Interview with Veronica Tiger

Who are your favorite authors?
Anais Nin for her exotic originality, her creation of certain scenes and characters I cannot forget
D.H. Lawrence for his ability to label and dissect the darkest most mysterious parts of relationships
Mishima Yukio for his way of mixing psychological drama with bizarre sexuality
Georges Sand for her good sense
Saikaku Ihara for his playfulness
Marguerite Duras for showing me what a book can be
What are you working on next?
I'm currently at work on an erotic romance. Though it's shorter than my usual works, it is taking me a while because I am experimenting with a new story structure which subverts the typical chronological frame I had originally written it in. The main love interest has proven a fascinating character to study, profound yet hopelessly oblivious. His sexuality is vibrant yet mysterious, and it drives the tension in the story.
What is your writing process?
I use the Nabokov process in which I sketch out scenes on notecards then arrange them the way I like best. Then I handwrite the draft, then I rewrite that for the typewritten copy. At that point, it goes to my editor who gives me advice on how he thinks the story should be shaped, then I either follow that or don't on the final copy. Usually, a work will go through 2 - 3 complete rewrites.
What do your fans mean to you?
Though I only know maybe two of my fans personally, I am incredibly grateful for them and amazed to have them. I think my fans would be surprised how far I'm willing to go for them.
How do you approach cover design?
I'm not attracted to books which use photographs on their covers, so I try to shy away from using them for my own. What attracts me is beautiful art or a striking design. I don't have the talent to create either, so I just slap something together and call it done. All my covers are works in progress as I am working on my artistic abilities.
What are your five favorite books, and why?
Turgenev's "First Love" for the brief violence
Sacher-Massoch's "Venus in Furs" for Wanda's reluctance and subsequent mastery
Stendhal's "Lamiel" for its heroine's blase attitude toward experience
Dostoevsky's "The Possessed" for that hideous scream
Mishima's "Thirst for Love" for its yandere heroine
What do you read for pleasure?
Anything in the public domain. I'm trying to work my way through Project Gutenberg.

Apart from that, I read online articles about primitivism, critical theory, permaculture, and anarchism. Occassionally, I'll read something modern when it's suggested to me or catches my eye. I'm pretty loyal to the bloggers I follow, so if they release an ebook, I'll buy it.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
It doesn't make a difference at all to me. I had a kindle and lost it, and I got a good deal on a nook, so I bought it. I can't really tell the difference. I like the e-ink screens that aren't backlit. Really easy on the eyes.
Describe your desk
My desk is light brown wood, about sixty years old, with an art nouveau design chiseled into the legs and a little hidden drawer in the center where I keep my letters, fountain pen and nibs, stamps, stationary and wax seals. On top of my desk, there is my Swiss typewriter, a stack of blank paper, a folder where I keep the pieces of the story I'm currently working on, a cup of chai, and a white apothecary lamp.
When did you first start writing?
I first started writing in high school in order to enter various competitions. When I won several of them, it led me to believe I was a good writer, but as it turned out, competition wasn't that steep. In one of the contests, I was the only entrant. Anyway, this false premise was what set me up for the overblown ambitions I cherish to this very day.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
Since my stories are so erotically charged, I was and still am very shy about showing them to people in real life, like to a publishing house or to an agent, so I thought that publishing them online would be a good way to dip my toes into the water.
Published 2015-03-11.
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Books by This Author

The Photographer
You set the price! Words: 9,580. Language: American English. Published: September 6, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Erotica » Literary Erotica, Fiction » Erotica » BDSM
Though Valentina agrees to model for a photo shoot by Jimmy Vu, she's not satisfied with simply being his docile subject, his new girl. To show him what it feels like to be the object of attraction, she strips him of his role and power, to use and tease as she desires. Through role reversal, she is able to experiment with her own form of sensual domination.
Modern Grotesque
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 20,110. Language: American English. Published: February 14, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Erotica » General, Fiction » Erotica » Comedy/Humor
One day, Samson wakes up with a hard-on so enormous, so unstoppable that he swears to go to any lengths to rid himself of it.
Sylvie's Story
You set the price! Words: 9,030. Language: American English. Published: December 31, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Erotica » BDSM, Fiction » Erotica » Lesbian Erotica
Sylvie has entered a contracted relationship with her beautiful and devious mistress, Giulia. Giving devoted service is the joy of her life, but even she questions her submission when a new partner is brought into the mix. Though she can anticipate her mistress' every whim, that doesn't mean she knows the first thing about her.