Interview with Muffy Wilson

How has Smashwords contributed to your success?
Smashwords has given me a commonly accepted platform to reach thousands of readers, and related genre author forums, who enjoy romance that traces, and sometimes dives without restraint, into the sensuous world of erotica. I write what I refer to as 'Literotica' which concentrates more on the story, the depth of human relations in, seeking and finding love. The sex is important, as icing is to a pastry, however it is not the focal point, but perhaps 'tipping point' of my stories. If I have done my job properly, the reader has a heightened level of excitement and expectation that a sensual, explosive sexual encounter is not only anticipated but needed by the reader to satisfy their needs from the characters in the work.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
Most readers believe, and often writers feel, that writing is a solitary activity. In one dimension, that is true; however, I have characters, places and situations that are clamoring to splash all over my pages. I make their voice a reality, their locale a reality and their situation identifiable and passionate. Sometimes the work comes easily and flows quickly with joy and excitement. More often it is a difficult process of drawing my heroine or hero out, articulating understandable and credible personalities, relating their crisis or challenges and artfully describing their journey. Breathing life into a character with whom readers empathize and want to follow is a joy. My imagination is full of characters, both good and bad. It is my personal joy to share my imaginary friends my readers.
What do your fans mean to you?
Fans, and their comments, are an encouragement to me. They validate what I spend my days doing. I take every remark that they make, be it positive or negative, as a compliment. They read my work! They actually read something I wrote and were engaged enough to feel compelled to make a statement. I struck a nerve, plucked a heartstring, created engagement: in some way, I touched them. Fans feed my creativity. They are the friends I look forward to seeing at a 'cocktail party' with whom my characters connect. Without them, there would be no story.
What are you working on next?
I have several exciting pieces I am working on now. I just finished two erotic adaptations of fairy tales, 'The Little Mermaid' and 'Puss and Boots', for fall release with Ravenous Romance. I am also finishing up another Grimm's Fairy Tales erotic adaptation of 'The Giant and the Tailor' for Decadent Publishing's Ménage Fairytale line, also for release later this year. I love an exciting project, 'The Para-Portage of Emily', that I continue to develop. It should be finished and to edits by the end of the year. And finally a fun and collaborative piece I am doing with another author with a working title of, 'Cheerleaders in Heat" about a professional football team's cheerleading squad set in Miami. I continue in author groups honing my craft with weekly flash fiction writing challenges in 100, 200 and 400 word limited pieces based on photographs. I would love to put those together in a fun book of 'Quickies". Lastly, for the time being, I have dozens of ongoing short stories, good and not-so-good, that need attention so I can develop an affordable boxed set for my reader’s enjoyment. But, who knows what will take shape in my mind, or when, screaming for consideration?
Who are your favorite authors?
Oh, I have so many. I have read insatiably since I was very, very young. When we lived in France, I was 13 years old. We had no television so I read all the time. At the time I read a lot about judicial criminology. Like most writers, I have an insatiable appetite for words, in any combination or form or genre. But, to answer your question, in no particular order, are my delicious favorite authors: Virginia Wolfe, Pat Conroy, C.S. Lewis, Kahlil Gibran, Stephen King, Erica Jong, Robert Service, Rod McKeun, Jack London, Tom Clancy, James Patterson, Nora Ephron, Hemingway, J.D. Salinger, W. Somerset Maugham, Sylvia Plath, George Eliot, Kurt Vonnegut, Jack Kerouac, Faulkner, Richard Price, F. Scott Fitzgerald, Charles Bukowski, Oscar Wilde, Dorothy Parker, Dylan Thomas, Margaret Mitchell, Stieg Larsson and in erotica, of course, Rachel Kramer Bussel. I could go on and on until we were a box of dusty bones.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
Would it sound pretentious to say, Life? I believe in paying it forward, to help those who cannot help themselves; I believe in the power of love and healing in the human condition. I love observation and exploration ~ communication. My pulse is magnetized, energized by the sun, the moon and the wind ~ a touch. A simple "Hello" or "Good morning" electrifies my interest....and I have a Havanese. His morning rituals are most important!
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
My husband of 30 years is my constant companion and a source of real inspiration. We beach it, sun it, eat it, cook it, boat it, read it or watch it. I am also a seasoned real estate agent in SW Florida and have a big family so we travel, not so much anymore, to see our loved ones all over the United States. I have loved to travel since I was very young. My Father was a US Air Force Colonel, since retired, for 25 years so we were uprooted every 2-3 years, much to my Mother's chagrin. So people, places and sights have always interested me and fanned my romanticism.
