Keira: Tell us about your newest release, The Cottage in the Woods, in 3 sentences. Make it hot.
Two hot chicks. One cottage in the woods. Seriously hot sex mixed with sweet romance.
Lynn: Have you always wanted to write romance? What made you decide to write erotica?
I write a mixture of erotica and erotic romance. Most of the time, unless I'm writing for a specific call, I just write the stories that come into my head so that's what decides whether there's romance or not.
I got started writing erotica on a dare. It was when I was at University and one of my friends dared me to write an erotic story. I did, then I took it back into University and let my friends read it – the ones in question were all guys. I think the story was well-received given the fact none of them would get up from the table for a little while!
Keira: Do you find that you write to your tastes or to what sells or both?
I mainly write to my tastes – I already write across several sub-genres of erotica/erotic romance and I'm always challenging myself to try different things, but at the end of the day, if I'm not enjoying what I'm writing, it doesn't come out very well.
Keira: M/F, M/M, F/F – which is more fun for you to write?
I have a M/M WIP at the moment, and it's taking me a while to get into it because I haven't written in the genre before, so I'm not sure how I feel about that yet. But in terms of M/F and F/F, I don't have more or less fun dependent on the pairing, it's more about the story, really. I have fun writing most of my work because it's what I enjoy doing.
Lynn: What made you decide on the topic of erotic literature and women for your dissertation?
I can't really remember, to be honest. I suspect it was due to my growing interest in the genre, the fact I'd already been researching the market and I thought I'd put my knowledge to good use, dig deeper and use the information for my dissertation.
Lynn: Did you ever publish Sam and Katie's story or was it just a piece you did for your friends?
It was only ever published online on my website. I look back at the story now and think it's absolutely awful! But in a way, that's a good thing as it must mean I've improved!
Lynn: How did you go from writing erotica to doing web design? What is it that you like most about doing web design?
I got into web design because I wanted to run my own author website, rather than having to rely on someone else to make changes for me. I've always enjoyed using computers and figuring out how things work, so I basically taught myself everything I know about creating websites. I enjoy doing it because I like tinkering with things, building something that the client will be happy with and that I can see the end product of!
Lynn: What author's work impresses you and why?
There's no way I could name just one. I read in so many genres and admire so many authors that I couldn't pick a single name. The traits that I enjoy in authors' work are creating real page-turners, and stories that stay with you long after you've finished them.
Lynn: How has the internet and social networking changed the erotica industry?
It's made it easier for authors to connect with readers, and one another. I've met so many great people online, and it's great to have platforms such as Facebook and Twitter to chat to one another, share news, ask questions, and more. It's an online support network where people help one another.
In terms of changing the industry, it's given us solidarity and a way to share news and information quickly and easily – the recent PayPal fiasco being a good example.
Keira: What’s next on your agenda?
A million and one things! I have a few deadlines on the horizon for longer works, but I'm always trying to answer calls for submissions for short stories, too. My biggest aims this year are to be accepted by two publishers I really want to write for, and also to write the novel that's been bouncing around in my head for the last six months or so.
Living in her remote cottage in the woods, Heidi doesn’t get many visitors. So when she spots a fox in her garden, she’s delighted. However, her joy quickly turns to dismay when she thinks the beautiful creature may be injured. Heading out to see how she can help, Heidi is astounded when something happens that makes her question her eyesight – not to mention her sanity. Once she gets over her shock and discovers the reason behind the peculiar encounter, Heidi is mighty glad that the fox chose her garden to visit.
More info and excerpt: http://lucyfelthouse.co.uk/published-works/the-cottage-in-the-woods/
Lucy Felthouse is a graduate of the University of Derby, where she studied Creative Writing. During her first year, she was dared to write an erotic story - so she did. It went down a storm and she's never looked back. Lucy has had stories published by Cleis Press, Constable and Robinson, House of Erotica, Noble Romance, Ravenous Romance, Resplendence Publishing, Summerhouse Publishing, Sweetmeats Press and Xcite Books. She is also the editor of Uniform Behaviour and Seducing the Myth. Find out more at http://www.lucyfelthouse.co.uk. Join her on Facebook and Twitter, and subscribe to her newsletter at: http://eepurl.com/gMQb9