Q: Why did you choose to write an erotic book?
A: Why not? I enjoy reading them, so I wrote one. Many people today still seem to have a very narrow-minded view of sex. Many people perceive sex as dirty and it shouldn’t be spoken about. I believe that as long as sex is consensual between people who know and understand the consequences, then there is nothing dirty or seedy about it. Everyone is entitled to their own sexual preferences and shouldn’t be judged on those choices just as people shouldn’t be judged based on their race or religion. By writing erotic books, in my own way, I’m trying to make it easier for people to talk about sex.
Q: Which authors do you like to read?
A: So many to choose from. Gena Showalter is the author of the first erotic book I read. The Lords of the Underworld series was what got me hooked into the genre. It is authors like Kresley Cole, Stormy Glenn, Lynn Hagan and Joyee Flynn that keep me hooked.
Q: What got you interested in the subject of Greek mythology?
A: I read a few erotic fantasies based on Greek mythology and I found the subject really interesting, so I studied it further. I learnt about all these amazing and wonderful myths and legends. I found the subject fascinating, which sparked my imagination.
Q: Do people assume you write about personal experiences?
A: Yes. Some people seem to think that I use my own personal experiences and sexual fantasies to write an erotic book, but this is not true. I may write about characters I can relate to or with traits I aspire to but my personal life is my own.
Q: Tell us something that would surprise us?
A: Until two and a half years ago I hadn’t read a book since school. My dyslexia made it a very difficult and slow process so I avoided it. That is until I was on a night shift with nothing to do, and someone gave me their copy of Twilight by Stephenie Meyer. Since then I’ve never been far away from a book. I have read close to five hundred books, most of which have been erotic romance.
Q: Did you ever think you would be published?
A: Never in a million years. I never believed I could write anything, let alone get published. Once I found out how much I enjoyed reading and getting lost in a story, I found the inspiration to write my own. It wasn’t until I had written Crimson Lips and I was confident in what I wrote that I thought, ‘this could actually get published’.
Q: Are you working on any more books?
A: Yes, Crimson Lips is the first of the Amazon Warriors series. I am currently writing the next installment of this series, as well as planning the third and forth. I believe this series has the potential to produce many more interesting characters and exciting relationships. I also have ideas for other series but they will have to wait until I get this series more established.
Q: What advice would you give to aspiring authors?
A: I’m not sure I’m qualified to answer, but I would say that to write, you have to read. Read books from your genre and learn from established authors. Be confident in what you write. Lose yourself to the world you create because if you can believe in it, others will too.
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