Read An Ebook Week & Me

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I’m participating in Smashwords’ Read An Ebook Week promotion for the first time… already, books are flying off the virtual shelf! It’s amazing!

So I’ve just popped in here to let you know that for one week only The Knight Family Trilogy: To Star, With Love, Someone To Watch Over Me and Fantasy Fulfilled will be available at a “specially reduced price”.

Click on this link: https://www.smashwords.com/profile/view/nailah to find out more.

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Fantasy Fulfilled & Me

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My latest baby….

A “funny” thing happened on the way to my completing my latest Romance novella, Fantasy Fulfilled.

I actually began penning it 10 years ago. In those days, its working title was Nelson’s Turn.

But before I go on, let me give you a little background…. In 2001 I wrote a book called To Star, With Love. It was the first in the Caribbean Passion line and told the story of how Randall Knight, widowed father of two rather precocious children (Nelson and Miranda), met the love of his life, Star McKenzie, who also happened to be Miranda’s new teacher.

I enjoyed interacting with those characters so much that I decided that I’d write Romances for Miranda and Nelson too.

Miranda’s story came easily and that tale, Someone To Watch Over Me, which appeared in print in 2002, is by far the most popular of my books to this point.

Nelson’s story, which I started in 2003, was another matter. I just couldn’t seem to create a woman that Nelson wanted to spend the rest of his life with and so, after a few false starts, I decided to put the book aside.

Three years later, in 2006, one of our local newspapers carried a front page photo of our Barbados-born international singing sensation Rihanna. This was shortly after she’d earned international attention with her first album Music of the Sun. According to the pic’s caption story, Rihanna had flown home for a friend’s wedding.

“I’d like to fall in love with someone like her,” Nelson whispered in my ear…..  I loved the idea. My imagination was sparked and as the story and characters developed, I found myself having a great time getting to know Nelson Knight and Brianna Johnston.

So what’s “funny” about all this? Well, in my original draft Brianna was coming out of an abusive relationship with her lover. And then the Chris Brown incident occurred and I felt immensely uncomfortable portraying that relationship in my book so I scrapped that draft.

Next: in my original draft, Brianna returns to Barbados (where the story is set) to perform in her first homecoming concert. And then in August 2011, Rihanna returned and gave a fantastic performance at Kensington Oval a stone’s throw from where she grew up. (Read Rihanna & Me to learn more about that) So I scrapped that part of the plot too.

There were a few other changes that had to be made so that I could remain in my comfort zone as a writer of fiction. Though I knew Nelson and Brianna would eventually get together, Fantasy Fulfilled started to feel more like “Prophecy Fulfilled” and I was distinctly uncomfy with that. I put the book away and focussed on other writing ventures.

Since then I’ve written and published Second Time Around, Cruising To Love, Colourblind and To Protect & Serve.

Last year, Nelson made it clear to me that he’d been waiting long enough and that, since his patience was worn as thin as my 4-year-old nephew’s sneakers at the end of the school year, it was time for me to “hook him up”. (All of my characters talk to me. That’s perfectly normal, isn’t it? Isn’t it?)

This time, the story was ready to be told. Somewhere along the line, Nelson’s Turn became Fulfill Your Fantasy and that morphed into Fantasy Fulfilled.

I am very excited about sharing this story. This is the most fun I’ve had writing a Caribbean Passion novella. There were times when I laughed out loud as I wrote and other times that the scenes seemed so real to me that I was actually there!

I’m trusting that my love and enjoyment of the characters, the plot, the love scenes, that final scene (!) will be conveyed to you as you read.

I trust that you will love and enjoy them as much as I do.

I trust you’ll let me know in the fullness of time.

Nailah is founder of Caribbean Passion, the Caribbean’s premier Romance series. She is the author of the Romance novellas To Star, With Love, Someone To Watch Over Me, Second Time Around, and Cruising to Love. She is also the author of the YA novellas Colourblind, available on Amazon and Smashwords, and Pick of the Crop. Her latest novella To Protect & Serve, first in the Morgan Blades action-drama series, is also available via Smashwords.

