Suz De Mello Is In The Chair

Oct 20

All the way from sunny California, I’m delighted to welcome Suz De Mello to the grill today. Welcome, Suz!


First, thanks for the opportunity, Justine!

 

 

  1. What was the first book you fell in love with?

 

I don’t remember the name of the book, but I distinctly recall getting the same book from the library several times when I was about four. It was about a train, and had lots of pix showing what the train was carrying. I remember renewing it again and again.

 

 

  1. Have you ever written a story inspired by music or art?

 

Yes! A short story called Gypsy Witch was inspired by the doorway of the Masonic Temple in my town. It features two somber knights on each side of the door fashioned out of stone, and in the story, they are awakened from their enchanted slumber by magic.

 

  1. Why did you decide to start writing erotica?

 

About ten years ago, I had reached a crossroads in my career. I had been orphaned by Silhouette Romance, which was absorbed by Harlequin Romance. A didn’t know in what direction I wanted to go, and a couple of my friends, who had been writing erotic  romance, encouraged me to go in that direction.

 

  1. Looking at your work for Ellora’s Cave, I see that you have a foot in most camps – Taboo, Moderne, Presents. Which one of these sub-genre camps feels most like home to you?

 

OF the three you list, it would have to be Taboo—I’m a fan of BSDM and most of my stories have a BDSM element. However, Legend—historicals—appeal to me the most.

 

 

  1. Do you think the erotic romance scene has changed during your career?

 

I think that stories are becoming kinkier, more hardcore, often including elements I personally find unappealing. I’m not into Daddy/daughter roleplay, breeding, milking, needle play and the like. My tastes run to what I’d call “BDSM lite,” but to each his  (or her) own. Kink is personal and individual.

 

 

  1. You were once my editor at Totally Bound *nostalgic sigh*. Did you have any editing pet peeves?

 

Some authors (not you, darling Justine) are more interested in speed than in quality, and send in work that is sloppy and hasn’t been self-edited. That really annoys me. As a writer, I put my best foot forward always.

 

  1. Are your stories influenced by where you live?

 

Occasionally—as I mentioned, I set a story in Sacramento inspired by a bit of local architecture. I have set other stories in northern California also.

 

  1. Your latest story is called Rakes In Tartan. What’s the erotic pull of olden Scotland?

 

When I was a tween, I was really into the Highland thing and found myself returning to that when I wanted to write a series with vampires. I reasoned that vamps would be attracted to cool, cloudy northern climes. I wanted also to write historicals, and couldn’t see basing my series in olden Alaska or Russia. So I chose Scotland.

 

  1. What’s the sexiest holiday destination?

 

Somewhere one can be naked constantly, such as a deserted tropical island with a great beach and a waterfall or two. The most romantic location is, of course, Venice.

 

  1. What are you working on now?

 

When my muse pays attention to me, another Scottish vampire tale! Plus another treatise on writing to match Write This, Not That! More or less to fill in the blanks, cover the material I didn’t before.

 

Hooray, many thanks, Suz! I love the idea of these tartan vamps – perhaps I’ll have to check them out!

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Janine Ashbless Is In The Chair

Oct 13

God knows what’s going to happen to this chair now Janine’s got hold of it. Whatever it might be, you can bet it’ll be mysterious, dark and highly erotic – just like her stories. Welcome, Janine!

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JA Interview by Justine Elyot

 

  1. What was the first book you fell in love with?

Blimey. My memory isn’t that great … I still have my original Hilda Boswell’s Treasury of Poetry from when I was very small, but it was the illustrations that I was wildly in love with, more than the text. Comet in Moominland must have hit me fairly early. The Dark is Rising was a major obsession throughout my pre-teens. Oh  – and the original three Earthsea books, starting at about age nine or ten.

  1. Have you ever written a story inspired by music?

I’ve written one set in a Rammstein concert and one wherein a girl gets very well looked after to the tune of the Foo Fighters’ “Pretender” … both stories appeared in the Nexus “Confessions” anthologies. I was going through a Kerrang phase at the time, clearly!

