Interview with Tahira Iqbal

When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
I'm usually thinking about writing!
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
Yes. It was about a disastrous trip to Mars to meet an alien race. I was 7!
What is your writing process?
I never plan, I just go with the flow and see what comes out. I also do not put pressure on myself any more to write what I think other people will like - that did take a long time to master - but I write stories that I want to read, and hope that others like them as much as I do.
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
Absolutely. It cracked open my imagination and made me want to have a book on a library shelf somewhere in the world, hoping that whatever I wrote, made someone's else imagination fire.
Describe your desk
Clean. Tidy. Always.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
The pain of rejection, over and over, when I knew that I was a good writer was too much. Being an indie writer means that I can publish when I want and what I what. I take care over what I write, the format, the cover, I don't just throw murky stuff out there...for me it's about writing, and reminding myself that I didn't get published traditionally by accident, that I'm good at what I do. Also, traditional publishing is probably governed by trends, budgets and opinion and a whole heap other stuff that I probably know nothing about and probably has very little to do with the quality of the story...so indie was the way for me to go.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
To have a blank page at the start of the day and see the word count grow without me realising it and there, a story is born.
How do you approach cover design?
I always choose an emotive, yet simple cover to give a taste of the content. Overly fussy or fancy images or fonts are not for me.
Published 2017-05-29.
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Books by This Author

Be My Own Valentine
Price: Free! Words: 3,010. Language: English. Published: February 12, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Erotica » Women's Erotica, Fiction » Erotica » Romance
(5.00)
When Ashley Reynolds finally stands up to colleagues at work who have been making her life miserable, she finds herself at a crisis fuelled crossroads. Knowing she needs to relax, she is gifted a massage with the enigmatic owner of a local spa. In Roxy's hands, Ashley finds her Valentine's Day turning into an orgasmic, soul deep, release that she didn't even know she needed.
New Year's Eve Desire
Price: Free! Words: 10,570. Language: English. Published: December 29, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Erotic
When Talia Garrington takes a waitress job for a swanky new year's eve party, she has no idea how much it will change her life. For the worst. When the ruthless billionaire, Matthew Stone, discovers just who Talia is and how her father just lost him millions in a botched deal...he decides to take revenge, not banking on the dark secrets that will come to the surface.
Dark Hollywood
Price: Free! Words: 10,150. Language: English. Published: December 17, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Erotica » BDSM
Lucas knows he's found someone special, especially when the forthright Stella shuts down his party without even being intimated by him. Something sparks between them, but when Lucas confesses his disdain for his Hollywood life style and his growing need to be sexually dominated, he asks Stella an impossible question - will she be his secret Dominatrix?
Details
Price: Free! Words: 4,800. Language: English. Published: October 26, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Erotica » Suspense/Mystery
Claudia's just bagged a huge client for her growing architectural firm and things are looking good. When an opening party for their latest project turns deadly, Claudia is forced to confront ghosts from her past. Will the man who robbed her of precious earrings, a last gift, from her departed mother mean her harm or pleasure...lots and lots of dark, decadent pleasure?
The Billionaire's Christmas PA
Price: Free! Words: 3,500. Language: English. Published: October 26, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Erotica » Romance
Cassidy Fletcher hates being a PA, but to work for billionaire Lassiter Barnes, she simply can't pass it up. Her attraction to him is immediate and when she catches him having some very personal time after a hard day at work...their simmering attraction bursts into life. With his desire for her lit, they embark on a no holds barred night where he reveals just who he is and just what he likes.
Dark Valentine's
Price: Free! Words: 7,800. Language: English. Published: October 26, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Erotica » Menage/Multiple Partners
(4.00)
Putting her life changing Dark Christmas behind her, Amelia tries to move on with her life. Visiting Tasha, she and Max, now a fully fledged thruple, explore their changing relationship. When charming Brit Henry Jones comes into Amelia's life, right at another dark moment where her past surfaces again, she is forced to wonder who she should be with?
Dark Christmas
Price: Free! Words: 8,150. Language: English. Published: October 26, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Erotica » Romance
Christmas is a time for family, friends and cheer, but for Amelia, this holiday season will reveal dark, painful buried secrets. Her return home after her father's death brings her face to face with a monster from her past but also with the two loves of her life. Max, Tasha and Amelia sink into the comfort of one another, especially when her dark history suddenly begins to repeat itself.
Rope II
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 3,410. Language: English. Published: October 26, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Erotica » BDSM
Lucas Scott has a particular sexual fetish and only the shadowed rooms of Rope, Manhattan's sexist sex club, will ever know what it is. When he meets Grace, his whole world shifts as his secrets tumble. Rope is a dark, hedonistic place, and Lucas Scott has met his match and he's about to let go.
