Hi everyone and I hope you are having a wonderful weekend, and Happy April 1st.
Today I am posting an author spotlight of AS Mandie Mills. I was able to ask her some questions and gets some amazing responses. Check it out:
How did you begin writing? What made you decide the genre you chose?
I’ve been writing for as long as I can remember. I started writing BDSM/kink erotica after taking several classes in human sexuality in University and became fascinated with the different aspects of sexual expression.
What authors did you enjoy reading? What authors give you inspiration?
I loved reading the Sleeping Beauty series by Anne Rice, and Lora Leigh inspired me to write what I wanted and not care about what people think.
Have you read any books that have had a strong influence on your writing style or spoken to you personally?
Anything by Stephen King. He’s the author who’s influenced me the most out of all the books I’ve read.
How many hours a day to you devote to writing? Do you write a draft on paper or at a keyboard (typewriter or computer)?
I try to write something every day and always use a computer.
Do you have any writing rituals?
Music. I have to have music while I write. I have different playlists for the different kinds of scenes I write, and the darker the story the heavier the music I listen to is.
Do you write every day?
I try to.
Do you recall how your interest in writing originated?
I’ve always wanted to write my own stories. I started with poetry and then moved into fan fiction before short stories and then novels.
When did you first consider yourself a writer?
Always. If you write, then you’re a writer.
What inspired you to write your first book?
For my first published book ‘Summer Hideaway’ (which the rights have now been returned to me after the publisher closed its doors) was inspired by a threeway kiss I saw in a movie. That one scene sparked an entire ménage story about three best friends who fall in love.
What books have most influenced your life most?
On Writing, by Stephen King has had the most influence for me.
How much of your books are realistic?
I try to make them as realistic as possible and do a lot of research before I write to make sure I’m portraying the subject properly.
What was the hardest part of writing your book?
Not letting the opinions of others stop me from writing what I want. BDSM/Kink is one of those genres you either love or loathe, and those who loathe it can be very vocal.
Did you learn anything from writing your book and what was it?
For my latest book, Triple Threat, it was how to write from four points of view. I’ve done two and three, but this is the first time I’ve done four and it was a lot of fun.
If anyone is interested, here is the link: https://www.amazon.com/Triple-Threat-Mandie-Mills-ebook/dp/B01N26IUO9/ref=sr_1_4?ie=UTF8&qid=1487214200&sr=8-4&keywords=mandie+mills
Do you have any advice for other writers?
Write what you want and love what you do.
Do you have anything specific that you want to say to your readers?
That I’m very thankful you’d take the time to read my book over all of the ones out there.
Do you have any strange writing habits (like standing on your head or writing in the shower)?
Plotting conversations out loud in the shower. The water helps me think and no one can hear what I’m saying because sometimes they can get a little out there.
How important are names to you in your books? Do you choose the names based on liking the way it sounds or the meaning? Do you have any name choosing resources you recommend?
I think names are very important. I chose try to choose names that sound nice and are culturally and time appropriate, and I do tend to look to the stereotypes associated with them (like giving heroines traditionally ‘girly’ names and heroes traditionally ‘masculine’ names). I usually use baby name websites.
What do you consider to be your best accomplishment?
Moving from traditional publishing to being hybrid author who now also publishes indie books.
Where do you see yourself in 10 years?
Living my life, writing when I can and enjoying my friends and family, the same as I do now.
Do you read your reviews? Do you respond to them, good or bad? Do you have any advice on how to deal with the bad?
I do but I don’t ever respond to them because they’re opinions and people are entitled to them. For the bad I let myself wallow for a bit and then remind myself that not everyone will like everything so I can’t let them get me down or question myself or my work.
Have you ever had a moment where you wanted to give up writing? What did you do to overcome?
Several times. I suffer from depression and OCD and there have been long stretches of time where I haven’t been able to write and have wanted to give up on publishing. The drive always comes back when I find my balance again and writing is as much a passion as it is therapy some days.