  1. Why did you decide to start writing erotica?

I’d been “writing” those sort of stories in my head since adolescence. Only when a friend gave me a Black Lace book back in 1998 or so, did I realize that you were actually allowed to publish things like that! So I sat down and wrote a book of short stories … and the rest is history.

I think you really have to write what you love. Erotica is what I love.

  1. You describe your work as being largely of ‘a fantasy/paranormal bent’, though I’ve read contemporary and steampunk erotica of yours as well. If you had to choose one subgenre and stick to it, what would it be?

Oh, you big meany! Okay … Fantasy. Because I like me my scary monsters. And Steampunk and SF and Paranormal are forms of Fantasy too so I can do ghosts and robots an’ stuff … I’m cheating, aren’t I? But seriously, what I like about Fantasy is the variety of things you can bring to the mix.  Lions and tigers and werebears, oh my.

  1. What is your own favourite of your stories?

That’s a very hard question! Also it depends on my mood. Sometimes I’m just pleased to have written the dirtiest thing I can think of, giving words to my own fantasies. Sometime I want to revisit a story that has pathos, or some sort of clever twist, or characters that I can fall in love with. Of my short stories, I’d probably pick Janissaries, which is very full-on BDSM and appears in Dark Enchantment. It pushes to the edge of what I personally find bearable, and therefore gives me the shivers as well as a sense of erotic excitement. Of my novels … No, I can’t choose. I love them all. They’re all very personal.

  1. Vampires or werewolves?

I have written werewolf stories, and I’ve written vampire stories too. I guess my interest has swung toward vampires over the years. Provided they don’t sparkle.

But it used to be werewolves. Oh, when I was a teenager I really wanted to be a werewolf! They were cool!  Then suddenly there were “shifter” books everywhere and they’d overnight become a genre cliché with very fixed conventions.  I don’t like that. I don’t like knowing exactly what the rules are when reading supernatural fiction – though I’m aware that for a lot of readers that’s exactly what they prefer. The whole Wolfpack Hierarchy/ Predestined Mate thing … (I’m trying terribly hard to be polite here and absolutely not use any word remotely like “fascist”) … let’s just say it does nothing for me.  Oh – the other thing I’m not keen on in werewolf erotica is the frequent emphasis on family. Call me an uptight Brit but I don’t like wild sex and brothers/sisters/parents even being mentioned on the same page. As far as my mother is concerned I’m still a virgin AND THAT’S THE WAY IT SHOULD BE.

;-)

  1. You have two books coming out in the near future – a novel and a short story collection. Which was easier to write?

The novel (“Cover him with Darkness”, Tempted Romance) was easiest by far. Even though that involved a ton of theological research and a trip to Montenegro!

The short story collection (“Fierce Enchantments”, Sweetmeats Press) was technically harder because I had to juggle contrasting stories – some nice and some nasty, some SF and some historical, some male point-of-view and some female. Variety in sexual position, author voice, tense, vocabulary – I had to keep the big picture in focus whilst giving my all to each individual tale in turn. I actually took one story out in the end and wrote a whole new one to replace it, because I felt the original was just a bit too cruel.

  1. Who is your wickedest ever character?

I write a lot of wicked characters! Every hero needs an antagonist, after all.

Princess Flower of Jade in my short Captive Audience (Cruel Enchantment) is a narcissistic psycho with plans to seize control of the Empire.  The vampire Naylor (Red Grow the Roses) is a cold-hearted bastard who takes down the master vampires of London along with anyone else in his way. Modern-day sorcerer Michael Deverick (Wildwood) is a manipulative git who sets out to corrupt my heroine.

