For me, writing erotica began with a friend’s challenge…
“Every kinky novel I read involves naïve virgins or billionaires,” she complained. “Where’s the stories that could happen to me or someone I know?”
Paying the bills is realistic, but it’s definitely not sexy... And yet, there's potential drama in the everyday conversations around us. The couple whispering at the next table. A blazing row in the office. Watching two people smile at each other on the commute home.
Suddenly, I had my characters. Just because they had worries and careers, that didn’t stop them being romantically fearless.
‘The Etiquette of Lying’ examines the lives of two couples and their social media profiles. Are Sean, Jen, David and Annabel showing the world a carefully-edited version of themselves?
How does Sean afford his outrageous London existence? Why does his past threaten Jen’s role in the MET police force? Is David sleeping with Annabel because she’s his boss? Why did he reject the idea so vehemently when she asked him to act out a BDSM roleplay? What past secrets link all of them?
I divide my time between London and Brighton; real-life places and experiences feature in all my stories. A career in finance keeps the wolves from my door, but I’m noticeably cranky if I go a few days without writing – my first love.