It’s wonderful to visit the House of Alisa. Thanks for inviting me and I’ll do my best to behave badly – I mean, perfectly!
General Interview Questions
If you were given a chance to travel back in time, what year or place would you go and why?
I’d like to travel back to London 1900, scene of my first erotic novel, Orchid Pink. It would be amazing to experience an era I’ve enjoyed writing about.
Where were you born and where is home for you now?
I was born in Barry, a south Wales seaside town (famous for Gavin and Stacey!) but I’ve lived in Scotland and England before moving back to Wales. Ammanford has been home since 2004.
Who is your favorite character that YOU have written?
It’s Trask, the man you’ll meet in a while so please don’t go away! His tough, cool professional front hides a sensitive, funny, gentle guy. Did I say he was hot?
What’s in your refrigerator right now?
You caught me on a shopping day. So, lots of cheese and salad stuffs, baby sweet corn, asparagus, sugar snap peas, carrots, aubergine, courgettes. Milk. White wine. Cooked ham. A quiche. And one last slice of homemade chocolate cake which my OH is probably snaffling as I type.
Where do you get your ideas for your books?
Sometimes it’s a chance remark or insignificant incident. I love visiting art galleries and museums but store window displays are good too. Some of my friends use old movies for inspiration but I like to get the idea first then watch a film or research a place as part of my preparation.
If your book was made into a movie who would you want playing your characters?
Can’t resist this question! Trask has to be played by Hugh Jackman. Hopefully, Scarlett Johansson wouldn’t mind him as her leading man.
Can anyone write erotic fiction?
Erotic fiction is one of several genres. A talent for writing is the most important criteria for an author, whatever the genre.
What is the difference between erotic fiction and porn?
When writing erotica, it’s vital to engage the reader’s imagination and anticipation. ‘Lads’ mag’ porn relies on a much cruder style and anatomical references without emotions.
How did you learn to write good sex?
About ten years ago someone told me he found a sensuous quality to my prose. And I was fortunate enough to have two good editors guiding me once I began to have stories published.
You write erotic romance/erotica. What writing elements do you think are important to include in a piece of erotic fiction to make it of the highest caliber?
Good writing matters most of all. But seducing the reader with references to good food, fine wine and luxury perfumes is a good trick. Characters need to touch, taste, smell – feel their partner’s silky hair or smooth skin, the shadow of stubble on the guy’s chin or his hard, muscled thigh.
Is there any additional info you would like to share with your readers about what’s next for you and your books?
I can taste a sequel to Knight and Trask! Neither of this pair is ready to settle down yet. It would be great to know whether my readers are up for this too. Meanwhile, I write contemporary and historical romance under my Jill Barry pseudonym so hopefully there are more novels to come.
Where can readers stalk…um…I mean, find you
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She left the store with gown and shoes, intent on getting back to Uncle Gerald’s before the rush hour came to the boil and spilled even more people and cars. In the excitement of dress hunting, trying on the fabulous creation she’d spotted and finding fairy dust, she’d forgotten such mundane needs as food and drink. Thinking teashop, Katie stopped in her tracks and whammed slap-bang as in her breasts bouncing off the pecs of a man tower.
‘I’m so sorry,’ she gasped, registering only his height.
If she’d been in a gentle romantic story, she’d have gone weak at the knees. ‘Trask,’ she said. ‘Of all the men in London to bump into. What in hell are you doing here?’
‘It’s hardly hell,’ he said. Mildly. ‘I do live in London, you know.’
‘But I assumed you must be in the field, chasing demons.’
‘You should know better than to assume anything, Knight. My next assignment hasn’t yet begun. What about you?’
‘Purchasing props,’ she said, jiggling her carrier bags. ‘Choosing a drop-dead gorgeous gown in the hopes it’ll help me reach the pillow talk department.’
Immediately she said it, she knew she’d touched a nerve. His face contorted. He looked into the distance, way beyond her. Way beyond anything connected to EF3 and its tangled doings and way beyond the course of duty. How could she have been so stupid?
‘I could murder a cup of Earl Grey,’ she said. ‘Do you have time to join me?’
‘Only if you help me choose a birthday gift for my mother.’
‘Sheesh, Trask, you actually have a mother?’
‘Don’t knock family, Knight. They’re always there for you.’
A tremble coursed down her spine. ‘You have your priorities well in place,’ she said. ‘If I can help, I will.’
He took her carrier bags from her, gently but firmly. He grasped her elbow. Turned her around. ‘Tea for two now. Find a gift later. The rest of the day is up for negotiation. Do you agree, Knight? Or do you have somewhere else to be?’
‘I don’t have to go back to the office,’ she said. Crosier’s PA had, albeit grudgingly, instructed her to prepare for her imminent departure with the minister. But now all thoughts of Robert Crosier melted into oblivion against the prospect of Trask pushing his beautiful great pleasure machine between her receptive, desperately needy thighs.
They walked into the store together. Took the lift. Within the elevator, Katie gazed at nothing. Her thoughts kept her more than occupied. At the floor they wanted, they stepped out and headed for the restaurant, its subtly draped windows overlooking Knightsbridge’s rooftops.
‘What would you like?’ Frowning, Trask scanned the afternoon tea menu.
‘A glass of mineral water, please. On the rocks. A pot of Earl Grey. A scone with strawberry jam and clotted cream.’
‘OK,’ she said. ‘I’d like you, Trask. Naked on toast.’
Set in the 1990s, this is a swift-moving sexy story of two spies who dare to break the rules and risk disgrace, all for the sake of love.
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