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My First Time: Ria Restrepo

My series of interviews with erotica writers documenting their first time publishing/writing experiences is proving so popular, that I’m going to be popping them up a little more frequently for a while.

Today I’m delighted to welcome the lovely Ria Restrepo to my site. So why not go and grab a cuppa, a little something to nibble, put your feet up, and have a little read…

First Time

Can you remember writing the first story you actually wanted to write, rather than those you were forced to write at school? What was it about?

Yes, I remember it vividly. I was in my first year at university and going through a lot of emotional upheaval. While I was trying to study in upstate New York, I kept getting distressing phone calls from my parents in Miami. There was a lot of crap going on with their psycho neighbours and some unrelated drama with my extended family. I’m an only child, so I was naturally very close to my parents and felt isolated and helpless.

To vent my frustration, I started writing. It was a psychological thriller, called Rachel’s Destruction, about a coed whose parents were killed, so she seduces a gangster to help her get revenge on all the people responsible for their deaths. There was a surprising amount of sex in it. The opening scene was her giving her shrink a blowjob to escape a mental hospital. Let’s just say, there was no “happy ending” for the doctor.

I shared a few chapters with a friend at the time and she called it “dark and twisted, but hot.” I’d been reading a lot of Anne Rice and Stephen King, so that may have influenced the direction of my musings.

Rachel’s Destruction remains unfinished, in a manila folder, tucked away in the back of a desk drawer — along with a lot of other unfinished early work. I’d never really planned on publishing it, but who knows? I may revisit the story and finish it at some point.

What was your first official publication? Was that erotica?

No, it wasn’t erotica. When I finally got serious about my writing and getting it published, I had a couple of things happen around the same time. I’m not sure which happened first. Under my given name, I had two literary fiction short stories published in an anthology of local writers. Both were very idealistic and heavy with meaning, but definitely G-rated.

The other thing was a chapter I’d written for Harlequin’s website. They had something called a “Round Robin.” One of their writers would start a story, then readers would submit the next chapter. They’d choose a winner and publish it on their website. It went on like that until they decided to finish the story. When I discovered this, the Round Robin was already under way, but I thought I’d give it a shot. Shockingly, the first time out, my chapter won and was published. I think the story was called “A Touch of Scandal,” but it was PG-rated. I don’t know if Harlequin still has this contest.


I had no idea I’d be an erotica writer- it just came from nowhere! Was writing erotica something you intended to do, or was it a bit of a shock?

No, I didn’t set out to write erotica — although, as I mentioned, my writing started out with a lot of sex. Mainly, I was interested in writing romance, but tried just about everything to “get published.” My writing was all over the place — everything from literary fiction to political humor.

My first complete novel was a romance, which I now look back on with horror. There was more wrong with that book than was right. It had just about every mistake a novice writer can make. At the time, though, I submitted it everywhere and it was rejected — rightfully so. But I continued writing and submitting, learning the hard way, through trial and error. Finally, I wrote a chick-lit novel intended for Harlequin’s Red Dress Ink imprint and they asked to see the complete manuscript. Thrilled that it made it that far and hoping for the best, I rested on my laurels when I should have been working on another novel. This was another newbie mistake.

During this down time, I discovered the website Literotica. Yes, there is a lot of poor writing on there, but there are also some very hot stories. My only exposure to erotica up until that point was Anne Rice’s Sleeping Beauty Trilogy, which I read in college. I loved the series and it made a big impression on me. After enjoying some dirty stories on Literotica, I submitted one of my own under a pen name for a contest. It didn’t win, but was very well received. Soon, I was editing other people’s stories for their volunteer editing program. One of the writers I was working with introduced me to the Erotica Readers and Writers Association (ERWA) and their calls for submissions. I met a lot of talented writers and learned a great deal.

I began writing and submitting erotica more seriously after that and had a few modest successes. Although Harlequin ultimately passed on my chick-lit novel, I was still writing romance too. It wasn’t until years later when “erotic romance” became popular that I decided to focus on writing romance, erotica, and all the shades in between. My path to writing erotica has been a long and winding one.


