Hi Cari and welcome back to Under the Covers!
SEIZE ME FROM DARKNESS is the fourth book in the Pierced Hearts series. Can you tell us about this series?
If you’re looking for a guy who brings flowers and goes down on one knee you’re in the wrong queue. This is a dark erotic series with disturbing stories of possessive alpha men. Though super confidence can be attractive, my men do question their motives at times. I like to get into their heads and show them working out why they do what they do. By the end, they’re generally happy with dragging their woman away by the hair whether they have a yes or a no.
If you don’t like nonconsent or dubious consent scenes in your books, don’t read these. I aim to make the readers question their morals and go ohmigod, here and there, as well as torture my characters until they squeal, or scream, I’m not picky.
All the books are set in Australia or tropical Papua New Guinea, with sunshine and beaches as well as sex and mindfucks – you get a free holiday at the beach with these, as one fan told me.
Jazmine has experienced so much in this book. How important was it to have her remain strong throughout the book? How did you try to accomplish that?
If Jazmine had given up early in the story, there would be no story. Nothing fun anyway. These stories are about the awakening of desires, about Jazmine and Pieter wrestling with their feelings and why they want to do what they do. I cannot see it as real for someone to easily accept a need to either own another human being, or the reverse, to be owned.
I love getting deep into their minds and figuring out how something could come about in a gratifying and plausible way. If you make the man a total bastard at the start or the woman a wilting flower it’s too easy for me. I love puzzles. These stories are people puzzles. Fun stuff, especially if you like writing kinky sex too.
How did I make her strong? To me, she just is what she is. How did I show it? I had her react to things Pieter and Gregor did to her in a way a strong person would. She’s not a kickass shotgun wielding secret agent but she is a person who doesn’t give in. Leastways, not unless she meets a man stronger than she is, who is prepared to wear her down, day by day.
Did you do a lot of research in preparation for this book?
I did some on research Papua New Guinea but being from Australia I knew a fair amount already. That said, this is fiction and I’m sure I have not portrayed everything completely accurately.
The kinky scenes in Seize me From Darkness, they just came to me. Though I have a reader who wants to re-enact one of the pivotal scenes with her sadistic Dom, I don’t recommend it, as you’d expect. These are heavily fictionalized BDSM scenes and she and her Dom are experienced. With kink in dark books I don’t worry about writing for safety.
As for the tropical climate, the sea creatures, and what a tropical island is like – all those are from my memories.
How would you describe Pieter?
A big, fit, well-muscled man, tousled dark hair, and over thirty-five, but I like to let readers decide ages from the story.
Here’s two quotes from Jazmine’s POV:
The man himself was big and scary with all his hard muscles, shaggy hair, and that black glower of his. I shivered, remembering a moment when he’d lowered his head and looked at me like I was maybe an enemy. Pieter had some nasty history but I didn’t think he’d meant to scare me, because a second later he’d smiled.
I didn’t understand why he could nevertheless make me catch my breath when he stripped off for a shower. Or like now, when he’d looked at me through those dangling untidy dark locks while doing push-ups. With his… fucking shirt off. Swallow thy tongue. The little octopus on the back of his shoulder gleamed and writhed as his muscles slid.
Yep. He affected me not at all. Trying not to look hot and flushed, I shifted my legs and stared at the paintwork instead.
Pieter was my own private tiger and I was locked in the cage with him.
As a writer, what interested you in writing Dark Erotica?
I’ve always read books with dark themes, like John Norman’s Gor series, and I loved them. Though Jacqueline Carey’s Kushiel’s Dart series was the most recent I’d read before I found erotic books. Then I helped Bianca Sommerland with her first Deadly Captive book (she’s writing her third one now) and I tried Captive in the Dark by C.J. Roberts. Although I couldn’t finish that latter one, it did inspire me to try writing my own dark story where the man goes from good to bad instead of what most of these stories do. Caleb in Captive in the Dark was so nasty to start with that I couldn’t keep reading, despite the great writing. But many readers of these books love that angle.
After writing four of these, I’ve discovered that I much prefer my approach – a good man going bad, but that’s not surprising. We write what we like.
I believe that readers have soft and hard limits on what they like to read about and sometimes like to be pushed a bit. Has there been a scene in one of your books that has pushed your own comfort zones?
Definitely. But there aren’t any in this book. I had the right ingredients. Once I write in a woman who, in some way, deserves what is done to her, and I have also have a somewhat moral man who has his reasons for doing what he does, I’m fine. Yes, I may be a leetle bit evil.
In my previous book, Make me Yours Evermore, Kat is kidnapped by Chris and he is the worst man I’ve ever written as a protagonist. I added Andreas into that mix because I needed someone good. Without him there, I could never have written the first MfM sex scene. Even so I found it very uncomfortable to write since it was quite noncon. Some of my fans adore that scene. I shake my head at them – perverted creatures that they are.
And they love Chris. Inexplicable. I may shoot him in my last book.
When not writing or reading, what books do you like to read?
Fantasy. Science fiction. Non fiction. Even YA like China Mieville’s Un Lun Dun or the Mortal Engines series. Sometimes I read Urban Fantasy books like those of Karen Chance or the Fever series by Karen Marie Moning.
What gets you in the right mood to write?
Things can get me in the mood not to write, but all I need to be in the mood to write is a good story idea. I write because I write, now.
What’s next for Cari Silverwood?
I’ve been asking my fans this question. After such a dark book, I feel the need for a break. So I may write another quick erotic parody like Squirm, virgin captive of the billionaire biker tentacle monster, which has done very well. I found out how enjoyable it is to make people laugh from that book. The working title for this one might be Vroom, virgin captive of the billionaire something…something. In other words, I’m still thinking.
After that I may write the last Pierced Hearts book or a dark and kinky Western.
This book is part of a dark erotic fiction series and may disturb some readers.
In this dirty, bloody world we live in, the answers to prayers aren’t always pretty angels.
Retaken by human traffickers, Jazmine’s one hope is ex-cop, ex-mercenary, Pieter, a man with a glower that stops lesser men in their tracks.
She prays he can save her.
But this savior is far from perfect and his flaws may prove as devastating to Jazmine as the torture of her captors.
The fire of dominance never dies.
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COMING SEPTEMBER 23, 2014
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TAKE ME, BREAK ME: Amazon | Barnes & Noble | GoodReads | Our Review
BIND & KEEP ME: Amazon | Barnes & Noble | GoodReads | Our Review
MAKE ME YOURS EVERMORE: Amazon | Barnes & Noble | GoodReads | Our Review
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