Hello everyone, I would like to welcome my guest Tanith Davenport. She has kindly agreed to be interviewed by me.
So lets begin…
1) First, Hi Tanith. tell us a little about yourself so the readers know who you are?
I’m an erotic romance writer who lives in Yorkshire with my husband – who has never read my writing – and my cat, who likes to sit on my printer. My debut novel was released in June of this year and I’m still expecting to wake up sometime soon.
SC: I know exactly what you mean.
2) Now I know you are a Total-E-Bound writer, how did you become a writer/ author?
I can’t remember a time when I didn’t want to be a writer, although I only began doing it seriously in my late twenties and was spurred on to finish my debut novel by the approach of my thirtieth birthday. Before that I had been writing on an amateur level for some time but never with any idea of getting it published. Total-e-Bound were the seventh e-publisher I submitted to.
SC: and now you are
3) I struggle with titles all the time, The Hand He Dealt, sounds amazing, how did you come up with it and what was the inspiration for this book?
The vast majority of my titles come from songs – generally there will be one specific song which acts as a theme for the book, and that will provide the title. However, I couldn’t find a song to fit “The Hand He Dealt”; originally the title was “Shiver” but as the story developed it no longer fit. In the end I did some brainstorming on the casino theme and came up with the phrase “playing the hand you’re dealt”; as Harry was the catalyst for the story, I decided that Astra was playing the hand he had dealt, and there it was.
I had some misgivings at first, I admit, as it isn’t a title that immediately suggests erotica, but it seems to have sat well with everyone so far.
SC: Still an excellent title
4) What are you working on at the moment?
I’m currently working on two erotic romances, one comparatively mainstream (no pegging scenes in that one!) and the other aimed at Total-e-Bound’s taboo line. Along with the promotion of “The Hand He Dealt” that’s about all I have time for at the moment – it’s been very busy but very exciting!
SC: I’m just constantly writing at the moment.
5) I love hearing about first acceptances as an aspiring writer and now that I am e-published, I still love hearing about them. So tell us about that first acceptance.
I had just sent off my synopsis and chapters to Total-e-Bound two days previously, after receiving a call for submissions by email. My husband and I were on our way out to dinner when I checked my phone and found the email response – having been rejected several times already, my first thought was “Ugh, two days and they’re rejecting it already?” Of course, I then opened it and read the first few lines, stopping on the magic word “contract”.
I’d always thought that I would run around screaming when I was accepted. Instead my first comment was a very calm “Good God.” 🙂 I passed the phone to my husband and asked him to check it – his response was “Wow! Does that mean you’re paying for dinner then?” If I remember rightly, I did pay for dinner, and spent the evening giggling like a fool in between champagne cocktails!
SC: Yep, very much a case of, are you sure this email is for me? 🙂
6) This is your first release, what have you found the hardest about this whole process?
Probably finishing the book! I found there was a barrier in my head as I came towards the end – once it was finished, I would have to bite the bullet and start sending it out, which would mean not only was I no longer doing it just for fun but I would be laying myself open to rejection. I’m expecting a similar concern when I finish my second novel, since so far I’ve had good feedback on “The Hand He Dealt” and would hate for the second one to be a disappointment.
SC: For me it is all about the editing.
7) What are your guilty pleasures?
Plum wine, rose and violet creams, and an Indian head massage. Preferably all at the same time.
8) What are you currently reading?
I’m reading two – “The Last Summer of You and Me” by Ann Brashares, and “To Defy a King” by Elizabeth Chadwick. I’ve been catching up on my romance fiction recently.
9) Who are your favourite authors and has any of their work inspired you?
At the moment, Philippa Gregory and Lauren Oliver. Lauren Oliver I find especially inspiring – she has great skill in creating beautiful imagery and emotional realism, which I think is important regardless of genre.
10) What advice would you give to other aspiring writers?
Get as much guidance as you can. I joined the RNA under their New Writers’ Scheme; not only did this entitle me to a free critique, which was invaluable, but their Yahoo Group provided me with both personal support and links to so many online resources. I know for a fact that without this I would never have been published.
Thank you to Tanith Davenport for coming by today.
This is for you to talk more about yourself, leave your blogging details, site details and generally promote yourself.
My blogs: tanithdavenport.blogspot.com (updated whenever I can) and http://totalebound.blogspot.com/ (9th of every month)
As a bonus, one commenter will receive a free copy of “The Hand He Dealt”.
Astra Scott likes to live life to the full. A sorority girl and Gaming Management student, she spends her days studying and practising guitar, and her nights partying or working at the Fountain Casino, where she has an internship as part of her final semester. The only blot on her landscape is Ash Drake, her best friend Sasha’s boyfriend. Arrogant, physical and blond, Ash has never forgiven Astra for her rejection months earlier and enjoys annoying her at every turn.
But when Astra’s boyfriend Harry reveals a shocking secret, Astra responds in the only way she can think of: by finding a way to take on a more attractive, masculine role in the relationship. Her experimentation with sex toys finds a surprising outlet in Sasha, but when Ash discovers their secret and wants to get involved, Astra finds herself torn between dislike and desire… and as their undercover relationship grows, Astra finds herself falling in love, a path she feels can only end in heartbreak. For Ash may be the only man whose own fantasies are a match for hers, but can she knowingly steal his affections from her best friend?
WARNING ADULT EXCERPT:
Two hours later, and Astra stood in front of her bedroom mirror, holding in one hand the toy she had bought from Amy’s Delights.
Rubber underwear was laced through her fingers, a small plastic remote control dangling below on the end of a long cord. And attached to the front—
It was a strap-on.
It was a strap-on dildo.
And it was purple.
A purple length of shiny plastic. A perfect simulacrum of a veined, circumcised penis, five inches long and of a thickness Astra considered average, just the right width to wrap a hand around.
She stared at her reflection for a long time, contemplating the dildo, before slowly drawing it back towards her body, holding it against her stomach.
One foot through the straps, two feet…rubber caught against denim-clad legs, but after a moment’s struggle the strap-on dildo was in place, and Astra’s image stood in front of her, the purple dick jutting out in front like the hilt of a sword.
Slowly she rotated her hips, watching the dildo glide from side to side, before stopping abruptly with a giggle.
Shit. It looks like a fucking light sabre.
Watching herself in the mirror, she closed one hand around its length, giving it a tentative stroke.
She tried it again, this time holding the remote control and flicking the switch. A sudden buzzing, accompanied by a muted vibration through her jeans, made her jolt sharply.
Flipping the switch again, she rocked her hips slowly, her eyes glazing. In her mind formed a picture of Harry’s smooth back and bare buttocks, thighs parting to receive her, Harry’s voice gasping, begging for more, more, please, more…
The switch snapped off.
Astra eyed herself coolly, squaring her shoulders, her legs automatically widening into a masculine stance.