Friday, October 1, 2010

Interview: Sinners' On Tour, Backstage Pass

It’s my pleasure to have as my guest, Olivia Cunning, erotic romance author. Olivia has brought along lead guitarist of Sinners, the delectable, Brian Sinclair. Ladies he’s lookin’ hawt! (I’d still love to donate my body, in the name of ecology, of course, for him to use. Sigh, but one must be professional when conducting interviews.)

Brian, welcome to Over Coffee. It wonderful to have you and Olivia here and I’ve been so looking forward to this interview.

Since you're short on time, we'll get right to it.

Tell me a bit about Sinners. How did you guys come together?

Hard to believe, but Sinners has been together for ten years now. Well, most of us have. Jace Seymour took over for our previous bassist just two years ago. I’ve known Trey Mills, our rhythm guitarist, since before he grew pubes. Met Eric Sticks at a party in high school. Trey and I were playing a gig with our band, Crysys, and Eric thought we sucked. Actually, Eric and Trey got in a fistfight over it, which somehow ended with Eric joining the band. He was trying to decrease our suck. Did a pretty good job with that actually. Crysys did suck until Eric joined us.

The three of us played together for a couple years, then Sed Lionheart decided he wanted to be our lead singer, took over, and rearranged things. He’s the one who renamed the group Sinners.

So even though he wasn’t an original member, Sed just took over?

Yeah, Sed is like that. He told Eric that he was hurting the band by being lead singer and that he should play drums instead. Eric sings pretty good actually, but he doesn’t have much star quality. Sed’s got both the pipes and the stage presence. He’s a great front man. And Eric wails on the drums. So win/win for Sinners. Right?

I suppose so. As long as there were no hard feelings.

Now I didn’t say that.

Your father was also a famous lead guitarist in his day. Was he the one who encouraged you to pick up the guitar?

Not really. When I was a kid, he’d go out on tour and I’d sneak into his studio to play his guitars. I don’t know how he knew I was messing with them, but man, that made him mad. No one touches Malcolm O’Neil’s guitars. Eventually, Mom bought me my own guitar, so I’d stop upsetting Dad. And despite all my success in Sinners, I’m still not good enough to impress the old man.

Can we talk about something else?

Sure. Whose music influenced you, Master Sinclair, to become the iconic guitarist you are today?

I do have a few influences, but I tried to find my own sound early on. You can’t be a great musician if you copy others your whole career. I think Hendrix was my biggest influence. I started trying to copy his sound when I was eight. I also learned from fast-fingered soloists like Randy Rhodes and Eddie Van Halen, as well as, masters of the metal riff, like Metallica and Pantera’s Dimebag Darrell Abbot. You’ll hear bits of all of them in me. I guess my dad influenced me, too. People say I sound like him. I don’t hear it.

Hey, did you know Olivia Cunning dedicated her novel, Backstage Pass, to Dimebag?

Yes, I saw that. He was an awesome guitarist.

I suggested it to her. His loss was a terrible tragedy. Playing Cowboys from Hell helped me build up my speed. Great workout for the fingers. Sick song! Uh, sick meaning good.

I really like the song too, Brian. I think I’ll let anyone who wants hear it give it a play.

If you had to pick a band on today’s scene you respect for their songwriting or music ability, who would it be and why?

There are lots of great bands out there right now. I don’t think I can pick just one. I do respect bands who aren’t afraid to vary their song structures and sound. Variety is good as long as you don’t go overboard.

We’re going to try to add even more variety to Sinners’ next album. So says Eric Sticks.

As a popular band, what are some of the good things that have come your way? What are some of the not so great things?

Fans are great. Performing live is great. Getting paid to do what I love is amazing. Living on a tour bus with four other slobs sucks. Just kidding, the guys are great. Just don’t feed them chili. I beg you.

I read on your website that you had some problems this past year with losing your creative spark or your muse. That must have been hard. Was it burn out?

Sed has a big frickin’ mouth. I don’t know why he posted that on our website. I’m not sure what the problem was. We’ve been on the road for a long time, but that usually inspires me. Maybe it was the pressure. Everyone always being on my case to write something. I think I just needed to relax and let the music come. Not force it, you know? I’m over it now. I’ve written a lot of new stuff recently. Great stuff.

