My name is Lotchie Burton, and I write Erotic Romance and Romantic Suspense novels. I spend my time between the worlds of reality and fantasy—and travel extensively in both. Ask Me Anything.

Jun 23, 2018

An avid reader hopelessly in love with romantic fantasies, I write sexy, seductive stories. With a measure of intimacy that most might crave. If you have a pumping heart and a beating pulse.  Stories of hot pursuit and willful denial, and so much heat it's a wonder your fingers aren't burned from flipping the pages. Yet, classy reads filled with intellectual dialog that will make you think, and laugh out loud. I write stories with feisty heroines and the hard edged, protective, no-nonsense men who love them. A New York Times and USA Today bestselling author wannabe, my name isn’t synonymous with any bestseller’s lists—yet. But I’m working on it.

A former military Intelligence Analyst and a current member of the law enforcement community, I have lived and travelled all over the world. And have received or participated in countless training and scenarios with regard to personal survival, personnel recovery, and escape and evasion.  I’ve launched fighter aircraft from the tarmac of an airfield, briefed helicopter rescue pilots in survival tactics, driven armored vehicles, experienced the adrenaline rush of a high speed chase, stood close enough to feel the effects of car bomb blast, and helped plot/plan the take-down of dangerous criminals. Both real and imagined. I’m a critical thinker and a passionate problem solver with a mind steeped in philosophy—at times overwhelmed by the what-ifs fostered by idle imaginings. I draw from my experiences in the real world to enhance plot and add adventure to my imaginary world. Vivid story telling laced with intrigue, action and sexy entanglements, my stories are fictional, based in reality. With just enough fact to make them seem real, and just enough fantasy to make you wish they were.


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Who are some of your favorite authors that you feel were influential in your work?
Jun 30, 11:15AM EDT0

I suppose in the beginning there were the authors who wrote your basic contemprary romance genre. Seressia Glass "No Commitment Requried"; Dorianne Cole "Once in a Blue Moon"; Lisa G. Riley "Caught up in the Rapture". These books were interracial romances which I found intriguing. Mainly because they didn't dwell on the obvious. The complication of being in an interracial relationship. The stories went beyond that and focused on issues that any couple in love might have. Other than the color of their skin. Or the differences in cultural upbringing. They made the situations real to me. Without the anst. 

Christeen Feehan's paranormal stories introduced me to the concept of an inseparable relationship. Based on a biological and instinctual connection. That, literally, "can't live without the other element". She poured deep emotional turmoil and insatiable desire into her stories. And made it believable in her characters. 

These types stories influenced me to write the characters I write. The stories that are their lives. They are not so different from everyday people. They love, argue, have misunderstandings, and they have amazing sex. 


Jun 30, 6:22PM EDT0
If you didn’t write, what other artistic expressions would you like to try?
Jun 30, 10:25AM EDT0

I have other talents/interests that I have indulged over the years. But none have held my attention like writing. Back in the day (1980s) I was one of three lead singers in a band. In later years I was in a few choirs. I enjoy singing, when I'm in that environment. I'm also a proficient sketch artist. I took classes, but have never really developed my talent beyond personal gratification. While I have enjoyed both, neither of these have captivated me like writing. I suppose it's because reading was my first true love. And now that I've discovered a talent for writing, I get to immerse myself between the two.  

Jun 30, 5:59PM EDT0
What are some of the ways in which you promote your work? Is there any promotion technique that you haven't tried?
Jun 30, 10:25AM EDT0

I'm still working on the marketing and promotion aspect of this profession. I don't quite have a handle on it yet. I send out announcements. I offer free advanced reading copies, hoping I'll get a review in exchange. An honest review. Word of mouth has been pretty advantagous as well. There are plenty of methods I have yet to try. But I'm not knowledgable or savvy enough to make them work for me, just yet. I'm always open to new ideas. However, one has to be careful. Promoting can become a money-pit as well. I want to make sure I know what I'm doing before I sink too much cash into something that won't work.  

Jun 30, 5:51PM EDT0
If your book Prelude to a Seduction was to be made into a movie, who are the actors/actresses that would star in it and why?
Jun 30, 10:07AM EDT0

I honestly never thought about movies and actors/actresses. And I'm sorry to say, that no one in particular even comes to mind. When I created my characters, my influences were real people. I saw a very handsome man poolside at a hotel swimming pool, while heading to a conference meeting. Almost immediately the story started forming in my head. As for the female, she was a clothes model in a shopping magazine. She just jumped out at me as my female lead. 