To read more please visit: www.smashwords.com/profile/view/nailah

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Suriname & Me (or What I Did this Summer)

Last month I was blessed with the opportunity to visit Suriname. I was honoured to represent Barbados as a writer at CARIFESTA XI.

CARIFESTA is the premier festival of Caribbean arts and culture. Held every two (or so!) years, this festival is a time for artists of all kinds – visual, literary, dance, theatre, culinary – to showcase their talents and to represent the unique (yet so similar!) cultures of the islands and territories of the Caribbean.

It’s a wonderful opportunity for people to meet and share experiences. I made many wonderful and spirit filled friends from Suriname and all over the Caribbean region during the week-long event.

Following are some of my favourite snapshots (blurred ones and all!) from the trip:

My reason for being in Suriname

My reason for being in Suriname

The Barbados Booth at CARIFESTA XI Book Fair.

The Barbados Booth at CARIFESTA XI Book Fair.

Part of the Barbados contingent to CARIFESTA XI on route to the Opening Ceremony

Part of the Barbados contingent to CARIFESTA XI on route to the Opening Ceremony

Spoke about my experience in publishing, specifically epublishing. Loved it and, judging from response afterwards, so did participants.

Spoke about my experience in publishing, specifically epublishing. Loved it and, judging from response afterwards, so did participants.

One of my new friends.... the engaging Sheila Payne from Curacao.

One of my new friends…. the engaging Sheila Payne from Curacao.

Felt Jah-blessed to encounter Rastafari one night in the beautiful Palm Gardens.

Felt Jah-blessed to encounter Rastafari one night in the beautiful Palm Gardens.

This is a statue of "The Mother and her Five Children". The five children are the five cultures of Suriname: Creole, East Indian, Chinese, Javanese and Native American... The mother, of course, is Suriname. She was "dressed up" especially for CARIFESTA.

This is a statue of “The Mother and her Five Children”. The five children are the five cultures of Suriname: Creole, East Indian, Chinese, Javanese and Native American… The mother, of course, is Suriname. She was “dressed up” especially for CARIFESTA.

This was the view from my room at Eco Resort Inn. That's the Suriname River in the background.

This was the view from my room at Eco Resort Inn. That’s the Suriname River in the background.

That's me doing my best frog impersonation.... lol

That’s me doing my best frog impersonation…. lol

I took this picture at dusk as we returned by bus from the Maroon village of Moengo to Paramaribo. What does it look like to you?

I took this picture at dusk as we returned by bus from the Maroon village of Moengo to Paramaribo. What does it look like to you?

The final Parbo in Parbo!

The final Parbo in Parbo!

Taken at dusk during the Closing Ceremony for CARIFESTA XI. It seemed to bid a dramatic farewell...

Taken at dusk during the Closing Ceremony for CARIFESTA XI. It seemed to bid a dramatic farewell…

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Nailah is founder of Caribbean Passion, the Caribbean’s premier Romance series. She is the author of the Romance novellas To Star, With Love, Someone To Watch Over Me, Second Time Around, Cruising to Love and the soon-to-be-released Fantasy Fulfilled. She is also the author of the YA novellas Colourblind, available on Amazon and Smashwords, and Pick of the Crop. Her latest novella is To Protect & Serve.

To read more please visit: http://www.smashwords.com/profile/view/nailah

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Guest Blog: Robert E. Sandiford on Writing Erotica

Robert E. Sandiford

Robert Edison Sandiford is the author of eight books, including the forthcoming novel And Sometimes They Fly. He is the editor with Linda M. Deane of Shouts from the Outfield: The ArtsEtc Cricket Anthology (www.artsetcbarbados.com) and has worked as a journalist, publisher, video producer, and teacher.

