Hey there everyone.
Glad you could make it, as always 🙂
For tonight’s guest in the Author Interviews Series, may I present to you all romance and erotica author Fionna Guillaume, as she goes into further detail about how her stories excite and stimulate the mind, as well as the heart and body.
Hi there Fionna, thank you for being our guest here today to talk about passionately about your erotic romance works and your own passions as a writer.
Let’s start with your novels themselves. Your tales are enriched with details that pay particular attention to building a firm foundation to deliver the narrative from, in order to give the eroticism more impact, which is very refreshing to see in this genre. One of the most erotic things that can be stimulated is the mind. Can you give us a brief description about every single one of your publications, you are now up to a dozen and each one has its own unique focal point worth touching upon.
Oh, my it is hard to be brief when describing such a diverse collection! My inspiration comes from all over, so the stories I write fall into many categories. I’ll attempt to organize them somewhat here:
* Erotic Romance * (sexy, but emphasis on relationship)
– An Amazon’s Equal : historical fantasy, in which a society of warrior women flourishes in the midst of the ancient Greek Empire. A full length novel.
– Major Arcana : experimental erotic romance, set in modern-day Seattle. My hometown! Free to read on WattPad.
– Taking The Reins : cute short erotica, in which cowboy meets horse-loving girl, and flirting at the horse show transfers into serious action in truck.
– Lemons In Their Slippers : an erotic romance retelling of the old fairy tale, Twelve Dancing Princesses
*Historical Erotica * (historical fiction, with focus on sex and relationships)
The complete collection is called “Flowers for the Ancients.” Included are the following stories:
– The Girl With The Golden Eye : an ancient seer whose future-sight is only released with orgasm.
– Sheba’s Lovely Maidens : a shy servant girl falls in love with an Israelite during the Queen of Sheba’s legendary visit to King Solomon’s court.
– Queen of Beauty : now middle aged, the celebrated Queen Nefertiti struggles to hold Egypt together in the midst of her husband’s fatal illness. In the meantime, she is falling rapidly in lust with the court sculptor.
– How The Lotus Blossoms : lovely and graceful, but disabled by a club foot, the courtesan Yao Niang will do anything to capture the Emperor’s attention.
– Buktu’s Well : a lesbian slowly reveals herself to her longtime love (and co-wife), while trading sexual favors for labor on her dream: a garden well in the desert.
– A Bride for Seven Brothers : in ancient Tibet, one woman weds seven lusty brothers. She undertakes the project to sexually dominate them, one by one.
*Erotica* (pretty much just the sex!)
– One Night To Tango : super short one-night-stand, inspired by a masked dance at my old university.
– Football Her Way : hot housewife ties up her husband and all his best friends during halftime. Men will do anything for delicious homemade salsa…
– Her Birthday Breeding : probably my most controversial story. A husband hires a professional stud to join them in bed for his wife’s birthday present: a baby.
– Not So Square : a seemingly boring accountant surprises his rocker-chick coworker in bed. Light bondage fun!
– Tokyo: A Job With A View : desperate for a job, a Californian personal assistant signs on to be an international sex worker. Her first assignment takes her to fabulous Tokyo, Japan, where she falls in love with the city. And her job.
Your books cover a lot of diverse historical ground – how do you go about selecting which time periods or locations to use when writing your stories? Do the settings and location spring to mind first or do you focus on the love, romance and sexual aspects of the story first and then pick a setting/location afterwards?
Well, it depends. Most of my “Ancients” collection came from true historical mysteries, such as the disappearance of Queen Nefertiti, the discovery of a 5000-year-old skeleton with a false eye, or the mysterious origins of foot binding in China. All of these stories came with their own setting, and rich cultures to explore. However, in the case of “Buktu’s Well,” the story came to me gradually, as if the character revealed herself even as I sat down writing it. And in “A Bride for Seven Brothers,” I took the broad historical fact of fraternal polyandry in Tibet and just went wild with it!
Which one of your novels is your particular favourite and why is that?
Oh, I don’t like to pick favorites! I love them all, for different reasons. But I admit, I think “Flowers for the Ancients” is my best work so far. And among those stories, “The Girl With The Golden Eye” is closest to my heart. It was the first to be completed, and the romance came to life so vividly it felt as though I was living it. Even now, I cry a little at the end. Happy endings are the best.
What do you find the most difficult thing about writing? And what do you find the easiest?
