Multipublished erotica author Adriana Kraft stopped by for a little chat! Read what she has to say about writing!
When did you first realize you wanted to be a writer?
First off, there are two of us writing together under the pen name “Adriana Kraft” – my husband and myself. Each of us has always wanted to be a writer. Our careers took other turns first and we met (well, and fell in love and married) in academia, where we’ve both done lots of writing, together and separately. But fiction is lots more fun, and yes, something we’ve always dreamed of being able to do!
How long does it take you to write a book?
Some of our books are quite short, seven to ten thousand words, more of a short story. Those are often drafted in less than a week! Most of our recent releases are novellas in the thirty to forty thousand range, and more typically we might draft them in a month or a little less. But then there’s the endless editing…
What is your work schedule like when you’re writing?
I have a full time day job, so my writing/editing takes place evenings and weekend. My other half, however, works at home and usually spends mornings on book projects. When we’re working on a new project, we read each section out loud before moving on to the next.
When did you write your first book?
We drafted our first fiction together over ten years ago – a romantic suspense which has never seen the light of day, and probably shouldn’t! We spent the next several years honing our craft, subbing to editors and agents, entering contests and always writing. We started getting great feedback about our ability to write erotic scenes and sexual tension, so we decided to try our hand at an erotic romance, and made our first sale in 2006. That book is still one of our favorites: Colors of the Night, which is now available at Extasy Books.
What do you like to do when you’re not writing?
We love to travel and just got back from a vacation in Las Vegas – can’t wait to blog about that one! We live in a small town and love the out of doors, which is never far away: hiking, camping, canoeing, watching a prairie sunset, cross country skiing in the winter. And hitting our favorite local gourmet coffee shop for a latte, whenever we can.
What does your family think of your writing?
Hmm! We’ve been selective about which family members really know what we’re up to. Those we’ve shared with are excited for us. Those we haven’t? There’s a reason, and we just don’t go there!
What was one of the most surprising things you learned in creating your
I think what has surprised both of us is how real our characters feel. It truly is as though they have lives of their own in some other dimension, and we’re privileged to drop in on it and put it on the page. They tell us if we got it wrong, too! Right now we’re working on another book in the Swinging Games series, and discovered that a character we thought was peripheral needs to have her own scenes written from her own point of view. Guess she told us!
How many books have you written? Which is your favorite?
We have a total of twenty one books published and currently available, plus several short stories in anthologies. Favorite? We might have to do a “his” and “hers” here: Hers: Of our published works, my favorite is probably The Diary (Extasy), because Kate has to really examine herself and do an about face (and a major apology) in order to claim the love that’s waiting for her. His: Smoldering Passion is my favorite because its seeds were planted years ago in graduate school and it embodies much of what we hope readers will garner from our work: permission to embrace untried sexual possibilities and a willingness to be surprised by fresh adventures
How did you come up with the title?
Some titles leap out at us when we’re in the early stages plotting the book – The Diary, Smoldering Passion, April Swings, Colors of the Night. Others are the product of lots of ideas and word lists until something falls in just the right order: Mistress of Purgatory Point, Writing Skin, Through the Mirror. It’s interactive: the plot notion shapes the title, but once the title has arrived, it helps refine the plot.
Can you tell us a little about your latest release or upcoming books?
We have two recent releases. Meg’s Folly is the finale in our Meghan’s Playhouse series at Whiskey Creek Press Torrid, and is available in print and e-book. We’ve had a wonderful time chronicling the adventures of this bisexual sprite of a woman who gets pleasure out of bringing others together. We wondered if she’d ever find a happy ending of her own – it’s uniquely hers, and we’re just glad we got to come along for the ride.
At Extasy Books we’ve been writing a series based on the Swing Lifestyle. Here’s the blurb for the most recent release in that series, Swinging Games: Who’s the Coach? What’s a girl to do? Happily married with all her children grown, Jennifer Andrews has finally figured out she’s bi-sexual – but just turning on to hot f/f fiction and videos isn’t enough. She wants the real thing, and she want to share it with Brett. Addition sounds so much better than subtraction. Will the swing lifestyle be the answer they’re seeking? They’re determined to find out.
Take on a newbie couple? Intrigued by the fact that both partners are bi, Brett and Jen Andrews accept the request of a much younger couple to mentor them into the swing lifestyle. The tables are quickly turned when the new couple pushes boundaries and fulfills fantasies Brett and Jen only dreamed of!
Across the series thus far, Brett has gradually figured out he, too, might be bisexual. Both partners in this new couple turn out to be bi and are thrilled to initiate Brett into some hot M/M action. New three- and four-way combinations are suddenly opened up for all four participants.
Swinging Games: Who’s the Coach, Extasy Books, September, 2010: