Guest Debut Author Temple Rivers
Posted by Jo Robertson May 29 2012, 11:59 pm
Today we have special guest author Temple Rivers, the pseudonym for a romance author who wishes to remain anonymous. To protect the innocent, as they say, tee hee.
Please welcome erotica debut author Temple Rivers, who is showcasing her first historical erotic novella, “Willing Seduction.”
Jo: Temple, tell us what prompted you to sashay into the world of erotica.
Temple: Accident, pure accident! I had entered this short piece into one of Harlequin’s “Spice” contests. The novella got no action (pun intended), but I thought it might work on the electronic circuit, so I published it myself at Amazon’s Kindle Direct Publishing.
Jo: How long is the novella and was it difficult for you to write a short?
Temple: Definitely, hard! Writing short involves so much more revision than writing long. I appreciate Harlequin writers even more after finishing “Willing Seduction.” There’s so much detail you want to work into the story, but you don’t want to get too wordy.
The novella started at exactly 15,000 words, which was a Harlequin requirement, and I added over 1000 more words to the story.
Jo: Was writing “sexy” hard for you?
Temple: O boy, was it ever, especially at the beginning. Now, just a little bit. I wanted the story to be very sexy, but not pornographic, if you know what I mean. There’s a fine line between erotica and porn, and I wanted to be sure to capture the heart of an erotic story. That said, I do not want my family and close friends to ever read this story! Or at least to know that I wrote it!
Jo: Tell us a little bit about the story behind “Willing Seduction.”
Temple: Colin Lindwood, Seventh Earl of Stanton, is a man who must marry to inherit his grandfather’s estates and money. Elizabeth is a widow who has discovered her husband left her penniless. One night at a stuffy gathering, Elizabeth takes a turn around the garden maze and stumbles on a couple in flagrante delicto.
She begins spying on the couple, titilated by their raw sexuality, and is unaware that Stanton is spying on her! Eliza discovers the earl has a lot to teach her about sensuality and the awakening of her own body.
Jo: Sounds, ahem, intriguing, and a whole lot naughty!
Temple: I hope my readers find it fun and exciting!
Jo: How did you arrive at the title for your novella?
Temple: I’d orginally titled it “The Awakening,” but I did a title search and found that title was very overused. Since no one had used “Willing Seduction,” I chose that.
Jo: Where can our readers find “Willing Seduction”?
Temple: I’m so glad you asked! The novella is only available at Amazon as a download. Follow the link here:
to purchase it. I’ve recently lowered the price from $3.19 to $1.99 so be sure to get the sale price!
Jo: Thanks so much for being with us today, Temple. I confess that I wasn’t sure such a naughty story would appeal to our readers, but having read it, I can say that it’s very sexy, but also tasteful!
Temple: Thanks, Jo! I had my cover designer find an image that was exactly that: sexy, but tasteful. And thanks for having me today. Readers, please ask me anything you’d like about writing — my experience, my process — I’m all ears!
Jo: Check out Temple Rivers’ novella “Willing Seduction” and leave a comment to enter a drawing to win a $10 Amazon gift certificate.
Now a question for our readers:
Temple wants to know about the “hot factor” in your reading list. Do you like sweet and tender, sexy and sassy, sensual and dark, or just all-American clean?
Also, what about novellas? Which do you prefer — a short read or a long one?