When we first started out looking for authors to invite to participate in our Erotic Romance Weekend, we emailed Sasha White. Neither Crystal or I had read any of her books, though a couple of them were on our TBR list. Well, she called us on it. We asked her and she was like "Why?" Okay, she wasn't that blunt about it, she politely asked if we had read any of her work, since she didn't see any of it reviewed on either blog (curses to her for doing her homework!). When we explained that she was on our TBR list, she was way cool about getting something to us to review. Well, if you read my review of Bound, you'll know that it was nothing short of AWESOME! And you know what? So is Sasha! She was so easy to talk (write?) to, great about our short scheduling time frame, generous with her work and gave some amazing answers to my interview questions. Basically, in a short period of time, she's become one of my favorite authors. Not just because of her writing, but because she's so laid back and easy to get along with! Anyway, enough from me! Please welcome Sasha White to Secrets!
Hi Sasha, thank you for joining us today!
Hi Kelly. I'm always happy to talk about my work, so thanks for asking me to be here.Can you please tell us a bit about yourself?
A bit, hmm? Well, I guess I don't need to tell you I'm a writer, hmm? How about that I love to travel, and done a lot of it? I love to people watch and have done a lot of that too. I've spent over 20 years as a bartender/waitress so I've heard, and seen, a lot...some of which has ended up in a story in some way shape or form.You have quite the archive of published works, with over 20 books and stories to your name. At what point did you realize that writing was what you wanted to do?
(Anyone interested in my more formal bio can see it here on my website.)
I'd thought about writing, in various forms, a couple of times in my life but I never really gave it ago until 2002. It was at that time that I started to think about what I was going to do when I was too old to run my ass off for 10 hours a night behind the bar. I didn't want to go back to school, but I wanted to find a career I could enjoy. I've always been an avid reader and movie buff, so that, combined with the the thought that someday I'd write a book set me on the path of trying to build a career as a writer.Did you always know that you wanted to write erotic romance?
No, actually I didn't. When I first thought of writing I wanted to be a travel writer. In my mind it didn't matter if I didn't make a lot of money if my traveling could be a business write-off. With that in mind I signed up for a correspondence course on how to make money with your writing. When the mentor I was assigned asked what I wanted to write my answer went something like. "I'd love to write magazine articles or be a travel writer. And I love movies, so someday I'd like to write a screenplay, and of course, a novel."
*blush* Yeah, I wanted to do it all. I still do sometimes.Can you tell us a bit about the process of writing a sex scene? Where does the inspiration come from? What goes through your mind as you're writing? That sort of thing.
Anyway, he told me I'd need to go back to school to become a travel writer because most places only uses staff writers for those articles, if they don't buy them off the wire services for cheap. I had no interest in going back to school so he suggested fiction, and asked what I liked to read. When I mentioned erotica, he jumped on it and asked if I'd ever written it. My answer was nope, I'd never written any fiction before. He asked for a short story, so I did. It was only one scene, hardly a story, but I really knew nothing about writing at the time. The scene was about a bartender who fell in lust when a hot stranger walked into her bar, and they ended up having sex in the storage room. When my mentor read it, his exact words where "This is where you're going to make your money." That first piece sat around for a while, and ended up being the start of THE CRIB, my novella in the PURE SEX anthology.
The process of writing a sex scene is just like that of writing any other scene. You put your butt in the chair, your hand s on the keyboard, and you start typing. That might seem a bit too blunt for some to hear, but it's what I truly believe. I don't have a different process for a sex scene than I do for any other scene. And the inspiration for the scene comes from the characters in the story.Your stories seem to bring certain fantasies to life. In Bound, within the first few chapters you touch on a bit of bondage, voyeurism, masturbation, sex in the office, sex with a co-worker and more. Is there a lot of late night girl talk involved in creating these scenes?
As for what goes through my mind when I'm writing, (Lord, y'all are really gonna think I'm crazy) it's nothing. I'm a very organic writer. In some ways I think it's a strength, and in others a weakness. By this I mean that I have a very very hard time starting a project-usually because I'm thinking too much. But as time goes on, and I get
closer to my deadlinedeeper into the story, the characters tend to take over. It's at that point that I stop thinking, and the story really comes to life. Too many times to count when I go to edit a scene I just wrote the day before I stare at it and think. "Where did that come from? I don't remember writing that."
For sure. Not just with girls either. Thats one thing about being a bartender, especially at some of the more uhmm, blue collar places I've worked- I've heard plenty of sex/fantasy talk as well as stories of experience.On your website, you list 69 things about yourself. Can you tell us one thing that's NOT on that list?
Geez, you want all my secret's, don't you? LOL
Okay, uhmm, I've broken or dislocated 8 out my 10 fingers. (Thats counting thumbs.)What is your favorite erotic romance, not written by you?
I don't really have a favorite story. I have favorite authors, and which one I pick up at any given time all depends on what mood I'm in, and what I'm looking for. Now, so you don't thinkI'm wimping out there, I'll list some of my favorite erotic authors. Emma Holly (Her older Black Lace/Cheek stuff, not the paranormal stuff. ) Portia DaCosta, Alison Tyler, Joey Hill, Eden Bradley, Delilah Devlin.Books or eBooks?
Both. I even have electronic and print versions of some of my favorite books.Vanilla or chocolate?
Vanilla with chocolate sauce. Yes, I want it all. :)Thank you so much for joining us today!
You're welcome. I enjoyed myself, and I'll check in all day to see if there are any questions from readers.
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Good luck and happy reading!