Here’s an author interview from [intlink id=”945″ type=”post”]Jess C Scott[/intlink].
Find out what she had to say…
- How did you start writing erotica?
A friend dared me to write one when we were 18. So I did (of something masturbatory and exhibitionistic). It’s a story titled Smooth, which appears in Black Velvet, the first story of my erotic short story collection, 4:Play.
- What’s your favourite published work of yours and why?
I’m normally looking forward to the projects I’ll publish in future 😉 I’d like to write an incest short story collection next year. I had a lot of fun writing Wicked Lovely, a short story where a brother and sister look to themselves—not society—to try and understand the sexual love they share.
Quote from Wicked Lovely: “I felt like an animal, and animals don’t know sin, do they?”
- What erotic authors do you enjoy reading?
Anaïs Nin and D. H. Lawrence. Best of the best!
- Where do you draw your inspiration from?
Books, art, music, photos, TV shows, real life and/or imagined encounters, the air…
- Do you have any unusual writing rituals?
I keep a lot of my scrap notes (digital or hardcopy). I like viewing the whole evolution of a project, from its conception to completion.
- Where’s your favourite place to write?
Anywhere comfortable and quiet, where I can concentrate.
- Who is your favourite character from one of your stories and why?
Creating Lucius was fun (an incubus in my paranormal erotic romance novella, The Devilin Fey). I also like the debonair charm of Nin (the Elven rogue/leader in my upcoming cyberpunk book). They’re both cultured and sophisticated creatures.
Quote from Nin: “That’s sad. How plastic and artificial life has become. It gets harder and harder to find something…real. Real love, real friends, real body parts…”
- Do your nearest and dearest know what you do, and if so, what was their reaction when they found out?
Oh yes, I tell everyone everything (well, almost). Most have been very nice/supportive. I naturally make it a point to hang around with positive/optimistic/kind souls. Life’s too short to get sidetracked by hostile, negative people, who do a lot of endless whining and griping.
- What was your ideal career when you were a child?
Author. Vet. Psychologist (early to middle teen years). Hairstylist. Rockstar.
- How do you get yourself in the mood to write?
I’m always in the mood…
- What’s the best writing tip you’ve ever been given?
Read a lot, and write a lot (I forgot who said it; it was advice from a book or article for anyone wanting to “succeed in life”).
- If you get writer’s block when you’re writing, how do you get around it?
I stop writing and go do something else. Yoga, listening to music, some exercise, or baking, usually works.
- Which author, erotic or otherwise would you love to meet and why?
Oh, so many. Oscar Wilde, Nabokov, Edgar Allan Poe (top 3). It’d be a riot!
- What’s your favourite genre within erotica and why?
Incest and urban fantasy. There’s something deliciously kinky about the first, and something edgy/intriguing about the second.
- What are you working on at the moment?
I’m currently doing some revision for exams (I’m an English/Business senior). I’ve also been working on the 4th or 5th draft of the first book in my cyberpunk/urban fantasy series. I’ve a dragon short story somewhere that contains some erotic elements, and a bunch of erotic short stories I’d like to get to after that. I might try to get featured in some reputable publications next year, to expand my portfolio.
- What’s the biggest writing challenge you’ve ever taken on? Did you succeed?
Deciding to be an independent author/publisher. I dived right into it in the middle of 2009, because my first two books were “commercially uncategorisable” (a coming-of-age blog/IM novel, and a multiple-genre-crossing erotic short story collection). I sold 1,000 copies over the first year (Sept 2009-Sept 2010), and intend to go much, much further, once I finally graduate.
- What’s your biggest writing achievement? Why?
Making my first $100 from selling my self-published works of fiction. It helped me to see that I could, in fact, do this on my own. I continue to persevere, against the odds, because writing the stories I want to write is something I’ve always wanted to do. I have a vision, and a purpose. And I’m thankful everyday for new media and the Internet!