1. Tell us a little bit about yourself.
Hi everyone and thanks, Livia, for having me on your blog today! I’m Hedonist Six and I write erotic romance (so far, maybe I’ll branch out later). Obviously my author name is a pseudonym, although my parents were pretty unusual, they weren’t crazy. In fact I’m surprised I don’t get more remarks about it. For some reason, years ago I had used ‘Hedonist’ as a username somewhere or other. Then when I tried to publish, the stupid internet decided a person needs to have a last name, so I added ‘Six’ because that’s what you do when your ideal name’s unavailable; you add a number to the back of it.
Other than that, I’m in my 20s, happily married and love to over-share on Facebook. If I’m not writing, you might find me on the sofa watching Stand-up comedy or driving around in my crappy old car with loud rock or heavy metal blasting from the stereo.
2. What influenced or inspired you to write?
Although I’d written stories and blog posts before, I didn’t start taking it seriously until around a year ago. It was a multitude of factors that drove me to it; I started to read erotica and erotic romance and just felt a little twinge of regret that the books I really craved to read weren’t out there as far as I could find. Also, I went through some stuff in my personal life which made me feel like finally I had a story to tell. It’s a bit ironic that this personal, autobiographical story which started it all has remained unfinished, but I suppose I shouldn’t complain.
In short: after realising that I really wanted to read a different type of book than the ones I happened to start with in this genre, it hit me that there were people in my head who deserved to be unleashed into the world. To be shared, so others could love them as much as I do.
3. Describe your writing style.
Sometimes I regret that I didn’t plan for this growing up, that I didn’t pay more attention in school to hone my writing skills in advance. As such, my writing style is basically how I think; highly informal and perhaps a little disorganised. Every time I start a new story, I tell myself I’m going to be smart and outline it. And every time I end up ‘pantsing’ the whole thing (as in: I end up just writing it without a plan).
I truly enjoy writing dialogue, because it allows me to be free to just ‘say stuff’ how my characters do in my imagination. Actually this is how I approach the rest of each story as well; I write from the main character’s perspective, without fail. I feel most comfortable inside the character’s head, observing, speaking and acting as though everything is happening in real time. I hope this shines through in my writing and readers can get the sense that they’re really there, inside that person’s conscience.
4. Was there a scene that you didn’t add or you removed in your finished work?
My most recently finished book is Just Another Day at the Office and actually yes I do have a significant scene that I’ve had to cut out. The story deals with Cath and John, shy coworkers who are trying their best to get closer to each other, preferably without humiliating themselves at work. The ‘deleted scene’ involves a visit to his parents, which if you’ve read the book (especially the reference made to his scummy brother), is quite emotionally charged and a real insight into his childhood. Since I still have this scene saved on my hard drive somewhere, I can’t rule out rewriting it and publishing it as a bonus chapter at some point.
5. Do you have a favorite character (from you’re book)? Why?
Oh yes, hands down it’s John from Just Another Day at the Office. He’s your average guy who’s often been overlooked by the opposite sex in favour of others who may be more conventionally attractive, but who often turn out to be pricks once you get to know them. Not John though, he’s genuinely a nice guy who deserves to be appreciated for who he is.
Gushing this much about just one character is making me feel a bit guilty; I do love all my characters, but it so happens that I’ve spent the most amount of time with John and Cath from Just Another Day, so I feel I know them the best.
6. Do you have only one WIP, or do you bounce around between projects?
Actually, I have the attention span of a gold fish which means that I have multiple WIP’s which are active at any given point of time, along with a few which are just ‘resting’. I also have tons of beginnings, random scenes and ideas, which I’ve not had the opportunity to put into words yet. As such, it’s quite impossible for me to get my priorities straight on my own. If I get anything done, chances are it’s because of a lovely reader or friend getting in touch and pestering me for a sequel or just reminding me that it’s been a while since I published anything, and I really should be getting on with it.
7. How important is it for you to keep your life as a writer and your private life seperate?
If you follow me on Facebook, you’ll notice that I’m not super careful about sharing private anecdotes and other insights. I keep my identity hidden, obviously, but I’m happy enough to share little details of my life with whomever will listen. The main reason is that I’m a chatterbox who cannot keep anything quiet, but also life can be so strange and funny. I’m crude, have a mean sense of humour and unfortunately also have the in laws and all my colleagues on my real Facebook profile, so my writer profile is an outlet for me to truly be myself.
Offline though, it’s quite important to have a certain balance. I need to write, having discovered that it keeps me sane and on track, but I can’t just neglect my responsibilities to the day job or family either. My husband knows what I do and as long as I ensure he’s fed, watered and loved, he’s fine with it. The only other person who knows is my closest friend, but the rest of my family and friends have no clue at all. Until I write in another genre, it’s probably best to keep it that way.
8. Do you believe in love at first sight or just lust at first sight?
I may not look it or act like it, but I’m a true romantic at heart; of course I believe in love at first sight! The concept features heavily in my work as well as my imagination. Not only do I believe that you can just see the person you’re meant to be with from across a crowded room, I also feel that there is someone out there for everyone. I realise it sounds cheesy, but without this optimism, life would just be too depressing.
I’ve just published my first novel, Just Another Day at the Office which has previously been released in serial format. As such, part one of the serial is permanently free for readers to try out risk free and if you like it, know that the whole story is already out there waiting for you; either in Kindle or ebook format.
“Cath is starting a new job and even before the first day at work, her soon-to-be colleague, John, has caught her eye. While her hourglass figure turns heads at the office, he’s more like the grown-up version of the fat kid everyone picked on in school and thus prefers to stay out of the spotlight. She sees the man of her dreams, but he has long believed that he’s unworthy.
As luck would have it, they are paired when John is assigned to train Cath in her new role. However, it’s an uphill battle getting to know him better, hampered by her reluctance and similarly shy personality. John is convinced that passion is something reserved for conventionally beautiful people. Can Cath prove him wrong? Will she be able to show him that he’s desirable just as he is?”
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