Cass Peterson: One Night in San Francisco
A change of pace here at Romaniac HQ today, as I welcome erotic romance writer, Cass Peterson to the couch, to chat about One Night in San Francisco.
Here’s the blurb:
Nicky and Liam have only twenty-four short hours to find out if their instantaneous attraction can develop into something more than an electric mile-high fumble. San Francisco has everything they need to put their previous disastrous relationships behind them, but when they lose touch with each other almost immediately, fate seems to have other ideas. As the precious hours tick away, Liam moves heaven and earth to find the woman of his (filthiest) dreams before she leaves the city. Will he get to her in time?
L: Cass – welcome to Romaniac HQ. We’ve had a wild weekend, so please excuse the wine boxes and loose socks.
C: Boxers? Oo er Laura – so the rumours about Romaniac HQ are true?
L: That’s boxes, not boxers …
Without further contemplation or ado, tell me a little about Cass Peterson.
C: Hmm, I’ll take your word for it. Right, where do I begin? This novella started with a challenge from a friend who more or less dared me to see if I could do it. Cass Peterson is my pen name – Cass is after the late great Mama Cass Elliot, and Peterson from an old BBC Alan Plater series called The Beiderbeck Tapes, featuring Peterson; the man with no name. I love James Bolam, who played the main character (he wasn’t Peterson, just a rather grumpy secondary school teacher). It’s about jazz, love triumphing over cynicism and woodwork. Brilliant.
L: I loved The Beiderbeck Tapes. Barbara Flynn played the long-suffering wife, I recall.
Is One Night in San Francisco your debut? Are you able to reveal some of the story?
C: It’s my debut novella – around 20 000 words, some of them very naughty words too. The story begins on a night flight to America after lights out, when Liam realises what one of his fellow passengers is doing under her blanket to while away the time. Their friendship takes off very quickly (takes off – see what I did there, Laura?) Nicky and Liam seem perfectly suited but they only have one night before real life takes over, and they lose each other at the airport. It’s a desperate quest and a bawdy romp all rolled into one.
I’ve also written a couple of rather rude short stories published in anthologies; Smut By The Sea Volume 2 and Smut Alfresco.
L: I understand ONiSF is part of a series to which several authors have contributed. How has that worked? Please explain the process.
C: The series is called City Nights. Tirgearr is a wonderful publishing company to work with. They are based in Ireland but their editors also work from other parts of the UK and America so it’s a cosmopolitan, friendly organisation, and also very flexible. Authors were encouraged to send in their ideas for a ‘One Night In …’ Then cities were allocated, and I was lucky enough to get San Francisco. Paris, Boise, New Orleans and Rome nights have already been released, and the October and November ones are Amsterdam and Edinburgh. It’s a great concept, which could just run and run … There are a wide variety of authors with differing styles so it’s a very interesting project to be involved with.
L: On a scale of 1 to 5, with 5 being ‘Phwoar!’, where does One Night in San Francisco sit?
C: It’s definitely a 5, Laura. You’ll need a large gin in hand to read it.
L: The Romaniacs recently introduced me to gin. It’s the tonic water I enjoy.
As a romance writer, I know my novels must have a HEA or hopeful ending, and readers expect this, enjoying the journey the characters take. What do erotic romance readers expect?
C: Similar. Pure erotica is a whole different ball game (oops) but so far I’ve found that erotic romance needs to have a HEA ending or at least happy for now.
L: What advice would you offer to new writers looking to produce erotic romance?
C: Pour the gin, kick off your shoes and get in touch with your smutty side. It’s liberating, so long as nobody is reading over your shoulder …
L: Great advice, Cass. I attended a ‘Writing Sex’ course and found it fascinating. And enlightening. As a contemporary romance writer, my novels have scenes in that have a certain heat level, and I agree with you – I can’t write them if the kitchen is occupied by anyone other than me.
Now for our Romaniac Quick-Fire Round:
Y-Fronts or boxers?
Oh, boxers. I’m glad you picked up the ones off the floor though, there’s a time and a place for everything.
Musclebound or unassumingly athletic?
My hero in One Night In San Francisco (Liam) is lean and athletically toned rather than muscular, and he’s pretty gorgeous.
Oysters or chocolate?
Oysters for night time, chocolate for emergencies.
Indoors or outdoors?
Outdoors, under the stars.
Charming or cheeky?
Charming with a cheeky twist.
L: Thank you so much for dropping by today and congratulations on your new release.
C: It was a pleasure. Who made these fabulous cream buns?
Always good buns here.
Please do come again …