Last week I took part in the online Kinky Cocktail Party to celebrate Kristina Lloyd’s new book Undone. After she’d had a few dodgy concoctions, she was happy to answer my questions…
What are the best and worst things about being an erotic writer? Best bit: lying around in your jim-jams having obscene sexual fantasies and referring to it as ‘working’. Worst bit: people assume you’re a crap writer.
What was the first book you read that turned you on? Virginia Andrew’s Flowers in the Attic. I devoured the whole series and can see some of its themes echoed in my own writing today: the Gothic; dark secrets; hot but deeply unwise and morally dubious sex . (Nb. brotherfucking is not feature of my work!)
Which fictional character(S) do you wish you had created? Cassandra Mortmain in Dodie Smith’s I Capture the Castle. And Heathcliff.
Do you prefer writing novels, novellas or short stories, and why? I’ve only recently made a decision on this, and it’s novels. I love having a big project on the go and living alongside a story for several months. I’ve only written one novella and found it both difficult and deeply unsatisfying. So I’d put that one firmly at the bottom of the hierarchy and short stories would come a close second to novels.
Kristina Lloyd writes erotic fiction about sexually submissive women who like it on the dark, dirty and dangerous side. Her novels are published by Black Lace and her short stories have appeared in dozens of anthologies, including several ‘best of’ collection, in both the UK and US. She lives in Brighton, England. Her latest book, Undone, is published 11 September, 2014.
When Lana Greenwood attends a glamorous house party she finds herself tempted into a ménage à trois. But the morning after brings more than just regrets over fulfilling a fantasy one night stand. One of the men she’s spent the night with is discovered dead in the swimming pool. Accident, suicide or murder, no one is sure and Lana doesn’t know where to turn. Can she trust Sol, the other man, an ex-New Yorker with a dirty smile and a deep desire to continue their kinky game?