Even now, trying to contemplate your question, no one comes to mind. 

Jun 30, 6:28PM EDT0
Do you ever struggle with writing an ending of a book? Do you feel attached to the characters and have trouble letting go of them?
Jun 30, 6:18AM EDT0

I've yet to encounter that problem. Most of the time I already know how the book is going to end, before I start to write. For me, the hardest parts of the story are the beginning and the middle. It's an absolute requriement in romance that there is a happy-ever-ending (HEA). So that's a given. I just have to figure out how to weave it into the rest of the story. 

I'm only attached to my characters up to the conclusion of the story. Then I let them go. I don't have a problem with ending our relationship. Mainly because I'm already anxious to get onto the next story. I know some authors have attachment issues, and I never understood why. For me it's like sending a grown child out into the world. If you've properly prepared them for what to expect, then you let go and let life happen around them.  

Jun 30, 5:45PM EDT0
You've certainly had a rich life experience between your work in the military and law enforcement. Do your past experiences come into play when you are writing? Can you give an example of such a thing?
Jun 30, 12:17AM EDT0

Past experiences play a signinfiant part in my writing. Especially with the character development in my romantic suspense novels. Having a military background or law enforcement association is something I'm familiar with.  It makes research easier. Granted the characters sometime experience things I may not have a clue about personally. But I have access to resources like reading materials/articals, statistical data, and other members in my agency and sister agencies whom I can interview. Almost everything I  need to give my work realism and believeablity is within reach. 

Jun 30, 5:37PM EDT0
What kind of characters do you think the publishing industry needs more of?
Jun 29, 6:11PM EDT0

In recent conversations diversity has been the main topic of interest. And I think it would be in the best interest of Publishers to listen. Readers today more than ever want to see themselves represented in the stories they read. In the stories we write. Whether it's by race, ethinc heritage, sexual orientation, or in the person whom they choose to love.  Just as televison commericals and characters in movies have become more diverse and reflective of today's world, or societial thinking, publishers should wake up and follow suit. I believe the overall mindset of the publishing industry--presuming they know best what readers want--has been a driving force behind the rise of indie publications. Their (publishers) refusal of certain works because of underestimation of an interested audience, or their lack of knowledge of  potential interest, have sent would-be authors in search of alternative methods.  Editors or publishers turn works away because they don't see an audience. Or they can't figure out who to sell/market to. If they can't sell, there's no profit value. But the bottom line is, they need to take a closer look at the world around them. And pay attention. Vanilla isn't the only flavor in the ice cream freezer. Take a chance and try something different. Because different is what the world is made up of. 

Jun 30, 5:24PM EDT0
Erotica and romantic suspense are widely different genres, how are you able to switch between both and get in the right headspace for each with ease?
Jun 29, 10:31AM EDT1

I haven't completely crossed that bridge of contention yet. But I admit the thought has crossed my mind. Especially when I'm caught up in action and confrontations. The first two books are labled erotica/spicy because of the frequency of sexual encounters and the explicit descriptions. And as I posted earlier, the plot line wasn't particularly deep. However, the scope of my writing began to evolve by the second book.  While sex is an integral part of the story, character and situation developments began taking place. I suppose I became intrigued with the concept of action, and sex.  My Romantic Suspense has action and sex. Granted, the sexual encounters take a back seat to the action, but the hero and heroine still have to get worked-up, and hook-up. At least once or twice. 

Since I'm currently concentrating on the suspense series, I don't actually know how hard it might be to get my head back into the erotic genre. I would still write intimate scenes between the main characters. I would think the main concern would be developing the surrounding circumstances.  I have plans to write the third book in that genre to round out/tie up lose ends. I guess I'll have to wait and see. 

Jun 29, 4:34PM EDT0

How do you help yourself break out of a writing slump?

Jun 29, 9:14AM EDT0

I think out loud and talk to myself--a lot. Especially while washing dishes. Washing dishes and staring out the window does a lot to clear my mind. My head is always so full of thoughts. About work, about bills, about my future. Things that overshadow my ability to focus. I usually need a non-mental activity to calm the chaos. Dish washing is amazingly great at just that. I come up with some of my best lines when I have my hands immersed in soapy water and my mind is free to wander.

If that doesn't work, I call up my two dependable sounding boards. They usually help me get past my inability to move forward. With words of encouragement--or chastisement. Whichever best suit the situation. Meaning I'm either truly stuck, or simply whining and making excuses. 