What affect did that have on your life?

My erotica writing has been a dirty little secret for a long time. I come from a sexually repressed Catholic background. Although my parents didn’t ram the church down my throat, make me go to mass, or indoctrinate me in the catechism, the mentality was still there. Anything sexual was verboten. Oh, I knew my father kept dirty magazines hidden in the bathroom, but I knew better than to talk about it.

Even though I’d been doing it since I was about twelve, I didn’t learn the word “masturbate” until I was almost in high school. A friend of mine mentioned it and of course I denied ever doing such a thing. I doubt she believed me, but she was kind enough not to call me on it. So writing and reading erotica has always been about exploring the forbidden and embracing my sexual desires.

Still, I can count on one hand the number of people from my everyday life that know I write erotica. When I tell people that I’m a writer, I say I write romance. It covers a multitude of sins, saves me embarrassment and censure from folks who’d be scandalized, and allows me to avoid unwanted attention from lecherous men.

Does your first published story reflect your current writing style?

Not at all. I’ve learned a lot since then and honed my writing style. I’d like to think I’m a much better writer now.  I’m also concentrating on writing romance and erotica as Ria Restrepo. I’d written under my given name initially, and then under another pseudonym, which I’d rather not reveal for personal reasons. After a hiatus, I relaunched my writing career as Ria Restrepo at the end of 2014. My first story as Ria was an erotic romance called “Undercover Desires,” published in early 2015 in Spy Games: Thrilling Spy Erotica. My most recent published work, “Restitution,” was released January 2016 in Best Women’s Erotica of the Year, Volume 1. Not much about my style has changed between those two stories, although “Restitution” is more erotica than erotic romance.


What are you working on at the moment?

Apart from continuing to write and submit short erotic stories for publication, I’m working on a full-length erotic romance novel called “Bounty girl.” I started working on it for NaNoWriMo 2015. It’s about a submissive bounty huntress who goes after the fugitive brother of her first love/Dom. Of course, all sorts of complications and shenanigans ensue!

My first published work as Ria Restrepo was “Undercover Desires” in Spy Games: Thrilling Spy Erotica, published by House of Erotica and edited by Jillian Boyd. The buy links page on House of Erotica’s site is here:


“Restitution” in Best Women’s Erotica of the Year, Volume 1 is my most recent published work. Buy links here:



Another story, “Rickshawing with Rick and Shawn,” a MMF erotica piece is coming out soon in Prompted. No buy links for it yet, but you can read about it here:


Also, here are links for my website and blog:

Website: http://www.riarestrepo.com

Blog: http://riarestrepo.blogspot.com


Ria Restrepo has written in many genres, from literary fiction to political humour, under various names. Now she’s focused on writing what she loves to read—romance, erotica, and all the shades in between. She’s spent most of her life in South Florida and continues to live in the Sunshine State, because she still has nightmares about standing in feet of snow, waiting for the school bus in rural Pennsylvania. Her work has appeared in Spy Games: Thrilling Spy Erotica, Best Women’s Erotica of the Year, Vol. 1, and will be in the upcoming anthology Prompted.


Thanks for a wonderful interview Ria – good luck with Prompted and all your future work.

Happy reading,

Kay xx


My First Time: Emmanuelle de Maupassant

Today it’s time for another in the ‘My First Time’ series- and I’m delighted to welcome Emmanuelle de Maupassant to my blog today for a cup of something and a chat!

Over to you Emmanuelle…

First Time

My First Time

Can you remember writing the first story you actually wanted to write, rather than those you were forced to write at school? What was it about?

About 11 years ago, I was living in one of the former Soviet states and began researching old, pagan superstitions and customs, including folk mythologies. I felt a compulsion to write my own tales using my findings: not retellings of existing Russian fairy tales, but something original, combining elements from various sources. These were early drafts of stories which now feature in my Cautionary Tales. They were more bawdy than erotic, and focused on the darker side of those old superstitions. It was a full decade before I returned to them in earnest and polished them, with the help of my editor (Adrea Kore).

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What was your first official publication? Was that erotica?

