As an author, my main goal is to push myself. It's easy to put out the same book, the same level of writing, the same feels. As a reader, you've seen a huge jump between my early books, my contemporaries, Bantorus MC to Moroad MC. Call me crazy, but writing my last series I learned to push the lines of what is deemed "doable" in publishing. This time, I'm not pushing, I'm making my own category.
Let me give you a little background first. The Bantorus MC series and the Moroad MC series are based around Federal, Idaho. That's the fictional name for my real hometown of Wallace, Idaho, in the Silver Valley. Fact meets fiction in most of my books.
Back in 2013, I introduced you to the Silver Girls in Fighting To Ride. The heroine's mother was a madam/prostitute in prison for murdering two men. The heroine reopened Silver Girls as an adult entertainment business on the legal side. Later, the Moroad women would join the Bantorus girls as dancers. This linked the two groups of bikers. In Chasing Down Changes, a new owner bought the Sterling Building and continued offering the Silver Girls dancers while she opened Red Light upstairs and ran an illegal prostitution ring under the nose of the town.
Fact: Wallace, Idaho is very proud of the fact that there were working bordellos in town until 1988. At that time, there was only one remaining bordello open and the girls escaped one night when they heard about the Feds raiding. The scare over being raided and the AIDS epidemic brought the end to working bordellos in Wallace. Prior to that, everyone knew about prostitution, from children to wives to…well, everyone. It was normal. The streets were safer than ever because there was no rape and women were safe to walk the streets amongst horny miners and drunks (we have a lot of bars, too) in a town with more men than women. The local madam raised a lot of money for the schools, town, miners, and the less fortunate. She was respected. The sheriff personally did background checks on the prostitutes that worked in the bordellos and welcomed them to town (Yes, the sheriff). Another interesting tidbit...one of my neighbor men used to get dropped off by his mom and be babysat by the prostitutes when he was younger. He has such fond memories and remembers the ladies being sweet.
So, my fascination and respect for prostitution is probably not on the same level as those who are against prostitution or have no idea how real life is for us in Wallace, Idaho. But then again, I wrote the Moroad series and made you all believers that unredeemed felons deserved love, too. So, I'm excited to bring you books centered around what publishing deems as "unbelievable" and a very accepted practice in my town's not so distant past.
How are the books going to be different?
In my books, the prostitutes won't find a love interest and never again look at another man. To be that simple it would be called a "love story". That story arc is acceptable in romance. It's a story I'm sure has been done before and it reminds me of the movie Pretty Woman. I'm not going in that direction.
No, my series is going to show you the inside of the minds of women who sell sex. Much like I got into the heads of felons with the Moroad MC series. You might not approve, but you will understand. You will believe in their love.
Will there be cheating?
First trigger for a romance reader is cheating. I understand that. Do the prostitutes have sex with other men after finding their love interest in the new series? Yes. It's my job to show you the difference between sex and love. It's my job to have you believe in that love. You will walk away understanding something you never imagined advocating.
Are the books going to be erotica and meant to titillate the reader?
I write erotic books, not erotica. That's not changing. Will it titillate the reader? As much as Bantorus or Moroad books did, I imagine. The new series is about love. It has a deep plot of two people falling in love in each book. The journey is meant to bring readers into a different world than they're used to. It's not porn.
What kind of man can accept and fall in love with a prostitute?
I debated on announcing who the hero is in the first book (Madison's story), because I don't want readers to get the wrong impression. I decided to announce who the hero is here. Who is it? Bear from Moroad MC series falls in love with Madison. Remember, the books are centered around Red Light, not the bikers. This is not a motorcycle club romance.
What kind of readers will enjoy the Red Light: Silver Girls series?
Every reader who likes to think. These are not simple reads. Readers need to enjoy having their emotions played with, to changing their minds, and to opening themselves to their own hang-ups, insecurities, and desires.