I’m delighted to have Justine Elyot visiting my blog today, with a peek into her writing routine, her advice to new writers and hints of what’s next :). So, lets get started with the questions 🙂
How did you get started writing in general and with the erotica in
I wrote a lot as a child and teenager and then fell victim to perfectionism and was unable to write another sentence for years. The thing that unblocked me was getting involved with fandom, reading fanfic and realising that, even if I couldn’t write the next great work of literary genius, I could at least write a decent fanfiction. Or rather, an indecent one – which is what brings us to erotica…
What do you think makes good erotica?
For me, set up is crucial. If the characters and their situations aren’t convincing, I can’t get into the scene. If the writing style is distracting, or there are howling errors of grammar, it won’t work for me either. It’s about focus, tension and build-up, I think – a bit like real sex.
What advice would you give to someone who isn’t actually interested in BDSM themselves but wants to write about it?
There are so many wonderful BDSM blogs out there – from the educational to the plain titillating. Just take your pick. Or subscribe to [e]lust, which is a round-up of the week’s choicest sex blog posts – you’re guaranteed to find something that rings your bell.
Where do you get your ideas from?
Oh, anywhere and everywhere, really. Things just occur.
Do you have a writing routine?
I do – I’m a creature of excessive habit, which is a bit of a double-edged sword sometimes. I write in the mornings and lock myself out of the internet until I’ve done 2,000 words.
Do you ever suffer from writer’s block and if so, how do you get over it?
Luckily enough, I haven’t suffered from writer’s block since I started writing again, nearly seven years ago. I do suffer from occasional burn-out, though, and will have a week or two off now and then.
Do you have any advice for new writers?
Don’t worry about writing something you’re immediately delighted with – to paraphrase some words of wisdom I keep seeing around the place, great books are rewritten, not written. As long as you get something on paper, you can tweak it as much as you like later on.
What do you enjoy most about being a writer?
The writing! Really, I love living these alternative lives.
Out of all your books, which one is your favourite hero and why?
That’s a tricky one. Not all of my books even have heroes – some of them, like Meeting Her Match, are much more about the journey of the heroine and feature multiple lovers. I’m also much more about the anti-heroes than the square-jawed cape-wearing types. I find Jasper in His House of Submission very appealing because he is quite subtle and complex, but devastatingly sexy. And he has secrets – not all of which we know, even now. There may well be a sequel to that one…
What’s next for you?
Publication-wise, I have a Mischief novella out next month, called Secret Diary of a Kinky Wife. I’m working on lot of historical-set erotica at the moment, since that seems to be the mood I’m in – so it’s Victorian kinksters, sexy flappers and highwaymen all the way. (The sexy flappers are the 1920s variety, in case that isn’t clear…hahaha.)
Thanks so much for visiting and answering all my questions, Justine :). If you want to learn more, below is Justine’s bio with links to her blog, and her Amazon page for all those wonderful books :).
Justine Elyot thought she’d give writing erotica a go – four years and eight novels later, she’s starting to think it might be paying off. She is the author of On Demand (Black Lace), The Business of Pleasure, Meeting Her Match, Saxonhurst Secrets(Xcite Books), Erotic Amusements, Under His Influence (Carina Press), Game (Mischief), Highly Strung, Musical Beds (Total E-Bound) as well as numerous novellas. Her short fiction appears in plentiful anthologies, including two issues of the annualMammoth Book of Best New Erotica. To find out what’s new with Justine, check her website: http://justineelyot.com/ and visit her Amazon UK page or her Amazon US page.