Throughout the month of April, I’m featuring fellow eXtasy Books/Devine Destinies authors. In the interview chair for today is author Celine Chatillon who writes for the imprint eXtasy Books. She’s here to talk about her latest release Aphrodite 1, part of the Valentine’s on Venus collection, an erotic, sci-fi romance.
Celine on Writing:
1. First, what’s your favourite scene in the book? Not in regards to writing, but reading, and why?
Celine: I like it when Seth wakes up and discovers Giselle with her pants off (literally) by his Sick Bay bedside. It’s both funny and sexy at the same time!
2. If you had to do it all over again, would you change anything in your book?
Celine: Since I had a word limit with this story collection, I couldn’t write more of the crew members’ back stories and a bit more on what the world of150 years into the future is like. I’d like to add and expand it a little since it’s a pretty interesting future.
3. Share a “side story” about the characters.
Celine: The crew of Aphrodite 1 have all been trained at various space academies, in different parts of the globe, but they all share a sense of adventure and fun and a healthy attitude toward sex. They knew each other by their professional reputations before they were assigned to man the space station on the first long-term manned mission to Venus, but for the most part not much else.
Before they were sent into space, they had the first orgy Earthside to see if they’d be compatible on a long mission. Well, all of them except Commander Seth McCloud, that is. Giselle first met Seth at NASA, but he never seemed to be into their group sex play. This is the reason for the increased tension between them at the opening of the story.
4. If you could spend time with one character from your book, who would it be? And what would you do during that day?
Celine: That’s a good question. I think they’re all interesting in their own ways. Maybe I’d like to hang out with Sanjay for a day since we both are into gardening and growing food. He could give me some tips about hydroponic gardening and show me what I can do with my plants. Plus, he’s tall, dark and handsome and very fun-loving, so I’m sure I could think of something “entertaining” we could do later that evening.
5. Did the characters hijack the story or did you feel like you had control of your book?
Celine: A little of both. I had the basic story outline in my head, but the characters definitely exerted their own personalities into the dialogue and some of the plotting.
6. How did you come up with the title for your book?
Celine: Since it’s a “Valentine’s on Venus” story, I wanted to give it a Venus-related name. Since Venus is too hot to live on the surface, I thought that the first manned-mission would take place aboard a space station in the upper atmosphere. What better name for a space station than after the Greek goddess of love, Aphrodite?
7. If your book was made into a film, who would you like to play the leads?
Celine: Giselle would be played by French actress Marion Coutillard. Seth would be played by Chiwetel Ejiofor.
8. If your book was a candle, what scent would it be and why?
Celine: Rose-scented, because roses signify love and promise to me, and this is what Giselle and Seth have in the end.
9. If your book had a theme song, what would it be and why?
Celine: A song that was in “2001: A Space Odyssey”, Strauss’ Blue Danube Waltz. It just fits a story set in space with a space station.
10. If your book was a colour, what would it be and why?
Celine: Red for passion and Valentine’s Day.
11. What did you edit out of the book?
Celine: A lot of the characters’ back stories. There just wasn’t room with a word limit.
12. What can we expect from you in the future?
Celine: More fun tales of romance with fantastical settings on Earth or in space!
All About Celine Chatillon:
1. What is something unique/quirky about you?
Celine: I’m one of the few people that I’ve ever met who is allergic to onions. (And yet I will sometimes eat a little bit of them because they taste so good. But then I itch all night long!)
2. What are some of your pet peeves?
Celine: I hate it when people don’t use their manners. Saying “please” or “thank you” is important, but perhaps the most important thing is being able to say “I’m sorry” and mean it when you hurt someone or disappoint them–even if it’s an accident. I just can’t abide rude people!
3. Where were you born/grew up at?
Celine: I was born in South Carolina, but I moved to Findlay, Ohio, when I was 8 years old, so I tell people my home state is Ohio. I’ve since lived in the Southwest and in the Midwest and Great Lakes region, so I have a mixed accent.
4. Describe yourself in 5 words or less!
Celine: Creative, inquisitive, quirky, non-conformist, driven.
5. Who is your hero and why?
Celine: My husband Adrian. He’s the world’s most loving man. I’m so lucky to have found him!
Celine Chatillon on Reading:
1. What book do you think everyone should read?
Celine: Pride and Prejudice. It’s the best romance story ever and such a great character study. It really was ahead of its time.
2. What do you think about the current publishing market?
Celine: I’m not happy about it. So many good publishers have had to close their doors because of a certain monopoly that forces small publishers out of business. I’m hoping things will get better someday.
3. If you could have been the author of any of your fave books that you’ve read, which book would you choose and why?
Celine: Jane Austen. I want to say I came up with Mr. Darcy!
