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Author Spotlight: Cameron Dane

Posted by The Obscured Vixen on February 25, 2012

Author Spotlight: Cameron Dane

2008, 2010 & 2011 CAPA nominee for Favorite Erotic Author

Anyone who has ventured into the world of erotica gets sucked in and never turns back.

My favorite erotica story of all time is Fallen by Cameron Dane. Here’s a blurb:
Cain Hawkins is a master at suppressing his desires. After all, he’s been doing it for over one hundred years. Cain is a Naverto demon, and to desire another man is more than forbidden, it is an act that will bring about his execution. Luke Forrester dreams of a place where he can work with the horses that he loves so much. The fact that he’s had a crush on Cain Hawkins for more than two years threatens everything. But Luke’s determined not to screw things up. He will do the work and prove to Cain that it wasn’t a mistake to hire him, and he won’t allow the fact that he desires something more with Cain to interfere with his work one bit. But working and living in such close proximity can test the best of intentions, and when one kiss leads to something much, much more, Cain must open himself in a way that he never has before.

Dane is by far one of my favorite erotica authors. I’ve spent many nights staying up much later than I should with Dane’s amazing books. Her erotic romances stand out above others because of the amazing character stories. You immediately feel for and fall in love with Dane’s characters, and can’t help put become addicted to these books.

Dane’s Hawkins Ranch/Quinten, Montana series is my favorite. The Hawkins brothers are Naverto demons and start a ranch in Quinten, Montana to try and live a normal life. Each book in the series is about a different Hawkins brother or a member of their ranch and their quest for romance. The characters are complex and amazing, and the sex scenes are off the charts! If you enjoy erotica, I highly recommend this series.

Dane’s m/m stories are my favorites. M/M stories are my guilty pleasure, and I just can’t get enough!

I’ve read dozens of m/m stories by different authors, and none compare to hers. The relationships are realistic and not forced, like most m/m stories I’ve read. They’re genuine, pull you in, and you can’t help but devour these books.

For any erotica junkie out there, check out Cameron Dane’s books at www.camerondane.com.

Click here to check me out in my Hawkins Ranch tshirt! I’m Monica from New York : )

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Cameron Dane was nice enough to do an interview to go along with this post. Being able to interview one of my favorite authors was a definite highlight in my blogging career! Dane is so sweet, and an all around awesome person.

Any reader that loves erotica or authors that writes erotica, you need to read this interview!

Hope you enjoy this interview with Cameron Dane!

Obscured Vixen: How long have you been writing?
Cameron Dane: Oh, for a lot of years. I always loved writing assignments when I was a kid. Yep, that geek in the corner of the classroom was me. I’ve been dabbling with writing romance novels for probably close to twenty years. Back then I wasn’t writing every day, though; I would just tackle a story when it felt like inspiration hit me. I got serious about writing about eight or nine years ago. Then about five years ago I buckled down and went full throttle, balls to the wall (so to speak) and set myself a one year goal to have a contract to show for all of the hard work I’d been putting into this thing I loved so much. I met that goal with a month to spare when Loose Id offered me a contract for Falling.

OV: What made you want to start writing erotic romance?
CD: I’ve adored romance novels my whole life. It’s the broad genre I’ve always read, even when I was a young girl. The first romance novels I wrote (never published) were actually geared to be mainstream contemporary romance novels. But as I looked back through the books I’d written I realized I spent pages and pages on one sex scene, and that they were more explicit than most mainstream romance novel sex scenes were at the time. I also found myself interested in writing male/male love stories, and there really wasn’t a place in traditional romance publishing for me to submit a love story between two men. At that point I reevaluated where I was trying to get my foot in the door and started looking at e-book publishers. Once I started looking through the titles available at publishers like Loose Id I felt in my gut that I’d found a world where I could write the stories that lived inside my head. From that point on I didn’t try to censor what I wrote in any way — particularly the sex scenes.

OV: Your stories are a mixture of paranormal and non-paranormal stories. Which do you prefer to write?
CD: This will sound like a cop out of an answer, but I love writing both. Although I tend to think of my paranormal books more along the lines of having what I call ‘paranormal elements’ rather than a full out paranormal world where I set my characters to fall in love. Anything otherworldly in my paranormal books takes a supporting role to the romance.

