Author Andres Mann Shares Their Story

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About the Author
I have written three business books, but now I enjoy writing fiction that focuses on strong female and male characters in a contemporary setting. I have published three books so far: “Tess Awakening,” “Tess Valkyrie” and “Tess Valkyrie Awakening.”
My background heavily influences what I write today. I was an Army Officer, which helps me develop realistic stories about the military. As a business executive, I write credible background stories. Mostly, due to my education in Political Science and International Relations I have an intense interest in contemporary events domestically and in the International arena.
My novels are built around the characters of Tess and Jake. The first two books in the series starting with ‘Tess Awakening’ and a sequel titled ‘Tess Valkyrie.’ Based on real contemporary events, the stories reflect the challenges of international political developments in the Middle East and the issues that professional women experience in today’s world. True to life, I address many aspects of people’s lives, starting with the second Iraq War and ending in the current era. Action, intrigue, deceit, obsession, sensuality, the use of wealth to achieve one’s goals and the struggle between corruption and ethics are a constant theme.

What inspires you to write romance books?
Love, romance and sensuality are part of the human experience and should be an integral part of any story. My novels primarily focus on strong women, their men and well-drawn villains. They are a vehicle to tell stories of great importance, based on real current events. Fiction is a means to explore political and international issues and the impact that such events have on the protagonists who are in the end represent actual human beings trying to make sense of the world around them.

Tell us about how you write:
I find myself unable to follow good advice about how to write efficiently. I don’t develop an outline beforehand. I don’t even know where I am headed, I just let the story go where it wants to go. Occasionally I get stuck, and I have to pull back until the story progresses to a logical conclusion almost organically. I don’t get up early or write into the night. I put in a good work day. Even though I am writing a series, I ensure that each book is stand-alone and of the proper length. I am very concerned with quality, and even though the stories are published in e-book format, they are actually intended for delivery as printed books.

Do you listen (or talk to) to your characters?
I discuss the characters at length with my wife. I pay a lot of attention to dialogue which should reflect how intelligent people really talk. In many ways, my characters are real people that keep growing as they work through the stories.

What advice would you give other writers?
Don’t listen to naysayers. Write what’s in your heart and share yourself as much as possible.

How did you decide how to publish your books?
I decided to start with Amazon because of their amazing publishing tools.

The erotic content limits what one can do on the Amazon platform, so I am planning to do more with other resources.

What do you think about the future of book publishing?
In my experience, the traditional vanity press cannot compete with the tremendous, mostly free resources provided by the likes of Amazon. This works for authors that are skilled writers and don’t need their hand held.

Electronic publishing is going to grab an increasing share of the market, but it will not completely displace printed books.

On the downside, the ease of e-book publishing has unleashed an avalanche of short books of questionable quality and value. Things will probably sort themselves out in the future.

What genres do you write:: Romance, adventure, travelogue

What formats are your books in: Both eBook and Print

Website(s)
Link To Author Page On Amazon

Your Social Media Links
https://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100009404265635
https://twitter.com/andres_mann

Author Jane Godman Shares Their Story

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About the Author
Jane Godman writes in a variety of genre. Many of her stories are heavily tinged with the supernatural and elements of horror, with haunted characters tormented by dark secrets.
The Jago Legacy Series, her gothic romances, are love stories with a dash of horror and a creepily ever after. Her dark erotic romantic suspense books, The Cunning Prophet Series feature supernatural elements and a charismatic, obsessive villain. Jane also writes steamy historical romance for Samhain Publishing and is working on a three book series for Harlequin in their Nocturne (paranormal) line.
Oh, and let’s not forget the Young Adult horror novella she has coming out later in the year with MuseItUp Publishing!

What inspires you to write romance books?
At the age of twelve, I discovered a tattered Georgette Heyer novel on my mum’s bookshelf. I devoured it in a day and I was spellbound. It was ‘These Old Shades’, which is set in the mid-1700s. As much as I love Regency novels, I find myself drawn to the earlier Georgian era. I think it’s because the characters have more opportunities to misbehave. It was a scandalous time (think Les Liaisons Dangereuses) and I love the fashions! Give me a hero in a cloak and a powdered wig …
I am captivated by the way great writers of historical romance use dialogue to skilfully set the scene. I also love it when the historical setting is so real it becomes another character, transporting you effortlessly back in time.
I was fourteen when I wrote my first book. I lived in South Africa and my best friend and I had just discovered ‘The Wolf and the Dove’ by Kathleen E Woodiwiss. We spent every evening writing our own Norman hero/Saxon heroine novels. I still have a copy of that book! It was hand written in felt tip pen …
Fast forward several (well, okay, many!) years. I’ve continued to write as a hobby, but real life took over. I’m married and I have two grown up children and a full time career.
I live in England and I love travelling. My favourite places are those European cities which are steeped in history. Last year, for example, I visited the Schönbrunn Palace, in Vienna, and it was amazing to picture a young Marie Antoinette playing in those elegant gardens.
Anyway, remember the friend I used to write with in South Africa? She recently told me to just get on and get my book written. I’m never one to refuse a challenge … so I did. The rest, as they say, is history (no pun intended)
I now write in a variety of genre. Historical romance, of course, paranormal romance, gothic, romance, contemporary romantic suspense and young adult horror! I hope there’s something in there to please all tastes.

