Thursday, February 21, 2013
Naughty Tantalizing Authors - Naomi Shaw mmmm
Today we have with us darling ones, a very naughty author who tantalizes us with her enticing and erotic scenarios. The beautiful and beguiling Naomi Shaw.
Thank you for taking the time to answer our questions.
It’s my pleasure, thank you for inviting me to J
Can you tell us a little bit about your background?
I am a married English woman who despite medical problems that hindered my education grew up loving books. I am musical too; I have played the trombone since I was 12.
I was a doctor’s receptionist for over 20 years, at a hectic GP surgery, leaving 3 years ago.
I think I have wanted to write since my twenties, but it took me a long time to work up the courage to try, however now I do not work there is no excuse J
What was your first book and how long did it take to get it published?
The first book I wrote was a short story in 2011. All the Fun of the Fair. It was a safe sex story a friend had asked me to write. I never submitted it to a publisher. I hadn’t the confidence back then. So instead, I put it on Amazon and Smashwords. Looking back at it there are errors, I should have checked it better, but we all start somewhere.
When did you start writing romance? What about this genre interested you the most?
I started writing romance back in 2009. I was off sick from work and unable to get around. My laptop became my best friend and I came across a couple of sites where people submitted erotic stories. I made a friend of a writer, and they encouraged me to start writing. I wrote a few short things and got some nice comments. It just snowballed from there. With the help of a couple of friends I am realizing some gruesome errors I tend to make (it is a huge learning curve for me) I have really started enjoying writing.
How long did it take you to be published? How many books have you written thus far?
After the first short story, I was at a bit of a loss what to do. I have a folder with several projects started that I am determined to finish. Some ideas I may fuse together. I digress. I looked around for submission calls and found one last year at Naughty Nights Press for Campus Sexploits 3. I finished off a short project of mine and submitted it. The story was rejected however, for the anthology, but I had the chance to extend it for a book in its own right. I doubled the length and at the end of 2012, Naughty Nights Press published Unexpected Lessons. I am new as a writer, but this is book one of a trilogy. I am well into book 2, Extra Lessons. Book 2 and 3 will be twice the length of the first book. I also have a novella started, that I hope to finish this year.
Do you write full time?
With all that to do I should be. I have had a few home life interruptions but am trying to set myself up regular hours set aside for writing time at home. It can be difficult though sometimes.
Looking back was there something in particular that helped you to decide to become a writer. Did you choose it or did the profession choose you?
I think I fell into writing; I have had to put other interests aside for various reasons. Gradually writing seems to be taking over. However, I enjoy it so much I let it.
On a typical writing day, how would you spend your time?
I like to get my husband out of the way. He is always around in the morning, so I can have a good writing session in the afternoon/evening. I also have a writing friend online. She is in USA and when possible we get together and time ourselves doing writing sprints. It is a great way of keeping motivated.
Do you write right through or do you revise as you go along?
I always used to revise as I went along, but thinking about it, I think it bogged me down and I would be fed up. So nowadays, I write big chunks and check over on another day. That way my mind is fresh and spots errors.
When it comes to plotting, do you write freely or plan everything in advance?
I do a certain amount of plotting. I have a basic skeleton of the scene in my mind and sometimes a few bullet points noted down. However, they are never hard and fast. Characters move in different directions sometimes lol.
What kind of research do you do before and during a new book?
I read other books of the same kind and writing help aids so I get my writing realistic. Sometimes I ask for help from other writers, I have some good friends who also write for NNP. Go NNP!
How much of yourself and the people you know manifest into your characters? How do you approach development of your characters? Where do you draw the line?
Some characteristics from people I have known may find their way into my writing together with situations. Nevertheless, I never let it go as far as someone could recognize himself or herself. There is a lot of mixing up and artistic license in play ha-ha.
How long does it take you to complete a book you would allow someone to read? Do you write straight through, or do you revise as you go along?
I do not write straight through, though I have thought of trying. Maybe I would complete something quicker. I could not allow anyone to read until I have checked it. I may put a very short passage on my blog occasionally, just as a tempter though. I have only written short ones that with checking have taken 1-2 months. The one I am writing I hope to complete by Easter if not sooner. I was hoping to have it written by now, but due to personal setbacks, it has not happened.
Writers often go on about writer’s block. Do you ever suffer from it, and what measures do you take to get past it?
I do sometimes and have read all manner of articles about it. That is where my different projects come in. I will look in my folder of started stories, pick one, and write some more just to get a few words down again. Alternatively, I will try writing a piece of flash fiction or brainstorming some words. Anything to get words down again. Music helps too. Especially classical which I love. Wagner, Beethoven, Sibelius are good for dramatic scenes. Strauss, Puccini, Chopin for romantic.
When someone reads one of your books for the first time, what do you hope they gain, feel or experience?
It is all about show not tell. I try to place the reader in a scene and have them feel all the sensations the characters are. I like them to be glad they read the book and leave them with a sense of satisfaction.
Can you share three things you have learned about the business of writing since your first publication?
Check and re-check your work for errors
Try to keep the reader hooked from the off
Keep everything realistic and use all five senses
Does the title of a book you are writing come to you as you are writing it, or does it come before you even begin the first sentence?
Very often before I begin to write. Or just into writing
How would you describe your sense of humor? Who and what makes you laugh?
My sense of humor keeps me going sometimes. It can be described as dry or wicked. I am not one for silly humor, have always hated clowns
What is the most frequently asked question?
Do you enjoy writing erotica, to which I answer a definite yes.
What are you working on now?
