I love interviewing authors of other genres! Today, I've got Canadian erotic romance writer Cristal Ryder on my blog. Make sure to check out her books and visit her social media sites!
About Cristal Ryder
Cristal wrote her first story at fifteen and spent many hours escaping into worlds she created on the walk to and from high school. Now, ready to experience all life has to offer, Cristal tempts her readers and takes them on journeys of passion to vivid locations.
Cristal lives in a small Canadian town, is a single mom of two college-aged sons and, yes, they do fly home after their initial excitement of leaving the nest! Along with her writing, Cristal works full time in the law enforcement field, loves horses, the outdoors and will jet off at any given opportunity to see the world. Cristal is multi-published with Ellora’s Cave, Sybarite Seductions and Lyrical Press
Tell me about your writer’s journey. How did you start writing? Tell us about The Call.
My journey was a little long, starting back in grade 10 which would be 1976, when I wrote my first story about a horse. Then it resurfaced in to my early/mid twenties. I started handwriting a historical, contacted Harelquin to see how to get published. Here's a funny thing, I received the guidelines in a large brown envelope. Inside were Photostatted copies, many crooked on the page, of their lines and expectations. I didn't understand a word, got frightened off and put them away. Then I got an old IBM Selectric typewriter to give it a whirl being inspired by Joan Wilder dontchaknow. Failed miserably and then didn't look at it again until about 1999 when I met a Toronto Romance Writer member and she got me on the RWA path. I won a Writing Round Robin contest with Harlequin in 2001, which was a great boost. I got The Call, or rather The Email for a story that had been rejected everywhere (Harlequin Spice Briefs too when they first started) Background here is a friend at Harlequin read, suggested I bump it up a bit and send to Spice Briefs, when they started the Briefs. It was promptly rejected. (Note the Harlequin trend here? Still want to be an HQ author, hello!!) BUT, if it hadn't been for her I wouldn't have pushed on. After a few years of close calls with comments and editorial feedback, No Fantasy Required was finally published in November 2010. Now, over two years later, I have books with Ellora's Cave, Sybarite Seductions and Lyrical Press. Eleven out now including a trade paperback and three more to be published within the next two months.
Romance writers across the board get flack for writing “women’s porn.” Despite the rise of Fifty Shades of Grey, erotica and erotic romance writers still face a lot of stigma. How do you handle it? Does it affect you?
I had hoped my sales would jump because of it 🙂 Hard to say. I'm small potatoes. If anything, I'm happy the book as broken down the walls and made it *okay* to read erotic romance and not be ashamed of it. So much so that it made it to the New York Times last year after the RWA conference and Passionate Ink party. Even I was in the slide show modeling some very nice rhinestone studded handcuffs 🙂
What kind of research do you do for your books?
I do a lot of online and if I can, in-person research. Talk to people that may have something to offer that will lend authenticity. Even talk to the boys to get their view on things—which is very interesting at times.
Tell me about your latest release with Ellora’s Cave.
Plus One came out January 4 in the Exotika line. It's set in an upscale sex club where anything goes. It is a m/f/m menage, so think threesome and moresomes all around 🙂 My second menage story. This did require research and was quite the eye-opener.
Got anything in the works?
Always stuff in the works. A women's fiction I love, my parents WWII story that I have to finish plotting and there are 4 completed stories that need a home ranging from time travel/post apocalyptic/sci-fi to paranormal to contemporary crack. And the many knocking inside my brain trying to get out.
Thanks, Cristal, for stopping by my blog!
Thanks so much for having me Vicki, it has been great to visit with you.
You can visit Cristal Ryder and buy her books at: