Interview with Vivian Gwynn

When did you first start writing?
I've been writing since I was about thirteen and a friend of mine said that we should both write fantasy books about ourselves. What followed was not a terribly impressive book, but it did get me bitten by the writing bug! After that, I wrote heavily throughout high school, majored in English in college and supported myself for a number of years as a freelance writer. It's only recently that I've started writing erotica, but I have quite enjoyed it!
Who are your favorite authors?
My all-time favorite author is probably Dante, although I'm not entirely sure what he'd think of the content of my writing! (Of course, he was a love poet himself, and he wrote some fairly prurient things himself in the Comedy.) I have a great love for a number of the classics: Paradise Lost, The Decameron, the poetry of George Herbert and John Donne. And I pretty much love any book where people visit hell. I think it's fascinating to look at how the depictions vary, and how they're similar. In more modern authors, I enjoy Orson Scott Card (especially Lost Boys and Shadows in Flight), C. S. Lewis, John Grisham and Dean Koontz. I also have quite enjoyed Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni's The Mistress of Spices, Ben H. Winters' The Last Policeman, and Ursula K. LeGuin's A Wizard of Earthsea and The Lathe of Heaven.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
When I'm not writing or at my day job, I love spending time with my family. I have a husband and a 6-year-old son, and I love just being with them. I love being outside, practicing kung fu, hiking, and having sex with my husband (although not all at the same time). I'm a big fan of video games, both old and new. I love watching movies where things explode (I'm an inveterate Marvel geek) and TV that makes me laugh (I have a special weakness for Futurama, Psyche and Castle).
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
The first story I ever wrote was for a class in 6th grade. We were supposed to write a short story, and I decided to make mine a science fiction. Looking back on it now, I see that I stole just about everything in that piece. The names of the technology came from Master of Orion, the plot from "The Most Dangerous Game" (which we'd read earlier in the year), and the general feel from Star Wars. Sometimes it's nice to have inauspicious beginnings, because then it feels like you've come further.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
Literally, my family. Every morning when it's time to get up, my husband and son (both of whom are earlier risers than I), come climb into bed to snuggle me awake. It only lasts for five or ten minutes before it's time for everyone to get ready for work and school, but it's one of my favorite times of the day.
What is your writing process?
My writing process varies dramatically. Sometimes I'm a plotter and can spend quite a long time getting the details of a world and story right before starting. Sometimes I just write by the seat of my pants and see where a story tells me. Most often, I work somewhere in the middle. I have a good idea of the general shape of the story that mostly exists in my head. I do some extra thinking about the beginning to make sure that's where and how I want to start. I often know where the story will end before I write it; if not, the knowledge of how it ends usually comes to me while I'm writing the middle. My sense of the middle of the story is often the most diffuse: I typically have a number of ideas and potential scenes that may be included, but exactly which come into being depends on the way the writing flows.
Describe your desk
My desk is small and messy, tucked away in a corner of my living room. It faces a wall of bookshelves and is perpetually cluttered with stacks of notes, bills, and assorted papers. I write at this desk late at night, after my son and husband have gone to bed. I always mean to go to bed at a reasonable hour, but sometimes I get caught up in the writing and stay up later than I mean to, and then I have to sneak to bed when I'm done to avoid waking my husband.

Sometimes I slack off at the office and my work desk becomes a second writing desk. That desk is also covered with papers, but they're different ones and less personal. Writing at my work desk is punctuated by occasional sideways glances to make sure no one catches me writing on the sly.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
My growing up was was spent in equal parts between Utah and Hawaii. From Utah, I learned a love of mountains, rain and fresh air (and an abiding hatred of inversion layers). From Hawaii, I learned to enjoy sun and surf.

However, I think that how I grew up was more impactful on my writing than where. All throughout my childhood, my family was very conservative and religious. This taught me a number of things that I treasure and explore in my fiction today: marriage, relationships, love, families, and meaning. On the other hand, it also led me to an unhealthy, shameful relationship toward sex in my early life. It took some time, but I came to peace with sexuality, and now I explore and celebrate it through my writing.

