We have a special treat this Thursday! Author Shiralyn Lee is here for an Interview! So get out your coffee, tea, or wine glass…and relax while you get lost in the world of Miss Shiralyn for a few minutes. 🙂
Let’s start with a little Author Bio!
“Born in England I emigrated to Canada with my wife in 2007. This is where my first novel was created. I began writing a lesbian romantic comedy with a light erotic base but then I created a drama with a slightly stronger sexual content.
Over time my work has changed route and I have venured into the darker side of writing about sex. I have decided to move away from the mainstream erotic stories and now focus on BDSM and explicit sexual senerios. If my work doesn’t state BDSM it isn’t going to be too far from kink and I’ve also included a strong use of bad language as this gives the story a sense of reality.
My main priority is to produce works for like minded lesbians who just love to read in the catagory that I produce as this is one genre that I find has limited choices.
With some of my work I have included a romantic situation but anyone who is an avid reader of my books will know that there will always be sex and that I’m not afraid to use strong descriptive words to go along with the scene.”
Thank you so much for being here with us today, Shiralyn!
Thank you for having me Trish…
It’s a pleasure to speak with you! Please tell us a bit about your latest book.
Well I am currently working on re-releasing my first book…Loving the Pink Kiss. My publishing contract ends August 31st so I have decided that all of my other e-books are steadily getting out there now, so I’d like my baby to join them. It will be released on September 9th. It is mostly based on myself and my wonderful wife Janice. We met in England, she is Canadian and we just connected immediately. We now live in Canada and this is where the book idea came from. It’s about an immigration scam and Sarah has drunkenly agreed to help a complete stranger out who is in desperate need to stay in the country. She hasn’t even met this person…Robbie, yet. They first meet at the registry office moments before they take their vows. This is where Sarah is faced with her own dilemma. Robbie is a woman! Sarah was oblivious to this information but the story unravels as she decides that this womans future is entirely in her hands.
Sounds like an interesting plot, with a different twist. Can you share with us what the inspiration behind your writing comes from?
I take my inspiration from all walks of life. The urge to do it in the first place was because there was nothing on TV. My entire world of lesbian connection was missing from the screen. So my wife Janice challenged me to write my own and so I did. I now write down all of my thoughts, anything that has happened to me or anyone I know so that I could turn these into fiction. My boss is a real funny person in life and it just comes naturally to her and I use her as a character in, She’s on the Ball. She is Bridgette just in case you were wondering.
That’s great advice…jotting everything down. So, tell us about your writing process, do you have a daily writing routine?
I write whenever I can. I work full time and have to travel to get there so my writing time is limited. But having 2 days off a week I find that I am tapping those keyboards at a pace so much faster than my mind can handle.
That’s a busy schedule, for sure! Mind if I ask…what are your top five favorite books?
Lord of the Rings has and will always be my favourite. But I love so many that it is getting hard to choose. Anything Sophie Kinsella (Yes I know…I write lesbian erotica/BDSM and I like to read fluffy girlie books… Sooo busted) I also like Macho Sluts by Pat Califia which is more to my scale of writing.
That’s an amazing range: J.R.R. Tolkien to Sophie Kinsella! So, if you could pick any Author, living or dead, to read your book, who would you choose and why?
Suzie Bright! She is an author and teacher of erotic writing. She is local to me as well and I have taken so many notes from her when she states…”If you have an erotic scene that there is only one word you could possibly use to get the message across, then use it!” It’s a naughty word that I shant print here.
LOL and I bet I have an idea of what it is! Have you always wanted to be a writer?
I think I have now that I look back through the years. I’ve written stories on small snippets of paper, I’ve told stories to my friends and family and they’ve always said you should write this down. It was in me but I just didn’t know what to do with it. But now I do and I have many fans in my genre who appreciate what I write so I must be doing a good job.
If you woke up rich tomorrow, what would be the first thing you did?
Buy my daughter a nice home. She deserves it. I would spoil all of those who have helped and stood by me. Being rich to me isn’t just about the money it’s about who and what you are. I feel rich already having met such a wonderful person to share my life with. This being the case the first thing that I would do is make the coffee. 🙂
How sweet! Hopefully one day soon you can buy that house. 🙂 Though money doesn’t buy happiness, it sure doesn’t hurt! But with that said…writing is a competitive industry, do you have any advice for budding authors?
As I myself have learned the hard way, don’t rush your work to get it published. Edit the hell out of it until you know every word from cover to cover without having to read it. Get friends to check for any errors, join forums and gain as much knowledge as you can before you publish. Connect with like minded authors and listen, always listen to the experienced before you think you know it all. Every day I learn something new.
Fantastic advice, Shiralyn! What can we expect to see from you in the future and where can we find your work?
I am published on Amazon and Smashwords and soon Barnes and Noble and a few other sites. I am currently working on a lesbian detective/mystery compilation, called Lesbian in Question. I have several books out, some are based on romantic drama and others are the darker side and focus on BDSM. We all have a kinky side, be it about kissing or about something deeper. I use those thoughts and create for my audience. There’s a little something for everyone.
Sounds great! Can’t wait to see the new material! So, just for fun…if you could choose three people, living or dead, to share a meal with, who would you choose and why?
My father would be my first choice. We hadn’t spoken for several years because of my lifestyle but a week before he died we actually put our differences aside. He was my hero all of my life and I’d like to tell him that to his face which is something that I was unable to do.
My second choice would be my wife. She has been a rock to me and put up with my silence and my frustration. She inspires me and looks after me whilst I’m writing.
My third choice would be Brittany Murphy. She was one of my favourite actresses. I would just like to sit her down at a table and tell her that drugs are NOT the answer.
Moving choices. Your family is lucky to have you! If you could choose any fictional character to spend a day with, who would you choose and why?
Lisbeth, from The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo. She is unique and mysterious. She shows no emotion and yet is filled with emotional turmoil. She is strong and can fight anything that is thrown at her and yet she is the victim and powerless when it comes to being blackmailed. But she is brilliant at getting her revenge.
I love Lisbeth! That would be a fantastic day. Though she would scare the crap out of me, it would be a day to remember forever! 🙂
Okay, strap yourself in, Shiralyn! It’s time for our Rapid-Fire Questions!
Wine or Chocolate? Chocolate
Cats or Dogs? Cats
Tent or Hotel? Hotel
Beach or Pool? Beach
Shoes or Bare Feet? Bare feet
eReader or Paperback? eReader
A Partner That Does Laundry or a Partner That Gives Massages? Laundry
Bra or No Bra? No Bra
Thank you for the interview Trish, it’s been a pleasure doing this.
Thank YOU for joining us today, Miss Shiralyn!! You can find more about the Author on her Blog, at Facebook, Twitter, YouTube or Amazon. Read below for more about Loving The Pink Kiss…Happy Reading, everyone! 🙂
This sassy romantic lesbian comedy revolves around 32 year old Sarah Niles, a woman who loves her single life. She has agreed to go through with a scam to help a complete stranger, a Canadian, to stay in England by marrying them. The only thing that she failed to acknowledge was that this Canadian, Robbie, is a female. After going ahead with this dishonest scheme, Sarah is introduced to a new life with Robbie as they live together and quickly fall in love. But life isn’t as simple or as easy going as it should be when Jen, Robbie’s ex girlfriend, stirs up trouble and manages to seduce Sarah. — Shiralyn J. Lee: “I am a true romantic at heart and a strong believer in love at first sight. I now live in Canada after meeting my wonderful Canadian wife, Janice.”