AUTHOR: Emrys Lawson
BOOK TITLE: Sweeter Than Candy
PUBLISHER: Ravenous Romance
PUBLISHER LINK: http://www.ravenousromance.com/
Please tell us about yourself.
I am an American freelance writer and poet, who lives in Texas with three dogs, two cats, and Riley, the elusive wolf spider. Writing enables me to explore other worlds and lifestyles from the comfort of my home while sitting snug at my desk. A love of words and storytelling has pulled upon my heart and creative side since I can remember.
As a fulltime freelance writer, I enjoy crafting bodies of work that span from ‘how to articles’ to ‘erotic’ fiction. On occasion, the elusive wolf spider ventures out of the top drawer of the desk in my office. Riley thrives on providing feedback and input on story arcs, which adds a creative flare and flavor to the poems, short stories, and novels I write.
Are you a full-time writer or part-time, and how do you organize your writing time?
I am a fulltime freelance writer. My days, actually, to be more accurate, my nights are spent in front of my laptop where I am able to tap on the keys all night long. There is something about the stillness of the night that is inspiring. It allows me to create a whole other world through the written word.
What was the toughest criticism given to you? What was the biggest compliment?
The toughest criticism I received was to be uninhibited when I write and not allow insecurities to get in the way of my writing. I was told that if I were going to write a novel that there is no right or wrong way to do so. In fact, whatever process or path I chose to take, I must simply own it.
Did you learn anything from writing your book, and what was it?
When I set out to write my first book, I was not sure I could do it. The thought of writing a story or sex scenes seemed daunting and, to be honest, a tad overwhelming. However, once I overcame the initial fear of it all, I soon realized just how much I enjoy writing the genre. One thing I learned throughout the writing process is that one must try in order to succeed.
Who is your publisher and how did you connect with them?
Ravenous Romance is my publisher. Holly Schmidt contacted me after I submitted a body of work. She asked if I would be interested in submitting a ménage. I sent her a blurb for Sweeter Than Candy, and she responded with a contract.
What are your current projects?
Currently, I am working on a novel titled Sweeter Than Chocolate, as well as drafting sequels to other bodies of work. Plus, just recently, I submitted my second novel to Ravenous Romance titled Sweeter Than Honey, which is also a ménage.
What do you plan for the future?
I am toying with the idea of creating a series of stories, The Sweeter Than Collection, which will represent strong characters and thrust them into new environments or simply take them outside of their comfort zone for personal growth.
How can we find you? Website, Facebook, Twitter, blog, etc.?
What genre do you write in and why?
I write erotica, which allows me to represent alternative life styles. The possibilities are infinite.
What comes first: the plot or characters?
When I write, I must have a plot arc with a flexible beginning, middle, and end. Until I know what the plot and supporting conflicts are, I cannot move to build my characters. The setting, mood, and the time of the year come first.
Do writing violent or highly sexual scenes bother you? Why or why not?
No. Writing violent or highly sexual scenes does not bother me now; however, just because I may write hot, steamy sex scenes does not mean I am comfortable talking about them. Writing them is one thing—talking about them is a whole other ballgame.
What advice would you give a new writer starting out?
Write on the days you eat. Write today. Write tomorrow. Write to savor the words.
What seven words would you use to describe yourself?
Adventurous, Analytical, Creative, Detailed, Driven, Literal, and Tenacious
Brief Synopsis and/or Blurb:
Romance writer, Julia Cole, is a woman who’s unable to trust. Business owner, Alexandre De La Fontaine, is a man who’s not looking for love. A sensual, passionate weekend in a club, far richer and Sweeter than Candy, erupts in the bustling city of New York.
Meek and mild-mannered Julia Cole is working on her third novel under the pseudonym Rita Wright. Her literary agent arranges a three day trip, over a weekend, for the young writer to conduct research at a club. Not just any club, a BDSM club. Arriving early, Julia encounters shirtless business owner, Alexandre, who exudes power and sex appeal from every orifice of his chiseled and sculpted frame.
Security specialist, Mike Mathis proves that three is not always a crowd when he steps into a ménage with friend, Alexandre De La Fontaine, and Julia Cole. Both men vow to protect the romance writer when an obsessed fan discovers where she is staying.
Haunted by violent and torrid memories, Julia must decide if the sexy French club owner is worthy of her trust and heart, or if he’s every bit as terrifying as the monster stalking her like prey.