Bastille Winters


Bastille Winters was born and raised in the Pacific Northwest. She is green and grey through and through, fond of foul weather, fantastical fiction, and mountain air. She is a jackass of all trades: she writes, photodocuments, cooks, draws, composes, designs, reads, reviews, and dances.

She lives with her other half and, never-too-soon, a puppy of some sort. Most of her earliest works were fantasy and science fiction fan-fiction in her formative years, so the same elements often appear (without warning or summoning) in her more mature works: epic conquests, hard-won battles, and wishes come true. Plus a lot of fish-out-of-water plots.

She participates in NaNoWriMo as often as she can and occasionally publishes short bursts of fiction online. She plans to continue writing as much erotica as she has time for, because there's never enough sex in the world.

Smashwords Interview

What's the story behind your latest book?
"Raven Lake Summer" exists because of a perfect storm of reasons; its stars were aligned so it came to be in an incredibly short amount of time. I was inspired by a lake I've spent many summer days at, surrounded by the kinds of thick, dark trees that hide known and unknown beasts. At the same time, it was surreally tranquil, a place where time went to sleep. I'd recently read some writing advice (that fickle muse) that coached writing about physical locations where you'd made significant sensory memories, and this seemed a perfect place to start.

Also, I was procrastinating on other works. The editing stage is not my best, and I wanted something that felt quick and tangible. This book was born when I began to toy with the idea of adding a third person to the dynamic of a now well-known couple who are clearly very much in love despite a lot of responsibilities.

After the first draft, I realized that Graham's emotional arc was more important than I'd first plotted, so I went back and let him talk it out. I always find my characters behave better when I let them talk things out.
What is your writing process?
Whether I am conscious of it or not, my erotica stories start with a wish. A desire. Sometimes it is mine, sometimes it is a character's. The desire becomes the center of the story, with every motion -- literal and metaphorical -- straining towards fulfillment of that longing.

So I start with the wish, and whatever other pieces of the story I have, and I begin to fill in the differences. If I know my character, but not my setting, I might look for photographs of beautiful or terrifying places that inspire sensual sensationalism. If I know my setting, but not my characters, I will often think of the last person in my life who expressed longing and shape them into a character receptive to fulfillment of their wish. If all I have is the wish, I often begin by writing in my own voice, feeling out how I would strain towards that wish, even if it does not belong explicitly to me. (A writer's prerogative is to explore what it takes to reach goals they do not necessarily share.)

Erotica can be challenging to write for long periods of time -- at least, the sex scenes can be. I have no trouble with the foreplay, the scenes of dialogue and description that build tension between the characters. It is exploding that tension into physical acts of consummation that can be frustrating, in numerous senses of the word. Writing erotica requires more frequent breaks than composing other types of writing. So when I'm wrestling with a work of erotica, I will set myself small goals. 300 words. 500 words. The next scene break. I break the scenes down into manageable chunks, and I often find myself writing above and beyond that goal.
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Where to find Bastille Winters online


Raven Lake Summer
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 25,140. Language: American English. Published: October 16, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Erotica » Menage/Multiple Partners, Fiction » Erotica » Romance
Rejoice "Joi" Barnes and her husband Graham return to her childhood home, Raven Lake, for a summer free of responsibilities. Little do they know that Joi's childhood heartthrob, Nit, lives next door once again - and that a boyfriend is just what they need for the best summer ever.

Bastille Winters' tag cloud

erotica    menage    menage a trois    mmf    multiple partners    nostalgia    romance    sex    summer love    threesome