Hello everyone! I’m thrilled to have wonderfully prolific Erotica Author Lucy Felthouse with me today. Don’t forget to say hi and leave her a comment below.
Lucy is a chocoholic, a writer, a marketer, and a web geek. She dabbles in a bit of everything, but primarily the following:
She graduated from the University of Derby in June 2006. Her final year dissertation was on erotic literature; and how women roles in the genre have increased as social attitudes change. She has written for various magazines and websites, and you can find a list of books she’s appeared in on her Published Works page.
You can contact Lucy Felthouse at the following:
Today Lucy has stopped by to answer a few questions for us and will stop by to answer any you leave in the comments.
Thank you for stopping by, Lucy. I already introduced you a little, but please tell us a bit about you and your newest release (I love that word, lol).
My latest release is a m/f novella called Off the Shelf, which appears in a new Xcite Books title, called Silk Stockings. Here’s the blurb:
Off the Shelf by Lucy Felthouse
At 35, travel writer Annalise is fed up with insensitive comments about being left on the shelf. It’s not as if she doesn’t want a man, but her busy career doesn’t leave her much time for relationships. Sexy liaisons with passing acquaintances give Annalise physical satisfaction, but she needs more than that. She wants a man who will satisfy her mind as well as her body. But where will she find someone like that? It seems Annalise may be in luck when a new member of staff starts working in the bookshop at the airport she regularly travels through. Damien appears to tick all the boxes; he’s gorgeous, funny and intelligent, and he shares Annalise’s love of books and travel. The trouble is, Damien’s shy and Annalise is terrified of rejection. Can they overcome their fears and admit their feelings, or are they doomed to remain on the shelf?
What do you find the hardest part of being an author?
The isolation. Although I have lots of writerly friends that are just the other end of an email, or on Twitter and Facebook, nothing beats sitting down in the same room as a bunch of other authors and seeing what ideas start to fly. Having said that, if we were geographically closer, we might end up getting together too often and never getting any writing done.
What’s your favorite thing about writing?
Making it up as I go along! With most of my stories, I only have the vaguest idea of what I want to do with it, and I just sit and write and see where the characters take me. That makes it exciting because you can surprise yourself when you see what you’re putting down on the page.
I know you write erotic stories, but just how H.O.T. are most of your books?
They vary from sensual romance to so hot you’ll burn your fingers, though it has to be said, most of my stuff is definitely at the naughtier end of the scale.
How sweet or romantic do they tend to be?
Again, it varies. Some of my stories are pure erotica, with no romance involved at all, whereas others focus more on the romantic element than the sex. One example is The Cottage in the Woods, a lesbian erotic romance that was released a couple of months ago. One reviewer commented: “For me, the eroticism of the story was for the most part quite subtle, found mostly within slight touches, eye contact and exploring the way that the two women felt about each other. There is a love scene, and I thought it was very tastefully written, and I didn’t feel it was the focus of the story – the focus being the romance between these two.”
Do you have a specific writing style?
Not that I’m aware of. I just do what comes naturally, though I do tend to have a little sprinkling of humour in most of my stories. I often don’t realise I’m doing it, though – I’ll read something back at a later date and find that something funny slipped in!
Which is your favorite storyline/angst situation and why? What inspired you to write about it?
I adore the storyline in Off the Shelf. Because it was a novella I had more word count to play with, so I was able to really explore the circumstances and personality traits of the two main characters that were keeping them apart. I enjoyed writing the will-they, won’t-they situation, particularly since I knew how explosive it would be when they finally got together.
I honestly don’t know where my inspiration came from. I was asked to write an erotic romance novella, and that’s what I came up with!
Boxers / Briefs / Panties / Cheekies?
I read so many books by different authors that I couldn’t possibly pick a single one.
“Like is like a dick; when it gets hard, fuck it.”
I like that one, lol. Favorite book?
Again, I’ve read so many wonderful books that I couldn’t pick just one. I love books!
Now for a question near and dear to my heart – do you have a special cause or charity that you support and would like to share?
Yes. I edited an anthology called Uniform Behaviour, which contains stories about men and women in uniform. A percentage of the proceeds goes to UK charity Help for Heroes, which helps servicemen and women wounded in current conflicts.
What a great charity, Lucy! What’s next for you?
Oh, a million and one things! I have several short stories that have been accepted and am awaiting release dates for. I also have several pieces out for consideration. I’m working on several WIPs of varying lengths, and I’m also editing two anthologies, Smut by the Sea and Smut in the City. On top of that, I’m running my PR & Marketing business, Writer Marketing Services. There’s never a dull moment!
Again, thank you for stopping by and best wishes on your new releases and future projects.
Thanks so much for having me!