"We're always in the
midst of a chase.

Going after a dream...

Chasing a fantasy...

And making it a
reality.

This is what I write
about.

Life is about the chase."

~ Rachelle

Interviews – Other Authors

Photo of Tara MackTara Mack, host of Playboy Radio’s Play Date, will be a guest on my live talk show, “Chatting with Chase” on 2/13/08, 3:00-4:00 p.m. PT. Join us and get the behind-the-scenes scoop on the show and meet Tara.

Play Date is a fun, fast-paced game show in which guys show off their dating skills and women guest judges help teach guys what they’re doing right and wrong in the dating world.

As a Valentine’s Day gift, Tara has GUARANTEED any woman who wants to be on a future show a spot. So here’s your chance to share your dating expertise, promote your product or service –or simply have fun! Offer ends 2/13/08.

Oh, did I mention that Play Date has nearly **4 MILLION** listeners, which includes men and women?!

So, check out the show, which airs Monday-Friday on Sirius Channel 198, 2:00-4:00 p.m. PT.

I’ll be a guest on Tara’s show for the second time on 2/13/08, 2:00-3:00 p.m. PT, discussing my latest books, SIN CLUB and DREAMS & DESIRES 2. I blogged about my first experience here: My Playboy Radio Play Date Debut.

Click here for more information about Tara, Play Date, the interview – or to RESERVE YOUR SPOT!

Hope to chat with you on PlayDate, “Chatting with Chase,” or both!

Best,
Rachelle

Renee Berglund, artist and owner of Monkapaws, is a warm, wonderful, enthusiastic, and talented woman I met at a street fair a few months ago in San Francisco. I instantly fell in love with her work and asked her to create some pieces for me. And voila, she designed and created the beautiful mirror and pendant shown below.

Since she’s such a terrific person, I wanted to introduce her to you, too!

Rachelle: How did you come up with the name “Monkapaws” and what does it mean?

Renee: I have a giant Bernese Mountain dog and his name is Guinness. But I call him “Monkapaws.” Many pet owners may relate – to the numerous pet names that one can develop out of the tender devotion for our furry babies. The name developed because Guinness is just that in every sense – he’s a crazy monkey and always bouncing around on his back paws – if one can picture that image. He also has enormous giant white paws. So, somehow, the name “Monkapaws” stuck and he is referred to it by many.

Hearing it in a business context makes my husband and I laugh to this day. It is hard not to- knowing most clients don’t realize that “Monkapaws” is in reference to our enormous bouncing monkey with giant white paws.

Rachelle: What made you decide to start the business? How long have you been in business?

Renee: I developed Monkapaws about two years ago when I was tinkering around with old typewriters. My first piece of jewelry was a pendant for myself. Many people loved it and I made many as gifts. My unique designs made it very special and then I decided to try and sell them. I started out very small, hitting local shops and telling anyone that would lend an ear about it. My designs then became increasingly popular and I eventually ended up selling my pieces to the public at art and wine festivals in the Bay Area and also at Santana Row in San Jose. I have a loyal following of customers that love the pieces almost as much as I do. So it is very rewarding in all aspects.

Rachelle: I’m now one of your loyal customers – your jewelry is beautiful. How do you come up with the ideas for your pieces?

Renee: I guess it is just one of those things, like thinking out of the box. I think I have taken the typewriter keys to the next level and really enhance their beauty through my work. It is almost as if they are individual antiques and deserve a special place to exhibit their real beauty. That is where I feel my art comes in. Most of my work is a direct reflection of the beauty that I love and want to express in them. But the real beauty lies mostly on the simplicity of the typewriter key itself. I am just the ‘middle man.’

Rachelle: What do you like most about making a piece of jewelry? Is there anything you like making more than others? (i.e., necklaces vs. bracelets, etc.)

Renee: I looovveee making the altered art collage pendant pieces. That is my true passion, where my expression has no boundaries or limits. I guess it allows me to unleash my inhibitions and express the humor I see in life that can be expressed in my work. I also do not create anything that I personally would not wear – so I guess that lets me keep it real.

Rachelle: How would you describe your work? In other words, what makes a Renee Berglund piece unique?

Renee: I think I have taken the vintage typewriter key to the next level, the life ever after. To me, it is like wearing a piece of history and I just add embellishments to enhance the story/detail.

Rachelle: When you’re not creating gorgeous pieces of art, what do you like to do?

