About the Author
Deena Ward writes erotic fantasies with a classic twist. She believes nothing could be finer than having a job which demands she spend her days in worlds of her own creation.
She has recently completed “The Power to Please,” a four-part, BDSM erotic romance series chronicling the erotic journey of recent-divorcee Nonnie Crawford. The first three e-books are available now. The fourth and final novel, “The Submissive’s Last Word,” will be released Aug. 16, 2013.
She lives in the Midwest USA with her partner and a rowdy, plump beagle.
What inspires you to write romance books?
Romantic fiction appears, at first glance, to be simple: write a story about people falling in love then living happily ever after. But falling in love is only the beginning of the story. The interest for me lies in how one builds a relationship, overcomes interior and exterior obstacles, and becomes a person capable of transforming into half of a new whole.
Love is never simple.
Tell us about how you write:
My niche is loosely adapting classic works of literature into erotic romance. I’ve recently completed my first project, “The Power to Please,” an adaptation of “Pride and Prejudice.” I don’t advertise the series as an adaptation for two reasons: firstly, I’ve been deliberately eclectic in what parts of P&P I’ve chosen to use; secondly, the series isn’t about P&P, it’s about Nonnie Crawford’s erotic journey, and that’s all that matters in the end.
For my next project, I’m looking hard at my favorite Dickens novel.
I don’t outline, but I do make lists and write copious notes on legal pads. I spend countless hours just thinking about my stories, the characters and scenes, what they’ll be doing, what they’ll say. I try to make sure everything serves the bigger picture, that nothing is there without purpose, including every single sex scene.
Before I sit down to write a particular scene, usually I’ll lay around for a while, playing it over in my head like a movie. The beauty of writing is when you think you know exactly where you’re going, then you actually start to write and something new arises, something you didn’t expect, and which works better than anything you spent days/weeks planning. It’s those moments when writing almost feels magical.
Do you listen (or talk to) to your characters?
No. They say what I tell them to. 🙂
What advice would you give other writers?
Write — every single day. Don’t stop until you finish. Please yourself first, and if others like it too, then consider that a bonus.
How did you decide how to publish your books?
I always intended to self publish. I’m too impatient to go the other route.
What do you think about the future of book publishing?
I don’t know. I should probably spend more time thinking about publishing in general, but I’m too busy thinking about my next story. Pretty hopeless .
What genres do you write:: Erotic romance
What formats are your books in: eBook
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