
especially when the young woman goes into labor early and the Count uses his
powers to "calm" her.
One of the big questions is, will his methods affect the baby. This and other
questions are left to be answered in the next saga.
DT: What was the most interesting part of this story to you? Which character
was easiest to formulate or did both characters just develop as you wrote? And
what did you like best about this book?
SE: To me the most interesting part of my story is the change that is
overcoming the Count, changing from a very good man into a powerful but
increasingly heartless Vampire. The Character developed pretty much as I
went, and I will say that some reviewers have not liked my Count because of his
"change". Too many readers expect a good Vampire and are disappointed to
find the Count is more the old style of Vampire. This book has a "real" history
behind it. Let me just say that the Count has a counterpart in real life. NO, he
isn't a Vampire, not in the real since of the word, but he does steal the "life" of
some of the women who have come under his professional control. I am glad to
say I was not one of his direct victims, had he encountered me in that fashion
he would not have had other victims.
DT: Sultry, you’re also the Chat Coordinator for The Romance Studio, fondly
known as Orange Blossom. How did you get started with TRS and what is it
you like best about chats?
SE: I started as a reviewer, and still do an occasional review. I do enjoy doing
them, however, I enjoy the Chats more and they take more of my time. Simone
suggested that I offer to help out with the chats to give our Tina some
assistance and it just went on from there.
DT: What would be your idea of the perfect romantic/erotic evening and who
would be your perfect lover? Please don’t leave out any details.
SE: Oh now that is a good question. I've been married for 32 years and still love
my husband very much. To me a perfect evening would be dinner with him at
one of the wonderful restaurants close to the water here in Florida, then a long
walk down a moon lit beach, possibly ending at a private suite at a beach side
resort that overlooks the ocean and a good bottle of champagne. After all these
years he knows well what turns me on and gets me to the pinnacle he wants to
take me so I don't doubt from this point it would be a very erotic evening. As for
details, let me just say, I didn't just imagine those hot love scenes I wrote, any of
DT: What are your viewpoints about erotic writing today? What do you have in
store for your readers in the coming future? Do you plan on venturing outside
your normal genre?
SE: I am very much in favor of erotic literature. I enjoy writing as well as reading
this genre. It adds to the romance of many novels, though I don't think every
Romance Novel must be erotic to be a good book. As with anything, there is a
time and place for everything. I have a great respect for a good Romance Story
with a well-written love scene that doesn't go into detailed erotic description, as
one that does. Sexual tension, achieved without erotic description, can be just
as stimulating and I write both ways. After all, I would like to allow my daughter
to read some of my work.
As for what I have in store for my readers, many things. I have two sequels
planned for Three Moons Risings, which is written under Sheila N. Eskew, and I
have had many requests for those sequels. Of course, I have one more, at
least, sequel for Gift of the Nightflyer. I have a book completed on Atlantis that
is a full length novel and a really intriguing adventure unlike any other book on
Atlantis that is out now and I have a "pet project" that is in the works, this one
has me amazed, the characters truly have lives.
DT: Sultry, it’s been great interviewing you here today and I’d like to thank you
for your time. Before we leave, is there anything else you’d like to tell your
readers about? Where can your readers email you? Do you have a web site
they can visit?
SE: I would like to thank those of my readers that have let me know they have
enjoyed what I've written. To a writer, I don't think anything is more important
than the people they write for. I write a little differently I think, than some. I tend
to show more than one or even two points of view, which some find hard to
relate too. My readers can e-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org or Sultrysum@aol.
My web site is www.sqpens.com Please visit!
My Contest for Gift of the Nightflyer is now a FREE contest and to answer the
trivia question just read the excerpt that is on my web site, there are two
excerpts so you have to find the right answer in the right excerpt. Follow the
directions. The prize is worth the effort. I would also like to thank The Romance
Studio and Tina Pavik for all the support and confidence placed in me and just
let all our readers know there is no finer group on the net today.
Sheila N. Eskew AKA Sultry Summers or as you all know me Orange.