So how did you finally find a way to relax and let it come? Come? Ummm....
Why, Brian Sinclair, are you blushing?

Psssh, no.

If you say so, lol! So what exactly inspired your creative spark? You can tell us.

Might as well. It’s all being published in the novel, Backstage Pass, anyway. There’s this woman. This amazing, sexy, wonderful, brilliant, beautiful, intelligent woman. When we, uhhh... how do I put this, get it on, I hear music in my head. It’s as if we were destined to be together. I think I’m being rewarded for finding her. Now I just have to figure out how to keep her.

Speaking of getting it on, how does it feel to have your sex life made public in a novel?

Hey, it's not so bad. Olivia Cunning makes me look like a total stud in the book. Well, except that part on page 253. I was just too excited before I started, you know, and Myrna had me all worked up and I just got off stage and...

Brian, you're looking a little flushed again, would you like some ice water?

Actually, I'd appreciate it if everyone would just skip that part.

Myrna? She the one who revived your muse, right? Is she traveling with the band?

Yeah, Myrna’s doing this research project on our groupies. Trying to figure out why they keep ripping off Sed’s shirt or something. She’s a human sexuality professor. I think she got her degree in how to make me a very happy man.

How do the other band members get along with her?

Oh, they love her. She busts their balls on a regular basis and they get off on it. Not many chicks feel comfortable bossing around a bunch of famous rock stars, you know. Myrna tells it like it is, so they respect her. Even Sed, who has no respect for women.

Being the significant other of one of the hottest band members can’t be easy. How does she deal with all the women who come on to you?

Women come on to me? [laughing]

Actually, though Myrna is still researching everyone else’s groupies, she stopped interviewing mine. I think she might be jealous. She has absolutely nothing to worry about. I’m a one-woman kind of man.

Unlike Sinners’ lead vocalist, Sed Lionheart. Or so I’ve heard.

Never fails. No matter who interviews me, they bring up Sed’s rep.

That’s because he tends to boldly flaunt it, Brian.

Seriously, you’ve got cut the guy some slack. After his fiancée, Jessica, dumped him two years ago, he became a real a-hole. I say good riddance to that gold-digger, even though it meant I had to deal with a bunch of b.s. from Sed while he got over her. Actually, I still don’t think he’s over her. Not sure what’s so great about her. You’d think he’d hate her after what she did to him.

Crap, I gotta go. I’d love to stay and chat, but I’ve got to get on the tour bus now and head out for our next show. I’ll try to stop by your blog later and answer any questions.

Brian, it’s been a pleasure talking with you. I really appreciate you and Olivia taking time out of your busy schedule for the interview.

Sia. You’re a real sweetheart for having me. Olivia said she’ll stop by sometime, too. And maybe the rest of Sinners. You never know.

Oh, that would be fun.

For him, life is all music and no play...
When Brian Sinclair, lead songwriter and guitarist of the hottest metal band on the scene, loses his creative spark, it will take nights of downright sinful passion to release his pent-up genius...

She's the one to call the tune...When sexy psychologist Myrna Evans goes on tour with the Sinners, every boy in the band tries to seduce her. But Brian is the only one she wants to get her hands on...

Then the two lovers' wildly shocking behavior sparks the whole band to new heights of glory...and sin... EXCERPT: Adult or PG-13 Read my review
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Combining her love for romantic fiction and rock ‘n roll, Olivia Cunning writes erotic romance centered around rock musicians.
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~Sia McKye~ said...

Olivia, I'm so glad you were able to visit today. I have to tell you, I LOVED your book.

Welcome, also, Brian Sinclair and rock band, Sinners.

Kat Sheridan said...

OMG!!! MASTER SIN!!! I have to say, I just got this book today and about burned out my eyeballs! And talk about SMOKIN' HAWT!! Seriously, Olivia, this is one fabulous book, and I totally love Brian! And I can't wait for all the other books in the series as well! Wishing every possible success with this unique, original, sexy series!

Other Lisa said...

Okay. This is THE most seriously awesome interview ever. LOVE it! Brian, dude, you RAWK. And don't worry about pg. 253. It happens to everyone, really.