Tell us about how you write:
My writing process starts with a lot of day-dreaming! Then I tend to jot down disjointed ideas. I do plan, but my plan generally bears no resemblance to the finished book. I start to write scenes as they occur to me, with no idea where they will fit into the story (or even if they will make it into the finished book). Once I’m ready, I’ll sit down and make a start on writing the first few chapters. That’s generally the point at which the characters come to life and start taking over the story. Minor characters suddenly start demanding more of a role, major characters do things that I hadn’t planned for them. They develop their own voices.
When I’m about half way through the book, I write a detailed synopsis and try to stick to it. Although, in the book I’m working on now, I thought it was finished—I actually had it ready to send off to my editor—when I realised there was a final twist right at the end that I needed to put in! Phew, I’m just so glad it came to me before I sent it!

Do you listen (or talk to) to your characters?
My characters take on a life of their own. I know that’s a writer’s cliché, but they really do, especially the villains. I begin by writing a short back story for my main characters. This will probably never appear in the book but it gives me an idea of their motivation and how they got to this point in their lives. But once I start writing, they really do take over. Uther Jago, a character in Legacy of Darkness, the first book in the Jago Legacy Series, did that. He directed many of the plot twists and turns and he certainly increased the eroticism in the story!
I don’t tend to base my characters on real life people. At least, I don’t think I do, but I suppose I do bring elements of people I know into my books, either consciously or unconsciously. At the planning stage, my head is like a scrapbook full of ideas, so I store away snippets of conversations or people’s mannerisms in there to use in the next story. And if you do something memorable, foolish or bizarre in front of a writer…well, you are just asking to end up in her next book, aren’t you?

What advice would you give other writers?
When it comes to writing my advice would be to write the sort of books you want to read. There is no magic formula and, if you try to find one, you will only end up selling yourself and your potential readers short. Then be yourself and stay true to your story. Don’t try and make your book something it’s not just to get it published, or to please other people. Listen to readers, but also think about what the advice they give you is actually saying. Is it saying something about your writing or about their personal preference? You have to accept you can’t please everyone.
Oh, and stick at it. In your writing, and in life. As Winston Churchill said, “Never, ever, ever give up!”

How did you decide how to publish your books?
My road to publication has been a rocky one. My first books were published by a publisher that went out of business. Then my gothic romances were published by Harlequin Shivers ( awonderful line with some fantastic gothic titles) but, sadly, that line closed to submissions.
Since then I’ve self published and also have books contracted with a number of publishers including Samhain, Harlequin and Secret Cravings.

What do you think about the future of book publishing?
This is an exciting time to be an author because there are so many models out there. No-one has to feel constrained by tradition. But there are also pitfalls attached to that freedom.

What genres do you write:: historical romance, gothic romance, paranormal romance, erotic romance, romantic suspense, horror

What formats are your books in: Both eBook and Print

Website(s)
Author Home Page Link
Link To Author Page On Amazon

Your Social Media Links
https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/6923685.Jane_Godman
https://www.facebook.com/pages/Jane-Godman-Author/133131640171522
https://twitter.com/JaneGodman
https://www.pinterest.com/JaneGodman/

Author JB Miller Shares Their Story

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About the Author
Originally from NC, but moved to the wilds of Scotland in 1999 to marry my haggis hunting Scotsman.
we lived in the far north town of wick until moving to Cheshire in England in 2012.
It was here in England that i finally gave into the driving need to write.
I have always been a voracious reader and writer.
I created stories as far back as i can remember.
(most of them were made up to get out of trouble)
I’ve always believed in fairies, and yes there are ghosts and things that go bump in the night. I use to dream that my personal Arch angel was going to swoop down and take me off to a land of adventure.
I may have gave up looking out my bedroom window for wings in the night.. ” of course i have im a grown woman” 😉
but i can keep the dream alive by writing about them.

