I have wanted to be a writer for as long as I can remember and I have dabbled in several genres, but erotica is by far the most liberating for me. I don’t feel boxed in, not in the slightest. I can write about anything that pops into my dirty little mind. Oh, and because I absolutely love sex.
How did you get started?A longtime friend of mine who must remain anonymous read some of my short stories and pushed me to submit them. While surfing erotica sites looking for places that were accepting submissions, I came across Everynighterotica.com. Luckily, my story was accepted and I was hooked! After that, I submitted a few more stories, received positive feedback, and discovered the world of self publishing.
What kinds of erotica do you write?I write whatever strikes my fancy at that given moment. I have a mixture of older man-teen girl, pseudo-incest, one fairy tale and several stories that include women in their 30’s and 40’s. Most of them are around 3-4k words and get straight to the good stuff! I also have a few that run longer.
Tell us about your experiences as an erotic author. What have the big challenges and successes been?I have only been at this since September 2011 so I still consider myself a newbie to the self publishing world, but I have to say I love it! I love running my own small business and being in charge of my day. This has all been a wonderful learning experience and I have met so many wonderful people online that I never would have met had I stayed in my shell and remained unpublished.
Hmm, some of the challenges I have faced....Working from home. It is a gift and a curse. There are times that I can’t focus on writing because something domestic needs to be attended to. Then after the distraction I can’t seem to get back into writing mode. Another challenge I face on a regular basis is my struggle with making a decision. Choosing a title, choosing a cover....I can spend days on these details if I don’t make myself focus!
As far as successes...Knowing I can do something I love and make money at it. Before I started this little journey I was headed for a job that would have made my life hell. But the best has to be getting a message from someone that has enjoyed one of my stories! It really makes my day!
Do you write in other genres, too?I have a super secret identity that published a romance novella. I use her for those times when someone asks what I write. I can send them directly to a book that won’t make their jaw hit the floor when they read the title. I plan to do more with my other pen name some day, but for now I am having way too much fun as an erotica author.
Do the people around you know what you write? How have they reacted, or how would they react?There are a handful of family and friends that know of my writing. All have been very supportive and I am grateful for that. I actually use one of my sister-in-laws as a sounding board for a lot of my stories.
As far as neighbors or regular acquaintances, well I like to keep them in the dark in case of a bad reaction.
Tell us about your most recent titles.The most recent is My Dirty Little Secret, a pseudo-incest story involving a horny girl who manipulates her stepbrother and stepdad into a naughty ménage.
Do you have a favourite, or favourites, among your stories?It’s hard to choose....But I suppose it is a tie between While Mommy’s Away, my first self published book and Banging Kevin’s Mom because I had a blast writing it.
How do you normally go about writing an erotic story? Is there much, ahem, research involved... ?I generally just get hit by an idea out of the blue and start writing. If for some reason I am having a difficult time getting in the right frame of mind, I watch a little porn online to get the umm, creative juices flowing.
I have discovered that I truly enjoy research! There aren’t many jobs out there where you get to sit around watching porn and Google-ing sex terms...and my partner has yet to complain when an assistant is required.
Do you have any favourite erotica authors?I have always been drawn to Anais Nin and the Marquis de Sade. I enjoy reading darker erotica.
And finally, what can we expect to see from you soon?Currently, I am working on a lactating gangbang titled Drinks On Me that I hope to have finished soon. It involves a woman in her forties that has continued to keep her breast milk flowing due to it being something she and her husband enjoy in the bedroom. When he leaves her for someone else, she has no choice but to find a willing party to drink her milk. That just so happens to be a group of young studs in a bar.
More from Saffron Sands:
- Blog: Confessions of an Adult Fiction Writer
- Saffron at Amazon's Author Central
- Twitter: @saffron_sands
- Facebook Author Page
- Saffron's Author Page at Smashwords
- Saffron's books at Barnes and Noble
- Saffron's short stories at Every Night Erotica
- My Dirty Little Secret at Amazon
- While Mommy's Away at Amazon
- Banging Kevin's Mom at Amazon