Three Authors Offer Advice for Writers: Indigo Bloome, Philippa Gregory, Daniel H. Wilson

I interview writers every week here on the Booktopia Blog.

My Ten Terrifying Questions have been answered by over 250 published authors ranging from mega selling global stars like Jackie Collins and Lee Child to brilliant, relatively unknown debut authors such as Miles Franklin shortlisted Favel Parret and Rebecca James.

In each of these interviews I ask the following question:

Q. What advice do you give aspiring writers?

Now, for the edification of aspiring writers everywhere, I will pull together answers to this question from three very different writers and post them here once week. Some will inspire, some will confound but all will be interesting and helpful in their own way…


INDIGO BLOOME

“I consider myself an aspiring writer! I suppose my advice, for what it’s worth, is to write what you would love to read – that way your passion will shine through naturally.

Write for yourself, not what you think others want to read, and give yourself time and space to see what evolves before your eyes. I never in a million years thought this would happen to me!”

Read the full interview here…

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PHILIPPA GREGORY

“Please, please, for your own sake if not for your readers – don’t read something trashy and think that you can do something similar. Especially, in the current days don’t read mild pornography and mistake it for literature. Read good things and try to write well.”

Read the full interview here…

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DANIEL H. WILSON

“Find something that you love to think about (other than yourself). Learn everything you can about it. Now write about it. If you’re very lucky and the timing is good, other people will care.”

Read the full interview here…

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ALL AUSTRALIAN THRILLS: Destined to Play by Indigo Bloome

From The Sydney Morning Herald:

Step aside, Fifty Shades of Grey, there’s a new name in steamy fiction.

Enter Destined to Play, the first in a three-book series that has seen first-time Australian author Indigo Bloome land herself in the position of a six-figure book deal.

The first in the Avalon trilogy may be Australia’s answer to the Anastasia Steele plot that has blown open the hunger for erotic fiction – and Destined looks set to please those who enjoyed the escapism afforded by the raunchy BDSM of Fifty Shades.

The book is being “rushed” into print after pre-orders in iTunes saw the title, announced on May 24, shoot straight to 7th on Apple iBooks bestsellers’ chart. It debuted at number two in the romance category and went on sale on July 1 read more

Read Indigo Bloome’s answers to our Ten Terrifying Questions

About Destined to Play: A 36-year-old psychologist specialising in visual perception comes to Sydney to give a series of lectures and meets up with Dr Jeremy Quinn, an ex-lover whom she hasn’t seen for years. After a few glasses of champagne in his luxurious hotel penthouse, he presents her with an intriguing offer: stay with him for the next 48 hours and accept two extraordinary conditions.

She knows he will challenge her every inhibition, but she soon finds herself seduced into a level of surrender – and danger – she could never have imagined .

Destined to Play is the first book in the Avalon trilogy exploring the intricate relationships between trust and betrayal, desire and love, risk …and reward.

If you liked Fifty Shades of Grey, you will love Destined to Play.

Click here to buy Destined to Play

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Indigo Bloome, author of The Avalon Series – Destined to Play, Destined to Feel and Destined to Fly, answers Ten Terrifying Questions

 The Booktopia Book Guru asks

Indigo Bloome

author of The Avalon Series - Destined to Play, Destined to Feel and Destined to Fly

Ten Terrifying Questions

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1. To begin with why don’t you tell us a little bit about yourself – where were you born? Raised? Schooled?

I was born and raised in Sydney but spent a good portion of my early working life in the United Kingdom. I’ve recently traded city life with a move to regional Australia which has provided me with the opportunity to explore more creative things – like writing.

2. What did you want to be when you were twelve, eighteen and thirty? And why?

At twelve:  I wanted to be a private detective (I loved Trixie Belden, Nancy Drew and The Famous Five) My best friend and I even wrote our own mystery series – I guess I had the desire to write, even back then!

At eighteen: I visited Wall Street when I was fifteen years old old and after that my whole world became finance & economics. I was eighteen when I started my bachelor of business.

At thirty: Having just completed my MBA and achieving all of my personal goals, I wanted to expand my career internationally, which I did the next year.

