Louisa Berry, author of Vanilla Extract, is visiting with me today on Nesie’s Place! Please help me give her a warm welcome!
Welcome all the way from Hertfordshire, Louisa! Thanks for taking the time to share a bit about Louisa, the author!
So, how long have you been a writer? Three years now.
How long did it take you to write your first book? On and off it took two years, but only because I cast it aside a few times when life got in the way. My second book only took five months.
What’s your favorite genre to write or do you only write in one genre? At the moment it’s erotic fiction. I can imagine I will venture into other genres in time, but to excuse the pun, erotic fiction flows!
Are you self-published, traditional, or hybrid? It’s self-publishing but with assistance from a local publisher who has helped with the proof-reading, editing and getting Vanilla Extract listed in the right places.
Where do you get the most writing done? Usually on plane or train journeys. My iPad mini helps. I use the Notes section to jot down my thoughts and then I send it to myself. It’s a great way to make those journeys go quicker.
Totally addicted to social media or could you live without it? I market Vanilla Extract myself and that means social media is definitely my friend. I have accounts on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter to promote my work and my networks are continuously building. You have to have these tools if you want to gain a following.
What’s the inspiration behind Vanilla Extract? Who’s your favorite character? The inspiration was to dispel the thought that a journey of self and sexual discovery is seedy, dirty or unacceptable. Instead it is liberating, funny and a complete learning curve. The lead character (Lou) is my favourite character as you watch her confidence grow with each encounter and the lessons she learns along the way can be useful for every reader.
What’s your next project or release? Cinnamon Twist describes the next part of Lou’s journey and it is released late November 2018.
What’s your favorite genre to read? Growing up it was always horror or science fiction. I was handed my mother’s cast offs, so Stephen King featured heavily, as did James Herbert and Graham Masterton. By today’s standards, you would say it was too young for me to be reading such content, but it hasn’t done me any harm! Nowadays I am trying to catch up on some of the classics I have missed over the years and I’m partial to biographies and auto-biographies. People are fascinating!
Do you venture into other genres other than your preferred? From time to time but it really comes down to how much time you allow yourself to participate in the joy of reading and what you concentrate on.
What are you reading now? Well I’ve finally read The Picture of Dorian Gray, Oscar Wylde, and whilst it was a little on the dark side, I did enjoy it. You have to remember when it was written and what society was like then. I’m currently half way through Metamorphosis, Franz Kafka, but I must admit I’m struggling. I shall persevere to the end though, so I can make my mind up then.
What’s your favorite beverage to read with? I’m English. It’s got to be a lovely cup of tea or a large glass of sparkling water to keep me going.
Any advice for new authors? If it feels right, do it. Get those words down and reread/edit later. The important thing is to get it out of your head and onto your laptop (or paper if that’s your preferred method).
Many thanks to Louisa for visiting with us today! Keep scrolling to learn more about Vanilla Extract and download your copy today!
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When recently separated Lou decided to embark on a new chapter of her life, she had no idea where this journey of self and sexual discovery would lead.
Her lustful appetite for adventure was re-awakened and with every new, tantalising, naughty meeting Lou’s confidence grew, as did her need for more.
Louisa lives in Hertfordshire with her four children.
While not on ‘Mum-duties’ she works in high finance in London.
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