Interview with Andrea Houtsch

Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in a variety of places. My hometown is Hazleton, Pennsylvania but I also lived in Nevada and Florida as a child. I don't necessarily believe that the places I've lived have done much to influence my writing. More so I would say that the relationships throughout my childhood and life have served to be the greatest inspiration and influence. My life has been a gauntlet of tragedy and mishaps - a veritable crucible in forging the personality and talent that exists today. Writing and offering up characters and exploring their relationships is my way of sharing both the light and darkness contained within me.
When did you first start writing?
I discovered the joys of writing at age 9 when I wrote my first story for a school-wide project in which every child's story was printed and bound. The thrill of creating and naming characters, of using words to tell the stories in my head became an immediate and life-long addiction, if not my Purpose and calling. I was born to write!
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
The greatest joy in writing for me is being able to disengage from the outer world and sinking into the ocean of ideas that exist within my head. I love being able to root around in there - to explore the vast complex of cognitive connections in mining my personal experiences and belief systems in order to bring my characters to life in ways that I often find lacking in others' works. Most of all I enjoy knowing that the words I have to share are being read and received by the countless names and faces of people I may never know personally in my lifetime but have somehow been affected/influenced/changed/educated by the stories I tell.
What's the story behind your latest book?
She Will Become is a novel that has been a work in progress for nearly twenty years, chronicling one young woman's struggle with love and loss, heartache and renewal. She Will Become is what I like to call an 'epic erotic LBGT-themed drama' first person narrative story about relationships and how they serve to both build us into the people we are or want to be come as well as reflecting back onto us the images of who we think we are and what we want from life.
Reeling from heartache and rejection Tristan Callayas seeks a way to end her life and unexpectedly finds the path to another world, Abiniam, and the kingdom of Westphalia, where she meets a host of people who will become friends, lovers, and enemies. Through these shifting relationships Tristen learns what it truly means to love and to lose and that often times what we thought was the greatest tragedy of our lives was actually our most defining moment.
What are you working on next?
I have multiple projects in the works but the two I will be focusing on after She Will Become is published are a compendium of erotic short stories related to the novel, all told from a variety of secondary and tertiary characters' perspectives. I mean this collection to provide an expanded worldview of Abiniam as well as allow readers to get to know some of the events that take place either before Tristen's arrival in Abiniam or beyond the scope of the first person narrative that affect it.
The second project I will be working on simultaneously is a new novel titled From Ashes Arise, a dark urban erotic fantasy based on the phoenix mythology.
Who are your favorite authors?
This is always a difficult question to answer as there are so many phenomenal authors out there to choose from. I have always had an affinity for Stephen King as well as Clive Barker. I swoon over Margaret Atwood, take inspiration from Jacqueline Carey, and cannot get enough of J. Leigh Bralick. Daniel Arenson's books enchant and addict. Anne Rice will always hold a spot in my heart, both for her vampire works as well as her Sleeping Beauty trilogy (written as A.N. Roquelaure).
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
I roll out of bed each day knowing that I've been given another opportunity to sit down in front of my keyboard and tap into the glories of my imagination.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
When I'm not writing I am either working at my paid job or spending time with my family, watching television or a movie or playing a board game. When given time alone I rarely if ever watch tv; it's all music and all writing, all the time.
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
Initially I relied upon daily emails for freebies and deals but over time I have established a healthy network of other authors whose works appeal.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
The first story I ever wrote was about four children in the age of dinosaurs whom had been separated from their parents and were on an adventure to survive the elements. I also remember that I chose a binding of astronauts for the cover, which in hindsight still makes me chuckle for the complete juxtaposition of expectations as to the story's contents.
What is your writing process?
I can't say I have a 'process' beyond spending copious amounts of time thinking about characters and plot and how to move them from point A to point B and still convey the information/story necessary to forward progress. Once I am finally able to sit down and begin writing I turn on my favorite music (lately a variety of Songza playlists that facilitate the writing), open my word document, and then start typing as the words come to me.
I tend to write organically although I am a fan of working out rough time lines and doing in depth character studies before actually engaging in writing a full length novel.
Published 2014-01-11.
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Books by This Author

Between the Pages: Sedge and Akiva
Price: Free! Words: 4,490. Language: English. Published: January 9, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Erotica » Romance, Fiction » Erotica » Couples Erotica
(4.67)
It's the festival of Wintertide at Castle Westphalia and Sedge wants to celebrate. However, his lover, archivist Akiva has other plans. She's on a secret mission for information. When you're forbidden to fraternize or fall in love any time together is cherished. Follow Sedge and Akiva as they descend into the belly of the castle to explore the archives and each other.
Stitching Inseams: Nyra and Astrid
Price: Free! Words: 3,100. Language: English. Published: January 8, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Erotica » Lesbian Erotica, Fiction » Gay & lesbian fiction » Lesbian
(4.67)
Stitching inseams isn't easy when your lover is wearing the garment you're working on and the entire kingdom's Peerage is hounding your doorstep for the next pair of trousers. Meet Castle Westphalia's court clothier and seamstress Nyra Sellet as she struggles and fails to resist Astrid's beauty and wiles, and her work room becomes an impromptu boudoir for some steamy lovemaking.