OV: You write all types of erotic stories: M/F; M/M; menage. Which is the most fun to write?
CD: I like mixing it up, and I love them all, but I admit that I am a sucker for two men falling love. But while I adore the m/m genre, I can’t imagine never writing a m/f story again. I had a blast with Lucien and Sophie in A Perfect Storm Rising, and I’m very much looking forward to eventually writing Maddie and Wyn’s story from the Seeking Redemption series. And while ménages are a challenge, because I’m always trying to stay mindful of making each person in the trio feel loved, needed, and important to the group, I’m always extremely satisfied when I tackle one and feel like I successfully put into words what I saw in my head. Each one gets me excited in its own way, and I’m thankful that so far I’ve had publishers who are open to all of them.

OV: Have you ever written a scene, reread it, and thought, “Wow. That was perfect.” Something that was an unexpected surprise?
CD: Hmmm… There are scenes in every book that make me happy when I go back to read them, but I’m anal and so I guess there are always a few small things I’d like to tweak if given another shot at it, even if it is only rearranging a few words here and there so that a sentence feels like it reads more smoothly. But even though technical things I might want to tweak irk me a bit, I always feel good about my characters in the end. I never wish I’d gone back in and made them behave differently or do something different or just be different in some way other than which I wrote them. They speak to me pretty loudly, and I feel like I have a clear sense of who each person is, and so I never second guess or wish I could have a second shot at showing who a character is. And that feels good.

Scenes that stick out for me in each book and make me happy when I go back and read them… In Falling when Cain tells Luke he loves him always gets to me when I reread it; When Connor tells Cassie how deeply he loves her in Demon Moon feels good when I read it; in ReneCade, I like the first time Cade and Ren kiss on the side of the road, and I like how Cade is with his puppy Crash; I pretty much love everything Mack says in Quick to the Hunt (and although it wasn’t meant to be, I would have adored if Mack could have met Hunter and they could have talked); in Ride I like how hard Duke fights his feelings for this younger woman, and how he succumbs to her the first time they kiss; I also loved the scenes I got to write in Risa’s POV when she’s riding a bull; there is a moment in A Fostered Love, where Jonah is vulnerable and standing by the front door, and Christian can see it and runs straight into his arms — I like that bit quite a lot; for some reason it hits me in the gut when I read it; in Becoming Three I love the first time Jace and Sarah have sex, and then I love the moment where Sarah presses Jasper and he admits to admiring and having feelings for Jace, as well as once feeling an attraction to Caleb; and finally I like when Jace and Jasper are still working out their feelings for each other and Sarah, and because of that the two men each try to stake claims on this woman they both want and have a heated discussion about it one morning; I really love the kitchen scene at the end of Grey’s Awakening; in The Sweetest Tattoo I like how gentle John is when he takes care of Kelsie’s sunburn; when Adam comforts Rhone through his bedroom door in Finding Home makes me smile, and then in Saying I Do right at the start when Adam asks Rhone to marry him makes me happy; I get misty over the emails Marek sends to Colin in Dreaming in Color; in A Perfect Storm Rising I like when Lucien thinks he’s revealed too much, and he’s vulnerable, and to hide it he has Sophie do something sexually aggressive to him; In Aidan & Ethan I like the first flashback to when they officially meet as teenage boys, when Ethan sees Aidan in a tough situation and not only come to his aid but offers him a chance at friendship; for Devlin & Garrick I get hot flashes the final time the two men have sex in the flashback scenes in the motel room, before Devlin has to leave San Francisco; I still get tingles the first time Jake takes Caleb, exposing such raw vulnerability in each of them, in Knowing Caleb; I love the absolute openness of Nate in Breaking Logan’s Laws when he starts to crack and show Logan how much he cares by giving Logan the therapy pillow he’d purchased for Logan so long ago; I still smile when Kasey gets Canin over the hood of a car and pleasures him in a sex club parking lot in The Ultimate Kink; in Something New I really like the moment where Rodrigo cracks a bit and opens up to this new father he’s only recently learned existed, and I like when Abby is able to confront the murderer of her parents, and I love the two scenes that show how much Braden still loves and values his previous boyfriend Ben even though their relationship didn’t work out.

