Here’s an author interview with Kryssie Fortune. Take it away, Kryssie…
- How did you start writing erotica?
My books more of erotic romance than out and out erotic—although All Romance gives it four flames, which makes it pretty damn hot. I’m a sucker for a happy ending. Hot sex helps too. I started writing the month after I came round from an operation the surgeon told me I might not survive. (He even told me to make my will) Well, I showed him.
Life is about chasing dreams. I reached out grasped mine. I started with magazine articles, but I wanted to tell stories. The sweet Mills and Boon stuff I read as a kid seemed dated, so my heroines have a pretty active sex life—but only with the hero.
- What’s your favorite published work of yours and why?
My favorite published work has to be Curse of the Fae King. It’s the follow up To Wed a Werewolf, and it’s the lynchpin that my entire Scattered Siblings series revolves around
- What erotic authors do you enjoy reading?
See, some like it hot, dark, and sexy. I enjoyed Alyana’s Training by Jennifer Cole, and Loving Sarah by Julie Shelton but they’re more about submission and dominance. My books are sexual romps, hot, and I hope humorous.
- Where do you draw your inspiration from?
Anywhere. I get a scene in my head and worry it to death until I know the details. I recently visited Aldborough, a Roman site not far from Leeds. And that’s when the “what if’s” started. Then I had a story in my head. The hard bit is putting it down on paper. .
- Do you have any unusual writing rituals?
No. I already irritate my husband to death with the amount of time I spend on the computer. Imagine if I had rituals too? Although maybe I could demand certain rites before I stated… I’m pretty sure he’d be up for that.
- Where’s your favourite place to write?
Anywhere and everywhere. On buses. In the car. At home. Damn! There goes my idea of sexual rites. Imagine the looks on the other bus passenger’s faces.
- Who is your favourite character from one of your stories and why?
Meena, the heroine from Curse of the Fae King. I love that she can’t stick to a diet and that she’s a sharp-tongued and sassy Goth. Although the baby dragon that adopts her is pretty cute too.
- Do your nearest and dearest know what you do, and if so, what was their reaction when they found out?
No secrets in my family. My husband is incredibly supportive. He even proofreads for me. My kids though… Well they’re proud Loose Id like my books enough to publish them, but they don’t say a lot to their friends. At this point, and it pains me to admit it, they are over eighteen. I was obviously a child bride.
- What was your ideal career when you were a child?
Rocket scientist. I even took physics and chemistry A levels—but a long-time friend tells me that even back then I always said I’d write a book.
- How do you get yourself in the mood to write?
If I’m brimming with a new idea it’s not hard. Editing though…that’s a different matter.
- What’s the best writing tip you’ve ever been given?
I don’t think there’s a favorite. I printed off a list of tips from Donald Mass’s web site once, and they’re amazing. I can give you a great tip though. Listen to your editor but be true to yourself. My editor, Kierstin Cherry, is brilliant. She knows what sells, and polishes up my rough diamond until it shined. 99% of the time, I agree with her. The other 1%, when I stand my ground, she listens, and we work it out together.
- If you get writer’s block when you’re writing, how do you get around it?
So far, so good. I haven’t hit it yet.
- If you could bring one of your characters to life, which one would it be and why?
What do you mean? They’re all alive to me. Okay, I’ll pick one. When I was a kid, I didn’t have an imaginary friend. I had a pet dragon. He lived in the hollow tree in the woods. Well, now he’s a little more real since he features in Curse of the Fae King. He’s the one I’d like to meet for real.
- Which author, erotic or otherwise would you love to meet and why?
It’s not hard core, but Kresley Cole has a tricky brain and great a sense of humor. She sneaks in the bondage and captive thing into quite a few of her books.
- What’s your favorite genre within erotica and why?
Paranormal. I love Gina Showalter’s sex-tourist aliens that fuck earth women then end up losing their hearts. I like mysterious vampires and powerful Lykae. Shape shifting dragones (Not the cutie in curse of the Fae King)and drop-dead sexy Fae do it for me. Basically, anything paranormal, and I’m hooked.
- What’s the biggest writing challenge you’ve ever taken on? Did you succeed?
Getting into print. I wanted to know if writing was a pipe dream, so I did a Writer’s Bureau course. I was doubtful and thought they were some sort of scam. I couldn’t have been more wrong. Within six months I’d not only earned enough to pay their fees but earned enough to pay for a holiday. I even had a semi-regular column in Marine Modeling International. (My husband’s interest, not mine) When a piece about the history of York was published in the UK and the USA, I was ecstatic. Then I had a story in Take a Break. A couple of months after that Loose ID picked up my first novella, To Wed a Werewolf. I feel really lucky that they did.
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