VA said...

Sheesh! I just got my copy, Brian. Should I skip straight to page 253 and find out what happens? Anyway, good luck with the tour dude and since you're tied up with Myrna can you send one of the unattached boys play?

Mason Canyon said...

Sia, you always have the most interesting and 'hot' interviews. Sounds like there's a 'new to me' author and a great book I need to check out. Thanks.

Good luck Olivia, Brian and the rest of the band.

Thoughts in Progress

Olivia Cunning said...

Good morning! The guys promised they'd stop by this afternoon to chat. They've got no internet connection and they're on the road.

Thanks for having us, Sia! I'm at work sneaking some internet time. Don't tell the boss.

Darlene Sinners' Fangirl 4EVER said...

OMG! ARE YOU SERIOUS? Sinners will be here this afternoon? OMG, I'm hyperventilating. Breathe, Darlene, breathe.

I met Myrna backstage in Chicago. She's way too old for Brian. But I'm not. Call me when you dump her, babe. I'll rock your world.

And thanks for the grand night in Chicago, Sed! Love ya, stud.

~Sia McKye~ said...

Won't say a word, Olivia! I'm really looking forward to this afternoon and evening as the guys stop by to say hi.

Do you think I need to bring in a few bouncers?

~Sia McKye~ said...

Vivian, I will admit, I went back and looked at page 253, lol!

Brian is sweet and he actually blushes. Imagine, a rock star who blushes?

~Sia McKye~ said...

Darlene glad you could stop by.

There's only a few years between them, you know, and older women do make better lovers, just saying.

I will admit, Sed is a favorite of mine too.

Scorpio M. said...

I just read an excerpt and absolutely love the sizzling chemistry!! Brian's interview is a hoot as well.

Nicole H. said...

This was a really fun and interesting post! I would love to read this! Sounds HAWT!

Anonymous said...

How much fun is this? The Sinner guys on a blog? Too much hotness in one place I tell you. I thought page 253 was endearing. Oh and my cheeks turned to flame.

I can't wait for the world at large to meet you guys. Olivia did you and Myrna justice and then some.

Dana Fredsti said...

LOVE this post, Olivia, Sinners and Sia!

~Sia McKye~ said...

Thank you Dana! Did I mention I have a tee-shirt that says, I Feel Sin Coming On? After reading this book, it's most definitely a stronger urge, lol!

Dr. Myrna Evans said...

Jealous of your groupies? Not even close, Master Sinclair. You can sleep with Trey tonight. I'll be sleeping in your bunk, alone.

Speaking of groupies, I need more interviewees for my research project. I'll be out behind the stadium tonight in a skirt suit with a clipboard. You can't miss me. And no I don't have any backstage passes to hand out. Sorry.

Trey Mills said...

Yeah, Brian, you can sleep with Trey tonight. I'm feeling extra cuddly today.

So what happened on page 253? I've got the book but someone ripped that page out.

~Sia McKye~ said...

Trey, I can't imagine you sleeping alone, lolol! Won't Brian be in the way?

I have a copy of 253, you want me to send it to you?

Kat Sheridan said...

Laughing loudly! Trey can have a slumber party at my house any time!

~Sia McKye~ said...


I'd think you'd have enough subject matter just studying Sed. I imagine all you have to do is follow the shredded clothing to find which group of women he's in.

Does he go down the line and pick out random women like you mentioned in Backstage? Kind of reminds me of picking players for a team. Now THAT would be an interesting study...

Trey Mills said...

Sign me up, Kat! Should I bring the cherry-flavored oil, or do you already have some on hand?

Brian Sinclair said...

Myr, don't be mad. Didn't you see the part where I called you an amazing, sexy, wonderful, brilliant, beautiful, intelligent woman?

Eric Sticks said...

I saw it. How do you spell pussy whipped? B-R-I-A-N Sinclair.

Dr. Myrna Evans said...

Sia, I just try to stay out of Sed's way. I don't want to get caught in his stampede.

Brian- There might be a way you can make it up to me later. Better get yourself an energy drink.

Eric-Nice hat.

Jace Seymour said...

Yeah, nice hat, Eric. LOL!

Eric Sticks said...