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Jun 29, 1:08PM EDT0
Would you rather have an entire room as a library at home or a Kindle with thousands of e-books?
Jun 28, 11:09PM EDT0

That's easy. I'd rather have an entire room as a library. No matter how much storage a Kindle or any other electronic device has, it's only as good as the power it takes to keep it running. I keep plenty of candles and flashlight batteries for those times when the power goes out. And you don't know how long it will be, before it comes back on. It's kind of cozy, and an adventure in and of itself, to read by candlelight. 

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Jun 29, 12:17AM EDT0
Do your characters seem to hijack the story or do you feel like you have the reigns of the story?
Jun 28, 5:47PM EDT0

Personally, I don't think we authors ever truly have control. We might start out with a perfectly good idea of who our character(s) is and what we want them to do. But more often than not, they have other ideas. And yes, they 'hijack' a scene, the plot and quite possibly the entire outcome. And it can happen anywhere. In the beginning, in the middle or they may wait until the end to flip the script.  In my most recent story I had the personality of one of my supporting female characters basically planned out. Mainly because she'll be a lead player in a later book.  However, as I was writing/introducing her, she didn't develop the way I planned. She took on an entirely different attitude and basically wrote her own role. Imagine my surprise.

Jun 28, 6:02PM EDT0
If you could have been the author of any book ever written, which book would you choose?
Jun 28, 2:59PM EDT0

I would love to have written "Pride and Prejudice" by Jane Austin (published in 1813).   I admit I've never read it, but the story is practically the greatest love story ever re-told. Again and again, and again. Re-written and adapted to film. I will also admit that I had never watched it (really) until the zombie version was made. And that was quite by accident. I found it interesting how the zombies were woven into the theme. It made me curious about the original. Then, I saw the most recent version with Keira Knightly and Matthew Macfadyen on cable.  And I was hooked. The scenery, the costumes, the camera work, the casting and most of all, the musical score. Especially at the end of the movie, where Mr. Darcey declares his love one last time. The actor literally chokes on the words. And I choke right along with him. It's a three kleenex ending for me. 

I don't know what every author's dream is, in romance or otherwise, but I think we all want to move our readers. In whatever genre we write. Whether to laugh, cry, love, comtemplate issues, or advocate change, I would love to have an affect. A lasting affect. Jane Austin's "Pride and Prejudice" is an extraordinary example, despite its multiple renditions. 

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Jun 28, 7:20PM EDT0
What is the toughest criticism given to you as an author?
Jun 28, 2:29PM EDT0

The toughest criticism (critique) I've ever received, to date, came from an editor. I had written my first book intended for self-publishing. When you self-publish, you have to do all the things a regular publisher would do. Some things you learn to do for yourself. Others you definitely need outside expertise. One of which is an editor. The person I hired was absolutely phenomenal. But I didn't know that at the time.  At the time, while going through the throes of rewrites and restructures, I thought she was a nit-picking, anal retentive, pyschotic bitch--from hell.

I'd had an inkling at the beginning that she was tough. But I thought I could stand up to anything she might dish out. Boy, was I wrong. She ripped my manuscript apart. Sentence by sentence. Paragraph by pargraph. Page by page.  And left me in a puddle of depression it took me eight months to work my way through. Eight months of rewriting and re-evaluating what I had written. And it was the best thing that ever happened to me. I learned more from that editor than all the webinars, workshops and conferences I'd ever listened to or attended. I listened and paid attention to every thing she told me about the work behind the art of writing. It was one of my proudest moments when I finally finished that book. When I sent it back for the second round of edits, she was bowled over by the improvement in the work. And so was I.  She loved my second book even more. 

Jun 28, 8:52PM EDT0
Do you think of a title before starting to write, or do you come up with a title based on the entire book you’ve already written?
Jun 28, 11:38AM EDT0

In a way, the answer is yes to both questions. I usually have a title before I even start to write. For me, it's the title that drives the story. Gives it, its foundation. But that's for the story currently under construction. As for a title based on an entire book that's already written, sometimes that develops while I'm writing--for the next book. There are times when the creative process refuses to be regimented to one place. In one instance. Characters have a way of taking over or standing out, and dictating to us. On more than one occassion I've had a minor charactor demand their own story.  Which in turn requires their own unique title. By the time the current book is complete, I've already come up with a title for the next book. 

