Today we are joined by Veronica Hardy, author of the Naughty Nursemaid series.
Ellen Dominick: Why self publish?
Veronica Hardy: I have always wanted to self publish romance and erotica. I feel like it gives the reader a closer sense of who their author is and it provides me with a very interactive forum with my reader to make my content fit with their needs.
ED: What are you reading now?
VH: I am currently reading the Iron Druid Series by Kevin Hearne . I love the way he portrays Atticus and Oberon. And the sex Atticus has with different deities is steamy.
ED: You say that you have a micro farm and you are a "radical homemaker." Can you explain what that means?
VH: Sure, but not without a lot of boring academic prose! A radical homemaker is someone who participates in a deep (local) economy by creating her/his own product using local methods. I have a small backyard farm in the middle of the city that provides most of my vegetable requirements and I also buy local from a three acre farm that is in the middle of my neighborhood!
ED: What do you wish you had done differently in the beginning?
VH: I am still in the beginning, this is only my fourth month of writing and publishing. I wish that I had gotten over my fear of being published sooner. I really enjoy it and could have been , providing my readers with even more kink!
ED: Many of your stories include kings, queens, or elves. What draws you to those subjects?
VH: I love historical content and mythological content. I have a degree in history but also studied folklore and the way it shaped and changed society. I feel like using a power dynamic of Kings/Queens/Nobles is very alluring. They are, after all, History's Billionaires. I also am a glorified nerd, so I have no problem relying on mythology like the Irish Pantheon which allows me to play with Elves and Fairies.
ED: Your current series features a lot of lactation. What do you think people enjoy about that kink?
VH: I think that Lactation and Nursing focus on a woman's femininity and their natural body, celebrating it and bringing it to the forefront of the story. It is also something that many individuals are curious about, and several people have told me since they have learned I was writing in the fetish that they have always been curious about what it would be like to engage someone in that way. There is something sexy about celebrating and exploring a woman's body after motherhood, even if she is submissive it gives her an aspect of power.
ED: What is the most surprising thing you've learned through your writing?
VH: I think the most surprising of all was how much I actually enjoy the challenge of creating a world from my own mind. Once you get to the special realm and head space where your characters live, it is hard to escape. I found myself for hours, in the rooms that Clara occupied, looking out her window over the garden, seeing a bluebird fly by a pale blue sky. I experienced her life. I love that feeling.
ED: Do your characters do things you wouldn't? Do you do things they wouldn't?
VH: My characters definitely do things I would never do. They are my exploration of fantasy ideas, thoughts and actions. They do a lot of things that I find to be alluring but am too shy to ever try. I think they would also do everything that I do. Though, I like to think that I do some things better than them!
ED: What do you hate to see when reading erotica? What do you love to see?
VH: I don't like to see flat characters. I want to experience life through the character's eyes, I want to feel what they ware touching, hear what they are hearing and experience their inner most thoughts. I love to see a well thought out, complex character complete with flaws and all.
ED: What 5 things should an author do to improve his/her career, besides writing well?
Pay attention to your readers. I want to write what they want. I want to explore things they want to explore.
Read as many books in any genre that you can. I am currently also reading an art history book on Orientalism in American from 1870-1930. It has provided a ton of inspiration.
- Interact with your fellow writers. It boosts your confidence. It creates an environment of collegiality and kindness. I love going to Smutwriters and learning about other people's ups and downs. It gives me the confidence to keep going.
- Try new things. Write things you wouldn't normally write, you might find you like it and that your readers want to read it. That is how Clara and Cailean came to be.
- Don't hide from your deepest, darkest desires. Chances are someone else wants to read about them.
Clara is masquerading as a Lady in order to fit into Cailean's world and be the Milkmaid he wants her to be. It proves to be a difficult challenge but one that comes with a certain king of power. Can she resist the temptations that await her or will she ravage the entire Kingdom?
Veronica Hardy is a young woman in her mid twenties that enjoys reading romance, erotica and other fantasy works. She has a small micro farm, knits and sews. Veronica is a radical homemaker and a teacher by day but spends her nights knitting tales of lust and debauchery rather than shawls. She makes her home in the city of bridges with her husband, two dogs and one very pesky cat.
Look for more exciting works by this budding author here on Amazon or on her social media websites. You can reach her at https://www.facebook.com/Veronica.R.Hardy or on Twitter at https://twitter.com/VeronicaRHardy .
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