Today, TNL has the pleasure of interviewing erotica and erotic romance author Sophie Peele.
Why did you choose to self-publish vs. going the traditional route?
Sophie Peele: I write and draw for a living and generally there are a lot of steps between you and getting your work published. Other people have to approve it, find value in it, decide it's worth putting out there. Or not. With self-publishing it's all on me. I can write what I want how I want to, I can reach the audiences I want to reach, and I can write at my own pace. When I'm satisfied with a story I can just put it out and see what happens. It's been a great way for me to learn new skills as a writer and have direct control over my own work.
Did you set out to become an author as your profession?
SP: No, although I've always loved storytelling. My background is actually in illustration. The full time writing came later.
Which authors have inspired you the most?
SP: So many! I'm a huge Jane Austen fan. Ditto Agatha Christie, Stephen King, Terry Pratchett, Margaret Atwood, China Mieville, Charlotte Bronte. There's even a little Lovecraft in there.
What have you written lately?
SP: A new series called ORCHID HOUSE.
What is the book about?
SP: ORCHID HOUSE revolves around a monster brothel that's been catering to a unique clientele with some very special courtesans in the heart of Amsterdam's infamous Red Light District. It's a series of stand alone erotic stories that take place in the same location with a different monstrously sexy kink. The first book, ORCHID HOUSE: SATISFACTION is out now. It's got tentacles!
What is your favorite part of the book?
SP: I think I'd have to go with the oral tentacle sex. It's just the right amount of hotly weird.
Where do you see the self-publishing industry going in the future?
SP: Anywhere it wants to, really. The gatekeeping of mainstream publishing, which has its place and isn't inherently bad, also isn't really serving a lot of readers, especially in certain genre's. Those readers want content and there are a lot of people ready to give it to them. It's an evolving model right now that you have to adapt to quickly, but it's invaluable. I suspect a lot more writers who get published via traditional means will start gravitating toward it more and more, because of the freedom and directness. I think the quality of self-published material has already improved due to demand and besides, lots of "mainstream" published work is less than thrilling. I'm personally looking forward to seeing how it shifts and progresses.
Who designed your cover art?
SP: I did the illustration and my partner did the design. It's been a lot of fun collaborating on my different stories, finding a cohesive aesthetic while still making sure each series stands out from each other.
Thanks, Sophie! Where can readers find your work?
SP: All my books are up on Amazon, here: http://www.amazon.com/-/e/B00HYJYGAK
They can also find me on Twitter @SophiePeele and on Goodreads as Sophie Peele.