Audra Red (1983-present), author of "The Chalk Butterfly Trilogy," is an ex-librarian and journalist turned romance and erotica connoisseur. She is currently working on a handful of gay romance novellas (two with writing partner Chloe West) along with spicing up her writing catalog by penning pure erotica shorts.
From heart-melting romance to titillating erotica, Ms. Red hopes to help bring the gay romance genre to a more mainstream audience.
How do you approach cover design?
I'm a long time graphic designer, so I love seeking out the perfect stock images and filters/tools for new covers! Sometimes I see an incredible stock image and it evokes so much energy and power... I end up having to write a story based on it!
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up basically in the middle of nowhere Wisconsin, surrounded by cornfields and grazing milk cows. The town I lived in from ages 4-19 had only 512 people living there. I went back for the first time in a few yeaes and according to the sign outside the city, the new census lists the population as 515. Exciting times!
I mostly lived in the country and loved to explore the woods and fields and get into all sort of trouble. I think growing up so close to the earth has affected my writing in many ways. Many of the romance/erotic pieces I've published so far are not in my normal style of writing. My stories outside of the romance/erotica genre are very different.
I love a good romantic comedy or a dirty little erotica one shot that pushes boundaries, but in my other work I tend to write very realistically and enjoy focusing on the land as much as I do the characters. I hope to mesh this style with my romance/erotic pieces to see what I can come up with!
A very enjoyable read, just what I needed after a long day at work! I have to admit, I enjoyed the fun little romance just as much as the sexy parts (which have only left me begging for more)-- hope Ms. Nocturne writes a sequel!