Today I’d like to welcome Victoria Blisse to my blog with an interview for her collection Rob and Lou’s Wild Weekends. A little bit about the collection first before we launch into the interview itself:
Hold on tight, it’s going to get wild! Rob and Lou could pass you in the streets and you’d likely not notice them. They’re in their thirties, have a family and jobs to hold down and they do it with smiles on their faces. But occasionally they get a little time off and that’s when things get seriously sexy.
Light-hearted and fun, this mini-anthology features episodes from this couple’s wild weekends. Making the most of the mud, finding the erotic nature of an apron and even having a sexy visit to a fish and chip shop. Rob and Lou make the mundane much more pleasurable so join them on their kinky ride.
Includes a bonus short story Damsel in Distress and excerpts from other ebooks by the award winning queen of rosy, raunchy and rubenesque erotic romance, Victoria Blisse.
How long have you been writing for?
I’ve been writing since I was little, my mum’s got a poem I wrote in Junior school that won me a Big chocolate Easter egg. However, I’ve been writing Erotic Romance for around 10 years now, published for 6. Wow that makes me an old hand I think!
Who or what are your influences? Not necessarily other writers, but anything at all (music, art, people you’ve met?).
My husband, Kev ‘Mitnik’ Blisse, has been my constant inspiration and cheer leader. Without a shadow of a doubt I wouldn’t be where I am now without him. He told me to write down my first ever story and he encourages me on with every new story idea I come up with.
Other influences include my love of fantasy books, authors like Terry Pratchett and David Gemmell who are strong character writers. Both use humour well and I hope I manage to do that in my work too.
And really, I’m influenced by new things and people all the time. I think that’s part of being an author, you absorb ideas from anywhere and everywhere!
What’s your writing routine? Or rather, what is your ideal sort of day that includes writing as well as everything else you need to get done?
My brain works better in the morning, so my ideal day starts about 6am and while my family sleep I write. I love school holidays as my daughter loves a lie in, I can get 3-4 hours of writing in before she gets up sometimes.
My daytime is usually filled with the real life stuff I have to do with some promo/online interaction. I will sometimes write in the evening too, but only if I have a deadline to run at! I work on blogs/editing later in the day usually, as I don’t need the same sharpness to do that kind of thing.
You do a lot of things aside from just writing stories – the Smut by the Sea event, the various website you and your husband Kev Mitnik run. Can you tell us a little about that and how you manage to keep all those balls in the air?
Luck and pure bloody mindedness. I joke, kinda. We love what we do so we just get on with it, sometimes it does all get very, very hectic but it is fun and everything gets done…eventually!
You also edited anthologies. Can you tell us the worst and the best thing about the editing process?
Hardest? Well, telling the people who don’t make it into the anthology that you’ve rejected there story isn’t pleasant and also for me the actual editing isn’t fun. I hate editing –ironic, eh?
Best? Definitely reading through the stories and finding the gems you want in the anthology and seeing it coming together, that is fab. Also celebrating with the authors who make the smut cut, that never grows old.
What was it in particular that appealed to you to write about a married couple?
Well, I’m married and you know, there’s not enough married people having sexy erotic fun in erotic romance books I find so I wanted to do something about that. I love taking an everyday couple and showing their spicy sides!
What were the inspirations for the scenarios in the book? No need to go into all of them, but some would be nice.
Actually, I will tell you about the Pinny. Hubby and I were out at a restaurant once and he was particularly taken by a curvy, red-headed waitress. When I called him on it he claimed innocence and said
“You know pinny’s drive me wild, I can’t resist a pinny.”
And that is how ‘Rob and Lou’s Domestic Discipline’ came about.
Did you find you learned more about Rob and Lou’s relationship as you wrote the scenarios? Anything in particular stand out that you can share?
Oh yes, it’s amazing how character’s develop as you write. I loved how their strong love for each other always shined through, even when they got kinky!
I found the aspects of how Rob and Lou negotiated their sex life alongside their family life interesting – there was always a small element of danger of being ‘caught.’ Would you ever write something about them in the wider context of their life and how they juggle marriage, kids, in-laws and sex, or is this it for now?
I do have more plans for Rob and Lou, they’re a fascinating pair and I want to play with them a bit more. I will definitely be exploring how they juggle day to day life and their sex life, I think it’s fascinating and something many of us can relate to!
What is your next project?
Writing-wise I’m doing some short story writing right now, I’ve written lots of looooong stories of late, I have two novels (Sharing Nicely from Total-E-Bound and Really Cooking from Xcite) coming out in September and I really needed a break. I am also about to embark on my first co-written story and that is very exciting indeed!
Thanks for having me over, I enjoyed answering the questions.
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