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An Interview with History and Paranormal Storyteller Courtney Sheets

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Courtney Sheets hails from the extraordinary land known as Las Vegas. And it is in this hypnotizing playground where Sheets pens her naughty tales. With a proclivity for Rat Pack music and absinthe cocktails, the talented scribe can be found tooling around Sin City in pencil skirts and high heels. Sheets is notorious for flirting with bad boys dipped in tattoos. Notorious!

Sheets has been enamored with the written word since she was old enough to crawl across the kitchen floor. When not creating her own realms, she adores reading, acting, and directing in her local community theatre arena. Sheets also writes fantasy and screenplays under the name of Seege Andraste.

The brilliant Hawaiian paranormal romance storyteller has studied the Robin Hood myth for years and has written numerous academic papers and articles about the legend. She is an avid historian and runs a blog dedicated to the naughty side of American history.

Sheets is also a chick on the go and enjoys traveling to nearby Hollywood and San Diego as well as jaunts to Hawaii.

Ready for to get to know about this outstanding minstrel?

Remember Courtney Sheets is the name and you’d be wise to remember this phenomenal transcriber’s name! Enjoy!

Courtney, please share how you came up with the concept for your Night Stand series?

One of my favorite hotels is the Caesar’s Palace. It’s this Roman fantasy with gold and marble interiors. It is also one of the oldest hotel/casinos left in Vegas. Driving passed one day heading to an acting gig, got me thinking about the people who run them. What if the Greek Gods ran a casino on the sly? That morphed into Betting on a God. I am working on more stories using the characters and hope to bring in the Egyptian and Norse pantheon as well.

When you’re deeply connected and immersed in a book, Courtney, have you ever had a dream that you felt was not your dream? Do your characters dream within you?

Honestly, I think so. I have dreams that I know are stories I need to write. It is as if my characters decide it’s time for me to know about them and they appear in dreams to me. I know that sounds odd but that’s how it works.

Have you had a dream that was one of your characters?

All the time. Right now I’m working on a short story that takes place in London that is based in part on a dream I had. Of course when I’m dreaming, I’m the heroine. ;)

What do you love most about the romance/erotica genre?

The happily ever after or happy for now. I’m a hopeful romantic. I love when the hero and heroine disagree but still manage to get over all that bullshit to be together. A really satisfying romance to me will actually elicit a sigh of pleasure from me at the end.

Courtney, please share the titles of three scorchers on your nightstand?

Sadly, there is only one scorcher on my nightstand of the three there. One is The Only Grant Writing Book You’ll Ever Need. (I’m attempting to get some grant money to produce a Shakespearean play at a local theatre). Number two is Clash of Kings and finally I have How to Seduce an Angel in 10 Days. Saranna is a friend and an amazing writer.

Who are some of your favorite romance/erotica writers?

I love Saranna DeWylde, Vicki Lewis Thompson, Marie Donovan, Karen Foley, and Frances Stockton.

How do you find balance?

These one is the easiest to answer. I spend times with my wonderful friends. I direct plays. I read. I work out. I chase my dog around the house. I go shopping with my mom. I travel to Hawaii.

What is the guilty pleasure you find the naughtiest?

My guilty pleasures are pretty tame but I love them none the less. I watch Bollywood movies, the big all singing and dancing ones with the devastatingly handsome men and gorgeous women in them, and I drink absinthe cocktails. I also drive down the street blasting Rat Pack music with the windows open in my car. Love. It. Dean Martin was dreamy. Just saying.

What did you learn about yourself while penning Kona Warrior?

Writing a book is a lot harder than I ever imagined, but I discovered that I didn’t really want to do anything else in the world but tell stories to make people smile and laugh and fall in love.

What challenges did you endure while penning The Hooded Man?

The hardest thing about writing The Hooded Man was staying true to the Robin Hood myth while infused with the twists I’d created for it. I love the Robin Hood tale and have spent years researching it. I wanted to do justice to the tales. I didn’t want the story to be like the recent film, i.e. take the name Robin Hood and slap it on a guy holding a bow and arrow.

What did you learn about yourself while inking Betting on a God?

I discovered I really like writing about my hometown. It was a right what you know kind of experience.

What fears were you facing with the release of Kona Warrior?

Kona Warrior was my very first book. I was in fear that publisher would change their minds and snatch the contract away from me like it was on fire. I was afraid I was a one-hit wonder and never write again. I was also terrified no one would want to read it. All the usual, I suspect.

What are you most ambivalent about when you sit down to write?

The love scenes. I have mixed emotions about them. I want them hot and sexy but I worry they will just suck and people with make faces at the book when reading…which I have been known to do from time to time.

What do you want your readers to walk away with after reading your books?

I want them to walk away happy to have spent however long it took them to read the book with my characters. I want them to feel the emotions alongside the hero and heroine…and I want them to run to Amazon and buy other books by me. lol

If you were able to go on skydiving with whomever you want (past or present), who do you pick and what are you talking about?

First off, I am pretty darn top heavy so I don’t think I will ever jump out of a plane. I don’t even like planes! Now, if I can pick someone to read comic books and watch stupid old movies with then I’m in. I think I would like to meet Lois Weber. She was a director in the 20s, one of the only female directors at the time and a true pioneer. She thumbed her nose at the censors of the time and tackled controversial topics like abortion in her films. She made over 200 films. Plus she was a screenwriter as well. Pretty darn bad ass. We’d talk about movies and writing and how to be a strong woman when the world wants to shove you in the corner and make you hide behind the men.

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