Contemporary romance author C. M. Albert is out with another book, a verrrrry steamy collection of vignettes called The White Room. Her previous novels have brought her to the USA Today and Amazon best seller lists. I’d like to say I had a little help with that because I’ve edited all of her novels and novellas, but I know all the credit goes to her authentic, heartwarming characters and storytelling. She even found a way, in the middle of an intense, spicy sex scene in The White Room, to make me clutch at my heart and go “Awww.” The woman is amazing!
The White Room is out now and is available on Amazon and for free on Kindle Unlimited.
You can check out her other books here on Amazon.
Here’s my Q & A with C. M. Albert about her new release, her writing process, and more. Enjoy!
What is the premise of The White Room?
The premise was built around a fictional room—more like a luxury suite, really—where any and all fantasies (of the carnal variety) can come true. There are rules to keep clients safe. It’s an exclusive, by invitation, membership-only experience for those who can afford the cost of “playing.” A place where, if clients are willing to let their guards down and be open to the experience, their wildest dreams can come true in a safe way. No names. No commitments. Two hours.
How is this book different from your others?
It is a LOT steamier. From cover to cover, the characters dive in quickly and live up to the expectations of the White Room and living out their fantasies. It was an exceptionally vulnerable book to write because of all the intimate scenarios I put my clients in. They aren’t all experiences I’ve actually had myself, so I really had to stretch my writing chops to make it deeper than “just sex” while making those scenes especially enticing. With my other books, there are bits and parts of me woven in and are much more relatable on a day-to-day basis. But the whole fantasy of the White Room is to let your inhibitions go and my characters do.
What is your writing process?
I’m definitely a panster. As someone who’s highly intuitive, it’s hard for me to plot too heavily. It sounds hokey, but I truly do “listen” to my characters. Once I’ve brought one to life, they just seem to take over. I’ve learned long ago not to force my characters because they’re just going to do what they want to anyway. Although I’m more of a “panster”—as in I fly by the seat of my pants instead of plotting every twist and turn from A to B—I do know in general where the story is heading and what major things I need to have happen; I’m just flexible if they happen a little differently than I first wanted them to.
Did you do anything differently when you wrote this book?
Um . . . eh-hem . . . I did a lot more research. We’ll just leave it at that. Haha!
Does writing get easier the more books you have published?
It does, actually. I don’t sit down and write every single day, because I’m also a stay-at-home mom and own an energy healing practice, so I need the flexibility. But I do find that the more I write, the easier it comes. I get into my characters more quickly. And I can write faster now than before I published. That being said, I don’t ever want to get stale, formulaic, or predictable in my writing, so I will always push myself to write different types of stories so I can keep learning and growing.
Do you have any books in the works?
To say the least! I now have two spin-off series I’m creating from The White Room that I hope to start publishing this year. I also have two more series in the works (a cozy mystery called Drowning in Guilt and a new adult series that includes characters from my Last Night in Laguna book). I also have about ten covers already designed that are just waiting for stories to be written and “blurbs” written for another dozen stories. I’m inspired daily with ideas. I just can’t write quickly enough.
My priorities for the rest of 2018 are to finish the first book in my new White Heat series (a White Room spin-off that dives deeper into each character before, during, and after their experience there), Can’t Buy Me Love (a billionaire, enemies to lovers, contemporary romance), Drowning in Guilt, and book one of a top-secret trilogy I’m co-authoring; it’s a dystopian/paranormal/elemental magic book with a strong romantic theme. That one will hopefully be out by the end of this year, as it’s already over halfway written. So . . . lots more to come!