Here’s an author interview from Sara York.
Find out what she had to say…
- How did you start writing erotica?
I wasn’t sure at first if I wanted to write erotic stories. I spent time writing suspense at first and loved the action and fight scenes. My first erotic work, Princess Slave, was scifi. I didn’t think I could go into straight erotic without adding in something else. Then I wrote Runaway Princess as a follow on. After that I wrote another scifi then decided to take a dip in the M/M pool. Surprise Sleepover and Working it Out were the results. Now I feel comfortable writing any type of erotic stories. I’ve written a few love stories where the emphasis was only on the relationship. I loved the relationship building in Working it Out and now consider that to be one of my favourite works.
- What’s your favourite published work of yours and why?
That would be Working it Out. The emotional conflicts and the twists and turns in the story were so deep. I loved developing Jake and Lance into fully fleshed out characters.
- What erotic authors do you enjoy reading?
I love reading Rick R. Reed and Jodi Olson
- Where do you draw your inspiration from?
Everything in life is inspiring in one way or another. The scent of a flower, the sound of children playing or the click of doggy nails on a wood floor. Sometimes it’s the simple things that get me thinking about the reaction a character might have to a sound, sight, smell or situation. Then I start developing the world of this character. In Working it Out Jake owns a gym. At the time I started writing the book I was in the gym every morning at 5:00am the sounds of the metal clanking, the smells and the early morning sun rise made me think of a very sad man who just lost his partner and is trying to get his life back on track. Working it Out is the story that blossomed from such a simple thing.
- Do you have any unusual writing rituals?
Coffee. I usually need coffee to write.
- Where’s your favourite place to write?
Right now I have to be very flexible with my writing location because of family obligations. But if I have the time I go to the local coffee house. The place has a good energy and is very welcoming.
- Who is your favourite character from one of your stories and why?
Lanie from A Model Week. I’ve written the outline for her next five stories and I love her. She’s insecure, fearful, confused, and a bit intimidating when she wants to be. Lanie tries to make it through life but she had difficulties at times. Once I get her stories finished I hope others will see her vulnerabilities and grow to love her too.
- Do your nearest and dearest know what you do, and if so, what was their reaction when they found out?
Some do and some don’t. I also write more mainstream books as Sara Thacker so I can redirect my more sensitive family members to those books and not mention the other stuff I write.
- How do you get yourself in the mood to write?
Coffee, lots of it.
- What’s the best writing tip you’ve ever been given?
Keep writing and improve your craft. There are so many writers out there now who are producing good books but they are missing a key element in their writing career. They want the huge payoff without developing their skills.
- If you get writer’s block when you’re writing, how do you get around it?
Writer’s block in me is usually because I’ve taken a wrong turn. I need to go back and read from the beginning or delete the last few scenes. That usually helps.
- What are you working on at the moment?
Right now I’m working on a ménage love story. It’s totally hot and very emotional. I’m also working on an erotic suspense and the rest of Lanie’s stories.
- What’s the biggest writing challenge you’ve ever taken on? Did you succeed?
I’ve done NaNoWiMo- National Novel Writing Month = twice and both books are published under my Sara Thacker name.
- What’s your biggest writing achievement? Why?
I think getting my first book, Murder Stalks, published was the biggest achievement. I learned so much from the editor who worked on the book. I still use the tools I learned from her.