Here’s an author interview from Stevie Woods.
Find out what she had to say…
- How did you start writing erotica?
I got drawn in to reading slash fanfic and after a while I decided to have a go myself. I had always been a scribbler but always for my own pleasure until then and I was pleasantly surprised to get some good response to my stuff. After a couple of years a friend suggested I should try my hand at writing original gay romance. I took up her suggestion and I got my first contract at the beginning of 2007.
- What’s your favourite published work of yours and why?
That’s a difficult choice. I guess I would have to say it is between two of my historical novels, Beyond the Veil and Cane. Cane was my first contracted work and I am still very proud of it. It garnered some excellent reviews and I guess you could say it proved to me that I was an ‘author’. Beyond the Veil was my second novel and it became a Best Seller at All Romance eBooks and won a couple of awards.
- What erotic authors do you enjoy reading?
The list just keeps growing! Josh Lanyon, Amy Lane, Eden Winters, Kiernan Kelly, Andrew Grey, Lynn Lorenz, J M Cartwright, T C Blue, Marguerite Labbe, Alex Beecroft, Lee Rowan, Charlie Cochrane, Ethan Day, Kate Roman – I can go on for ages and still forget someone!
- Do you have any unusual writing rituals?
I wouldn’t say it is exactly a ritual but I don’t like silence, I guess it makes me feel lonely. I usually have the TV on, either with the news or a documentary playing. I don’t have it too loud, it’s more for company than to actually listen. Other times I will play music, I have quite eclectic tastes, the only thing I absolutely hate is rap.
- Where’s your favourite place to write?
I have taken over the dining room table and created a kind of mini office. I have tried writing on my laptop on my lap but have never been able to master that. I do occasionally use a folding table set up in front of the sofa, but tend to be more productive on the dining room table.
- Do your nearest and dearest know what you do, and if so, what was their reaction when they found out?
Yes, but not at first. My husband knew I was writing but he was used to that and didn’t question what I was writing. My adult son, who also likes to write, stumbled across the new website I created and he asked me about it. He was mostly curious and I answered his questions. He wasn’t interested in reading any of my work but he was very supportive of my success. I told my husband then, having no fear of his reaction knowing his attitude to gay people and he was very happy for me. I eventually told my sister and brother, not being of their reaction, and they were mostly surprised that I had actually managed to get published!
- What was your ideal career when you were a child?
I guess I was really kind of boring; I never wanted to do anything exciting as a kid. My aunt, who always seemed rather posh to me as a child, was a secretary to a managing director and that seemed highly desirable to me back then. I followed that path and spent many years pounding away at a typewriter before I progressed to a computer. I’m still doing it too but now for my own pleasure.
- How do you get yourself in the mood to write?
I don’t think getting myself in the mood is the right way to put it. I try to ensure I write something everyday. I don’t always feel like it and sometimes it doesn’t flow, other times it can really be good. There are times when the words just won’t come and if I try to force it the ideas just dry up. I usually take a break from writing then, usually just for a few days or maybe a week. I always have lots of books I want to read so I treat it as a kind of holiday. Then when the time feels right I can back to writing again.
- What’s the best writing tip you’ve ever been given?
Ignore that bit about writing what you know, write what you are passionate about. That makes so much sense to me. If I only wrote about what I know, I never would have left the second half of the twentieth century in England. I let my imagination take me to so many other wonderful times and places.
- What’s your favourite genre within erotica and why?
For one thing, I don’t think of my writing as erotica, to me I write gay erotic romance. It might seem like splitting hairs but I don’t believe erotica has to be romantic while I primarily write romance. Within the genre, I go through spells. For a while I concentrated on historical (I’m working on an historical WIP) but I also like contemporary and sci-fi.
- What are you working on at the moment?
A couple of things, not at the same time, I sometime switch from one work to the other if ideas dry up and then switch back again. One is the historical I mentioned earlier, set in and around the Dissolution in early Tudor times. The other story is a contemporary set in San Francisco with links to the Chinese community.