Ivy Smoak : The Hunted interview : part 2

I got the chance to interview the author of The Hunted-Temptation, Ivy Smoak. So sit back and enjoy!

Part 1available

1) What/who inspired you to write The Hunted? 

I had an affair with a professor, of course!  No, not really.  But I’ve always found the idea exciting.  It was actually my fiancé that encouraged me to try writing erotica.  And when he quizzed me on what my fantasies were, I had a hard time giving him answers.  The only thing I could really think of was that I’ve had crushes on some of my teachers.  So I ran with the idea.  And I channeled the university I attended for the background of the story.  Everything just fell in place, and I couldn’t be happier with the result.       

2) Do you have any strange writing habits?

I definitely have a few.  The main thing I can think of is that I can only write on the couch.  I have an unused, lonely office chair.  If I’m anywhere else, all I can think about is how uncomfortable I am.  Music also has to be playing while I’m writing.  My most recent playlist definitely had a strong role in the development of Penny and Professor Hunter’s relationship.

3) What advice would you give to aspiring writers? 

Start writing!  Come up with an idea and go with it.  You’ll be surprised by your own imagination.  It’s such a creative process, and so fun once you get into it.           
4) What are four interesting facts about yourself?

1.  I’m a ginger, but I also have a soul.
2.  I can write about 10,000 words a week when I’m not distracted by other annoying, superfluous crap like my primary source of income.
3. I didn’t find Fifty Shades of Grey (the movie) sexy.  #NotMyChristian
4.  I’m surprisingly good at predicting the outcome of European football matches based on the team colors, however, my success rate pales in comparison to Paul the Octopus.

5) Why do you think girls drift their imaginations to having affairs or secret relationships with professors or teachers?                  

Everyone’s had that one sexy teacher that they can’t help but daydream about in class.  It’s such a forbidden dynamic.  We want what we can’t have.  It’s taboo and it’s dangerous, which makes it that much sexier.              
6) If you could be the author of a popular book, what would it be and why?

The Hunted, because that would mean that my book was popular!

7) When you’re not writing, what do you spend your time doing?

Mainly snuggling and eating Ben and Jerry’s ice-cream while watching episodes of The Mindy Project, New Girl, Shark Tank, The Bachelor, Castle, The Goldbergs, Modern Family, Arrow, The Flash, Gotham, Game of Thrones, and tons of other shows.  And I also own an ecommerce business, but let’s be honest, I’m usually writing erotica or watching TV.

8) When you’re suffering with writers block, how do you overcome it?
I skip to a different part of the book that I’m more excited to write.  Often times I’ll find that the reason I had writers block was because the part I was working on wasn’t actually necessary to the story and is better off being left out.  A good example is that I got writers block while trying to answer Question 4, so I jumped down and answered this question instead.

9) It must have taken some courage to begin erotic stories, and especially making them effective. What helped you along this process?  

When I started writing fiction a few years ago, I found myself holding back in scenes.  A kiss and a closed door wasn’t enough.  I wanted the reader to be able to experience what was happening in my imagination.  But I was definitely hesitant to write erotica at first.  If I was going to do it, I wanted it to be effective.  So before I started writing The Hunted, I read an inappropriate amount of erotica for motivation and research in the genre.  And my fiancé has been very encouraging.  I’m not sure what his real motivations are…

10) What are your plans for the future?

I just finished Part 3 of The Hunted (available April 1st) and I’m in the middle of writing two more series.  I have one pretty solid idea for another, and then I also have a 20 page word document filled with sexy situations that could be turned into books.  It’s a lot like Miles Finch’s notebook from Elf, only it’s filled with stories about whips and chains rather than personified carrots and tomatoes.

11) Have you learned anything about yourself when writing The Hunted?

I’ve learned that I’m a lot kinkier than I thought.  Who knew I had such a dirty mind?  A few years ago my fiancé asked me what my fantasies were and I said that I didn’t have any, which at the time I thought was the truth.  Then I started writing The Hunted and found out that I actually have quite a few fantasies.  I would give an example, but you’ll just have to read The Hunted to find out what they are.

Happy reading 🙂

(Part 2) Jonas lee interview

Here’s the interview with Jonas Lee , to help you get to know the author a little better, and to persuade you to go out and buy the book!

Q. Who inspires you the most?
A. I find myself inspired by anyone who has been putting out material independently. I think every author would like to find themselves in a major publishing house, but out there with a small firm or as an Indie, I feel their struggle and they inspire me to keep writing even if it comes to the day of not being able to put my books out there.

Q. Do you have anything specific you would like to say to your readers, what’s your message to them?
A. Other than my utmost thanks, I hope my readers know I’m doing this all for them. It’s not for fame or money, I do this to entertain and share my imagination. Starting out alone, I’ve gained a lot of friends and fans along the way and put a lot more of my own time and money into my passion than I’ll get out anytime soon. Above all, I’ve learned more about writing and the business of publishing than I thought I would need… and it’s great!

Q. Have you learned any new things about yourself from writing?
A. I’ve had to learn about patience and essentially how to become a better writer. Patience because I think that as a new author, I’d start gaining momentum instantly. I wonder how many people like me thought that? It takes a few weeks to burn through the kindling of family and supportive friends, it takes months past that to start gaining new followers who actually enjoy my writing. I think the more I read and write, the better I become. I’m only on my second published book, but I enjoyed writing it more than the first.

Q. Do you see yourself as a role model that people look up to and admire?
A. I don’t see myself as a role model, at least not yet. I save those monikers for people who pursue great things through adversity, selflessly. Me, I’m a guy who loves writing and sharing my passion. If I ever get popular enough I hope I can strive to be the kind of writer others can look up to.

Q. Have you ever had writer’s block? If so, how did you get rid of it?
A. I don’t think any writer has ever not had a case of the block. It’s like getting some piece of debris in your eye. Likewise, it prevents writers from seeing past the annoyance as well. The only way I’ve found to get around it is reading. Reading always relaxes my mind and instead of trying to will the block away, it naturally fades away on its own.

Q. Do you have any strange writing habits?
A. Nothing like a lucky hat or anything unique. I do sometimes talk dialog out to myself, usually while driving around. And for some reason I always find myself doing so with a slight English accent… No. Idea. Why.

Q. What are your plans for the future, what’s your next project?
A. I plan on writing for as long as I have ideas. I hope publishing takes root and I can make it a full time career someday. Currently, I have the third install of Carter Gabel’s adventure to start. I am also constructing the characters and background of a new series set in the future. This new series will revolve around a kingdom headed by four immortals and within the boundaries, different classifications are signified through tattoos. 

Q. What scene in a book do you find the most difficult to write?
A. For me, the final sequence of events is terrible. Mainly that’s because I could write scenarios and other tiddly bits for my characters forever like a soap opera. So, putting an end to their journey is quite stressful.

Q. Do you read your reviews?
A. I read everything so far at this point. The most helpful reviews are the ones that let me know what they liked and maybe didn’t like. I have had a lot of time to grow and develop from the first book to the second book and that is in large part to the reviews I get. 

Q. What’s the one subject you prefer or would never write about?
A. I feel like I could write about anything, I consider it like exercising a group of muscles. My weakest and least favorite to exercise would probably be romance. I enjoy a romantic element to stories, but surrounding a story around it would get tiresome for me. I need magic, I need supernatural and there are many talented authors in that field who are already gladiators.

Happy reading 🙂

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