Author Senta Holland Shares Their Story
About the Author
Senta Holland lives and loves in the shadows, in a world of BDSM from the inside out. Her passion has to be lived in secret. If the shadows don’t lift, you will never meet her and the only way to get to know Senta is through her book. Open the pages, and she will lead you deep inside her beloved darkness. But maybe you have met Senta already. Maybe you hear her soft voice in your dreams, maybe she is sitting right next to you on the Underground. And maybe you, yourself, are Senta in the shadows.
What inspires you to write romance books?
‘Out of the Shadows and into the Darkness’ is a great love story.
I wanted to tell that kind of love story in the dark world of BDSM – and readers are often surprised at that. I write about BDSM as its own independent sexuality, not as fantasy. My publishers, HarperCollins, call it ‘BDSM from the inside out’.
And that’s what inspires me: tell our story in the same way that other sexualities tell theirs. I also wanted to write a literary BDSM novel, something that elevates the genre and takes BDSM and the people who practise it seriously.
Tell us about how you write:
It took me 4 years to write ‘Out of the Shadows and into the Darkness’, and for most of those years I wrote full time, 8 hours a day.
I am a literary writer, and I wanted to create something different. Vanitybookcase says ‘Ive never read anything as adventurous before, both sexually and narratively’.. That’s what I wanted.
In terms of craft, I write using what I call the ‘patchwork method’ – I write the scenes that flirt with my mind, and I only put them into sequence much later. When I’ve decided what I want that sequence to be. My book is also structured in short sections rather than traditional chapters so there’s lots to play around with.
Do you listen (or talk to) to your characters?
I try to create a world, and I am very tuned into the narrator and how she experiences that world.
What advice would you give other writers?
And write what you know.
From the inside out, if you can.
How did you decide how to publish your books?
I wanted my book to be read by as many people as possible so I tried to get it published by a traditional big name publisher.
And I was very fortunate: Adam Nevill at HarperCollins Mischief discovered me and published ‘Out of the Shadows and into the Darkness’ in 2013.
What do you think about the future of book publishing?
HarperCollins is publishing erotica exclusively as ebooks. That’s very exciting.
But honestly I have no idea what the future of book publishing will be. Anyone’s guess. I can only hope I will have a chance to be part of it.
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