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Saturday, May 15, 2010
Author Interview: Franny Armstrong
Whipped Cream is pleased to welcome Franny Armstrong, whose newest release Forever Blowing Bubbles is being released next month by Red Rose Press.
Franny's been creative since she was a child doing plays in her mom's garage for the neighborhood kids, charging them a nickel each. Her mother always encouraged her to write out her feelings and thoughts.
Twelve years ago Franny became ill with Multiple Chemical Sensitivities (MCS) and Bipolar II disorder which kept her home to avoid things like fragrances, air fresheners, cleaning products, exhaust fumes, etc. She became a professional writer and now she gets to write at home full-time.
"Surprisingly, there never seems to be enough time in the day to do all the things I want to, including work on my four websites, market, build marketing plans, blog, vlog, write, edit, create graphics for the web and book covers, and research. I absolutely love this job and wouldn’t give it up for the world. I have millions of stories and characters in my head just bursting to evolve."
Franny believes that erotica is all about sensuality, exploring your sexual side, and self-discovery.
"Many people believe it's just plain dirty pornography without the love, without the emotions," she said. "Great erotica makes your heart sing along with your body."
Porn doesn't have anything to do with love, romance or passion, in Franny's opinion.
"Porn is sex to make money with no emotional attachments. I always have to have the feelings associated with love and trust. Just watching or reading about sex is dull and boring," she assured me. "You can tell from watching adult videos (oh, did I say I watched them as a research tool?(Cough, cough…) that there is no emotion between the participants."
When it comes to researching her books, Franny admitted she has a vivid imagination and most of what she writes comes straight from her mind.
"I do read a lot of romantic erotica and research terminology and such," she told me. "I’m thinking of buying the book Kama Sutra to get more ideas and I’ve watched a few movies…raunchy sex driven movies that have nothing to do with erotica and everything to do with sex which gave me a few ideas on cool positions etc. I tend to practice on my hubby too. He asked me recently, 'Where have you been for the past twenty years?'”
Franny writes paranormal romantic suspense, paranormal romantic comedy, and also non-fiction about environmental health issues. Erotica intrigued her, though.
"I gave it a try and found that though I believe I can always increase the heat between my characters, I tend to do so without the swearing. Sensual, smoldering, sexy love is so much more fun to write as the main focus of a story."
"What does your family think of your writing?" I wondered. "Do they read it?"
"No! I doubt anyone in my family would like to know just what goes on in my mind. They’ll read my suspense, though admittedly, my mom refuses to read the love scenes, which are rated HOT. My youngest daughter tells all her work colleagues that I write ‘dirty’ novels. I tell them that I write erotica romance, which is not dirty, but sexy and sensual. There’s a big difference. However, there is a long lineup of people waiting to read them. I don’t give out the freebies ahead of time. That would spoil the fun of publishing it and having people show how much they truly want to read it. Funny though," she added with another laugh, "most of the ones interested are male."
"If you could entertain a character from a book, who would it be and what would the evening be like?"
"Wow, don’t tell my hubby or family, but in an erotic romance I've just had contracted, I’d like to have a ménage a trios with the characters Tait Bennett, tall dark and handsome, moody, and super sensual, and Mike Wagner, a tall hunky blonde cop who has a great sense of humor. They are the Yin and Yang of lovers for my character, Jada McKenzie. There’s nothing like a good variety to spice up your love life.
"We would be in Costa Rica in a villa up in the hills, the air fragrant with tropical blossoms, soft guitar music playing in the background. The bedroom patio doors would be opened (screens closed for bug so they don’t interrupt). Tait and Mike would be worshiping my body while licking chocolate off my skin. I in turn would be kissing and doing the same to them. Wow, is it hot in here? The moon would be full with each star shining so brightly the sky would be lit from above as though mystical beings sent their blessings. Dozens of pillar candles are lit around the room giving a warm loving atmosphere as we make sweet, passionate love. Oh, my…where is hubby’s cell phone number…whew!"
"What is your most embarrassing moment?" I asked.
"Though I have many, the best was when hubby and I fell off the bed at an inopportune moment landing ‘over top’ of the poor dog while our three kids came running to investigate the screaming laughter. We kept saying ‘Stay downstairs’ while trying not to put our weight on Buddy, who was not impressed. We didn’t hurt him since hubby and I kept us propped upside down with our hands on the floor trying to extricate ourselves before the kids got to our room. It was funnnnnnyyyy!"
I asked Franny what advice she would give to writers who want to try their hand at erotica.
"Get past the blushing. Make sure you have a great plot with a Happily Ever After. If you squirm, the reader should too. Always leave them wanting more…ah, books of yours, that is. Sexual tension is the peak of foreplay which leads to the greatest release. Try practicing on your partner. (they really like that) Let your inhibitions go, and never hold back. Erotica can make your own love life sing while your imagination soars."
You can keep up with Franny on her website, http://www.paranovelgirls.com/homefranny.htm.