Here’s an author interview with Wendy Anne. Take it away, Wendy…
How did you start writing erotica?
My ex-husband, who also happens to be a dear friend, inspired me to write Sage, and he’d get excited when I’d finish a chapter and read it aloud, especially when I included arousing plots. Eventually, I came to enjoy the intimate and sensual experience of writing erotica as much as the act itself.
Do you have any unusual writing rituals?
I’m not sure what constitutes unusual with regard to writing, but I certainly have rituals. Most of my creative writing begins with sloppy penmanship and paper, because ink feels more personal and seems to flow more organically than sitting by a computer. With the exception of poems and the original outlines of my manuscripts, once I’ve converted my novel to a computer, I set fire to my notebooks for good luck.
Where’s your favorite place to write?
I love to travel, and haven’t committed to a favorite place to write, but there are specific environments that I’m partial to. As a collective, I enjoy writing in nature as I ground to the Earth, or as up high as I can get. For instance, when I was a child, I enjoyed writing poems on my third story roof or at parks, especially parks that incorporate a large body of water. As an adult, I enjoy writing on rooftops, hilltops, in bathtubs, or while relishing in nature. If I’m to settle for a more conventional approach, I always have a designated office-like spot every place I’ve ever lived. At present, that place is a desk with a large statue of Thoth beside a computer that allows for me to stand as oppose to sit, which works well because I’m hyperactive most of the time.
How do you get yourself in the mood to write?
All that I require to write is time, inspiration, and enough peace to gather my thoughts, because my creativity never sleeps. In fact, sometimes my creativity makes it impossible to sleep.
If you get writer’s block, how do you get around it?
I don’t get writers block very often, but I find it difficult to write anything except for poetry when my surroundings are chaotic. If I suffer from the type of mental hindrances that prevents from writing poetry, I become plagued with OCD and clean my surroundings obsessively while listening to music or documentaries. If the situation isn’t resolved within weeks, I tend to sink into a dark depression. Luckily, I usually find something profound while manifesting in depths of my despair and return to the surface with new material to unleash into my literature.
If you could bring one of your characters to life, which one would it be and why.
I would love to bring Nanu, my Egyptian priestess to life, because she embodies attributes from eight of my favorite goddesses. She’s imbued with Mother Mary’s Grace and forgiveness, and shares many connotations with Medusa, Hathor/Isis, Ma Durga/Kali, Gaia/Persephone, and Archangel Ariel. Nanu is a beautifully seductive lioness, and virtually unobtainable until she’s deeply penetrated by a lover carved by the hands of fate.
Which author, erotic or otherwise would you love to meet and why?
Anne Rice, to me, is one of the most amazing writers alive. While observing her interviews, she seems humble, poised, and genuine. Meanwhile, I find her style unique, skillfully descriptive, and eloquently written. Many of her characters are cultured and all of the sensual plots she creates are arousing and tasteful.
What are you working on at the moment?
I’m working on several literary projects at present. My sister, who passed away several years ago, left me with a worthy amount of philanthropic and academic paperwork that I hope to organize and bring to life to honor her. While poetry and political agendas are part of my ongoing routine, I’m also studying new material to pour into my sequel Lilly, the second book of a four part series called The Ascension Series. I’m excited to draw inspiration from some of my favorite topics and people to create a new and wildly explicit piece of literature.