Here’s an author interview from Jacqueline Applebee.
Find out what she had to say…
- How did you start writing erotica?
I wrote my first erotic story as a gift to a man who thought he might be bisexual. It was my way of channelling the intense fantasies that arose when he confided in me. My friend later changed his mind about his sexual orientation, so my written smut was all I had left! He encouraged me to send it off to Cleansheets, where it was very well received.
- What’s your favourite published work of yours and why?
Celtic Tongues appears in Mammoth book of threesomes and moresomes. It also appears in Erotic Brits 2: Sexy Scotland. Celtic tongues was written whilst I was on holiday in the Scottish Highlands near Inverness. It reminds me of the fantastic time I’ve spent there, and of how beautiful Scotland is. I also love the story because it features bondage done with poi!
- What erotic authors do you enjoy reading?
Rachel Kramer Bussel, Pat Califa, Alison Tyler and Susan St Aubin. Whenever I see anything they’ve written, I just have to read it. I also enjoy Scarlett French and K.D Grace because having met them, I can see how they are just so positive and full of life. It makes a real difference to me to read work by people I know and admire already.
- Where do you draw your inspiration from?
Everyday occurrences are a big source of inspiration to me. I’ve been inspired by people at work, people at the bus stop, and snippets of overheard conversation. I’ve also attended BiCon (Convention of Bisexuality) for the past few years, and that event is a hotbed of sex and fun, along with activism and serious issues too…
- Where’s your favourite place to write?
Trains are a fantastic place to write, especially long journeys. I wrote the majority of Ripper’s Redemption on the 5 hour train journey from London to Edinburgh. There’s something about the motion of a train, the anonymity of travelling this way, and the luxury of sitting in First Class (if I’ve saved up) that really gets my creative juices flowing.
- Who is your favourite character from one of your stories and why?
I just adore Bobby, the drag king from Scotland the Brave. The thought of someone working as a gigolo whilst dressed in a traditional Scottish kilt makes me smile. Plus the character’s voice was so strong that I actually had to get out of bed, at 3.00am in the morning, just to write all about him. I could almost hear the broad accent jabbering away at me!
- Do your nearest and dearest know what you do, and if so, what was their reaction when they found out?
My boyfriend and my girlfriend both know, and they are who I consider to be my family. My boyfriend is a bit bored by it all now, but my girlfriend is still tickled to see elements of herself scattered throughout my stories. Actually, everyone apart from their parents knows what I do, and it’s all been very positive.
- What’s the best writing tip you’ve ever been given?
Write from the heart. Write to please yourself first, and try to turn yourself on when writing erotica!
- If you get writer’s block when you’re writing, how do you get around it?
I go to bed. there’s nothing like a rest to freshen how I see things. I also try to just stay with how things are. I don’t panic in trying to move past it. Writer’s block usually means that there is something else that needs looking at, whether that means I need a soak in the bath, or some time by myself, I try to not let it get me down. I’ve only had writer’s block twice, and both times have been when I was very unwell or under the weather.
- If you could bring one of your characters to life, which one would it be and why?
Oh, that’s a tricky one. I feel like most of my characters are alive already. If I were pushed, I’d bring Ernest and Albert from Fallen Soldiersto life, as both of them were ghosts in my story. I’d love to take them to a gay fetish club, and set them loose to have a good time! Ernest and Albert were secret lovers during the First World War, so although they were close friends, they had to be very careful about being physical. I’d love to see them walking hand in hand, kissing in public, and groping each other when they thought no one was looking!
- Which author, erotic or otherwise would you love to meet and why?
It’s totally impossible, but I’d love to meet Mary Shelley. I’d want to ask her so much about writing Frankenstein when she was only nineteen years old. Her life story amazes me. I’d also love to meet Maya Angelou just because she’s an inspiration to thousands of black women the world over.
- What’s your favourite genre within erotica and why?
I haven’t written a lot of it, but I do love paranormal erotica. I love that the boundaries of what is real and what is possible are blurred. Plus, most paranormal beings (vampires, angels and shapeshifters) are naturally sexy.
- What’s the biggest writing challenge you’ve ever taken on? Did you succeed?
I wrote a polyamorous romance called, An Expanded Love. I never thought I could do anything like it, but now it’s out in print I still can’t believe it’s real.
- What’s your biggest writing achievement? Why?
I was the only British writer to have a story in the magnificent book, Iridescence: Sensuous Shades of Lesbian Erotica. It was the second story I had written, and I was totally amazed when the editor, Jolie du Pre phoned me all the way from the U.S to let me know I was in the book. The boost to my confidence was unlike anything before or since.