Sandra Deighan on Steamy IRDA Winner “Captured Hearts”


What is the name of the book and when was it published? 

Captured Hearts by Sandra Deighan, 2012.

What’s the book’s first line?

“The first time he laid eyes on her, she was looking the other way.”

What’s the book about?  Give us the “pitch”. 

An immortal master of pleasures discovers that while he may have command over the flesh, love itself can be neither commanded nor subdued. After over 1200 years of power and seduction, Fryar Grimsson meets his match in the vulnerable, yet indomitable, mortal woman he kidnaps. At first he finds her resistance to his charms amusing, but gradually his frustration at his inability to control her nearly drive him mad… yet he cannot bring himself to be rid of her.

The longer he associates with this individual, the more she takes hold of his heart, until it seems he’s becoming just as much HER captive as she is his. As this very jaded and self-centered male sorts through feelings he’s never personally experienced before, he discovers he is as much of a virgin to love’s influence as his hostage.

What inspired you to write the book?  A particular person? An event? 

I never set out to write a romance, and certainly not an erotic romance, but I’d always been dissatisfied with the accepted romances since they often equate sex or infatuation with love.  I wondered what would happen if an immortal seduction artist, accustomed to absolute control and satisfying his every whim, were to meet someone who both frustrated and intrigued him. Would someone who’d spent centuries trying out every possible physical pleasure recognize love when it strikes him personally? Or would it confound and irritate him as it gradually, gradually, shows its strength? I found it an interesting way to explore the truest depths of love and discovered it to be quite powerful, able to humble even a (former) god.

What’s the most distinctive thing about the main character?  Who-real or fictional-would you say the character reminds you of?

He’s a combination of a variety of individuals, both real and fictitious. He has the fearlessness of death and the timelessness of vampires, he has the compassion of a healer, he has the mind-reading ability of a couple of Stephen King characters. He’s modeled in some ways after the boyfriend (unnamed) who was both an absolute jerk and wicked prankster, alternately irritating and amusing from one minute to the next.  That same boyfriend also was highly intelligent, which, unfortunately, also made him extremely arrogant, and I imagined if you added age and experience to him, it would only give him off-the-scale egotism, as his percentage of being right all the time would only increase.

What’s the main reason someone should really read this book?

Ah, that’s twofold. You can be shallow and read it for the sexual mayhem, or you can read between the lines and learn about life, the universe, and everything. It’s fun to explore the existence or nonexistence of God, or the meaning of love and/or sex, and more, through an immortal, supernaturally seductive being. And for those of you who’ve read Captured Hearts, and have asked me about the ending, yes, it is “to be continued”. There’s more to their story.

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