Today I proudly present you the first interview of my new series “The Bee Talks With…”.
I have been reading a lot of self-published authors lately and got more and more curious about how they got to the point of being courageous enough to write their story and then to publish it.
As you know my aim is to help apprentice authors as I call them, those who are just starting up with writing, to get advice and find resources to improve their art and what better than hearing the stories of fellow authors.
The interviews will not have a set date when they are posted as it depends on how many authors are going to take part.
So with no further ado, I am jumping in 🙂
My first guest is Candi Silk a wonderful author of erotic stories who kindly agreed to open up her writing boudoir and show us a little bit of her work:
Thanks, Bee, for inviting me to answer your questions. I’m delighted to share my thoughts anytime with your blossoming readership. You’ve always made me feel welcome here and also on your Rebel Mouse. You do a marvelous job interacting with readers through your social media!
Thank you very much. I am blushing :-). You are welcome anytime but let’s hear a little bit about yourself
How would you describe yourself in one paragraph?
I’m an optimist, and believe strongly in the positive things we, fellow beings, can accomplish in harmony as we journey through life. I like to try new things, different approaches, and I enjoy encouraging others to pursue their dreams. I tend to be easy-going, and enjoy the calmer, simpler things in life, such as an entertaining book, maybe a little fun food, a touch of music, and always time with family and friends.
Which author influenced you and why?
Bee, that’s a really tough question for me. I’ve always been a reader of just about anything that resembled a book, magazine, or newspaper. I enjoy fiction and non-fiction. It’s hard for me to pinpoint a single select group of authors that have influenced me, because I learn something from every book I read. Strictly from a reader’s stand point, I experience different levels of enjoyment from books; some I enjoy more than others. From a writer’s viewpoint I learn things I’d like to improve in my own writing, e.g., better word choice, smoother flowing sentences, character development, things like that. On the other hand, if I find a book difficult, confusing, or cumbersome to read, I become aware of things not to do in my own writing. Less telling, more showing; dynamic dialogue; remove the grey from character development, better pacing, things like that. None of what I just said is meant as a criticism of any author; I highly respect the efforts of writers. I know how challenging storytelling can be. Before I started writing, I simply read for the entertainment or enlightenment, then moved on to the next book. But now I’m even more respectful of an author’s work and want to enjoy as well as become enlightened by her/his creative work. I’d have to say I’ve learned something from almost everything I’ve read. In the past four years I’ve discovered a wealth of enjoyable reading from talented Indie, self-published authors. And I consider you, Bee, one of those talented authors. Your blog posts are always entertaining, enlightening and uplifting. Very!
Thank you so much Candi. I do my very best and I have to say even though I have not read all of your “Night Rogue” yet, what I have read so far I enjoyed enormously. Blogging for me is a way of bringing together all my interests and to entertain as well and I am glad you enjoy it. Even though I would like to have a ritual with my writing unfortunately I cannot maintain one as I work flexible shift work. What about you?
Your writing ritual (if you have one)?
Ahhh, yes, the ritual. I’m usually up by 5 or 6 a.m., have breakfast, and start my writing day by 7:30 or 8:00 a.m. I make a quick check through email and social media sites, then focus on writing within the hour. I try to write at least 3 to 4 hours each day, but like most people, I have the usual, and the unexpected errands or maintenance demands of any household. I usually begin my writing time by reading what I wrote the previous day. I might make a couple of quick changes, but I don’t dwell on it. Once I’ve completed a manuscript, I’ll let it rest for a few days, sometimes a week or more. Then I’ll read through it quickly to get the surface feel of it. If I catch something really glaring, I’ll make a change immediately, but usually not. After that I’ll start back from page one, reading carefully and editing as I go. I’ll also load the book on my Kindle and let it read to me, as I listen for additional mistakes, cumbersome wording, and any other glitches that might show up. Listening to your own book being read to you can joggle how you originally thought of your story. Altogether I probably average reading through a manuscript a dozen or more times, before I’m ready to upload and publish to Amazon, and Smashwords’s multi-distribution channels.
Do you suffer from writer’s block and what do you do against it?
So far I haven’t had any problems with writers block. There have been times when I knew how I pictured a scene, but wasn’t exactly sure how I wanted to write it. When that has happened, I would put my best thoughts on paper and move on to another scene, chapter, or even work on another story project. Often I go for a walk or run an errand, which helps clear the thinking. However, often I’d end up thinking through the story while grocery shopping. I might work out the solution to the story, but I’d forget items on my grocery list. LOL.
