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.
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