What inspires you to write romance books?
I love to read… addicted to it. a very good friend of mine and author Connie Suttle told me to get to it and start writing. she was always my inspiration to write. hehe… i have a real life hero!

Tell us about how you write:
ack… how do i explain this? It may seem silly but i dream. Sometimes i wake up from a dream that is so vivid and real that I just have to write it down. It just kind of unfolds from there. I often talk to other authors who have storyboards and plot lines and lots of very CSI like things on their walls and I am amazed. I am no where near that organised. For me its like watching a film in my head and i just write it as it happens. I mean lets face it, Im not really the one doing the stories, its the people living in my head… i only write what they are doing. It is almost like I am telling you about people that are real and living. think of converstations that you have had with friends and family… all those silly and sometimes horrible things that happen in life and you store away. Thats my guys…. they are real in a way and I try to bring that life to print.

Do you listen (or talk to) to your characters?
do i listen? ummm i have no choice… they demand.. in fact one of the characters in book one… was not suppose to show up to book three… yeah, he said screw that and became a lead role in book one.
I live in a world of Alpha males… who dont like to be told no. Sometimes, i think my toddler channels them or vice versa.
I have had to dump whole chapters because some one will metally flick me in the back of the head and go… “Uhhh no, thats not what happened at all. were you even paying attention when that went down?”
So yes, we talk, argue, scream, laugh and cry together. “I do most of the crying” My husband also knows my characters very well. We actually have conversations on what it going on in their lives!

What advice would you give other writers?
Never give up. Even when you are banging your head against the wall, in tears and so frustrated you want to throw your keyboard out the window. Ignore the bad reviews. Lets face it, there are some truly sad people out there that live to put others down.
Remember that being an author is not a solitary job any more. There are so many groups out there. Writing groups, author groups, Beta readers… the list is endless… you are not alone! its hard to pour out your soul and its ok to ask for help.

How did you decide how to publish your books?
Orig. i self pubbed. I had sent MS’s to every publishing house that i could find that would accept unsoliceted MS’s. I also sent them to every lit. agent i could find as well. Shot down, over and over and over.
One day, my proof reader said that she wanted to show my book to a publisher she knows, next thing i know.. im offered a contract! it was fantastic! While I liked being self publishied, there is so much more help with being with a publishing house. I have a wonderful editor and support group. My boss is the best, and as she is an author herself she understands when i go off the deep end.. hehe

What do you think about the future of book publishing?
the sky is the limit! with everything going paperless now there is really nothing to hold anyone back. I do worry about the market being flooded, and you really have to be on your toes with what is current and what is trending. However, always be carefull when writing. your name is your trademark and you want to put the best picture foward. Make sure everything is well editied take your time and get it right.

What genres do you write:: erotic romance

What formats are your books in: Both eBook and Print

Website(s)
Author Home Page Link
Link To Author Page On Amazon

Your Social Media Links
https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/7254849.J_B_Miller
http://www.facebook.com/DiantheRising
http://www.twitter.com/brandy28655
https://www.pinterest.com/brandy28655/

Author Albina Nahar Shares Their Story

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About the Author
Canadian actress and author ALBINA NAHAR was born in Bangladesh and raised in Bangalore, India and Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. She appreciates just how taboo it is for a woman raised in such a traditional culture to write about sex. She embraces that dichotomy and hopes it inspires her readers to express their intimate desires more openly. She speaks fluent Hindi, Bengali and Urdu. She holds dual degrees in Psychology and Theatre & Performing Arts from the University of Toronto.

She’s an accomplished model and performer, winning the People’s Choice Award in the Miss Universe Canada competition. Her roles in independent films have graced the big screen at film festivals worldwide. She’s appeared in Maxim Magazine, commercials, music videos, short films and television shows including HBO’s Lingerie. Currently she’s developing her own original film projects. After starring in the cult comedy Sweet Prudence and the Erotic Adventure of Bigfoot she was inspired to further develop the film’s characters in her first novella Seduced by the Saucermen. Her second book The Keyhole explores the taboo world of underground sex clubs from a woman’s perspective.

She will continue exploring the world of literary erotica because, “I’ve had my fair share of challenges with relationships and I understand the struggle as I’m a very passionate lover. I find Women think more creatively when it comes to sex and if you unleash her mind and senses, there is no such thing as boring sex and faking orgasms.”