Ideas are the easiest thing to come by. My mind is always bursting with great new stories, halfway finished in my brain, just waiting for their turn to end up on paper! However, I struggle with writing stamina. Often I get stuck in the middle of a story, and just feel unable to move on for whatever reason. Also, I have a busy life outside of writing, of course, and often it is just hard to make the time. Or find the energy to commit several hours of creativity to my craft.
Who are some of the authors in general that inspire you?
There are so many, and I continue to discover amazing new writers every day. My go-to favorite is Isabelle Allende. I just love her humor, her earthiness, and the rich description she includes. Another ASPA (Alliance of Self Published Authors) author I’ve come to admire is Patient Lee. She takes the everyday, humdrum elements of life and creates works of amazing beauty – and panting-hot erotica – with them. Her characters positively live next door, they’re so realistic.
What sort of research do you do to write your books?
I do a lot of research while writing. It’s important to me that my work be accurate, even if it seems like a minor detail. This is obvious for all my historical fiction, of course, but also applies to the contemporary erotica. For example, I did a lot of research on clothespins as nipple (and body) clamps when writing “Not So Square.” And with “Major Arcana,” I’m doing my best to depict sex with a paraplegic man as accurately – and hotly – as I can. This involves a whole lot of research. Wheelchair porn can be quite educational!
Why do you write? What inspired you to become a writer?
Writing is my creative outlet. I’ve been making up stories and writing them down since childhood. It’s a kind of journaling for me, I suppose, only I’m not telling my own story – at least not directly – but imagining other people’s lives. And through that, I get to live and experience things and places I could never really go. It’s a great way to travel!
What keeps you motivated during creative slumps? How do you deal with Writers Block?
Hot tea keeps me energized or, if it gets really bad, wine! (Heeheehee) Honestly, I don’t force myself. When I’m feeling too tired or just not creative, I let myself take a break from writing. Once, during a particularly hard year at work, I didn’t write a word for months. But the stories in my head don’t go away, and eventually they have to come out. I’ve always dived back in when conditions in my life were right. So Writer’s Block is never a big worry; I just wait it out with the confidence that creativity is still there, only paused.
How do you spend your free time when you are not writing?
I enjoy interesting TV series and movies. Otherwise, I do a lot of gardening, and I love to hike and explore my beautiful region, the Pacific Northwest of the United States, when the weather is nice. Most of my time is taken up with my husband and our new puppy! We work hard to make time for each other, even when work is busy.
Tell us more about your upcoming projects. Are you working on anything specific or have plans in the pipeline?
Currently, I’m focused on “Major Arcana,” and getting that completed. Only four more Tarot cards to go, and it’ll be done! It’s been a blast writing this story, and I look forward to seeing it finished. After that, I think I’ll be headed back into the past, and mythology. I’m planning a collection inspired by old fairy tales and legends from different cultures. Also, several stories of mixed-race women during the colonial era. I want to put women of color in the foreground of historical fiction, because they are sadly underrepresented, and their stories are incredible.
Finally, are there any nuggets of wisdom that you can impart to other aspiring writers?
My only nugget is to constantly strive to improve. A writer is a craftsperson; she must constantly push herself beyond her current skill level, and educate herself accordingly. Reading diverse genres and authors is a great way to keep your skills sharp. I love exploring that way, and it’s inspiring to see what other writers are doing.
And that’s a wrap! Thank you for enlightening us and giving us a deeper respect and admiration for your craft.
Fionna Guillaume is a nom de plume, for although Fionna loves writing and publishing erotica, she also has a day job. She is happily married, and can attest to the fact that marriage makes for an even better sex life! Her passions are travel, exploring other cultures, tasting strange foods, and reading — all kinds of books, all the time. Luckily she has a big purse to hold whatever book is currently in-progress. She particularly enjoys historical fiction, biographies of interesting people, good fantasy and sci-fi, The Classics, and of course romance and erotica. Fionna has plenty of time for reading in her lovably cloudy home in the Pacific Northwest. When not writing new stories, she can usually be found curled up in a comfy armchair with an open book and a ridiculously large mug of hot tea.
You can contact Fionna on the following Social Media channels:-
Amazon Author Page:- Fionna Guillaume – Amazon Author Page
Blog and Website:- Fionna Guillaume: erotica for sophisticated readers
Goodreads:- Fionna Guillaume – Goodreads Author
Twitter:- @FionnaGuillaume (Twitter)
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60. Lowland – Out of Practice
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