Name: Kat Crimson
Age: 39 (and shall be for the rest of my life) 😛
Where are you from: Eastern US, but not quite ‘Wicked’ territory
A little about your self `ie your education Family life etc:
I’m as single as the day is long and have the hermit lifestyle down to a science, including a home of my own, complete with one cat, but I still dream about a cabin in the woods.
Fiona: Tell us your latest news?
I’ve finally finished writing my second full-length book, Dot Matrix: Mistress of the Stage (Hardwood’s Harlots Burlesque Romance, Book 2), and am currently in the editing stage. I’m hoping to release before May.
Fiona: When and why did you begin writing?
I’ve always enjoyed reading and had a very fertile imagination; there were stories in my head that wanted to come out and needed to be told in my own words and language. Like my efforts to become a jogger, it was a slow progression that happened over a lot of time. Eventually I increased the number of miles I could jog as well as the number of pages I could write.
Fiona: When did you first consider yourself a writer?
When I published my first short. I suppose I could say I have always been a writer and had a way with words, but hitting that publish button turned me from a dabbler into a professional, and finding some small successes here and there have only encouraged me to keep pursuing this path until it becomes a way of life instead of just a source of supplemental income.
Fiona: What inspired you to write your first book?
Naughty thoughts, lol. It can be difficult, when you have specific fetishes, to find a wealth of quality reading material that fits your kink. I began writing things that appealed to that side of me, because I felt like there was a lack, or that what I found didn’t quite fit what I wanted or needed.
The story of how my first book came about is somewhat interesting – I had planned to write only short stories and novellas, because that is what my schedule and lifestyle allows for. I entered an erotica writing contest; we were given a single image and told to write a 3,000 to 10,000 word story based around the image. After I was chosen as a finalist and then won the popular vote, I signed with the publishing company that ran the contest and was asked to turn it into a full-length book. And thus Jizziebelle: Belle of the Burlesque was born!
Fiona: Do you have a specific writing style?
Is ‘fly by the seat of my pants’ a style? I kind of just write what comes out. I sometimes have a loose outline in my head, or write down ideas about scenes I want to include and connect together, but often times, the story decides it’s own path – even when I think I already know where I want it to go. I like for events to feel like a natural progression and have a realistic flow, and I tend to write highly detailed scenes that happen over short periods of time. My style is very explicit, yet not without romance and not at the expense of character development.
Fiona: How did you come up with the title?
I name it what feels right to me. This is obviously not the most scientific or search engine friendly approach. Maybe someday I’ll come up with a better way, who knows?
Fiona: Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp?
I don’t set out to impart one, like a teaching tale, fable or fairy tale. There’s no ‘the moral of the story is..’ but I’m sure I manage to get some of my recurring themes inserted into the text. My hope is to portray kink in such a way that makes it more acceptable and accessible to mainstream society. I want to embolden people to try new experiences, to enjoy each other without guilt and to open the lines of communication for more pleasurable, enjoyable shared experiences and to promote healthy body image and body positivity.
Fiona: How much of the book is realistic and are experiences based on someone you know, or events in your own life?
Heh, heh, heh – wouldn’t you like to know? A girl’s gotta have some secrets…
Fiona: What books have influenced your life most? a mentor?
I started out loving fairy tales and moved to adult fantasy and scifi at a young age. I was devouring explicit romance by the time I was twelve. There are so many authors, in so many genres, who I admire and have influenced me. I would say that Laurell K Hamilton’s Anita Blake series had a lot of impact in me. I simply loved the first person story telling and the detailed psychological breakdown of how every action or event in her stories affected the main character mentally. I started reading her work when I was in grade school. I think it took four books until the main character finally had sex, and from there it exploded into full blown paranormal, urban fantastical erotica. She really knows the art of the tease and how to turn up the heat until kindles are melting and books are ablaze, but she does it without sacrificing plot. Kudos.
Fiona: Are there any new authors that have grasped your interest and who is your favorite author and what is it that really strikes you about their work?
Sadly, I barely have time to read these days. Being an author is a second full-time job for me. I am always writing, editing, marketing, website updating, cover creating and book trailer making. If I ever make enough money from writing to quit my day job, I hope I’ll be able to find the time to read again.
