Here’s an author interview from [intlink id=”667″ type=”post”]Shermaine Williams[/intlink].
Find out what she had to say…
- How did you start writing erotica?
I have always been an avid reader and an idea came to me after perusing a website while looking for books. I took a look at the submission details and the rest—as they say—is history.
- What’s your favourite published work of yours and why?
I tend to like the works I am working on at present. However, I have found that I quite like the stories with darker elements, such as those within the BDSM genre. Remote Control is one of my favourites, as will be the follow-up.
- Where do you draw your inspiration from?
I find the best inspiration comes from when doing all the mundane things that can arise through everyday life, whether shopping in the supermarket or sitting on the train. I like to people watch and imagine all sorts of things from apparently insignificant actions. I sometimes wonder whether there is something not quite right with my mind.
- Do you have any unusual writing rituals?
I usually have to get all the emails and chores out of the way first. It is impossible for me to work on one manuscript at a time so I tend to open several different documents and work on them simultaneously. I’m a bit of a night owl and work much better when the sun (or the grey sky!) disappears.
- Where’s your favourite place to write?
I only realised how limited I was in this regard when I got a sales call from a mobile phone company trying to convince me to take up their Dongle offer. “You’ll be able to take your laptop anywhere.” I don’t take my laptop anywhere! Like to cocoon myself at home when I write. When I’m out and about, I always have a notebook and pen for when an idea hits, or the voice record function on my mobile is also really handy.
- Who is your favourite character from one of your stories and why?
I love all my characters, even the ones that are too arrogant for their own good. However, I do like Bella who is the heroine in Twisted Angel, which will be released in April. She is a touch evil and gets to have a lot of fun.
- Do your nearest and dearest know what you do, and if so, what was their reaction when they found out?
My family are all aware of what I do because I told them from the beginning—they accept it unquestioningly. They have helped me when I needed some typing done and read my work. That’s why I adore them.
- What was your ideal career when you were a child?
I veered between many different career goals when I was a child. I even found an old school yearbook in which I had written that I wanted to be an astronaut—not sure what I was thinking that day! Getting a degree and being an author were the two things I wanted to do.
- If you get writer’s block when you’re writing, how do you get around it?
I work on some of the more mundane writing that I do, which doesn’t relate to my fiction. Alternatively, I do something that gets me away from the laptop all together, which can be a great help.
- If you could bring one of your characters to life, which one would it be and why?
Ooh, there are several…well, I have to admit that I’m greedy! If I had to choose one, it would probably be Isaiah from Lean and Mean (soon to be released with Total-e-bound). I can’t deny that I’m a fan of muscles and I’d be able to work out with him…in all the best possible ways.
- What’s your favourite genre within erotica and why?
I like stories that are a little edgy, like BDSM. They tend to be more intense than other genres. I also don’t think there is enough written in the humour genre as there can be many occasions when sex and relationships can be funny.
- What are you working on at the moment?
I’m working on a older woman/younger man novel, a short fem Dom BDSM story and a male Dom BDSM. Just a few of the many partially completed manuscripts demanding my attention.
- What’s the biggest writing challenge you’ve ever taken on? Did you succeed?
Writing any novel tends to be the biggest challenge. Not only do you need to be concerned about the length, but also that you are effectively moving the story forward and, of course, that it contains enough sex. I have written and had a couple of novels accepted so I think I’ve succeeded.
- What’s your biggest writing achievement? Why?
Getting published at all has been a big achievement as it is not the easiest thing in the world.