Actually, what Something New became was the biggest unexpected surprise of any story for me. When I first introduced Abby and Rodrigo in A Fostered Love I thought they’d be a duo. But then Braden showed up, and he looked at them both with such heat I immediately realized they were supposed to be a threesome. Then, up to the point of writing the first words of Something New, I thought there would be a completely different plot. I’d written down some notes about what I’d thought was Abby’s history, and I thought I had a pretty good idea of how her story would unfold. Then, literally with the first words of the prologue I typed, I saw an entirely different childhood for Abby and a completely new story started coming out with each word I typed. That was surreal, but I just went with it, and by the end I had the story that became Something New.Which of your stories are you most proud of?
That’s a tough one too. I’m proud of all of them in different ways. I’ll always have a soft spot for Falling and Cain and Luke because I got my first contract offer for that book, even though Demon Moon is the first in the series. I had to wait a long time for Caleb to open up and tell me his story, so when he finally did it was extremely rewarding to write. Dreaming in Color was the first (and only) book I ever wrote where I had a contract without a word of the book being written; that was terrifying and exhilarating. I lived with Marek and Colin on that little island in Fiji nonstop while telling their story. I wrote that book with a deadline in record time. I’d never tackled a ménage or such a complex plot for a book before writing Becoming Three, so I think back on Jace, Sarah, and Jasper with lots of fondness.

But I think if I had to choose one book that still gets me in the gut, even when I just think about it, it would be Quick to the Hunt. The subject matter was dark and intense and stayed with me for a very long time after finishing the book. I still think about Alex and Hunter, but most particularly Hunter. I could so feel Hunter’s pain and struggle in my head and heart, and I didn’t want to minimize it or make it feel trivial. I still think about and wonder if I successfully conveyed everything he lived through fighting in two wars, as well as the emotional and psychological toll it took on him in the aftermath as he tried to assimilate back into a normal life. I hope I did, but I don’t know for sure.

OV: Have you written any stories or scenes based on personal experiences, or things you would like to experience?
CD: Afraid not. At least not in a literal sense I can pinpoint. I think things I love are often used in stories, such as cabins tucked away in mountains or sprawling ranch properties with cowboys with the land etched into their souls. I like mysteries so I create one every so often when it feels like it makes sense for the story. The house Christian and Jonah are renovating in A Fostered Love is based on my late grandmother’s house; she had a Cuban heritage and an accent I can remember to this day, and so the foster mother Mari is very loosely based on my memories of my own abuela. I’ve never been in the military but my father served for a quarter century, and so I guess I can relate more to Sarah’s position as a sister to Hunter than to Hunter himself; her pride in how he served with honor is familiar to me. I think maybe something of Abby’s view/evolution regarding her feelings/thoughts about religion are similar to mine, but not exact — and I definitely didn’t have the childhood relationship with God/church that she did.
Then I’ll throw small little nuggets in, such as a baseball cap for a sports team I might like, or an animal that has a connection to one I once had, or maybe a food I like…stuff like that. But always in connection to a character where it would make sense in his/her life.

OV: Have you had any issues with publishes or editors trying to censor your work?
CD: I’ve been very blessed in that I haven’t had to deal with anything like that. And I had a few moments in a number of books where I was worried I might. There is an extended violent scene of torture in Falling. With it being my first book I was terrified that as part of the contract I might be asked to dial it back. I had settled in my head and heart beforehand that I’d have to refuse the contract if I was asked to do such a thing, because I saw the scene as incredibly important to the story, but thank God Loose Id never even commented on it, let along suggested I tweak it. I had the same worry with ReneCade and the infidelity in the story. That is pretty darn taboo in romance novels, and I was worried it would not be okay. I again knew I couldn’t take it out, and I sat chewing down my fingernails while waiting to hear about a contract, but as before Loose Id was awesome and never mentioned it. Then just recently I was concerned about the detailed violence in Quick to the Hunt, and that it might be too much and too explicit. But I should know better by now, and Loose Id was fine with it. I guess I’m a worrier by nature, or I like to look ahead and plan for the ‘what if’s’ but so far I haven’t had to choose. I’ve always been able to keep the darker and more violent parts that exist in some of my books.

OV: What genres do you enjoy reading?
CD: I admit that more than twenty years later I’m still a sucker for a romance novel the same way I was when I was a kid. I still like a mix of mainstream romance (I lean toward the Regency set historical genre in the traditional print world) and erotic romance in all genres, but I lean toward the cowboy stories or the historical or the opposites attract or the friends to lovers type tale the most.
I like Linda Howard, JL Langley, Lisa Kleypas, KA Mitchell, Lorraine Heath, Lynn Lorenz, Anne Stuart, Qwillia Rain, Kate Douglas, Ava March, Gaelen Foley, TA Chase, Julia Quinn, Hank Edwards, Sabrina Jeffries, Evangeline Anderson, Suzanne Enoch, Laura Baumbach, Karen Hawkins, Tere Michaels, Julie Garwood, and Emma Holly to name a few. There are many more, but I always draw a blank on some and then kick myself for not remembering afterward.

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