Author: I. J. Miller

Wuthering Nights by IJ Miller – Interview and PPB Giveaway

Posted April 25, 2013 by Sherri in Author Spotlight, Giveaways, Reviews / 2 Comments

Today we welcome author IJ Miller to Urban Girl Reader.  IJ  is the author of four erotic works of fiction: SEESAW,  WHIPPED, SEX AND LOVE, and CLIMBING THE STAIRS. IJ’s newest release Wuthering Nights: An Erotic Retelling of Wuthering Heights is a retelling of the classic Wuthering Heights.  Ginny recently reviewed it and gave it 4 flowers (click here to see her review).  Ginny was also able to interview IJ about Wuthering Nights for UGR, and asked some pointed questions.  :-).

 

Wuthering Nights

Wuthering Nights: An Erotic Retelling of Wuthering Heights

Emily Bronte and I.J. Miller

Grand Central Publishing

Published April 23rd 2013  (first published January 29th 2013)

Book Description:

Romantics everywhere have been enthralled by Emily Brontë’s classic novel of the tragic love between beautiful, spirited Catherine Earnshaw and dark, brooding Heathcliff. The restrained desire between these two star-crossed lovers has always smoldered on the page. And now it ignites into an uncontrollable blaze. In WUTHERING NIGHTS, writer I.J. Miller reimagines this timeless story to reveal the passion between Catherine and Heathcliff – in all its forbidden glory.

Set against the stark, raw beauty of the English moors, Heathcliff, an abandoned orphan, recognizes his soul mate in wild, impulsive Catherine, the only woman who can tame his self-destructive nature. And Catherine cannot deny the all-consuming desire she feels for him, despite his low birth. Together they engage in a fiery affair – one that will possess them, enslave them, and change their destinies forever…

 

INTERVIEW

UGR:  Why re-write this particular classic?

IJ: It is perhaps the greatest love story ever told.  Catherine and Heathcliff’s passion is so intense that it transcended mortal life.  Also, Heathcliff is really the original tragic, alpha-male hero andthe model for the likes of Edward in Twilight and Christian in Fifty Shades.

UGR:  While I agree with the darker side of Heathcliff, what were your reasons for  writing him so dark?

IJ:  There was a temptation to soften him to make him more palatable for the modern reader, but, ultimately, I thought it would be an injustice to the original.  Bronte seemed to have written thebook without self-censorship and before the unwritten rules of perfect, only slightly flawed romantic heroes were in place.  She just laid Heathcliff out there and I think the reader has to appreciate how bare he is portrayed.

UGR:  Are there any other classic novels (English Literature, Fairy Tales, etc?) that you would like to re-write?

IJ:  I have a proposal for Dickens’ Great Expectations.  I would write it from both Pip and Estella’s point of view.  The original was more focused on the class issues and Pip’s struggles, but I think by fleshing out Estella’s story there is a great love story there.

UGR:  Out of any other books you’ve seen re-written, which have been your favorites?

IJ:  Most of the mashups I have seen have a lot of verbatim text with some sex thrown in, or zombies, or vampires.  What I tried to do was stay true to the original language, themes, and characters, but added a number of new plot twists and turns that make the eroticism more organic and heightens the romance.

UGR:  While writing the characters, did you, too, want to slap them?

IJ:  Of course Heathcliff and his brutality, Catherine and her narcissism make you want to give them a stern talking to, but when you stick with them and see their full character arc the rawness and openness of their emotions make them unforgettable.

 

About I. J. Miller

IJ Miller is the author of four, distinct, literary, erotic works of fiction: SEESAW was translated into two languages, with over 130,000 copies in print; WHIPPED appeared in both English and German; SEX AND LOVE, a collection of short stories, made its debut in the summer of 2011; CLIMBING THE STAIRS, a novella, was released just a year later. Miller has a Master of Fine Arts from the American Film Institute and has taught creative writing and screenwriting at the university level.

 
 
Visit IJ at: Website

 

GIVEAWAY

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Review: Wuthering Nights by I.J. Miller

Posted April 25, 2013 by Sherri in Reviews / 0 Comments

Review: Wuthering Nights by I.J. Miller
Wuthering Nights: An Erotic Retelling of Wuthering Heights by Emily Brontë, I. J. Miller
Genres: Erotic Romance, Historical Romance
Published by Grand Central Publishing on April 23, 2013
Format: Paperback
Pages: 368
Source: Publisher

Purchase Links: AmazonBarnes & Noble
Book Links: Goodreads
Overall Rating:

Book Description:

Book Description:

Romantics everywhere have been enthralled by Emily Brontë’s classic novel of the tragic love between beautiful, spirited Catherine Earnshaw and dark, brooding Heathcliff. The restrained desire between these two star-crossed lovers has always smoldered on the page. And now it ignites into an uncontrollable blaze. In WUTHERING NIGHTS, writer I.J. Miller reimagines this timeless story to reveal the passion between Catherine and Heathcliff – in all its forbidden glory.

Set against the stark, raw beauty of the English moors, Heathcliff, an abandoned orphan, recognizes his soul mate in wild, impulsive Catherine, the only woman who can tame his self-destructive nature. And Catherine cannot deny the all-consuming desire she feels for him, despite his low birth. Together they engage in a fiery affair – one that will possess them, enslave them, and change their destinies forever…


Ginny’s Review:

Initial reaction: “Umm… ok… wow.”

I requested this book because I love the classics and read this one in high school, wanting to see how “reimagined” it was… One theme that I.J. Miller definitely kept is this:

In both Wuthering Heights and Wuthering Nights, I love the books whilst also wanting to cause major bodily harm to the majority of the main characters.  Vain, selfish, hateful, spoiled and spiteful creatures, the lot of them.

What I found interesting is that, though somewhat shocking, I can TOTALLY see this all actually happening. That somehow this is real. Brontë wrote a PG or PG-13 rated book and Miller just uncovered the sordid underbelly and turned it NC-17.

Beware: This book is NOT for the faint of heart. If you felt uncomfortable reading 50 Shades of Gray (which, in my personal opinion, should NEVER be the “authoritative” book or baseline for BDSM novels), then don’t read this book.

I, personally, have read worse… and oddly, out of all the “taboo” things committed in this book (and others), the instance of a woman suckling a man’s breast is what disturbed me the most (I’m not saying who was involved and when but… ) … in this reviewer’s humble opinion, the word “suckling” should only be used in the instance of a child to its mother’s breast… men doing it to women… ok, but use a different word… a woman suckling at the man’s breast, whether or not he is her master, just bothers me. But I digress…

If you’ve read the original book, Wuthering Heights, by Emily Brontë, and are prepared to go dark, you’ll enjoy this book, as I did. If you haven’t read the original, first off, shame on you, and secondly, be prepared to want to slap the characters.  But that’s part of what makes these books so compelling. You dislike the characters so much, yet you keep reading to see what happens next and if they will or can redeem themselves.

The tale is one of forbidden love, revenge, selfishness, jealous, vanity, pain and, ultimately, sacrifice – or punishment, depending on how you look at it.

Either way, I was a huge fan and recommend it to those up to the task.

A tip of the hat to I.J. Miller for “reimagining” a book so well.