FAQ for Victoria Janssen

I’m a guest today at Inez Kelley’s Blog, explaining “Why Pirates?”

And below if the beginning of what will become my website FAQ, based on an interview I did at Erotica For All. If you have questions I should include, please submit them in the comments! Thanks!

Note: I do not look like Sophia Loren.

What erotic authors do you enjoy reading?

Emma Holly was my first favorite. I still love her books; I especially enjoy her sense of fun, and the way she mingles science fiction and fantasy in some of her novels.

Kate Pearce is another favorite, because the characters in her Regency historicals are not always completely heterosexual. I appreciate the variety!

Where do you draw your inspiration from?

I often draw inspiration from calls for submissions! They spark my imagination as I think how I would address the topic. Also, sometimes I write in reaction to something I’ve read.

My erotica is not meant to represent my own life. I aim more to write fun stories that might just happen to include a little social criticism.

Do you have any unusual writing rituals?

If I’m having a difficult time getting started, I often play a card game on my laptop, usually Free Cell. I’m only allowed to play if I’m really and truly stuck.

When I start writing for the day, I tend to begin by reading a little of what I wrote the previous session, easing into the writing process by editing or at least reminding myself of the point where I left off.

Where’s your favourite place to write?

I tend to prefer coffee shops or other public places. If I’m at home, I’m more likely to be distracted by things that need doing, like laundry.

These days, I almost exclusively write on my netbook rather than my bulkier, aged laptop. Occasionally, I write by hand in a notebook, but usually I reserve that method for notes.

Who is your favourite character from one of your stories and why?

I could never choose. I love them all in different ways. I have a difficult time writing villains for that reason, and tend to go too far in the evil direction.

What was your ideal career when you were a child?

I wanted to dig things up, like Neanderthal skeletons. I also wanted to be a writer, but in a very vague sort of way. I didn’t have any idea how hard it was to be a writer!

How do you get yourself in the mood to write?

I write whether I’m in the mood or not! But a good way to inspire myself is to read. It doesn’t matter what. All my reading feeds my writing.

What’s the best writing tip you’ve ever been given?

“Don’t be afraid to let yourself write shit.”

Published by Victoria Janssen

Victoria Janssen’s writing showcases her voracious lifelong love of books. She reads over 120 new books each year, especially historical romance, fantasy, and space opera, and incorporates these genres into her erotic fiction. Her first erotic novel, The Duchess, Her Maid, The Groom and Their Lover (Harlequin Spice, December 2008), was translated into French and German. Her second Spice novel, The Moonlight Mistress (December 2009), was translated into Italian and nominated for a RT Reviews Reviewers’ Choice Award. Her third novel is The Duke & The Pirate Queen (December 2010). She has also published erotic short stories as Elspeth Potter. When not writing, Victoria conducts research in libraries and graveyards, lectures about writing and selling erotica, and speaks at literary conventions on topics such as paranormal romance, urban fantasy, erotic science fiction/fantasy, and the empowerment of women through unconventional means. Her daily writing blog features professional writing and marketing tips, genre discussion, book reviews, and author interviews. She also guest blogs for Heroes & Heartbreakers and The Criminal Element. She lives in Philadelphia.