Jen: Today we welcome C.A. Bell to Romancing the Book. C.A., will you share a short bio with us?
C.A.: C.A.Bell was born and raised on the outskirts of London, England, but for the past three years has resided in a much more rural town of Shropshire, where she and her husband married and made a home.
C.A.Bell is currently working on her second book to follow The Architect, and aspires to be a well-known full-time author.
Jen: Please tell us a little about your newest release.
C.A.: The Architect is a BDSM erotic romance that sees, Ruth, a young social loner, step back out onto the dating scene where she meets Heath Berkley, a mature, handsome architect. The pair share a moment of passion on their first meeting, and their relationship blossoms from there. Heath and Ruth decide to explore and experiment with the unknown, as they introduce themselves and each other to BDSM. But when visiting a fetish club things turn sour, and Ruth flirts with danger, George Randall. A man who she will later regret being so forward with.
The idea for The Architect came after a break-up. I met the love of my life, and due to circumstances we had to end our relationship. I then found myself writing The Architect to live out the fantasy that I wanted with him. This story is by no means autobiography, it’s just something that started as fantasy for me, and then evolved into The Architect. Turns out that the reason for me starting The Architect is now my husband, so, happy days.
Here’s a short excerpt:
Having decided on my outfit, I head for the dairy section and smile as I hear my mobile humming in my bag. Tugging it out, along with half of my handbag’s contents, I see H flashing on the screen. Oh my god! He’s ringing me! I act out the game of hot potato as I try to find someone to pass the hot Heath to, but there’s no one. Like the potato had just exploded in my face, my cheeks heat as I answer, “Hello.”
“Mmm, hello there, Ruth,” he replies, so confident and male.
The area between my legs tingles. “And what can I do for you?” I question playfully.
“Well, to be honest, I just wanted to know if your voice was as sexy over the phone as it was last night down that alleyway.”
The potato just exploded again, and I feel my face glow as I envisage everyone overhearing our conversation and tutting at me for being such a minx.
“Shush, you bad man. I’m in the middle of a shop.”
“Oh really? What shop?”
“It doesn’t matter what shop, but it’s quite a respectable one, so save that talk for later.”
He laughs. “Okay, okay. I’ll save it for later.”
I smile. “Well, will that be all you wanted to know, Mr…” I pause. “What’s your surname, Heath?” I wait with strained ear in case I miss it.
Testosterone fills his voice as he growls, “I’ll tell you later, if you’re a good girl.”
God, I just want to shag his brains out for being such a devil. I grin again, and catch a lady looking at me, smiling with almost puppy dog eyes. I return her gesture and push my trolley along with one hand and one elbow, as unbeknown to me I have casually rested myself on the handle and stuck my bottom out. “Well, I look forward to hearing you, and your name, later.”
“And I look forward to hearing you say my name later,” he teases.
“Until tonight, then.”
“Until tonight, you bad girl.”
“Oh, one more thing before you go.”
“Is my voice as sexy as last night?” I question, as sensually as I can standing in the middle of a shop without anyone thinking I’m running a chat line.
I smile as I hear the call end, and notice that my knickers have become a little damp. What a bad girl you really are, Ruth Watson.
Jen: Describe your writing in 3 words.
C.A.: Sexy, real and fun.
Jen: If this book was made into a movie, who do you see playing the main characters?
C.A.: That’s easy. Ruth would be played by Audrey Tautou, and Gaspard Ulliel would play Heath. And if you don’t know who either one of them is, watch the Chanel number 5 advert that they are both in. It’s just pure romance.
Jen: What’s the most interesting comment you’ve received about your books?
C.A.: I suppose the most interesting comment was one that said, and I quote, ‘I see a good author with a trademark; don’t ever lose that formula.’ It’s interesting because I’m not quite sure what it means, and I’m still scratching my head as to what my trademark is.
Jen: What’s been the highlight of you career to this point?
C.A.: Opening up the email from House of Erotica to find a very flattering email, and a contract attached for The Architect.
Jen: What’s next for you?
C.A.: Well, I have just released a collection of BDSM poetry. This collection includes f/f, f/m, kitten play, anal play, femmedom, the list goes on. I also have three pieces of poetry coming out in Coming Together in Verse, expected to be released on November the 27th. I am also one of the authors contributing to the Ataxia fundraising anthology, due to be available on the 24th of November. And am currently working on the follow-on book to The Architect, and an anthology of short stories.