Thought I would share an interview I did with my publisher, Blushing Books, for my new book, Awakening, now available on Amazon—
When did you know you wanted to be an author?
When I took my first creative writing class. I learned that I enjoyed telling stories as much as I did reading them.
Where do you find your inspiration?
Observation, articles, news and research. Historical and present day people. How they overcome adversity, make choices, and find their way to what is right for them.
If you could travel to any time, what time period would you like to explore?
18th century, France, pre-revolution. The lives of women; how they managed to find their voice, their love, and their happiness.
Tell us about your most adventurous experience.
Being accepted into the BDSM community. Gaining an understanding of what it meant to be a Dom, a sub, and a Switch. To understand the arrangements and relationships, the Pleasure/Pain principle, and be able to convey the emotions and feelings to my readers.
What was the hardest part about writing Awakening?
Pushing myself to, as Hemingway says, write until it hurts.
How much research do you typically do on a novel?
I’m a stickler for detail; so probably more than I need to do. I write on my iPad, but have notebooks filled with details about the time period, the place, the characters, their back stories and professions. For instance, I interviewed x-Mossads to understand the nature of being a body guard with that background.
How do you want your readers to feel while reading your novel?
To develop an understanding of aspects of the BDSM lifestyle, and how/why the lead character, Elizabeth, is drawn to it. To feel desire, lust, craving more. Curious to explore beyond vanilla sex. Comfortable with the reality that there are a myriad lifestyles.
Where to from here; what’s next on writing adventures?
I am continuing with the Choices trilogy with books two and three coming out in August and September. Once that series is completed, I will be concentrating on romance stories that take place in France.
Thanks for stopping by. The best is yet to come! 🙂