Hi, Doris and congrats on your latest release. Let's start by getting to know you. Tell us about yourself and your writing.
I'm a SAHM of nine, have been married to my gorgeous hubby for the last twenty-three years, and we live in the UK. I seem to have somehow drifted into writing Erotic romance and I'm told I do it rather well, write hot that is. Get your mind out of the gutter, folks. When I'm not writing I juggle family life and seemingly never ending mountains of laundry.
I can imagine. Nine kids! That *is* a lot of laundry! Did you always want to be a writer?
I've always spun stories in my head for as long as I can remember and I've always been a voracious reader. I'm an only child, so books were very much my friends when I was growing up. I wrote countless stories as a child, and teenager, and then as an adult life got in the way for a bit. However, in 2010 I decided to start writing again, and I haven't stopped :-)
You started writing young, so obviously you didn't started out writing erotic romance. How, pray tell, did you end up writing erotic romance?
*giggles* Well, like I said above. I kinda drifted into Erotic Romance, Erotica. It's amusing really, because I used to find writing sex scenes extremely embarrassing. But even in the first manuscript I wrote, I couldn't stop the characters from jumping each other's bones, so that should have given me a clue really.
A friend recommended some Erotic romances to me and I was hooked. Then came an anthology call and I wrote my first truly Erotic piece with my tongue firmly stuck in the side of my cheek. It was accepted and the publisher decided to publish it as a stand- alone story. That was Awakening. Guess it was my awakening too. My writing has simply continued to evolve and seems to be getting hotter all the time.
What’s the most rewarding thing about writing for you?
The simple act of creating and knowing that others enjoy my tales. If just one reader gets back to me and says they really enjoyed my book, then that is the job well done in my opinion. I love getting my characters to their happy ever afters. You will always get a HEA in my books and whilst there is a lot of sex, there is always a love story behind it.
Just the way I like it! It's time for Five Fun Facts:
- Pantser or Plotter: Panster through and through
- Sweet or sour: Sweet
- Vacation spot: Anywhere warm
- Colour: Blue
- Hobby (writing excluded): Reading
What do you do when you’re not writing?
I'm a mum first and foremost. Our youngest is only seven months old and the rest are 4, 7, 9, 11, 14, 16, 19 and 21. And yes they're all still living at home, so we always seem to be lurching from one crisis to the next!
So writing has to fit round everything else and quite often takes place late at night when everyone is asleep. Thankfully I have a very supportive hubby and when I'm in the middle of a story he will take over and bar feeding the baby I don't have to do much else. He's a star and I couldn’t get half as much writing done, if he wasn't as supportive as he is. It helps that I'm not in the least house proud too ;-)
Why should readers buy your book?
Because I take them on a journey and they can lose themselves in my stories. If I had one recurring 'complaint' it's that a reader could not put my book down. Dinner burned, sleep was lost, hubbys were … errr… happy…
My writing is fast paced with lots of twists and turns, and like I said you will always get that 'aww' feeling at the end of it.
Great answer, Doris. I may just have to steal that one ;-). Any wise words for aspiring/struggling authors?
Never give up. If writing is your passion, then keep writing. Read lots in your intended genre, write and write and write some more. Find a good critique group, take any feedback and act on it and find 'your' voice, not what you think it ought to be. You may well surprise yourself with where you end up. I know I did.
Please give us a sneak peek into your latest book.
When Goldie Lockwood receives an explicit note, signed by none other than the man she fell head over clit in lust with on first sight, there is only one thing she can do – obey. After all she is dying to find out what goes on behind closed doors at the exclusive BDSM club.
Having his Goldilocks pounced on by his brother and sister had not been in Jason Stanhope's plan, even if the little human's responsiveness blows the triplets away. Porridge, chairs, beds, she tries them all.
But, can she be the sweet sub they need? Or will Goldilocks live up to her name and run away screaming?
Three pairs of identical, heavy-lidded, chocolate eyes settled on Goldie, and she backed away nervously until she bumped against the steel door. Its coolness served to confirm that she was indeed here and not in her cozy bed, having the most erotic CEO dream ever.
"She's not our sub, Jacob. She's mine!" Jason ground the words out through gritted teeth.
Jacob whistled under his breath, and Catalina narrowed her eyes. Jason, however, advanced toward Goldie with the lazy, long-limbed gait she'd admired in the office. Unlike at the office though, all his attention was focused on her. Goldie's body reacted with embarrassing predictability. Her nipples puckered against the thin satin of her dress, and she clamped her thighs together to stop the renewed rush of moisture from trickling down her leg. He stopped so close to her that their thighs touched. She dropped her gaze to escape the intensity of his and settled it on the intricate tattoo on his left shoulder. She hadn't gotten a close look at it in the office but now she could see it was two bears entwined. The image would have been extremely erotic had it been two humans.
Her body lit up under Jason's intense scrutiny, and when he leaned down and inhaled deeply, she closed her eyes again. For some reason, that really turned her on.
"Thank you for following my instructions so exactly. I hope you had a pleasant journey here."
His deep baritone washed over her senses, and she nodded. His smile of approval showed through the light kisses he dropped on her cheek, and she turned her head, desperate to taste his full lips. He withdrew, and she bit back her disappointed moan.
"Not so fast, Goldilocks."
"Wha—what? And that's not my name." She tried to inject some authority into her voice, she really did, but Miss Pornstar seemed to have reemerged, so she gave up and simply looked at him. The business suits he'd worn to the office ever since that first day hinted at the powerful physique underneath. Seeing him this close dressed in jeans and a black vest and those damn cowboy boots, not to mention having all his attention focused on her—well, she may just go into cardiac arrest. It was every secret fantasy she'd ever harbored times three. The man of her dreams, plus his equally wet dream-inducing brother, and their stunningly beautiful sister. Her gaze darted involuntarily to Catalina, and their eyes locked. Jacob chuckled. Jason took a step away from Goldie and looked over his shoulder with a sigh.
"Maybe our sub after all, bro." Jacob's amused drawl shook Goldie out her trance like state and heat stained her cheeks.
"I'm no one's sub." Her voice was still far too breathy, and she couldn't bring herself to look at any of them. But there, she'd said it. They would have to let her go. She knew that much at least. They couldn't keep her here against her will—they wouldn't.
The click-clack of Catalina's heels on the floor announced her stepping closer, and Goldie's nerves came back with a vengeance. She edged sideways until she bumped into Jacob. He drew her into his body with one arm, his breath hot on her neck as he whispered, "Oh yes, you are."
Catalina's whip whispered past Goldie's shoulder, and she shrieked and darted toward Jason. Jacob growled at Catalina, and Cat smiled.
"Such a lot of fuss. Well, I'll leave her to you two for now. You know where I am if you need me. And you will need me." Catalina turned to face Goldie, and she was grateful for Jason's reassuring warmth at her back and the strong arms holding her up. "I can smell you from here, little sub. When you're fed up playing with the boys, come and find me—you know you want to."
Where can we find you online?
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Thanks so much for spending time with us, Doris. Goldilocks has always been one of my fav fairytales. Interesting to see a naughty version of it - and great cover!
And for you, readers, Doris has graciously decided to give away one free copy of Goldie and Her Bears. All you have to do is leave a comment :-) for a chance to win.
(image of Goldilocks and the Three Bears: Rounds(dot)com)