I’m not on their side, can I point out? I like good guys, honest. It’s just I like to be scared too J

  1. I love the title of your forthcoming Tempted Romance novel, “Cover Him with Darkness.” What’s it about?

It’s about a Montenegrin girl, Milja, whose family have kept a captive angel beneath their church for thousands of years, because that’s what God has ordered them to do. She falls in love with the prisoner and eventually releases him – and that’s when it all hits the fan. Various religious groups are trying to recapture or kill him, and fallen angel Azazel is definitely mad, bad and very dangerous to know. “Twilight meets The Da Vinci Code, but better written,” is how I like to describe it, in my wild optimism.

  1. What are you working on now?

I’ve just signed a contract with Ellora’s Cave for a 4-novella erotica series called Lovers’ Wheel. It’s all about earth-magic and Arthurian legend, and I’m writing the second installment this summer.

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Great answers – I have to agree about the strange rules and conventions that seem to govern paranormal stories. Just why? Thank you so much for taking your seat in the Chair today.

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Hunter S Jones Is In The Chair

Oct 06

The air is autumnal and we’re gathering around the grill to warm our hands while leaves fall all around us. So it’s very appropriate that my guest today has a book with a suitable theme to promote – welcome, Hunter S Jones.

  1. Who was your first famous-person crush?

I have no idea. Probably some English rocker or guitar player.

  1. What inspired you as a child and young adult?

What inspired me? The same thing that inspires me today, the need to achieve and compete.

  1. Why did you decide to start writing erotica?

Many reasons lead to me writing erotica. All the reasons would require an entire blog!

  1. Like me, you’re a huge music fan – what do you listen to when you want to be inspired?

What a fantastic question! I never know what song will inspire me. Songs almost come to me in dreams or they will just come to mind. Something about them, whether it’s the words or the rhythm, will have some type of influence on the story I’m immersed in.

  1. What is your own favourite of your stories?

September Ends, followed by Fortune Calling. I have to say, the anthology that will be launched July 15th, Confessions of a Sex Addict, was a lot of fun! I really enjoyed working with Jinni James, Elodie Parkes and Electra von Drego on this project. It’s a hot, erotic fantasy guaranteed to melt your Kindle!

  1. What’s sexier – the city or the countryside?

City.

  1. Do you prefer to write short or long stories?

I like both.

  1. What’s sexier – bare or clothed? If clothed, what sort of clothes?

Clothed. I have a thing about a man in a suit. :)

  1. You’ve written a story about a country musician and you live in Atlanta – how does where you live affect what you write?

Another great question. Every story is it’s own entity. Being Southern, I love to write about our complexities and the duality of our nature. But, I live in a multi-cultural household, so the world, not just the South, is my oyster. That is something I am very thankful for.

  1. What are you working on now?

Confessions of a Sex Addict will be released on Amazon Kindle, July 15 2014. Four sultry stories by four different authors, set in contemporary New Orleans.

Currently, I am writing Book 4 in the September Stories, SEPTEMBER FIRST. It is the prequel to the award winning best seller, SEPTEMBER ENDS, and reveals the story of Jack O. Savage and Indie Shadwick. I am loving it!

Thank you very much for having me on your blog! xo

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Five Years of Ultimate Decadence

Sep 30

Here’s another in my occasional series celebrating fifth anniversaries of various books and anthologies I’ve appeared in.

This time it’s my first outing with Xcite, a charity anthology edited by the ever-excellent Emily Dubberley.

It was Kristina Lloyd who mentioned to me that Emily was looking for stories for this collection, shortly after the gloomy announcement from Black Lace that it was shutting up shop. New options were sorely needed, so I whipped up a little bit of froth called Blind Man’s Buff and sent it off. It was accepted within days, and the book came out barely a couple of months later –  a much faster process than I was accustomed to at Black Lace.

I was impressed at the time to be featured in a book that had a foreword! And that the foreword was by Mil Millington, whose Guardian Weekend column I’d read every Saturday a few years earlier. The phrase ‘ecstatic syncope’ was in it, which pleased me very much.

