After a very long hiatus, the Getting to know… interviews have returned. Every second Friday, I’ll be featuring interviews with authors whom I think you should get to know. Today’s author is Stephanie Williams! Stephanie writes erotic fiction and based in Toronto, Canada. So pour yourself a cup of coffee or a glass of wine, kick back, relax and get to know Stephanie…
What is your favorite part of being a writer?
It’s a mental escape for one thing. Also, I love world building and creating interesting characters. These are people that you may (or may not) want to meet in real life. I love for people to read places and situations that I’ve made up in my mind and they enjoy them.
In essence, I love telling the story. 🙂
Are you working on a new book now? Can you give us a sneak peek of the plot?
I am working on a ménage à trois series. It’s a series of three books. There might be a set of five. The first set is coming out now, slowly but surely, LOL.
TWIN PEAKS is now available and the second book in the series is ARRESTED DEVELOPMENT.
They’re all short shorts, ranging from 8k-12k, each .99 cents. The heat level ranges form Hot to down right raunchy! There’s something for everyone. But all the books deal with people getting or considering a ménage a trois relationship. For more details you can go to my blog.
Your stories are pretty steamy! When you write, do you imagine any particular actors/actresses as your leads? Or do you find inspiration elsewhere?
I find inspiration in The Hubster and Mutual Friend. For those that don’t know the story, check out my blog. I have yet to find an actress or actor that does it for me. If the hero is someone totally different from my guys, I look at cover models. They’re always inspirational. *WINK*
Should fiction address topical social issues? Some readers say they only read to escape and don’t want to be reminded of racism, social inequality, etc when they open a book. What’s your take on this?
I think you should write what ever you want. Just because some people don’t want to read something, doesn’t mean there isn’t a group that’s not interested. There is something for everyone.
I hate spiders, but there are people who like them and they may want to read about them. That was so random, wasn’t it.
So if want to make a social statement about something, and you have that urge to write about it, go ahead! Someone will buy it.
So tell me: what are you reading now?
I, Claudius. I’m in a Classical Greek and Roman mood this month.
Tell me about a typical day of writing for you.
Since I have a new career outside the home, I had to change things up a bit. I write during my lunch break, and as soon as I get home for three hours. Saturday I write from 5am to 5pm. I’m consistent no matter what, unless sick of course, then I have a whole lot of catching up to do. LOL
Many people say that writers need to be active on Twitter, Facebook, Periscope, etc if they want to make it these days in the literary world. What’s your take on social media? Is it vital for today’s authors? On which social media platforms are you active?
Yes, it’s still vital, but it’s not what’s going to bring in the huge readership of the big bucks. Not like it did from say, 10-12 years ago. When I first started writing, My Space (remember that social platform) was big. Yahoo Groups too. But there weren’t as many authors and would-be writers then.
Now the pond has become an ocean of writers, and it’s harder to vie for recognition. You have to use other avenues to advertise your work now. You need to be more creative.
Which authors would you recommend to people looking for someone new to read?
Ursula Sinclair, she writes great suspense thriller IR romances , LaVerne Thompson, is a great NA writer. She has very edgy stories. Stacy Deanne, another great Romantic Suspense writer, Jamallah Bergman has wonderful IR Full-Figured Romances, Kate Richards, she has a great cowboy series and Dahlia DeWinters is another great multicultural writer.
What was the best piece of writing advice you ever received?
Don’t just write what you know, write what you want to know more about. I got that advice from my old World Literature Professor from college.
What advice would you give to novice writers?
A: If you have a story inside you that you just need to get out, that you feel burning to be told–WRITE IT DOWN! Don’t let anyone (especially non-writers), tell you that story will never sell, or nobody wants to read story about…whatever. So what? You have a story to tell.
Many thanks to Stephanie for joining us today! Want to know more about Stephanie? Remember to head over to her blog to find out more about her ménage à trois series. And don’t forget to add Twin Peaks and Arrested Develeopment to your TBR lists!