Interview with Lindsay Debout

What's the story behind your books?
The 'Warming Stories' volumes are collections of short stories with sexual content. I had an idea for a short story and a close friend persuaded me to write it down. Other stories followed over the next few months until I had enough for one collection and the beginnings of a second. More might follow as and when time and inclination allow.

As in real life, sex is a part of every story but it's not the only part; it's the protagonists and what happens to them that matters most.
Your short stories are all written from the female perspective. Why?
Sex is complicated for all adults, but more so for women. Complicated stories make for interesting stories, so I like to tell my stories from the woman's point of view.

Also, too much porn - written and otherwise - takes the male point of view. I like to balance things up a bit.
Your stories have sex in them but they're not that hot. Why label them as 'erotic'?
My stories aren't hard-core sex from beginning to end and I thought carefully about labelling them as 'erotic'. The problem is, the term 'adult' on its own these days usually means 'violence, drugs, bad behaviour and people being generally crappy to each other'. That's not what my stories are like. On the other hand, nearly all do contain sex scenes so I decided that the 'erotic' label would give a better overall picture of their content.
Why write about sex at all?
Sex is an important part of most adults' lives, although it's not the only part. I try to reflect that in my stories - they're not sex from beginning to end, but it's hovering in the background even when it's not front & centre. I'm not so interested in the 'how' - there are only so many variations on that theme - but the 'why'.
You say that sex is complicated, but your stories are simple
There is only so much complication you can put into around 7,000 words. My stories are not meant to need intense concentration; they're designed to be pleasant and relaxing ways to pass an hour or so.
Your stories always seem to have a happy ending, or at least a positive one. Real life isn't like that.
No, but I want people who finish one of my stories to think, "Yeah, that was good," and leap out of the chair feeling positive. I don't want them to feel like walking under a bus!
All your characters are straight - no LGBTI. Why is that?
Because that's all I know from personal experience. I'm straight, my Other Half is straight and so far as I know, both my children are straight. No other reason.
Are your stories making social or political points?
Not deliberately, but I do try to find points of view that are different from the usual. For example, 'Helping Hand' in Warming Stories Volume One is written from the point of view of an elderly woman who is tired of being treated as a sexless nonentity.
What are you working on next?
More short stories on the same theme. I have also written a couple of full-length novels but they're on the shelf at the moment. I might get around to publishing them as well some day.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
Telling a story in a way that other people might enjoy reading.
Do you think you're a good writer?
I'm not trying to be a 'good writer'. I just want to write stories that people enjoy reading.
You don't have a big presence on social media. Are you deliberately trying to stay anonymous?
No, but I have no plans to become a professional writer and I don't have the time to invest in maintaining an online presence. To do that properly is a full-time job in its own right.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
Work and chores. I have to be contactable 24x7 and when I'm not at work, there's always something that needs doing. I don't get time to write very often.
Who are your favorite authors?
Professional author Christina Hollis is my main muse. She writes in a different genre but her hard work and persistence are an inspiration to all would-be writers. She didn't sell two million books by giving up at the first rejection.
Published 2018-08-05.
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Books by This Author

To Be...
Series: Warming Stories One by One. Price: Free! Words: 8,330. Language: English. Published: August 10, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Erotica » Contemporary
The daily grind gets too much to bear for Gail, but what’s the alternative? A female-friendly short story for adults.
Skater Man
Series: Warming Stories One by One. Price: Free! Words: 8,440. Language: English. Published: August 3, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Erotica » Contemporary
A close encounter on the streets of San Francisco changes Pippa’s life. A female-friendly short story for adults.
First Day
Series: Warming Stories One by One. Price: Free! Words: 7,950. Language: English. Published: July 20, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Erotica » Contemporary
A nervous fiancé adds to Katy's pre-wedding nerves. A female-friendly short story for adults.
Leopard Lady
Series: Warming Stories One by One. Price: Free! Words: 7,990. Language: English. Published: July 13, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Erotica » Contemporary
Being single again is scary for Gwen, but sometimes good things happen when you least expect them. A female-friendly short story for adults.
Start Again
Series: Warming Stories One by One. Price: Free! Words: 7,580. Language: English. Published: July 7, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Erotica » Contemporary
A failed relationship is the start of Ee's new life. A female-friendly short story for adults.
New York
Series: Warming Stories One by One. Price: Free! Words: 7,990. Language: English. Published: June 29, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Erotica » Contemporary
Visiting the Big Apple is a real headache for Bryony, but also a real surprise. A female-friendly short story for adults.
Colorado Dreaming
Series: Warming Stories One by One. Price: Free! Words: 6,990. Language: English. Published: June 22, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Erotica » Contemporary
The summer heat raises temperatures all round, with unexpected but very welcome results for Alice. A female-friendly short story for adults.
Artistic Licence
Series: Warming Stories One by One. Price: Free! Words: 7,210. Language: English. Published: June 16, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Erotica » Contemporary
(5.00)
Fear of a stalker leads to a life-changing encounter for Julia. A female-friendly short story for adults.
Christmas Presents
Series: Warming Stories Festive Shorts. Price: Free! Words: 2,280. Language: English. Published: December 25, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Erotica » Romance, Fiction » Erotica » Contemporary
A festive, female-friendly short story for adults from the author of the Warming Stories collections
Christmas Wishes
Series: Warming Stories Festive Shorts. Price: Free! Words: 2,280. Language: English. Published: December 18, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Erotica » Romance, Fiction » Erotica » Contemporary
A festive, female-friendly short story for adults from the author of the Warming Stories collections
Wet Christmas
Series: Warming Stories Festive Shorts. Price: Free! Words: 2,280. Language: English. Published: December 18, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Erotica » Romance, Fiction » Erotica » Contemporary
A festive, female-friendly short story for adults from the author of the Warming Stories collections.
Warming Stories Volume Three
Series: Warming Stories. Price: Free! Words: 53,520. Language: English. Published: January 30, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Erotica » Erotica Anthologies, Fiction » Erotica » Contemporary
(4.33)
Another seven female-friendly short stories for adults. No drugs, no abuse, no violence; just independent women coping with life, hopes, fears and desires.
Warming Stories Volume Two
Series: Warming Stories. Price: Free! Words: 53,410. Language: English. Published: October 3, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Erotica » Erotica Anthologies, Fiction » Erotica » Contemporary
(4.30)
Seven more female-friendly short stories for adults. No drugs, no abuse, no violence; just independent women coping with life, hopes, fears and desires.
Warming Stories Volume One
Series: Warming Stories. Price: Free! Words: 51,690. Language: English. Published: July 21, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Erotica » Erotica Anthologies, Fiction » Erotica » Contemporary
(4.36)
Seven female-friendly short stories for adults. No drugs, no abuse and very little violence; just independent women coping with life, hopes, fears and desires.