Your advice for apprentice writers?
If I have a secret it’s this. If you’re thinking about writing or you’re a new writer, make sure you do the following: Give yourself permission to become a writer. Until you give yourself total permission to become a writer, your efforts will not feel the full force of your motivations. You cannot wait for others to give you the permission or the approval. Your destiny is your destiny. Take charge of it; own it. It belongs to you. And do not depend upon the adulation of family and friends to motivate you to become a great writer. It won’t happen. Oh, yes, in rare cases you’ll find some support, but usually not. But don’t worry. Your family and friends are still going to be your family and friends. Just don’t fret over turning them into reading zealots. If they all go out and buy your books, you will have sold very few books. More important, your readers are scattered around the world filled with more than 7 billion people. Your readers are waiting for you to finish your story. Give yourself full permission. Sit down and write each day until the last page. Publish. Repeat often. Enjoy what you create!
And one last but important one:
What are your actual projects?
First of all I write strong, contemporary female characters, and usually from a female perspective. I write bold, classy erotica. I focus on mutual pleasure for all characters, especially the female characters. There are often challenges and tension for my characters to deal with, along with plenty of thrills and a touch of humor. All of my books focus on female sexuality, the discovery or re-discovery. Until a couple of decades ago, and even more recently, female sexuality was somewhat veiled. Only cursory attention was given to it, especially in the public arena or media. Current data indicate women are strong readers and there has been an explosive interest in reading material focusing on the sensuous nature of women, and that clearly includes the different heat levels of erotica. Women are no longer timid about their sensuous desires, wants, and needs. It is now clear that women’s fantasies are probably more creative than men’s. Much of what I write centers on some of those fervent female fantasies: intimacy with a stranger, husbands and wives testing the bounds of their marriage vs the urges of their sexuality, exploring sexual identity, to name a few. The project I’ve just finished is a follow-up story to LUST DRIVEN. The title is THRILL DRIVEN. Publication is scheduled for September 25, 2014. It is a continuation of Marla, further exploring her sexuality with two other women and a man who are also at that point of rediscovering their sexuality. I like to expose some of the “how” and “why” behind certain human behaviors. For example, what did it take for Marla to become a “lust driven” woman in the first place? And in one day? What could have possibly happened to push her over the edge? After all she was a “settled” married woman. And in THRILL DRIVEN she’s exploring unanswered desires and questions she has about lesbianism and bi-sexuality. Examining human behavior has always interested me. The answers always lead back to basic human emotions/motivations. What attracts us sexually to another person? What compels us to make war? What drives us to make love? Chase those questions and we’ll find ourselves at the foot of Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs (1943, 1954, 1970ab). Yes, it’s a theory of human motivation, but it’s still being discussed in college classes today, and it intrigues us. Human motivation appears to be a moving target of sorts; hard to nail it down. No one has a crystal clear handle on it. But human behavior provides an abundant harvest of material for writers of all genres.
Thank you so much Candi for letting us have a peek into your writing boudoir and for answering so openly.
Thank you again, Bee for inviting me, and the best of success to you and your readers! And keep The Bee buzzing; it spreads a sweet delight throughout cyberspace!
LOL you are so welcome and it was a pleasure to have you here in my little bee hive. Buzz, buzz, buzz……
If you want to know more about Candi and enjoy her erotic stories please feel free to follow these links:
Candi’s Amazon Author Page: http://amzn.to/LVlwCJ
Candi’s Amazon Author Page UK: http://amzn.to/OCbBUp
Candi’s Apple iBooks Author Page: http://bit.ly/1k9tGl1
Candi’s Barnes & Noble Author Page: http://bit.ly/1n2iDBk
Candi’s Smashwords Author Page: http://bit.ly/1boR0I8
Candi’s WordPress: http://bit.ly/1ujZfjD
Candi’s Google Blog: http://bit.ly/NbpVSH
Candi’s Google+: http://bit.ly/1i8G7zm
Candi’s Goodreads: http://bit.ly/1jxjwRf
Candi’s Facebook: http://on.fb.me/1jGiqkP
Candi’s Twitter: http://bit.ly/1jxjwRf