Here’s an interview from [intlink id=”1845″ type=”post”]Toni Sands[/intlink].
Find out what she had to say…
- How did you start writing erotica?
Someone in a writing group said he found a ‘sensuous quality’ within my work. I went away and thought about it then successfully pitched a couple of stories to a magazine. I met a well-known saga writer at a library presentation and she suggested I submit my work to Black Lace.
- What’s your favourite published work of yours and why?
It has to be my rom com ‘Suddenly you Know’ published by YouWriteOn because so far it’s my only full length work off the drawing board and so many people told me they like my characters.
- What erotic authors do you enjoy reading?
Portia da Costa, Saskia Walker, Victoria Blisse and Lucy Felthouse.
- Where do you draw your inspiration from?
Real life but zapped up. ‘Fast and Foxy’ was born after a dishy guy in a sports car overtook me on the M4 one day.
- Do you have any unusual writing rituals?
I sometimes stroke the crystals on my desk but otherwise, not.
- Where’s your favourite place to write?
I’m so lucky to have taken over our smallest bedroom. I’m surrounded by books, photographs, posters, gem stones and (don’t tell him) some of my son’s old soft toys.
- Who is your favourite character from one of your stories and why?
It has to be Conal from ‘Taming the Wild Man.’ He’s a stud with a heart.
- Do your nearest and dearest know what you do, and if so, what was their reaction when they found out?
Pleased but I think they’re thankful that I write under a pseudonym!
- What was your ideal career when you were a child?
A chorus girl. Really.
- How do you get yourself in the mood to write?
I just get on with it. Even if I’m not sitting at the computer, I’m generally away with the fairies when cooking or walking so it’s just an extension of that.
- What’s the best writing tip you’ve ever been given?
Never to begin something new until the current project is completed.
- If you get writer’s block when you’re writing, how do you get around it?
Sorry but I don’t believe in writer’s block. If I don’t want to write, I do something else.
- If you could bring one of your characters to life, which one would it be and why?
Oh wow, Rory from ‘Dead Gorgeous’ is actually, um, dead. Does that mean I’d have to complete two sets of paperwork to bring him to life? Why? You have to read the story but I think most women would like a Rory to pamper them.
- Which author, erotic or otherwise would you love to meet and why?
Elizabeth Coldwell because she was the first editor to accept my work. I’ve been in touch recently and she is so supportive.
- What’s your favourite genre within erotica and why?
Difficult one. Probably ménage because it has so much erotic potential…ABC – AB – AC – BC-
- What are you working on at the moment?
An erotic novel set in 1900 where Victorian meets Edwardian. Mistress, Maid and Master and a chance to peel the pantaloons from the piano legs. I really hope someone wants to publish it.
- What’s the biggest writing challenge you’ve ever taken on? Did you succeed?
Probably my MA course and meeting deadlines when I was still working as a minute taker and travelling quite a distance to uni. Yes, I got my degree, thank you.
- What’s your biggest writing achievement? Why?
I’m thrilled to have been published and I’m hungry for more success but I’m truly delighted when someone in my student group produces a piece of writing that has the WOW factor. It may sound cheesy but I really believe writing is what you make it. And we can’t all be J K Rowling so why not just lie back and enjoy it?