Title: Attraction: Sexy Tales of Good, Bad and Ugly Relationships
Genre: Erotica/Horror (Short Stories)
Synopsis: You need a little sexual fantasy, don’t you? But you want a little intelligence, a little innovation along with that—not just juices dripping every which way. Attraction is a collection of 8 adult short fiction stories dealing with passionate, but not always healthy relationships. This book has it all—sexuality, romance, horror, science fiction, humor, local culture, and just a pinch of violence.
Author: Rosa L. Griffin
I invited today’s Guest Author, Rosa Griffin, to my Blog to answer a few questions about her writing and her book.
CH: Hi, Rosa and welcome to my blog.
RLG: Hi Cheryl. Thanks for inviting me.
CH: Let’s get started. Please tell us in one sentence, why we should read your book?
RLG: I would like people to get into the fantasy of my book for relaxation and as a weapon against stress. I am reminded of what Toni Morrison said, “If there’s a book you really want to read, but it hasn’t been written yet, then you must write it.”
CH: Yes, that is also one of my favorite quotes by Toni Morrison. Some of the stories have an erotic theme, why did you decide to write in this genre?
RLG: I write very mild erotica in each story only as necessary for the characters’ relationships. I like to read adult fiction and a great many books, movies, and television shows have a lot more sex than there is in this book. In my book, there are vampires, a werewolf, adultery, fornication, love, friendship, etc.
CH: Which story was hardest to write?
RLG: The first story, Death Sleep, was hardest to write because I wanted to have the flavor of some of what was happening in Baltimore in the 1800’s. So, I did some research and put in as much authentic history as I could.
CH: Who was your favorite character to write?
RLG: My favorite character is the “Everywoman” or the unnamed victim (first person) of the werewolf in Urban Predator. She uses humor to tell the dangerous story.
CH: Are any of your characters based on you?
RLG: I’m somewhere in every story just as Alfred Hitchcock was in just about every one of his movies. Some of my characters are young, while others are more mature like me.
CH: What is different and exciting that you bring to your readers through your short stories?
RLG: I think it’s exciting for the reader to feel like he or she is in each scene and experiencing what the characters are experiencing—sight, sound, taste, touch, etc. I try also to see the story from the male perspective as in the story, Free Ride, where a married man is in an open marriage and falls deeply in love for the first time in his life with (in today’s terms would be called) a “side piece.”
CH: Where do your ideas come from? Do you have a standard formula for plots or do stories come to you as a whole concept?
RLG: My ideas come from books I’ve read, movies I’ve seen, dreams I’ve had, people I’ve known, etc. I ask myself what would have happened if the story had turned out differently. I start my stories by writing a whole scene and building a story around it. I never know where in the story the scene will be, but I always try to start a story with action. The scene may not live to the final editing of the story.
CH: Do you have any writing rituals or do you listen to “mood music” when you write?
RLG: I usually like silence when I write. When I first started writing stories in 1999, I used to get up in the middle of the night to work on a story. I keep a pen and pad in every room (including the car) and a folder for every story. I have folders of story ideas, partial stories and scenes. The stories in my book were what I considered the best and the most complete.
CH: What are some of your aspirations as a writer?
RLG: Ultimately, I would like to see my stories as movies or television shows.
CH: How long does it take you to write a short story?
RLG: I don’t usually write a story outright, but in paragraphs, character descriptions, scenes that I keep adding to folders until everything begins to gel. Blood Club is a story that came to me after giving blood over the years to the Red Cross.
CH: So, what’s next for you as an author?
RLG: I would like to continue the novel that I am creating from the first story, Death Sleep. It is about a barely legal school teacher preyed upon by a vampire. I also want to start a blog about sexual topics, cultural issues, and other topics from the male point of view—excluding politics and religion.
CH: Do you have a website?
RLG: I have a website at www.RosaLGriffin.com. It’s a work in progress that can be looked at right now. The home page has a short essay on attraction. I hope to connect it with the blog I intend to create.
CH: Where is your book sold?
RLG: My book is not in a store, nor for sale on a website, just yet. Right now, I am doing print-on-demand, and I have sold several books in person. But, soon I plan on creating an ebook with Createspace (Amazon) and/or Smashwords and eventually selling physical books through my website.
CH: Do you have any closing remarks?
RLG: Writing is relaxing for me. I would love to be writing more often. Being secretary for two organizations and working full time doesn’t leave a lot of time for writing—thus, the writing pads in every room and purse. Thank you, Cheryl, for your time and consideration.
CH: Rosa, thank you for sharing your experiences and your book with my audience.
RLG: You are welcome, Cheryl.
On this blog, I “Pay it Forward” to other authors by spotlighting them with a Guest Author Interview. I only ask that they too “Pay It Forward” to any other author. ~ Cheryl Holloway