There were also 29 other stories by eroticists of every stripe: Poppy Winters, Kitty Meadows, Daphne Bing, Marcelle Perks, Emily Dubberley, Suzanne Portnoy & Simon Morgan, Wersha Bharadwa, Miranda Forbes, MonMouth, Jeremy Edwards, Elizabeth K Payne, Lauren Wissot, Donna George Storey, Paris Orsini, Jennifer Dark, Karen Krizanovich, Laura Godman, Madeline Moore, Elizabeth Coldwell, Josephine Jay, Sarah Berry, Adam Sawyer, Mark Farley, Mistress Grace, Rachel Kramer Bussel, Angel O’Neill, Sarah-Louise Young, Maxim Jakubowski and Henrietta Maddox.

For many of those names, it was our first and only time in a contents list together, but I would ‘meet’ some of the others again, and always with great pleasure. And 15% of the cover price of each copy sold went to the Macmillan cancer charity.

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Demelza Hart Is In The Chair

Sep 29

I’m sure you’ll give Demelza Hart a hearty welcome, since she’s presiding over the grill today. Expect something hot and sweet that warms the cockles. Welcome, Demelza!

  1. Who was your first famous-person crush?

For as long as I can remember I’ve had crushes on famous people and inappropriate/unattainable people. I started early! I remember having a crush on the blond one in CHIPS when I was about six! (Can’t even remember his name. I wouldn’t go for someone like that now, but I had to start somewhere.) Adam Ant was also an early crush; now that I still understand. Peter Davison as Doctor Who, and even more so as Tristan in All Creatures Great and Small, also figured – strange, but true! Bear in mind, I was only in primary school! All the guys in a-ha! stirred my hormones when I entered my teens. I walked into a music lesson once and someone had written on the board: ‘Morten Harket – what God meant when he made man.’ I remember thinking that was so cool! Ha! But he was very, very pretty, and still is. Bit too pretty for my taste now, but I was in total awe when I was 12!

  1. What writers inspired you as a child and young adult?

I read mostly classics when I was young. I set myself the challenge of ticking off as many as I could. Sometimes that challenge was pretty daunting. I remember The Hunchback of Notre Dame was a particular slog! I adored anything Bronte, and Jane Eyre remains my favourite book of all time. I also loved the writing of Jane Gardam. The Summer After the Funeral, a coming of age story about a teenage girl, had a huge influence on me. With regard to erotica, Erica Jong’s novels have long stuck with me. Again, I discovered these in my early teens – my mother didn’t keep them quite far enough out of my reach!

  1. What made you turn your hand to writing erotica?

I have always loved writing and try to respect and use language carefully in all I do, despite not training as a writer as such. My path to erotica started with fan fiction, and I rather ‘fell’ into that as an outlet for my vivid imaginings in the wake of having children. I’ve always had a vivid sexual imagination and imprinted certain erotic scenes from books on my mind, but I suppose like many, I was very protective and secretive about my own writing as, because it’s often not openly discussed, you feel you are the only person who thinks that way. Of course that is far, far from the case, but it’s only through writing that I have realised this. It has been the most liberating thing that’s ever happened to me. The move into original, published erotica took a while. Despite the intelligent and positive response to my fan fiction, it took me a while to believe I could transfer that to original work. A friend told me about a competition with Xcite Books a few years ago. I finally got off my a**e and wrote something original and was lucky enough to be one of the winners. It’s taken off from there.

  1. Have any of your books/stories/scenes been inspired by a song or piece of music?

Many. Music is incredibly important to me. I myself sing, as do nearly all my family (makes us sound like the von Trapps – we’re so not!), and most of my friends are musicians. Music hasn’t featured too heavily so far in my original writing, but it’s been very important in my fan fiction, and always seems to have a real effect on my readers, which I love. Some significant scenes I can think of include Bach’s cello sonatas, Schubert’s Piano Trio in E flat and Guns ‘N’ Roses’ Sweet Child o’ Mine! But all my work is underpinned by listening to certain songs or pieces as I’m writing. Tallis’ Spem in Alium is a constant inspiration (I was a bit fed up when it was hijacked by 50 Shades!), as is Strauss’ Four Last Songs and Vaughan-Williams’ Tallis Fantasia. I will often return to the original Keane version of Somewhere Only We Know too – an exquisitely beautiful song with wonderful lyrics.

