Here’s an author interview from [intlink id=”4″ type=”post”]Lucy Felthouse[/intlink].
Find out what she had to say…
- How did you start writing erotica?
It was a dare. When I was at University, one of my friends suggested I have a go at writing erotica. I said no at first, but then he dared me… so I kinda had to. The story got a great reception, and I’ve never looked back!
- What’s your favourite published work of yours and why?
Well, that would have to be my recently-released anthology, [intlink id=”1313″ type=”post”]Uniform Behaviour[/intlink]. It’s the first anthology I’ve edited, but I loved the whole experience. The stories are wonderful, as are the authors that wrote them. And of course the cover is damn sexy. Just to top it off, a percentage of the proceeds goes to charity. How cool is that?
- What erotic authors do you enjoy reading?
Crikey, too many to list them all. A few off the top of my head: Portia Da Costa, Saskia Walker, Janine Ashbless, Charlotte Stein, Justine Elyot, Sommer Marsden, Kay Jaybee, K D Grace, the list goes on, and on. I read a lot of erotica!
- Where do you draw your inspiration from?
Anywhere and everywhere. Sometimes people, sometimes places. Sometimes even a situation. The smallest thing can inspire me to weave a whole story around it.
- Do you have any unusual writing rituals?
No, not really. Though I do have a terrible habit of stopping writing just as my characters are about to get down to it. They are awfully frustrated by the time I come back!
- Where’s your favourite place to write?
I don’t really have one. I either write at my laptop in my study room, or take it to bed with me and type away.
- Who is your favourite character from one of your stories and why?
It would have to be Sam, from my story ‘Just Couldn’t Wait,’ which features in Uniform Behaviour. Why? Because he’s gorgeous, that’s why. Fans of the show Supernatural might recognise him 😉
- What was your ideal career when you were a child?
All kinds of things! I wanted to be a vet, a hairdresser, a systems analyst (which is particularly weird as even now I’m not sure what it means), a graphic designer. Every now and again I’d go back to wanting to be a writer. According to my dad, I was always “writing books” and proclaiming that I was an author. I wish I still had some of the stuff I’d written. I could definitely convince myself I’ve improved then!
- How do you get yourself in the mood to write?
Usually, if I’m not in the mood to write fiction, I’ll do something else productive instead, like write a review, read, work on this website, etc. But if I’m on deadline I can usually push myself to get on with it. I’m definitely working on pushing myself to write, even if I’m not really feeling it.
- What’s the best writing tip you’ve ever been given?
Don’t be too precious about your own work. It doesn’t matter if you like a certain word or sentence structure. If it’s not helping the overall piece of work, change it. Change and polish until it’s the best it can be.
- If you get writer’s block when you’re writing, how do you get around it?
I surf other writer’s blogs, look at photos of sexy men and stare at my to-do list. Usually the latter stirs me into action. If I’m absolutely not feeling it, I go and do something else, because if I’m really forcing it, I churn out utter rubbish.
- If you could bring one of your characters to life, which one would it be and why?
The aforementioned Sam. Well, the real Jared Padalecki is married and miles away, so why not bring his twin to life and keep him for myself?!
- Which author, erotic or otherwise would you love to meet and why?
Too many to mention. I’m very lucky to count lots of erotic authors as my friends. Some I’ve met, others I haven’t. But I’d love to meet them all – the erotic writing community is such a lovely bunch. There’s no bitching or competition, everyone helps everyone else and encourages them. It’s awesome.
- What’s your favourite genre within erotica and why?
It’s a toss-up between contemporary and supernatural. I don’t think I’ll ever decide. I read far too much to narrow it down.
- What are you working on at the moment?
As this interview is being posted, I’m actually on holiday. So I’m not working at all. I’m reading lots of lovely erotica on my Kindle. But when I get back, I’ll be continuing to work on my huge list of calls for submissions!
- What’s the biggest writing challenge you’ve ever taken on? Did you succeed?
I’d say editing Uniform Behaviour was my biggest challenge to date. I thought about it for ages, then decided to just go for it. I’m really glad I did because I’m so pleased with the result. The book is getting fab reviews and all the authors are helping me with promo. Whether it succeeds… it’s still too early to say. I fantasise about seeing the book in the Amazon Kindle charts, but I guess we’ll have to see…
- What’s your biggest writing achievement? Why?
Every time I sell a short story I feel like I’ve achieved something. I get as excited now as I was the first time I had something accepted. But my biggest achievement to date is Uniform Behaviour. Sorry to bang on about it, but it is! I worked long and hard on that anthology and I’m so pleased that people are enjoying it.