WATCH OUT: Vanessa de Sade
SC: I want to welcome you all to another edition of Watch Out. This week I’m pleased to bring you Vanessa de Sade.
Welcome to Watch Out, Vanessa, it is so great to have you here.
SC: For the readers out there who might not know about you or your work, can you please tell them a little about yourself.
VdS: I’m in my late thirties, have a bad chocolate habit and like to write stories about ‘real’ and unconventionally-sized heroines exploring the darker sides of their sexuality. I have many male fans, but I write my material solely for women, and most of my readers tell me that they like my erotica because it features real-body ladies like themselves.
SC: Can you tell us a little about your current release?
VdS: Much of my work disappeared from sale after the recent censorship witch-hunts because I had been exploring incest themes as a basis for erotic fantasy (not advocating that people have sex with their relatives, I hasten to add!) but you can still find my interfamilial stories on Smashwords and No Boundaries Press in a budget-priced anthology called Rubyfruit Jungle. I also have several other stories available as e-books and I’m working on a new erotic horror novelette called Corpse Slippers – out soon, everywhere.
SC: Which do you prefer eBooks or paperback?
VdS: Paperback, but e-books have been very kind to me as a writer. Plus, because I tend to write short fiction and novelettes, it means that they can be released as 99c e-books when print would be impractical. I do have some print anthologies though, check me out on Amazon!
SC: What influences the topics and genres that you pick to write a story in?
VdS: This might sound shallow, but I’m always influenced by visual stimuli. If I see a particularly lush woman pushing a cart in a supermarket I’ll maybe think, phew, what would she be like naked? Then I’ll see a workman in tight jeans and think, wow, what’s he like when he’s erect? And how would he like to fuck? And just how would he fuck the lush lady with the shopping cart? And, before I know it, I have the starts of a story. The genre will be decided by how warped I’m feeling that day. For example, some days I only spot women who interest me so it’s a F/F story, other days it’s just men, so we suddenly have a M/M moment – that’s like a Hallmark moment, only much sexier! – and so it goes on. My work in progress, Corpse Slippers, for instance, came about after I saw a pair of very alluring tower block lesbians and began to write a life for them, which is currently veering towards the vampiric.
SC: One thing readers might be surprised to know about you?
VdS: As a child I wanted to be an astronaut.
SC: What is the biggest misconception you think people have about erotic authors?
VdS: That we’re all leggy blondes who are constantly dropping our panties for hunky Ken-doll males in elevators.
SC: Your favourite part about being an author?
VdS: Opening my royalty statement.
SC: What are you currently reading?
VdS: DANNY 2.3 – Road Movie by Chancery Stone
SC: Currently listening to?
VdS: Leonard Cohen – 10 New Songs
SC: Describe your books in 3 words.
VdS: Character-led erotica
SC: How important is a book cover when it comes to your work?
VdS: Vital. I’ve been lucky to have a great designer plus a publisher who are always seeking the perfect cover, and e-books allow us to constantly be revising the images on my books. My favourite cover to date is on Dark City (Rubenesque), there’s no nudity or anything obvious, but the girl is just so sexy and invites the reader into the story to find out more.
SC: Where can readers find out more about you and your work?