What inspires you to write romance books?
My inspiration for writing romance (well erotic romance) such as THE KEYHOLE and SEDUCED BY THE SAUCERMEN came from my growing up in an extremely conservative environment. I was raised in Bangladesh, India and the UAE in a mix of traditional Indian and Arabic culture. Sex was a taboo topic so women rarely expressed their desires or explored their sexuality. Through my acting appearances in erotic (not pornographic) films and by writing erotica I want to inspire women to explore their boundaries and express their desires. If I can do it so can they. THE KEYHOLE is about a woman doing just that… it’s a sensual odyssey.
My path to writing erotica was very unique. As an actress I had appeared in the Cinemax television series LINGERIE, and then was one of the leads in the erotic cult movie SWEET PRUDENCE AND THE EROTIC ADVENTURE OF BIGFOOT. After some initial awkwardness I really enjoyed doing these projects, and considered them to be acting out erotic fantasies. I want to point out that the sex is all simulated in those projects – they are erotica, not pornography.
In the same breath I’d been writing film and theatre projects as part of my curriculum – I have degrees in Theatre Arts and psychology from Toronto University. Writing was something I found creatively fulfilling, almost more than acting.
After SWEET PRUDENCE was released I was amazed at how many women really enjoyed the film, in part because they could see that the cast was enjoying themselves. Then I sort of stumbled upon the huge number of erotic EBooks that was written be women, for women and thought, hey, maybe this is something to explore.
I mentioned that to the director of SWEET PRUDENCE, suggesting that he write a follow-up book, but he turned around and said, “Well, why don’t you write a book?”
Since I knew the two main characters so well it was an interesting opportunity to take the ball and run with it. Knowing the characters took some of the fear out writing my first book, and allowed their voices to flow. The film’s director encouraged me to be creative and not worry about what anyone else, including him thought.
My second book THE KEYHOLE is an entirely original concept, without the crazy humor. I think writing SEDUCED BY THE SAUCERMEN gave me the confidence to make that leap.

Tell us about how you write:
I am a very detailed writer, which stems from having just finished university. The academic years ingrained discipline so I feel most comfortable creating detailed outlines and knowing exactly where the story is going before typing “chapter one.” Likewise I study the characters and their environment in depth. Before writing THE KEYHOLE I interviewed owners of on premise sex clubs (they prefer “Lifestyle Clubs) as well as members so it gave me a tremendous insight into the many personal reasons people are drawn to that lifestyle. It is not what you would expect. I did attend a club night, but didn’t participate in the festivities.
My first book SEDUCED BY THE SAUCERMEN was a follow up to a movie I had starred in. This was an ideal first book, because I came in knowing the basics of the characters and expanding upon them. That gave me the confidence to move forward with entirely new concepts.
I don’t really use software; I’m more of a yellow legal pad and word user. But I do eventually use Scrivener to create my EBook files.

Do you listen (or talk to) to your characters?
It’s funny because while writing SEDUCED BY THE SAUCERMEN I could actually call the main character Sweet Prudence up on the phone. Angie Bates who played the character in the original film brought such a distinctive voice and energy to Prudence that just hearing that on the phone sends you into creative overdrive. She is, and always will be the voice of Sweet Prudence.
But in terms of all the new characters in that book and THE KEYHOLE… I have long out loud conversations with them while writing. I guess it’s like a psychic channeling a spirit, except my spirits talk about very naughty things.

What advice would you give other writers?
Having only written two books I’m not really comfortable giving much advise. My only insights would be to keep writing constantly and become comfortable with the process. Don’t set insane goals for yourself because that will only lead to frustration. Also don’t hesitate to contact other writers and ask questions. You would be amazed how many writers, especially in our niche are open to discussion.

How did you decide how to publish your books?
I am a mix of published and self-published because Boudoir Reader is a very boutique operation managed by a dear friend and fellow creative person. I have complete approval and control over my books, so it’s really a perfect storm. He also helped me to secure great footage for my book trailers. So I retain my independence without being completely adrift on my own. I’m lucky because It works for me, but that does not mean other people shouldn’t self publish.

What do you think about the future of book publishing?
From what I’ve seen mini publishers, like Boudoir are really the future. Less of a traditional publisher and more of an enabler, taking the burden off the writer while protecting their creative/intellectual properties. Any entity claiming to be a publisher should be very visibly increasing your potential readership. If they are not, run away or do it all by yourself.

