Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up on the beautiful South Wales coast, and I've lived in Wales all my life although my family is originally from Cornwall. I visit there whenever I can - something about wild coastlines and wind-whipped waves get my creative juices flowing. I write historical erotic fiction under another pen name, Louise Taylor, and my third full-length novel is set in Cornwall.
When did you first start writing?
My English A-Level had a creative writing module, and I think this was my first real time at creating fiction. We had to write poetry, prose and a play script, and prose came far more easily than anything else. Later, while at university, I began to dabble in writing fan-fiction, which continued through my twenties. Several reviewers commented that I should consider writing professionally, which gave me a little confidence! I wrote contemporary short spanking stories first, and then moved on to full length novels in the Victorian era.
What's the story behind your latest book?
My latest book is a collection of short stories set in a fictional New England small town. It seems that everybody there loves a good spanking, and it contains six stories showing how couples fit spanking into their love lives, from foreplay to roleplay to domestic discipline. There are also two bonus holiday stories, showing how spanking can bring both a happy Halloween and Christmas!
What motivated you to become an indie author?
I do have a publisher for my historical fiction under another pen name, Louise Taylor, but I didn't want to confuse that name with both historical and contemporary stories. I'm publishing all my contemporary erotica under the pen name Eleanor Bennett independently so I can have a good idea about how both sides of the industry works.
How has Smashwords contributed to your success?
I hope Smashwords will allow more readers to find my work!
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
I love the idea of catching the flimsy ideas drifting around the inside of my head and producing something solid, in black and white, that I can hold in my hands. I love the idea of other people reading my stories and liking them - I read for pleasure, and if I can give other people a fraction of the pleasure that I get from my favourite authors then that makes me very happy indeed.
What do your fans mean to you?
I'm so new I don't think I have any! Right now, I'm my biggest fan!
What are you working on next?
A very naughty BDSM historic romance (yes, apparently that is a thing!) for a new series that will probably be available in the New Year.
Who are your favorite authors?
There are so many of them that I'm bound to leave some out, but from a quick scan of the bookshelves I can see from the sofa....
Terry Pratchett Melanie Rawn Agatha Christie Elizabeth George Janet Evanovich Michael Bond Jane Austen J K Rowling Nora Roberts Julia Quinn Jerome K Jerome Louisa May Alcott
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
If I had my way, I would stay in bed all day. What inspires me to leave it is a 6kg cat pawing at my face until I get up and feed him. If I've rolled myself in my duvet or I'm particularly asleep, he uses his claws to get my attention. So, the cat. That, and the promise of breakfast.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
Working! I'm juggling a demanding full time job with a demanding writing schedule. It's lucky I'm single at the moment because I'm not sure I would have the time to fit anything else into my life! When I can get to the swimming pool, I do like to swim, and at the end of a busy day I do enjoy some quality television. You can't get much better than The West Wing, although Parks and Recreation and Bob's Burgers are great too!
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