I have several literary addictions that will quickly become clear when you read my writing, at least they will if you share them:
- I love Shakespeare: I have two published stories which were inspired by, and whose titles are based on, Shakespearean sonnets (Can you figure out which ones?),and Shakespearean quotes regularly escape from my characters mouths. I also have a third Shakespeare-laden erotic story that will hopefully be coming out in a few months. I just got edits back on it yesterday, but I don’t have contracts yet so I can’t talk about it. Shakespeare is my go-to guy. When I want to write something and need a place to start, I pull a phrase from one of my favorite sonnets and use it for inspiration. It’s always interesting to find out where it takes me.
- I also love Lewis Carroll. One of my stories, “Shattered Glass,” is in many ways an homage to Lewis Carroll. It’s also utopian erotica, which seems to mess with some people’s heads. They don’t expect erotica to go where that story goes, and I’m oddly happy with that. Lewis Carroll also pops up more subtly in a lot of my other stories, because he’s so greatly influenced the way I think. Alice in Wonderland has been one of my favorite books since I was a small child – and I’m a bit obsessive about it.
The truth is, I’m a literature geek. I love books, and I love words, so it’s only understandable that those passions show up in my writing – no matter what I’m writing. You should see some of the weird stuff that ends up in my non-fiction…