What genres do you write:: Erotic Romance, Science Fiction erotic romance and soon fantasy erotics

What formats are your books in: eBook

Website(s)
Author Home Page Link
Link To Author Page On Amazon
Link to Author Page on other site

Your Social Media Links
https://www.facebook.com/boudoirreader

Author Ginger Segreti Shares Their Story

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Ginger portrayed the professional good girl, career woman before relinquishing her briefcase for handcuffs and a whip. Her background is all things business, while her current endeavors build on creativity. She is developing a brand integrating erotica, self-exploration/narrative and technology, with the goal that all three focus areas complement and overlap creating an oasis for the senses. She believes that as adults we repress more than is good for us. Ginger wants individuals to be free to express themselves and see sex and sexuality as the adult playground it is-the place that we can act, explore, challenge ourselves and above all else – have fun.

Ginger believes in being the change she wants to see in the world and actively engages in the best part of her job – the research! She is working at the intersection of technology and sex, building a sex positive experience through erotica, dream weaving and observations. Embracing her passion for life, Ginger embodies a free spirit, pushing boundaries and limits on the journey to be @DesireBound.

What inspires you to write romance books?
Creativity finds me where I least expect it –at the gym, out with friends, a casual kiss on the sidewalk, a brilliant sunshine, a lingering touch. Writing allows me to indulge my fantasies and stretch beyond my physical limitations to explore human behavior and motives.

Sexuality and relationships are complex. As adults we repress more than is good for us. I want my writing to encourage people to be free to express themselves and see sex and sexuality as the adult playground it is-the place that we can act, explore, challenge ourselves and above all else – have fun.

Tell us about how you write:
Writing for me is a process. I typically start with an idea or a plot line. I have an excel sheet that I keep a running tab of concepts, phrases, etc. Sometime inspiration sweeps over me and the words flow forth from my fingertips. Other ideas ruminate more slowly, churning away in my subconscious. I like to focus on a particular task, whether that is writing the base narrative, researching or editing. In an early draft there will likely be notes, questions, comments built into the narrative for future edits. I may have a concept that I want to explore more fully or a word that I haven’t quite pinpointed at this stage of the draft. I iterate editing and new narrative, especially as I progress through a story.

Do you listen (or talk to) to your characters?
Neither. My experience of my characters is more an embodiment as an extension of myself. I play scenarios out in my head, thinking through what may logically or illogically happen next and the potential ramifications.

What advice would you give other writers?
For veterans in the industry, keep on truckin! For newbies – research before your write and be realistic about your goals. Having a support structure and other writers to help guide you is very helpful. Look for venues that fit with you and remember – not everyone likes everything. Rejection is feedback, don’t take it to heart.

How did you decide how to publish your books?
My approach has been to cast a wide net and modify as I learn. When I decided to pursue publishing I researched ebook publishers and created a target list that included a spectrum of publishing houses with various services and royalty payment structures. I was interested in experiencing the challenges and highlights of each of these paths to make an informed decision about my marketing and distribution strategy going forward.

What do you think about the future of book publishing?
The book publishing industry is in transition. Similar to many other industries, technology has transformed what is possible. With this transformation, a need has arisen to develop solutions that both work for authors and consumers. There are few winners and many authors just making ends meet while companies continue to operate as if nothing has changed or worse yet – looking only for one hit wonders rather than nurturing budding talent.

What genres do you write?
Erotica

What formats are your books in?
eBook

Website(s)
Author Home Page Link
Link To Author Page On Amazon
Link To Author Page On Smashwords

Your Social Media Links
https://www.goodreads.com/DesireBound
https://www.facebook.com/GingerSegreti
https://twitter.com/DesireBound
https://www.pinterest.com/gingersegreti/desirebound/

Author Albina Nahar Shares Their Story

Albina-Nahar-author-photoAbout the Author
Canadian actress and author ALBINA NAHAR was born in Bangladesh and raised in Bangalore, India and Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. She appreciates just how taboo it is for a woman raised in such a traditional culture to write about sex. She embraces that dichotomy and hopes it inspires her readers to express their intimate desires more openly. She speaks fluent Hindi, Bengali and Urdu. She holds dual degrees in Psychology and Theatre & Performing Arts from the University of Toronto.

She’s an accomplished model and performer, winning the People’s Choice Award in the Miss Universe Canada competition. Her roles in independent films have graced the big screen at film festivals worldwide. She’s appeared in Maxim Magazine, commercials, music videos, short films and television shows including HBO’s Lingerie. Currently she’s developing her own original film projects. After starring in the cult comedy Sweet Prudence and the Erotic Adventure of Bigfoot she was inspired to further develop the film’s characters in her first novella Seduced by the Saucermen. Her second book The Keyhole explores the taboo world of underground sex clubs from a woman’s perspective.

