Vin Stephens

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 I hail from a quaint town where everyone is familiar and going through our only traffic circle is the extreme sport of the day. So it should not surprise you that not everything portrayed in my books is based on personal experience however much I'll admit I wish it were. For me writing is an escape from life - a special place where imagination and fantasy have no limits. Other interests that help make my life less mundane include a daily marathon of keeping up with two active sons, and an array of exotic pets, reading and cycling. My sole wish as a writer is to transport a reader into an erotically liberated and romantically charged world, even if it's for a short time.

Q: How would you describe the characters in your books?

A: In a nutshell, imperfect. I enjoy exploring the emotions of heroines and heroes as they try to overcome personal adversity and insecurities. My characters may not always start out as strong, confident individuals but they definitely end up with those qualities. Naturally, the journey is filled with hard work and self discovery.

Q: Why do you write Ménage and BDSM books?

A: My heroines are complex and deserve to have all their needs met, both on a physical and emotional level. I like to give each hero a special character trait so that as individuals, they captivate her, but when combined with the other heroes', they completely satisfy her. As for BDSM, its all about trust. The ultimate surrender of my heroine means her trust must be earned and, of course, suitably rewarded.

Q: Where do the ideas for your books come from?

A: The story line comes pretty much from everywhere. I could be watching a movie, reading a book, listening to a song or even watching people around me and suddenly my mind begins to conjure up scenarios, often strange ones. I love 'what ifs' and never tire of exploring different possibilities even if its just in my head. However, each love scene is carefully considered and researched to best suit the characters and situations I imagine.

Q: What do you do when you are not writing?

A: Usually working and spending time with my family. I also have many hobbies for my free time, although they are mainly solitary ones, like reading, crossword and jigsaw puzzles, sudoku, swimming, cycling and knitting.

Q: What is the most challenging part of being a writer?

A: Many authors abhor edits but I love it. I have enjoyed a few good chuckles at the silly mistakes my editors have pointed out. The stories flow quite naturally in my mind so I have no problem there either. I would have to say my main challenge is actually finishing the story. Often I begin a book with enthusiasm but find my concentration shifting when another more compelling tale enters my head. My attention on my current work begins to dwindle as my fingers practically start itching to begin this new story with characters who ruthlessly demand being heard immediately. I'm embarrassed to confess how many incomplete manuscripts I have accumulated to date.

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