HEIDI'S PICK SIX
1. Which of your characters is your favorite?
Any of the Cree men but most especially Viraidan. He is just such a wounded man. He died for love and was re-born to love that woman all over again. He's gorgeous and sexy and muscular and as one of my signature Prime Reapers has such raw power you feel intimidated just looking into his golden eyes. And he has a wicked, wicked sense of humor: a must in any man!
2. Tell me about your travels.
Well, with my DH, Tom...better known as Buddha Belly to my readers...I've traveled to all but five states. Have been to all the landlocked Canadian provinces, Mexico and Puerto Rico. Tom was career military so we've lived in Georgia, Florida, South Carolina, New York, Illinois, Iowa, and Nebraska. I've also lived in Ohio and Alabama when I was a child. I've seen the Grand Canyon, Niagra Falls, Mt. Rushmore, and been up in the Sears Building in Chicago and the CNN building in Toronto. I've had my picture taken in front of twenty-nine state capitols.
3. Coffee, tea, or milk?
4. What else can you do besides write?
I play the guitar and piano and autoharp. I crochet though I haven't done that in years because of my carpal tunnel surgeries. I am a helluva cook and when I'm angry or sad or mad or excited, I cook...usually a couple of things at once. My specialty is southern soul food since I'm from Georgia.
5. Who are you reading right now?
6. Pop culture or academia?
7. What is the toughest scene you ever wrote?
8. Where do you find your inspirations to write?
9. Food you could eat everyday.
Pecan divinity and I have as long as it's sitting there whispering to me. Oh, you mean like real food? Well, that would be a traditional southern Sunday lunc: baked ham, turnip greens with pepper vinegar, breaded fried okra, field peas with boiled okra, fresh sliced tomatoes right out of the garden, hot buttered cornbread muffins, and still warm, banana pudding with mile-high meringue, and a large glass of SWEETENED tea with lemon. No calories, no cholesterol, of course.
10. Are you into sports or other physical activities?
11. What kind of music speaks to you?
Celtic. I love the combination of drums and fiddles and whistles. The refrains of the ballads as so haunting and the music just enters my very soul. I always listen to Celtic music when I'm writing love scenes or fight scenes. When I need to mellow out, I just put on the earphones and sit down to listen to David Arkenstone or Jim Bridgeman. Guitars added to the other instruments are sure to make me quiver all over.
12. Do you outline your stories or do they just take you along for the ride?
13. Celebrity crush.
Gerard Butler! Oh, yummy, yummy, YUMMY! His green eyes and little boy grin just flips my switches. I've been a fan of his since 1999. If you've ever seen him in Attila, you'd know why! His latest turn in the movie 300 shows abs you could crack a peppercorn with and thighs that could break a woman in half. I certainly wouldn't mind breaking with those things wrapped around me. ;)
14. Who are the biggest influences on your work?
15. Do you still watch cartoons?
Charlotte Boyett-Compo is the author of fifty books, the first ten of which are the WindLegend Saga. Married 40 years to her high school sweetheart, Tom, she is the mother of two grown sons, Pete and Mike, and the proud grandmother of Preston Alexander and Victoria Ashley.
A native of Sarasota, Florida, Charlee was adopted at birth and grew up in Colquitt and Albany, Georgia. She says of her heritage: "I was born in Florida and raised in Georgia so that makes me an official Sunshine Cracker!" She now lives in the Midwest where she enjoys the changing of the seasons.
Her hobbies are writing, watching Gerard Butler strut his stuff in period movies, and trying to keep her adorable husband, Buddha Belly, from snoring and hogging the TV remote. She is owned and operated by five cats who allow her to only leave the house for catnip, kitty kibble, and clumping kitty litter.
BloodWind, her latest novel, was just released through Dark Star Publications.
Currently, she is at work on a new erotica novel for Ellora's Cave.