Here’s an author interview with Xavier Axelson.
Find out what he had to say…
- What’s the best writing tip you’ve ever been given?
There is always an excuse NOT to write; there’s stars that need naming, dishes that need washing and dust that needs dusting, sit in the damn chair and WRITE!
- How do you get yourself in the mood to write?
I’m always in the mood to write, but getting there is the challenge. I find peace and quiet to be essential. I also schedule my writing every day, that way I know that at this time I am sitting down and writing come hell or high water…and even then…
- What was your ideal career when you were a child?
My first memories were of wanting to be in fashion. Then in 5th grade the class know it all wrote a 10 page story and I just had to write 15 to outdo him and the writer thing came about.
- Do your nearest and dearest know what you do, and if so, what was their reaction when they found out?
Yes! I’ve always written so when I started getting published they were all thrilled. My mother did say, “why is it always sex with you?”
- Where’s your favourite place to write?
Home, peace and quiet with no one around! Second the library.
- Where do you draw your inspiration from?
Nature inspires me. Lately I have been picking up bits and pieces from the news though and mixing various tidbits together to form story ideas…very strange…
- What erotic authors do you enjoy reading?
Ok here’s the deal…I really don’t read erotica. Because my life is filled with sex from morning until night because of work, I actually read very genteel fiction from the 40’s and 50’s. I’ve been known to sell wrist restraints and in my head be in my fantasy English cottage…but…I do have to say I love Anne Rice’s Sleeping Beauty Trilogy and Anais Nin.
- What’s your favourite published work of yours and why?
I love “A Valentine for Evrain.” I worked incredibly hard on the edits with a real ball buster of an editor, she really made me work, and boy was I glad for it. The story is tight, hot and a little violent. I knew people were going to react strongly to it and they most certainly did, but in the end I write for me, what turns me on and what makes me happy.
- How did you start writing erotica?
I have no idea. I actually write horror, although I do find many classic horror pieces romantic. Dracula is probably my favorite romance ever. I actually have to work at writing erotic romance, especially when a HEA is expected. My version of a happy ending is not everyone elses.