She will continue exploring the world of literary erotica because, “I’ve had my fair share of challenges with relationships and I understand the struggle as I’m a very passionate lover. I find Women think more creatively when it comes to sex and if you unleash her mind and senses, there is no such thing as boring sex and faking orgasms.”

What inspires you to write romance books?
My inspiration for writing romance (well erotic romance) such as THE KEYHOLE and SEDUCED BY THE SAUCERMEN came from my growing up in an extremely conservative environment. I was raised in Bangladesh, India and the UAE in a mix of traditional Indian and Arabic culture. Sex was a taboo topic so women rarely expressed their desires or explored their sexuality. Through my acting appearances in erotic (not pornographic) films and by writing erotica I want to inspire women to explore their boundaries and express their desires. If I can do it so can they. THE KEYHOLE is about a woman doing just that… it’s a sensual odyssey.
My path to writing erotica was very unique. As an actress I had appeared in the Cinemax television series LINGERIE, and then was one of the leads in the erotic cult movie SWEET PRUDENCE AND THE EROTIC ADVENTURE OF BIGFOOT. After some initial awkwardness I really enjoyed doing these projects, and considered them to be acting out erotic fantasies. I want to point out that the sex is all simulated in those projects – they are erotica, not pornography.
In the same breath I’d been writing film and theatre projects as part of my curriculum – I have degrees in Theatre Arts and psychology from Toronto University. Writing was something I found creatively fulfilling, almost more than acting.
After SWEET PRUDENCE was released I was amazed at how many women really enjoyed the film, in part because they could see that the cast was enjoying themselves. Then I sort of stumbled upon the huge number of erotic EBooks that was written be women, for women and thought, hey, maybe this is something to explore.
I mentioned that to the director of SWEET PRUDENCE, suggesting that he write a follow-up book, but he turned around and said, “Well, why don’t you write a book?”
Since I knew the two main characters so well it was an interesting opportunity to take the ball and run with it. Knowing the characters took some of the fear out writing my first book, and allowed their voices to flow. The film’s director encouraged me to be creative and not worry about what anyone else, including him thought.
My second book THE KEYHOLE is an entirely original concept, without the crazy humor. I think writing SEDUCED BY THE SAUCERMEN gave me the confidence to make that leap.

Tell us about how you write:
I am a very detailed writer, which stems from having just finished university. The academic years ingrained discipline so I feel most comfortable creating detailed outlines and knowing exactly where the story is going before typing “chapter one.” Likewise I study the characters and their environment in depth. Before writing THE KEYHOLE I interviewed owners of on premise sex clubs (they prefer “Lifestyle Clubs) as well as members so it gave me a tremendous insight into the many personal reasons people are drawn to that lifestyle. It is not what you would expect. I did attend a club night, but didn’t participate in the festivities.
My first book SEDUCED BY THE SAUCERMEN was a follow up to a movie I had starred in. This was an ideal first book, because I came in knowing the basics of the characters and expanding upon them. That gave me the confidence to move forward with entirely new concepts.
I don’t really use software; I’m more of a yellow legal pad and word user. But I do eventually use Scrivener to create my EBook files.

Do you listen (or talk to) to your characters?
It’s funny because while writing SEDUCED BY THE SAUCERMEN I could actually call the main character Sweet Prudence up on the phone. Angie Bates who played the character in the original film brought such a distinctive voice and energy to Prudence that just hearing that on the phone sends you into creative overdrive. She is, and always will be the voice of Sweet Prudence.
But in terms of all the new characters in that book and THE KEYHOLE… I have long out loud conversations with them while writing. I guess it’s like a psychic channeling a spirit, except my spirits talk about very naughty things.

What advice would you give other writers?
Having only written two books I’m not really comfortable giving much advise. My only insights would be to keep writing constantly and become comfortable with the process. Don’t set insane goals for yourself because that will only lead to frustration. Also don’t hesitate to contact other writers and ask questions. You would be amazed how many writers, especially in our niche are open to discussion.

How did you decide how to publish your books?
I am a mix of published and self-published because Boudoir Reader is a very boutique operation managed by a dear friend and fellow creative person. I have complete approval and control over my books, so it’s really a perfect storm. He also helped me to secure great footage for my book trailers. So I retain my independence without being completely adrift on my own. I’m lucky because It works for me, but that does not mean other people shouldn’t self publish.

