Here’s an author interview with Roz Lee.
Find out what she had to say…
- How did you start writing erotica?
I started writing sexy romances by accident. That’s the truth, I swear! I had this crazy idea about a cruise ship, and I began writing it for fun, just to see where it would take me—so to speak—and the next thing you know, people are telling me how good it is. I thought, what the heck? Turns out I have a talent for it! Who would have thought it?
- What’s your favourite published work of yours and why?
That’s not a fair question! So far I have two erotic novels out, and two more contracted. I love them all. Please don’t make me pick!
- What erotic authors do you enjoy reading?
I’ve got a long list of favorites, but to name a few…Eden Bradley/Eve Berlin, Leigh Court, Elizabeth Amber, Jan Springer, Kate Douglas. I could go on and on.
- Do you have any unusual writing rituals?
I listen to 70’s music while I write. Is that a ritual?
- Who is your favourite character from one of your stories and why?
My favorite character is a hero in an upcoming release—contracted, but no release date yet. The hero is a real bad-boy who has risen above his station in life, but his emotional scars prevent him from loving himself, or anyone else. I found the perfect woman for him, but you’ll have to wait to find out what happens between them. I know…I’m cruel.
- Do your nearest and dearest know what you do, and if so, what was their reaction when they found out?
Yes, they know. My husband of thirty-two years loves it. He cheers me on, and often reminds me he’s available for research duty! We have two twenty-something daughters who proudly proclaim to all their friends, “My mother writes Smut!” I love it!
- What was your ideal career when you were a child?
I always thought I would be a teacher. I wanted to teach Earth Science, but got sidetracked with a family instead. One reviewer of THE LUST BOAT commented that she learned a lot from it, so I guess the teacher in me is still there. *chuckles*
- How do you get yourself in the mood to write?
My characters get me in the mood. If I ignore them too long, they kick me in the arse! Really. Once I have the idea in my head, I can’t not write the story. I’m a great procrastinator, and putting off household chores because I’m writing is the best excuse I’ve ever come up with!
- What’s the best writing tip you’ve ever been given?
Best writing tip – Put your butt in the chair and write. I think that says it all.
- If you get writer’s block when you’re writing, how do you get around it?
If the furniture is dusted and the floors are clean, you know I’ve been trying to figure out a scene. Yep, that’s about the only time I clean the house. *grins* Actually, anything that frees my brain to think, but gets me away from the computer screen works. I do my best thinking on the elliptical at the gym. I can’t tell you how many fabulous ideas were hatched there.
- If you could bring one of your characters to life, which one would it be and why?
Easy question – Elgin ‘Hud’ Huddleston. He’s the bad-boy in the upcoming release I told you about earlier. He’s by far the most interesting character I’ve ever written.
- Which author, erotic or otherwise would you love to meet and why?
I’ve been fortunate to meet quite a few wonderful authors, but there are many who have left our mortal plane that I wish I could meet. Of course, I’d probably trip over my tongue and fall at their feet. My brains seem to leak out in the presence of greatness! Seriously though—Top of the list is the great American author, Mark Twain. He had a way of using the everyday to illustrate deeper social concerns, and he did it with humor more often than not.
- What are you working on at the moment?
I’m currently working on the fourth book in the Lothario series, as well as polishing an older, vanilla (not erotic) romance I haven’t given up on yet!
- What’s the biggest writing challenge you’ve ever taken on? Did you succeed?
Completing my first novel was the hardest, but there’s something about typing THE END, even if it is at the end of something horrible, that gives you a sense of accomplishment. It took years to finish the first one, but once it was done, I knew I could do it again and again. Thankfully, each one is better than the one before. Of course, that’s only my opinion, and what do I know?
- What’s your biggest writing achievement? Why?
I think any published author would tell you they will never forget the moment they made their first sale to a publisher. I know I’ll never forget that moment. My youngest daughter was with me and I think I scared her half to death with my screams!