Here’s an author interview with Nicolette Grey. Take it away, Nicolette…
- How did you start writing erotica?
I saw a call for submissions on Duotrope and, since I was constantly writing in explicit sex and editing it out, I decided to try it.
- What’s your favourite published work of yours and why?
My favorite is the third story in my collection of novelettes( titled LOST AND FOUND) called “Time and a Half…Plus Benefits”. This story is near and dear to my heart because I’ve lived in the world I’m writing about. It’s less imagination than recounting…ahem.!
- What erotic authors do you enjoy reading?
Actually, I haven’t read much erotic work. The only books that come to mind are some of my fellow ER writers at Hot Ink Press – Kim Carmichael, Kim McNiel, G.S. Stillman…and the stories in the yearly offerings in Best of Women’s Erotica, edited by Violet Blue, of course. She’s got some sizzling literary writers in her anthologies!
- Where do you draw your inspiration from?
Life, love and sweet imagination!
- Do you have any unusual writing rituals?
Up at 4. AM. And write until it’s time to go to work. If it’s Sunday, keep writing until I wake up and realize it’s dark again LOL!
- Where’s your favourite place to write?
I’m lucky…I’ve got a great office with a dog door. My best friend can come and go as she pleases and I get to keep pounding out the stories!!
- Who is your favourite character from one of your stories and why?
Odin Andreassen in my upcoming release THE GODDESS OF BLACKWATER POND…because he’s so intelligent…and handsome…and enticing…and evil!
- Do your nearest and dearest know what you do, and if so, what was their reaction when they found out?
My husband knows because I told him so. He was less than thrilled, but he accepts it now. My mom and kids don’t…yet. I’m sure they’ll figure it out sooner or later. It’s hard to keep a secret these days.
- What was your ideal career when you were a child?
I always wanted to be a writer…It just took me a long time to figure out how to do it!!
- How do you get yourself in the mood to write?
I’m never NOT in the mood. The question is, how do I put it off enough to keep functioning outside of my writing world.
- What’s the best writing tip you’ve ever been given?
Watch the adverbs and purple prose. Wait! That’s two LOL!
- If you get writer’s block when you’re writing, how do you get around it?
Move onto another story for a while. It’s usually spurred by a plot problem. A couple of night of insomnia usually cures it.
- If you could bring one of your characters to life, which one would it be and why?
Jake Morris, from GODDESS. He’s the perfect guy as far as I’m concerned. The kind of guy you’d love to caress when he’s sweaty d grimy and …it doesn’t matter; he’s a guy who loves women and we women should learn to love that trait.
- Which author, erotic or otherwise would you love to meet and why?
Ayn Rand. But, sadly, she’s deceased. I love the strength of her characters. I love her idealism. Her books are classics and no one has to guess why.
- What’s your favourite genre within erotica and why?
Suspense. I’m trying so hard to write it, and it’s difficult. But suspense is what I’m always drawn to as a reader, so….
- What are you working on at the moment?
I’ve got a contemporary Erotic suspense about one third of the way done and an Erotic Fantasy about 10,000 words in. Both will be full-lengths…if I ever have the time to finish them.
- What’s the biggest writing challenge you’ve ever taken on? Did you succeed?
Well, that’s the easiest question yet! The biggest challenge was starting to write in the first place! And, since I’m now published and people are buying my books, I’ve succeeded far more than I ever hoped I would.
- What’s your biggest writing achievement? Why?
Signing the contract for THE GODDESS OF BLACKWATER POND. I loved writing that book and I worked hard to re-write and edit it. The characters, good and bad alike, are very near and dear to my heart!