What is your book’s genre and what draws you to the genre?
Bedgasm is a collection of fifteen erotica short stories. In all honesty, I think with my passion for writing and background working in the romance industry, it was inevitable that I was drawn to erotica. Intimacy is an integral part of relationships and in my opinion makes for a more well rounded adult storyline. Reality is that we all have fantasies and erotica is a great escape for people.
Tell us the story behind the story. What influenced you to write it and how long did it take you?
This book actually started off as an idea for a business I am involved with that wanted an erotica book for one of their romance boxes. I was writing articles and creative content already but after writing the first four stories for a mini book, I realised how much I enjoyed writing again and wanted to take it further. In line with my original concept, Bedgasm was designed with peoples evolving busy lives in mind. We don’t always have time to commit to a full-length novel and if your anything like me, I find a book hard to put down once I start. So these are short stories, you can finish one in under 30 minutes, with a variety of plots and sub-genres of erotica. I like the fact that with 15 stories, if one was in a sub-genre that really wasn’t your taste, you still had many more to choose from. From start to finish the whole process took around eight months, I was more worried about taking the time to end up with a quality product and I am delighted with the end result.
Is there a part of you in any of the characters?
Of course. I don’t think you can write without injecting something of yourself into the characters. Part of the writing process is to develop characters that have their own personalities and backstories that drive their actions. In saying that, you will always see parts of yourself shine through. Only I know which juicy parts are based on myself though.
Do you have a favorite book that inspires you?
I’m an eclectic person at heart and that is definitely reflected in my book collection. I just finished reading the Outlander series by Diana Gabaldon and one of my all time favourites are The Vampire Chronicles by Anne Rice. I think that in the erotica genre the Fifty Shades of Grey Trilogy has to be a source of inspiration. Whether you love the books or not, the initial buzz that E.L. James created and the phenomenon that followed was fascinating.
How do you find the time to write?
I think that anything you are passionate about and enjoy becomes a priority in your life. For myself writing is quite cathartic. I love taking some time to get lost in my imagination and spending time with my characters. Everyday life still needs to happen though, so for me personally I do majority of my writing in the evening, once the household has quieted down. I usually have a notebook close at hand incase inspiration strikes and I need to jot something down.
What are you working on right now?
I have a couple of projects in the beginning stages but right now I’m working on ‘The Ties That Bind’ series. This book series will focus on one dominant per book within the backdrop of a intermingling BDSM community. The first book ‘Kalista’ is based on Mistress Kal and Lara from the Bedgasm book. Unlike in Bedgasm, Kalista will be seen from Mistress Kal’s point of view and will look at three key time periods through her life, for an insight into what makes her tick. I fell in love with these characters so I’m excited to delve deeper in this upcoming novel.
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Excerpt from Bedgasm
Roman strode across the valley floor as if he owned it. His head was held high, his eyes locked on her. As he approached, she observed him with gluttony. Confidence seeped from his every pore.
Where she was blonde, he was black. His ebony hair, like wings of a raven, seemed to catch whatever light there was and hold it hostage. The strands moved with their own grace, always perfect, never ruffled or out of place. Even now, as the wind blew in brisk bursts, his hair only fluttered briefly and settled. His eyes, too, were dark. A deep brown, with depths uncharted, were dead black in the dim moonlight of the new month. They appeared sunken in his pale face, his arched and prominent cheekbones taking center stage. She would have killed for his cheekbones. His nose was long, straight and aristocratic. His high forehead brushed with an ebony forelock, which met the dark.
Roman was far too handsome to exist and yet here he was. Julia sighed heavily. Beauty was wasted on the Nosferatu community. Their devil-given charisma was more than enough black magic to make the mortals weak in their presence. The exquisite looks were just plain cruel. No mortal stood a chance. A sardonic chuckle formed in her throat, but she swallowed it, not wishing to kill the mood of this meeting.
They had never formally met. His words alone had been her undoing, arriving in the mail, simply addressed to her, no signature and no return address. It was her nurse who had finally guessed at her admirer’s person. He was a Montague of all things. Roman Montague. Never in her wildest imaginings, her girlish delights, would she have hoped for this. It was the worst kind of fate.
“Julia,” his words were like honey. They dripped from his lips, sweet. She melted where she stood, her knees shaking so much she collapsed to the ground in a heap.
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