Welcome to the fourth instalment of Sexy Saturday, where we get a chance to meet an author of M/M erotic romance or erotica.
Today’s guest is Leigh Wilder!
Leigh Wilder is a writer of multiple pairings and genres, but specializes in m/m and fantasy or paranormal settings. She’s been published with Cleis Press and Storm Moon Press. The first book of her popular series, “Deadly Liaisons” is free to download from Amazon or Smashwords. Visit http://leighwilder.blogspot.com for free downloads and more. Leigh Wilder lives in Columbus, Oh with her fiancé and three cats.
1) What was your first experience with erotica / erotic romance?
Fanfiction when I was a teenager. I was a big Buffy the Vampire Slayer fangirl back in the day (I really think it shows in my writing), and I discovered Willow/Spike BDSM. From there I went on to Harry Potter (Harry/Draco was my favorite) and then I started writing originals.
2) Describe your journey from reading to writing to publication.
I started writing when I was eleven when I ran out of interesting books to read at our small library. I decided I might as well start writing my own. In high school I started writing fanfic. I sold my first short story at twenty-one, but when I got the anthology it was in I realized every story in the book was terrible, including my own. So I stopped writing for publication until 2011. I feel like I really needed those years to grow as a writer and now I’m very proud of the work I put out.
3) What scene or book was the biggest challenge to write?
I wrote the first story of my vampire series, “Drain Me Dry” as a stand-alone short story, but the readers kept asking me where the rest of it was. The second story is only 12,000 words long, but writing it felt like pulling teeth as I tried to shape a plot and find the characters. I knew how their story started, and how it ended, but I didn’t know what happened in-between. Since then I’ve really worked out how they all work and I’m really happy with books 3 and 4, which are both novella length.
3) Do you have any tips or advice for aspiring writers of erotica / erotic romance?
Practice. Accept that what you begin with will not be your best work, and have the patience to really learn how to write. It comes with time.
5) Tell us a bit about your latest release.
My latest novella release is Bloodlines, #4 in my “Deadly Liaisons” series. It really digs in deep when it comes to the emotions of my characters. There’s a lot of drama involved compared to the first few books, which makes it kind of fun. The series is about the relationship between a vampire master, Damian, and his barely-legal human pet, Jamie-boy. It’s got a lot of BDSM, but more plot than sex. I’ve also recently released a m/f steampunk short, “Fancy and the Mechanical Man.”
Whoo! Sounds like some hot stories!
Thanks for being our guest here today, Leigh!