Here’s an author interview from Daisy Harris.
Find out what she had to say…
- How did you start writing erotica?
When I started writing fiction, I thought it would be awesome to write fast-moving paranormal romances with lots of sex. I didn’t set out to write erotica, but that’s what ended up happening!
- What’s your favourite published work of yours and why?
It’s a tie between Shark Bait and my story Cupid’s Arrow from the My Sexy Valentine anthology. But I think I’ll go with Shark Bait.
My favorite thing about Shark Bait was the heroine. Sophia was a geeky, head-gear-wearing, overly blunt, inherently submissive spazz of a sea dragon. But despite her shortcomings and lack of self-confidence, she took her destiny into her own hands. She didn’t wait for a mate to claim her. She set off into the big scary ocean to find herself a male.
And find one she does, though he’s in no way the male she thought she’d end up with. She falls for Raider, a rough, aggressive, sometimes cruel shark-shifter. In meeting her, he aspires to be more than a beast.
Sigh. I love the both of them, and I’m so glad they found each other! Raider and Sophia are mismatched and completely wrong, but I can’t imagine either one of them with anyone else!
- What erotic authors do you enjoy reading?
Tiffany Reisz is one of my new favorites. Same with Scarlett Parrish. I also enjoy Cooper McKenzie. I recently read Power Struggle by Kelly Jamieson, and I must say- that was my favorite BDSM romance of all time!
- Where do you draw your inspiration from?
From my exciting sex life, where else?
No- I draw inspiration from movies, TV shows, other books. I also take a lot from my former dating days. Not the sex so much- but the awkward miscommunications and funny behaviors people engage in when trying to hook up.
- Do you have any unusual writing rituals?
Hm. Not really. I do play good cop / bad cop with myself. I ride myself hard to keep up daily word count goals, then freak out and give myself permission to take a break. It’s all very Jekyl and Hyde.
- Where’s your favourite place to write?
Lately, I’m all about writing at Starbucks, but it varies. I also like writing at my local French Bistro. They have a full bar, which is a rarity in Seattle. Most restaurants are only licensed to sell wine and beer. So I get a scotch, and sometimes a cheese plate, and write my little heart out.
- Who is your favourite character from one of your stories and why?
I really love Kai from Mere Passion. Though an alpha male through and through, he started the book as a prejudiced a-hole. The thing was- beneath his misguided beliefs, he was a pretty awesome guy. I wrote him imagining, “If I actually met a knight in shining armor, how would I feel about his belief system?”
I would think he was a sexist, prejudiced jerk, that’s what! So I wrote Kai with every backwards idea I could think of. But once he meets Alara, and gets his butt kicked a few of times, he learns. He grows into the dragon he should be, the dragon worthy of a mermaid’s love.
- Do your nearest and dearest know what you do, and if so, what was their reaction when they found out?
Well, my family of origin knows in theory, but hasn’t read any of my work. I told them not to, because I felt it would be squicky. I know I wouldn’t want to read erotica written by my parents or brothers!
But I don’t think they really care. They always knew I was a tad off.
My husband and kids are very supportive, as are most of my friends. I’m an urban girl- grew up surrounded by progressive, liberal types. So I never worried anyone close to me would pass judgment. (At least to my face.)
- What was your ideal career when you were a child?
Author. Then scientist. Then sex-advice columnist.
- How do you get yourself in the mood to write?
With a whip, and half a bottle of bathtub gin.
Not really. Actually, I’ve just found a natural rhythm that works for me. I capitalize on the times of day that work best for me. (Usually noonish till around 6:30.) I take breaks, vary my time between writing novels and blog posts. It’s not hard to get writing.
Plus, I was a technical writer for years before I started doing fiction, so I’m used to producing words-per-day.
- What’s the best writing tip you’ve ever been given?
Know what your story is about, and make it about something that matters! It might sound simplistic to make every story have a moral, or theme that gets resolved. However, a story without a “point” is just people fucking- which is really, really boring.
- If you get writer’s block when you’re writing, how do you get around it?
I clean. If that doesn’t work, I exercise. If I still can’t write, I shave my legs, wax my eyebrows, window shop, actually shop, cook, watch TV. And if all else fails, I take a day or two off. Realistically, I just take a day off. It’s rare I don’t write for two days in a row.
- If you could bring one of your characters to life, which one would it be and why?
Absolutely, positively, Loki from my current work-in-progress The Gods Must Be Horny. He’s funny, wicked, freakishly perceptive, and a dynamo between the sheets. Oh, and have I mentioned he likes to experiment? Yeah, Loki’s my favorite. Hands down.
- Which author, erotic or otherwise would you love to meet and why?
Eep, no! I hate meeting authors in person! I mean, I’m going to now that I’m an author myself and I know a lot of authors from the internet. But back when I was just a reader, I HATED knowing anything about authors. It detracted from the stories they told. To this day, I avoid watching The Daily Show if Mary Roach or Malcolm Gladwell are on!
- What’s your favourite genre within erotica and why?
Hm, that’s an interesting question. My favorite genre within romance is paranormal- and the hotter the better! But within erotica, I like BDSM.
- What are you working on at the moment?
My current project is a paranormal erotic comedy called The Gods Must Be Horny. It’s a male-male love story between the Roman god Mercury and a human named Dillon. Mercury’s fiancée, Vesta, has her own subplot involving the Norse gods Thor and Loki.
The story begins on a cruise ship at the Deities International Conference and Kibbitz (DICK). Mercury has an illicit hook-up with a staff member, who turns out to be his assigned personal assistant. All hell breaks loose when his arranged fiancée arrives at the scene and a terrorist attack by vampires sinks the ship.
Stranded in the human world, the God of Compromise learns that he can’t continue trying to please everyone.
- What’s the biggest writing challenge you’ve ever taken on? Did you succeed?
Probably the ballsy-est thing I’ve done was to promise my short story, Cupid’s Arrow, for a Sizzler Editions V-Day anthology on, like, December 6th when I’d only written 3K of a draft. I told the editor I’d have it to him by Christmas day.
It was only 16K at the final draft, but still- I’d never written a short story at that point. Plus, I was travelling with my family and writing on the road. But I was really happy with the results. The story turned out great!
- What’s your biggest writing achievement? Why?
I’m still new enough that everything I do feels like an achievement. But I did win an award for the first love scene in Mere Passion! It was the Maryland Romance Writers Reveal Your Inner Vixen contest, and I won a little fox pin. I was so proud!
I really loved that sex scene. It was an absolute blast! Virgin hero, slutty heroine, big misunderstandings, and climactic resolutions! What could be better?
Thanks for having me on the blog!