Jun 28, 2:11PM EDT0
Do you work on your own book covers or do you hire someone else to do it?
Jun 28, 6:55AM EDT0

Goodness no. Graphic artistry is out of my realm of comprehension. Although I have an artistic background, I'd have no clue where to begin. And it is highly recommended by the experts that, if you don't have training in graphic art design, don't do your own covers. The cover is the first thing a reader sees. It has to be the best it can be. I hire out. 

Jun 28, 8:58AM EDT0

Where has been the best place you have traveled to?

Jun 28, 2:24AM EDT0

It's tough to pick just one best place. I've had amazing and unforgetable experiences in many. I love the tranquil environment of tropical islands. Soothing blue-green waters and sifted sands in the Bahamas and Jamaica. Barbados had sand with texture so fine--it clung to your skin like baby powder. 

Europe was full of architetural wonders and extraordinary places to visit. I toured castles in Germany, took a Rhine River cruise, and spent a day at October Fest. I loved Paris' Palace of Versailles and the Eiffel Tower. Athens Greece brought mythical creatures and Gods to life; and azure blue domes atop linen white walls that perfectly matched the blue of the Aegean Sea, stole my breath.

There are too many other experiences in other places to mention.  So, it's hard to choose a best place, when each has found a place in my heart. 

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Jun 29, 11:51AM EDT0
Do you try more to be original or to deliver to readers what they want?
Jun 28, 1:22AM EDT0

I try to do both. It's hard to be truly original when writing a romance. One reason is because there are certain tropes that readers love. The friends-to-lovers; second chances; playboy-bachalor-gets-hooked; damsel-in-distress-gets-saved, secret-baby-discovered, and hundreds more. Publishers thrive on this and want to fill the demand. It's our job as authors to supply. The best way we can. We have to decide which trope/demand we're good at or enjoy writing, and come up with a different twist. Because although readers want the trope, they also want something different.

I think originality comes from the character I create, to deliver the trope. In real life everybody has a story, and some of them are the same. But the way it is told and the way it ends, is determined by how the characters play their part.  

Jun 28, 8:49AM EDT0
Does the quality of your writing get affected when you are being pressured by a deadline?
Jun 28, 1:02AM EDT0

So far in my writing career I haven't experienced the pressure of deadlines from anyone other than myself. And sometimes from fans. I haven't been contracted to finish a book on a schedule. I'm not really sure I want to be. I have two traditionally published books, but they were finished products when I submitted them for consideration. However in order to be a more proficient and productive writer, I certainly need to set stricter bounderies upon myself. I do however believe that, for me, deadlines would indeed increase pressure, and affect the quality of my work. Currently my creative process isn't conducive to that kind of pressure.   

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Jun 29, 12:35AM EDT0
Do you ever get writer’s block? What do you do if so?
Jun 27, 10:53PM EDT0

There is an ongoing debate among authors whether such a thing as writer's block even exits. I've heard arguments from both sides, and have decided that--I get stuck. And that's mainly because of my creative process. I don't outline or structure my novels. I might have an idea where the story is going, but I don't always know how I'm going to get there.

The way I handle the problem is either, breaking down the current chapter or scene and figuring out what I want to happen right then, a page/scene at at time. Or, by calling up my two accountability buddies and talking the problem through. One is a writer, the other is a reader. Both have unique perspectives of the problem, and both offer great advice. Or, they just listen to me. Sometimes we just talk and end up stumbling onto a solution. Sometimes I just have to put it aside for a day or two. When I come back, ideas start to flow.  

Jun 27, 11:53PM EDT0
How realistic are the erotic scenes in your novel and how do you achieve a good balance between realism and fantasy in your book?
Jun 27, 3:37PM EDT0

I'd say the realism of erotic intimacy in my novels is subject to interpertation. The concept, as written, is not beyond realistic possiblities. Lovers, in reality come with different levels of capabilities. Some in truth, are more skilled than others. Some, in truth, are more attentive than others. What I write combines those truths with a romantic element of intimacy and emotion that most of us crave and fantasize about. Those moments before, after, or in-between sex. Moments that aren't necessarily a fantasy, but may not occur as often as we'd like in real life.  

Sex in reality can be boring or exciting; a chore or an anticipation; an adventure or a disaster. I believe we read, and write, to escape from the predictability of reality. To shrug off realism. Real is when a significant other rolls over after sex, and falls asleep. 

I don't think it is necessarily fantasy to expect or want the experience of being with an exceptional lover. If one can't find him/her between the bedsheets, there's nothing wrong with searching for them between the pages of a good book. It is my desire to stimulate the imagination and let the scenes take you down whatever path they may. I think I will leave it to the reader to balance and distingish the differences. 

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