  1. Do you think where you live has influenced what you write?

Yes, totally. I live in a beautiful, rugged coastal part of England and the history, culture, people and land/seascape are a constant influence and inspiration. It’s spoiled me for living anywhere else. A couple of my stories have been set down here where I live.

  1. You’ve written short stories and trilogies. Which do you find easier?

I’m not sure. I enjoy developing longer stories, but admit to having to discipline myself to get them finished. But I do like short stories and pride myself on being able to round them off in a satisfying way, which I think can be quite hard.

  1. I know that, like me, you’re a sucker for writing in period. What’s your favourite historical era to write about, and why?

Oh yes. Even my ‘contemporary’ pieces seem often to slide somewhat into the past. I love Edwardian times and the passion that came out of the trauma of World War One, if I can put it like that. But Tudor/Stuart times are also wonderful to explore – there was so much political and religious intrigue at that time that it gives fertile ground for a writer.

  1. What’s sexier – bare or clothed? If clothed, what sort of clothes?

Clothed, definitely! Anything pre-1919 for me! What remains unseen is so much more compelling and sexier than laying it all out there. Of course, they have to get their clothes off at some point, but it’s good to linger on tight lacing, leather boots, brocade waistcoats and frock coats for as long as possible. Buttons! Give me loads of buttons to undo any day!

  1. If you had to put together the perfect romantic hero, what attributes would be on your list?

Tall, dark and handsome works well as a starter, despite it being such a cliché. Brooding, slightly flawed, enigmatic, mysterious, a secretive past masking a generous heart craving love and willing to give it to the right person. Basically, Edward Rochester.

  1. What are you working on now?

Too much! I have many WIPs awaiting my attention. I am finishing a novel about two unlikely people thrown together through disaster. The focus is not so much on the disaster, but on how they cope with the after-effects. I’m very excited about it and now have some time to devote to it properly. I also want to get back to a historical novel I’ve been working on for a while. It has a strong BDSM element, which flows entirely from the characters’ personalities rather than a wish to impose it on them, and is inspired by a famous event in Stuart times.  I’ve been writing it in fits and starts, and really want to spend some solid time finishing it.

 

Thanks for having me, Justine! I loved it!

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Kristina Lloyd’s Undone: Lana and Sol

Sep 23

I’m delighted to welcome Kristina Lloyd, who is blog-touring her new Black Lace novel Undone all this month. I think that’s why we’ve had such a hot September – just my little theory ;). Take it away, Kristina!

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Writers sometimes refer to their characters as ‘taking over’, as sending the plot in a new direction or standing up and telling the author how it is. I don’t feel this about my characters, which isn’t to say they don’t surprise me or that I’m forever having to force them into line. I just find the notion that characters have a life beyond the one I create for them too bonkers!

 

When I first conceived of Lana and Sol, the two main characters in my latest novel, Undone, I had a good grasp of what they were like as people and of the journey I wanted them to go on. I had a clear mental image of Lana’s physical appearance but Sol took a little longer to form in my mind. The trouble was, I thought I should make him blond. All the male leads in my novels to date have been dark-haired. Time, I told myself, to try something different. So I gave him tousled, dirty-blonde hair. But it made him feel too young, too clean, too much of a surfer dude. Gradually, I darkened his colouring until his skin was a deep, ruddy bronze and his  hair was dark brown. That was better!

 

The process highlighted to me that there’s a certain type of guy I enjoy writing about: he’s mysterious, confident, clever, masculine, and has an edge of danger about him. He’s sexually dominant. And he’s stubbornly dark haired.

