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Fairy Tale Lust: Erotic Fantasies for Women is a collection of erotic fairy tales by 18 fabulous authors. The book pay homage to the ever-popular fairy tale genre and includes retellings of classic fairy tales with an erotic twist as well as original stories that capture the spirit of the classics. The authors in the collection include Delilah Devlin, Andrea Dale, Craig Sorensen, Justine Elyot, Louisa Harte, Alegra Verde, Janine Ashbless, Shanna Germain, Allison Wonderland, Kristina Wright, Jeremy Edwards, Aurelia T. Evans, Carol Hassler, Saskia Walker, Alana Noel Voth, Michelle Augello-Page, Charlotte Stein and A.D.R. Forte, with a foreword by New York Times bestselling author Angela Knight.
If you had to do it all over again, would you change anything in your latest book?
Oh, if I could I would have include 5 or 6 more stories! There were a handful of stories that I loved but had to cut due to length constraints.
Who is your favorite author and what is it that really strikes you about their work?
I've had a 30 year crush on Stephen King. Regardless of whether you like horror, King is a master at hooking the reader. I learned a tremendous amount about the storytelling process from his novels and I highly recommend his writing memoir On Writing.
Do you recall how your interest in writing originated?
I wrote my first story in the first grade (about a shape-shifting witch, demonstrating my early interest in paranormal fiction) and fell in love with storytelling. The A+ I got for the story probably helped inspire me. I haven't stopped writing since.
Do you have any advice for other writers?
Ignore the inner voice that says, "You're not a real writer" and keep writing. Because that's what real writers do: they write through the self-doubt.
Don't talk about what you're currently writing. Put your enthusiasm into the story and talk about it only after you've sold it.
Remember that a rejection is one person's opinion about one specific story on one particular day. That's all. Don't give it more power than that.
Read a lot and read critically. Learn from other writers by reading what they've written, not by what writing advice they give. :-)
Write, write, write. And when you're tired and discouraged and don't think you can write another word, write another word. It really is just that simple. And just that hard.
How does your family feel about having a writer in the family? Do they read your books?
My husband Jay is my biggest supporter and has read most of my work. My son Patrick is only eight months old, so I'll have to wait a few years to ask him how he feels about his mama being a writer.
What did you do before you became a writer? Do you write full time?
Like most writers, I have held numerous jobs. I don't really have a period of ""before I became a writer"" because I have been writing fiction for as long as I can remember. While I've been a writer, I've done everything from waiting tables in a Chinese restaurant to teaching College Composition. I've also worked in a bakery, greenhouse and a couple of gift shops; managed several one-hour photo labs, been a tax preparer and a receptionist; done freelance editing and worked in the public library. There are probably a few more jobs I'm forgetting...
What is your writing process? Do you outline, fly by the seat of your pants or a combination of both?
I try to write 4 to 5 days a week, 5-6 hours a day. That can vary with the week, depending on what projects I'm working on, what deadlines are coming up and what other commitments I might have. A lot of writing time gets eaten up with other writing-related things like answering e-mails and doing book promotion and interviews and the like. Ialso wear the editing hat for anthologies such as Fairy Tale Lust and that takes a big chunk of time, as well. But I try to make sure to write no matter what else is going on. After all, it's the writing that got me here in the first place.
Depending on the project, I may do a rough outline, but not always. Often, a scene will pop fully-formed into my head or I will "hear" two characters talking. I'll start there and see where it leads. Sometimes the seed is actually the end of the story and I have to work backwards to figure out what happened. Every story is different and I've learned to just sit back and take the ride.
What main genre do you write in?
Erotica / Spicy Romance
Current Release Details:
Fairy Tale Lust: Erotic Fantasies for Women - Cleis Press - Erotica/Erotic Romance - July 2010
Thanks so much for the fabulous interview!