About the Author
I have always loved to write, and since a very young age I have put pen to paper, spilling out the thoughts, hopes and dreams trapped in my head. I have written short pieces and articles for magazines for many years, always having something I am scribbling away at.
It was not really until I had a baby that I actually had the time write a novel – yes really – sleepless nights of a baby asleep on my chest have been filled with writing. I think sometimes once you start writing, and can see the words flowing on the screen you can get terribly hooked, I am addicted to the creativeness of writing.
I love books of all kinds, and devour them with as much gusto as one might a roast dinner on a winter’s day. Writing erotic novels has always been something I have wanted to try, always being impressed when an author gets the blend of sex, sensuality and story right. So one day, not too long ago, I decided now was the right time to do exactly that. I love dark gothic books, and the Victorian era seems to have so much repressed emotion about it, that deciding to base my books in this time was a very easy decision.
The Carnal Set, are a group of people for whom the pleasures of the flesh are not just fantasized about, but are taken full advantage of.
I hope you enjoy reading my books, as much I love to write them.
What inspires you to write romance books?
Because I think it is a challenge to not write drivel!!
I enjoy a good book and a really good read, but I HATE chic lit, I dislike light, frothy and pointless.
So I wanted the challenge of writing books that have good story lines and great character development but with some jolly good love, romance and down right dirty erotica content as well.
By books contain a decent smattering of BDSM and D/s which is again really hard to write without it becoming overdone and cliche, I hope to try and strike a balance (whether I achieve this, is of course in the ‘eye of the beholder’ and readers will decide, if in fact my books cut it!)
Tell us about how you write:
I am rather disciplined, and set myself a goal of 3000 words a day, I don’t always achieve it, and some days I exceed it, but by having a goal it makes me have some something to aim for.
I also go where the book takes me, enjoying being taken off on a tangent by an unexpected character.
Do you listen (or talk to) to your characters?
I try and visualize them, and in fact when I was writing Cassandra, it was very important as the book in written through the words of Cassandra and Thorpe, taking turns throughout the book, so each time I started a new chapter I had to get into the character of who I was writing for, and remember their quirks and who they were.
When I wrote my prequel short ‘The Inauguration of the Carnal Set’, it was slightly easier, Sybil is a wonderful character and so very naughty, she will be featuring far more in my next book as well!
What advice would you give other writers?
Just sit down and do it – I think writers can be masters at procrastination and that often that is due to a lack of self-confidence, and by finding excuses not to write you are just prolonging the agony! Do it and find out if you really can!
Don’t expect eternal praise or universal approval but be proud and true to yourself.
How did you decide how to publish your books?
I know some really great people who have self-published, and I received some help and was able to use a really good proof-reader, I found that help invaluable.
What do you think about the future of book publishing?
I really am not sure to be honest. By opening up the self-publishing world we invite the best and the very worst, I hope the very best will survive the experience and become stronger and our classics of the future and the very worst will realize that it’s not for everyone!
What genres do you write?
Erotica, romance – my books are based in Victorian England, but iI hesitate to call them historical as I try and avoid a bodice ripper! Romance with ropes is a good description!
What formats are your books in?
Both eBook and Print
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