Today in Author Cage we have author Kimberley Clark and she is taking on the only the brave interview. Thanks for stopping by Kimberley, we cant wait to learn more about you. So…
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Welcome to Darkest Cravings, tell us a little bit about yourself?
Hello Lovelies! I’m Kimberley from the Land Down Under. Personally I feel it’s hard to write about yourself with so little words, but let’s give it a go…I’m an avid reader (though not recently because writing takes up my time), movie/series buff (especially sci-fi, action, horror, fantasy), krav maga enthusiast (I like punching and kicking people in the places that the sun don’t shine when I have a bad day), animal lover (I want to hug and squeeze them), pysch degree holder (I learnt about crazy people), food eater (don’t look at my plate, get your own food!), and I’m a firm believer in the bucket list (I like that giving a tick feeling)! Oh, I write stuff too! Phew...I hope that gives you some indication of who or what I am. Did I just say “what’? Weirdo!
Writing adult fiction isn’t for everyone, how did you end up writing for the toughest audience?
I am a huge fan of novels for the young adult population, but I was finding I wanted a bit more should I say…zest in the story in the bedroom department while still incorporating the elements I liked aka paranormal, sci-fi etc. So that made me want to create such a story for the older generation that still had the adventure but had adult relationships.
Most of the intimidating parts of being an adult fiction writer is the steamy scenes, how did you overcome the “stage fright”?
It was reading about another author who said that one should write what you’re comfortable with. If you aren’t comfortable at all…bypass it and just infer, if you are slightly comfortable with it, don’t use a huge amount of detail and keep it quick, if you have no issues, then go as far as you want to go. Of course, the question will always be if you have no issues doing steamy scenes, how far should you go? Knowing full well that people are going to learn a whole lot more about the way you think. It is still something that I am working out on the…how far can I go? But in general, sex is sex and a part of everyday life. We shouldn’t be afraid to talk about it, at least to some extent.
Which fictional character would you like to go on a date with? Why?
Strider from The Darkest Surrender (Lords of the Underworld series) by Gena Showalter.
Strider is possessed by the demon of defeat and must accept and win any challenge asked of him. The competitor inside me relates to this character, and I appreciate someone who will strive to beat whatever challenges them. Not to mention that the character has been portrayed as someone quite dangerous and sexy (who doesn’t love a bad boy), and I wouldn’t mind giving him a few challenges myself that has nothing to do with killing or fighting people.
Your favorite adult fiction books is-?
Nooo! Don’t ask me that! It’s like asking someone who their favourite child is. The only way I can answer this is by giving you a few favourites:
The Lords of the Underworld series /Atlantis Series – Gena Showalter
Beauty trilogy – Anne Rice
Black Dagger Brotherhood series – J R Ward
Dark series – Christine Feehan
There are many others, but it gives you an idea of what I like.
Do you think adult fiction have reached its full potential yet, or are we still in for a huge surprise?
I think as time goes by, the boundaries of what is acceptable will be tested and tested until we start moving in a direction where these days it will be seen as disgusting or not right, but soon will be seen as no longer inappropriate. What that will be or when, I don’t know.
At the moment, there are still people who believe erotica is completely improper and revolting. But is that because people are voicing something that has always remained private and intimate, and those people are prudish or just believe that something like that should remain behind closed doors (even if they do it themselves)? This to me is funny because I find this way better than watching a porn film which more people watch and have access to.
But I feel this type o thinking will shift soon and will become more acceptable as time goes by. I think the type of erotica however will be what boundaries are pushed, which is what will surprise us all.
We all have a treasured possession, what is yours?
Would it be bad if I said I didn’t. Of course there is an object that I would make sure I got out if my house was burning down and that is my lap top because it has my work on it, but in general, I think I treasure my family and pets more. Possessions can be replaced.
Are your characters based on real people or did you create them from scratch?
I wouldn’t say a character is based on a person I know, but more so incorporates elements of their personality. But there are characters I have just completely made from scratch because I don’t personally know any psychopaths…well I interview some for work, but I don’t get to know them enough to really get any inspiration.
