Good Morning! Today my guest for Author Spotlight is Harper Bliss.
About Harper Bliss
Harper Bliss has travelled the world in search of sexual satisfaction. She now resides in a hot Asian country and dedicates her time to writing down the stories that have inspired and aroused her. Harper is the author of the High Rise series, the French Kissing serial and several other lesbian erotic romance titles. She is the co-founder of Ladylit, an independent press focusing on lesbian erotica.
Ms. Bliss, I have a few questions for you this morning to help readers get to know you a little better. I love the line about traveling the world to find sexual satisfaction. Inquiring minds wonder if you wound it in that Hot Asian country?
But First, What inspires your writing process?
Emotions, mostly. As all writers, I often get the dreaded question: where do you get your inspiration? I usually smile it off and think about all the moments in an ordinary day when I feel inspired because I’m experiencing an emotion. Most of my stories are very character driven and emotions are what define my characters. A derivative source of inspiration (but very important to me) is music. Then again, most music is emotion and trying to translate that into words is, I guess, how I write and get inspired.
Just to give you an example: my novelette ‘I Still Remember’ was completely inspired by the Bloc Party song of the same title.
E: Me too, the emotion hooks me in.
What are three tips you have for aspiring writers?
1. Don’t wait for the mythical ‘muse’ to strike and leave you overflowing with divine inspiration. Find a time for writing that works best for you (for me that time is in the morning, as soon as I roll out of bed) and try to establish a regular writing pattern. Even if you only manage a few hundred words every other day, at some point these words will add up to a novel (or a novella, or a short story). The most important thing is to show up at regular intervals and do the work.
2. Don’t expect greatness from the get-go. It’s highly unlikely that your first effort will become a bestseller, but that’s okay. You’re using your time wisely to learn the craft, become a better story-teller, and figure out how everything works.
3. Read in abundance. The best way to become a better writer is by reading.
E: Excellent Advice
What’s your next project and when is it due out?
For the past six months I’ve been working on a serial called French Kissing The concept is that of a TV show (more specifically, in this case: The L Word in Paris), but in e-book form. Since January, I’ve released a new episode every month and now the ‘boxed set’ is available. It’s a wild, dramatic, emotional and sexy ride following a group of close-knit Parisian lesbians as they navigate the stormy waters of life and love.
E: Sounds Yummy!!! Tell us something more about it.
French Kissing: Season One by Harper Bliss
Paris… City of lights, City of love
French Kissing follows a group of Parisian women as they navigate the stormy waters of love and life. Claire and Juliette have been best friends for twenty years. Together they own a successful PR agency, but their journey to success has come at a price. Juliette and her partner Nadia have drifted apart after ten years together while Claire hasn’t been on a real date for as long as she can remember. Meanwhile, their happily single employee Steph is getting a bit too close to a new, high-profile client.
Warning: This lesbian erotic romance serial contains sensual language, ladies making love and possibly more feelings than you can process.
E: Thank you for being my guest today and best of luck in your future projects.