Hello everyone! I’m ecstatic to have Romance Author S. Dora with me today. Please say hi and leave her a comment or two below.
S. Dora in words: one wife, two sons, five cats and a life full of stories.
S. Dora is the me writing m/m erotica, though I can imagine a m/f or f/f story might suddenly decide they want to get written too, somewhere in the future. The real me is also writing: novels and stories that don’t revolve around the down and dirty. And the non-writing me? Is it interesting to know I’m a woman, born in 1961? That my wife and I celebrate our 30th anniversary in October 2011? That we have two sons and five cats and live near Rotterdam? That I had a novel published in Dutch? And one in English? That “Dora” is because of the little mechanical typewriter I bought with money earned with my very first summer job? That I studied social history and done all kinds of jobs? I guess it actually is, if only because every story ever told is important to at least one reader.
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What do you find the hardest part of being an author?
Continuing to write and publish despite crippling doubts if I’m actually good enough.
What’s your favorite thing about writing?
The characters, when they become as close to real and believable people as possible. The very few times when I feel I’m at least close to writing a few sentences that are almost right.
Just how H.O.T. are most of your books?
Though hotness is in the eye of the readers, I don’t exactly shut the door to the bedroom into their faces.
How sweet or romantic do they tend to be?
I hope not so sweet that the readers need to brush their teeth after having read one of my stories, but I tend to write about people who genuinely care about each other. I personally find that very romantic, but I might be partial because I’ve been with the same partner for the last 30 years and counting.
Do you have a specific writing style?
I can imagine I’ve developed my own style through the years, but I guess others might see it better than I do. Though I know I have a strong tendency to write introspective characters, even when I write erotica.
Which is you favorite storyline/angst situation and why? What inspired you to write about it?
I like how in the Calling the Shots series Isaac, who’s 40, a bit conservative and a total sweetheart, can’t believe cutie twenty-something Tom not only wants a serious relationship with him, but also thinks Isaac actually is made to be his Dom exactly because of his nature.
What inspired me? I’m not sure, except that I don’t care much (as a writer) for characters who are natural dominants. Honestly? I think dominants who don’t have a healthy portion of self-doubt about their role are a bit too close to becoming scary creeps to my taste.
Boxers or Briefs? I know which I prefer . . . *wink*
Well, since neither my wife nor I are male or butch, we keep it at rather boring ladies underwear… (laughs)
LOL, Picky, picky, picky ;c)
There was a time I could have answered that question, but I’ve learned taste is too much depending on mood, situation aso. I do, however, prefer non-fiction over fiction. That’s not to say I don’t thoroughly enjoy a good fictional story from time to time.
That must be one by Marguerite Duras, from Hiroshima mon Amour (a very good film, but the screenplay is still the best part) J’ai raconté notre histoire. Elle était, voit-tu, racontable. (I told our story. It was there, you see, to tell)
What’s next for you?
Finally finishing part three of the Calling the Shots series. I also started a few other projects, both m/m and m/f.