Do you think adult fiction helps improves relationships?
I actually was told the other day by someone that they thank E. L. James for writing Fifty Shades of Grey, because things in the bedroom have gotten a lot more exciting. I think reading novels of a similar nature can help some people break out of what James termed in her novels ‘vanilla sex’ and experiment further. Whether adult fiction in other genres help people I’m unsure of, for example, romance novels can create an unrealistic expectation of how a relationship can be with someone, and that person can become dissatisfied with how a partner acts. It’s the reader’s job to remember in such an instant that the novel is fiction and no relationship is ever perfect. Though, it wouldn’t hurt if some men did read the genre to pick up some tips on how to make a relationship more romantic.
If you have to pitch adult fiction to someone that’s too shy to read it, what would you pitch?
What they would be reading is something completely natural, and they probably have already done some of the things themselves, it has just been put into words.
What is your motto?
For all the things you would like to try or accomplish. Do it! There are no excuses for not striving to tick off those goals.
You have a few steamy moments in your novel. Were they created from fantasy or is there real life experience behind it?
Haha! The question I probably get asked the most when I tell them my book is an erotic urban fantasy novel. I think anyone who has written in the erotica category bases at least some of their scenes off life experience and/or some fantasies that they may wish to explore. But some, may just be how they see a scene playing out without having anything to do with their own life or preferences. Some may just be for shock
Why did you choose more experienced woman rather than a virgin?
With my particular storyline, a virgin wasn’t of any consequence. My heroine is strong, sarcastic and sexual, a combination that is needed for her character. Being a virgin would take away from her personality and behaviour.
Foreplay, some say it’s just a waste of energy, others feel that it’s a must. You’re opinion?
Foreplay is definitely a must. Most of our readers will be of the female gender, and all females know how important foreplay plays a part is enjoying sex. I once read an author say that it took her forever to realize that it was the foreplay that got people going in her books, once it went beyond that the interest started to die, which I agree with. You see it in series as well, when they have two lead characters that are obviously destined to be with each other, people watch as the tension increases between the two,. The moment that they finally get together, it is of that moment that it could make or break the show because people aren’t as interested anymore Prime example is Lois & Clark where once Superman was finally with Lois, the show only lasted for one more season. So what I’m saying is ‘Foreplay Rules!’
What sexual position is your favorite?
Depends who I’m with. I‘ve found that each partner I’ve had, there are positions that work just right together and it has been different every time.
Have you ever used your nails and left marks?
Haha! No! But I have at one stage had a thing for biting. Does that count?
Do you think lingerie is a must for a relationship?
Oh hell yes! Lingerie can make you feel so sexy, especially when your partner sees you in it and gets that look upon their face that they want to devour you.
Are you a screamer or the bite it down kind of lover?
I’ve never been one that needs the whole neighborhood to hear what I’m up to, but I don’t exactly keep quiet about it either. Letting someone know that what they are doing is pleasurable is important
Why did you choose to write Paranormal/Fantasy?
I have been reading vampire and other paranormal creature novels ever since I was young and I still haven’t stopped. When the day comes that you decide to write a novel, the best advice you will get is write what you know and read…so me writing a novel about a forensic scientist really wasn’t going to happen.
There is a lot of biting in your novel, are you a biter yourself?
I think I just answered that, but just in case I didn’t…*makes biting sound!
What creature/species do you think makes the ultimate lover?
A sex nymph! Need I say more haha!
What creature/species if you’re favorite?
Usually vampires, because I’ve always love reading vampire novels. They are dark, mysterious, dangerous, strong, sometimes sexy, sometimes they’re monsters depending on what your reading or watching. But I’ve also started having a thing for demonic gods, thanks to Gena Showalter and her Lords of the Underworld series. Those guys seem to be the ultimate bad boys, and they just can’t help it, while also struggling to keep their humanity and form relationships.
Just fabulous! Thanks for the interview Kimberley. Find out more about this fabulous author and her novels here