 

The relationship Lana and Sol embark on is far from straightforward. They meet at a party, hook up with another guy for a threesome, and, on the morning after, the second guy, Misha, is found dead in the swimming pool. Lana and Sol flee the scene, not wanting to reveal details of the kinky threesome to the police. The death looks to be an accident but an item in the room where the threesome took place leads Lana to suspect Sol may have been involved. Nonetheless, she can’t prevent herself from falling for him, even as her mistrust builds. She identifies a psychosexual similarity and compatability, a dark side to the sunny Sol.

 

I wanted Lana and Sol’s relationship to be steeped in mystery, mistrust, game-playing and danger. It was difficult to assess how this would pan out but the more I wrote, the closer I got to my characters, and they closer they got to each other. The story is told from Lana’s point of view via a diary she’s started to keep since the death. I want the reader to feel she’s inside Lana’s head, hearing her inner truth. I hoped to convey the sense that Lana feels psychologically close to Sol, that they’re united by an understanding, a longing. And because of that, they can really fuck with each other’s brains, unintentionally or otherwise.

 

While I wouldn’t go so far as to say Lana and Sol took over, I was delighted by the way the two characters clicked when I paired them up together, how they brought out the best and the worst in each other, and how they grew into characters whose layers and complexities I could not have predicted at the start.

 

Here’s a snip from Lana’s diary, written shortly after the party.

 

“You’d think, wouldn’t you, that people can’t help but reveal themselves in bed? That they’re made vulnerable by their nakedness and admission of desire. That when you tacitly agree to trust each other by sharing the space of sex, there’s a truth in what you do. The barriers are down.

 

But it’s not always the case. Sol gave away so little that night. He was an artful performer keeping his distance. Only later, after Misha died, when he fucked me on the forest floor, did I see Sol for who he was. Or at least, I’d thought so at the time. Because, ironically, I’m starting to suspect I saw his true colours when he was lying. Fucking and lying. Fucking with such abandon I thought we might disintegrate; thought we might crumble into ancient earth and tremulous ferns, pulling each other down into the disappearance of old bones and deep-diving tree roots.

 

I’m afraid Sol is too much like me. He longs for the edge but a fear this would destroy him curtails his compulsion to know that dark delirium. I don’t know how close to ruin he allows himself to get but I know he is not merely fun. He’s more than the sunny, sociable, game-playing Sol he makes himself out to be; so much more. And I’m glad, and I’m scared. He has a hiddenness I want to find, but I’m terrified I might regret it. I expect the feeling’s mutual.

 

So he watches me. I watch him. And I do not know who will win.”

 

If you’d like to know more about Undone, please hop over to my blog for an excerpt, and check out the other stops on my Sexy September blog tour.

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Kristina Lloyd writes erotic fiction about sexually submissive women who like it on the dark, dirty and dangerous side. Her novels are published by Black Lace and her short stories have appeared in dozens of anthologies, including several ‘best of’ collection, in both the UK and US. She lives in Brighton, England.

 

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About Undone

 

When Lana Greenwood attends a glamorous house party she finds herself tempted into a ménage à trois. But the morning after brings more than just regrets over fulfilling a fantasy one night stand. One of the men she’s spent the night with is discovered dead in the swimming pool. Accident, suicide or murder, no one is sure and Lana doesn’t know where to turn. Can she trust Sol, the other man, an ex-New Yorker with a dirty smile and a deep desire to continue their kinky game?

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Slave Nano Is In The Chair

Sep 22

I can’t imagine many guests feeling more at home in my bondage chair than the delightful Slave Nano. I had all the straps and buckles and whatnot specially measured for him today – and he has plenty of interesting things to tell us, so I hope he’s settled in nicely. Welcome, Slave Nano!

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  1. Who was your first famous person crush?

That would have to be Kate Bush. She was so beautiful and talented in that wonderfully eccentric English way. Loved the look, the voice, the wackiness, the costumes and her ability to get away with doing what she wanted without compromise. Even now in her 50’s she’s a stunningly beautiful woman. Got tickets to see her live in September and can’t wait!

