Author's in The Spotlight
This edition of our author’s spotlight we are joined by the very beautiful and mysterious Carrie Anne Ward, the former glamour model and talented artist is now carving out a new career for herself as fledging wordsmith
With her latest offering ‘A Taylor Made Student’ now available we caught up with Carrie to out a little bit more about the women behind the words.
Carrie first off can you give our readers a little bit of a bio about you, where you are from? Your career to date etc?
Hhhmm, not really an exciting story
I grew up in the seaside resort Clacton on sea in Essex, England, with my mum and two brothers until I was 16 years old, and then moved with mother to Colchester (where I still lives to this day) to go on to study Art and Design at the Colchester institute. However, after recovering from the illness glandular fever, which meant I couldn't finish my degree, I went out into the world to become a working class citizen and a glamour model on the side.
For many years I would write stories in my spare time, mostly horrors or supernatural, but never felt the passion to take it further. My love for literature at school didn't, at that point, over take my love of Art, but as I grew older my passion in writing surpass any other desire I ever had.
When BDSM erotic books took the world by storm, and what with me having experience in this area, being a real life submissive (well switch technically) I finally found the genre in which I want to write about. Not to mention my love for erotica. Now at the age of 33 I’ve released my first erotic book and I’m currently writing the second part of The Taylor Made Series, A Taylor Made Master.
Your latest book ‘A Taylor Made Student’ is part of the ‘Taylor Made Series’, can you give us a little insight into what the book is about and where the inspiration came for this series?
It’s about a young girl called Kiera, who decided to finish her degree at uni, after 2 years aboard. When she joins the university she meets a handsome stranger (Taylor) and wants to know more. But she soon learns he is her art tutor, therefore making him forbidden. However, the attraction is too strong and one thing leads to another, but it ain’t just any normal affair… it’s a kinky affair. He asks her to be his willing submissive and to teach her about BDSM, pain, pleasure, submission and dominance etc. As it continues and they think their little secret is safe, they soon realise their not safe. Someone knows and threatens to ruin the affair and their lives.
The inspiration comes from the experiences I have had. Being a real life submissive, I wanted to take the experiences I’ve had, to create a story about what it’s really like to be a sub, but in fictional form.
Erotica is quite a hot topic these days with the likes of Fifty Shades of Grey making it very mainstream, what do you think makes for good erotica? As to be honest there is an awful lot of poorly written erotica out there?
That’s hard, I think it has to be realistic, but with an element of fantasy to it. For me 50 shades wasn’t realistic in the sense that EL James doesn’t know what it’s really like to play in the BDSM world. She may have researched it, but to be honest it’s not something you can research.
I think the characters have to be a major benefactor to the story they have to stand out, and yes, they have to be sexy as hell lol. That’s the fantasy part of it. But that doesn’t mean anything without the realistic side of the story line itself. The sex scenes need to be searing hot and no repetitive. I found in the second and third book of 50 shades the sex scenes were very boring. They were beginning to blend into one giant sex scene lol. It just needs to be a strong story with strong characters.
However, at the end of the day, my definition of a good story may be different to someone else’s so it’s really hard to say.
Each author has their own way of working, could you give our readers s brief outline of the day in the life of Carrie Anne Ward the author and any methods you use for writing?
Haha well my methods are that I just start typing. That’s pretty much it. Well, sort of!
I obviously think of the basic outline to my story first, who is doing what and how it will end etc and then I start writing. I let the words flow on to the page and let the story form itself. I search for a cover in the mean time, ready for when it’s done.
Once the story has finished I then edit/proof read it about 50 million times lol and then send it off to my beta readers for proof reading and editing. It then goes to my friend to format and then I upload it when I think it’s ready. However, I am thinking of getting an editor for my books now, as I hate editing it over and over again lol
Following on from the question above, what are your tools of the trade? Some authors prefer to use the likes of Sigil and Calibre to format and convert their work. Can you list your preferred software that works best for you?
Ha ha, I laugh at that because I work from a s****y laptop on windows 7 lol. But I am planning on get a new laptop and downloading dragon software which reads back the story you write, which I think I need… desperately. I create too many mistakes lol As for formatting; as I said before my friend does that for me, so I couldn’t really say
Carrie, once you have finished the writing part, how much involvement do you have in your book’s creation – such as editing, cover design or publicity?
All of it. I am a self published author so I have to do it all. As I have stated previously, my pro author friends help me with the editing and formatting but as for everything else, that is all me. I find my own covers, I continuously have to promote me book to get sale. (Which is a lot harder than I thought) and edit it over and over again.
Who are some of your favourite writers and books?
Well believe it or not my favourite books aren’t all erotic. Don’t get me wrong I love Tiffany Reisz and Sylvia Day, two very different but extremely talented erotic writers. However, my favour book is the “hunger games” by Suzanne Collins. It’s different to anything I have read before. She combines reality TV with war and uses young children as the main source of the story. She is a brilliant writer and the story can appeal to all ages. I couldn’t put the book down. There is action and there is a love triangle also. Its emotional in every since.
Like all things, we as humans are our own worst judges. How do you judge success as a writer? And do you set any goals for yourself?
Actually, as proud as I am of myself for publishing a book, I am very critical of myself. Sometimes I think I could do better, sometimes I think I should change the story altogether.
I think I am successful in the story and getting the book completed, but the sales are slow. I’ve not had much in the way of sales lately.
I have had some pretty good reviews and ratings though. I’ve not had one bad review yet (probably jinxed myself now lol not that I couldn’t handle it anyway) just wish I had more… good ones of course.
One more question Carrie before we finish up, I noticed on your site you refer to your writing style as very simplistic and descriptive, I know i am putting you on the spit a bit ‘smiles’ but can you explain your meaning of this?
What I mean by this is, I don’t use long fancy smart-arse words to describe my story but I and descriptive in the story it’s self. I want people to find the book easy to read but also understand and feel what the characters are going through. I want them to be able to enjoy the book without having to scratch their head in confusion. It needs to be realistic.
Well Carrie that about wraps up our time, it’s been an absolute pleasure getting to chat with you and please keep us updated with all your news and events and for those whishing to find out more about Carrie Anne Ward please check out the links below
Social media links (blog, website, Facebook, twitter, Amazon, Goodreads)
www.facebook.com/CarrieAnneWardAuthor – author page
www.facebook.com/eroticabyCarrieAnneWard – a taylor made series story page
www.amazon.co.uk/Carrie-Anne-Ward/e/B00EAYQYMA – uk author page
www.amazon.com/Carrie-Anne-Ward/e/B00EAYQYMA us author page
www.goodreads.com/author/show/7202724.Carrie_Anne_Ward – goodreads author page
Buying links (where can my readers go to buy your books?)
www.amazon.co.uk/dp/1490346899 – uk (but its available on all amazon websites)