Interview with SusanEngland
SusanEngland has been with Lush from the very beginning and is one of our most popular writers.
We sat her down on the virtual couch and asked her some probing questions. If you would like to have an interview with Lush, please contact us.
Jane Austen (1775-1817) - an English maiden lady, daughter of a country clergyman, who wrote novels of her time. She wrote only of the things she knew and which were within the confined and narrow orbit of a single lady of her time. She had great humour, an acidic wit and her characterisations are at times devastating. To read her novels, for me, is like a video tape unwinding in my mind, revealing customs , personalities and attitudes of 200 years ago.
Modern authors are many, and would include John Grisham’s legal stories, Janet Evanovitch and her Stephanie Plumb Bond Agent tales which are hilarious. Dick Francis books, thrillers set with a horse racing background. Georgette Heyer (another English writer) who’s books are set in the late 1700’s early 1800’s and are very romantic. Naval history and fiction.
“Pride and Prejudice” and “Sense and Sensibility,” both by Jane Austen.
The book that changed my life
What are you currently reading
“Imperium” by Robert Harris. A story about Cicero, a Roman Orator and Senator who lived in the last century BC. The story is written as if by Tiro, Cicero’s confidante and secretary.
I started writing because...
I have written for as long as I can remember. As a child I am told that I never sent anniversary cards but always wanted to write my message on a piece of paper. At school I always enjoyed the challenge of essay writing. To this day I write letters and send by email and could never describe them as ”an email” – for me an email is “see you under the Town Hall clock at 11 a.m.!!!”
Aside from writing, what occupies your time
I am very fortunate in that I do not HAVE to work so my time is spent on my hobbies and pleasures. These include sailing, reading, writing, listening to music (I cannot play any musical instrument,) walking the woods and beaches near my rural home, visiting with friends and relatives. Pencil sketches and very poor water colours. Photography. The Internet.
Have you been published / won any awards for your writing (in print, online)?
I was a member of a now defunct writers’ group and won a competition for a Valentine’s Day story with my “Love is to be together, Always.” Several of my stories have also been nominated as Finalists in the ASSTR Golden Clitorides Awards, although I have never been a winner.
How did you get in to writing erotica
I think my interest must date from me being shown erotic writings (and naughty pictures) by a “best friend” when I was age 13 years ! She was the fount of all knowledge for me at that time as she was the possessor of a trusted elder brother (I was an only child) who kept her supplied with pictures and writings which illuminated the darkest corners of the mysterious and never talked about SEX.! The only thing I can remember from that time, was a much creased, typewritten sheet of paper relating the story of “The Vicar’s Son.” It was shiveringly and explicitly sexual and related his encounter with an innocent young female of my age, who was caused to submit to his masculine persuasions and desires. I can only remember a very brief snatch of the poem … “… and filled her womb with jelly.” My “best friend” thankfully was able to satisfy my curiosity in this respect, when I found to my surprise that the jelly referred to was most definitely NOT of any of the varieties served with ice-cream at birthday parties. So I have always, since then, enjoyed reading erotica. After I was married, I complained to my husband about the poor quality of so many of the free online stories and his rejoinder was “well you do better.” And that was how I started.
What's your favourite writing genre and why
Incest, especially involving an older male with a younger female.
Where do you get your creative juice/story ideas from
I think most writers will admit that little is truly innovative. It is surely, if we are honest, based on other things we have read, or have overheard, or have been told, or experienced or have fantasised of experiencing.
What are your turn-on’s?
Good vocabulary describing events which seem real to me, in a seductive and realistic way. Unusual settings for intimacy. REASONS for intimacy as opposed to merely a place.
What are your turn-offs?
Scat. Sexual stimulation based on torture and the giving of pain. Mindless violence.
Music I frequently listen to
Classical Symphonic music of the 18th and 19th century. Popular music with a melody/tune of more than 3 or 4 repeated bars, and words I can understand.
My favourite work of art is...
Although I enjoy visiting art galleries and studying the various pictures, I do not care for “modern art” which, for me, lacks either interest or talent.
I seldom visit the cinema. DVD’s I have bought and which I’ve enjoyed time after time include “Love Actually” and various Danny Devito films.
Which websites do you regularly visit/do you have a home page?
LUSH – where else (we love you S!) !!! I do not have a website.
What would be a perfect weekend for you
That would depend very much on my mood and whether my hubby is at home too !!!!
Ideal holiday destination
The Atlantic coast of France (The Charente Maritime) and Brittany’s rugged Cōte Armoire coastline with their enchanting small towns and markets.
At home I cook...
I am a good plain cook and have a hand for pastry, so I like to make tasty meat and fruit pies. Stir fries, rice … both very easy.
The hardest thing I've ever done was...
Many things have been hard at the time but with hindsight nothing particularly memorable.
The most surprising thing people could find out about me is...
By my readers - my matronly respectability in my very private life !!! …. By people in my private life, my disgracefully erotic imagination and desires !
I don't like talking about...
Religion and Politics, both of which can be the ruination of friendship.
What I find amusing is...
Listening to my young teen nephews and nieces, and hearing their opinions of life today, what is right and wrong, their lack of freedom and the failure of their parents in understanding them – and hearing my own voice through them, saying very much the same at their age.
What I don't find amusing is...
Narrow minded bigots who fail to think, and whose opinions and strictures are merely quotes from others of their ilk.
The flag waving marchers intent on banning anything they themselves do not agree with.
If I wasn't me I'd like to be...
This must sound very self satisfied and pretentious, but honestly I am very happy being female and being me.
I often wonder...
If we will ever, or can ever, have even a modicum of peace in this increasingly war torn and enviously materialistic world which we all share.
Thanks Susan for you time. We thoroughly recommend you have a read of Susan's work.