4. Share your favourite character from a book that you’ve read, and why they are your fave.
Celine: Lizzie Bennett from Pride and Prejudice. She’s an independent thinker and brave and bold and not afraid to tell a man what she thinks.
5. On average, how much do you read every week?
Celine: A lot! It’s hard to say–several hours or more a day. I read so many things, but usually I’m reading a novel or another research or informative non-fiction title (or one of each) every week.
Title: Aphrodite 1
Series Collection: Valentine’s on Venus
Author(s): Celine Chatillon
Genre(s): Sci-fi Erotic Romance
Heat Rating: 3 Flames
Publication Date: February 14, 2020
Publisher: eXtasy Books
Book Length: 10,000 Words
The crew of space station Aphrodite 1 finds romance, love, and danger—as well as a mystery—in the upper atmosphere of Venus.
Blurb: Aphrodite 1 Life Sciences Officer Dr. Giselle Rosseau hasn’t lost a fellow crew member yet—and she’s not about to lose one now, either. Her first year aboard a space station orbiting the hot and desolate second planet hasn’t been all she hoped for, but she manages to work well under their less than friendly commander, Seth McCloud. After Seth suffers a freak accident in the upper Venusian atmosphere, Giselle theorizes that perhaps their handsome comatose commander’s irritating stick-up-his-ass demeanor is only a cover concealing a past heartache.
When Seth wakes up and finds Giselle pleasuring herself by his sickbed, to her surprise and delight, he wants to join in on the fun. Suddenly lonely Giselle finds both her empty heart and bunk filled with a passion that cannot be denied.
Now everyone has a regular partner, and Giselle, Seth, and the rest of their playful crewmates can’t wait for Valentine’s Day. Seth’s increased strength and stamina since his accident is a mystery, but Giselle’s surprise a few weeks later is an even bigger one. What really happened to Seth in Venus’s upper atmosphere? And how will it affect their future happiness together?
Sounds of her shipmates’ lovemaking echoing from the other end of the station caused her pussy muscles to flutter. Giselle licked her lips and moaned. Her vibrator was located in her bunk at the end of the hall, but she’d promised not to disturb the couples. She knew she should stay within earshot of her patient, too.
She heard Sanjay shout, “Ooh! Harder! Again!”
“Naughty boy enjoys his discipline too much,” Bettina answered. “We’ll have to think of another way to punish him. Alejandro?”
“Get your face out of Tomiko’s tiny twat and come over here. I have need of that cock of yours. Now.”
“Wow…It’s certainly getting hot in here.” Giselle hit the button on her tablet to close the Sick Bay doors and turned on some soothing music as white noise for her patient.
What to do for her own physical complaint? When all else failed, there was always your friendly hand.
“Oh, Seth. I…I don’t want to be the only one without a partner tonight. I hope you don’t mind.”
Giselle slipped off her pants, relaxed back into her chair, and slowly rubbed her clit in a circular motion. She gazed upon the sleeping form of their mission commander and daydreamed about what it could be like to handle that lovely cock of his. The temptation to rip off the sheet and lick him into shape and sit on his boner was almost more than she could bear.
“Ooh…I wish you would wake up. I wish you would wake up and not act so damn cold. I don’t think it’s who you really are.”
Giselle arched her back and slipped a hand under her top, stroking a nipple until it stood proud.
“Hmm…We could have a good time together, Seth, if you could really let go of whatever causes you to have that stick up your ass—and you do have a very nice ass, if I do say so myself. What I wouldn’t give to fondle your great backside and rub myself against it as I passed you casually in a tight spot in the lower deck corridors. Ah, I could see it now, feel your hardness pressing against my butt cheeks as we switched places in the hall…Me pressing my curves against those hard muscles of yours. Ooh—ah!”
Giselle panted and climaxed before she realized how close she had been to coming. She gazed groggily over at her quiet companion.
“Well, you certainly know how to make a girl come just by lying there and looking handsome. It’s truly a gift.”
Giselle rose and walked over to the desk to close out her report on her patient. After she switched off the screen, she gathered up her clothing. She could keep the Sick Bay doors open and hang out in the mess hall for a while and make something to eat—maybe even watch an adult vid on her tablet since her crewmates’ cries and moans were making her feel horny again.
“Good-night, Seth. Sweet dreams.”
Giselle made sure his vitals monitor was synced to her tablet, before dimming the lights and heading to the mess.
“Where do you think you’re going?” Seth asked, just as she reached the doorway.
Celine Chatillon finds writing erotica a very pleasant departure from her day job as a small press manuscript reader.