Fiona: Name one entity that you feel supported you outside of family members.
I have a few friends who are in the know and provide encouragement. I also have the support of other authors in the indie community, including the Wicked Pen Writers, among others, who have been selfless in sharing their own knowledge and experiences in this journey we’re all taking separately, together.
Fiona: Do you see writing as a career?
I see it as becoming one, but not without a lot of hard work and research.
Fiona: If you had to do it all over again, would you change anything in your latest book?
Never look back. Always forward. That way lies certain death 😛
Fiona: Do you recall how your interest in writing originated?
No. I don’t think there was one defining moment, where I decided that I liked it. But I’m sure my interest stemmed from my love of reading fiction.
Fiona: Can you share a little of your current work with us?
Excerpt ~ Dot Matrix: Mistress of the Stage (Hardwood’s Harlots, Book 2) COMING SPRING 2017 – go easy on me, this is raw and unedited.
“I have this idea for a new dance routine,” began Mimi, getting up from the settee and motioning for Marcus to take the seat she’d vacated. “I’ve been kicking it around for a while,” she continued, pacing in front of us.
Her voice faded into the background as Marcus brushed by my chair, favoring my body with a smoldering perusal as he did so. The heat from his body, combined with the heat of his stare, caressed the standing hairs on my arms as he moved past, making me shiver and causing my nipples to harden into firmly aroused points. My core began to throb traitorously, and my belly was doing a good job of convincing me I had vertigo.
Mimi’s pacing had taken her to Marcus’s previous position, by the door, and I focused my attention on her as I felt and heard Marcus sit down behind me, just a few highly charged feet away. I could feel his gravitational pull. I sensed his eyes were boring holes into my back, though I knew his attention must also be directed at Mimi, and not at me, since Mimi was about to unfold her plans for his immediate future.
I didn’t like the satisfied smirk that Mimi was sporting on her triumphant face, as she continued to speak. I felt, somehow, that it did not bode well for me. I was probably just being paranoid though.
“The only problem,” said Mimi, as a frown marred her forehead, “is that we’re short on men.” These last few words found her gaze fixed on Marcus with lazer-like precision. There was no mistaking Mimi’s desire that Marcus be the man to mitigate that shortage.
“I have no experience on a stage,” Marcus admitted to Mimi, in a negating fashion, which made me think he was about to decline her offer. “And aside from occasionally grinding my body up against someone soft and curvy, on a packed dance floor, no experience dancing either.”
I almost moaned at his last words, while I imagined being that someone soft and curvy and feeling every inch of him pressed up against my backside. His hands grasping my hips and pulling me in close, his ragged breaths heating my neck…
Mimi’s next words cut through the haze of my unwelcome and overheated daydream.
“You wouldn’t need to do much. You’d really be more of a prop for Dottie.”
SAY WHAT?!!! I was stunned. I was in total shock, utterly stupefied. Though, really, I knew I shouldn’t have been. I knew she’d been up to something! My jaw hung slack, catching flies with my wide open mouth. I sat there, blinking rapidly, as I tried to gather my wits together to oppose my inclusion in this crazy scheme of hers. But before I could, Marcus spoke up.
“I’ll do it,” he stated firmly, as I heard him rise from his seat behind me.
He was suddenly in front of me, looking down on me with a hungry grin, and blocking Mimi’s view by giving her his back.
“I look forward to doing it with you,” he told me, raising a hand towards my face as I sat there in stunned silence. “Catwoman,” he added in a whisper, as one of his fingers slid gently over the pointy corner of the cat glasses I’d forgotten I was wearing, and then he turned and walked out.
Fiona: Is there anything you find particularly challenging in your writing?
Just finding the time to do it and being in the ‘write’ frame of mind when I do.
Fiona: Do you have to travel much concerning your book(s)?
Only in my mind.
Fiona: Who designed the covers?
I design my own covers, with the exception of the current cover of Jizziebelle. When you’re an indie author, your’re really more of an entrepreneur; you have to be able to do a lot of things yourself, until you can afford to pay others to do them, or you’re just eating away at meager profits.
Fiona: What was the hardest part of writing your book?
Finding the right motivation at the right moment. It seems like every time I get the urge to write, I have other obligations to attend to. When I do have a few moments to myself, I’m usually some form of exhausted, frazzled or some other emotion that is not conducive to channeling my writing.
