Here’s an author interview from [intlink id=”1318″ type=”post”]Hawthorn[/intlink].
Find out what she had to say…
- How did you start writing erotica?
A couple of years ago I found a well-known erotica website site and read a few of the stories, and was horrified at the quality of many of the submissions. I knew I could do better, so I wrote a submission and posted it online. I received a small amount of positive feedback, but then I forgot about my poor little story until I saw Lucy’s call for submissions for [intlink id=”1313″ type=”post”]Uniform Behaviour[/intlink]. The rest is history.
- Do you have any unusual writing rituals?
Cup of tea, make sure the children are in bed. Often I have to move a cat off the desk or my chair, but that’s about it.
- Where’s your favourite place to write?
Anywhere quiet (chance would be a fine thing).
- What was your ideal career when you were a child?
I wanted to be a librarian. Now I live surrounded by books, but I don’t have to lend any of them out. Result.
- How do you get yourself in the mood to write?
I’m usually pushed to fit writing in between other commitments (work, family), so it’s not so much a matter of getting in the mood to write; it’s more about finding the time. By the time I actually sit down to write I’m often brimming over with ideas, and the challenge is to write them all down before I forget them.
- What’s the best writing tip you’ve ever been given?
Any words, even rubbish words, are better than no words. A blank page is the most terrifying thing in the universe, and editing is your friend…
- If you get writer’s block when you’re writing, how do you get around it?
I leave the story and come back to it later – sometimes an hour later, sometimes a day, sometimes a year. I usually know when the block for that particular story has gone because I’ll get an a-ha moment about what happens next, and then I can come back to it and move forward.
- Which author, erotic or otherwise would you love to meet and why?
My online friend Steph. She writes, blogs, reads, and pines for the Yorkshire Dales, but lives in Canada. We’ve never met, but she’s my sister-over-the-water.
- What are you working on at the moment?
Right now (November 2010) I’m doing NaNoWriMo 2010. I won in 2009 by writing fifty thousand words during the month of November, but the resulting novel is still unfinished. It’s harder this year because my story has no discernable plot (which is a bit of a worry), but I’ve never been one to shy away from a challenge.
- What’s the biggest writing challenge you’ve ever taken on? Did you succeed?
NaNoWriMo is a huge challenge – I won in 2009. 2010 is still a work in progress!
- What’s your biggest writing achievement? Why?
I wrote and submitted my PhD thesis with two children under five and while pregnant with my third. I’m quite proud of that.