Interview with Bastille Winters

Published 2020-06-02.
What's the story behind your latest book?
"Team Spirit" has a bit of a funny back-story. After I published "Tangled in Ivy," I got very excited about writing erotica again and dashed off outlines for a bunch of concepts. One of them was this story, at my husband Marq's suggestion, and I started to furiously write...the first 2500 words.

Then, as often happens with my poor concepts, I abandoned it for a year. Totally forgot about it, in fact.

In quarantine, Marq decided to pick up erotica as a hobby. He's already produced several finished shorts, and that's when we got the idea (basically at the same time, because we practically share a brain) to collaborate on erotica together. I would do my favorite parts -- outlining, developing characters, and writing the intro and tension-building -- and Marq would do his favorite part -- writing the actual sex scenes.

Turns out, this is a VERY good way for us to write sexy fiction. So! We hope you enjoy our handiwork.
What is your writing process?
Whether I am conscious of it or not, my erotica stories start with a wish. A desire. Sometimes it is mine, sometimes it is a character's. The desire becomes the center of the story, with every motion -- literal and metaphorical -- straining towards fulfillment of that longing.

So I start with the wish, and whatever other pieces of the story I have, and I begin to fill in the differences. If I know my character, but not my setting, I might look for photographs of beautiful or terrifying places that inspire sensual sensationalism. If I know my setting, but not my characters, I will often think of the last person in my life who expressed longing and shape them into a character receptive to fulfillment of their wish. If all I have is the wish, I often begin by writing in my own voice, feeling out how I would strain towards that wish, even if it does not belong explicitly to me. (A writer's prerogative is to explore what it takes to reach goals they do not necessarily share.)

Erotica can be challenging to write for long periods of time -- at least, the sex scenes can be. I have no trouble with the foreplay, the scenes of dialogue and description that build tension between the characters. It is exploding that tension into physical acts of consummation that can be frustrating, in numerous senses of the word. Writing erotica requires more frequent breaks than composing other types of writing. So when I'm wrestling with a work of erotica, I will set myself small goals. 300 words. 500 words. The next scene break. I break the scenes down into manageable chunks, and I often find myself writing above and beyond that goal.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
I like the classic e-ink Kindle. I would give the Paperwhite a chance, but I have seen too many hapless readers tuck one under their arm as they leave the bus and watched the pages fly past, turned by the pressure of an elbow!
What are you working on next?
Marq and I are collaborating on another story, called "Cave." It follows a wild, near-legendary woman and her two very different suitors, and their love triangle amidst the dangers of the ancient world.
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Books by This Author

Team Spirit
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 7,380. Language: English. Published: June 9, 2020. Categories: Fiction » Erotica » Contemporary, Fiction » Erotica » Menage/Multiple Partners
Kady and her husband Brian are determined to throw a memorable championship party for the end of the football season, but their team has other plans. How will Kady keep her friends Archie, Raff, and Ellis entertained despite a losing game... and can she really play to win?
Tangled in Ivy
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 12,280. Language: English. Published: March 1, 2020. Categories: Fiction » Erotica » Contemporary
Carter falls hard for his classmate after a steamy encounter, but someone they both know stands in the way of Ivy returning Carter's affections. Will Carter let a handsome professor woo away the first woman to steal his heart?
Raven Lake Summer
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 25,310. Language: American English. Published: October 16, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Erotica » Menage/Multiple Partners, Fiction » Erotica » Romance
Rejoice "Joi" Barnes and her husband Graham return to her childhood home, Raven Lake, for a summer free of responsibilities. Little do they know that Joi's childhood heartthrob, Nit, lives next door once again - and that a boyfriend is just what they need for the best summer ever.