Tuesday, March 10, 2009
The Club and Black Silk Giveaway With Sharon Page!
This is our last day with Sharon here at LIT (pout), well until the next release anyway! lol! Enjoy a bit more about Sharon, and return later this evening when we reveal the lucky two winners of The Club and Black Silk. Thanks to Sharon for taking the time to Blog with us! To Sharon, a hearty LIT Huzzah!
Charlotte suggested I tell you a little bit about me and my writing, which I thought sounded like a fun idea.
Right now, I’m in the middle of revisions (which are due in about a month), and (as usual) my hair is on fire . Honestly, at my last Romance Writers of America meeting, my critique partner was trying to blow my hair out (in fun, of course). Right now, sneaking out of the house to the corner store for five minutes is an exciting escape from the computer. I’m the mother of two small children, and I’m a classic example of the sandwich generation as my parents are getting older.
Erotic romance was just becoming popular when I sold my very first novel. The timing was perfect for me. Originally, I was inspired to write by reading sexy women’s fiction such as Erica Jong’s Fear of Flying and Gael Greene’s Blue Skies, No Candy. As a teenager, I devoured Agatha Christie mysteries. And in romance, I was captivated by historical authors like Jo Beverley, Liz Carlyle, and Amanda Quick. Also, Stephanie Laurens—as with Liz Carlyle, I love the lush, authenticity to her stories. Madeline Hunter is another favorite of mine. So my plan when I began my first long historical (100,000 words) was to combine hot sex, mystery, and historical romance in one book. Yay! This became Sin. It was so much fun to turn an Agatha Christie style country house party into an orgy.
I am a lover of lushly written, very detailed historicals. I think that’s why sex scenes and historical romances work so well together (like chocolate and peanut butter). I love taking my time with a love scene and trying to capture the sensual details—scents, the feel of sheets, the excitement of the first caresses.
A book on Victorian erotic prints has inspired many of my books. This book is called “Romantique”. My friend, author Kathryn Smith had a copy, and she let me peruse through it (eventually I got my own online). The opening scene in my very first book (with Ellora’s Cave), A Gentleman Seduced, was based on a picture of a naked gentleman playing a naughty game of blind man’s bluff with a group of ladies. In Sin (my second book, mentioned above), my impoverished heroine Venetia draws erotic art to support her mother and sisters. And The Club, with its scandalous sex club for Regency couples, was inspired by the settings from some of the pictures. Another place for information for me is the Pornokrates website (www.pornokrates.com) or Historic Smut for the Discerning Voyeur.
For other writers out there, what are your inspirations for your stories? And for readers, are you interested in glimpses of writers’ lives? What aspects intrigue you?
Also, my Regency erotic romance Black Silk is nominated for a Romantic Times Reviewers’ Choice award. I’ll randomly pick a winner of a copy from the comments posted.
Posted by Charlotte Featherstone at 7:54 AM