Interview with Amelia Boteler

Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
Bits and pieces. I was reading a lot of mysteries at the time but mostly Sherlock Holmes. I must have been 9 or 10 years old. It was only a few pages long.
What is your writing process?
I find inspiration all around me. For really goofy things, I like online generators. There are some really silly ones. For my erotica they are usually based upon fantasy. It is such a mix. So I will start with a basic idea, number of characters, particular quirks about them that have been derived from the fantasy and an interesting location. I break it down into parts, as most stories do. From there I decide what has to happen in particular scenes to move the story to where I want it to go. Then write, write, write and edit, edit, edit.
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
Story in general, no as I was far too young. But for erotica I remember sneaking a copy of Little Birds Erotica by Anais Nin and reading that. We had Lady Chatterly's Lover but that didn't appeal to me. First romance had to do with the Irish story of Deirdre and Bryan Boru. I can't remember the title.
How do you approach cover design?
I think about the characters in the book and develop a cover from that.
What are your five favorite books, and why?
Dream Hunter by Sherrilyn Kenyon, Dead Perfect by Amanda Ashley, A Caress of Twilight by Laurell K. Hamilton, Dark Prince and Shadowgame by Christine Feehan.
What do you read for pleasure?
I try my best to explore new authors while keeping up with my favorites. Right now I'm starting to explore Gothic and Horror Romance.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
My phone. It's like my secret stash of books. Shh!
What book marketing techniques have been most effective for you?
So far, placing book promos in places like My Adult Place has worked.
Describe your desk
It is a small computer desk on wheels I have my laptop on with an ergonomic keyboard.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in Washington state. I don't think it influenced my writing very much. I don't tend write about it, either as character background or location. That may change in the future, I can't say for sure.
When did you first start writing?
About 2 years ago, with no real motivation. 6 months ago more motivation and recently a lot more motivation.
What's the story behind your latest book?
I'm a bit of a sci-fi nerd and looked for ways to explore a particular theme in a fantasy I had. Then the inspiration for the why came after the how.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
Impatience.
How has Smashwords contributed to your success?
I got my first sale on Smashwords! I like its wide distribution and margin.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
Exploiting the things that keep me up at night instead of them exploiting me. I have so many ideas for stories I have to get them out of my head. And if I can bring someone as much pleasure as they do me, huzzah! That makes my day.
What are you working on next?
A follow-up story to the last one I wrote and something more along the fantasy/gothic theme.
Published 2017-03-24.
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