Interview with Stephanie
Stephanie is a new author here at Lush, but in his short time he has published some very popular stories.
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If I had to pick just one, it would be the English writer Patrick Hamilton. He was a rather odd and troubled individual who published in the ‘40s and wrote about England’s netherworld of bars and low-life. A constant theme in his work is lusting after someone you can’t have and we’ve all done that! It’s his style that appeals, very intimate and conversational. I’d recommend him.
Mr.Stimpson and Mr.Gorse’ by Hamilton is a classic, and very dark and funny. It’s about a suave con-man who takes advantage of women. His ’20,000 Stars Under The Sky’ is also beautiful but quite sad telling the tale of a not-so-innocent girl who becomes a prostitute. I like Military Fiction and ‘Bomber’ by Len Deighton is poignantly written and well researched.
The book that changed my life
I think perhaps that every good book you read changes your life to some degree in that the experiences we read about educate as well as entertain us.
What are you currently reading
As well as devouring the stories on the Lush pages I’m currently re-reading the hilarious and lusty Alan Clarke MP diaries. I’m a big fan of diarists because they let you peek into the private thoughts of other people!
I'm inspired by...
My own experiences and emotions, what I read about and other people. Also historical figures like Violet Szabo who fought for what she believed in.
I started writing because...
Because I can, really! I think it’s a logical step if you love reading stories to progress to writing one. And I’m entertained by my own work, I write what I’d like to read…
Aside from writing, what occupies your time
I actually work as a writer but produce VERY different work from the material I post here! It’s also edited much more professionally, that is, not by me!! I also write a lot about popular music and spend much of my time among music fans in clubs and at concerts. I live alone and relish my privacy but like nothing better than to share dinner, a drink and a conversation at home with a partner or guests.
How did you get in to writing erotica?
Seriously? My Adobe Flash Player application quit and I went in search of, uh, erotic inspiration since I couldn’t watch movies. I discovered Lush and was AMAZED at the richness and quality of a lot of the writing. I’d always loved Erotic Stories and ‘Reader’s Confessions’ books. There is an immediacy to the Lush stories that inspired me to try to write one myself. I’m continually inspired by the comments people write about my work and I love when readers rate my stories.
What's your favourite writing genre and why
Given that I’ve never been married and have no children it’s perhaps odd that I’m turned on by forbidden liaisons like husbands who share their wives or daddys who fancy their daughters. Anything that tags Incest, Taboo or Reluctance is guaranteed a click from me. These stories allow me to explore things that I’d never actually do in reality. Sorry!
Where do you get your creative juice/story ideas from?
I’m frequently amazed that a basic idea like ‘Tiffany attempts to seduce Professor Collins to ensure a passing grade’ morph into labyrinthine (no pun intended!) plots as the characters and the situations evolve. Good characters really do take on a life of their own as you write them. For example, in ‘Like Mother, Like Daughter Episode 3’, I had no idea that Phillip’s wife Claire had been a high-school slut until Lauren showed him those pictures. I was as surprised as he was. And probably as aroused!
What are your turn-ons?
Gimme an older guy and a younger woman every time! I like to get to know the players in the story before they get to it so I have a sense of who they are. Reluctance is good as is an element of humour. I love details, what people are wearing, what the location looks like etc.
What are your turn-offs?
Anything non-consensual or deliberately painful. Also I need to like the characters. A recent, very well-written and very highly rated Lush story was ruined for me by the fact that I thought the principal character was an arrogant, uncaring bastard. I HATED him! I felt so sorry for his wife and step-daughter! Mind you, I have girlfriends who only ever date arrogant uncaring bastards so I guess some people love it!
Music I frequently listen to
Everything from Punk to Prokofiev. Except modern Jazz!
My favourite work of art is
A painting by AE Russel which shows two girls sitting hand in hand on an empty beach gazing at the sea with their backs to the viewer. Every time I see it I ache to know who they are, what’s their relationship and what they’re talking about as they stare at the waves. And I know I’ll never discover their secret…
If I picked just one it would be ‘Brief Encounter’… Or maybe Police Academy IV (JOKE!)
Which websites do you regularly visit
I take it you mean erotic ones? I’m a fan of the home-made amateur movies on the Megarotic site.
What would be a perfect weekend for you
Strolling through the souk in Tarroudant, Morroco with a particular partner enjoying the sights and smells. Later we’d stop at a pavement café and chat to the local men over a cold beer. After a sumptuos dinner at our hotel we’d sit by the pool smoking, sipping cocktails and listening to the night sounds of the Sahara. Retiring to bed, hot moist bodies and cool, dry sheets.
Ideal holiday destination
I’ve been to Africa but I yearn to visit the ancient city of Timbuktu in Mali, West Africa. Some day.
At home I cook
A Lot! Mainly ethnic dishes, Indian, Mexican, North African. But I do a great Cottage Pie!
The hardest thing I've ever done was
Learning to accept myself for who I really was and not continue to pretend to be someone I mistakenly believed other people would like more. So there.
Most surprising thing people could find out about you
If I told you that it would ruin the surprise!
I don't like talking about...
Sport. Because I know nothing about sport!
What I find amusing is
My friends, myself, witty, clever conversation and pure silliness.
What I don't find amusing is
Boors, bores and people who take themselves very seriously. Rude people. People who ask me if the incidents in my stories really happened. OF COURSE THEY DID. They happened in my head!
If I wasn't me I'd like to be
I’m quite happy being me honestly BUT I sometimes wonder how I’d live now if I’d continue to perform as a musician. Oh well!
I often wonder...
If I will ever get to fall in love with someone who’s falling in love with me at that same time. That would be lovely.
Thanks Stephanie for you time. We thoroughly recommend you have a read of Stephanie's work.