3. What strongly held belief did you have at eighteen that you do not have now?

That financial and material success would help determine love and happiness. When I was younger I also thought that if you loved someone enough everything would be perfect…now I understand relationships need work and there’s no such thing as ‘perfect’!

4. What were three works of art – book or painting or piece of music, etc – you can now say, had a great effect on you and influenced your own development as a writer?

I hope this doesn’t sound too clichéd but I’m predominately mainstream in my tastes. So:

The Handmaid’s Taleby Margaret Atwood – both the book and the opera (which I saw in London) & to a lesser extent Eyes Wide Shut

MONA – not a specific work of art but the whole concept of what David Walsh has achieved with this outstanding museum has inspired me to push the boundaries in my own writing

Nine and a Half Weeks and the difference between the book and the movie. I was obsessed with the movie all those years ago, and twenty years later read the book. I read it just before I started writing my own, actually.  Dominance and submission between consenting partners intrigues me…

And of course Bryan Ferry and Roxy music – Avalon! This song gave me the title for my series. He has a very sexy voice.

5. Considering the innumerable artistic avenues open to you, why did you choose to write a novel?

I have never considered myself at all artistic and given all of this happened so fast, I’m still coming to terms with it! I started the novel about 20 months ago, when I had no strength due to a bout of glandular fever, so in some ways I believe it chose me rather than the other way around. I have always kept journals and always loved losing myself in a good story.

I wanted to write a book I’d love to read if I was travelling for work or when everyone else was sound asleep. One that pushed all perceivable boundaries but still had a good storyline. I have never really had time in my life for a true hobby before (given work, study, travel and kids etc) but found that once I started writing, I couldn’t stop. It was like living two lives simultaneously. I could finally understand how people became so passionate about their hobbies.

6. Please tell us about your novel Destined to Play

I was looking for more than virginal heroines – my protagonist is a mother of two and has a successful career. But she’s in a passionless marriage and so when her ex-lover, Jeremy Quinn, presents her with an intriguing proposition, she finds him hard to resist. I wanted to explore how we experience sensation, and so I decided to remove one of Alexandra’s senses to heighten all the rest. Plus it was so much fun to let my imagination run wild, although once I started researching some of the elements of the novel, I discovered I was closer to the mark than I’d realised.

(BBGuru: from the publisher - A 36-year-old psychologist specialising in visual perception comes to Sydney to give a series of lectures and meets up with Dr Jeremy Quinn, an ex-lover whom she hasn’t seen for years. After a few glasses of champagne in his luxurious hotel penthouse, he presents her with an intriguing offer: stay with him for the next 48 hours and accept two extraordinary conditions.

She knows he will challenge her every inhibition, but she soon finds herself seduced into a level of surrender – and danger – she could never have imagined .

Destined to Play is the first book in the Avalon trilogy exploring the intricate relationships between trust and betrayal, desire and love, risk …and reward.)

Click here to order Destined to Play from Booktopia,
Australia’s No. 1 Online Book Shop

7. What do you hope people take away with them after reading your work?

That there was more to it than sex! Hopefully it provokes some frank and fascinating discussion, as it has with my family and friends. My mother was one of my earliest readers! I wanted to look at more than mere lust, but to examine our perceptions of the world around us.

8. Whom do you most admire in the realm of writing and why?

I love any book that I can lose myself in completely. I love the feeling of disappearing into another world. A great book stays with me long after I’ve put it down. Any author who makes me ignore my ‘to do’ list works for me.

I love the way authors such as Alex Miller and Tony Parsons write their novels, and I’m currently reading Tallow by Karen Brooks- she writes so beautifully!

I was a late adopter of the Twilight phenomenon, and really loved it, although personally I was hoping for it to explore things a little further sexually, for adults. If Fifty Shades of Greyhad been around at the time, I may never have written my book. When I started writing, it was primarily because I couldn’t find a book that specifically met my needs. Frustrated at searching for something that didn’t seem to exist, I figured I’d just give it a go myself.

9. Many artists set themselves very ambitious goals. What are yours?

I have always set ambitious goals for myself, so the joy of writing for me stemmed from the fact that, for the first time ever my only goal was that if I started, I would finish. I had never even thought about trying to get published.