My first works in print were travel guides, commissioned for the Culture Smart! series and for Dorling Kindersley’s Eyewitness series. Before that, I’d written travel articles for various journals including The Times.

I had no idea I’d be an erotica writer – it just came from nowhere! Was writing erotica something you intended to do, or was it a bit of a shock?

I was chatting with a friend and, somehow or other, we pretty much dared each other to write something ‘naughty’. From there, ‘The Gentlemen’s Club’ was born: a rather provocative tale set in 19th century London. I began writing without any clear plot direction, but guided by a definite desire to write about sexual obsession. My fingers almost had a life of their own and, one month later, my first draft was complete.

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What affect did that have on your life?

I’ve never been happier. I have license to write into ‘dangerous’ places. There’s no point hiding anything, or pretending.

Does your first published story reflect your current writing style?

My first novella is set in Victorian London, so I evoked 19th century language and a fair amount of historical detail. My latest release has a very different voice, using dark humour and elements of the grotesque. It’s called Cautionary Tales and is a collection of macabre folktales tinged with erotic horror. I’ve blended eroticism with a sense of creeping dread for what lurks in the shadows.

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What are you working on at the moment?

Volume Two in my Noire series, which is set in Italy, in 1899. Lashings of gothic mystery, a vile villain, a cunning seductress, and a host of eccentric characters. It should be ready for release by late summer.

Buy links-

 To my first published story: The Gentlemen’s Club


and to my latest book: Cautionary Tales


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Emmanuelle de Maupassant lives with her husband (maker of tea and fruit cake) and her hairy pudding terrier (connoisseur of squeaky toys and bacon treats).

 Other links – you can follow Emmanuelle at:




Many thanks hun- wonderful interview.

Kay xx

My First Time: Kd Grace

I’m delighted to be able to bring you another insight into an erotica writers’ first publishing experience. Today it’s the turn of my wonderful friend, the brilliant, Kd Grace…

First Time

Can you remember writing the first story you actually wanted to write, rather than those you were forced to write at school? What was it about?

It was actually my first novel – very much a trunk novel that shall never see the light of day – at least not as is. It was sort of a Pygmalion story about a woman who takes part in an insane bet in order to get fit and get the body she wants, only to discover that wasn’t the key to happiness.

What was your first official publication? Was that erotica?

It was erotica, yes. It was a very short piece for the now defunct UK sexy women’s magazine, Scarlet. It was about a chance encounter in the back of the night bus.

I had no idea I’d be an erotica writer- it just came from nowhere! Was writing erotica something you intended to do, or was it a bit of a shock?

It was definitely a bit of a shock. I always found writing sex scenes easy, so thought I’d give it a try, desperate to get anything at all published, and the I figured I’d move on from there … eventually … some day …

What affect did that have on your life?

It made me a lot more open minded about kink and sexual relationships, about how people see themselves sexually. It also made me much more compassionate when I came to realize just how many people out there have been very wounded sexually – emotionally as much as physically, and just how people struggle to make peace with sex. I try very hard to make all of my works a celebration of sex and romance and the human connection. I think that’s something erotica writers need to do because no one else is doing it.

Does your first published story reflect your current writing style?

Yes, I guess it does. It’s very tongue in cheek, it’s fun and doesn’t take itself too seriously.

What are you working on at the moment?

I’m working on a contemporary romance at the moment – quite sexy, but not erotica. I can thank you, Kay, for the inspiration for this novel, which was a tin of pears in heavy syrup. Who knew???


Buy links

Sadly, The Night Bus is no longer available, and it happened before I had a website and blog or even imagined I’d need one.

Links to latest:

Interviewing Wade





Amazon UK

Amazon US

Amazon AU

Amazon CA

Barnes & Noble

iBooks UK

iBooks US



Amazon UK

Amazon US

Amazon CA



About K D Grace/Grace Marshall

Voted ETO Best Erotic Author of 2014, and a proud member of The Brit Babes, K D Grace believes Freud was right. In the end, it really IS all about sex, well sex and love. And nobody’s happier about that than she is, otherwise, what would she write about?

