When Danielle Austen asked me to be her tag victim, sorry, tag partner, for a Blog Hop I was flattered and not a little concerned. “Don’t worry,” she said. “There are only four questions and you can write what you like. Piece of cake.” Hmmm… I’ve had cake like this before. Hard, crusty and it breaks teeth.
“Okay, I’ll do it! I’ll do it! ” (I said this only to get out of the arm lock she had me in.)
“Good,” she said. “I like a cooperative spirit.”
Those boxercise lessons have been paying off for her. May need to look into some myself…If only to fend her off.
Okay what are the questions?
“Here they are,” she said offering me a list.
“Erm, the top one is ‘How do I solve world peace?”
“That’s for later. Read on…”
“Political Naivety in the Post Modern Age. Discuss.”
“Further down,” she urges.
“Crime and Punishment in Fourth Century Rome: A New Model for Contemporary Justice?”
“Lower…” she says menacingly.
“Oh…these questions?” I point at some tiny script, no bigger than a 6 point font. I squint at them and reach for my glasses. “Are you sure these are the right questions?” Her vigorous nodding and the broad grin on her sweet innocent little face divert me from the large morning star mace she twirls enthusiastically in her hand.
“And I do what with these, again?” I say.
“Just answer the questions,” she growls.
Okay…okay…let me see….
“And then find three other people to do the same.” She grins. It’s one of those grins. It reminds me of one of those cheery charity fundraisers that has managed to corner you in the street or a traffic warden slipping a parking ticket under your windscreen wiper.
“Thanks, Danielle,” I say, returning my gaze down the list.
- What are you working on right now?
Right now? OMG. I have far too many projects. I suppose there are two with which I am working on predominantly. One is my collection of short stories to be entitled Casual Collisions. This will be an anthology of five short stories of between 6000 and 8000 words. I anticipate there will be two Collections. The first is entirely F/F the other will be M/F.
My other main project is my longer erotic novella/novel Severine. Those of you who know me will chortle behind cupped hands like Mutley. It’s an ongoing project of mine that has been in gestation for far too long. I am working on it. Really. Cross my heart and everything. It’s my great experiment to see if I can write a novel. It is getting there. I promise.
I also have a Sci-fi thriller and a fantasy epic that I keep tinkering with as well.
- How does it differ from other work in its genre?
I don’t think that real differentiation is possible nowadays. I’m striving to make them interesting, thought provoking and entertaining. I like to use words that perhaps other authors do not. I have a preference for an intense read built around few scenes as opposed to numerous episodic encounters which lack depth. I aim for hot, steamy explicit erotica with a story. So perhaps these are where they might be construed as different.
- Why do you write what you do?
I simply enjoy writing. I love the creative process. I don’t just write erotica, though that is all that I have published. I’m working on other genres too. I’m a genre butterfly. I have too many incomplete WIP in my folders and still I add to them.
- How does your writing process work?
I’m a bit chaotic. I work on what appeals to me and on what ideas I have. Often I’ll start on a piece and lose interest or motivation with it. Then it gets stored in my rather overfull WIP folder and I move on to the next. I am trying to concentrate on Severine and Casual Collisions at the moment though. I do try and write every week day and aim for at least 1000 words a day. At the weekend I’ll make some notes or jot down ideas, but the bulk of my writing is done during the week. I have to be alone when I write. It’s an absolute must. I distract myself enough without someone else helping. Those of you have been unfortunate enough to chat to me on Twitter will know I can ramble on and on. Internet access is something I really have to try and avoid.
Unlike some, who shall remain nameless, (SaundraFox, read and enjoy her sideways take on the Blog Hop here http://t.co/exHqdLOjm2) I choose not to write on the loo but instead prefer to sit at a table in my small dining room. Oh, to have space like J.K. Rowling. I’m not greedy. Just a ten bedroom mansion will do. It doesn’t even need to have a garden. I kill plants just by looking at them. Except cacti. I like cacti. I have two. And an orchid. Which reminds me. It needs watering.
- Blog Hop
Astute readers will notice that my victims are not listed. Alas those who I approached were unavailable or have yet to respond. When I have some willing victims I’ll post their blog addresses here.