It’s a question I get asked from time to time: “Why do you write erotica?”

This time it came in an interview by a senior colleague, a fellow Barbadian writer who is also an academic.

“You’ve done other things, of course, and I’ve no problem with erotica, but it’s still such a taboo subject, especially in the black community.”

More recently, a middle-aged woman stopped me outside the Super Centre in Oistins, a fishing town along Barbados’ south coast, to ask me if I was the writer of those “rather spicy books” and if I had produced any more. She was talking about my erotic graphic novels for NBM; it turned out she didn’t have the latest, Great Moves. “I mean, there’s nothing wrong with stuff like that. We’re all walking around thinking it…and then you’re talking about us in your books, Caribbean people.”

She understood. My mother, having come across discarded drafts of my erotica years ago, was less thrilled; being my mother, perhaps, but also being of a generation that, no matter how free you were physically with your partner in letters or behind closed doors, viewed sex as something not expressed or written about publicly.

“I came across some of your stories….”

“Some of my stories…?”

“Yes. Your stories…dealing with somebody…sleeping with somebody….”

“Oh…OH. Sorry…sorry….”

“I know you write a lot of things…there’s no reason to apologize…that’s just not what I prefer to read from you.”

And we’ve never discussed my erotica, prose or comics, since, though my mom continues to be one of my greatest supporters as a writer, travelling with me to readings when she can and defending my work when a critic feels I’ve been too harsh about my subject, particularly if the subject is Caribbean people.

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My first published short story was in the UK literary journal Erotic Stories. It was called “Mirror Image,” and was about a boy and a girl who pass each other in a Montreal bus then go home to have interconnected dreams during the night. The story resurfaces as “Open Doors” in my new collection of prose erotic fiction, Intimacy 101: Rooms & Suites.

I was paid about 150 pounds sterling for the 2000-word story. The editor was interested in any others I had like it. I didn’t have any others at the time, but I started to research the market to see what erotic publications I could contribute to.

One of my main reasons for writing erotica was to make money—easy money. For some reason, I thought selling erotica would be as simple as selling pornography. Both deal with sex, right? Yes, but differently; and what would sell to, say, Hustler did not appeal to Erotic Stories.

Nor was pornography a quick sell. There had to be a measure of good storytelling with both genres, I realized, but an emphasis on why people did what they did with each other was more crucial to successful erotica than what they did to each other, which was more pornography’s focus.

Over the years, I went on to write for Eidos, Screw, Perceptions, Paramour. The work ranged from feature articles on what partners name their lovers’ privates to very short stories that were more poetry than prose. Sometimes I was paid in hearty US dollars (a big deal for a young writer based in Canada in the early ’90s), most times I was paid in contributors copies.

This wasn’t really so disappointing. Another reason I had for writing erotica was to branch out with my work: to write something that a different set of readers would pick up from me and to write stories that would challenge me in unexpected ways. A long-time reader and collector of comics, I eventually decided to seek out the possibility of adapting my stories to that medium, too.

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But I don’t see genre when I write (or read, actually). Beyond the technical requirements or obvious demands of form and subject matter, I don’t make much distinction between a feature or a short story or a poem, between literary fiction, speculative fiction or detective fiction. A good narrative’s a good narrative if well told, regardless the manner in which it is communicated.

I have what I consider a natural, healthy interest in sex and sexuality and sexual expression, and their connection to love and lust and desire…and all manner of relationships. To tell a story that in some way deals with the human condition—with what it means to be human and to live as a human in the times in which we find ourselves—requires delving into and grappling with how people relate to each other intimately, which includes in bed.

It’s just as important to know how your character makes love as to know how she wages war. Such knowledge may determine the course of a story or suggest why another character behaves as he does toward her, and why the outcome of their encounter or interactions could follow no other course.

If there is no story without good tension, then sexual tension is some of the best available. It need not always be graphically or explicitly displayed, but there’s something more we all see and feel—beyond arousal or embarrassment—when we peer in on people in the act of love.

