Interview with Claire Monday

What are you working on next?
More Mel and Trisha stories! These girls have so many stories to tell. In a way, they live like a dirty version of the Simpsons. They never get any older but it's a different story every time.
Mel and Trisha are how we would all like to be, if we had the nerve. They screw around and they enjoy it. They are not the kind of girls you could take home to meet your Mum and Dad though! But they will give you the night of your life.

I go to bed with them. I sleep with them. I screw with them and then I write it all down for you to enjoy.
Who are your favorite authors?
Classical types. I don't actually read porn or erotica because most of it is very poor quality literature. Typically, the authors only have one story to tell and it's all done in the first person and in the past tense. 'Then I did this, then she did that', kind of stuff. And they like to set it in odd places like prisons, doctors surgery's or the plumber is coming 'round again. The classic? My friends mother. It becomes too predictable and for me, that makes it boring.

I like to write proper stories. Real stories about real people. I also like to play around with points of view and watching it happen as a narrator. I want you, as the reader, to be there and to feel it happening to you.

So who are my favourite authors? At the minute, I am re-reading Homage to Catalonia by George Orwell, who was a brilliant writer. Ready to go is anything by Anton Chekov because he was a master of the art; Madame Bovary by Gustave Flaubert; Ulysses by James Joyce and who else? Game of Thrones (A story of fire and ice, to give it its real name) by George RR Martin because the way he builds his characters (I still prefer building people!) is astonishingly good. A modern classic.

My secret author? Eddie Braben. He wrote the classic Morecambe and Wise scripts. Not only are they hilariously funny but they work because they are right. So I let him influence me too.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
I am a born optimist and adventurer. For me, every day is to be lived to the full. I can't do mundane or repetitious stuff. I think that for most people, 80% of what they do this week they did last week.

And they screw that way too! Which is probably why most people enjoy the world of fantasy so much. It's an escape. And I like to take them there... This world is a big place, and I'd like to see most of it.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
I used to write marketing blurb and sales literature. And it bored me to death. I had to write an article for a magazine because the boss said I had 'a way with words' and I hated every minute of it. But it went down well so I was encouraged/forced to do more and more. I got into writing and have written for magazines, newspapers and a number of short stories.
Then, one day, I went on a 2 hour course entitled 'how to write erotic literature'. I thought, well why not? And it all started there. I do have a filthy and fertile mind so I find 'Mel and Trisha' stories easy to write. And I really enjoy writing them too, so why not? Most of what Mel and Trisha get up to I've either done or seen. The rest is just my unrestrained imagination.
What is your writing process?
Plan. I plan every single story - but just the story line. I get an idea, it could be a holiday or something, and then I run it like a film, in my head.
I put in some rebellion, a few surprises and let downs, love, dirty sex and then write it all down at a rate of about 3000 words a day. Always leave the keyboard smoking! Gagging for more. The first draft normally takes about a week, ten days or so, and then I let it rest for as long as possible which is normally about a month. Then I go and revisit it for the redraft.
Then it goes out to Beta Readers. If they like it I set to work polishing it.
Then it rests again.
Then, if it makes the grade, I publish.

And it makes all the difference between a good piece of prose and three thousand words of poorly written fantasy which doesn't do it for you. I like what I write. I enjoy reading it and I hope you do too.
How do you approach cover design?
I have a friend in the business. She likes what I write so she gets the message across.
I do have a challenge with the visual limitations. Censorship.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
An older model Kindle. Works fine for me. I struggle with small screens.
When did you first start writing?
I've always been writing. Before that, I was always reading. If you don't read, you can't write.
I can't ever remember not being able to read or write, even as a child. I find good books magical. The first time you read 'the hobbit', for instance, or anything by Neil Gaiman, you let your imagination create the visual images as you read. And the voices and the weather too. Good writers can make you imagine that, bad writers can't. I'd rather read, write and use my own imagination than let someone else do it for me. I don't own a television either.
What's the story behind your latest book?
A Greek holiday.
Years ago, I went there with my lover, out of season. Everything was closed so we screwed the week away. Heaven.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
Making people feel that they are actually there, screwing. I am a bit of a pervert, underneath.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
I teach yoga, of all things.
Published 2014-05-22.
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Books by This Author

Mel and Trisha - Blowjobs
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 19,620. Language: British English. Published: May 15, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Erotica » Comedy/Humor
Mel and Trisha are two very British girls. In this short, erotic story, our girls are off to explore the world of blow jobs. Those of you who follow the lives of Mel and Trisha with regularity will already know that most of their escapades end in disaster. In this story, Mel will fulfil a very naughty fantasy and Trisha is going to learn that being a dominatrix can be quite good fun.