10. What advice do you give aspiring writers?

I consider myself an aspiring writer! I suppose my advice, for what it’s worth, is to write what you would love to read – that way your passion will shine through naturally. Write for yourself, not what you think others want to read, and give yourself time and space to see what evolves before your eyes. I never in a million years thought this would happen to me!

Indigo, thank you for playing.

In the Wake Of Fifty Shades Australian Publishers Reveal A Desire to Dominate : New Erotic Titles Tumble From the Presses

The book world sighs in unison. The dark matter of the Fifty Shades of Grey trilogy has filled the void left by the dying star of paranormal teen fiction. Of course, publishers worldwide predicted this would happen.

Right?

Night always follows twilight. And it doesn’t get any darker than erotica. Makes sense. What we are witnessing is a natural progression from the muted, frustrated desire of teens to the perverse sexual expression of the unfettered adult.

But erotica isn’t new. Universal acceptance of it is. You might sit on the bus next to a woman reading paperback edition of Fifty Shades of Grey tomorrow and not even raise an eyebrow. A riot would break out if the man next to her decided to watch porn on an iPad, however.  A strange double standard, but understandable. Their are limits. I mean, there were. I mean, there are. I mean, who knows what people will think is acceptable in a year or two.

It’s only a few years since people thought The Bride Stripped Bare was too naughty to be seen reading.

Now everybody knows someone who has read or is reading Fifty Shades of Grey. Teachers, grandmothers, neurosurgeons, aunts, girlfriends, wives, Ellen, and mothers are all reading it. Millions, yes, millions of readers now know they like reading erotica. After they gobble down the Fifty Shades trilogy a large proportion of those readers will be on the look out for more.

Well, that’s where we come in.

We can get you more of what you want.

Australian publishers have been knocking down our door to ensure that their brand new erotica titles are on our site.

But are they all brand new? Two are, for sure.

Harper Collins Australia paid a fortune for the rights to mother of two, Indigo Bloome’s Destined to Play, the first of the Avalon Novels, and have rushed it into print. It will be available from the first days of July.

Random House Australia, the publishers of Fifty Shades of Grey, will publish Natasha Walker’s trilogy, The Secret Lives of Emma over the coming months. The Secret Lives of Emma: Beginnings being the first volume. It will be available from 17th July.

Both of these titles are home grown originals and both publishers have high hopes for their success. And judging by the pre-orders for both, we feel they will not be disappointed.

Fifty Shades of Grey has lead the way. It has discovered regions of the reading world thus far relatively unexplored. This is frontier territory. Australia’s publishers will have to get their hands dirty if they want to stake a claim.


Destined to Play

by Indigo Bloome

Available 3.07.12

A 36-year-old psychologist specialising in visual perception comes to Sydney to give a series of lectures and meets up with Dr Jeremy Quinn, an ex-lover whom she hasn’t seen for years. After a few glasses of champagne in his luxurious hotel penthouse, he presents her with an intriguing offer: stay with him for the next 48 hours and accept two extraordinary conditions.

She knows he will challenge her every inhibition, but she soon finds herself seduced into a level of surrender – and danger – she could never have imagined .

Destined to Play is the first book in the Avalon trilogy exploring the intricate relationships between trust and betrayal, desire and love, risk …and reward.

If you liked Fifty Shades of Grey, you will love Destined to Play.

About the Author

Indigo Bloome is married with two children. She has lived and worked in Sydney and the United Kingdom, with a successful career in the finance industry. Indigo recently traded city life with a move to regional Australia, which provided her with an opportunity to explore her previously undiscovered creative side. Her love of reading, deciphering dreams, stimulating conversation and the intrigue of the human mind led her to writing her first novel, Destined to Play.

Click here to order Destined to Play from Booktopia,
Australia’s No. 1 Online Book Shop


The Secret Lives of Emma: Beginnings

by Natasha Walker

Available 17.07.12

The first in a series of erotic novels that tap into our deepest, sexiest fantasies, from the publishers of Fifty Shades of Grey

BEGINNINGS….

Thirty-something Emma Benson is a free spirit. For her a good life means a life of sensuality.

So it’s a surprise to everyone when she marries David, a successful businessman, and settles down in the suburbs.

