Today in the hot seat is author Shannon Casey, author of Passion From The Vine. We would like to thank Shannon for stopping by today and taking on our Only The Brave interview. So…
Are you ready???
Welcome to Darkest Cravings, tell us a little bit about yourself?
My name is Shannon and I live in the Sierra Nevada’s of CA in a relatively rural area. I have three children and unfortunately still have a day job. My hobbies are horseback riding, reading, traveling and of course hanging out with my family. My dream is to write full time and devote my daytime hours to creating unique and hot romance novels for others to enjoy.
As I child I always dreamed of becoming an author, but as a teenage I was quite intense and focused, so I decided to do the “mature” thing and go to college for law and psychology. I had my first daughter at 17 years of age, which drove me harder to do well in college so that we could have a better life. When I graduated with my BA, I was 8 months pregnant with my second daughter. I started my master’s degree the following spring and worked my ass off to become a psychologist for special needs children. Throughout the years I have been thankful for my career and the life that it has given my family, but I have always felt like a part of me was missing. So when I married my second husband and had our son, he pushed me to fulfill my dream of writing.
I finally put fingers to keyboard and created “Passion from the Vine” last year. It is one of my greatest accomplishments and now I crave writing even more than I used to. My mind is constantly daydreaming scenes for other books and I can’t wait to write my next novel.
Writing adult fiction isn’t for everyone, how did you end up writing for the toughest audience?
This is my passion; what I want to do more than anything else is to create stories that others with enjoy and that can enhance their intimate lives as well.
Most of the intimidating parts of being an adult fiction writer are the steamy scenes, how did you overcome the “stage fright”?
For me, that was the easy part. My husband has lent himself to my sexual studies for years, so I had a lot of data to use!
Which fictional character would you like to go on a date with? Why?
Valentino, of course! He would be interesting to talk with because he has a lot of knowledge about the culinary arts and wine making, which I’m interested in. It doesn’t hurt that he’s gorgeous, well endowed and has a great mouth.
Your favorite adult fiction books is-?
Wow, that’s a difficult question because I love so many books, but I would have to say my current favorite is Effortless by SC Stephens.
Do you think adult fiction have reached its full potential yet, or are we still in for a huge surprise?
I believe that we are still in for a huge surprise and I’m hoping that I can be part of it!!
We all have a treasured possession, what is yours?
My children’s baby books because they are full of my best memories. I’m an avid journal writer so their baby books are full of stories from their lives’ and mementoes. Currently, I am on my oldest daughters 4th journal.
Are your characters based on real people or did you create them from scratch?
I didn’t base any of my characters after real people; however, as I wrote I did recognize characteristics of their personality in people I knew. The mother definitely has some of my snarky personality and I can see pieces of my daughters and best friend in the female characters.
Do you think adult fiction helps improves relationships?
Definitely, I think people get stuck in intimate ruts and don’t know how to create spark within their relationship. Erotic stories open new avenues for couples and show them how to add some spice into their relationship. Where most men are visually stimulated, women need to fantasize about sex and feel stimulated to engage in sexual acts. I believe that adult fiction is better than any drug/toy to obtain that end.
If you have to pitch adult fiction to someone that’s too shy to read it, what would you pitch?
It’s not porn, its real relationships and connections between people that leads to the sexual acts. You can choose from different heat levels and read only those things that turn you on. It’s one of the best things that you can do for your relationship because it increases your desire for intimacy.
What is your motto?
Be a good person, contribute to society, but don’t live your life in fear. You never know how long you have, so enjoy each day to its fullest and keep trying to live the dream, whatever that may be!
You have a few steamy moments in your novel. Were they created from fantasy or is there real life experience behind it?
Both, there were times when I was writing a scene and realized that it was a memory from something my husband and I had done. Some steamy moments started as a simple thought that grew into a full fledged fantasy, but I have to admit that we tried them out afterwards, strictly for research, of course.
Why did you choose a more experienced woman rather than a virgin?
I chose a woman who was sexually experienced but had not enjoyed sex because it was key to my storyline. I believe that a lot of women are sexually unfulfilled and go their entire lives without having an orgasm or only having a few, so I wanted to show women that sex can be amazing if your with the right partner. The fundamental element in “great” sex is having a partner that wants to please you and who puts your needs above there’s and vice versa.
Foreplay, some say it’s just a waste of energy, others feel that it’s a must. You’re opinion?
I don’t know how anyone could say it’s a waste of energy, foreplay is a must!! Foreplay is more than preparation for sex, it’s that time that you truly connect with your partner and learn what they enjoy. I’m usually at the brink of an orgasm by the time I have sex and usually have already had an orgasm or two by that time. As a woman, foreplay is that time when I feel sexually dominate/powerful because of the way I can make my partner feel. There’s a lot of freedom that comes from sexual contact prior to the act of penetration.
What sexual position is your favorite?
I prefer to be on top where I can control the movements and depth of penetration. That being said, there’s nothing like grabbing your partners ass and racking your nails down his back in the heat of the moment.
Have you ever used your nails and left marks?
Definitely yes!! There have been times when my husband couldn’t take his shirt off to go swimming because we didn’t want our families to see the claw marks on his back.
Do you think lingerie is a must for a relationship?
I enjoy lingerie because it not only makes me feel sexy, but I often feel like a different person, which allows me to experiment with new sexual endeavors. If not for lingerie and thigh high boots I would never have had the courage to play the Dom and use my whip!!
Are you a screamer or the bite it down kind of lover?
The biter!! I don’t scream but I can moan pretty loud.
Just smashing! If you would like to find out more about Shannon, check it out here