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Saturday, February 28, 2009

Author Interview: Tory Richards

Whipped Cream is pleased to welcome Tory Richards, who has two erotic romances out with Whiskey Creek Press and a third, The Cowboy Way being released in April.

Tory started our writing sweet romance, then graduated to steamy and finally erotic romance. "Let's face it," she said. "Sex sells. It was a big step for me. I can't tell you how many times I typed the male C word only to go back later and delete it, then go back to add it again. I'd always considered that a bedroom word."

I asked her what her family thought of her writing. She told me that her parents didn't understand how serious she was about writing, laughing ti off when she would mention it. However, her daughter and niece encouraged her to pursue a writing career and to submit to a publisher. They are the only two family members who read all of Tory's books. Other family members read only the work published under Tory's real name. "Erotic romance is too explicit for them," she explained.

The erotic stories have to have a good, strong plot for Tory to consider them a success. "Nothing but sex for the sake of sex is porn to me," she told me.

Most of her research comes from her own life experiences. "I write about places I've been and weave snippets of things that have occurred in my life into my stories." She smiled. "Of course, the names have been changed to protect the guilty."

She does, however, have one resource book that is dog eared and about ready for the trash can—a romance phrase book.

There are several boundaries she refuses to cross in her writing, but two of them she feels strongly about: incest and anything to do with animals. Those elements will not be found in Tory's works.

On a personal note, I asked Tory what body part she would pierce if she had to pierce one. "The belly button," she said. "That's the only place I think piercing is sexy. And, of course, the ears, but I don't think that counts. Piercings in eyebrows, tongues, nose, or anywhere else is a turn off to me."

The questions turned to food and Tory told me that sandwiches—any kind—is her favorite food. She loves them. And, while she doesn't drink soda any more, when she did she preferred Pepsi over Coke, because it was sweeter.

When she's not writing, she can usually be found hanging out with her daughter and granddaughter, meeting friends for dinner, traveling, or catching up on emails to old friends. Or any number of other things.

In April, she's planning on attending the Romantic Times Convention in Orlando, Florida; and, because she thinks painted toenails are sexy, she will be there with them and with her toe ring. You can keep up with Tory on her website,

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