We glimpse ourselves in a light that makes it hard to hide from our own motives and desires and disappointments. It’s a light that briefly reveals us. Like the lady at the supermarket said, we’re all walking around thinking much the same thoughts while trying hard not to let them show.

Intimacy 101: Rooms & Suites, Robert’s recently released collection of short stories, is available from The Book Place (bkplace@caribsurf.com) and the Publisher (rob@theindependentpress.com)

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To Protect & Serve & Me

The cover of my latest book created by the talented Linda Deane.

The cover of my latest book created by the talented Linda Deane.

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My Dream & Me

In the last two months or so I’ve been busy putting the finishing touches on my two latest novellas: To Protect & Serve (published today!) and Fantasy Fulfilled (soon come!).
It’s been a trying time – what with balancing the day job(s), the joys of motherhood and everyday livity. But then, these are trying times, right?
As the time to upload my books to my Smashwords page approached, I found myself dragging my feet on a number of issues – final edits, cover design approval, marketing…. Those sorts of things…. I recognised the familiar empty nest symptoms I seem to acquire whenever I’m about to release a new book.
Each of my books is a dear part of me and I always feel a sense of loss as I send them out into the world… also, to be honest I feel a sense of fear: Will readers like my stories? Will they like them enough? Will I have to hurt someone for daring to call my “children” ugly? And while I know these insecurities border on the ridiculous in some instances, knowing that hardly mutes the nagging doubts.
Last year I celebrated my birthday with a sense of sadness. No, not because of my advancing age (I ceased adding years a few years ago when I became comfortable with becoming 45 and saw no need to count beyond that milestone!) but because as much as I enjoyed and appreciated the gifts and the presence of family and friends at the small gathering, the one thing I want more than anything (well not anything but badly enough that I feel the burn in my belly!) still eludes me: international success as a bestselling author.
There was a time when my dream was to be a writer. Done!
Then I longed to be a good writer. Done (with constant room for improvement, of course)!
Then I wished to be a published writer. Done!
Now I want to known as a good writer! Globally!
I want to write stories so entertaining that people want to talk about them in the lunchroom at work… you know, like they talk about the latest popular prime time dramas.
That’s how I want to make my mark as a writer. (And while I’m at it I’ll also make some “foolish money”, as one friend puts it.)
That’s my dream!
Perhaps To Protect & Serve (Drama) and Fantasy Fulfilled (Romance) will be the ones to propel me towards realisation of that vision. The Ones.
Time will tell.
Meanwhile I keep dreaming; I keep the faith….
I write….

Nailah is founder of Caribbean Passion, the Caribbean’s premier Romance series. She is the author of the Romance novellas To Star, With Love, Someone To Watch Over Me, Second Time Around, and Cruising to Love. She is also the author of the YA novellas Colourblind, available on Amazon and Smashwords, and Pick of the Crop. Her latest novella is To Protect & Serve.

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More Erotica & Me

Attractive Forces Cover (April 2006)
In November 2012 I featured an interview with Eve Seymour, a new Caribbean writer of Erotica. Her rambunctious tale, Broken Rules puts her firmly in line to become the foremost Caribbean writer of Erotica. (Those of you who’ve read the book, please correct me if I’m wrong!)

Now, please allow me to introduce you to the work of Robert E. Sandiford, whom I consider the foremost Caribbean writer of Erotica at this time.

Robert E. is no newcomer on the local, regional and international scenes. Journalist, essayist, biographer, short story writer, novelist, video producer and editor extraordinaire, he is one of Barbados’s top contemporary writers.

To date he’s written and had published short story collections, essays, his memoirs, and (my favourite!) a series of erotic graphic novels: Attractive Forces, Stray Moonbeams and Great Moves.

Stray Moonbeams Cover

What I like best about these comic books is the writing; the way Robert uses ordinary language in extraordinary ways; the way the illustrations (which are fantastic!) and the script complement each other so perfectly.

