I’m delighted today to welcome Kay Jaybee to talk about her new book, Digging Deep, from Xcite Books. Not only have we got all the details, Kay has agreed to be interviewed too :). So on with the questions!
How did you get started writing erotica?
Writing erotica began for me quite unexpectedly seven years ago. Sat in a coffee shop in Scotland, on the day my youngest child started school, I was blanking staring out of the window, and suddenly my head (usually full of mundane domestic chores), was bursting with images so kinky, that they simply had to be recorded!
As I sat there, munching my way through a Mars Bar scone, and sipping from a soup bowl sized cup of black coffee, I began to write my ideas down onto a paper napkin. To be honest, I couldn’t really believe what I was doing! It was so not me!
The story I wrote that day went on to become my very first story publication (a cross-dressing story called Jen and Tim -now in Lips Like Sugar, Cleis Press). No sooner had I written that, than I scribbled a poem called Regrets onto another napkin. (This appeared on the sadly missed Oysters and Chocolate web site),
I really wish I’d kept those napkins!
You’ve written such a wide variety of stories – mm, mf, ff. Do you ever find it difficult to swap between one type of story and another?
One of the most enjoyable things about writing erotica is that I can leap frog around between MF, FF, and MM action. I have to admit, I don’t find it difficult- just immense fun! That doesn’t mean it can’t be a challenge sometimes!
The strain of erotica that I tend to pause over a little more than the others is MM fiction. I have no problem with the actual story writing, or even the sexual descriptions, but when it comes to ensuring I have the men’s emotions correct, then I’m less confident about getting it right.
Obviously, when I’m writing MF or FF stories (or indeed MMFFMF stories), I am secure in the knowledge of how men and women physically feel to the touch, look, smell, and generally react. With MM work, I only have the knowledge of my senses to draw from, and am always wary that I may not have got the emotions of the situation correct. However good my imagination, I’m never going to get how men think!
What do you think makes good BDSM erotica?
For me, the best BDSM isn’t based around extra ropes, chains and handcuffs, but on explaining and understanding why the characters do what they do, and the emotions behind those decisions.
Be they doms or subs, male or female, it is the reasons behind why they allow themselves to be bound, or why they want to be the one who attaches the handcuffs, that makes the story work.
Where do you get your ideas and your characters from?
All of the stories I’ve written have started with a location. Everywhere I go, however mundane, gets filed away in my head for possible use later as a place where something erotic could happen.
In my latest novel, Digging Deep, the story is based on around a real archaeological dig in North Africa. This excavation of an ancient Roman city was one I worked on myself as a student many years ago. I have long wanted to write a story that brought across how difficult it was to work under the blasting heat of the Tunisian sun by day, and the freezing by night.
Generally speaking, my characters seem to develop on their own. I swear they just take me along for the ride!
My two lead characters, Beth Andrews and Harrison Harris, are both intelligent doctors of archaeology in charge of the Tunisian dig- yet the pressures of responsibility, and the mad temperatures, serious mess up their common sense- especially when it comes to each other!
Here’s the blurb-
As site supervisor on an archaeological dig, in the grounds of the Ancient Roman city of Leptis Minus in Tunisia, Dr Beth Andrew’s hands are well and truly full. Her first foreign excavation, which she co-runs with the American archaeologist Dr Harrison Harris, gets off to a shaky start due to the jealous interference of Harrison’s ex, and an overzealous student… Love and lust really can cloud even the cleverest person’s judgement!
Do you have a writing routine?
I’m very hard on myself when it comes to work, and my routine is very strict.
I am always in my local coffee house by 9am every weekday morning. I write there until about 11am, before heading home to my ‘proper’ job. (I am a home worker for a Distance Learning company).
Then at 1pm, I go back to the cafe, where I write until 2.30pm. After that, it’s home again to catch up on all the days emails, before collecting the children from school. By 4pm I’m back at my ‘proper’ job until 6pm.
Once the children are in bed, I edit my writing, until I fall asleep at the laptop!
Do you have any advice for new writers?
Let me pass on two excellent pieces of advice I was given when I first started.
- Even if you think you have finished, edit your work one more time.
- Although no one ever gets used to rejections, you have to learn to accept them. If you can’t, then maybe writing isn’t for you. (I still get them- still hate them- but just about used to them!!)
In your latest book, Digging Deep, if you could have any actors you liked for the film, who would play Beth Andrews and who would play Harrison Harris, and why?
Oh, now that is tricky!! I rarely have time to watch films or TV, and generally have no idea who anybody famous is!
I recently had a big blog discussion as to which actors would play the lead characters in my kinky courier novel, Not Her Type, and opinion was divided to say the least! It fascinates me how the characters we write are pictured so differently by our readers. I had to look loads of the actors up on Google- I had no clue who they were!! Tragic aren’t I!
So- Beth and Harrison- ummm… I honestly have no idea- who do you see in those roles? Possibly Hugh Jackman (If that that’s the right name?) for Harrison???
Now, personally speaking, I think Hugh Jackman is good in just about anything! ;). However, Jeremy Renner springs to mind for Harrison and how about Rachelle Lefevre for Beth?
Having written so many books, if you could go back and give yourself advice when you were starting out, what would you say?
I would love to be able to go back in time and re-edit my first few stories. I had no idea how often I was overusing certain words and phrases in such short pieces of work.
I am still a bit of a horror for overdoing ‘little’, ‘slightly,’ ‘long’, and many other ordinary words. Consequently I now have a list of these offending words, which I double check during the final edit of anything I write.
What’s next for you?
I have a very exciting 18 months ahead of me. At the moment I’m working on the The Retreat, the sequel to The Perfect Submissive, and then I am planning my first erotic thriller, followed by the final part of The Perfect Submissive Trilogy!
Thanks ever so much for inviting me along today Liv!!
You’re welcome, Kay :). Now after that fabulous interview, how about some buying links for Digging Deep?
Kay Jaybee wrote the novels Making Him Wait, (Sweetmeats Press, 2012), The Voyeur (Xcite,2012), and The Perfect Submissive (Xcite, 2011), as well as the novellas Digging Deep (Xcite, 2013), A Sticky Situation (Xcite, 2012), The Circus (Sweetmeats Press, 2011), and Not Her Type: Erotic Adventures With A Delivery Man (OCPress, 2011). She has also written the anthologies The Best of Kay Jaybee, (Xcite,2012), Tied to the Kitchen Sink, Equipment, (All Romance, 2012), Yes Ma’am (Xcite e-books, 2011), Quick Kink One and Quick Kink Two (Xcite e-books, 2010), and The Collector (Austin & Macauley, 1st Ed 2008, 2nd Ed 2012).
Kay has had over 60 short stories published by Cleis Press (inc. Best of Best Women’s Erotica 2, Best Women’s Erotica 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2012; Best Bondage 2012, 2013, Sweet Love, Gotta Have It, Sweet Confessions), Black Lace (Sexy Little Numbers), Mammoth (The Mammoth Book of Lesbian Erotica), Xcite (inc.Ultimate Sin, Boy Fun, Power Play, Threesomes, Finger Music, Tricks For Kicks), Penguin (Oysters and Chocolate; Erotic Stories of Every Flavor), Seal (Oysters and Chocolate; Nice Girls, Naughty Sex),and Sweetmeats Press (Immoral Views).
Kay is currently working on The Retreat, the sequel to The Perfect Submissive.
Details of all Kay’s work can be found at www.kayjaybee.me.uk
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