This week we take some time to get to know erotic author Jillian Boyd just a little better. Jillian lives in London, England and loves to spend her time writing about sex and all things related. She also owns and operates an erotic writing consultation service and likes to keep busy.
1. When did you first realize you wanted to be a writer?
I’ve been writing stories since I was able to write, so I think pretty early on in life. The first time I realized I wanted to take it seriously and write for publication was about three years ago when I started writing erotic short fiction on my blog.
2. How long does it take you to write a book?
Well, as of yet I haven’t written a full book – so possibly until the end of time itself. When I’m writing a short story, it depends on what the maximum word count is, whether or not I have an idea I can work with and how tight the deadline is. Right now, I’d say two to three weeks.
3: What do you like to do when you’re not writing?
Making and selling my handmade stuff, like cowls, scarves and greeting cards. Reading. Watching movies and TV.
4: Do you have any suggestions/tips for aspiring writers and authors you’d like to share?
If you want to write about something you’re not that clued up about, research your ass off. Not just on the internet – go out there, read books, do things, ask questions to people who know. If you’re still not confident about it, it’s okay to take a step back and revise your idea.
5: If you had a superpower, what would it be?
6: Tea or Coffee?
Coffee, definitely. I get a lot of “some day we’re going to teach you how to drink tea like a real British person” from people, to which I say “I’m not British, and even if I was I’d still prefer coffee because I think tea is foul.”
7: What are you working on now? What is your next project?
I’m currently putting together a small collection of my F/F stories. I’m also brainstorming a rewrite of my very first published story, another short collection and I’m currently accepting submissions for Spy Game, my second anthology as an editor.
8: Do you have a day job as well as writing?
I’m a freelance virtual assistant – which means I get a lot of “when are you getting a real job?”
9: How did you choose the genre you write in?
As I said, I was experimenting with writing short erotica for my blog, so it felt like a natural way to go. I like writing about sex, the deep connection between people that takes them to sex and the whys and whats of it.
10: Do you ever experience writer’s block? If so how do you get past it?
If I hit a snag, I step away from the computer, put my shoes on and go for a walk – I let my thoughts run, and most of the time I come back with a solution of some sort.
11: If you only had one word to describe yourself, what would it be and why?
Hopeful. Because I always am.
A huge thanks to Jillian for taking the time out of her busy schedule to talk to Clitical. If you would like to discover more about her wonderful work you will find Jillian over her blog: Ladylaidbare.Com