As Part of her blog tour for the release of Undone, Kristina Lloyd answered a few questions about, well, everything.
When did you first start writing fiction?
In school, like most people. I wrote stories for class and plays for my friends to perform in. All the plays were about people watching TV and then, woah, shit gets weird! I didn’t start writing creatively, and independent of prompts from others, until I was in my early twenties. And of course, I wrote some fairly awful stuff because I knew nothing and was trying too hard.
When did you first start writing erotic fiction?
Several years after the fairly awful stuff! Combining sex and writing, two things I’m very keen on, suddenly seemed like a great idea. I sold the first piece I sent out and had shorts and two novels published over the following few years. Then I quit writing erotica for a while and returned to the genre when my novels were re-issued.
When writing “Undone” what made you choose the diary format? What were the advantages and disadvantages?
Lana, my protagonist and the diary writer, says she needs to write a journal to help keep her head together and to create a record events that might prove useful if the police call her in for questioning.
However, why I chose to give Lana a diary narrative is a whole different issue, and not one I can delve into without spoiling the story. Sorry! Lana’s diary isn’t a regular detailing of the day’s events. She’s writing in flashback at the start and is taking several days to record earlier events. The diary format allowed me to splice very recent events with earlier events so there are hints of what lies ahead while the story is being told via the diary. The tricky bit was trying to keep track of what was happening when. I effectively had two timelines: the actual order of events; and what’s currently happening in Lana’s life as she writes.
I used a less overt, journal-style format in my third book, Split. Narrative and structure can inform stories in some very interesting ways.
What advice would you give to a novice author?
Never forget your reader. Learn your craft and use all the tricks you can to draw people into the amazing world you want to share.
Tea or Coffee?
Tea, please. Green, loose leaf.
Biscuit or Cake?
Biscuit if I must! I don’t have much of a sweet tooth so the biscuit that’s closest to a savoury item. Is a salty cracker a biscuit?
Handcuffs or rope?
I can’t have both? As objects, handcuffs. As hot, kinky stuff that makes me melt over and over, and is also very versatile, rope.
Kristina Lloyd writes erotic fiction about sexually submissive women who like it on the dark, dirty and dangerous side. Her novels are published by Black Lace and her short stories have appeared in dozens of anthologies, including several ‘best of’ collection, in both the UK and US. She lives in Brighton, England.
When Lana Greenwood attends a glamorous house party she finds herself tempted into a ménage à trois. But the morning after brings more than just regrets over fulfilling a fantasy one night stand. One of the men she’s spent the night with is discovered dead in the swimming pool. Accident, suicide or murder, no one is sure and Lana doesn’t know where to turn. Can she trust Sol, the other man, an ex-New Yorker with a dirty smile and a deep desire to continue their kinky game?