Name – S.J Warner
Age – 38
Where are you from – I am from the home of the Beatles and the friendliest city in the world – Liverpool UK.
A little about your self `ie your education Family life etc – I left school with 9 GCSE’s and then floated around doing many things until I found something I was truly passionate about – horses. I worked as a groom and riding instructor up until I had my first daughter. I’m now married to a fabulous man and a stay at home mum to my three beautiful babies.
Fiona: Tell us your latest news?
Oh were to start… I have so many things going on at the minute it’s hard to think straight lol. I’m just about to begin writing my second novel, I’m also trying to organize myself for my first signing which takes place this July in Birmingham UK.
Fiona: When and why did you begin writing?
I used to write a lot when I was younger but then life got in the way and I didn’t write again until 2012 when I was challenged by a good friend to write a short story. Once I put pen to paper I found I couldn’t stop, writing more and more short stories before stepping into the world of poetry.
Fiona: When did you first consider yourself a writer?
I don’t! I’m just doing what I enjoy and loving ever moment of it.
Fiona: What inspired you to write your first book?
My first book, Poetica is a collection of erotic poems so many things inspired that, but the main reason was I had poems lying around and wanted to do something with them, wanted others to be able to read them as well. As for my first novel, Aphrodite’s Fire, it had always been my intention to write a novel I just hadn’t found characters that were right. When Serena, Luca and Benito popped in my head I found myself compelled to tell their story, once I sat down to write I found I couldn’t stop the words flowing and suddenly there I was with my first novel wrote.
Fiona: Do you have a specific writing style?
I don’t think I do, I just write whatever pops in my head.
Fiona: How did you come up with the title?
I needed a name for the club Serena works in and after brainstorming with a friend Aphrodite’s Fire was mentioned. I loved it so much that I knew then that had to be the title.
Fiona: Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp?
That no matter how dark things get true love finds a way.
Fiona: How much of the book is realistic?
I try to be as realistic as possible in my writing so I think it’s as realistic as fiction can be.
Fiona: Are experiences based on someone you know, or events in your own life?
No, every single bit of the book came from my imagination.
Fiona: What books have most influenced your life most? a mentor?
I read a lot of different books from romance to horror so I guess they have all in their own way influenced my writing.
Fiona: What book are you reading now?
I’m currently not reading anything, although I am about to start Trust in me by A.L Summers. I have a huge to read list that keeps growing and growing but finding time to sit and read just recently is hard.
Fiona: Are there any new authors that have grasped your interest?
There are so many fabulous authors out there and so many that have left an impression on my heart. I feel I am lucky to have so many wonderful poets and authors as friends, if I sat and named them all the list would be massive however, since I have to name some I’ve picked a couple who’s work I think is spectacular. First there’s C.J Heath, he is not only a very good friend who supports and helps me but he also writes truly wonderful stories. His book Her name is James is truly beautiful and one I would recommend to everyone. Then there’s Simon Barry Palmer, his book Lost Innocence is not my usual type of read but I found once I’d picked it up I couldn’t put it down. All I could say after I had finished was wow! It’s the type of story that opens your eyes and makes you look at the world from a whole new perspective and is truly worth reading.
Fiona: What are your current projects?
As I mentioned earlier I’m about to start writing my second novel which is currently untitled, other than that there’s always new poems for my blog.
Fiona: Name one entity that you feel supported you outside of family members.
Outside of family there is my soul sisters Sarah, Dympna, Kari, Athina and Olga, also CJ and Sarah…oops I was only supposed to say one but all of these support me every day and to miss them out would be wrong. There’s also the girls and boys from Facebook, they all rock in so many ways.
Fiona: Do you see writing as a career?
Yes but I have to say for me it is a love and passion first and foremost.
Fiona: If you had to do it all over again, would you change anything in your latest book?
I’m going to say no as I truly love the story and the characters but I know if I sat down to read it I would find things to change because that’s the type of person I am.
Fiona: Do you recall how your interest in writing originated?
I adored English in school and I believe that’s where my love for writing began.
Fiona: Can you share a little of your current work with us?
This is from Aphrodite’s Fire.
Rushing from the car he grabbed her from behind as she turned to shut the door, spinning her in his arms he pushed her hard against the cold metal door. The need he had felt as he watched her returning quickly to him when he saw she was safe.
His lips found hers and he kissed her with fevered passion as his hands fumbled with his zip and her jacket. Desperation taking over all logical thought as he allowed the beast within to the fore.