When she’s not writing, K D is veg gardening. When she’s not gardening, she’s walking. She walks her stories, and she’s serious about it. She and her husband have walked Coast to Coast across England, along with several other long-distance routes. For her, inspiration is directly proportionate to how quickly she wears out a pair of walking boots. She also enjoys martial arts, reading, watching the birds and anything that gets her outdoors.

KD has erotica published with SourceBooks, Xcite Books, Harper Collins Mischief Books, Mammoth, Cleis Press, Black Lace, Sweetmeats Press and others.

KD’s critically acclaimed erotic romance novels include, The Initiation of Ms Holly, Fulfilling the Contract, To Rome with Lust, and The Pet Shop. Her paranormal erotic novel, Body Temperature and Rising, the first book of her Lakeland Witches trilogy, was listed as honorable mention on Violet Blue’s Top 12 Sex Books for 2011. Books two and three, Riding the Ether, and Elemental Fire, are now also available.

K D Grace also writes hot romance as Grace Marshall. An Executive Decision, Identity Crisis, The Exhibition, Interviewing Wade are all available.

Find K D Here:                                                                   

Websites: http://kdgrace.co.uk/


Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/KDGraceAuthor

Twitter: https://twitter.com/KD_Grace


Many thanks Kd. Great interview.

Happy reading,

Kay x

My First Time: Lily Harlem

It’s time to delve into the writing past of another fantastic erotica author. Today I’m delighted to welcome the incredible Lily Harlem…

First Time

Can you remember writing the first story you actually wanted to write, rather than those you were forced to write at school? What was it about?

Yes, it was a children’s story about a magic balloon that when you held the string and made a wish it would whisk you off to wherever in the world you’d asked it to take you. I even illustrated it. Sadly it proved to be my first rejection letter – I was six years old!

What was your first official publication? Was that erotica?

Yes, it was erotica. Two pieces could be described as my first. One, Madam President, I wrote for a competition and was thrilled to win first place. This spurred me on, I’d found my genre, and I submitted story to Best Women’s Erotica 2010, Stable Manners, which Violet Blue picked up to be included in her anthology. I remember several months later seeing Violet on The Oprah Winfrey show discussing sexuality and the book even got a mention! I was beyond excited, you can imagine the squeals. You can read both of these short stories and more in my collection Stories for When the Sun Goes Down.


I had no idea I’d be an erotica writer- it just came from nowhere! Was writing erotica something you intended to do, or was it a bit of a shock?

It was a bit of a shock to be honest, but I’ve always felt that my competition win with Madam President led me down this path and so it was fate.

What affect did that have on your life?

I’d just given up a career in nursing which had been a hard thing to do, I adored working as a nurse in London but circumstances had changed. My husband suggested I attend a creative writing course as it was something I’d always expressed an interest in. I’m so glad I followed his suggestion as I now write full time, have over one million words published in nearly one hundred novels and short stories and a pile of 5* reviews. Being able to use my imagination to create characters and situations that readers enjoy is tremendously fulfilling, and it was doing something with meaning that I needed to regain after my nursing years came to an end.

Does your first published story reflect your current writing style?

Well it’s contemporary erotic romance so that has stuck. I dare say over the last 5 years my writing has matured though. The great thing about writing is that it’s a constant learning curve, sometimes I feel the more I know about it the more I realise I don’t know.

What are you working on at the moment?

I’ve got deadlines coming out of my ears at the moment. I seemed to have said YES to every editor and publisher that asked for something LOL. But that’s okay I’ll get my head down and get those stories written. Today I’m working on an MM, BDSM biker story and it’s just heating up!


Buy links to your first story and most recent story

Stories for When the Sun Goes Down – only 99c/99p!

Muscling In – latest ménage a trois release.


Lily Harlem lives in the UK and is an award-winning author of contemporary erotic romance. She writes for publishers on both sides of the Atlantic including HarperCollins, Totally Bound, Pride Publishing, Evernight Publishing, Xcite, and Sweetmeats Press. Her work regularly receives high praise and industry nominations.

