Character’s Perspective with Syler from Erik Clarke’s Monster

I’m excited to have with me today Syler from Erik Clarke’s second novel in the Spellbound series, Monster.

Monster Cover Art

What is one thing your storyteller misrepresented?

Well, I’m actually the storyteller in this case, but apparently I “completely misrepresented” Max when I dared to say more than once that he “purred”. Fucker gave me loads of shit over that one—“I’m not a cat, I’m a wolf, we don’t purr, blah blah blah.” But yeah. Totally purrs. Don’t listen to him.

What is a quote you live by?

In the book, I say I live by the mantra “If you don’t like it, then fuck off”, and I really still agree with that. If you don’t like something, then leave. Don’t hate on shit, or suffer through something you don’t like. Just go, and leave it to the people who do.

What would you have named your story?

If I was feeling sappy at the time, I’d name it “I Missed You”. I told Max that eventually, but I definitely took my sweet ass time with it. He deserved to know a lot sooner than he did. If I wasn’t feeling so sentimental, I’d probably go with something along the lines of “Even Assholes Need Some Love”. It’d be pretty accurate.

What event in your life would make a wonderful short-story addition to your story?

The day that I met Max. It was first year of college, and I was still trying to get into the swing of things. We ran into each other at a party—within five minutes of meeting him, I hated him, and I’m sure he felt the same way. Thirty minutes later, we’re fucking in the bathroom, with the line of people going halfway out the house. Suffice it to say, by the time we were done, that bathroom needed remodeled, and I almost had to get a wheelchair. It was perfect.

Retell your story in a haiku.

Syler was a dick

Max showed there was more to him

But he’s still a dick

Does rhyming “dick” with “dick” in a non-rhyming form of poem get me bonus points?

Oh, absolutely! Pick a scene in your story. What song is playing in the background?

After the Vampire debacle, when Max finally gets me to hold still long enough to talk, and I tell him that I need him. Right Here, by Betty Who. It just nails it in this weird way, all the way down to that almost fleeting sense of reciprocation, like you just know that I’m gonna fuck it up soon, but right here, right now, things are perfect even though they won’t last.

What surprises you most about your love interest?

Max has always known that I was full of shit. Never even questioned it. Most people think that I’m really trying to be this hateful asshole, and they take the things I say so seriously. He brushes it off and fires back with just as much sarcasm and snarkiness, and that’s just what works for us. It’s always been that way—we never even had to talk about it. He’s one of the only people I’ve met like that, who just knew the kind of guy I was right off the bat.

At what moment did you know you were in love?

I’m not sure when it happened the first time we were together. It just sort of crept up on me naturally, without even really having to think about it—of course, I didn’t tell him that I loved him, even though he did tell me. But when we met up again after all those years, I realized I still loved him the moment that he told me he missed me, when we met up in his room that night. It made me realize how much I’d missed him too, had been missing him since the second I walked away.

Thank you so much for being with me today, Syler. It’s a pleasure, as always.

If you’d like to learn more about Syler and Max’s story, you check it out at the following websites.

Monster is available now for early download through Totally Bound. It will hit the major retailers May 16th.

Erik Clarke’s Bio

Erik Clarke is still trying to figure out how to balance work, school, writing, and the ever-elusive “social life”. He’s also still trying to figure out when the outlandish plots and crazy characters he’d scribbled into the margins of his notebooks for years somehow coalesced into an actual novel.

Born in Ohio and now struggling through the constant love/hate relationship that is living in the beautiful but sweltering Arizona landscape, Erik is thankful every day for the incredible, supportive family and friends that surround him—and for the sheer joy that writing two characters to their happily ever after can bring.

Erik Clarke

What’s new?

Wow, so much has been happening I don’t even know where to being.

My son’s second book, Monster, is available for early download beginning tomorrow! He is really hoping this one can take it one notch further than Night and hit Amazon’s top ten. Cresting at eleven was such a ‘so close’ moment.

Erik is all moved in to his new place. We visited him a few nights ago and only a couple of boxes remain. Considering the adventure in moving we all had, I’m impressed. But he always has great style. He showed off some phenomenal dance moves while he was carrying his desk out to the truck and a bull snake slithered out of a flower pot inches away from his knee. His sense of humor and drive have served him well.

It’s taking a bit of adjustment to get used to a quiet home. I realized just how large this ole house is now that it isn’t filled with college kids. I must say, I miss his friends too, but I am getting more sleep. 🙂 Their midnight baking binges were noisy affairs.

My husband and I have a lot more time as a couple. It’s been twenty-four years since we lived alone together. It’s nice to be able to have ‘deep personal’ conversations whenever the need or desire arises instead of having to schedule it. I won’t lie, the privacy is nice too 😉

With all the ‘new beginnings’ going on around here, I guess it’s fitting that the first book of my new series, Master’s Touch, will be out soon. In fact, it is already available for pre-order on Amazon. Click here to learn more. The One and Only is being published by Ellora’s Cave. To date, there are three books planned in the series. They are a little longer. All Grown Up, the second book, is waiting for the editing process to begin. The third book is finished and I will send it to them soon.

Speaking of done…Bondage Included, the fifth book in the Desired Discipline series, is almost there. I’m on the last chapter. I hope to finish it this week, go over it with my husband next week and off it will go. 

So, all in all, life is busy and ever changing, but life is good.



The book my son stressed out about for months, Monster, now has a cover. In keeping with the theme it is colorful and bright. He is hard at work on Wonder, the third in the series.

I’ve always encouraged my kiddos to write. My daughter is a copy writer by day and writes children’s books for fun. I’m so proud of them both.

My son has been writing stories since fifth grade. He constantly has three or four stories he is juggling at one time. I have no clue how he does it. For a long time, he couldn’t seem to finish a story and worried it would always be that way. Last year, we started writing together. Not on the same story, just at the same time. We’d sit in the great room and bounce ideas off each other when one of us would get stuck. The book I was writing at the time, Bondage Anniversary, was shorter than Night and I finished first. On one of our month long trips to NY, my husband went through mine and edited the rough draft. Once we were home, we submitted it. By that time, my son had finished his, but wasn’t sure it was good enough to submit and wasn’t sure where to submit it to. When Totally Bound, responded positively toward my book, it spurred him to send in his. It has been a journey for both of us and to be able to share this with him is something I will be forever thankful for. If


Bondage Seduction and Monster

It’s been a great day for my family. My son’s publisher gave him the release dates for his second book, Monster. It will be out May 16th.  While bouncing around like idiots with him, my phone dings. My editor said she loved Bondage Seduction and she sent me the paperwork to start the publication process on it.

Bondage Seduction is the fourth book in the Desired Discipline series. It was a tough one for me to write. The male lead, Ted, wasn’t talking to me for a large chunk of the story. He didn’t want a relationship and he fought it every step of the way.

Meri, the female lead, fell hard and fast. Knowing the attraction was mutual, she refused to give up. Smart girl.

This was also a book I wrote without much input from my husband. His work has been consuming his time lately.While we were in NY, he did read the final product and helped me edit it enough to submit to the publisher. I was relieved when he liked it and was hopeful that the publisher would as well. Getting confirmation that it is, in fact, good is as much a relief as it is exciting.

Now to get All Grown Up completed before the edits come through for Bondage Seduction. I’m almost there. The characters have figured out what the real problem is and are working to correct it. Wish me luck!