Hello Everyone! I'm so excited for you to meet our guest today. Author Abigail Grey has graciously joined me in the attic today to talk about her work and life as an author.
Hi Abigail, thank you so much for coming. Pull up a trunk and make yourself comfortable.
What inspired you to write your book?
It was actually at the urging of a book club in which I participate. We are all avid readers, tending to focus a little more on the recent increase in erotic romance. I had a few pieces posted on a profile I have and had submitted two pieces to anthologies being edited by Rachel Kramer Bussel, so they kept at me to put something out on my own.
Is there anything you found particularly challenging with this work?
The collection of short stories was difficult just because I didn’t know how to put it together. I’ve read collections, own a few, and I didn’t take the time I should have to really put it together. To this day I keep flipping through it with a hand to my head: “I should have started with this story, then did that one. I should have put this one here and that one there.” It’s a common issue, though, I hear.
What genre do you consider your book?
At first, I expected to release an erotic romance. Reading it, though, I would definitely categorize it as erotic… perhaps not exactly romantic. My writing tends to center more on the sexual acts than the emotions behind them. Perhaps it should be categorized as fetish or simple erotica?
What was one of the most surprising things you learned writing this book?
I wrote these stories over a very long period of years. It was interesting to me to look back at those I had written years ago and see how my personal style and tastes have changed.
How many books have you written? Which is your favorite?
Actual books, this is my first. Short stories? Oh, hundreds. Very few of them are still in my posession, having been in notebooks, computers, cocktail napkins, etc., that I no longer have. My favorite tends to vary, dependent on my mood. “Broken”, a story in my “Quickies” collection, draws me back every once in a while. Currently I’m a little obsessed with my present project, so I try to avoid past stories that could color the mood of that one.
Do you have a favorite character in any of your books?
I’ll be honest, there is a bit of me in every main character, if they aren’t entirely me. I don’t know that I have them fleshed out enough to consider any of them favorites at this point.
Plotter or Pantser?
For the most part I just let the story go where it will once my fingers hit the keyboard. I recently shared a post on my Facebook that detailed this very thing: “Main Characters: You do everything you can to raise them right, and, as soon as they hit the page, they do anything they damn well please.” I’m pretty sure I have some idea of how I want this present work to end, but I have no idea what twists and turns we may take to get there.
Now for a couple of "Get-to-know-you" questions.
Morning Person? Or Night Person?
Night, totally… I will still be awake at one a.m., unable to sleep until I finish one last scene, whether it’s writing or reading.
What would we find under your bed?
Storage containers full of out-of-season clothing. And perhaps a random lost necklace, hair pins and my missing cuff.
What are your current/future projects?
I wrote a short story, inspired by an acquaintance, very loosely based on a Red Riding Hood and the Wolf style of story. Normally my inspiration stops after the initial scene, but this one kept going from half a chapter into six chapters.
Is there anything else you'd like to say to your readers?
Just a simple thank you. I’m starting out in this little world of writing for public consumption and I appreciate anyone who picks up my book, like it or not.
Where can readers find more out about you and your book?
I am on Facebook where anyone is welcome to add me for occasional updates. I also have a page on Goodreads that lists my current piece and the previous publication in “Only You” with Rachel Kramer Bussel.
My book is currently available through Amazon and on Kindle:
Thanks so much for joining me in the attic today, Abigail. I enjoyed adding you to my collection of good things.