I'm gonna kick your ass, little man, if you don't tell me what is so funny about the lucky hat Brian gave me.

Kat Sheridan said...

LOL!!! Trey, cherry is sooo my favorite. And yeah, Eric, nice hat! And Jace, you might wanna ask what happened on your motorcycle. Oh, MY!! Still fanning myself!

Nicole H. said...

LOL! Love it! I agree if a place is needed for a slumber party I volunteer my place! ;)

Andrea I said...

I'm loving the interview and the band visiting now. said...

Wow, talk about knowing your characters inside out. Fun interview, Olivia!

Oh, yeah, you too, Brian.

Jace Seymour said...

Kat- I really don't want to know. Thanks.

~Sia McKye~ said...

It's safer that way Jace, trust me on this. Otherwise you'll never look at it the same way, just saying. :-)

Sed Lionheart said...

Nicole, why don't you grab Dana and Andrea and meet me outside the tour bus after the show. The three of you might be enough to keep me entertained for a couple hours. Actually, bring Jillynn, too.

Eric Sticks said...

I get to watch, right, Sed?

Sed Lionheart said...

Only if you can talk Kat and Sia into joining us, Eric. Better bring Lisa, VA and Mason, too. I'm in one of my moods.

Darlene Sinners' Fangirl 4EVER said...

What about meeeeeeee? I've been waiting here for -like- ever!

~Sia McKye~ said...

Sed, darling, appreciate the invitation. but really, I don't do groups.

Hey Jace, how hard would be to um, you know set up Sed with your suitcase of tricks, think he'd go for it? Think the chain would hold?

I think it would be an interesting experiment....

Sed Lionheart said...

Your loss, Sia.

No thanks, Darlene. Been there. Done that. Didn't bother to get the t-shirt.

How about you, Olivia?

Olivia Cunning said...

Sed, sweetheart, you know I love you, but if you annoy me, I'll write multiple pg 253s in your book.

Sorry, ladies. I need to keep these guys on a shorter leash.

Jace Seymour said...


Darlene Sinners' Fangirl 4EVER said...

Sobbbbbbbbb! You're so mean, Sed! :-(

How about you, Trey? Wanna hook up?

~Sia McKye~ said...

Or a chain, Olivia. Which I think would work well with Sed, just sayin'. Teach him a few things, you know?

Sed, no guts no glory.

Speaking of Sed's book, it's due out this spring right?

Brian Sinclair said...

Sed, stop making groupies cry. I'm sick of being your damage control.

Olivia Cunning said...

Yes, Sed's book will be released April 2011. In six months. No worries. His heroine will keep him in line. No chains required. :-)

Sed Lionheart said...

What the frick are you talking about, Olivia? No woman keeps me "in line".

Olivia Cunning said...

You'll see, sugar. Now do try to behave.

~Sia McKye~ said...

Oh, I can't wait to see that, Olivia. 'bout time to put the guy out of his misery.

Brian, you're still one of my favorite Sinners.

Psst, I really like Myr,good choice.

Roland D. Yeomans said...

Sia, excellent interview questions. It was an absorbing post. Thanks for dropping by my blog and commenting. And yes, I did indeed compose that post or did I truly channel Gaia? I'm not saying for sure. Roland

Nicole H. said...

I really enjoyed this it was fun! I just wish I could have stuck around more! And ya know I have a nice collar with a short leash if you need to borrow it Olivia! ;)

~Sia McKye~ said...

Thank you Roland. Channeling Gaia indeed. It was lovely.

Nicole, glad you enjoyed it. There will be other comments coming in tomorrow and Sunday.

Monday I have Christina Phillips, Forbidden, as a guest.

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

FUn interview and Cowboys From Hell!!!!!!!!! Pantera's awesome.

booklover0226 said...

I enjoyed the post; it was great.

I look forward in starting this series.

Tracey D

lindseye said...

Swwet interview and plenty of insight into all the band. When is the Greatest Hits album going to be released?

Ina said...

thanks so much for the post - I loved reading it and can't wait to get my hands on your book!
wish you all the best!
Ina said...

I am sorry I missed the boys. I would have love to talk to them. I just read the book and LOVE it.I can not wait for the other book

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