Here’s an author interview from Bella Marie.
Find out what she had to say…
- How did you start writing erotica?
I started writing for people I met on-line years ago. They would give me a topic and I would come up with a story for them. I found that the stories were so popular that I had new requests all the time for stories. I really enjoyed writing it at the time so figured, why not :O)
- Where do you draw your inspiration from?
From anywhere, everywhere, and anyone. I can be inspired by the strangest things like for instance, walking along the bank of the river, noticing a nice area that is somewhat hidden from view and a person sitting there. Instantly in my mind there is another that joins them only to be suddenly engaged in an extremely hot erotic encounter with a total stranger in public.
- Do you have any unusual writing rituals?
Well I am not sure if you would call it unusual or not but when I am in the mood to write, I often put on my headphones with Andrea Bocelli in the background. I like to eat pretzels and drink lots of water. Ok… well it is a bit unusual :O)
- Where’s your favorite place to write?
At the beach or waterfront is definitely my favorite places to write. Water is calming to me, a gateway into my own mind that can be full of all kinds of stories, be it erotic or not. There is a nice park near the water that I often go to write with my laptop. It gives me the freedom to block out the things that I want and sometimes the benefit of giving me ideas when people walk by.
- Do your nearest and dearest know what you do, and if so, what was their reaction when they found out?
For obvious reasons, most of the people I know do not know what I do in my spare time. Well some of them know, most of my family does and they are deeply disturbed. They won’t read my stuff because that is just plain “Wrong” to know what I am fantasizing about. Some of them are very supportive however but those are the ones that are not very close. I guess I don’t particularly like to think of my parents and what they did to enjoy themselves either so it’s all good.
- What was your ideal career when you were a child?
Oh I had several of them. I was going to be an Olympic gymnast, (That didn’t pan out) but I wanted to be an architect the most. Of course I absolutely am horrible as well as hate math so that was definitely out. I think though that I wanted to help people the very most in whatever I choose and I think that all in all, I have succeeded in that in most of everything that I have done over the years.
- How do you get yourself in the mood to write?
The mood just comes. (No pun intended.. LOL) I don’t generally have to do anything to want to write, I find that I typically want to write all the time. The challenge comes when I want to and am not able too.
- What’s the best writing tip you’ve ever been given?
Don’t correct your work as you go. It is super hard for me not to go back and read what I write after I have written a chapter or even a paragraph sometimes. I will get stuck on editing when I should be writing and drive myself nuts so I power through it and keep on writing… most of the time.
- If you get writer’s block when you’re writing, how do you get around it?
I either get up and go and do something else or move onto one of my other stories. I am working on several at the same time so if I feel like writing, I can generally find something to work on. If I need to unwind or order my thoughts, I either go for a long drive or go to any body of water and the words just flow from there. If it is bad and I can’t think of anything, I just go for a walk near the river and once peace comes over me, well I am back to writing if I don’t have someone else around me needing something.
- What are you working on at the moment?
At the moment, I am working on getting my books that are available on Amazon also being available at Smashwords so I have been pretty busy with that. I am also working on trying my hand at vampire erotica, I have a time travel romance that I wonder if will ever be finished, but my current favorite to work on at the moment is a paranormal fantasy that is set in my home town as well as another dimension.
- What’s the biggest writing challenge you’ve ever taken on? Did you succeed?
That would be self-publishing. There is so much that you have to do, way more than most people can even imagine when they are first starting out. Some people go into this only seeing authors like HP Mallory and her success and think, wow! I can do that. I can put some words together and people will buy it and walla, my life is made. They get angry when they don’t’ sell hundreds of books within the first month, not understanding that is very rare. I never went into this thinking I would sell more than a few books at most and when I hit 500 sales, I nearly had a stroke. To get to that number, since last November I might add, I have had to do a TON of work. You just don’t put your book up and watch the sales climb. Sure would be nice if that was true. Did I succeed? Well in my opinion yes. I might never sell another book in my life but there are at least 500 people out there that have read my words so to me, that is way more success than I could have dreamed of.
- What’s your biggest writing achievement? Why?
Figuring out how to navigate through everything in self-publishing I would have to say is definitely the biggest writing achievement. That is huge! I don’t have the highest computer skills especially when it comes to formatting since I am mostly completely self-taught. I have learned and been able to make lots of mistakes to learn even more. I have met some fantastic people in this hobby of writing that has turned into a real passion for me, and even if I don’t sell another book, it is worth being able to learn from such wonderful people.