Here’s an author interview from Amelia James.
Find out what she had to say…
- How did you start writing erotica?
I’ve been reading romance novels since I was in junior high. My mom took them away from me, but that just made me want to read more. After I got married, I got a subscription to Playgirl magazine and I spent more time reading the stories than looking at the pictures. Really! I wrote three short stories, sent them in and two of them were published, one as Fantasy of the Month. I’ve been writing sex ever since.
- What’s your favourite published work of yours and why?
My favorite published book is Tell Me You Want Me. It was my first novel and I fell in love with the bad boy hero (he’s a lot like my husband).
- What erotic authors do you enjoy reading?
Kinley MacGregor, Karen Marie Moning
- Where do you draw your inspiration from?
My imagination. A dirty mind is a terrible thing to waste. 😉
- Do you have any unusual writing rituals?
None that I can think of.
- Where’s your favourite place to write?
Anywhere I have a pen and paper. I carry a notebook with me so I can write down ideas as they come.
- Who is your favourite character from one of your stories and why?
Jack Wheeler from Tell Me You Want Me and Secret Storm. He’s a man with a dark past. On the surface, he’s charming and sociable, but underneath there’s a terrible secret haunting him. He’s scarred physically and emotionally. He intrigues me and he’s great in bed. 😉
- Do your nearest and dearest know what you do, and if so, what was their reaction when they found out?
My husband and his family do. My mother-in-law is my biggest fan. My mom doesn’t know and she would not approve.
- What was your ideal career when you were a child?
I think I always wanted to be a writer. I started writing stories in 3rd grade before I knew how to spell.
- How do you get yourself in the mood to write?
- What’s the best writing tip you’ve ever been given?
I needed to add 300 words to my story, and I planned to enhance the sexual tension. Another romance author said, “Add 300 words of conflict.” I did and ended up adding both conflict and sexual tension. Funny how that works.
- If you get writer’s block when you’re writing, how do you get around it?
Two things: write stream of consciousness until I get the problem worked out, or take a shower. I get great ideas in the shower.
- If you could bring one of your characters to life, which one would it be and why?
Jack – I want to check out the scars on his body.
- Which author, erotic or otherwise would you love to meet and why?
Kinley MacGregor/Sherrilyn Kenyon (same person). I want to find out where she finds the time to write all those books!
- What’s your favourite genre within erotica and why?
I like erotic romance. That’s what I write. I write contemporary, but I read historical, especially Scottish historicals. I love men in kilts!
- What are you working on at the moment?
Brainstorming ideas for my next erotic romance novel. I need to get to know my characters, and then I’ll know what story they have to tell.
- What’s the biggest writing challenge you’ve ever taken on? Did you succeed?
Writing my first novel. No, publishing and selling my first novel. Writing was the easy part. Selling it, especially when you’re self-published, is a HUGE challenge.
- What’s your biggest writing achievement? Why?
Finding readers who aren’t related to me. I have fans!