Here’s an interview from Mahalia Levey.
Find out what she had to say…
- How did you start writing erotica?
I’ve always been an avid reader. I read my first erotica book in 2002. Since then I was hooked by the possibilities and the ability to write thorough emotion, following through with hot sexual intimacy that didn’t need to be hidden behind the doors of privacy.
- What’s your favourite published work of yours and why?
I love all of my stories. I’d have to classify a favorite in each genre I write. Flaws And All is my favorite Interracial contemporary because it focuses on moving on past unhealthy relationships and reaffirms that what one man may see as a blemish another will cherish.
Embrace The Moment is my favorite Military contemporary because the characters are so deep and the real life situations so intense you can’t help but to fall for both the hero and heroine.
Demonic Persuasion is my favorite Paranormal. I was able to create my own spin of hell and its levels and play with the Navajo legends and dines. Fatal is my favorite character because she has many of the same flaws and great characteristics that I do.
- What erotic authors do you enjoy reading?
OMG where to begin…. Kate Douglas Wolf Tales, Andrew Grey Farm Series, Marie Harte, Delilah Devlin, Debra Glass, Cherise Sinclair, Quilla Raine, Marisa Chenery, Dakota Cassidy, Savannah Chase, Tina Donahue, Sarah Masters, Natalie Dae, Nina Bangs, Maya Banks, Marty Rayne, AJ Llewellyn, DJ Manly, Stephanie Hect, VJ Summers, Brenna Lyons, Beth Kery, Lacey Savage, Neavea Lane, Serenity King, J and J, Sascha Illyovich, Tess McCall. And many more.
- Where do you draw your inspiration from?
I have thoughts that lead to premises. I’ve also used billboards, town or street names, music lyrics or instrumentals, my children, and observing people in public.
- Do you have any unusual writing rituals?
I keep the TV on mute it sits to the left of the desktop so I can’t watch it and I listen to my I-Pod or Mp 4.
- Where’s your favourite place to write?
On my laptop outside on the deck. Unfortunately it’s winter so that’s out.
- Who is your favourite character from one of your stories and why?
Fatal from Demonic Persuasion is my favorite. She’s been dealt a hard life, doesn’t trust, is self sufficient and those same great characteristics are also her flaws. She’s a lot like me in ways.
- Do your nearest and dearest know what you do, and if so, what was their reaction when they found out?
The Sig other thinks I have a nice hobby. The kids think it’s cool. My oldest writes YA on a forum called Quizilla. My sisters think it’s great and my personal facebook classmates….are excited they remember me always being in a book somewhere lol.
- What was your ideal career when you were a child?
I wanted to be a Princess, an astronaut and then a teacher.
- How do you get yourself in the mood to write?
I listen to my play list beginning with Seize the Day by Avenged Sevenfold.
- What’s the best writing tip you’ve ever been given?
The best advice I’ve been given is to take it one day a time to develop my unique voice.
- If you get writer’s block when you’re writing, how do you get around it?
I’ve never had writers block. But I have put more of what I wanted to see in the story vs what the hero and heroine wanted, during those times I have to delete and go back and start over so the flow is right.
- If you could bring one of your characters to life, which one would it be and why?
I’d bring Lark to life from Embrace the Moment because she was my first published heroine.
- Which author, erotic or otherwise would you love to meet and why?
There are so many I’d love to meet. Kate Douglas would be my first. Her Wolf Tales was my first erotic read.
- What’s your favourite genre within erotica and why?
I love paranormal because the possibilities are limitless. I can create everything, with contemp it’s normally based on a city or state, human laws, culture is already set so it’s nice to break into something more difficult.
- What are you working on at the moment?
I just finished Her Safe Haven. I hope to have it tidy and ready to ship by next week for submission. It’s a sub series, I guess you could say, based on the same Hell Realm Demonic Persuasion is in.
- What’s the biggest writing challenge you’ve ever taken on? Did you succeed?
My biggest writing challenge was deciding to publish. I had no formal training or idea what the industry included. I’ve achieved great things so far, to me. I can’t wait to see how much further I develop as each story concludes.
- What’s your biggest writing achievement? Why?
The biggest achievement isn’t my writing but the team included in making my work shine, from crits and betas, to sites holding free or low cost courses, mentors who push hard, editors, promoters, cover artists, trailer makers, publishers, but most of all the readers, without them being here wouldn’t be as enjoyable.