My writing process, about erotica and tips.
For the past three years, I have been working on several projects: an erotic romance trilogy, a contemporary / drama, and a contemporary romance novel. I write seven days a week, rarely ever having a break. If I do, it’s the odd few hours here and there every other few days, and the occasional night out. I try to write as much as I can, as when I’m not writing, I tend to feel guilty, telling myself that I should be writing. Writing is the best, but sometimes hardest thing, as I can get writers block, where nothing seems to come. Other times, my mind is spinning with so many ideas, and it seems to be the worst just as I want to go to sleep. I’ve had to keep a notepad by my bed to jot stuff down. But, I love writing, and with everything, you get the downfalls.
So, anyway, here is how my day usually goes. I wake up, and instantly make a coffee. I can’t focus unless I’ve had coffee. I then set my laptop up, and firstly check my emails. I manage authors from Booktrope, maintain a book blog, and write articles weekly for my local newspaper, so I need to ensure I have everything up to date. I then either help other authors promote their books, and promote my own online.
Sometimes, the time flies by, and before I know it, it’s 5PM, and I’ve got no writing done. If only there were more hours in the day!
When I do get writing done, I can write anything as little as 500 words, or 3,000 a day, more, if I’m really concentrating. I like to write whilst listening to music. I can’t sit in complete silence. I also can’t do one thing at a time; I always have to be juggling other stuff: checking my social media sites, responding to people etc.
I also can’t watch TV series, as they tend to influence my writing style. I’ve had to put Sons Of Anarchy, Gossip Girl and Dexter on hold, even though I’m halfway through them all. I can’t allow Charlie Hunnam’s bad-boy Jax Teller influence me any more lol! I already have enough of him in my work.
I write a bit of everything, although I do like romance to be present in most of my stories, purely because life is tough already. Sometimes you need a feel-good-book or movie to swoon over.
Erotic romance is a genre I write. Some people may assume that it’s easy to write intimate scenes, but I disagree. Sometimes, I have to return to those scenes at the end, and fill them in, as they can be time-consuming. I want them to be realistic and sexy. If I were to give any tips to erotic authors, it’s be not to worry about what others think and let your characters be. I was so embarrassed releasing this debut novel, and even more so when my friends nan, aunts, mum, sisters etc wanted to read it. All I kept thinking was, ‘OMG, they’re going to think I’m some kinky cow.’ LOL! I’m forever warning people it’s erotica, and quite raunchy, but I’m trying to stop doing them. The first page pretty much explains what the story is about and what it involves, so readers can make their own mind up if they want to enter ‘that world.’ I did a lot of research on the taboo topic of my novel. I love learning new things, and writing about stuff I am unfamiliar with. It’s much more fun that way.
The inspiration from this novel came to me as a question. If you met someone you thought was perfect, but they led a lifestyle which you couldn’t understand, or were completely against, what would you do? This is real life, and sometimes people discover things about their partners that can make them have doubts. I wanted to go all out. Darion is very much and mans man, and he loves women! Gabi, on the other hand, although she craves excitement, she wants to be loved, and be settled in life.
Another thing that helps me write is a playlist. I have to listen to music. All of my material come with a playlist at the end of the songs I listened to, or the songs that featured in the story.
Anyways, if you like badboy alphas, sizzling scenes, and entering a new world of dark desires, then check out The Black Door Trilogy. Book 1 is already getting some great reviews!
Anyway, if you want to read about my debut novel, HIS CONFESSION, book #1 of The Black Door Trilogy, the blurb is below, along with book trailer, and teasers. You can also find me at: www.facebook.com/SophiaValentineAuthor, and www.s-valentine.wix.com/books.
When Gabriella Woods finds matches to a gentleman’s club in her fiancés pocket, her suspicion’s require a search for answers.
At the club, she realises, it’s not her fiancé’s fidelity that can’t be trusted…
It’s her own.
The owner, Darion Milano comes into her life–daring, intriguing, and unpredictable.
Unable to get him out of her head, against Darion’s explicit warning, Gabi begins a torrid affair. No longer fighting the urge to enter the depth of his dark and mysterious lifestyle, she indulges in his deepest desires.
They became the most exciting, wild, infatuated couple everybody knew.
Until his confession changes everything.
Her heart is telling her to stay. Her instinct is telling her to run.
She can never match his outrageous ex-wife, and become the fun fearless woman that he craves, or can she?
Discover a world of sex, secrets and seduction.
His Confession – available in eBook and paperback now!
http://amzn.to/20Z8PZi – Paperback – UK
http://amzn.to/1QbjhFh – Paperback – US
S. Valentine grew up in England. Studying English language and literature, as well as law, she worked in a solicitors for many years before moving to Spain. She does however still visit England, which in a way, will always be home.
Returning to her lifelong passion of writing books, she’s also a weekly columnist for The Ibizan newspaper on: lifestyle, relationships and fashion. She blogs at www.lifestyleandliterature.wordpress.com, and tweets at @SophiaVAuthor. She can also be found sharing her many passions on Instagram @SophiaValentineAuthor, and pinning beautiful things on www.pinterest.com/SophiaVWrites.
Sophia’s interests include reading, shopping, and sunbathing whilst drinking a Cosmopolitan. For more information, please visit: www.s-valentine.wix.com/books. If you join her newsletter, you will be the first to receive sneak peeks of chapters, teasers, news, giveaway prizes and more!