Interview with Katherine Wyvern
What prompted you to start writing professionally? Was it one pivotal moment in your life, or just something you’ve always wanted to do?
It came about gradually. I always wrote stories since I can remember. In my late twenties I shared some of these with an online group, and got some very positive feedback. A few years later again, I could not find any erotica that was really to my taste, so I decided to write my own. This bits of erotic writing became longer and more articulate than I had planned, and it turned into my debut novel Black Carnival.
Was it hard to find the right publisher for your style of writing? What one thing stood out about your current publisher that made you accept their offer?
No, it’ wasn’t. I was in a writer’s forum at the time, and a couple of Evernight authors were part of it. They seemed quite happy, so it was my first go-to publisher when I decided to submit Black Carnival.
If you were to describe your style of writing to someone, what would you say?
It’s very poetic in parts. I love luscious descriptions that carry the reader away from reality and into the story (hopefully). But I can also be gritty and realistic, especially in the dialogues.
Who influenced your writing the most?
Antonia S. Byatt and Patrick O’Brian, certainly. Antonia S. Byatt is well known for her excellent prose, but Patrick O’Brian is often dismissed as just “the bloke who wrote all those ships books”, while in fact his writing is phenomenal. Lush, moving, witty, a wonderful grasp of rhythm and scale.
Is there a book or series out there that you claim as your favorite? And why is it your favorite?
It’s really hard to pick. More or less anything written by A. S. Byatt, especially Possession, The Children’s books and Angels and Insects. For the beauty of the writing, and the scale and detail of the world building. You are simply transported to Victorian England… O’Brian’s books, for pretty much the same reasons. And the Lord of the Rings.
Are you a plotter or pantser? Why do you think one way works better for you than the other?
Oh I am SUCH a pantser. I could not plot to save my life, lol. I have never been good at planning, in any aspect of my life. I seem to function best when I am going with the flow, and discovering what my part is in the great scheme of things. Even when crafting or doing art, I like the materials to guide the design of things to a rather large degree.
If you haven’t always written professionally, what are some types of jobs you’ve had previously? Do you feel that your experiences or the people you met during that time helped shape the writer you’ve become?
Absolutely! I worked as welder and as a gardener for years, plus a few more temporary jobs, and yes, all these experiences definitely bleed into my stories.
If someone chose one word to describe you, what do you think they would pick? Why that word?
I would like to say, “creative”, but I fear it might be “obsessive”. When the fuse is lit there is just no stopping me; I got to get through with a project if it is the death of me. I forget to eat and drink, when I am really “in the zone”.
Do you need complete silence to write? Or do you write with the TV on or music playing?
I don’t have a TV and I might have to smash it if it were on when I am trying to write! Instrumental music is fine, but anything with voice and words is too distracting.
Do you have any advice for struggling writers out there? Any words of wisdom on how to make their dreams come true?
Me, wisdom, ha ha! I’d have to say, don’t plan on leaving your day-job yet. There are many, many excellent published writers who hardly make any money out of their books. Getting published is not the same as being economically successful. Keep your expectations low in that department, and you won’t be disappointed.
Now, let’s talk a little about your current book…
What’s the title of your current release and is it part of a series?
It is Spice & Vanilla. Yes and no. It can be read as a complete standalone, and it’s not really a sequel to Woman as a Foreign Language. But the two books are still linked together by their main topic (unusual gender-identity) and the characters from WaaFL both appear briefly in the new novel so that we get a small glimpse of their story after the end of the first volume.
Who published Spice & Vanilla?
Evernight Publishing, as most of my books.
Your cover looks amazing. Do you know who the artist is?
Yes of course! Jay Aheer of Simply Defined Art. She is a wonder, and she’s willing to take an author’s input onboard, so that you feel your cover really has a connection to your book.
Was there something in particular that inspired you to write this story?
It came about as the sum of two different story-lines. One was a spill-over from my previous release, Woman as a Foreign Language. In that story there was a male-to-female cross-dresser whose painful past of disclosure and rejection was alluded to only briefly. I wanted to expand on that element, and explore the tremendous emotional rollercoaster that all parties involved in such a coming-out will go through.
The second story line was sparked in one millisecond when a dear, dear friend of mine described himself as an angel with a bit of a devil inside. That immediately made me want to write this character that is constantly on the fence of… anything, really. He’s gender-fluid, bisexual, a really sweet man with a seriously dark side, and a switch on top of everything…
If there’s one thing a reader will take away from this story, what do you hope it is?
I hope it will be a message of tolerance and open-mindedness … I wanted to send a plea for empathy and understanding to *both* transgender and cisgender readers.
About the Book:
Time was, when Di could dance all night. Time was, when she could ride any horse in the stable. Time was when she had a fiancée, a future and a home she loved. Until a silver SUV came out of nowhere and broke her life in half.
Well concealed under a sarcastic, spiny hide, Hugh has a darkly romantic, passionate soul. Torn between love and terror, he’s held the talented, elegant, magnetic Raphael carefully at arm’s length since the day they met.
Male or female, men or women, kinky or sweet, top or bottom? Angel or devil? Raphael’s life is a string of unanswered questions. And Lucie, his long-hidden female self, may bring it all together or destroy everything he has.
Be warned: cross-dressing, gender-queer, explicit M/M and M/F sex, anal sex, spanking, flogging, bondage, forced orgasm, sex toys
Find Spice & Vanilla at Evernight (spicy excerpt): https://www.evernightpublishing.com/spice-vanilla-by-katherine-wyvern/
You can also find an exclusive (almost vanilla) excerpt on my website, here:
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