Here’s an author interview from [intlink id=”1485″ type=”post”]Lux Zakari[/intlink].
Find out what she had to say…
- Where do you draw your inspiration from?
I find inspiration everywhere; yesterday I listened to Florence and the Machine and suddenly wanted to write a novel to their album Lungs. Most often, though, nothing inspires me like wit, the random and the bizarre, which include funny events, one-liners, banter, what have you. Even if I’m writing something serious or sexy, the wacky things my friends and I say and do usually find their way into my work. Especially erotica—I think it’s fun and important to have a sense of humor about sex; that definitely indicates a strong bond between those involved. Personally, I’m attracted to people who can make me laugh, so my characters being able to joke around is an instant aphrodisiac on my end and makes me feel like the story is that much sexier.
- Do your nearest and dearest know what you do, and if so, what was their reaction when they found out?
I’m still shy when it comes to telling people I write erotica because I’m never sure what their response will be. When I told my father, I braced myself, but he said, “People make money writing that, you might as well be one of them.” Conversely, a friend was quite taken aback when he found out, having certain expectations of me. Both reactions were complete surprises. Generally, I remain vague about my writing until I feel comfortable around a person—while still seeking an innocuous synonym for “erotica”!
- What was your ideal career when you were a child?
In all my school journals, there lies a trend: my desire to “be famous,” doing something or other. I never had a more clear-cut career goal than that! Often when I visualized my future, I saw myself doing a variety of creative things—dabbling in writing, music and art—all to the sweet soundtrack of people clamoring for more. I must admit that not much has changed! I just hope I can make Little Lux sufficiently proud someday.
- How do you get yourself in the mood to write?
I page through my sketchbooks and journals until I’m giddy enough about a project that I can’t not write. I’ll also read my old, unpublished material that I’ve deemed hopeless and try to find some good in it or pieces to resurrect in another story. Guilt about not writing is also an effective motivator!
- What’s the best writing tip you’ve ever been given?
“Keep the mystery—it matters.” When I was in a creative writing program in high school, Jenn, a brilliant poet/amazingly creative friend, signed my copy of our literary magazine with those words, which still fascinate me to this day. They also certainly transcend the sphere of writing.
- If you get writer’s block when you’re writing, how do you get around it?
Writer’s block comes and goes, and even knowing that, it always feels awful when it happens. Occasionally I’ll try to write something, but if nothing happens, I remind myself that the block will eventually pass. In the meantime, I turn my attention to other artistic outlets, like painting or sewing, or I work on the business side of writing, like marketing, formatting and submitting my work. Other times, I’ll procrastinate proactively, like create a soundtrack for the story or search for pictures of the celebs I would want to play my characters in the movie version. Like many things in life, inspiration shows up when I stop seeking it.
- If you could bring one of your characters to life, which one would it be and why?
If I could compartmentalize feelings and sex, I would absolutely want to have some dirty fun against a car with Michael Vartanian, one of the protagonists in my erotic novel, Coercion. I’m sure it’d be a good time.