Interview with Elena Hexthorn

Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up about 15 miles North of Boston, in Wilmington, Massachusetts. It was a small town that was very wooded and swampy. I cycled around that little town a lot, but mostly to the library as it was near the cemetery. I moved to Glasgow, Scotland in my teens. By the time I arrived in England aged 17, I realized that it was important for me to have a large collection of books. I have a severely massive occult book collection. I have lived in London for a long time. Despite its problems, I adore the city.
When did you first start writing?
I knew from the age of 8, that I was going to be a writer. From then until now I did a lot of different things. I remember at twenty-three how full of self-recrimination I was because I hadn't published anything. I realized at thirty, that you need a massive amount of life experience before I could really write anything interesting. I have it now, so I am ok and have all the insights I need.
What's the story behind your latest book?
…It’s not an exact science, but when pragmatic Isobel gets an offer to sell her boyfriend’s body to a demon in return for a kinky lifestyle, she soon finds that the transaction proves to be more complicated than she was led to expect. Along the way, Isobel finds out many secrets about the inner workings of the underworld whilst engaging in some guilt – inducing kinky sex. Set in and around Hampstead Heath, London with special cameo appearances from God and the Devil, this story takes you inside the mind and desires of other world entities. How to make ghosts is an erotic black comedy that celebrates the kinky sex in all its’ forms. Just remember to shut your eyes when you come to read the naughty parts of the story, and you will make it to the end of your addictive, action-packed new adventure.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
I started out writing for Random, but felt (as I am also a painter, model and photographer) that it would be better if I designed and marketed my books my own way. Writing a good book is like making a piece of jewellery. It takes time to create something beautiful. And if it's produced by a craftsman then you are getting the full force of that designer's creativity. I think a writer should be involved in every process of their own creative works in order to really deliver something of quality to the reader. I think the reader deserves 100% dedication from the writer.
How has Smashwords contributed to your success?
So far, not a lot. I hope the situation changes.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
Letting someone get a break from the stresses of life, appeals to me. I write for busy people who may only ever have time for very short breaks from their own worlds.
What do your fans mean to you?
The people that have supported me as a writer mean the earth to me. The encouragement through the wilderness has meant everything. Without them, I would have had no support at all.
What are you working on next?
My next book will be in a criminology vein. I have been working on it for a few years.
Who are your favorite authors?
I really love Joseph Conrad. I also love Roald Dahl, Saki, Algernon Blackwood, Charles Bukowski and W.W. Jacobs.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
Night terrors. I have terrible night terrors and I find being asleep can be a very precarious place to be. I also kind of enjoy them.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
I sew and make things, I play with my 3 black and white cats who are called Mercury, Minerva & Jupiter. I love to spend time looking for textiles. I collect textiles. I paint. I like film photography and developing the film at home.
What is your writing process?
My writing process is to take the phone off the hook and go awol. Otherwise I will get thrown out of my zone, and there's no way I will let that happen. Not for any reason will I let those distractions get in. I rely entirely on a solid lead column of self belief to make things happen. I have pretty much always been alone and have adapted to being self driven. I know thousands of people. I like people, very much and have been lucky enough to sift through and find lots of good ones.. but the buck still stops here.
How do you approach cover design?
I think you can have more than one cover. People deserve to have a few artwork choices.
Describe your desk
I have had the same desk since I was a teenager. It's a big black painted 1940's desk with an empty drawer on the right hand side. This is where my cats sit when I am doing long hours and they want my company. I have two computers side-by-side providing all my programs and calculations.
Published 2017-07-05.
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Books by This Author

How to Make Ghosts
Price: $5.99 USD. Words: 66,570. Language: Commonwealth English. Published: July 5, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Erotica » Contemporary, Fiction » Erotica » Comedy/Humor
It's not an exact science... when pragmatic Isobel receives an offer from a demon to trade her boyfriend's body for a more interesting and kinky sex life. But, she soon finds the transaction turns out to be more difficult than expected.
Santa Is Sick Of It All
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 3,900. Language: British English. Published: December 30, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Holiday » Christmas, Fiction » Humor & comedy » Black comedy
It's Christmas eve, and Santa just doesn't feel like making his journey around the world this year.
Very Kinky Girls
Price: $5.99 USD. Words: 42,990. Language: British English. Published: May 7, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Erotica » Menage/Multiple Partners, Fiction » Erotica » Erotica Anthologies
Very Kinky Girls is a collection of short, extremely dirty BDSM stories. It is a debut sampler of 7 tales of fetish erotica with a satirical twist. Cloaked in the anonymity of London; each girl embraces all aspects of their own explicit fantasies in each short story