What do you think about the future of book publishing?
From what I’ve seen mini publishers, like Boudoir are really the future. Less of a traditional publisher and more of an enabler, taking the burden off the writer while protecting their creative/intellectual properties. Any entity claiming to be a publisher should be very visibly increasing your potential readership. If they are not, run away or do it all by yourself.

What genres do you write?
Erotic Romance, Science Fiction erotic romance and soon fantasy erotics

What formats are your books in?
eBook

Website(s)
Author Home Page Link
Link To Author Page On Amazon
Link to Author Page on other site

Your Social Media Links
https://www.facebook.com/boudoirreader

Author Elizabeth SaFleur Shares Their Story

Google_AvatarAbout the Author
Elizabeth SaFleur is an erotic romance author and recovering public relations practitioner who writes, tweets and posts under a pseudonym since her former business clients might be shocked at her new career choice. She wrote the Elite Doms of Washington contemporary erotic romance series after a thirty-year career serving D.C. clients. Today Elizabeth shares twenty-eight, wildlife-filled acres in Virginia with her husband and dog. Elizabeth is a member of the Romance Writers Association and the Washington Romance Writers. www.ElizabethSaFleur.com

What inspires you to write romance books?
Everyone’s journey to finding and keeping love is unique, and every person’s story has something to teach us. I love watching my characters grow and evolve as they wrestle with trying to make a relationship work. To me, there is no greater honor than being part of my character’s lives.

Tell us about how you write:
I usually start with a character and a few pivotal scenes. For my erotic romance novel, Lovely, the whole story started with the sailboat scene, which is pretty far into the story. I had that scene in my head for many years. Then, I had to backtrack and discover what led them to that moment. It’s like a big scavenger hunt!

Do you listen (or talk to) to your characters?
I do both. When I’m in the car, I often feel like a voyeur as the characters will have whole conversations in their head without me. At the keyboard, I usually talk *with* them.

What advice would you give other writers?
Never stop writing. It’s not about good or bad writing in the first draft stage. It matters whether or not a story exists. A story must involve at least one person who goes through something and *changes.” Focus on that and the revision phase will take care of the rest.

Also, I encourage you to write the stories you wish to write. Don’t write for a market.

How did you decide how to publish your books?
One of my critique partners encouraged me. I decided one of the great joys in life would be to share the stories that have lived in my head for so many years. I decided to go with a micro-publisher, Troll River, because they offer the best of self-publishing and the best of traditional publishing.

What do you think about the future of book publishing?
There’s no where to go but up! With the advent of self-publishing there is no better time to be a writer. But that also means we should be putting out the best product possible — well edited stories with well-designed covers. The competition for readers is growing. There are so many books to choose from. For writers, we owe it to our reading public to only release books when they are ready.

What genres do you write?
Erotic Romance

What formats are your books in?
Both eBook and Print

Website(s)
Author Home Page Link
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Your Social Media Links
https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/8409162.Elizabeth_SaFleur
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https://twitter.com/ElizaLoveStory
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Author Zeecé Lugo Shares Their Story

At-Sues-Banquet-1.5x1.78300dpiAbout the Author
Zeecé Lugo was born in Puerto Rico, grew up in Brooklyn, and lived in many places. She spent seven years in the U.S. Air force, taught for many years in Miami, and even spent a year working for the IRS.

Her early love was reading. The worlds of Pern, Middle-earth, St. Mary Mead, and Shrewsbury Abbey had an incredible influence and hold on her imagination.
She wrote her first novel, Daniel’s Fork, in two months, spending long hours at her task. During that time, she ensconced herself in her bedroom with her computer, barely coming out to grab a cup of coffee or a snack. One day, her nearest neighbor came desperately knocking at her bedroom window, afraid that Zeecé might be dead; no one had seen her for days!

Daniel’s Fork was meant to be the first book in a romantic trilogy. Little did Zeecé know that stories have a way of going where they want to go. Daniel’s Fork turned out to be a journey to the future past! It is a sexy, romantic mystery set in the future, giving birth to a fictional universe: the Daniel’s Fork universe.

What inspires you to write romance books?
Many things inspire me. My dreams and fantasies. Works by other authors I admire. Sometimes a piece of music I hear or a vivid dream from the night before.

Tell us about how you write:
I do not write every day, but I do something to do with the writing process every day. I may be re-reading and highlighting changes today, editing tomorrow, and writing new material the next day. When I sit down to write, I do it no later than 8 A.M. and write all day. I lose myself in the process.

