Interview with C Pells

How do you approach cover design?
Erotica is known for the muscle guy/woman body part covers, and while they can be eye-catching, they look like everyone else's books. I like things to be a little different.
What are your five favorite books, and why?
Lamb, by Christopher Moore. It's a phenomenal take on the Christ myth.
The Sleeping Beauty Series, by A.N. Roquelaure. Twisted.
The Cask of Amontillado, by Edgar Allen Poe. EAP understood the human condition better than most, and in this book, his accurate view shines.
The Story of O, by Anne Desclos. Sexy, disturbed read.
Anything by Anais Nin. If you don't know why, please read her work.
What do you read for pleasure?
Everything I can get my hands on, from scientific studies to pervy scribblings in bathroom stalls.
What book marketing techniques have been most effective for you?
Smashwords Read an E-book Week has been a great experience. I doubled my total sales in the first two days.
Describe your desk
It's my lap. I know, I know, terrible posture, blah, blah, blah. But we work with what we've got.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
Florida. You know all those jokes about "Florida Man"? They're accurate, and you cannot grow up in Florida without being influenced by the delightful quirks of it. I prefer things to be strange and fun and laid back, in my writing and my life.
Why writing?
Often, it feels as though I have so many stories in my head that I simply need to get out of their way, so they can be told.
When did you first start writing?
I've always told stories, but I think I began writing the moment I could.
What's the story behind your latest book?
My current works-in-progress are about the twisted things people do to each other to meet their needs.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
Freedom, and I don't have to wait for anyone else.
How has Smashwords contributed to your success?
The R.A.E.W. promo has been helpful, and I don't have to worry about my content being flagged for being 'Adult'.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
It's free therapy.
What do your fans mean to you?
Writing can be the extended version of playing with your imaginary friends. It's neat to think my imaginary friends live in someone else's imagination. I hope they enjoy the warped machinations of my mind.
Published 2019-03-04.
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Books by This Author

Safeword: Making A Mistress Selections: Five
Series: Making A Mistress Selections, Book 5. Price: $1.99 USD. (Free!) Words: 18,770. Language: English. Published: May 24, 2019. Categories: Fiction » Romance » New adult
Collette has her first session with Brick, in his professional role. Just in time, too, since they have to recruit at a Play Party outside of the Club. She has to trust him fully, before strangers make her Safeword.
Tight Fit: Making A Mistress Selections: Four
Series: Making A Mistress Selections, Book 4. Price: $1.99 $0.99 USD. (50% off!) Words: 22,580. Language: English. Published: May 24, 2019. Categories: Fiction » Romance » New adult
At Valentine's Day, the gang gets together with Gino's old friend Andre and his girlfriend, Zola. Before Collette goes back to Charleston, she, Vaughn, Gino, and Jeremy find out four people in love together can be a Tight Fit.
New Love: Making A Mistress Selections: Three
Series: Making A Mistress Selections, Book 3. Price: $1.99 $0.99 USD. (50% off!) Words: 26,190. Language: English. Published: May 24, 2019. Categories: Fiction » Romance » New adult
Collette Hemming comes home from China with a secret, and her boyfriend, Jeremy, is the first one to get it out of her. They have an adventure, right before her roommate and others join them for the fun.
Make Me: Making A Mistress Selections: Two
Series: Making A Mistress Selections, Book 2. Price: $1.99 $0.99 USD. (50% off!) Words: 15,450. Language: English. Published: May 24, 2019. Categories: Fiction » Romance » New adult
Collette goes to China to persuade General Liu Wei to comply with the Condio Club's plans for Shanghai. As she tells him, she will put herself into any position to achieve her goals. And she proves it.
Stronger: Making A Mistress Selections: One
Series: Making A Mistress Selections, Book 1. Price: $1.99 USD. (Free!) Words: 16,020. Language: English. Published: May 24, 2019. Categories: Fiction » Romance » New adult
Collette's journey continues into the New Year. The Night of Special Magnificence brings ten surprise honored guests and some of the ladies have it in for her. Meanwhile, the Bible Belt House is in development, and she becomes the de facto HR Manager. Each challenge makes Collette Stronger.
The Curve: The Dirty University Series
Series: The Dirty University. Price: $1.99 USD. (Free!) Words: 6,300. Language: English. Published: April 2, 2019. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Erotic, Fiction » Erotica » Women's Erotica
Dr. Heather Stapleton is your typical middle-aged professor: a husband, some kids, and bored. Not quite ready for something as risque as Annie's adventures, but maybe add a little spice to her bland life. Thank goodness she grades on The Curve.
Schooled: The Dirty University Series
Series: The Dirty University. Price: $1.99 $0.99 USD. (50% off!) Words: 8,270. Language: English. Published: March 12, 2019. Categories: Fiction » Erotica » Contemporary
Cop-Yoga Instructor-Lawyer-Stranger Annie Dowling learns life can be full of surprises when you start saying, "Yes."
Making A Mistress: Book Five: Wet
Series: Making A Mistress. Price: $1.99 USD. (Free!) Words: 94,550. Language: English. Published: February 16, 2019. Categories: Fiction » Erotica » BDSM
The cold follows Collette back to the Founding House, but she finds a new way to keep warm: an enchanting woman. Vaughn Gruber is the latest addition to the U.S. Membership roster, and she wants to settle nearby. November brings old friends, too. Sir Harold Bixby has a visit. Collette scores a new assignment: vet a potential Member. The New Year is coming and it's guaranteed to be Wet.
Making A Mistress: Book One: The Virginity Auction
Series: Making A Mistress, Book 1. Price: $1.99 USD. (Free!) Words: 62,500. Language: English. Published: February 15, 2019. Categories: Fiction » Erotica » BDSM
A young woman on the verge of the adult world, Collette is introduced to a fantasy land, drenched in public naughtiness and possibilities. Her best friend Mia works there, as both a guide and a party girl. Every night is another chance for tantalizing pleasure and wanton pain. Before she realizes it, she's sucked into the wet mire of her own lust.
Making A Mistress: Three: Stormy Weather
Series: Making A Mistress, Book 3. Price: $1.99 $0.99 USD. (50% off!) Words: 96,100. Language: English. Published: February 8, 2019. Categories: Fiction » Erotica » BDSM
After coming home from a marathon shopping trip with her best friend Mia, Collette Hemming is surprised by her boyfriend with a trip to Key West. After a business trip to California, hurricane season has descended on Florida. Collette begins to realize nothing lasts is forever. Not even the walls around her heart. No one is ready for Stormy Weather.
Making A Mistress: Book Two: The New Year
Series: Making A Mistress, Book 2. Price: $1.99 $0.99 USD. (50% off!) Words: 96,340. Language: English. Published: February 7, 2019. Categories: Fiction » Erotica » BDSM
After Collette Hemming's auction, she rings in the New Year at the Club. It starts with a bang, and only gets better. She meets several members, some old, some new, all interested in her. Sparks fly when Jeremy invites his ex, Aster, and her fiance, Trick, to the Founding House. It certainly is a New Year.
Making A Mistress: Book Four: Hooked
Series: Making A Mistress, Book 4. Price: $1.99 $0.99 USD. (50% off!) Words: 143,300. Language: English. Published: January 27, 2019. Categories: Fiction » Erotica » BDSM
When Collette Hemming goes to the New York City House, she encounters a House Mistress who is cold, calculating, and undeniably sexy. But, Mistress Melara White has it out for the sweet young Switch and will do anything to provoke her. Her adventures take her around the world and she is Hooked.