Q: How did you start writing erotica?
A: I grew up a good Catholic girl. I think that says it all….LOL
I do believe that my inability to see sex as a normal and beautiful act that should be enjoyed by two people caused me to dig deep inside my own psyche when imagining and building my characters. In my younger years, I had grown accustomed to believing that organized religion should dictate sex. Years of this type of religious doctrine can make a young impressionable girl believe just about anything. As I got older and began to experience bouts of sexual awareness, I began to question my own morality as well as spirituality. Was it wrong for a person to want sex? Through my ability to imagine characters with strong sexual appetites I created a world of erotica that helped me to overcome some of my own demons.
Q: What erotic authors do you enjoy reading?
A: I love reading the books of CR Moss, JJ Ranger, Shannon Albright, Anne Rice, Jeannine Frost and Alyssa Day. While Jeannine Frost and Alyssa Day’s books are found under paranormal romance they are erotic. The sex scenes pop from the pages and make the reader have to take a cold shower afterward or…
Q: Do you have any unusual writing rituals?
A: I have a theatrical background so you can probably imagine the things I may do to get in the mood to write. Since we are talking erotica, when I get ready to write a sex scene in the male POV, I light a few candles, hit Rod Stewart’s acoustic version of Tonight’s the Night on my iPod, close my eyes, and let the song play through once. Then I get into the male character. I see him step out from behind my mind’s screen, feel his fingers lace with mine and we both start typing. I know it sounds crazy…but a little method acting never hurts.
Now, when I write a sex scene from the female POV, I put on something that makes me feel sexy, light the candles, and play Rod again, but this time…well you know…I method act to get myself into the scene.
Q: Do your nearest and dearest know what you do, and if so, what was their reaction whenthey found out?
A: I’m sure you can imagine what a good Catholic mother’s reaction would be when she found out her only daughter writes erotic romance. Her first reaction was she called me a dirty girl, and then she asked why I didn’t write inspirational. But then…she started to change. She read my books a few more times and actually said the stories were good, and the sex was hot. That was an interesting turn of events. But, if I know her, and I do, she is probably praying deliverance over me every night before she goes to bed. Even if I’m not worried about my ‘condemned soul’, she is.
Q: What was your ideal career when you were a child?
A: A nun. I’m kidding…well, half kidding…my mother probably wished that career choice for me, but I always wanted to be a teacher or actress. Actually, what’s funny or perhaps ironic, I used to keep journals of stories when I was a child…so maybe, just maybe writing was always my dream career.
Q: What’s the best writing tip you’ve ever been given?
A: Don’t give up on your dream. Even when the rejection letters are pouring in, don’t ever give up; keep moving forward. And that is exactly what I keep doing. For every rejection letter I receive, I send out two more the next day. I have skin as thick as leather and it keeps getting thicker. Never, ever give up on your dreams! I do believe…when one door closes another does open. It may not be what you anticipated or even thought you wanted, but everything happens for a reason.
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