Here’s an author interview from Carla Croft.
Find out what she had to say…
- How did you start writing erotica?
I actually started by writing a non erotic novel. It is a supernatural/horror split in time between the English Civil War and Modern day. It took me years to get the first draft completed. As I waited to re-write, I started writing erotica for my own pleasure and began a blog called Letters Around Midnight just for fun. I posted a few of my stories on a site called Literotica and they were well received. I then answered a request from Andrews UK for authors and was lucky enough to have my stories accepted for publishing. From the start of the blog to getting my book into cyberspace was very quick; it all happened this year.
- What’s your favourite published work of yours and why?
I only have the one book published but my favourite story is probably Chrissy. It was my first story, so it’s quite special to me.
- What erotic authors do you enjoy reading?
There are a great many erotic authors out there who write very well. But I have to say, I have a special penchant for the letters pages in magazines like Forum, Penthouse and Playboy. There is something about them; they are fresh, without too much “writing”. It’s a quality that I would like to get into my own work. Sex is fresh, exciting and spontaneous. If you over work it the spark goes out.
- Where do you draw your inspiration from?
Every day life. I can’t walk down the road or sit in a cafe without seeing something erotic. The way a woman looks at a man or another woman, the way a woman crosses her legs or a man walks, a hand gesture, a flash of leg everything gets me going.
- Do you have any unusual writing rituals?
I have to have peace and quiet to write. I have to be able to listen to what my characters are saying and see what they are doing. If there are too many distractions I can’t write. But, I do scribble notes when I am out and about in cafes, bars and on the tube. When I am on the hunt for material, the more that is going on around me the better.
- Where’s your favourite place to write?
I am lucky enough to have an office-come-library with one wall completely covered in books. I love to sit there and think of all those words asleep “between the sheets” just waiting to be woken up. It’s like sex really.
- Who is your favourite character from one of your stories and why?
All of them hold a special place. As they come out of me they grow and evolve. They always surprise me. I get to love them all.
- What was your ideal career when you were a child?
I wanted to be an Astronomer but my maths was hopeless. I have never stopped dreaming about the stars.
- How do you get yourself in the mood to write?
Discipline. I get home from work, walk the dogs, we have dinner and then it’s into the office to write for an hour and a half or two hours. Once I get started, the time flies. Usually I have seen a spark of something erotic during the day and it gets my juices going and I can’t wait to start. But discipline is what really gets the words on paper.
- What’s the best writing tip you’ve ever been given?
Write. It’s easy to dream of being a writer but too many budding authors don’t actually write. They play at it. Writing and more importantly re-writing is discipline. Anyone can write but to re-write takes a lot of hard work.
- If you get writer’s block when you’re writing, how do you get around it?
Write anything no matter how excruciating. Eventually it just starts flowing again.
- If you could bring one of your characters to life, which one would it be and why?
They are all based on real people that I know or an amalgam of several or people I have met or seen, so they are alive already. But, as I said, Chrissy holds a special place as she was my first. Your first time is always special. I have a very vivid image of her in my mind. I must have a thing for red heads.
- Which author, erotic or otherwise would you love to meet and why?
There are so many. Shakespeare, without a doubt. To ask him how he managed to use such unexpected elements of language and meld them together to produce such incredible prose. Maupassant, to ask how he made his short stories so compelling to read and so vivid. Even in translation they are marvellous pieces of literature.
- What’s your favourite genre within erotica and why?
I am an incurable romantic. But, that doesn’t mean I don’t like my characters getting down and dirty.
- What are you working on at the moment?
I split my time between writing entries for my blog and writing stories for my next book of confessionals for Letters Around Midnight.
- What’s the biggest writing challenge you’ve ever taken on? Did you succeed?
My biggest challenge and achievement was to get my first book published. That was a huge challenge; but, I managed it.