Today, we welcome erotic writer Roxanne Rhoads, who is supporting her new release Insatiable from Eternal Press.
Insatiable tells the story of Scarlett, a small town girl whose sexual appetites drive her to the big city where she will be more accepted. In her search for new sexual adventures, Scarlett finds Marcello, a man who could offer her more than just sexual pleasure.
And, Roxanne is giving away one copy to a lucky reader; contest details appear after the interview.
Romantic Journey: Thanks for joining us today, Roxanne. How did you first get published?
Roxanne Rhoads: My very first publication came before I even finished high school. Two poems I wrote were submitted to a local magazine by my writing teacher and they were published. Since then writing has been a part of my life.
My first professional erotica story was accepted by Playgirl Magazine and that gave me the courage and confidence to write in this genre. That was in 2005.
RJ: You mentioned that your first erotic story was published in Playgirl, which is now an online only publication that focuses mainly on pictorial spreads rather than editorial pieces. How have you handle the market shifts in erotic publishing? How do you find new markets?
RR: I just try to stay up to date with what magazines and sites close and which ones open. I am always on the look out for new markets, new publications to write for. I just go with the flow. If you can’t adapt you won’t make it.
RJ: Do you have another job? If so, what is it?
RR: Wife, mother, book keeper, house cleaner — all the jobs that come with being the woman and CEO of a household. Plus I own and operate a small family business, but everything is from home. Writing is the one business I focus most on these days.
RJ: How would a typical work day unfold? Do you clean first or write first? How do you let your family know when you are in serious writing mode?
RR: I get the older kids off for school, get the younger one fed and settled in then work for a bit, then shower, eat lunch, clean house, then go back to writing. That’s a basic day unless I have an appointment or something. I also usually go back to writing after dinner.
RJ: What are your five favorite books? What lessons have you applied from them to your own writing?
RR: I have way too many favorite books. Right now the whole Night Huntress series by Jeaniene Frost and the Southern Witch series by Kimberly Frost.
Jeaniene does fight scenes so well, and Cat is just so rough around the edges it is endearing and Bones…well I love Bones. I love the way those two characters interact.
In Kimberly Frost’s southern witch series, she injects so much Texas wit and charm along with humor that it is a very winning combo, completely magical. I wish I could make characters jump off the page like she can.
RJ: Are you a chest or buns woman?
RR: I’m actually an arms and abs woman. Though I love a nice set of buns on a guy, who doesn’t love a great butt?
RJ: Who’s your fantasy man?
RR: Tom Welling from Smallville. OMG. Tall, beautiful, dark hair, blue eyes…he’s so damn hawt.
RJ: Definitely a good choice! Now for the last question: If your ship were sinking and you could grab one thing on the way to the lifeboat, what would it be? Go on instinct here; don’t let common sense interfere with you as you grab your hairdryer or laptop instead of food to take to the desert island.
RR: My laptop and I’d pray for wifi. LOL.
RJ: Thanks, Roxanne. It was great getting to know about you and your work.
Okay, now for the details on our contest. Roxanne is giving away a PDF download of Insatiable to one lucky reader. Here’s how to enter the random drawing:
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You receive one entry for each action, so you can potentially receive eight entries.
The winner will be announced 18 December. Entry deadline is 11:59 p.m. UTC on 17 December, 2009.
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