Wednesday, September 20, 2006

Interview: Saskia Walker

Today, the blog goes sizzling - I'm interviewing the lovely Saskia Walker, who has Double Dare, an erotic novel, coming out with Berkley HEAT in October. I haven't read the book but it sounds hot enought to singe and the cover is amazing. Read on to discover whether or not Saskia is the back behind the corset!

1. Who is Saskia Walker? Tell us a bit about yourself.

I'm an average woman plagued with a very vivid and overactive
imagination! Oh, I love it really. I was always destined to be a writer. I grew up an only child and that's when my imagination got its first hold on me. My parents traveled as I was growing up and the places I've seen inspire and inform my work – my readers get to visit many of the places I have, in my stories. In my late twenties I developed a rare bone disease in my leg, which has increasingly affected my mobility. Writing became even more of a chance to open my wings and live in ways I couldn't in real life. As a career, it suits me down to the ground.

Although I've seen and done some amazing things, I'm basically down to
earth and fun loving. I love dressing up, and live music. Those are my
passions, outside of writing. More of an optimist than a pessimist, I
also have a very naughty streak. I'm British by birth and I settled in
the north of England, in the beautiful county of Yorkshire. My real
life hero, Mark, inspires all my heroes. We share our love nest with a
big black cat who thinks we are her servants -- and, of course, we

2. What do you write?

Erotic romance and fantasy, too, in novel and novella length. Lots of
erotic short stories. That's where I got started, building up to
longer works. I like challenges, and apparently that means I want to
try writing in just about every sub-genre, but there's always romance
and a high level of eroticism in my novellas and novels.

3. What's your next book?

Next up is the publication of my first full-length contemporary erotic
romance, Double Dare. It hits the shelves any day now. Such an
exciting time for me! The story is set in London and Paris, in the
world of high finance, property dealing, and the arts. Abby, the
heroine, is a woman who knows what she wants and dares herself to go
after it….in this case he's tall dark and handsome, enigmatic and
sexy, and his name is Zac. Little does she know she's going to fall
this mysterious stranger. :) Shortly after Double Dare, in January,
my first fantasy romance comes out. Lots more in the pipeline!

4. Were you the model for the cover of Double Dare?

Oh, Nalini, how I wish I could say yes to that! :) I do own a corset,
but alas I'm not as slim and glamorous as the lovely cover model --
let's just say I'm more of a wench than a diva. ;) I also don't have
the wild red hair, although I'm half Irish and it's in the family, the
gene wasn't passed to me. I have to say I totally love the cover
Berkley put together for Double Dare. It's taken from a scene towards
the end of the story, set in Paris, where the heroine is fitted with a
corset to wear to an exclusive fetish party, while the hero watches...
Wearing a corset is a very sexy experience, so I had to include it.

5. What's the wildest dare you've ever done?

Hmmm. Probably the time I had sex on a garden rooftop in the midst of
a summer thunderstorm. Madness. And very wet. Ahem. Naughty, naughty!
Rain, I meant rain! :)The heroine in Double Dare dares herself to do
things when she needs the nerve, and I confess that's something I do
too. Gets me in all sorts of trouble, but you know, life is for

Got more questions for Saskia? Ask away!


Barbara said...

That sounds like a good read.

Nalini Singh said...

Doesn't it, Barbara? And the cover's so eyecatching.

Monica said...

Oooh, I want that. Love what I read. I hope the story holds up as well as the sex scene in the excerpt did.

Saskia Walker said...

Thanks for the fun interview, Nailini!

Barbara and Monica, I hope you enjoy the book if you pick it up.

barbara said...

I am definitely buying the book as soon as goes on sale.

Saskia Walker said...

Barbara, it's shipping very soon. Can't quite believe it, but I've seen a copy now so it must be true ;-)

Nalini, apologies for spelling your name wrong in my last comment. Clumsy me.