Here’s an author interview from [intlink id=”894″ type=”post”]Kate Marley[/intlink].
Find out what she had to say…
- How did you start writing erotica?
I started writing erotica for fun and purely for me. I had started dabbling into D/s sex, and as I explored and experienced new things I found myself constantly trying to reconcile the independent, ordinary, feminist me with the one who was getting turned on being hurt or mistreated as part of sexual play. Trying to explain that dichotomy, honestly and in an erotic way remains at the centre of my writing, although the medium I write in has evolved – from writing for myself, to anonymous blogging, to selling short stories and eventually being approached to write something lengthy by a publisher who’d read some of my previous pieces.
- What’s your favourite published work of yours and why?
I have written various short stories under pseudonyms in anthologies published by Black Lace and Xcite, but my favourite has to be my magnum opus, Subtext, a full length book of 70,000 words. Like all journalists, I believed I could bash out a book no trouble, but the practicalities of it were quite different, and the sense of achievement when I was able to write something I was pleased with and then see it published and well received was immense and worth a few weeks as my deadline loomed where, working full time and then writing and editing for six hours every night made me feel like a pornographic battery hen!
- What erotic authors do you enjoy reading?
I got my first Black Lace book (The Devil and the Deep Blue Sea) free with a copy of New Woman magazine when I was aged about 14 and since then I’ve been a voracious reader. I’m willing to try most people recommended to me, but constantly return to Portia Da Costa, Rachel Kramer Bussel and Alison Tyler for well-written stories with cracking characters – for me characters’ psychology and emotional motivation is at least as important as the hot scenarios they find themselves in.
- Where do you draw your inspiration from?
Initially I drew a lot of inspiration from the experiences I was having, but increasingly now I find I’m writing as much about things I’d be intrigued to try – and wonder about the practicalities and emotional impact of trying out – as things I’ve done.
- What was your ideal career when you were a child?
Writing has always been key to my ideal career. As a child I went through phases of wanting to be both a newspaper journalist and an author, and am lucky enough that now I find myself in a fab position where I can enjoy both. I love my day job, and am not sure I’d be able to deal with the solitude of being an author full time, so I definitely get the best of both worlds.
- What’s the best writing tip you’ve ever been given?
Just write, even if it doesn’t feel right while you’re doing it. Often when you go back to something you’ve written that didn’t work while you were writing it, you can see what you were trying to do and then pull that nugget out from the stuff that didn’t quite work. The bottom line is it’s easier to edit *something* than stare bleakly at a blank page.
- If you get writer’s block when you’re writing, how do you get around it?
See above. Nothing shifts writer’s block better than a deadline. Just keep writing, and you can always edit afterwards. Also, self bribery with giant chocolate buttons and minty coffee.