As many of you know, my blog is going through a period of change. Starting on Sunday, February 16th I'll be posting weekly interviews with wonderful authors. I'm very excited about this addition. So excited that when Scarlett told me about her first book was going on tour, I knew I needed to start a little bit early and be apart of her blog tour. Look for LB Shaw on the 16th and be sure to let me know what you think of this new series.
Today I’d like to welcome Scarlett Flame to Erotic Satisficition. This English author tells erotic tales in many different sub-genres. Although she can write one hot purely erotic story, she also knows how to add paranormal and steam punk motifs to great effect. She has a brand new book, Bound for Passion that is currently available on Amazon and is worth your time.
When Vivienne sits inconsolable in the hospital chapel, the last encounter she expects is a fervent entanglement with an otherworldly being, as passions increase she learns for the first time in her life the true meaning of out of this world. In the second, Sarah meets a new lover after telling him all her intimate fantasies in an internet chat room. And, the final story concerns the journey a young woman takes, as a Dominant offers to show her the ropes, in exchange for her submission via BDSM. Individually these stories are hot, but together they are sizzling
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John Satisfy: Can you please tell us a little about yourself and what kinds of works you write?
Scarlett Flame: Hi there I am a Children's Nurse and have a degree and a PgDip (Masters qualification) so probably not someone you would expect to write erotica. I love to read and write but only started writing seriously just over a year ago. I also love to go to the gym and work out, do Pilates and recently started pole dancing classes. I love to sing and also listen to others singing. I especially like to attend gigs and listen to the Indie bands in Manchester, and at that mostly in the Northern Quarter.
Although my debut novel is mostly short erotic stories ( one does have a fantasy, paranormal, sci fi elements) my work in progress (WIP) is a paranormal erotic romance set on a Steampunk world
JS: Steampunk is a little bit of an unknown genre. Would you like to explain what exactly it is?
SF: Steampunk is really a sub genre of fantasy and sci-fi and not a standalone genre. It is where modern technology is powered by steam, as in cars, computers and even guitars! Under this umbrella term you can include, music, writing, clothing any number of things and it is becoming more popular as time passes.
Think of Jules Verne, The Time Machine, the film The Wild Wild West and the big spider machine. The term Steampunk was coined by the author Kevin Wayne Jeter more commonly known as K. W. Jeter. He used the word in a letter sent to Locus Magazine In April 1987 as a way to describe a number of works published by Jeter and his friends. This described his retro technological and alternative history that Steampunk now embodies.
The world my characters inhabit in the next book I will be publishing is a Steampunk world, where there are dirigibles and automatons, steam driven mechanical dragonflies and any number of curious and fabulous machines.
JS: What do you find most fascinating about Steampunk? Why is it necessary to set your story in that kind of universe?
SF: Seems like a simple question but, it is the whole picture. The music, clothing, jewellry, the vehicles, the era itself of late Victorian/early Georgian. The whole picture is romance and adventure really. It also encompasses all my favourites such as fantasy, sci-fi and magic tied up in steam. All the elements together in one story, add a prophecy, romance and erotica - a winner in my eyes.
I wanted this to be a tale of epic proportions with enough interesting factors that would capture the readers imagination, leaving them wanting more.
JS: Well that sound like a fantastically rich world you're creating. Can you tell us something that you are bringing to this story that you feel only you could?
SF: Hmmm now that is a difficult question John. My vivid and erotically charged imagination is one aspect that I can bring to the table in this world. Also my enthusiasm for Steampunk and knowledge too Although, I believe we never stop learning, I (as a nurse I have to maintain knowledge and skills in order to keep up with advances in medicine.) I am a little like a sponge as I like to absorb new information and learning. This knowledge, I believe, will assist me in creating a world that is believable, entrancing and beguiling. Therefore, hopefully leave you wanting more and anticipating my next novel.
JS: Do you think that as a nurse, your familiarity with the human body adds something unique to your works?
SF: Yes I really believe this to be true. Also, I giggle sometimes reading some of the descriptions because, as a nurse and with my knowledge of anatomy and physiology I can look at some descriptions of sexual acts and know that (unless the individuals in question are double jointed) those acts would be impossible. I know that all that is described in my novels is distinctly possible. The exceptions will be where they are performed by enhanced individuals, such as, werewolves and fantastical beings.
JS: Do you many werewolves/fantastical beings inhabit your stories?
SF: Yes they do John. The werewolves are the first beings Alex encounters when they snatch her from earth. Later on Alex meets some of the other fantastical inhabitants of this strange new world such as the dragons, dragon riders and magicians (to name but a few.) The one creature or mythical being that doesn't exist is a vampire, or for that matter angels (well not yet anyway who knows what will happen further along the line in the next in the series) Never say never.
JS: Stories have a way of taking us to places as authors that we're not quite expecting, so I understand why you are hesitant to say never. Tell us a little more about Bound for Passion, your debut novel.
SF: My debut novel Bound for Passion is a collection of three short stories. Two of the stories originally appeared on my blog, and were extremely well received. So much so, it was suggested to me by fellow authors and bloggers that they were suitable as a basis for a short book of erotic romance stories.