My religious upbringing has also affected my writing in other ways. It certainly affected my style, and I think that I still drop into a quasi-scriptural cadence when I reach points of especial import or meaning. More importantly, it gave me a sense for wonder and otherworldliness (C.S. Lewis would call it the numinous). I try to let the numinous shine through my writing, even my erotica (because what is more moving, otherworldly and integrally associated with the mystery of creation than sexuality?).
Published 2014-03-26.
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Books by This Author

Debbie Does the Sperm Bank!
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 6,870. Language: English. Published: September 12, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Erotica » Comedy/Humor, Fiction » Erotica » Women's Erotica
Debbie never backs down from a dare. Ever. She’s eaten bugs, flashed strangers, streaked through a university lacrosse game, masturbated on the bus, and gone through the McDonald’s drive-through topless. But even she has to stop and think when her roommate, Jessica, dares her to sneak into the local sperm bank and masturbate a random guy.
Seducing My Soldier
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 6,520. Language: English. Published: September 5, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Erotica » Interracial, Fiction » Romance » Erotic
It's only been a year, but sometimes it feels like Joe's been gone forever. He's off protecting our family and our freedoms, and I'm proud of him. But I miss him. But tonight he comes home, and I'm determined to welcome him home in the way only I know how.
Seeking a New Position
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 5,900. Language: English. Published: August 29, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Erotica » Historical/Regency, Fiction » Erotica » Lesbian Erotica
I wasn’t born like this: the sex-servant of an English lord. I was born to good parents who were poor but proud. I meant to live properly, to marry well, but fate, it seems had other plans for me. This is the story of how I became what I am. This is the beginning.
Dallying with Dragons
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 13,670. Language: English. Published: August 22, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Fantasy, Fiction » Erotica » Paranormal
Former princess Katherine Grimt (it’s a long story) has an unusual power. Anyone she sleeps with falls under her spell and becomes devoted to her for life. This might sound good on paper, but in real life it just means that no one in the kingdom will sleep with her. But when a menacing dragon shows up with a hankering for royal virgins, Katherine's power might just save her life.
Michelle's Massage: The Encounter, The Follow-up, Trading Out, Full-body & Happy Ending
Series: Michelle's Massage. Price: $5.99 USD. Words: 22,900. Language: English. Published: August 2, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Erotica » Erotica Anthologies, Fiction » Erotica » Romance
When Michelle first visits Hispanic masseur Raul, all she expects is that he'll get the kinks out of her shoulders and maybe stop her tension headaches. But what begins with a single massage evolves into something much more, and soon Michelle is carried away in a whirlwind of romance, adventure, and sensuality.
Black Man's Bitch
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 5,450. Language: English. Published: July 25, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Erotica » Interracial, Fiction » Erotica » Contemporary
I came to this bar because I need a screw and I need it now, and at a place like this if you lower your standards enough you can always find someone to go home with. Course, sometimes you don't make it all the way home....
The Submissive Housewife
Series: Molten Monogamy, Book 2. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 9,730. Language: English. Published: July 24, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Erotica » BDSM, Fiction » Erotica » Couples Erotica
At 34, Genevieve has every reason to be proud. She's happily married, financially stable, and has even kept her figure (mostly). But best of all, she knows she has her tall, handsome husband wrapped around her little finger. After what she did to him in the bedroom the other night, she's sure they both know who's in control. Little does she know that she's about to see a whole new side of her man.
The Dominant Housewife
Series: Molten Monogamy, Book 1. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 6,490. Language: English. Published: July 11, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Erotica » BDSM, Fiction » Erotica » Couples Erotica
Genevieve and Brian have been together for eight years, and time has definitely taken its toll. Genevieve can remember when the sex was hot and new and happened at the drop of the hat. These days it all seems rote. But she's not ready to give up. It's time to take charge and put the sizzle back in things. So she buys some new toys at the local sex shop and waits for Brian to come home . . .
One on One
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 6,950. Language: English. Published: July 4, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Erotica » Couples Erotica, Fiction » Erotica » Contemporary
Like any good couple, Bruce and Savannah have a lot in common: they both love sports, both are fitness nuts, and both hate to lose. But there’s one thing makes them a perfect couple: whenever Bruce is beaten on the court, he’s determined to win in bed--by making passionate, enthusiastic love to Savannah until she is dizzy with pleasure . . .
Taught: An Erotic Novella
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 31,200. Language: English. Published: June 27, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Erotica » BDSM, Fiction » Erotica » Men's Erotica
When Robbie breaks into his history teacher's house, he just wants to steal something and mess with her a bit. He doesn't mean to get trapped in her bathroom closet while she strips naked, showers and masturbates. But playing peeping Tom is only the beginning. When Ms. Hunsaker finds out what Robbie's done, she decides he has a lot to learn, and that he deserves to be TAUGHT.
Clothing Optional