Before turning her hand to writing Lily Harlem worked as a trauma nurse and her latest HarperCollins release, Confessions of a Naughty Night Nurse draws on her many experiences while nursing in London. Lily also self-publishes and The Silk Tie, The Glass Knot,  In Expert Hands and Scored have been blessed with many 5* reviews since their release.

Lily writes MF, MM and ménage a trois, her books regularly hit the #1 spot on Amazon Best Seller lists and Breathe You In was named a USA Today Reviewer’s Recommended Read of 2014. Her latest MM novel is Dark Warrior.


Lily also co-authors with Natalie Dae and publishes under the name Harlem Dae – check out the Sexy as Hell Box Set available exclusively on Amazon – The Novice, The Player and The Vixen – and That Filthy Book which has been hailed as a novel ‘every woman should read’.

One thing you can be sure of, whatever book you pick up by Ms Harlem, is it will be wildly romantic and down-and-dirty sexy. Enjoy!


Many thanks for joining me today Lily!

Kay xx




My First Time: Lucy Felthouse

Today I’m beginning a brand new series of interviews on my blog. Every fortnight (novel deadlines willing!) I’ll be asking some of the best erotica writers in the business about their very first time…Their first time getting published that is.

Who better than to kick off ‘My First Time,’ than my dear friend, fellow Brit Babe, and prolific erotica writer, Lucy Felthouse!

First Time

Can you remember writing the first story you actually wanted to write, rather than those you were forced to write at school? What was it about?

I was never forced at school—creative writing sessions were always my favourite! I’d disappear into my own head for the duration of the lesson, and be one of the few disappointed when the break bell rang! I honestly don’t remember the first story I wrote, though, as I’ve been scribbling in notebooks ever since I could physically write.

What was your first official publication? Was that erotica?

Yes, my first published work was erotica, and it was on a now-defunct website. My first print publication was in the sadly also defunct Scarlet Magazine. My first publication in a book was Fantasy Assignment, which appeared in Xcite Books’ anthology, Seriously Sexy 3.


I had no idea I’d be an erotica writer- it just came from nowhere! Was writing erotica something you intended to do, or was it a bit of a shock?

Neither, really, because it all started on a dare! I was at university when one of my friends suggested I should have a go at writing an erotic story. I resisted at first, but then he dared me. Well, I couldn’t say no to a dare, could I? I took on the challenge and succeeded, and I’ve never looked back!

What affect did that have on your life?

I’m not sure it did, really. I started away writing more erotic short stories, and only told a select few people—i.e. those I knew wouldn’t be bothered by it, and it’s just grown from there. Now, several years later, that writing makes up part of my income.

Does your first published story reflect your current writing style?

It’s difficult to say, really. I don’t want to go back and read it now as I’ll probably cringe, as I always do when reading my much earlier work. I’d say in terms of content—it’s an erotic story featuring a man in uniform—it’s still very “me” as I’m a sucker for uniforms. It probably still sounds like me, too, but I’d certainly hope that now, after dozens and dozens more short stories, novellas and novels, that I’ve improved considerably!

What are you working on at the moment?

I’m working on a sexy little F/F tale for an anthology. Fingers crossed the publisher will accept it!


You can buy Lucy’s latest book Love on Location, now- http://lucyfelthouse.co.uk/published-works/love-on-location/

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Lucy Felthouse is a very busy woman! She writes erotica and erotic romance in a variety of subgenres and pairings, and has over 140 publications to her name, with many more in the pipeline. These include several editions of Best Bondage Erotica, Best Women’s Erotica 2013 and Best Erotic Romance 2014. Another string to her bow is editing, and she has edited and co-edited a number of anthologies, and also edits for a small publishing house. She owns Erotica For All, is book editor for Cliterati, and is one eighth of The Brit Babes. Find out more at http://www.lucyfelthouse.co.uk. Join her on Facebook and Twitter, and subscribe to her newsletter at: http://eepurl.com/gMQb9


Many thanks for joining me today Lucy. 

Kay xx

(PS- if you enjoyed that, I am running a similar interview series over on my Jenny Kane site for writers from other genres. xx)



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