The first story finds Vivienne sitting sobbing in the hospital chapel after the death of her best friend, and her encounter with an otherworldly being. An erotic encounter. Due to public demand this will eventually become the basis for a series of books based on the main otherworldly character.
The second follows the adventures and fantasies of Sarah. She meets a like minded gentleman on the internet in a chat room. This outlines how they meet up and begin to make their fantasies become reality.
The final story is set in the world of BDSM and kink and follows a submissive woman on her journey in to submission, from the view of the Dominant that discovers her. He opens up a whole new world of Dominance and submission, but does Sally follow his lead? You will have to read the book to find this out.
JS: I noticed that the cover has an original piece of artwork. That is kind of unusual for an indie author. How did that come to be?
SF: The painter is a friend of mine, Alan Hurley, who I initially met on Twitter some time ago. I visited his Facebook and website, and loved his paintings. So, when I wanted a portrait painting I chose Alan to do that for me. I have a painting of the avi I use for both Twitter and Facebook. I also received two signed prints from Alan, These are all now on my walls at home, two in the front room and the watercolour portrait in the bedroom.
I wanted something a little different when I started to think about a cover for my book and I remembered the one I now have on Alan's website. I managed to secure it and then had it cropped a little to fit the cover, Alan is a very talented artist and improving all the time too. I predict he will be a very famous artist very soon. A copy of this picture is also available through his website.
JS: Sounds like you've made a lot of friends in the community, that's fantastic that Alan was willing to let you use his art. Hopefully this will be a great symbiotic relationship for both of you. Since having your blog and writing your first book, are there any lessons you've learned that you'd wish you had known earlier?
SF: Much as we are friends I didn't get the cover picture for nothing, although he possibly let me have it at a premium rate. Yes, there is a little bit of a symbiotic relationship there as I intend to use Alan again for my follow up book, sharing more stories about the characters in my debut novel. Hopefully this will also help Alan be known in a wider field that he would have originally. Alan produces illustrations for comic books, so maybe he will find a market for cover illustrations in the process.
Yes I have met lots of really cool and friendly people on both Twitter and Facebook in the pursuit of my new career of writing. I have learned already that you need to reciprocate and share yourself with others. Retweeting and sharing statuses on both Twitter and Facebook. As in everything give and take is needed.
I have also learned that you need to read others work in order to improve yourself. Time -management is also crucial as time can pass so quickly when you least expect it. Luckily as a self-published Indie author I have not had to deal with deadlines - yet! Finally don't be afraid to ask for help. All my writer friends have been fantastic in the way they have helped and are still helping me.
JS: You mention you need to read other people's works to improve. Are there any other authors that you found were particularly inspiring?
SF: I have just as much as an eclectic taste in reading, as I have in my taste of music. There are some authors I read more than others though. I love horror, sci-fi, suspense, thrillers, paranormal and fantasy. I also have a collection of Steampunk coffee books and fiction.
Favourites of mine are the writings of Dean Koontz, Anne Rice, J.R. Tolkien, Anne McCaffrey, Alan Dean Foster, John Dolan, Cole Browning, James Lusarde and of course yourself. Of course I love erotica, you write what you love you know.
I received a huge amount of support and help from John Dolan. Not sure if I would be writing and blogging now without his help. So a big thank you to John for that.
JS: It's really amazing how strong the indie community is and how supportive everyone is. A rising tide floats all boats and we all seem to know it. So is there anything else you'd like my readers to know about?
SF: Yes I agree John, I have just joined the group ASMSG and they are a fabulous bunch of writers, so supportive of each other.
I am learning so much from all my new friends on sites such as Facebook and Twitter, and I can't forget to mention Goodreads.Some fabulous bloggers have also agreed to support me, (yourself included) and let me hijack their blogs for my book tour, I truly feel blessed.
I also now know how much work and time is put in to all these promotions, as they don't happen by magic. Once again thank you to all my readers, bloggers and authors that have helped me so far on my journey. I just hope I can help others too.
JS: It's a pleasure for me to host such a talented author. Thank you again for taking the time to sit down with me and having this little chat. I hope that people take a chance on your new book, I think they will be happy that they did.
SF: Thank you so much for hosting the beginning of my official launch John. I can't begin to tell you how grateful I am.
Also, thank you to my fans and all the other authors and bloggers for their fantastic support, both in my Blogging, and now hopefully in my debut novel and the beginning of what I hope will be a long career as a blogger and author.
Hope you all have a fantastically sexy day,( night or afternoon depending where you are in the world and what side of the pond)
Make sure to follow the rest of Scarlett's Blog tour...
6th of February via Karena Marie
7th February via Shaun Allan
8th February via Seumas Gallacher
9th of February via Suzy Ayers
10th of February via Taylor Fulks
11th of February via Casey Ryan
12th of February via Skelat
13th of February via Francis Potts
and finally but not least on Valentine's Day
14th of February via AfterDark Online
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