Renee: I love riding my horse. And when I am not doing that, I love hitting garage sales and flea markets, looking for that discarded item that I may incorporate into my work. I love yoga. I am also a labor activist and am involved in several aspects of the American labor movement that directly affects our community and our essence of the “American Dream.” And I love to immerse myself in my collection of historical fiction in the wee hours.

But if I had to state my favorite, it would be hanging out with my husband and my Monkapaws. That is the best! My steadfast relationships with them both have given me confidence and encouragement. Without them, it would have been impossible to have come this far. And without them, Monkapaws would probably not exist. So, thank you, Tobbe and Monkapaws.

Rachelle: And thank you, Renee, for sharing a bit about yourself and your work!

I’ve got a treat for visitors because today, I have a special guest — author, PG Forte. PG Forte, whose name rhymes with “foreplay,” writes novels and novellas in the romantic suspense, psychic fiction, and erotic romance genres. Her current book, Waiting For the Big One, published by Liquid Silver Books, is an erotic romance about Gabby’s quest to find “true love and ultimate pleasure. ”

How long have you been writing and what made you choose erotic romance?

PG: Well, I’ve been writing forever but in terms of seriously writing books, it’s been almost eight years. I’d written most of a nine part paranormal romantic suspense series and was searching around for a new project. Several of my critique partners pushed…er, encouraged me to try writing an erotic romance and the result was Waiting for the Big One.

You write “dark-edged paranormal romantic-suspense,” romantic-comedy, and more. Why do you like to write different subgenres of erotic romance?

PG: Variety? lol! I have a hard time settling on favorites in any area. I have several favorite colors, several favorite perfumes. I love coffee and tea, red wine and white, Spring and Fall…and Summer…and Winter. Well, you get the picture.

So it’s the same with writing. I wrote my first book when I couldn’t find exactly what I wanted to read. And, typically, it turned out to be something that combined genres. I just don’t like being confined to any ONE thing.

What do you like most about writing? What do you like the least about writing?

PG: I guess I like the characters the best. I fall in love with almost all of my characters and it’s just fun getting to know them. But creating worlds and sharing it with readers…that’s a real close second.

I suppose what I like the least is how easy it is to lose your idea. Sometimes I’ll be working away with a whole scene clear in my head and yet the slightest interruption can make it just evaporate before I can get it pinned down. That’s painful!!

I love the premise behind you new book, Waiting For the Big One, where your heroine, tired of the “standard issue, plain vanilla kind,” is waiting for the “ultra orgasm.” How did you come up with that idea? Can you tell us a little bit about the book?

PG: Well, I had the title and the seed idea–that everyone in LA was waiting for something, either their big break, the big earthquake we all know is coming, or something else–for a long time. When I was searching around for an erotic romance idea, it seemed like the perfect jumping off point. And then I read about various Tantra Yoga ideas–female ejaculation, Amrita, and so forth–and the whole thing came together.

Basically the story is about an aspiring actress named Gabby. She lives in LA and works as a dog walker to pay the bills. She’s in lust with her Yoga instructor, Derek, but they’ve become friends and she doesn’t want to jeopardize their friendship by getting into a sexual relationship with him.

Derek wants Gabby as well, but he wants her to recognize her feelings for him go beyond friendship and he figures he can wait her out.

Unfortunately for Derek, however, Gabby’s getting pretty sick of waiting. So, when an adorable, hunky guitar player moves into her apartment building, Gabby decides to go after him–and she enlists Derek’s help to get him.

That’s when the real fun starts!

Your friends know you as the “Queen of Angst and Torment.” How did you get that title?

PG: Because I like to torture my characters. Especially my heroes. There’s nothing quite like a tortured hero. lol! I have to admit, however, that there’s a great deal more angst in the longer, romantic suspense books. My current series is fairly short–not as much room for real torture there. But I do try.

When readers pick up a PG Forte book, what can they expect to find?

PG: Well, there will be heat–that seems to be one of the constants, which is why my critique partners were so insistent that I write erotic romance. You’ll find strong, well-rounded characters because, as I mentioned before, I adore my characters. And, hopefully, even in the darker stories you’ll find humor because I love to laugh and I love to make my readers laugh as well–oh, especially through their tears. Come to think of it, maybe it’s not just my characters that I love to torment. Hmm…

Thanks to PG Forte for being a guest today. For more information about PG and her books, please visit:

Website: http://www.pgforte.com/
Newsgroup: http://groups.yahoo.com/group/pgforte
MySpace: http:/www.myspace.com/pgforte


 

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