My friends, my book drops tomorrow and I'm such a scatterbrain that I didn't realize it was tomorrow until someone pointed it out to me a mere hour ago. Gah! Somehow I got it in my head there were still a couple of days. This is where being in Australia helps. We are ahead of the rest of the world, time-wise! Helpful for scatterbrained authors who need time pulling themselves together. :)
So as part of the introduction for it, I am participating in a blog hop. What is a blog hop? When I first looked at it I thought, oh no, this is a chain letter! What have I gotten myself into! Fear not, fellow authors and good readers. You don’t have to send annoying missives to friends and family, nobody is promising you a million dollars and nothing drastic will befall you if you decide to turn away. (But please don’t! :) Basically, it’s a way for readers to discover authors new to them. I hope you'll find new-to-you authors whose works you enjoy. On this stop on the blog hop, you'll find a bit of information on me and one of my books and links to three other authors you can explore!
Thanks to fellow author Tenille Brown for inviting me to participate in this event. You can click the following link to learn more about Tenille and her work. Website: http://therealtenille.com
In this blog hop I have answered ten questions about my book, giving you a sneak peek. I’ve also included some behind-the-scenes information about how and why I write what I write--the characters, inspirations, plotting and other choices I make. The other authors on the blog hop will do the same. I hope you enjoy it!
Please feel free to comment and share your thoughts and questions. Here is my Next Big Thing!
1: What is the working title of your book?
There’s actually a story here. First, a little confession. I hate coming up with titles! Well, I shouldn’t say I hate it. I just find it really difficult. What’s in a name, and all that. How do you put together a few words to encapsulate the essence of your book? You want something intriguing and alluring but not trite or cheesy or wordy. I take it very seriously. For this book I brainstormed, I researched, I sent a short list to my editor and I even posted a poll on my blog. At long last I came up with At Her Feet. I loved that title! And then the powers that be came along and changed it to For Her Pleasure. Lol. That’s the way it goes, my friends! And I had to trust that those ‘powers be’ for a reason. So For Her Pleasure it is. I hope you like it.
2: Where did the idea come from for the book?
It came from two short stories I wrote that appeared in the Mischief titles My Secret Life and Captivated.
3. What genre does your book come under?
Like my previous books, it’s erotica. Unlike my previous books, it’s my first foray into femdom.
4: Which actors would you choose to play your characters in a movie rendition?
While I wrote I strongly had the image of Christina Hendricks as Joan in the tv show Mad Men in mind as the character of Mistress. I even named my character Joan. For subPaul I envision someone very straight looking, attractive but not glamorously so. Someone like Colin Firth. . If you want to see more of the images I had in my head while writing, have a look at my Pinterest board here.
5: What is the one-sentence synopsis of your book?
When a married man with a secret shame chairs the sexual harassment committee at his work and comes under the spell of his bombshell colleague, he finds submitting to her plunges him into his deepest desires…but threatens everything he has.
6: Is your book self-published, published by an independent publisher, or represented by an agency?
It’s published by HarperCollins UK erotica imprint, Mischief Books.
7: How long did it take you to write the first draft of your manuscript?
The characters and plot had been brewing for quite some time but the actual writing took approximately four months. Also, I was writing in the midst of moving my family from Canada to Australia! So that impacted the writing time.
8: What other books would you compare this story to within your genre?
Believe it or not, I hadn’t read any femdom before I wrote my book. Since writing it I’ve read a little bit, but I’ve only just started scratching the femdom surface. One of the few I’ve read is Charlotte Stein’s Power Play, the cover of which, incidentally, was the inspiration for the lovely big orange heel on my cover! I’m a huge fan of Charlotte’s work and while I think we approach this subgenre differently, I would recommend anything of hers.
9: Who or what inspired you to write this book?
The idea of a person transforming shame into a source of powerful arousal is something I find endlessly fascinating and was really the inspiration for me to give these short story characters a whole book. That a person could find the strength to embrace something that has tortured him and turn it into something positive just makes me want to stand up and applaud!
10: What else about your book might pique the reader’s interest?
Anyone into foot play, anyone with a shoe kink, anyone into sensual domination and erotic humiliation I hope will find this book enjoyable. And if you’re new to any of those things but have an open mind and a fun, playful attitude to exploring sexuality then I would invite you to have a look too! I’m always interested in hearing what readers think, positive or negative. So always feel free to tweet, comment or message me!
Below you will find authors who will be joining me by blogging, next Wednesday. Do be sure to bookmark and add them to your calendars for updates on WIPs and New Releases! And stay check back with me tomorrow when I will be doing a special blog swap with the amazing Justine Elyot... who just happens to be release mates with me over at Mischief Books.