Rude Words

for readers and writers of erotic fiction

Author Interview with Sharazade

Author Interview with Sharazade

Q. What was your childhood ambition?

To be a lawyer. That was my dream from about age 4, until one day, as a junior in college, I suddenly awoke and said, “I must major in French literature.” And did.

Q. What ambitions do you still have?

I think I have desires rather than ambitions. There are still a lot of countries I’d like to visit. I want to take a trapeze class. I’d like to learn another foreign language. But if those things don’t happen, I won’t feel cheated or disappointed. In terms of my career and personal life, I feel satisfied with where I am. That’s not the same as feeling “finished” or complacent, of course.

Q. What was your first job?

Selling advertising space for a local weekly newspaper. I was pretty awful at it—if someone seemed hesitant about purchasing ad space, I thought it best not to pressure them, as it seemed pushy and impolite. But this was a small paper, and as the weekly deadlines came up, there was a great spirit of (and need for) “all hands on deck,” and I got experience with copy editing and proofreading, typesetting, and designing the ads. This was back before wordprocessing, so it involved unrolling spools of border tape and making precise cuts and pasting them together, and running the ads through that machine that stuck wax to their backs and then affixing them to the pages… great fun. I still find that my eye is drawn to advertisements in a critical way.

Q. How did you end up being an erotic writer?

I’ve been writing and editing non-fiction for years. Last year, I was working on a particularly difficult and frustrating project, and at several points when I was fed up with some difficult points, I would storm through the house saying, “That’s it! I’m just going to give up and write porn!” Then later on, I found myself doing some overseas consulting in Africa and the Middle East, sometimes in locations where I was not permitted to leave the hotel in the evenings for security reasons, and then the promised Internet access wasn’t there, and I’d finished all the books I’d brought to read… so why not write those stories I’d been thinking of?

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

Of course, what makes erotica “good” varies widely among readers. For me, it’s related to what I like to read—something realistic enough that it doesn’t seem impossible, and yet is enough of a fantasy that it is beyond ordinary. “Believable yet incredible.”

Q. What does your working day typically consist of?

The early morning goes to answering email that has come in overnight (I work with publishers in a lot of different time zones, so there’s always something!). After breakfast I walk down to the local bakery for a cup of coffee—a small thing, but it’s nice to hit fresh air before I sit down to work. On and off all day, I work through my projects, editing and writing. If I take a few hours off for something during the day, then I often work in the evenings after dinner as well.

Q. And what aspects of your job do you enjoy the most?

The flexibility of my schedule is the biggest advantage. I can take 5 hours off on Tuesday if I want to, or have a long lunch with a friend on Friday. I do have to meet my deadlines, of course!

Q. What’s the best present you’ve ever been given?

A home office remodel. Complete with decorating, furniture rearranged, a filing system set up, the bulletin board cleaned off and reorganized… of course, it’s a mess again, with books stacked up all over the floor and papers spread out over the desk. But it’s still a lovely workspace.

Q. What three words would your friends use to describe you?

Smart; funny; kind.

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

The best piece of advice about writing I’ve ever been given is that a “writer” is someone who writes things down. That sounds simple, I know, but think of how many “writers” you know who have lots of ideas and plots and pitches, and yet very little on paper. And it was that notion that got me to write my first book, too—the point that you didn’t have to be already famous or connected or blessed in some way. You just had to do the work!

Transported – Erotic Travel Tales is published by Fanny Press

Print book on Amazon Kindle Version

June 7, 2010 - Posted by | Author Interviews | , ,


  1. I especially liked your answer to “What ambitions do you still have?”

    Comment by Jeremy Edwards | June 8, 2010 | Reply

    • Oh, thank you. I like your hat!

      Comment by Sharazade | June 8, 2010 | Reply

  2. Fun review! Best of luck on your latest release.

    Comment by Johnny Miles | June 14, 2010 | Reply

    • Thanks! I took a look at your books… I have to say, I love the title “A Stroke at Midnight.” Stroke of genius, that one.

      Comment by Sharazade | June 14, 2010 | Reply

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