Capitol Submission by Skylar Cross
Hotshot D.C. Attorney Terissa Ivers has two huge problems. First, her new client has uncovered information that may implicate the hot single 37-year old war hero President Harrison Pierce in the tragic assassination of the previous President and First Lady. Second, Terissa can’t stop herself from giving in to submissive encounters with a mysterious dirty-talking dominant man whose face she has never seen…a man with a dark secret and a very high position in the U.S. Government.
When her client ends up dead, Terissa finds herself embroiled in a conspiracy that stretches to the highest levels of Washington. Trusts are broken, shots are fired, and identities are revealed as her life spirals out of control.
Terissa finds herself in a race against time to figure out the high-ranking official who works for the shadow group Solvane, locate a nuclear weapon stashed in an American city, and free twenty-one captured American soldiers before they are killed...all while convincing the American media that the dominant man who takes her to new heights of passionate rapture is innocent. A 4-book series. Mature content. 18+ only.
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I love dark, mysterious, and deviant. Powerful dominant alpha males with troubled pasts who find strong but unfulfilled submissive women. Both need to escape the "rules" of society (just like me... haha.) Together they make hot steamy delight and fill in each other's damaged parts. This is me. This is what I write. Hope you like it.
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1. When did you first start writing?
As far back as I can remember. In grammar school, I was always writing stories. I analyzed TV shows and wrote sequels to episodes.
2. What inspired you to write?
For years, I stayed away from writing because somehow I ended up believing that nobody could make any money from it unless your name is Stephen King or James Patterson with movie deals.
Two things happened. First, I fell in love with a woman who I couldn’t be with. A friend suggested I write a story about her to get her out of my system. So I did.
At the same time, I found out that authors make money self-publishing on Kindle. So I put the story up, and got three sales of it the very first day. Then I focused on getting better, learned how to market books, and BOOM!...I had a new career.
As for the woman who inspired me, she has shown up as different characters in several of my series...until now. I think I’ve finally written her out of my system...lol. And no, as far as I know, she has no idea she was my inspiration.
3. Who are some of your biggest influences?
I grew up reading Robert B. Parker (the Spenser detective novels) and John D. MacDonald (the Travis McGee detective novels.) Their writing style influenced me heavily. The first chapter of THE STARK AFFAIR is very Parker-esque.
My favorite in recent years is the gone-too-young Vince Flynn, author of the Mitch Rapp CIA series.
But when I came to the erotic romance world, the one book that BLEW ME AWAY was STRINGS by Kendall Grey. The character Letty Dillinger’s potty-mouthed stream-of-consciousness “I-love-sex” style tainted me (in a good way) forever, I think.
4. Is there a special place you go and a certain mind frame you like to be in before you write?
I like to take my laptop outside and write. As for frame of mind, I leave that up to coffee. And then some coffee. And then some more coffee. And then...lol.
5. What's the most exciting thing that happened to you during your writing career?
The day I opened up KDP, looked at the numbers, shouted “Holy shit!” out loud, and realized I could quit my customer service job.
But even better than that, I love the fact that I can move people with nothing but my fingertips on a keyboard. One reviewer wrote that I made her cry. Now, I don’t like going around making people cry, but realizing that what I wrote touched her so deeply was a profound moment.
6. How do you come up with all the characters and different exciting plots?
Beats the hell out of me. Oh, wait, I know...drugs! No, just kidding. What’s funny is that it’s different every time. THE CAGE SESSIONS and FIFTY DAYS were both seat-of-my-pants. I started both off with a situation and then just followed the characters around waiting for stuff to happen...and a lot did.
I'm still not sure how a story about a girl stuck in traffic with a sex toy on her car seat turned into an epic about a tortured rock star, a controlling mother, a take-charge transsexual, and a heroin-addicted porn star. Nor how I finished it. (That was THE CAGE SESSIONS.)
For THE STARK AFFAIR and CAPITOL SUBMISSION, I planned everything out in advance...even though as I wrote a lot changed.
The idea for CAPITOL SUBMISSION came out of my obsession with the TV show SCANDAL. It’s way overdone, but Shonda Rhimes is a master plotter.
As for characters, some come from my warped mind, others inspired by people I know. Who? I’ll never tell wink emoticon
7. What authors have inspired you through your writing and how did they inspire you?
Like I said, Kendall Grey in STRINGS. Also Sky Corgan, who inspired me to learn about the marketing side of things in a very detailed and precise manner. If it wasn’t for Sky’s advice, I would never have had that “Holy shit!” day I described above. Roxy Sloane’s dirty-talking alpha males also inspired me to make my men more over-the-top masculine.
8. Do you have advice for any writer who's struggling right now?
Pay attention to the authors who are making money. Research the market. Be careful that you’re not writing stuff that YOU love but that doesn’t have a large enough following to make you any money.
Learn everyday. Stay on top of what’s happening in the industry. The whole game changes constantly. Like last year when Kindle Unlimited came out...fortunes were made while others quit the business. You have to adapt to the changes, go with the flow.
9. What's the silliest thing that you have ever experienced in your writing career?
Authors who compete. The way I look at life is win-win. I help other authors whenever I can. We’re all in this together. There is no need to one-up each other. There’s enough money to go around for all of us, even more if we work together and help each other out.
10. Could you share something extra that you would like your viewers to know about you are your writing?
I love my characters. Sometimes too much. When I was in the middle of THE CAGE SESSIONS, I got quite emotional because I was living their lives morning, noon, and night. Since then, I’ve learned to detach a bit more to keep my sanity.
Extra things your fans would like to knowYour favorite song?
SON OF A PREACHER MAN by Dusty Springfield
Sexiest song ever, in my opinion.
Your favorite book?
Oh too many to mention. THE GODWULF MANUSCRIPT by Robert B. Parker. THE DEEP BLUE GOOD-BY by John D. MacDonald. EXECUTIVE POWER by Vince Flynn.
Your favorite movie?
“You’re going to get on that plane.” Best movie scene ever.
Your favorite food?
Like Joey on FRIENDS, sandwiches. LOL
Your favorite thing to do?
Oh now, that’s a bit personal, don’t you think? LOL wink emoticon Although I write about it a lot.
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