Tuesday, July 17, 2012

An Interview With The AMAZING Desiree Holt

Desiree Holt is a whirl wind.  She's a freak of nature.  She's prolific.  She's also The World's Oldest Author of Erotic Romance.  With well over 100 books to her name and hundreds of thousands of adoring fans, it is no stretch to also call her an author who has made it to the big dance.  Despite her growing popularity and fame, she remains the sweet, intense, and business minded woman she's ever been.

If you follow her on Facebook or read any of her blogs, you can get a sense of what this amazing author is truly like.  Her personality shines through in everything she says or does. Yet, if you're anything like me, you still want more.  You want to know more about what makes Desiree tick.  What is she REALLY like?

Today you'll learn some of the intimate secrets of our dear Ms. Holt as she's agreed to answer not only 5 questions, but every question I asked her.  What a sport!

Before we get to her interview, you MUST check out her latest release, Blind Ecstasy, from Secret Cravings  Publishing.

When Johanna Devlin fell in love with Sean Devlin she thought she had it all—a man who loved her as much as she loved him and the perfect Dom for her submissive nature. On her birthday when he asked her to marry him, to wear his collar, she was sure she had it all. But the next day he disappeared and four years later he’s still missing from her life. Except for rare visits to Club Fantasy she’s retreated from the D/s lifestyle. Then her sister insists she accept the gift of a night at Club Fantasy with a Dom who knows just how to satisfy all her sexual needs. She accepts with some reservation, especially when the dungeon master blindfolds her before taking her to the private room. Before the night is over she finds a lot more than hours of intense sexual delights. 

So Desiree, which of your books is your personal favorite and why?

Wow, there are so many that I like, but I'd have to say it's a tie between three of them:JOY RIDE, because it's such an intense love story and it took my back to my rock and roll days; RODEO HEAT, because it was a true journey of a woman's sexual awakening and because it shows you don't have to be so young to live your fantasies, and OUT OF CONTROL, because it was five years in the making and it was a gritty departure for me.

Best piece of advice you’ve ever been given.
Write, write, write and never ever give up.

The worst piece of advice you’ve ever been given.
Never write in first person.
Sometimes a story just demands it. I wrote DOWNSTROKE in first and third person because that's how I heard it in my head.

What’s your birth sign and does it accurately reflect your personality?
Cancer, and yes, I'd say it does. Here's the definition:
Such people are easily hurt by the slights of others. These are very complex people, sometimes appearing extremely strong and at other times to be as vulnerable as a child. These people are remarkably good at accumulating things; indeed, they can be unwilling to throw anything out, even relationships that have passed their use-by date. They are generally over-anxious in financial matters, and make great efforts to gather in money; as a rule, they have unusual ups and downs in their early life and so they are compelled to work to keep ahead, but once they get on their feet they keep there. If channeled in the right direction, their enormous sensitivity can become a great source of strength. Once they overcome their touchiness and master their turbulent emotions, their intellect and imagination enable them to become a success in almost anything they undertake.
The main problem for them is to remember not to let the powerful, turbulent emotions of the moment crowd out their normally rational judgment. Their intuitions are reliable and should be trusted. 
They are generally gifted with strong imaginations, and it is very easy for them to become excellent artists, writers, composers, or musicians. At heart they are romantic and of a very loving and affectionate disposition. 
Long explanation but it really defines who I am

Describe your perfect day.
Wow! Okay, up with the cats and feed them and the deer. Morning spent answering emails, doing promo and writing. Lunch with one of the Sassy Seven. More writing in the afternoon. Dinner while I watch Jeopardy and then reading on my brand new back porch room. Except of course in the winter! 

Your bucket list.  What have you done and what’s left to do?
WEll, so far I've gone ziplining and taken a long ride on a Harley with Mr. Tall, Grey and Handsome!
What would I still like to do? Go hang gliding, see Alaska, spend a week in Wyoming at someone's ranch, visit West Texas, sail on a big sailboat in the Gulf of Mexico, hit the NYT best seller list.