Do you listen (or talk to) to your characters?
I vary. Daniel’s Fork was by the seat of my pants. Strongheart’s Woman was outlined. I think at least a loose outline is necessary to keep you from writing material that later must be discarded. I recently read a book called ‘Take Off Your Pants,’ by Libbie Hawker which teaches you to outline loosely but in a way that makes sense. I am writing my current work in process using her method. It seems to be working well for me.

What advice would you give other writers?
Concentrate on characterization. Romance is so much more than just sexual tension. And work on the dialogue! If the dialogue is not moving, neither will be your story.

How did you decide how to publish your books?
I did not have the energy nor the patience to go the traditional route. I also wanted total control over what I do. There is only one way to do things my way, and that is to self-publish.

What do you think about the future of book publishing?
I think that as companies like CreateSpace and Lightning Source become more widely used, many authors will opt to self-publish. The disappearance of the major book stores is limiting to the sale of print books. Ten years ago, there were five major book stores in the mall near my home. Today, I have to drive miles to find the nearest Barnes & Noble. It is so easy to get on the net and order the print book or more commonly, the eBook. I don’t think print books will disappear completely, but I think that the big print publishers will.

What genres do you write?
Dystopian Romance, Dystopian Mystery

What formats are your books in?
Both eBook and Print

Website(s)
Author Home Page Link
Link To Author Page On Amazon
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Your Social Media Links
https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/7341592.Zeec_Lugo
https://www.facebook.com/zeece.lugo
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Author Black Dragon Shares Their Story

About the Author
A Big Science Fiction fan. I love Star Wars, Star Trek, and Battlestar Galactica. I love Asian movies: Chinese especially. Kung-fu movies are my favorite genre. As there are not much good Sci-Fi in Asian movies. Jackie Chan, Bruce Lee, and Jet Li, are some of my Heroes. I used to practice Martial Arts myself. I love Chinese cooking, all things media like writing, video production. I have a B.F.A. in Film making and Video Production. A bachelor’s in Computer Science. Nine classes short of getting 3rd bachelor’s in Web Design. Plan on getting Master’s in Movie and TV Production.

What inspires you to write romance books?
There is a romantic bone in everybody. even if they don’t admit it. My inspiration is to tap into that bone. It brings out the romantic in you all and creates more love, lust, desire for your mate and for life. The soul in everyone deserves more romance.

Tell us about how you write:
1. Brainstorm 2. organize 3. outline 4. write 5. edit 6. promote 7. marketing

Do you listen (or talk to) to your characters?
no. but I imagine the conversation in my head.

What advice would you give other writers?
patience and recreate everything in your head several times to get the best version

How did you decide how to publish your books?
the best and cheapest

What do you think about the future of book publishing?
getting better and better

What genres do you write:: Science fiction romance drama.

What formats are your books in: Both eBook and Print

Website(s)
Link To Author Page On Amazon

Your Social Media Links
https://www.facebook.com/iBlackDragon?ref=bookmarks

Author Carol Jackson Shares Their Story

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I was born, bred and live in Auckland, New Zealand with my Indian born husband. We have been together for more than 20 years. Our two children are both at university and we also have a Pomeranian dog and a ginger cat.

What inspires you to write romance books?
When I met my husband in the late ’80’s we faced some adversity from family and friends. This inspired me to write a book about our relationship, although I have added more ‘spice’ to make the story interesting. I would say Julie & Kishore is perhaps 40% non-fiction and 60% fiction.

Tell us about how you write:
When I finally found the time to write our story the words just poured out of me. I kept a notebook with me at all times to jot down the ideas that kept popping into my head. I outlined the story on paper first and rewrote, rewrote and rewrote the story.

Do you listen (or talk to) to your characters?
The characters talk to me, so this must mean I listen to them.

What advice would you give other writers?
Don’t give up. Attend as many workshops as you can. Knowledge is valuable and everything you learn will all be stored somewhere in your head for when you need it. Edit mistakes as you go as it is a huge job later on to go and correct errors. Enjoy the process and don’t get bogged down by the ‘doing.’

How did you decide how to publish your books?
This is also a very hard process, harder than the actual writing of the story. Rejections are part of being an author. The lovely Kitty, from Ravenswood Publishing is a wonderful publisher.

What do you think about the future of book publishing?
In my opinion the printed book will not die, but print on demand will become more popular. E-books will and do have a place, but people still like to hold a paper book in their hands.

What genres do you write?
Romance

What formats are your books in?
Both eBook and Print

Website(s)
Author Home Page Link
Link To Author Page On Amazon
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Your Social Media Links
https://www.facebook.com/pages/Julie-Kishore-Novel/230752670402360?ref=settings
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