I write smut for a living. I write the stuff that, if done properly, will make the reader need some alone time to take care of urges.
But it's not entirely who I am. I am a wife, a mother, a homeschooling parent, and a leader in my community. I am a blogger, and a from-scratch cook. I am a friend, I am someone that people call when they are confused or have problems. I am someone that is always available to watch a friend's kids at the last minute.
But that's not it, either. I'm a liberal. I'm staunchly pro gay-rights, I'm an atheist, and I'm feminist. I'm strong, I'm a survivor, and I'm intelligent.
But that's not all there is to me. I was an English major with a focus on creative writing in college. I read to escape and I write to process. My husband knows whether I'm depressed, overwhelmed, or just chilling based on the author I'm reading. I have great conversations about Kafka and Bronte and Hardy with my fellow lit-geek girlfriends.
When I go into my office to write, I set aside my real name and my real issues. I put on my headphones, put on my pouty lips, and become whoever I want to be. Without my secret identity, I could never reveal this super awesome part of myself.
I write the stories that turn you on. What's your superpower?
Erotica writer, mom, and married to the man of my dreams
When did you first start writing?
I started writing as soon as I learned how to hold a pencil and spell things even remotely the way they sound. My first foray into writing erotica happened ages and ages ago. When my husband and I were still dating, I'd write a little sexy story for him every now and again. I fully embraced my erotica writing by self-publishing on Smashwords in August, 2012.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
I love the whole process, even if I do sometimes get bogged down in the minutiae of editing and formatting. Ultimately, though, the thing I like best about being an indie author is that I maintain complete creative control over my work, from beginning to end. Don't like the cover? Great, I'll come up with something else or hire someone to make a kick-ass cover for me. As an indie author, I'm in the driver's seat with my work and I'm not obligated to change a thing for the sake of making an editor or publisher happy.
Forget Romance: Five Tales of Erotica from Alyssa Steel that include a virginal peasant girl reluctantly thrust into the spotlight of a king's court of mistresses, a desperate couple on the brink of divorce, a young couple experiencing the most amazing night of their lives, and two women following their deepest, darkest fantasies.
Jennifer is in for the ride of her life! One day she comes home from work to discover that her husband, Alec, has gone to great lengths to fulfill her deepest and darkest fantasies. But can Jennifer let go of her fears and anxieties enough to actually live out some of her scandalous dreams?
Shelby and Chris are a not so happily married couple on the brink of divorce. One day, Chris asks her if she trusts him and Shelby has to decide how far she will go to please her husband and save her marriage.
Adult Content Warning: This book contains content considered unsuitable for young readers 17 and under, and which may be offensive to some readers of all ages.