Tell us about yourself and your books.:
I don't think I've ever written anything but erotic romance, unless you count my first published work – an exceedingly stuffy tome on the history of Quakers in the US. But all the stories I kept hidden in my computer had pretty explicit sex from the start. And noncon. And D/s. And spanking/caning/cropping/bondage/dungeons… Well, you get the picture.
I blame Anne Rice – her "Sleeping Beauty" series were the first steamy books I ever read.
Oh, I also blame my college roommate. She loaned me the books. Thank you, Kari!!
Do you have any unusual writing habits?
I write naked while drinking Absolut Vodka.
Nah, not really. My husband said to write that. I *have* been known to call in sick to work so I could write all day. That's about as exciting as I get.
What authors have influenced you?
I seriously idolize Anne Rice and Diana Gabaldon (The Outlander series). Anne Rice, for showing me that erotica can be incredibly entertaining, and Diana Gabaldon for pretty much everything else, and keeping the reader's interest book after book (after book, after book…)
Do you have any advice for new authors?
Keep your head down and write, write, write. Concentrate on becoming a better writer before you leap into social media or advertising. Don't publish one of those crappy books that get reviews saying "she needed an editor". And you will be distracted by those shiny lights all around you – it's called FOMO (fear of missing out). I guarantee those authors you idolize were just as lost when they started.
Also, you WILL make mistakes. They will seem enormous at the time. You will laugh at yourself one day. I promise. Really!
What is the best advice you have ever heard?
It's a marathon, not a sprint. Plan to be in it for the long haul. Oh, and recently I heard some new advice – do not make marketing decisions based on your own personal likes and dislikes. If you want to be a successful marketer, find out what reaches the most people, even if it's not your personal cup of tea (Tammi Labreque).
What are you reading now?
I just finished Addison Cain's The Golden Line. She's amazing, and is the exception to all of that advice above. She shot out of the gate right away and hasn't looked back.
What’s your biggest weakness?
I want to do All The Things. I have a severe case of FOMO (see above. I never take my own advice).
What has inspired you and your writing style?
There were 6 writers on Literotica who left the same time I did to start publishing in the real world and we formed a support group. Three of them have gone on to make huge amounts of money. So, I read them and dissect what works, and try to learn from their success. And try not to be jealous (repeat after me: Marathon, not sprint. Marathon, not sprint. Marathon, not sprint…)
What are you working on now?
I just started the third book in my Nectar for the Gods series. Lots of spanking, and a fair amount of noncon. It's aliens kidnapping human women because they're addicted to the nectar that aroused women make….
Ahem. Yeah. I still get embarrassed talking about my stories.
How well do you work under pressure?
I think I work fine. My family disagrees. 😉
How do you decide what tone to use with a particular piece of writing?
I should have a professional-sounding answer for this, but the truth is, whatever spills out of my head while I'm writing becomes the tone. There's not much planning. I am an unrepentant pantster (write by the seat of my pants).
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