Fiona: Did you learn anything from writing your book and what was it?
I am in a constant state of learning. I’ve learned many things along my writing journey, one of which is don’t let social media suck all of your precious time.
Fiona: If any of your books was made into a film who would you like to play the lead.
I haven’t really spent much time thinking about this, since even my imagination might not be up to the task of envisioning that ever coming to pass, but maybe Zooey Deschanel would make a good Jocelyn Belle (aka Jizziebelle)? Tom Hardy for Ryan? Adam Levine? IDK LOL
Fiona: Do you have any advice for other writers?
Be serious about it. Be realistic about it. Be willing to put in the time to learn the business – as well as the craft. Don’t expect to hit that publish button to an immediate shower of riches – and, for the love of all that is holy, please stop writing every book about billionaires and tossing in mentions of designer clothes and shoes, or trying to ride the coattails of someone else’s success. You guys are killing me. And lastly, don’t let anyone devalue your work due to the genre you choose to write in. No one likes a literary snob, and just because your writing revolves around romance or sex, doesn’t mean that it’s not still good writing. The last time I checked, subject matter had nothing to do with skill or competency.
Fiona: Do you have anything specific that you want to say to your readers?
Thank you for finding me and taking the time to read my work. There are so many of us out there, a lot of us aren’t that good. It can be tough to weed through it all and to take a chance on an unknown. Thank you for taking a chance on me – I really hope I exceeded your expectations and that you found a great deal of enjoyment from the interiors of my sordid brain.
Fiona: What book are you reading now?
The last book in Karen Marie Moaning’s Fever Series.
Fiona: Do you remember the first book you read?
See Spot Run
Fiona: What makes you laugh/cry?
I can find a bit of humor in almost everything. Better to laugh than to cry. Those commercials with the abused animals are pretty tough for me to take though.
Fiona: Is there one person past or present you would meet and why?
And ruin all of the fantasies of them that I’ve built up in my head? No way Jose!
Fiona: What do you want written on your head stone and why?
I haven’t given it any thought.
Fiona: Other than writing do you have any hobbies?
Cake sculpting and decorating, candy making, baking and assorted pastry arts. Cooking. Knitting. DIY and home improvements, gardening, stained glass, graphic arts, and stained glass.. to name a few. I’m a Jill of all trades.
Fiona: What TV shows/films do you enjoy watching?
I like supernatural, fantasy and scifi stuff a lot and campy horror… and zombies. Joss Whedon, GoT, Xena, Veronica Mars, Walking Dead, Princess Bride, Neverending Story, 28 Days Later, Willow, Labyrinth. Goonies is my all time favorite movie. I could really go on forever about TV shows and movies, but I think I’ll spare you.
Fiona: Favorite foods / Colors/ Music
Thai & Indian Food, Chocolate, red wine. Green. Music is another one of those subjects I could go on about. I listen to a huge spectrum of it, but my favorite genres are indie and alternative.
Fiona: If you were not a writer what else would you like to have done?
I’ve done a lot of other things, including professional baker. Writing is what I want to do, because I like it and I like the amount of freedom it could give me if I ever make enough at it to make it my sole profession. I want to be able to do my job from anywhere in the world and at any time that I so desire. I don’t want to be tied to a desk 9-5 waiting for my 2 weeks of vacation every year, for the rest of my life. I want to actually live it, without all of these aggravating constraints. I don’t want to be a slave to the man anymore.
Universal Links for my books (Amazon, iBooks & Nook)
Jizziebelle: Belle of the Burlesque (Book 1) books2read.com/u/3LrRyJ
Best Friends to Lovers
Seduced by 2 (Vol I) books2read.com/u/3Lz974
After the Ménage is Over (Vol II) books2read.com/u/3kZ5eG
Getting Bent (Vol II) books2read.com/u/mV76ar
Growing Pains (Vol IV) books2read.com/u/baPldQ
Best Friends to Lovers Box Set Vol. 1-3 books2read.com/u/4AgaGA
Stand Alone Shorts
Bait the Hook books2read.com/u/3LL8N3
Project Revenge books2read.com/u/m2XRY1
My Bloody Valentine books2read.com/u/49xXpd