This isn’t a formal review so I’m not going to go on and on. You want to know more? You’ll have to beg for, borrow (not mine! So don’t ask…) or buy them and discover for yourselves.

Click here: http://www.nbmpub.com/eurotica/esandiford/esandifordhome.html or go to Amazon or any of the other major online bookstores.

Great Moves Cover

If you’re in Barbados, go to The Book Place on Probyn Street in Bridgetown and get your copy. I think I bought their last copy of Stray Moonbeams, but I’m sure they’ve restocked by now. Drop them a line via bookpl@caribsurf.com to find out.

And, by the way, Intimacy 101: Rooms & Suites, a collection of erotic prose from which many of the comics stories were adapted, is due out in April so keep your eyes and ears peeled.

Finally, I must add: Fans of erotic fiction, these books are a MUST-READ! (And yes, I’m shouting!)

Now, please return the favour…. What book(s) are you eager to shout about? Let me know soonest….

Nailah is founder of Caribbean Passion, the Caribbean’s premier Romance series. She is the author of the Romance novellas To Star, With Love, Someone To Watch Over Me, Second Time Around, and Cruising to Love. She is also the author of the YA novellas Colourblind, available on Amazon and Smashwords, and Pick of the Crop.

To read more please visit: www.smashwords.com/profile/view/nailah

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Nailah I:

Am reposting this because, really, the same goes for 2013!
Having said that… this year I also wish for the endurance to complete the rollercoaster ride the next 12 months promise to be; I wish that I make it through in one (spiritual, emotional, mental and physical!) piece.
2013 is already looking like a time for many (life-changing) changes….
I’m looking forward to the ride!
Are you?

Originally posted on caribbeanpassion:

As a child (encouraged by my parents), every New Year I’d make long lists of things I planned to do to improve myself during the year. For the most part, the list-making was an exercise in futility, for my resolve would last the first four days of the year at most (and that was in a good year!). I must not have taken the ritual too seriously, though, since my self-esteem seems to have survived the trauma of such concentrated failure at such a young age.

As I got older, I had enough sense to shorten those lists, first to ten, then to seven, then to three items. One year, I made only one resolution: To make no resolutions. Of course that’s the only year I ever succeeded in maintaining my resolve for the 12 months.

These days, I don’t bother too much about composing the NYR list. If there’s…

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The Concorde Experience & Me

 

Heads...

Heads…

 

Every morning at 10 am or so the screams, shouts and laughter of about three hundred children enjoying morning break in the playground of George Palmer Junior School in Reading, England, were silenced momentarily by an ear-splitting bang issued forth from the heavens.

All play ceased as we stood, heads back, all eyes focused upwards, watching the miniature, beautifully distinctive shape of the supersonic jet – The Concorde – speed across the sky. Instinctively, we trained our eyes ahead of the noise, knowing that The Concorde travelled faster than the speed of sound.

If my friends and I were given a dollar for every time we pronounced, “When I grow up, I’m going to fly on The Concorde!” we’d probably have been able to afford to travel on it by the time we reached voting age!

These memories came rushing back to me again recently as I toured The Barbados Concorde Experience and realised that I’m probably the only one of our group of four close friends (The Fabulous Four, we called ourselves. Angela Walmsley, Susan Howell, Vicki (whose last name I can’t remember now for the life of me!), where are you now?) who has actually fulfilled that dream/promise.

 

Me about to enter the plane. Plane seems such an ordinary name for such an extraordinary example of technology...)

Me about to enter the plane. (‘Plane’ seems such an ordinary name for such an extraordinary example of technology…)

 

Not that I’ve actually flown on The Concorde, but at least I’ve sat in the plush leather seats, viewed the menus and wine lists, flight logs and other knickknacks and imagined(!) what it was like to fly on it in its heyday.

 

 

Here I am walking down the aisle...

