1. This will be your first published work in the erotica genre. Did you always plan to write this genre, or did it just happen?
I knew that when the idea came to me, it would be an erotic. I’d been having all sorts of ideas and this one firmly stood out in my notebook. I knew I’d have to write it, and so I did. Erotic and all.
2. What is your main inspiration for writing?
My main inspiration for this piece is my own life and hobbies. I am a self confessed nerd/geek/whatever you want to call me. I love so many different things, from comic books and mangas, to films and anime, to reading. There’s a lot of geek culture in this, such as video games and cosplay, and it’s something that everyone can identity with at some point in life!
3. What is your writing environment like? Do you write with a pen and paper, or on a computer? Do you need quiet, or music in the background? Do you have a pet who gets in on the act?
My writing environment changes constantly and I can work with it. I usually plan on paper, and then write on the computer. Noise doesn’t bother me, I seem to work better with it. It’s very rare for the cats to come and pester me when I’m writing, but sometimes my mum peers over my shoulder!
4. How did you come up with the title for this book? Did you have it planned out from the start or did it come to you after writing the story?
I knew the title straight off – it came to me straight away. Those were the first words I wrote down, followed by a brief plotline. It suited it so much – it’s short, snappy and memorable.
5. You have some pretty stunning covers for your work. How hard is it for you to choose one? Do you go in with an idea of what you want and work from that, or are you open to suggestions from what you come across?
Oh, thank you! I usually have an idea of how I want it to look, and then I speak to my cover artist (Riley Steel). She comes back with some amazing work and it’s pretty much how I had it in my head.
6. On a scale of 1 to 10, how hot is your erotica meter? Are you a leather or lace kind of writer? Do you go for the sweet and sexy or the hardcore hotties?
It depends what my plot is really. I will read and write anything from the erotic genre. ‘Heroes and Villains’, is quite sweet and sexy, but there’s a little of everything in there I suppose. I would never say, “No, no, no! Not writing leather and lace,” because I never know what my brain will come up with!
7. What is your favourite ‘moment’ or quote from this piece of work, that you can share with us?
I have a few little moments that I loved writing, so I couldn’t possibly choose. However, this little scene came from a similar experience I had with my partner and his friend – I just changed it slightly to fit the story!
He complained loudly that girls shouldn’t ever be allowed near a games console, that they’d only break it. They would scratch the discs or stand on them in stupid high heels, snapping them straight in half. It was only until she challenged him, that he soon changed his mind… In the biggest tournament in arcade history, her entire English Literature class had crammed themselves into a grubby seaside arcade. They had surrounded the House of the Dead machine, stuffing their faces with chocolate, hot dogs, salted chips and slurping fizzy drinks, avidly watching the two players as they duelled to the death. Frankie only lost by a hundred points.
8. What have you discovered about yourself since becoming a writer?
I have discovered so much about myself that I could write an essay. Which is kind of what I had to do at university. I was an emotional wreck by the end of it, so please excuse me from babbling. All I could really say is that, I have reoccurring themes in my work and I write what I’d like to read.
9. Do you put easter eggs in your stories? (hidden messages/inside jokes)
Because of the nature of this short, there is a lot of Easter eggs. If you’re a hardcore comic book fan, you will get the huge reference in the later part of the book, which was so much fun to write
10. Are you planning a follow up to this book or are you happy with it as a stand alone?
This is a standalone. Most of my shorts are standalones and I’m happy with that. There are plans to write more longer pieces though and see what happens with those. The future isn’t set in stone after all!
About the Author:
Zoe Adams (BA) is a best selling author with Crushing Hearts and Black Butterfly Press.
Finding inspiration from a multitude of sources, such as music and foreign cultures, she enjoys writing a multitude of genres such as: crime, erotica, fantasy, horror, paranormal, science fiction and YA lit. Zoe enjoys reading and writing (A LOT). She also drinking copious amounts of tea, gardening, listening to music, playing computer games, socialising, travelling and watching films.
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