Today is the last day you can get Anything She Wants for free! To draw attention to this fact, I’ve decided to interview myself for my Q&A series. Prepare yourself for some multiple personality weirdness. Things could get messy.
1. Sell us your book in one sentence.
Allow me to quote from the blurb: Power play, first time encounters and office rivalry get the characters in these twelve stories so riled up, the only way to go is down and dirty.
2. Favourite line (or paragraph) from Anything She Wants
Gosh, Harper. You’re really putting me on the spot right now. You can’t possibly expect me to pick a favourite? Basically, all lines, paragraphs and stories are my favourite otherwise I wouldn’t have chosen them to be in the anthology.
3. Last book that blew you away?
The Blue Hour by Beatrice Donahue. I know Ladylit published it and I might be prone to some light bias, but we wouldn’t have published it in the first place if it hadn’t completely knocked our socks off. Beatrice Donahue’s way with words is spectacular. I read a lot of lesbian fiction, but I’ve rarely encountered something as beautifully written as this. It’s a gem and a treat and I personally guarantee that you will not be disappointed after reading it. (Note from interviewer: I’ve read it and I wasn’t.)
4. Which celebrity is at number one of your imaginary to-do list?
I’m constantly re-assessing this list. At this moment in time, it’s a tight race between Robin Wright and Gillian Anderson, but I think I’d go for Robin because I think she’d treat me better after.
5. What’s your favourite sexy song?
My Curse by The Afghan Whigs. YouTube it, you’ll understand. I’ve been obsessed with these lyrics since my teens: And slave I only use as a word to describe the special way I feel for you. (Does this betray my age?)
6. What are you most proud of?
Professionally: Becoming Harper Bliss. Founding Ladylit. Putting together this anthology. Working with a bunch of talented authors who I really admire. Personally: Being nice enough to my wife for her to have stuck with me for the past thirteen years.
7. Who’s your favourite TV character?
As I’m currently completely obsessed with The Fall, it has to be DSI Stella Gibson. She is every woman I write about when I write fem dom office stories in which the women wear designer blouses (open at the throat) and tights skirts. Icy, smart, bossy and not bashful about sex. Oh god, what am I going to do when this show ends?
8. Which author’s books are a must-read?
Kristina Lloyd’s. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: when I grow up I want to write like Kristina Lloyd. (I know what you’re going to say, Harper. Pity I’m so old already.) She’s the best. Also, she sure knows how to push boundaries. (Kristina has promised to drop by some time soon to dish the dirt on her most controversial book Asking For Trouble.)
Of course, all the books I feature on here are a must-read. So far, we’ve had Confessions of a Kinky Divorcee by Lana Fox, Girls Who Score by Ily Goyanes, Ice by Lyn Gardner and The Blue Hour by Beatrice Donahue. I also like everything Cheyenne Blue writes.
9. Anything else you want us to know?
I love my job so much, I could cry (sometimes I do.) I honestly never expected the world of erotica to be so nice. I remember the day I announced to my wife I decided to write an erotic story. She told me to go for it and here I am, a year and so many stories later. Basically, I guess what I’m trying to say is: don’t be afraid to dream!
10. What’s next for you?
Write more naughty stuff, of course. I have some ideas for themed anthologies. We’re hoping to launch an even dirtier Ladylit imprint soon, and I want to write a sexy series about a lesbian superhero. But first I’m going on holiday. I’ll be promoting Anything She Wants at Portland and San Francisco Pride! (Do say hello if you see me distributing flyers like a crazy person.)
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