1. Who are you? What do you do?
I’m Pandora Spocks and I write contemporary literary erotic romance.
2. What is your writing process? Do you follow a regular routine?
I allow an idea to gel in my head for a time. Many times I make notes in a little notebook I keep in the drawer under my computer. I have character conversations in the shower or as I’m driving through town. I tend to begin at the beginning, which seems intuitive, but if I get a fabulous scene in mind, I’ll go ahead and write it, even if it’s not the next chronological one. Case in point, for my current Work in Progress, I’ve already written the last scene even though I’m only about halfway through the book. The idea was just too good to pass up.
3. What are the most important elements of good writing? According to you, what tools are must-haves for writers?
Good writing needs great characters. And I think it’s best when characters reveal themselves through dialogue and their inner monologues, rather than through narrative. Readers need to get a feel for what it’s like to be in the skins of your characters. Technically speaking, you can’t underestimate the value of grammar and vocabulary. Regarding tools, I think the must-have for writers is a handful of beta readers who will read your work and evaluate it honestly.
4. What motivates you to write?
I write stories that I love. I create characters whose flaws interest me, and then I place them in situations and relationships that challenge them. Seeing how they turn out continues to excite me.
5. Do you ever suffer from writer’s block? If so, what do you do about it?
Knock wood, not so far, but that’s a nagging little fear in the back of my mind. So far, I have a mountain of ideas I’ve only just begun to tap.
6. Do you have any advice for other writers?
Do it. Just write. Every day. Connect with other writers who can encourage you, read your work, help you grow, and who you can help as well.
7. What is the message in your book? What are your readers’ reactions to it?
I think the message in LOST & BOUND is that there’s a perfect someone for everyone. And you may have to experience hardship to discover who you are so that you’re ready for that perfect someone when they come along. Readers really seem to love Blake and Shasta and the relationship they forge from such an unlikely pairing.
8. Did you learn anything from writing your book and what was it?
I learned about solar-powered electric boat motors, LOL! I’m serious. It’s fun to see where research takes you.
9. What are your current/future projects?
LOST & BOUND is Dream Dominant Book 2. I’m currently working on Book 3, FOR SPARROW. Jessi Crenshaw is a recently widowed submissive whose Dominant husband tapped a surrogate Dom for her until she gets on her feet. But what if she falls for Judd Farris, the handsome, sexy fire/rescue paramedic who agreed to look after her?
10. What book(s)/author(s) have influenced your life and writing?
My favorite book EVER is Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood. It made me believe that you can paint a picture with words, and I strive to do that everyday. My heroes of erotic romance are Patient Lee, Fionna Guillaume, Lilah E. Noir, Amber Lea Easton, and Maggie Carpenter to name a few.
11. Is there any other information you want to share?
I’m on Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/PandoraSpocksAuthor), Twitter (https://twitter.com/PandoraSpocksWP), and Instagram (https://www.instagram.com/pandora.spocks.author/) every day, so drop by and say hello!