Tell us about yourself and how many books you have written.
Much to my surprise, I have written two books. One that I can tell all my friends about, and one that is my secret erotica book. Though I am starting to tell a couple of friends about the erotica.
I’m a mom who works part time from home, so I don’t have much time, but my heart is always pulling me toward the computer to write whenever I can.
What is the name of your latest book and what inspired it?
The Pillowbooks of the Gossamer Courtesan was inspired by the story that I had told myself for YEARS. It just kept growing and growing, and finally I put it down on paper. It’s total fantasy land– a place where I can be pampered, not worry about anything, and explore every single fantasy I’ve ever had.
Do you have any unusual writing habits?
I would say no. I think about it constantly. Sometimes I get inspiration from dreams. I write whenever I can steal some time to do it.
What authors, or books have influenced you?
For my erotic side, Anne Rice definitely influenced me. I read her erotic work at a young age and was definitely blown away. I have since re-read ‘The Claiming of Sleeping Beauty,’ and it’s too much about pain and discipline for me now, but I love the idea of using fairy tales as a spring board.
I also love literary writers like Colette and Anais Nin. And of course, E. L. James was a great influence. She was not shocking to me at all, but what impressed me was her ability to create a *page-turner.* You had to keep reading to find out what happened, not just skimming to the next sex scene. She nailed it!
What are you working on now?
Right now I’m getting an erotic magazine off the ground: Honeydew Erotic Review. It’s been a learning experience! I’m learning a lot about promotion, editing, and the best part is I am connecting with wonderful authors.
What is your best method or website when it comes to promoting your books?
I’m still learning a lot in this area. With such limited time even to write, I’m hard pressed to find time to promote my work. I’m trying to learn from what authors in the top 100 on Kindle do… such as Alexa Riley. It feels a bit like pulling myself up by my bootstraps– a lot of book bloggers/listing sites want you to have reviews already. But how to get reviews?
One thing I’m trying to do is write more frequently. I think the more often you publish, the more visibility you have.
Do you have any advice for new authors?
Do it again.
Keep doing it, no matter what anybody says.
What is the best advice you have ever heard?
Jump off the cliff and build your wings on the way down, Bradbury said.
What are you reading now?
Stephen King’s Dark Tower series.
What’s next for you as a writer?
I’m working on a few short erotic stories, that I hope can turn into novellas long enough to publish as stand-alone works on Kindle. One is based on a fairy tale, another is about a man’s sexual adventures, and another is about a nerd. I think a nerd would make a GREAT protagonist. And so different, right? No tanned six-pack, no swagger. I love the idea of the unexpected sex god, hidden beneath the ‘disguise’ of the white business shirt and computer genius brain.
What is your favorite book of all time?
The Lord of the Rings.
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