I have book 2 of my trilogy called Extra Lessons well under way. There are a few surprises in it.
What was the best piece of advice you have received with respect to the art of writing? How did you implement it into your work?
Do not give up. I nearly did last year when my confidence took a nosedive. Gina encouraged me to keep writing. Love you Gina
When it comes to promotion, what lengths have you gone to in order to increase reader-awareness of your work?
I have advertised on various sociable sites, Fetlife, Triberr, Pinterest, LinkedIn, Tumblr, stumbleupon tweeting, blogging and regularly on Facebook. Some blogs have also hosted me and I am due to have others host too. I have also emailed some friends
Writing is obviously not just, how you make your living, but your life-style as well. What do you do to keep the creative "spark" alive - both in your work and out of it?
Besides writing and reading, music is my other main love. It has been a passion since I was at junior school where the headmaster actively encouraged children to take part in all things musical. Being one of the other ‘arts’ I suppose it followed with me, especially with me being a Libran. I love to listen to a wide variety of music; I have played in local bands and orchestras, at present I play in a brass band. However, in the break you can always find me with my pad and pen scribbling down notes for a scene.
What kind of books do you like to read?
You mean apart from erotica. I enjoy a wide variety of erotic genres. From sweet to Bdsm, lesbian, gay and paranormal too. I like to push my boundaries writing each genre too.
I like a variety of books. When I was small, I started out with Enid Blyton, like many children. Then when I was in my teens, I loved classical romances, the Bronte sisters’ books, Jane Eyre, Wuthering Heights and the like. I still am a romantic at heart.
However, I have read many mysteries too and it is a goal of mine to someday write one. Something that will go into print. I would love to have a print book with my name on. It is a huge goal I know, but nothing ventured …
Yet besides romances
If you weren’t a writer, what would you be?
Before I was a receptionist, I really struggled with trying to fit into a job. I always knew I wanted to help others and being told I could not be a nurse because of not being A1 fit was heartbreaking. Therefore, in answer to your question I would find some way to help others.
Where did you get the idea for the stories you write?
Ideas for my writing come from day to day situations. I think of a situation and then put ‘what if’ in it. I suppose that is why I have so many story ideas.
When it comes to the covers of your books, do you get much say in how it will appear, design, location etc.?
I put total faith in NNP. They come up with some amazing covers.
Aside from writing, what else do you enjoy doing?
Music, reading, oh and I love cooking too. I have not been able to follow that passion for a while, but as soon as I get this plaster cast off my leg, I will get back to it.
Any special projects coming out soon we should watch for.
I need to write faster, nothing in the near future until I submit Extra Lessons
New writers are always trying to glean advice from those with more experience. What suggestions do you have for new writers?
What future projects do you have in the works?
My Novella Fringe Benefits is quite a big project that is already started.
Can you please tell us where we can find you on the Internet?
Could you please share your favorite excerpt(s) from one of more of your stories with us?
This is an excerpt from Unexpected Lessons
Hardworking student Kyla has just woken up in her university room alone. She takes advantage of her solitude, having just had a dream about her Professor crush.
She always slept naked, often getting very hot in the night. Kyla slid a hand down her soft curvaceous body and slipped it between her thighs. With one gentle finger, she stroked her velvety folds. “Ahh,” she said aloud. “I’m wet already,” and brought her finger up to suck the juice off. Mmm, very nice, she thought. Mmm, would you like to see me now, Professor?
For a fleeting moment, she wondered why everyone thought she had no interest in sex. Then she answered her own question. I am just a nerd to them. Maybe I should change. She reached under the bed and dragged out her handbag. Scrabbling about inside the bag, Kyla found what she wanted. “Oh yes,” she said, stroking the object with affection.
Nobody knew she had a vibrator, a sleek pink rabbit that stimulated both her G spot and clit, bringing her countless orgasms. Kyla switched the vibrator on and lifted the duvet slightly, closed her eyes again and thought of the Professor.
She wound the buzzing vibrator around her soft full breasts. Tingles shot right through her body to the tips of her toes, which automatically curled in spasm. Working around her breasts with steadily decreasing circles, Kyla eventually reached the puffy pink areola and hard nipple. Kyla’s nipples were very rarely soft. Knowing about how active an imagination she had, she would have laughed aloud at unkind and unwarranted words such as ‘frigid’ and ‘asexual’ that some of the other students had labeled her, well out of earshot.
She breathed in sharply and bit her lip, moaning. Grazing the buzzing object over her nipples, Kyla arched her back and half opened fluttering eyelids. She swept her legs wide in the bed and touched her pussy with the other hand, putting a slight pressure on her swollen mound. Waves of intense pleasure washed over her as she lifted her head and then threw it back on the pillow.
Kyla discarded the duvet and lay on the bed in her naked glory. Moving her hand down slowly, her gently stroked the soft flesh and plunged a couple of fingers into her wet warmth. The invading fingers, clamped by the slick walls, delved into her sweet sticky honey. Kyla plunged in and out, working a rhythm. Rippling ecstasies consumed her whole body and she shuddered, curling her body forward. She bent her knees and drew her legs up to reach further inside herself. Bringing the vibrator down to her pussy, she lightly touched her clit with the humming shaft but it made her squeal.
“Oh yes!” she cried, her mind focusing on her thoughts of the Professor. “Look at me,” she called. “Don’t you want your student?” She circled her clit with the tip of the buzzing vibe, while the fingers of her other hand continued to fuck her. “Fuck me Professor, fuck me.”
Thank you so much for this opportunity