Here I am walking down the aisle…

 

 

The Concorde has not flown now for almost a decade, but anyone interested in experiencing what must be, arguably, one of the greatest innovations of commercial aviation in the 20th century, can tour one of the planes, which is now at rest in the huge hangar next to the Grantley Adams International Airport in Barbados.

 

This is not the first time that I’ve visited BCE, but what made this experience extra special this time was that I was accompanied by my brother, (whom I’ve not seen in almost ten years) who is visiting from England, and I got to hear his similar experiences as a teen growing up in England. Like me, he remembers seeing and, of course, hearing The Concorde in full flight on its way to New York or Barbados or whatever “exotic” locale it was destined for at the time.

Me & my big brother Roger after the 'flight'...

Me & my big brother Roger after the ‘flight’…

 

 

Up close, it really is a wondrous piece of technology to behold.

I don’t want to give away too much about what I’ve learned on the tours, because you should go experience it for yourself. Suffice it to say that the encounter must be well worth the admission fee since this is my fourth time at the BCE and I’ll go again, without hesitation, when next the opportunity arises.

 

... tails!

… tails!

For me, visiting the retirement home of this great, white, beautiful bird isn’t just about seeing and learning more about the plane and its technology, it’s about the memories it evokes each and every time I see it. It’s about the memories of the sense of wonder I felt seeing it as a child. It’s about the memories of dreams and the seemingly endless possibilities that the plane represented then, in my childish innocence, and continues to represent for me now as a grown woman with a child of my own. It’s about coming to the realisation that anything is possible!

Even (as Sir Richard Branson is about to prove) a commercial flight to space….

Anything is possible!

Even (as I would like to prove some day soon) a little-known (outside of Barbados!) Barbadian writer becoming an internationally bestselling author….

What about you? Are you working to fulfill your dreams?

Nailah is founder of Caribbean Passion, the Caribbean’s premier Romance series. She is the author of the Romance novellas To Star, With Love, Someone To Watch Over Me, Second Time Around, and Cruising to Love. She is also the author of the YA novellas Colourblind, available on Amazon and Smashwords, and Pick of the Crop.

To read more please visit: www.smashwords.com/profile/view/nailah

 

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Eve Seymour & Me

One of the books I mentioned last month was Broken Rules & other island variations by Eve Seymour. For many reasons it captured my interest and imagination and made me want to find out more about Ms. Seymour. In the e-interview she granted me, I found her to be quite enigmatic, which, of course, makes me want to know even more! See for yourselves….

NFI: Thank you for granting me this interview, Eve. I understand you don’t generally give interviews. Why is that?

Seymour: I’m a very private person. For obvious reasons.

NFI: Obvious reasons?

Seymour: Well, in my line of work, I have to be.

NFI: And what is your line of work?

Seymour: At the moment writer. Other than that I’d rather not say.

NFI: What would you be if you weren’t a writer and whatever else you are?

Seymour: Probably a shock jock.

NFI: Interesting! Tell us more about Eve Seymour.

Seymour: What else would you like to know?

NFI: Who is Eve Seymour?

Seymour: I can be whomever you want me to be.

NFI: Well, tell us about Eve Seymour the writer. Why writing? Why this book, Broken Rules?

Seymour: Writing is a hobby for me, really. Actually I write for a living, but it’s all very cut and dried, legal stuff. To relax, I create these crazy fantasy worlds and the people who inhabit them. Why Broken Rules? Because it’s a woman’s story that yearned to be told.

NFI: How would you describe Broken Rules?

Seymour: If I had to do it in one word, I’d say ‘hot’. Three words: ‘hotter than hot’. A sentence? It’s a story about an unusual woman who chooses to define herself and her sexuality according to her own ideals, rather than society’s. Broken Rules tells the story of her quest for the ultimate sexual experience which she knows she’ll only find with her sexual soulmate – a man willing to break every rule.

FI: Sounds deep.

