Why do you write fiction?
It’s something I’ve wanted to do since I was a child. I’ve always loved books, as long as I can remember, and I guess I wanted to take people on journeys and give them pleasure, like the wonderful authors I’ve been reading all these years. Plus, once I started, I got addicted.
Please tell us about your book. What ideas or images inspired this novel?
Stately Pleasures is a M/F/M erotic romance. It was an idea that had been in the back of my mind for a while. I adore visiting historical properties and stately homes, and the more I wrote, the more I saw another side to seemingly innocent objects. A lot of these objects happened to be in stately homes, and it sparked the idea that there could be an awful lot of kinky fun taking place in those old houses when they’re closed to the public.
Do you have an ideal reader in mind when you write? If so, please describe that reader.
Honestly, as long as someone is reading my books I don’t mind who they are! I just thank them for picking up one of my books. I write in so many different subgenres of erotica and erotic romance that there are probably very different people reading my books—and whoever they are, I think they’re awesome!
Please describe your writing routine.
I don’t have one. I run my own business, Writer Marketing Services (http://www.writermarketing.co.uk) which takes priority as it’s guaranteed money – i.e. someone is paying me to work for them. It’s a balancing act between keeping all of my clients happy and squeezing my writing and editing work in around that. Somehow, by being very focused and strict with myself, I manage to hit all my deadlines.
What advice do you give new writers just starting out?
Read lots in your chosen genre to see what type and quality of work is being published. Learn to edit yourself. An editor is there to make your work really shine, but you need to give yourself the best chance at publication by making it the best it can be. Poor formatting, typos and mistakes won’t help you in that regard. Also, don’t give up!
More about Stately Pleasures:
Alice Brown has just landed her dream job: property manager at Davenport Manor, a British stately home. It’s only a nine-month contract to cover maternity leave, but it’s the boost up the career ladder she so desperately needs.
Unfortunately, things don’t get off to the best start, when Alice finds her boss, Jeremy Davenport, in a compromising position. Far from being embarrassed by what’s happened, Jeremy turns things around on Alice and makes her out to be the one in the wrong. So when he and his best friend and head of security, Ethan Hayes, then throw an ultimatum at her, she’s so stunned and confused that she goes along with their indecent proposal.
When the dust settles and Alice has time to think about things, though, she realizes that perhaps it isn’t such a bad thing. There are worse things she could be doing to advance her career, after all.
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