Rope
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 7,500. Language: English. Published: October 26, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Erotica » BDSM
BDSM club owner Vigo Vitelli has designed Rope to be the most beautiful, intoxicating and hedonistic space in Manhattan. Sexually charged, with an effortless magnetism, Rope is his domain. Fleur isn't into BDSM, she's only at Rope to support her friend after she made it to the top of the wait list and her chance encounter with Vigo will alter her in ways she couldn't even imagine.
Borderline
Price: Free! Words: 5,310. Language: English. Published: October 26, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Adult
Design student Cassidy's life in Manhattan is tricky enough without witnessing a violent assault at the club that she works at. Bordeline is run aggressively by the very sexy and in charge Javier Campos. When Cassidy is caught in the crossfire of a revenge attack, can Javier save the girl he's starting to fall for?
The Edge Girl
Price: Free! Words: 7,680. Language: English. Published: October 26, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Erotica » Romance
(5.00)
With her father gravely ill in hospital in New York, dancer Sarah Miles leaves her adopted London home only to encounter Duke James Edward Holmes Davenport on the flight. Lost in a secret, wild affair, Sarah is drawn into a web of erotic and sexually liberating nights with not only the Duke, but his wife, the closeted Duchess who's own life is a carefully staged show of perfection.
Hide and Go Spank: It's Time to Start Counting...
Price: Free! Words: 4,000. Language: English. Published: October 26, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Erotica » BDSM
For high end call girl Cameron, meeting her newest client Anton should have been a walk in the park. But he's different. Very different. Getting off on public sex and his predilection for spanking, heightens more than Cameron's bank balance. Anton's dominant, in charge, and plays a mean game of hide a seek; if he finds her, he spanks her...and Cameron realises that she's really wants to be found.
The Tailor
Price: Free! Words: 3,140. Language: English. Published: October 13, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Contemporary
Sew in Love. Anna doesn't expect to fall in love with her charming client the moment she meets him, but there's something about billionaire entrepreneur Matthew Baxter and his instant attraction for her that is making her see her own loveless marriage in a new light.
Cabin Six
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 10,560. Language: English. Published: August 25, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Erotica » Menage/Multiple Partners, Fiction » Romance » Adult
Ruby's life has fallen apart, so seeking the quiet solace of nature, she books herself into a cabin. But her sexually open and sensual neighbours at cabin six have other ideas. Inducted into a sexual awakening that ignites the woman she was meant to be, she succumbs to pleasure, from Dan, the enigmatic husband of Mia, and then from their friend, Luke.
Vegas Sin
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 27,000. Language: English. Published: August 25, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Erotica » Romance, Fiction » Romance » Contemporary
Elena's plans to have her 30th birthday in style in the city of sin are rudely interrupted when she gets caught up in the middle of a daring diamond heist. Saved by the suave billionaire owner of the hotel, Elena finds herself falling for Felix, until she discovers that all is not what it seems with the robbery especially when she encounters Felix's younger and equally sexy brother Soren.
The Secret Spouse
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 49,090. Language: English. Published: August 25, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Contemporary, Fiction » Romance » New adult
When Kit Grant finds her boyfriend’s face buried in someone else’s lap, she does what any sane woman would do. She decides to marry herself. Ring shopping on Old Bond Street, finding her gown in Manhattan and meeting Dylan Blue, baker extraordinaire, who is going to make her cake and it's quite possible that the very intent on staying single Kit...has just met her soul mate.
The Collector
Price: Free! Words: 3,110. Language: English. Published: July 21, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Paranormal, Fiction » Romance » Fantasy
Sourcing a soul cell through intimate moments is getting old for Petra, after all she's been doing it over and over with men for hundred's of years. So she is offered a challenge by her boss - seduce the wealthy Dylan Santiago and reclaim the passion she's been looking for. Except... Dylan won't come that easily...
The Merger
Price: Free! Words: 3,570. Language: English. Published: July 21, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Contemporary, Fiction » Romance » Short stories
Stressed and exhausted by a high profile project, Ivy finds herself on the verge of quitting... that is until she's seduced in spectacular fashion by the enigmatic billionaire Mark Benedict who is on the other side of the board room table.
The Silence
Price: Free! Words: 6,320. Language: English. Published: June 28, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Suspense, Fiction » Erotica » Suspense/Mystery
Bodyguard Quinn's latest client is a haunting Miami beauty who hasn't spoken since surviving a terrifying kidnap ordeal. When their attraction to one another heats up, Quinn has to keep both Lara and their growing relationship safe. The Silence features graphic scenes of sex, adult language and sustained peril.