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Saturday, June 25, 2011
Author Interview: Silvia Violet
Whipped Cream is pleased to welcome Silvia Violet, who has a brand new work being released in three weeks—her second contribution to the Serve and Protect series and her first m/m story--Sex on the Hoof, featuring a stag shifter and a vampire.
Silvia has wanted to write since she was a teenager. She'd played around with stories but never committed long enough to finish anything. While she was working as a high school teacher, she made a commitment to write at least fifteen minutes a day, every day—no excuses.
"I knew I could always find 15 minutes," she explained. "Eventually most of these writing sessions last 30 minutes to an hour and after several months, I’d finished my first book, To Capture A Spy. After several years and many re-writes, it was eventually published by Samhain. From there, I kept going and did more and more market research. I tried my hand at novellas and short stories and after lots of submissions to both print and e-publishers, I landed my first contract with Loose Id."
To Silvia, erotic romance implies a romantic connection between at least two of the characters who are sexually involved, and that those romantic feelings guide and motivate the characters' actions—at least during the latter part of the story.
"Erotica is about great sex that engages all the senses and gives an emotional charge even if it's not a romantic or love-filled one," she told me. "The emotional zing might come from erotic danger or fear or pure pleasure, but it’s more than just physical sensation whereas pornography is about physical gratification."
Some of her favorite erotic authors are Angela Knight, Morgan Hawke, and Lexxie Couper.
"All of them inspire me to be a better writer," she said.
Silvia didn't intend to be an erotic romance author when she started out—she just wanted to write romance. The erotic market was just a small niche in the industry. No matter what she did, though, her characters demanded hotter and hotter scenes.
"I just couldn't restrain them," she said with a smile. "For me, the erotic elements are the easiest part of the story to write, and I truly enjoyed writing them, so I stuck with what worked for me."
"What are the biggest public misconceptions about erotica?" I asked.
"That it’s easy to write. Just because there’s sex involved doesn’t mean erotica is any easier to write than other genres. Readers and publishers still expect quality writing no matter how hot your story is."
In addition to the erotic romance she writes, she also writes erotic short stories that don't involve a romance between the characters.
"Some people would label those as porn which is fine with me," she assured me. "I would call them erotica because there is an emotional component even though it’s not love."
"What does your family think of your writing?" I wondered. "Do they read it?"
"My husband loves it and gets a thrill out of telling his friends. My parents are proud that I’m a published writer but they have only read few of the tamest of my stories."
On a personal note, I asked Silvia about body piercings—what she would pierce and what about body piercings make it sexy.
"I used to have my bellybutton pierced, and I like nipple piercings on others," she told me. "I don’t think I’d have the nerve to try it myself. I think the forbidden nature of body piercing makes is sexy. It draws attention to parts of the body we’re not 'supposed' to look at but want to."
For eating off another's tummy, she chooses chocolate ganache, because it's not as runny as chocolate sauce, but still easy to smooth over your lover's skin.
"A sprinkle of mini chocolate chips can also be fun to catch on your tongue," she said.
"What about other body parts?"
"The classic whip cream is a favorite for those suckable parts."
Her favorite food is cake—almost any kind of cake.
"I love to bake it and to eat it," she told me. "My very favorite cake is devil’s food with dark chocolate icing and pecans sprinkled on top."
However, she can't bring herself to eat raw tomatoes.
"I love tomato sauce and sun dried tomatoes. I’ll eat stewed tomatoes if I must, but no matter what, not even when served them by my prospective mother-in-law, will I eat raw tomatoes."
"Can you tell the difference between Coke and Pepsi?" I asked.
"Yes. Pepsi tastes much sweeter. I grew up having Coke at home, and it’s still what I prefer, but my grandmother always had Pepsi and when I taste one now it reminds me of Sunday afternoons at her house."
Silvia went to boarding school, and she thinks she might base a character on her roommate one day. Not only could she tie a cherry stem with her tongue, she also, among other behaviors, twirled and flipped ballpoint pens obsessively and had a penchant for redecorating their room at 3 AM.
Silvia's favorite letter is S.
"Not only does it start my name," she explained, "but it’s curvy, and sexy and starts so many wonderful words like sensual, slinky, slick, slippery, sweaty, surrender, submit, suck, spank, slam, spasm."
Baking is her favorite hobby, so she's likely to be in the kitchen when she's not writing. If not, then she can be found reading, either something for herself or out loud to her kids. She also likes to sew and cross stitch, but she hasn't made much time for either one lately.
If a movie was going to be made of Silvia's life, she said that probably Sandra Bullock should play her.
"In my fantasy life, I’m the type of woman who’d be played by Lucy Lawless or Angelina Jolie, but in real life, I’m more of a girl next door type (one with naughty secrets of course) and I’ve got long dark hair and dark eyes."
Finally, I asked, "If you could give a new writer one piece of advice, what would it be?"
"Make writing a priority. Make a realistic goal about how much you’ll get done each day or each week and schedule time for it."
You can keep up with Silvia on her blog, http://silviaviolet.com/blog/,