One year on, and she’s trying so hard to be loyal to her man. Not easy to do when you’re passionate and uninhibited.

But then, while sunbathing in her garden, her neighbour’s eighteen-year-old son appears. And Emma has found her new project…

She will be his perfect teacher… Read an Extract

About the Author

Natasha Walker is a Sydney based author who found writing her memoir confronting till she discovered the joys of fabrication.

Click here to order The Secret Lives of Emma: Beginnings from Booktopia,
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Bared to You: A Crossfire Novel

by Sylvia Day

Available 19.07.12

Bared to You by Sylvia Day is the first in the Crossfire trilogy featuring Gideon and Eva, two wounded souls who come together in an explosion of lust and passion as intoxicating as it is devastating – the perfect read for fans of bestselling erotic romance Fifty Shades of Grey by E.L. James. Our journey began in fire . . .

Gideon Cross came into my life like lightning in the darkness – beautiful and brilliant, jagged and white hot. I was drawn to him as I’d never been to anything or anyone in my life. I craved his touch like a drug, even knowing it would weaken me. I was flawed and damaged, and he opened those cracks in me so easily . . .

Gideon knew. He had demons of his own. And we would become the mirrors that reflected each other’s most private wounds . . . and desires. The bonds of his love transformed me, even as I prayed that the torment of our pasts didn’t tear us apart . . .

Intensely romantic, darkly sensual and completely addictive, Bared to You will take you to the very limits of obsession – and beyond.

About the Author

Sylvia Day is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of over a dozen novels written across multiple sub-genres – contemporary, fantasy, historical, futuristic, science fiction, romantic suspense, paranormal romance, and urban fantasy – under multiple pen names: three! A wife and mother of two, she is a former Russian linguist for the U.S. Army Military Intelligence.

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Sugar in My Bowl: Real Women Write About Real Sex

edited by Erica Jong

Available 26.06.12

“I need a little sugar in my bowl, I need a little hot dog, on my roll I can stand a bit of loving, oh so bad, I feel so funny, I feel so sad”. (Bessie Smith).

When it comes to sex, what do women want? In this eye-opening and courageous collection, Erica Jong reveals that every woman has her own answer. Susan Cheever talks about the excruciating hazards of casual sex, while Gail Collins recounts her Catholic upbringing in Cincinnati and the nuns who passionately forbade her from having carnal relations. In Everything Must Go, Jennifer Weiner explores how, in love, the body can play just as big a role as the heart. The octogenarians in Karen Abbott’s sharp-eyed piece possess a passion that could give Betty White a run for her money. Molly Jong-Fast reflects on her unconventional upbringing and why a whole generation of young women have rejected free love in favor of Bugaboo strollers and Mommy-and-me yoga. Sex, it turns out, can be as fleeting, heavy, mundane, and intense as the rest of life. Indeed, Jong states in her powerful introduction the truth is – sex is life.

Contributors: Karen Abbott, Elisas Albert, J. A. K. Andres, Susie Bright, Susan Cheever, Gail Collins, rosemary Daniell, Eve Ensler, Molly Jong-Fast, Susan Kinsolving, Julie Klam, Jean Hanff Korelitz, Min Jin Lee, Ariel Levy, Margaret Magowan, Marisa Acocella Marchetto, Daphne Merkin, Honor Moore, Meghan O’Rourke, Anne Roiphe, Linda Gray Sexton, Liz Smith, Jann Turner, Barbara Victor, Rebecca Walker, Jennifer Weiner, Fay Weldon, and Jessica Winter.

About the Editor

Poet, novelist, and essayist, the legendary Erica Jong—whose novel Fear of Flying opened eyes and broke down walls—offers us a provocative collection of essays about sex from some of the most respected female authors writing today. “Real Women Write about Real Sex” in Sugar in My Bowl, as such marquee names as Gail Collins, Eve Ensler, Daphne Merken, Anne Roiphe, Liz Smith, Naomi Wolf, and Jennifer Weiner, to name but a few, join together to speak openly about female desire—what provokes it and what satisfies it. In the free, unfettered spirit of The Bitch in the House, Sugar in My Bowl explores the bedroom lives of women with daring, wit, intelligence, and candor.

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