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Author Interview with Elizabeth Coldwell

Interview with Elizabeth Coldwell

What was your childhood ambition?

I wanted to be an archaeologist – until I realised it meant digging up dead bodies.

What ambitions do you still have?

Loads – to work on a couple of novel ideas I currently have on the back burner, to write a story which people will come to consider as a classic of the genre, to branch out into comedy writing by collaborating with a friend on a  project we’ve been talking about for a while. I could go on…

How did you end up being an erotic writer?

I did a post-grad journalism course, at the end of which I applied for, and got, the job of features editor of Forum. Writing and editing fiction quickly became part of that job, and the part I loved the most. When I left Forum last summer, it gave me the opportunity to finally try to make it as a full-time fiction writer.

What are the most important components that go into making good erotic fiction?

It’s got to turn the reader on, obviously, but it’s also got to have characters you can identify with and care about – otherwise you’re not bothered whether or not they get it together. A decent plot helps, too.

If you could have any celebrity pictured carrying one of your books who would you choose and why?

George Clooney, because people view him as a man of taste  – and he’d have his sex ramp under the other arm!

What does your working day typically consist of?

Writing at least a couple of thousand words of whatever story I’m currently working on, maybe writing a blog entry or a guest blog for someone else, heaving the cat off the keyboard when she decides to start randomly standing on the F keys (as she’s doing right now…).

How do you like to relax when you’re not at work?

I’m a huge Rotherham United fan, so most weekends I travel round the country watching them (though it’s not always relaxing when you’re desperately hanging on to a lead and they add on five minutes of time…). If you ever see the London Millers flag at a game, I won’t be very far away.

What makes you laugh?

TV comedies including the late, great Absolutely, The High Life and, coming more up to date, 30 Rock. And Bill Shipton, the brains behind Splosh! magazine. He has thousands of anecdotes about his line of work, each more hilarious than the next.

What’s the best thing that has happened to you in the last 12 months?

Getting the cats, even though they drive me mad when I’m writing sometimes. I love being part of a seven-pawed household…

What’s the best piece of advice you’ve ever been given?

As my mother always says, if you can’t be nasty nicely, don’t be nasty.

Recent books including work by Elizabeth Coldwell are:

Cougars and Cubs by Total E-Bound

Lesbian Love by Xcite Books

Gay Love by Xcite Books


March 25, 2010 - Posted by | Author Interviews | , , , , ,

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