Here’s an author interview from Doris O’Connor.
Take it away, Doris…
- How did you start writing erotica?
Lol, good question. I never in my wildest dreams thought I would write Erotica, to be honest. Sex scenes filled me with dread and I needed help to rewrite the first few awkward ones I ever wrote. However, even in that very first ms I couldn’t keep the characters from jumping each other, so that should have given me a clue, really. As my writing evolved those sex scenes just got hotter and hotter and after I’d written a short erotic piece for an anthology call, I was hooked. Turns out I have a knack for it, and I thoroughly enjoy writing them now. *grin*
- What’s your favourite published work of yours and why?
Scandinavian Scandal. It’s the first ms I ever completed. Yeah the one with the awkward sex scenes, lol. I completely re-wrote it, turning it into an erotic romance, with my sexy Swede Sven sitting on my shoulder, telling me exactly where the story was going. It’s the first time one of my characters completely took over and I just love the story. It also cemented my conviction that I am indeed an Erotic writer!
- What erotic authors do you enjoy reading?
The immediate one that springs to mind is Maya Banks. Hers was one of the first Erotic romances I read. Shayla Black is another one. Cooper McKenzie, Georgia Fox and of course my very good friend Raven McAllan. The list grows every day to be honest.
- Where do you draw your inspiration from?
Anything and everything. Quite often I can’t even pinpoint it. Ideas tend to come to me in my sleep, quite literally. I have dreamt entire scenes before now. Or I may read something, overhear a snippet of conversation. I was helping my seven year old unwrap her Barbie Rapunzel on Christmas day and an idea popped in my head for a naughty fairytale – don’t ask, my murky mind works in mysterious ways 😉
- Do you have any unusual writing rituals?
Nope, I just tend to sit down and write when the characters talk to me.
- Where’s your favourite place to write?
My writing cave aka as my bedroom.
- Who is your favourite character from one of your stories and why?
Sven from Scandinavian Scandal. He was my very first hero and well, you always remember your first, right 😉
- Do your nearest and dearest know what you do, and if so, what was their reaction when they found out?
Yes they all know. Surprise initially and then lots of smirking. Hubby and I have nine kids, so the comments of “Haven’t you got a telly?” have now been replaced by “Oh, all that research…” Folks are always most disappointed when I disabuse them off that notion. We have a four months old baby, ‘research’ is limited, lol.
- What was your ideal career when you were a child?
I wanted to be an air stewardess, or a model or an actress, or a waitress…
- How do you get yourself in the mood to write?
If the characters are talking, then I don’t have to. The problem tends to be that I don’t get the time to write and then I get extremely ratty. If the voices are on holiday, I read. It always gets me itching to write again.
- What’s the best writing tip you’ve ever been given?
Write like you want to, not like you think you should.
- If you get writer’s block when you’re writing, how do you get around it?
Look above, I read 🙂
- If you could bring one of your characters to life, which one would it be and why?
Sven from Scandinavian Scandal, naturally, lol. Hubby used to be quite jealous of him. He’s used to the whole process of me falling in love with my heroes now. After all, if I don’t fancy the pants off them, how can I expect my readers to, right? Besides, re reaps the benefits 😉
- What’s your favourite genre within erotica and why?
BDSM, surprisingly. A friend recommended a few books and I got hooked on reading them. My writing is starting to involve more and more BDSM elements too. There is just so much scope to push the boundaries.
- What are you working on at the moment?
I have just completed a naughty nursery rhyme, based on Goldilocks and the three bears. It’s a contemporary piece with a paranormal twist set at a BDSM club involving a very human Goldie and triplet bear shifters. I had such fun writing that. I have also just completed another short erotic piece and I need to finish Lucas’ story from Lure of the Blood. And, like I said above, had an idea for a naughty fairytale and need to spice up book two in my Giovanni Clan Series. Book one Too Hot To Handle is scheduled for release with Evernight Publishing in January.
- What’s the biggest writing challenge you’ve ever taken on? Did you succeed?
I would have to say re-writing Scandinavian Scandal from scratch. It seemed such a huge undertaking, but I’m so glad I did it.
- What’s your biggest writing achievement? Why?
Everything I’ve ever written. I still look back on a piece, when I’ve finished it with wonder and a feeling of “Did I really write that?” I never take my muse for granted, as she continues to surprise me and every time a reader says they really liked one of my books, it’s just the best feeling ever.