Seymour: Not really. There’s plenty of x-rated action along the way. Nothing too highbrow. I guess my intentions only sound lofty. :)

NFI: What inspired this book? Is it in any way autobiographical?

Seymour: Actually, my husband inspired the book. It started out as a series of short stories, in the style of those letters you’d see in Penthouse Variations. He loved those but then both of us actually wanted to know more about the characters and their lives outside of these steamy, anonymous fucks…. And so, Broken Rules and other Island Variations was born.

As for the book being autobiographical…. I’ll never tell! No, seriously, I think all novels, stories, poems, songs are autobiographical to a certain degree. I think all writers tap into personal experiences when writing creatively. However, for the most part, Broken Rules is a work of fiction…. As far as I know….

NFI: What do you say to those who compare your book, unfavourably or otherwise, to the Fifty Shades Trilogy?

Seymour: First, I’m actually flattered by the comparisons – unfavourable or otherwise – and, frankly, I’m hoping such discussions will boost my sales! I’d love to sell a hundred million copies of Broken Rules!

Second, I’m not sure I see the connections apart from the fact that there’s BDSM in Broken Rules as well. But then there’s BDSM in a kazillion books available right now. And there’s also a lot more and different kinds of taboo sex in Broken Rules. I didn’t name it that for nothing!

Third, I loved the story of Fifty Shades. I really connected with it. But I didn’t think it was told in the best way. I can see where EL James will get better, though. She’s got potential as a writer. I’m still new to this game of writing and publishing fiction, but I’m an avid reader so I know what I’m talking about. Broken Rules is my first novel. I’ve been told I’m a good writer, but I like my readers to judge for themselves.

NFI: I know you’ve some very interesting views on the literary significance of the Fifty series. Will you share them?

Seymour: That’s a whole other interview. You’ll have to invite me back.  :) 

NFI: I understand that you finished Broken Rules back in 1998. Why have you waited so long to publish it?

Seymour: I honestly didn’t think the world, the mainstream reading public, was ready for this book. More importantly, I wasn’t ready for them to experience this book. I’ve made a lot of changes to it because of that. Also, I had to figure out how to publish it without causing any collateral damage to my day job and my main source of income. It’s not that I’m ashamed of Broken Rules, but that if my clients were to discover my interests in this hobby, it might be difficult for them to take me seriously in the ‘real’ world.

And also, my close friends, three of them writers, read the book and kept urging me to publish it. When Fifty Shades became so popular, they started haranguing me again and so…. Here we are….

NFI: The book contains some truly memorable characters….

Seymour: Thank you.

NFI: You’re welcome. Any plans for sequels to Broken Rules?

Seymour: Actually, I’m working on the next book. It’s about Whorehouse Will, (one of the characters in Broken Rules) how he rose from poverty to prominence and the many trysts he enjoyed along the way. It’s called Where There’s a Whorehouse…. At least that’s the working title.

NFI: I, and I’m sure many others, am truly looking forward to reading that!

Seymour: Thank you. To you and all the many people who are reading Broken Rules and enjoying it enough to spread the word. I don’t take any of you for granted. All of the positive feedback I’ve been getting is absolutely inspiring. I really just hope I can live up to your expectations.

NFI: I’ve no doubt you will.

Seymour: And to you, Nailah, thank you for all of your encouragement, advice and other general support.

NFI: You’re most welcome, Eve. I look forward to the day when the world wants to know even more about you and I can say: ‘I knew her when…’  :) 

Interested in finding out more about Broken Rules? Click here: http://www.smashwords.com/books/view/210195

 

 

Nailah is founder of Caribbean Passion, the Caribbean’s premier Romance series. She is the author of the Romance novellas To Star, With Love, Someone To Watch Over Me, Second Time Around, and Cruising to Love. She is also the author of the YA novellas Colourblind, available on Amazon and Smashwords, and Pick of the Crop.

 

To read more please visit: www.smashwords.com/profile/view/nailah

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