Here’s an interview with erotic writer Leigh Court.
Take it away, Leigh….
- How did you start writing erotica?
I’m a big fan of the Secrets anthologies (Red Sage Publishing) because they contain four sexy short stories (1 historical, 1 paranormal, 2 contemporary – something for everyone) that are easy to read before bedtime and give you sexy dreams! So I tried to write one, and sold it to them! The rest is history 🙂
- What’s your favourite published work of yours and why?
I love The Disciplinarian (in Secrets Volume 15) because it’s a very emotional story with a gut-wrenching Black Moment for my star-crossed Victorian characters.
- What erotic authors do you enjoy reading?
Emma Holly, J.R. Ward, and so many others!
- Where do you draw your inspiration from?
As a writer, I love to play the ‘What If’ game. I get a lot of inspiration from turning an idea on its head.
- Do you have any unusual writing rituals?
I need total peace and quiet to write. And late nights usually are my most creative time.
- Who is your favourite character from one of your stories and why?
I love Viscount Damian Hunt from my Victorian story The Bet (Secrets Volume 27) because despite his rakish reputation, he’s really an honorable chap. He thinks he’s a lost cause, but in reality, he’s just lost. And my heroine Claire helps him find his way.
- What was your ideal career when you were a child?
My ideal career was the one I had – as a journalist, so I could tell stories for a living!
- How do you get yourself in the mood to write?
Red wine always seems to work for me!
- What’s the best writing tip you’ve ever been given?
It’s no secret that writing is hard work. The first ‘tip’ a writer always learns is just to sit in that computer chair and write!
- Which author, erotic or otherwise would you love to meet and why?
Anne Rice and Stephenie Meyer, and not because they both write about vampires. It’s because they had a story to tell and didn’t let anything stop them from telling it! And ultimately, they succeeded wildly.
- What’s your favourite genre within erotica and why?
I write Victorian erotic romance because it lets me be, um, ‘comfortably vague’ about the sexy bits.
- What are you working on at the moment?
I recently switched gears and write a Roman epic (well, not exactly an epic – it’s a novella) called Conqueror Vanquished (Ellora’s Cave Publishing). By that title, you can probably tell who ends up the real conqueror and who ends up conquered! (I love writing erotic romances…)
- What’s your biggest writing achievement? Why?
Being published. It’s such a validation of your writing to know that a publisher believes in your talent, and wants the world to be able to read your story. It really is a dream come true for me!