Here’s an author interview from [intlink id=”1335″ type=”post”]I. G. Frederick[/intlink].
Find out what she had to say…
- How did you start writing erotica?
I had little success selling the fantasy/romance stories I had written, so I decided to try something contemporary.
My first e-book purchase (in 2002) was a copy of Katie Terrega’s *It’s A Dirty Job…Writing Porn for Fun and Profit* from which I learned that writing “porn” requires the same skills as writing any type fiction, but without the world building necessary in fantasy. Just add graphic sex and make sure it moves the story forward and/or reveals character.
I discovered I enjoy writing erotica. Before I went Indie, I had three erotica novels, 19 short stories, and nine poems published traditionally. Now, I have more han 40 short stories available for purchase as well as nine collections of short stories, novels, and one book of poetry.
I might just have found my calling.
- Where do you draw your inspiration from?
I draw my inspiration from people I meet, places I’ve been, and my own wondering about what if …
- Do you have any unusual writing rituals?
I don’t know that it’s unusual, but I require different background music for different types of writing. I once switched from working on an erotica story to a fantasy adventure tale. I couldn’t really work on the second story until I realized I’d forgotten to change the music.
- Where’s your favourite place to write?
It’s not so much what’s my favourite as what’s available. I have a very small condo. I work on a comfy chair with my laptop on a rolling stand and a rolling cart of drawers for a “desk.” I work downstairs in the living room in the summer and my submissive moves it all upstairs to the bedroom (where it’s warmer) in the winter. The rolling carts also make it easy to hide everything in another room when I have company.
- Who is your favourite character from one of your stories and why?
Usually my favourite character is the protagonist in my current work in progress. Although I adore them all, when I move on to the next work, the one who is top of mind captures all my attention.
- Do your nearest and dearest know what you do, and if so, what was their reaction when they found out?
Yes. The level of acceptance in my family ranges from “don’t want to talk about it” to “tell me more” with variations in between.
- What was your ideal career when you were a child?
I have always wanted to be a writer.
- How do you get yourself in the mood to write?
I’m always in the mood to write, although sometimes other projects steal my time. To get started, I’ll put on the right music and read a bit of what I’ve already written on my current project before jumping in.
- What’s the best writing tip you’ve ever been given?
Write. Many talk about writing. Writers write.
- If you get writer’s block when you’re writing, how do you get around it?
What’s writer’s block?
- If you could bring one of your characters to life, which one would it be and why?
At one time I would have said nicholas. I think I fell in love with him while I was working on Dommemoir. He’s the perfect slave. Fortunately, now I have my beloved submissive, Patrick. Unlike the characters in my books, he is not a product of my imagination.
- Which author, erotic or otherwise would you love to meet and why?
Up until 2011, I would have said Cecilia Tan, but I finally had the opportunity to meet her for the first time at Sex in Sin City: The Erotic Author’s Association Conference. She and I had known each other for years. Following her on Twitter, I feel as if I’m a part of her life. She’s blurbed my books and I’ve had work appear in anthologies that she’s edited. But until 2011 we’d never met. I think she’s an amazing writer, editor and publisher and I very much admire her. Meeting her was incredibly exciting.
- What’s your favourite genre within erotica and why?
BDSM. I’m a sadist and a Dominant. Kinky sex turns me on.
- What are you working on at the moment?
I’m always working on short stories and I usually have a novel brewing as well. For some reason a BDSM Space Opera has percolated to the top and probably will be my next novel.
- What’s the biggest writing challenge you’ve ever taken on? Did you succeed?
In 2009, I did NaNoWriMo. Twice. In one month. I knew I would be unable to write for several months after that because of personal issues and I decided to draft out two books. I wrote more than 100,000 words in fewer than 30 days.
- What’s your biggest writing achievement? Why?
I’ll be happy to let you know when I achieve it, although I’m very proud that the National Leather Association: International awarded “Aunt” Grace Second Place in the John Preston Short Story Award.