What is your writing process?
It is probably boring to most people. I sit in the early morning hours with my coffee and write whatever interests me at that moment. I might work on something in progress or start something new. I correct or edit as I advance in the story. I have tried not to do that but I just can't. Traditionalist recommend just writing until you stop, getting it down on paper then going back to edit. Not me, I just cannot. Each sentence is a link, each word is as important as a lover's touch leading to the next. I write quickly but precisely. This doesn't circumvent editing. There is always a lot to do in editing, and I pick up new tips all the time from other authors like Sara York, who is a constant source of inspiration. But I want to read a story that ebbs and flows properly, if not grammatically, first. It has to appeal to my senses; it has to move me before I go back to edit and perfect to my satisfaction. I will read and reread the same sentence or paragraph several times before I move on. Then I walk the dog, feed anyone that is up and take care of personal matters. I write again in the afternoon, most of the time. Life is a dynamic inspiration. An encounter with someone in the grocery story, a conversation at a cocktail party or an argument with my husband might influence me to change something I just wrote. It may sound more real. When I am done with a piece, I reread it and then reread it aloud; it goes to beta readers and then to editors before it gets submitted to a publisher. It has to be polished; readers are smart and so are publishers. They can pick up on a sequence that doesn't work or is out of order. You only have one chance with a reader for them to become a fan. And you only have one chance with a publisher. Editing is more important, some believe, than even a soft story. It is hard work and part of your soul. When you finally christen it for launching into the world, it had better be ther best work you can do. So, edit, edit, edit is the secret to preparing a polished story the author will love as much as the fans. We hope.
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
Yes, I do. It was "Charlotte's Web", by E. B. White and illustrated by Garth Williams. I didn't know it at the time, of course, but I later discovered that I was amazed that words could bring life to farm animals. I marveled at the impact of words that they not only injected life but instilled personalities, character, good and evil, laughter, challenge, success, sadness and loss, and most importantly ~ happiness. I still have my original copy. I laughed, cried, clasp my hands, squealed with joy and empathized with every page. That little book taught me that words were moving, impressive ~ powerful.
How do you approach cover design?
I usually have an image, or set of images, in my mind that are the characters, their feelings, their destiny on the journey within the story. Those vibrant, colorful images inspire me as I write, which inspires more images. I try to combine the most moving images, to me, into something that is striking to the eye, teasing the reader to pick it up and read the synopsis. A cover should tempt, impress, tease and 'delectify' the reader. A cover has to represent the story, in the absence of the story, to peak an interest. I may commission a cover if I can't find someting that speaks to my characters. And I rely on professionals to team with me to create the perfect embodiment representation of the magic inside.
Describe your desk
Ah, my desk is an organized, but loving, clutter. Once upon a time, I changed my formal dining room into my office. I wanted to be closer to the 'action' in my home and it had a very sunny morning light exposure to the east. I would write and work when we had family visiting without denying me the pleasure of their company. I am rarely distracted so that was not a problem and my husband missed me being 'around' when I was caught up in one of the back rooms that once serve as my creative 'well-spring". Because I have so many ongoing projects as never before, my work area began to overflow into the living room. What an organized mess! So I am in the process of moving my office back into one of the other guest rooms to "contain my process" and so I can close the door. But, usually I am well organized, neat, with everything filed or in a nice "To Do" pile. I have notes all over with thoughts of inspiration, mine and from others. I have three computers that are all three on at any given time and I may swivel from one to the other as the mood or expression strikes me. I also sometimes work sitting on the couch beside my husband while the TV provides white noise. It's a process and it is mine, but it works........or seems to work, anyway, for now.
Published 2014-10-16.
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Books by This Author

Memories & Kisses
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 22,690. Language: English. Published: October 16, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Erotica » Contemporary, Fiction » Romance » Erotic
Memories & Kisses has three stories of old loves remembered, rekindled love that survived decades of longing and is now ready to burst into flame. Do you have memories of a love that once was?...of a love that was lost?...of, perhaps, a rekindled love that survived decades of longing? They do. I do. Don't we all? If you do, you will find rekindled love between these steamy erotic pages. Remember?