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About the author:
She and her husband have been together for over two decades, have two children, and live in the Southern US where she’s happily writing a novel that would make Anastasia blush.
What inspired you to write your book?
I wanted everyone to have a little more Christian Grey in their lives.
Here is a short sample from the book:
Chapter Five: pages 77-79
Scene: The much-awaited first kiss. Prompted by Anastasia’s incessant lip biting, Christian surrenders to temptation and pins her against the wall of the elevator before ravishing her mouth.
Setting: The Heathman Hotel elevator.
• Him: A navy pin-striped suit coat over a white linen shirt unbuttoned at the collar and cuffs, and slacks or jeans.
• Her: Jeans, Converse, a pale blue shirt, and matching lingerie.
Props: A ponytail, an elevator, and a raging libido.
Soundtrack: “Do You Wanna Touch Me” by Joan Jett.
Performance: Still whirling from Christian’s increased interest and his invitation to helicopter to his penthouse in Seattle that very evening, Anastasia can barely contain her newly discovered desire. Seconds after they enter the empty Heathman elevator, Christian relieves her of that burden.
He shoves Anastasia against the wall, pinning her hands above her head in a delicious helplessness. Then he yanks her ponytail down to position her lips against his before kissing her in a “slow erotic dance.” In that moment she is his, physically as he restrains her chin and presses his hips into her, and emotionally as she accepts his utter need for her. Anastasia’s own need to be loved and validated smolders beneath the surface of her physical response to him. And Christian’s declaration, “You. Are. So. Sweet,” references his own dawning understanding that Ana is not only a physical temptation, but an emotional one. This experience is new for him too, and his uncontrolled responses to her surprise—and scare—him.
⁃ “Oh, fuck the paperwork.”
⁃ “I used your toothbrush.”
Acting It Out:
• Ladies: If getting caught in public is more of a turn-off than a turn-on, use the shower stall at home as your elevator. Forget the costumes and meet naked behind the curtain. Light a scented candle and lower the lights for that dark, enclosed feeling. Even a walk-in closet can be arousing under the right conditions. Either way, play your favorite slow-motion-for-me tracks and tell him to pin your hands above your head and kiss you until he makes you moan.
• Gentlemen: Trying to recreate that first passionate kiss, that first instance of explosive desire, can be tricky. However, quite a few Fifty Shades fans have done a lot of the work for you. Check out fan-made trailers like this one on YouTube. Can you pinpoint which images from these trailers would most excite your lover? Pay attention to how the actor in Christian’s role watches Anastasia, how he connects to her. How she can’t look away. There is no doubt that Christian wants Anastasia. That he needs her. Show your lover your uncontrolled side.