I’m very excited to be talking with Lilli Feisty, author of two of my favorite erotic romance novels, Bound To Please and Dare To Surrender.
In both Bound To Please and Dare To Surrender Lilli Feisty delivers moving romances that give the reader a glimpse into the world of loving BDSM relationships. She offers insight on the psychological reasons couples might engage in Dom/sub relationships, while keeping it sexy and romantic with characters that are well rounded and authentic.
FV: Lilli Feisty is a fabulous name for an erotic romance writer. Is that your given name? Or a name you gave yourself?
LF: Ha, no it’s not my real name. I think I was drinking wine one night and picked a name when I signed up on Romance Divas. I really didn’t plan on using it for publication, but by the time I got published everyone was calling me Feisty and refused to let me change it. At conference, I actually answer to Feisty and think it’s strange when someone calls me Lilli. (FV: My book blogging friends and I call you Feisty as well *g*)
FV: Tell me about your writing process. Are you painfully organized and linear, free spirited and wild, or somewhere in between?
LF: Um, well, I’m painfully something, and I guess that would have to be free and wild! I basically just start writing. Usually I have a black moment in mind, and write up to that. I sell on proposal, but my final version usually goes off track a bit. But overall, no. I’m not organized at all! In any aspect of my life, ha. I’m kind of like Joy that way.
FV: The gentlemen in your novels, are they based on the gentlemen in your life?
LF: Can I take the fifth? I will say Mark (from Bound to Please) is based on a five-minute encounter I had with a fairly well-known musician. I was talking to him and the story just unfolded in my mind. And no, it wasn’t that kind of encounter! If it were, I would hope it would be more than five minutes… Sadly, there aren’t a lot of gentlemen in my life so I have to make them up. 🙂 (FV: Exhibit A: The evidence says otherwise Ms. Feisty)
FV: In Bound To Please and Dare to Surrender you have minor characters that are gay. Have you, or will be writing an erotic romance where the main characters are involved in a gay relationship?
LF: I would love to. I’ve written bisexual men, like in my Spice Brief, Taken. I almost always include a bit of same-sex encounters in my books. And I’m writing about a bunch of bisexual pirates for a novel for Samhain. Personally, I’m not a big fan of m/m but I love lesbian erotica and I’d love to write a lesbian erotic romance. Unfortunately, that’s a slow market, so I don’t know if I’ll be writing it anytime soon. However, at some point I’m going to write a short story for Yvette and put it up as a free read on my website. I adore Yvette! A bit of trivia: she gets it on with the cute waitress from Savor during the party. But that’s not in the book. 🙂
FV: In Bound To Please, Mark steals Ruby’s jasmine scented soap and later uses it to masturbate with. In erotic romance, that’s hot. In real life maybe a little creepy? What do you think?
LF: LOL. Well, I’m very much a scent person. I’m the kind of person who will smell someone’s t-shirt when they’re not around. If someone stole my soap, I don’t think I’d be creeped out, but I suppose it would depend on the person. Honestly, I think it’s just hot to think about Mark masturbating. 🙂 Ha ha. <— (FV: I wholeheartedly agree)
FV: Who is your favorite character from your novels?
LF: Honestly, probably Lacy from I love Lacy. It’s a short romantic comedy, but I loved the heroine. She’s very much like a character from a 30’s screwball comedy, and I had a blast writing her. Incidentally, that’s the book with my infamous line, “she made him hornier than a breadbox.” (FV: I have no idea what that means but I’m putting this on my to-read list NOW)
FV: If you were going to spend a month on an island alone with Lacey from, I Love Lacy, and you could only take 3 things with you, what would you take?
LF: Lacy? Ha ha. I’d have to say my iPod, my vibrator, and lots of books.
FV: What is your favorite line (from your novels of course)?
LF: “She made him hornier than a bread-box.” 🙂 I also like the line from the book I’m currently writing: “Out of all the women in all the world, he had to go and spread chocolate sauce on this one.”
FV: How did you get started writing in the Erotic Romance genre?
LF: When I started writing romance, the erotic genre was booming. It was natural for me to start writing really hot books, and so I just did. I also really love the psychological aspects of sex, and enjoy exploring that in my writing.
FV: What do you do when you’re not writing?
LF: Procrastinate. 🙂 Listen to music. Watch YouTube videos. Play with my son. Hang out with friends. I also love to cook and I try to find time to read.
FV: Who is your favorite author?
LF: Um, wow. Hard question. I like a lot of classics authors, such as Steinbeck, Jane Austen, and Dorothy Parker. I also LOVE Chuck Palahniuk. And of course, that’s not even covering my favorite romance authors. I love all my talented Smutketeers, and I’m not just saying that because they’re also my best friends. I also am a huge fan of Kresley Cole, J.R. Ward and Larissa Ione. I love paranormals, reading them is a real treat for me.
FV: What was the last book you read?
LF: I’m currently reading the latest J.R. Ward book and loving it! Next up I have a book of Larissa’s; I’m saving it like a piece of delicious chocolate.
FV: I noticed from your photo on your blog that you have tattoos. Do you have favorite and if so is there a story behind it?
LF: I would have to say my sugar skull on my arm is my favorite tattoo. I’m a bit fascinated by life after death (one of my favorite TV shows was Dead Like Me), and I love the idea of celebrating deceased loved ones. So the work on my arm is kind of a Dia de los Muertos commemorative piece for my deceased mother. Her birthday happens to fall on Dia de los Muertos, and so my artist included November 2nd in the piece. It’s not complete yet, but you can see a picture of it here.
FV: What’s next for you?
LF: I’m writing a book about a bad-boy chef from LA who is forced to take a job in the middle of nowhere, Northern California. It is really a fun book to write! Lots of food sex, and, as I think you may have noticed, I like writing about food. 🙂
And finally, real quick without thinking:
Tom or Jerry? Tom?
Red or Black? Black.
Vampire or Werewolf? Vampire!
Christmas or Halloween? Halloween!
Danielle Steel or Nicholas Sparks? Um…
Fantasy or Reality? Fantasy.
Call or Text? Text
N*sync or Backstreet Boys? Beastie Boys. 🙂
Elmo or Ernie? Elmo
Roses or Lillies? Roses
Mark or Ash? Both. At once. 🙂 (FV: Me too!)
Thank you so much for being here today Lilli, it’s been fun getting to know a bit about you.
Lilli Feisty has kindly offered one copy of her latest release Dare To Surrender to one lucky FictionVixen.com reader. To enter, all you need to do is leave a comment here and say hello to Lilli, (Ms. Feisty if you’re nasty.) Oh geez, I just dated myself. 🙂 Contest is open until February 1, 9:00 pm PST. I’ll announce the winner the next day. Contest open to US residents. Good luck!
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