About the Author
I’m Evelyn Bliss and I write Dark Erotic Literature (“smut with substance”).
I write the sort of books I like to read. My stories get straight to the point (and stay there), drawing the reader in to relate to and care about their protagonists during their sexual encounters (rather than in a setup before) and hopefully providing an erotically-charged intensity that moves beyond mere titillation. For me, it’s not enough for the mechanics of sex to be spelled (or spilled) out in text, and equally, it’s not about large preambles to provide background.
It’s the ebb and flow of emotion from the protagonist’s reactions to the sexual situations they’re in that breathes life and wonder into a piece of erotic writing. Enjoyable one-handed time-passers they may be, but I find erotica more satisfying (in every sense of the word) if they also contain humor and insight into the human condition and the sexual animal in us all. So rather than just describing the “what went where” of sex, I like to find more imaginative, thought-provoking, evocative and even philosophical ways to write, hopefully moving the reader to a more personal, intense investment in each character’s thoughts and feelings, and therefore a higher level of arousal. The power of words to evoke a response cannot be underestimated, and I love that feeling of crafting exactly the right phrase to capture the intensity and wonder of human sexuality.
I hope that this lifts my tales of decadent lecherous lust lift the genre of erotic writing above the usual hackneyed old fare.
What inspires you to write romance books?
Inspiration can come from many areas. A thought, a chance meeting, something that strikes me as I’m in the supermarket or driving home. Is it about the human search for meaning or just filling the hours from dawn to dusk or cradle to the grave? I’m not sure. But it’s certainly more interesting than writing about agriculture or skin cream, which is what I’ve done for a living in the past!
Tell us about how you write:
It varies. Sometimes I just sit down at computer and freeform it; other times I plan it carefully and it gels in my head over several days or longer. Sometimes I dash something off and come back to it later (I currently have about four stories half written like this) and other times I will tape record something and then transcribe it, editing and filling it out as I go. I’m currently writing a series, so the characters are gradually becoming clearer to me as I go along. It’s true they do develop a mind of their own though, and even when you’ve planned out a story sometimes the characters begin to dictate to you where they want to go and you must take them there!
Do you listen (or talk to) to your characters?
As I’m developing more as a writer I find the characters are becoming clearer to me and they’re beginning to ‘tell me’ what they want to happen to them, rather than me fashioning the story around them. I find this completely fascinating and I love it when a character takes the story in a completely unexpected direction from the one I had planned for them.
What advice would you give other writers?
Just write! (then go back and edit! Don’t forget that step!) Write what you love, what you imagine, what you fantasize about. Chances are others will be too!
How did you decide how to publish your books?
I went to Amazon first as it seemed the most straightforward for a first-time self-publisher who knew little about it, but I will probably try to branch out in the future.
What do you think about the future of book publishing?
Well, the landscape has certainly changed! But I still do love a physical book with pages etc, but I also appreciate all that ebooks have to offer and love the fact I can get my stuff out to people so easily. Not everyone will like it – my writing is pretty full-on with not a lot of preamble, but for those who do, I’m glad it’s easy to have it in their hands quickly.
What genres do you write:: Erotic, light bdsm, multiple partner explicit
What formats are your books in: eBook
Link To Author Page On Amazon