 

  1. What inspired you as a child and young adult?

I love Tolkien and since the Lord of the Rings was the first book I got totally immersed in he definitely inspired a love of books and reading. Some of my teachers inspired a love of history which led to my career (until recently, as an archivist) and skills and knowledge that still inspire my work. I love music and as an adolescent fell in love with the jamming of the 60’s San Francisco band The Grateful Dead and the guitar playing of Jerry Garcia in particular. He was one of my heroes!

 

  1. Why did you decide to write erotica?

That’s an interesting question and one I answer honestly by saying I was inspired to write erotica by an incredibly creative and imaginative dominatrix I served for a number of years. She was skilled at creating different scenes and personas in her dungeon and I started writing to contribute to those. It was a unique and amazing experience as we wove story telling into some these scenarios. It was this experience that both gave me something that I wanted to express and made me realise I was capable of writing creatively. I’m no longer active on that scene but consider myself privileged to retain this person as a special friend and muse.

 

  1. When you have an idea for a story, do you plan it all out in advance? Or do you just take the germ of the idea and run with it?

A little bit of both I think. Though when I plan I tend to do it in my head rather than write anything down!

 

  1. What is your own favourite of your stories?

That has to be my book, ‘Adventures in Fetlishland’, which is a bdsm/fetish reinvention of the Alice stories, for several reasons. It is book length and getting it completed and published was in itself a major achievement. Also, because I set out to pay homage to a person and the world she created and do so in a properly crafted book. I was happy the final work achieved that. Then, because it has The Fetish Red Queen, who is a great character and a kick-ass dominatrix! Lastly, because I’ve had such fun promoting it, appearing as the Fetish Hatter for a reading at the Smut by the Sea event and organising a photo shoot by a professional photographer that will see a feature about the book appear in Bizarre magazine soon.

 

  1. What’s sexier – the city or the countryside?

That’s a hard one, but I’m going to plump for countryside. There’s something erotic about being exposed to the elements. And I’ve probably found more inspiration for stories from the landscape than the city. For a non-creative writing project I’m currently researching prehistoric sites on the North Yorks Moors and looking at two hills – Blakey Topping and Howden Hill – that look like the massive boobs of an earth goddess have been dropped onto the landscape! So, yes, there’s lots of sexy stuff in the countryside.

 

  1. You’re a regular contributor to the Smut by the Sea anthologies – what is it about the seaside that is so inspiring?

I think it’s because the seaside is a place where you let your inhibitions go. It’s that combination of sun, sea and that other ‘s’ that creates the carefree environment where erotic stuff happens. I enjoy writing for them because they are fun stories and the brief for them is a writing challenge. They force me to write in a less darkly erotic way and bring out the humour in my writing.

 

  1. Has your writing been influenced by that of others?

Not particularly. My writing is influenced by lots of things I’ve read over many years but there’s no single author that stands out. When I first started writing I had no idea there was a genre called erotica or that this stuff could get published! I only discovered that when I set about looking for publishers. Consequently, I’d kind of already developed a style before I read any other authors of erotica and I’m still pretty selective in what I read in the genre (though that does include some of your books Justine!)

 

  1. What are you working on now?

I’ve recently collected my pension and finished work to do some different things (I refuse to call it retirement because it’s not!), one of them being to spend more time writing. I’ve had short stories published, which has helped keep my profile up but I really want to finish the second book and now have the time to do it. So, I’m juggling a few potential projects – one set in 18th century Venice using the ‘La Contessa’ character from one of my short stories for which I’ve already got a lot down, so that is the current project and will get completed first. Then, I have ideas for a sequel to ‘Adventures in Fetishland’, that will include a fetish nun character and develop the conflict between Pagan/new religion theme of the original. I also have a couple of chapters written of a comic steam-punk erotica book featuring my Edwardian dominatrix character, Lady Sally Rudston-Chichester. I also have an ambition to write a book completely outside the erotic genre one day. But, fuck, writing erotica is such fun!

 

Haha, you said it! And it’s so true. Fascinating stuff, Nano, and I’m particularly interested in the pagan vs. new religion theme – I’ll keep an eye out for that.

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