As his fingers slipped beneath her thong she began to struggle against his touch bringing his thoughts back to clarity, stepping back he dragged his fingers through his hair in frustration as he tried to control the urge to take her against the door.
Her hand reached up for his, her fingers squeezing softly she looked into his eyes.
“Not here Luca. Not like this.”
Stepping away from the door he followed her in silence as she led him to the car.
She released his hand as she spoke, tilting her head towards the car. He knew she was waiting for him to move, it felt wrong not opening the door for her but he did as she said watching her closely as she mirrored his actions.
The pressure from his heavily swollen cock refusing to dissipate, even after adjusting himself he found sitting in the low seat uncomfortable.
“Drive Luca, take me home.”
His body in autopilot he followed her directive, turning over the engine he drove slowly through the darkness towards the highway.
Once beneath the sulphurous urban tinge he began to relax, until he felt her hand snake slowly and sensuously up his inner thigh from his knee.
Instantly his body was on fire, her fingers tracing delicate patterns across his pants heightening the sensations on his flesh. He turned to quickly look at her watching the smile play across her lips as she spoke.
“Just drive Luca”
Her voice was thick and laced with desire and he found himself wishing they were closer to his house. He really couldn’t wait to sink deep inside her and fuck her hard, need and lust from her performance driving his thoughts.
Fiona: Is there anything you find particularly challenging in your writing?
Research! This is the one thing that is guaranteed to make me groan in frustration, I hate it so much as it takes up so much time but unfortunately it is a necessary evil.
Fiona: Who is your favorite author and what is it that really strikes you about their work?
Again there are so many I could choose but James Herbert has to be my number one. His books always sweep me away whether it’s the first or the twentieth time I read. He really was, in my opinion, the master of horror.
Fiona: Do you have to travel much concerning your book(s)?
Currently no but you never know what’s going to happen in the future.
Fiona: Who designed the covers?
For Poetica and From the heart it was myself. The picture for Aphrodite’s Fire was one I found but the cover was designed by my friend CJ as I’m pretty rubbish at technical stuff.
Fiona: What was the hardest part of writing your book?
Typing The End. Writing it was easy but saying goodbye to characters I had grown to love was hard.
Fiona: Did you learn anything from writing your book and what was it?
That planning doesn’t work as the second I sit down with a plan in mind my characters come along and throw me completely off course.
Fiona: Do you have any advice for other writers?
Never ever give up and don’t compare yourself to other writers, you are perfect as you are, have faith in yourself and your characters.
Fiona: Do you have anything specific that you want to say to your readers?
Thank you so much to each and everyone that has taken time out of your busy lives to read my work, you are the ones that make it all worthwhile! Also we authors really love hearing what you think of our books, be it good or bad, so please, please leave reviews.
Fiona: Do you remember the first book you read?
Gosh no I’ve been reading for as long as I can remember however, the first book that stuck in my mind was Green Smoke by Rosemary Manning. I still have my copy and my little boy loves it as well.
Fiona: What makes you laugh/cry?
My husband would say anything and everything makes me cry, from kids films to documentaries he’d be right as well. My children and my dogs make me laugh, they are so crazy sometimes.
Fiona: Is there one person pass or present you would meet and why?
I would love to meet Morgan Freeman, I would love to sit down and have a conversation with him about life in general. He seems to be such a knowledgeable and gentle person I reckon coffee with him would be fabulous.
Fiona: What do you want written on your head stone and why ?
I don’t want a headstone for two reasons. 1. I hate creepy crawlies so the thought of being in the ground horrifies me and 2. I don’t want people (my children) to feel sad when I’m gone. I would rather they planted a rose bush that way every time it flowered they would be able to think of happy times spent with me rather than the sad moment of my passing.
Fiona: Other than writing do you have any hobbies ?
Reading, cross stitching, horse riding (when I get the chance) and listening to music.
Fiona: What TV shows/films do you enjoy watching?
I’m a sucker for musicals but also enjoy action films. I’m not a huge fan of television but I do love Strictly come dancing, Call the midwife and Catfish.
Fiona: Favorite foods / Colors/ Music
Italian or chips, black and red and whatever suits my mood.
Fiona: If you were not a writer what else would you like to have done?
Sing although I’m not sure I would have the nerve to stand on stage.
Fiona: Do you have a blog/website? If so what is it?