I have had the great pleasure of being friends with this author for many years. I’m pleased to announce that she is finally releasing two of her books and more will soon follow. I was able to catch up with her and get a few questions answered. Her books delve into the hot and steamy side of writing, the part that some writers just don’t want to look at and she does it beautifully. If you are looking for well-written erotica, please check out Sheta Storm.
And our Q&A:
Q: What is different about writing erotica vs writing any other type of fiction?
In any other type of fiction, you’re allowed to close the door on the sex scene if you want or need to. In erotica, you have to delve into the physical and emotional sides of sex.
Q: What’s your typical writing process for a story?
It really depends on the length of the story. If it will be a novel, I prefer to get a full outline and character sketches and a prep kit together. For shorter stories, I can write somewhat by the seat of my pants, but I usually need to figure out where I’m ending before I begin.
Q: You often use characters that aren’t typical male/female pairings, what made you decide to go in that direction?
I think the idea of that was something I’ve always struggled against in my mind and my relationships. I like going against the grain and finding my own path and exploring what I find there – and that’s the same thing I bring out in my stories.
Q: What advice would you give to an author who is looking to write in this genre?
Do your research. There is nothing worse than having someone say your facts aren’t right or that you didn’t represent a specific situation in a realistic manner. I’m not talking about how vampires don’t exist or that you wouldn’t (probably) want to be gangbanged into mental oblivion – that is the fantasy that a writer brings alive. But when someone understands nuances of a specific kink and they’re violated by the story – that’s just wrong.
Q: Do you find erotica more difficult than regular fiction (if you write regular fiction)?
Occasionally I write “regular” fiction without featuring explicit sex. But the emotional challenges of bringing intimacy and conflict together draw me in like a moth to the flame. I just can’t stay away!
Q: What made you decide to write erotica versus any other kind of fiction?
I chose erotica because I had a couple specific stories in my head that I needed to tell. They had been brewing for a while and it took a long time to get to a point where I felt I did them justice. After that, it was too fun to stop.
Q: What’s anything else you’d like to share?
Lately I find myself researching rhyme and meter and entertaining the idea of creating illustrated books for adults. If nothing else, it’s a fun hobby. I’m not sure I draw well enough to create what I see in my head, but there’s only one way to find out.