List 3 adjectives that describe you best.
Impulsive, impatient, caring

What did you do last night?
Got in bed with the cats, read and watched television

What was the last book you read?
No One Left to Tell by Karen Rose. Gets an A++

What actor would play you in a movie about your life?
Sascha Alexander (formerly of NCIS and now on Rizzoli and Isles)

Back in high school, which group were you in? The popular crowd, the jocks, the nerds, the burnouts??
A mix of the popular and the nerds. My friends were as varied as my tastes.

Who is your greatest source for inspiration?
My late husband, who gave me the push to get on with my writing and whose voice I still hear in my head

What was your most embarrassing moment?
Oh, well, thank heavens it was a long time ago. In high school I made a skirt in Home Ec (Yes, we had to take it then) and wore it to a basketball game with the current man of my dreams. A tread caught on the bleachers and the skirt came apart. Thank the lord he had a varsity jacket with him which I wrapped around myself while he got me out to the car.

If you could be a super hero, what power would you like to have?
To leap tall buildings at a single bound. Traffic is hell!

I can do impressions of  -
Debbie Reynolds and Mighty Mouse

If you were given $1 million that you had to donate anonymously, who would be your recipient?
American Lung Association

If you could take a trip anywhere for 30 days with money not being a consideration, where would you go and what would you do?
Alaska, and I would do all the things and see all the places I've read about. It's my dream trip.

Want to know more about Desiree Holt?  Ask your questions here.  I'll bet you a drink she'll answer them.


  1. A great interview! It's nice to learn more about authors I admire.

    All the best!

    1. Jessica,
      I'm so glad you liked it. I'm posting interviews every Tuesday and Saturday. This Saturday I have Cerise Deland. Next Tuesday I have Myla Jackson. And Saturday, July 28, I have author and founder of Ellora's Cave, Jade Black. I hope you'll come back to check out their interviews.

  2. Ladies, great interview. Desiree - what is the most exotic name for your male and females characters? Do you use names from people you know? Lastly, do you base your characters on anyone yoi've known or know?
    Kathy Lewis

  3. Hey Kathy! Exotic names? I think for a female Liane in Hot Moon Rising and for male? Hmm. I don't tend to use exotic names for males but probably Cesario (called Rio) in Training Amber with will be out next month. And yes, absolutely I base characters on people I know. People who have intrigued me. I based one character on my doctor, another on the foreman of a ranch visited. And so on.
    And Brenna, thanks for hosting me today.

  4. Fun interview, ladies.
    Home Ec...Ick! ;-) What is the biggest surprise you ever discovered when writing one of your characters?


  5. Great interview - I particularly sympathize with the home made skirt in home Ec - although I was never brave enough to wear mine - glad I didn't.

    So glad that impulsiveness is a positive trait for a change.

    And a question - any hints on how to get that cliched life/work balance

    Ooo - my verification code is Orsom [homophone]

  6. Hello Desiree.

    I got a kick out of "Tall, Gray and Handsome." :-D

    You're braver than I am. I could never zipline. I don't like that thrill sensation, or the sudden jolt at the bottom should the rigging give way, lol.

    Love the cat pic.

  7. Lovely review. I've read many of your stories...sigh...simmer. I'm a post-retirement writer, so appreciate those who lead the pack, so to speak. Have you always written erotic stories or did you start out writing more conventional romance?

  8. OKay, ladies. Questions.
    1. Life/work balance. I think that's why I didn't do any serious writing until retired. ave a tendency to throw myself completely into something and my job required a lot of me. But in retirement I was also blessed with a gem of a husband who encouraged me to follow my dream. In return I just figured out how to make the time for him.

    And you know, Faith, I've always been afraid of heights, but I discovered ziplining was very freeing. I didn't get that "bottom dropping out of the stomach" feeling at all.

    The biggest surprise I discovered when writing a character? I think learning just how determined a woman can be. My heroine in Jungle Inferno, was determined to rescue Mark even to learning to rappel to of a helicopter and fire a rifle. She started out as a savvy romance author. Hmmm! Wait. Where is that helicopter?

  9. As someone who spends WAYYYY to much time with the amazing & bossy Desiree Holt I can tell you she's all that & more. This is a lady who takes her writing, readers and friends to heart. She's as talented as she is sweet and puts everything, heart & soul, into whatever project she tackles.

    Now, can I have my iPad back, Desiree? Sheesh, blackmail via iPad is cruel :)