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Saturday, July 24, 2010
Author Interview: Stacey Espino
Whipped Cream is pleased to welcome Stacey Espino, whose latest book Saving Grace was released last month. A cowboy ménage story, it continues to be Siren's #2 best-seller. She has another cowboy ménage, Damaged Cowboys, will be released early next month. She doesn't limit herself to cowboys, however. Other books she has coming out this year include Fearless Love (Immortal Love, #2), Two Wolves are Better Than One (paranormal menage), and Womankind (futuristic romance).
Stacey didn't start out writing erotica, but found that the books she were reading kept getting hotter and hotter, and that permeated into her own work. When her publisher asked her to spice up her books some, she agreed and turned up the heat. Now, she admits, she's hooked on writing erotic romance.
I asked her how she distinguished between porn and erotic romance.
"I think porn is sex for sex, only meant to arouse and nothing more," she explained. "Erotic romance has emotions involved, complex characters and hopefully a decent plot."
She admitted that sometimes she has to research certain places or activities, but added—with an evil laugh, "The sex scenes come right out of my wicked imagination."
Her husband is very supportive of her writing but she laughed and said, "He doesn't like me to read him the sex scenes. Believe it or not, my grandmother is my biggest fan. I love to hear her comments before I submit my work. As for other friends and relatives, if they don't like erotica, that's fine by me. This is my life to live, not theirs."
Stacey told me that many people assume that the erotic writer engages in all the activities she writes about.
"I know myself and many of my erotica author friends are happily married with children and don’t run around having ménages," she said with a laugh.
She admitted to crossing a lot of boundaries in her recently contracted books. "I can't say there's a line I wouldn't cross," she told me. "Although I haven't dabbled in M/M or F/F, and have no plans to do so, I can't predict where the future will take me."
She considers the first ménage scene she wrote in Saving Grace the most embarrassing sex scene she's ever written.
"It wasn't so much embarrassing for me," she explained, "but knowing that other people were going to read it! Eek!"
Stacey has thought about getting her belly button pierced because she thinks it looks sexy and naughty. So far, however, she's chickened out, she admitted.
"What is your most embarrassing moment?" I asked.
"Printing off one of my books to edit at a local Staples and finding the workers reading it, It was NOT rated PG."
Her favorite food? Any kind of berry.
However, she cannot bring herself to eat shrimp. "I know most people love them, but they look so gross and spongy to me," she said.
She can also tell the difference between Coke and Pepsi, admitting that both are good but that she prefers the sweetness of Pepsi.
Along with her writing, one of her talents is being able to tie a cherry stem with her tongue, she admitted with a blush.
"What is your strangest habit?" I wondered.
She laughed and said, "I wiggle my toes in bed until I fall asleep. Drives my husband crazy."
During the day, her life is spent reading and writing. In the evenings, she divides her time between her husband and her five children.
She would love to have a girl's night out with all of her heroines. "It would be a night to remember!" she told me.
For authors who want to write erotica she stresses, "Use emotions to your advantage. Develop your characters before the big scenes. When a reader has an emotional investment in the characters, the sex will be much more satisfying."
Finally, I asked Stacey, "If you could give a new writer one piece of advice, what would it be?"
"Treat your writing career as a business. Edit your work thoroughly and create a brilliant query, synopsis and marketing plan."
You can keep up with Stacey on her blog, http://staceyespino.blogspot.com