It’s autumn again- my very favourite season of the year. The time for snug chunky jumpers, wearing long boots, kicking up leaves, collecting conkers with the kids, and sitting in front of log fires sipping at piping hot cups of coffee.
Autumn means something else to me as well. For it was on a chilly September morning in Scotland, exactly six years ago, that I was sat in a coffee shop privately celebrating the publication of my very first erotica publication. I was all alone; both thrilled by my achievement (which was very much a dream come true), and terrified that someone would find out- that they would think less of me for writing down the material which my forever active imagination had come up with.
That first successful piece of erotica was a poem called Regrets. It was featured on the, then newly formed, Oysters and Chocolate website. Run by Jordan and Sam, who I am proud to say have since become great friends and supporters of my work, this website has gone from strength to strength becoming one of the best in the business. I am always amazed to see my stories amongst its permanently kinky cyber pages.
Regrets, soon led to the story Jen and Tim, appearing in my first shared anthology collection, Lips Like Sugar (ed. Violet Blue, Cleis Press), and before I knew it, my first solo book, The Collector, arrived.
Every year, when September comes around I wonder how much longer I can keep the real world at bay, and if I should swap the long hours and lack of money for a real job. I don’t of course; only total destitution will stop me now! That isn’t to say I don’t have the odd wobble-I decide to give up all this at least once a week. Yet, as has been said by many many writers, this creative life is like a drug. Get a success and you want another one. Get a rejection, and you want to work on it until it is so polished it positively shines.
Six years though!!! How the hell did that happen!!!! How come I am still thinking of naughty yet delicious ways to make people suffer in the name of sex? Where do these ideas all come from? Will I crack my next big hurdle – the erotic romance? I have NO idea- let’s just hope the inspiration keeps coming, and I can add to the collection of publications I have out in the world.
Thinking of all my publications- and if I break it down into individual story sales, unbelievably we are talking about 80 pieces of smut with my name on them- it got me wondering which were my most popular? Which ones you guys liked the best?
With that in mind, I thought I might run a little competition this week. I would love you all to comment at the bottom of this blog, telling me which of my stories you liked the most. Those of you whose comments I like the best, will win their choice of e-book; either my SUB/DOM e-novel The Perfect Submissive, or one of my anthologies, Quick Kink One, Quick Kink Two or Yes Ma’am.
If you need to double check where to find my work, just explore this website further to find all my book and e-publications, or log onto my page at Oysters and Chocolate. Check on Friday to see if you’re a winner, and I’ll arrange to get your chosen prize to you.
What’s next on the horizon then?
In the new year The Perfect Submissive will be joined by another e-novel, entitled Fantasy 13 (I’ll keep you posted on dates etc), and I am already laying plans for the next novel after that one.
I am in the very final stages of writing an erotic novella for Xcite’s new Secret Library range, and I’m dabbling with some short story ideas. There are also a couple of other new ventures I’m involved in (all top secret- but I will share as soon as I can), which should come to fruition fairly soon. Not to mention the imminent arrival of my story The Circus in the illustrated anthology, Immoral Views, (pub. Sweetmeats Press, Oct 2011).
As ever I have so many plans, and so little time!!!
As those of you who follow by web pages will know, the first part of this year was not the best for me; yet I am not one to wallow for long, and I am pleased to report that life has vastly improved. Just looking back at all that has happened to me since 2005 makes me smile- often in disbelief! I am a shy 39 year old with an amazing family and friends; but I also have another life, a life where I read erotica to strangers, have photographs taken of me in clothes I could never wear down the local high street , and I’ve even signed a modelling contract!!! (My Mum is still laughing about that one!!- Never has a less likely model existed!!!)
How many people can say they are as lucky as I am? To have one amazing happy life is fantastic- but I have two. Now that is luck.
Before I close this epic blog- a big THANK YOU must go to the following for all for the support they have shown me over the past few years- to Jordan and Sam at Oysters, to Hazel Cushion and her team at Xcite, Violet Blue and Rachel Kramer Bussel with Cleis, Barbara Cardy at Constable and Robinson, Adam Neville for his guidance during his time at Black Lace, and to Kojo Black at Sweetmeats Press. Finally (before this turns in an Oscar award speech!!), to my many friends in the world of erotica; especially KD Grace, Lucy Felthouse, and Rebecca Bond. Without your constant encouragement I would have given up long ago.
So- here’s to the next 6 years- maybe by 2017 I’ll have started earning some money!!!!