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 6,700. Language: English. Published: June 13, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Erotica » Interracial, Fiction » Erotica » Women's Erotica
Kelly Hames is 40, but she still looks fine—dyes the grays, flosses, exercises to keep the fat at bay. She’s successful and smart. There's no reason not be living life to the fullest. So why does she find herself home alone night after night, eating takeout Chinese and watching TV? But it's not too late to change. And a week on a clothing optional cruise might be just the thing to turn her around.
Claimed by the Creature: A Frankenstein Erotica
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 9,710. Language: English. Published: June 10, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Erotica » Paranormal, Fiction » Erotica » Paranormal
When Lucia enters the woods she leaves her whole life behind: the tiny village, the rocky soil, the merchant she was meant to marry. The risk is great, but she knows she'll never find her heart’s desire within the confines of a city wall. But when she meets the woods' most notorious inhabitant--a man born of lightning and covered with scars--she finds something beyond even her wildest dreams.
The Coach's Wife
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 9,720. Language: English. Published: June 6, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Erotica » Men's Erotica, Fiction » Coming of age
Eighteen year old Will is having a good senior year. He’s starting quarterback and captain of the football team, and there’s no one who works harder than him on the field. But something even bigger is in store for William. He’s caught the eye of Mrs. Sadler, his coach’s wife, and when she finds him in the locker room after practice one day, it turns into be a night he’ll never forget.
Michelle's Massage: Happy Ending
Series: Michelle's Massage, Book 5. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 4,850. Language: English. Published: May 30, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Erotica » Couples Erotica, Fiction » Romance » Erotic
Michelle is falling for Raul. The Hispanic masseur knows just what to do to get her going, and he gives her the best sex she’s ever had in her life. When Raul takes her skinny-dipping at a crystal lake in the mountains, they have their most erotic encounter yet. Hiding from park rangers while they make love behind a waterfall, it’s exhilarating, passionate, intense . . . and surprisingly tender.
Michelle's Massage: Full-body
Series: Michelle's Massage, Book 4. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 5,290. Language: English. Published: May 27, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Erotica » Couples Erotica, Fiction » Erotica » Women's Erotica
Michelle’s appointments with Raul are the closest thing she knows to heaven. The erotic masseur’s touch always leaves her in ecstatic, sensual bliss. But when Raul cancels their appointment and proposes a mystery date in the mountains, she wonders if she might get something even better. In the solitude and beauty of nature, what does Raul have planned for them?
Michelle's Massage: Trading Out
Series: Michelle's Massage, Book 3. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 5,340. Language: English. Published: May 23, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Erotica » Romance, Fiction » Erotica » Interracial
Every time Michelle visits Hispanic massage therapist Raul, she learns something new about herself: her body, her beauty, her sexuality. He pleases her in ways that she had never thought possible. But Michelle is growing tired of simply receiving pleasure; she wants to give it as well. Luckily for her, this next appointment is not only the most erotic one yet, it's also startlingly reciprocal.
Michelle's Massage: The Follow-up
Series: Michelle's Massage, Book 2. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 5,360. Language: English. Published: May 20, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Erotica » Interracial, Fiction » Erotica » Women's Erotica
It's been months since Michelle had her first, spine-tingling encounter with Raul, the sexy Hispanic masseur who touched her as no man ever had before. So far, Michelle’s put off returning. But there’s only so long that she can stay away, and when she finds herself on Raul’s massage table for the second time, she discovers that he still has a number of techniques that he hasn't shown her yet.
Michelle's Massage: The Encounter
Series: Michelle's Massage, Book 1. Price: Free! Words: 5,430. Language: English. Published: May 19, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Erotica » Interracial, Fiction » Erotica » Women's Erotica
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When Michelle arrives at the massage parlor, she finds that her usual therapist, Amanda, has been replaced by Raul, a Hispanic masseur with the body of a god, a voice like chili-infused chocolate, and a truly masterful gift for touch, But Raul’s hands don’t just loosen her knots, they set her heart racing, and Michelle's massage ends up much more thorough and intimate massage than she expects.
Sasha's Soldier
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 6,830. Language: English. Published: May 15, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Erotica » Interracial, Fiction » Erotica » Contemporary
Sasha loves being a nurse, but the hardest thing about her job is watching her patients struggle. Kevin is a wounded marine with broad shoulders, big blue eyes, and a heart of gold, and he’s just about given up on recovery and on life. Sasha tries to cheer him up, but what begins as an act of benevolence turns into something more, and Sasha soon finds herself in the soldier’s arms.
In a Stranger's Arms
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 7,630. Language: English. Published: March 24, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Erotica » Interracial, Fiction » Erotica » Contemporary
Sara has always done the responsible thing: she dated the nice boys, went to a good college, flossed. But when her nice boy husband cheats on her, she ends up in a bar looking to make her first big mistake. But making passionate love with a total stranger in a public restroom, a moving car, and finally his hotel room isn't always a mistake. In fact, it might be the best choice Sara's ever made.