Today we have author Kyoko Church visiting with an interview on her Sapphic Secrets blog tour! Read on below to find out more about Sapphic Secrets, read an excerpt, and what Kyoko's future release(s)!
Holly: Hi! Would you tell us a little bit about yourself?
Kyoko Church: Hi Holly! Sure, I would. But first, thank you very much for having me on your blog today. I had a look around. I love what you do here!
I am a Canadian by birth and lived there most of my life until about six months ago when hubby and I made the decision to pick up our little family and move… to the other side of the globe. As you do! We are now busy getting settled in the beautiful hills of
. South Australia
My new life involves things like trying to remember to drive on the left (I forget every so often. Not good.) and getting used to people saying they like my accent. (I don’t have an accent! They have accents!) Aside from adjustments to life Down Under, there’s also Twitter. I want to be brilliantly witty and charming in 140 characters but every time I try I freeze and just end up with lame ‘I’m eating clam dip now’ type tweets. :/ If anyone knows how to help me come out of my Twitter shell I’m open to suggestions.
Holly: Do you write an outline before starting a book or just write?
Kyoko Church: Depends. I’ve done it both ways. I didn’t have an outline for Nymphomania, Book One of the Draper Estates Trilogy, I just had a pretty solid idea in my head for where I wanted it to go. But for Sapphic Secrets I did, mostly because I was proposing it as a trilogy to the publisher so they needed to see where I was headed. But I allow myself some latitude. For example, I also submitted an outline for Book Three (title TBA ;) but I know already I will depart from it at least a bit. Sometimes the characters take you in directions you don’t expect. Or sometimes you grow or make realizations yourself and that affects your writing. At least, it does for me!
Holly: Can you tell us, in your own words not the book description, a little about your book?
Kyoko Church: Sure! Sapphic Secrets is the second in my Draper Estates Trilogy. It is set in
New England in the 1860s, a time when female sexuality was not understood and
certainly not encouraged. Lusty Lillianne, who was labelled a nymphomaniac and
tormented by her doctor in the first book, now finds herself equally powerless
in the hands of her sexy scullery maid.
Crouching sexily behind the idea for the trilogy and all of the sex scenes in it is my love of tease and denial. I am tantalized by the idea of struggling for release that is just that tiny bit out of reach. I’m naughty and a bit devious like that.
Holly: Can we expect more novels from you in 2013?
Kyoko Church: Yes! I have a book calledFor Her Pleasure that is being released by HarperCollins digital imprint, Mischief Books, on February 21st. It is contemporary femdom so, in a way, a complete departure from the historical erotica of the Draper Estates Trilogy. But it has a ton of the tease and denial that I love, even more than in the trilogy. It’s my second go at writing from a male POV and my (male) editor at HC said it is the best femdom he’s read in a long time. I am really proud of that since, as an erotica editor, I’m sure he reads a lot of femdom stuff. So I’m really stoked for others to read it!
Holly: Are you working on anything at the moment?
Kyoko Church: At the moment I am working on the final installment for Draper Estates. And I’m really excited about the direction it’s taking! It will be as naughty and hot as ever, but there will be more romance than in the previous two.
Holly: How much of you or people you know do you think make it into the characters in your novel(s)?
Kyoko Church: What a great question! Someone just tweeted me the other day to ask how much of Sapphic Secrets is autobiographical, which struck me as funny since it’s set in the 1860s and the protagonist worked in a mill. I tweeted back that I’d never tell! Ha ha! But I guess I will divulge that I have never been labelled a nymphomaniac – at least not by a doctor ;) – nor tied up by my scullery maid and forced to perform cunnilingus.
Joking aside, I think there is always a bit of me in every character, especially the protagonist. There is a lot of me in Lillianne. And yes, sometimes I find it easier to make characters come to life if I imagine someone I know when I write for them. I don’t always do that but I think it can help. And some people just beg to be put into a story! Sometimes I encounter someone or something happens to me and I think, that’s making it in somewhere! And I tuck it away in my head for future use. For example, there’s a horrid, little man in Sapphic Secrets named Bob Weiler who – when describing his willingness to bed plain women – spits out, ‘I’m not staring at the mantle while I’m poking the fire!’ Someone shared that little gem with me about twenty years ago and I thought, what a perfectly awful thing to say. I’ve had it stored in my head ever since!
Holly: Why this genre(s)?
Kyoko Church: I think I write erotica because I have so many ideas about sexy situations. I’m a horny person and I’m always thinking up sexy little what ifs. And I think that’s where a great story comes from, thinking what if. Plus it’s fun! Writing down naughty thoughts knowing that others will read them and hopefully enjoy them too is immensely rewarding for me.
Holly: What is the hardest part of writing in your opinion?
Kyoko Church: Definitely the blank page. Getting started. I have lots of sexy ideas but sometimes getting them down can be a challenge.
Holly: What is your favorite part of writing?
Kyoko Church: Editing. I love editing. Getting things out to begin with is hard but once it’s down, I love going over it and making it perfect. Tweaking it until it is just right. That is bliss for me.
Holly: Do you have anything you would like to say to your readers?
Kyoko Church: Thank you for buying my books! And I love hearing from and connecting with readers and finding out what they like – and even what they don’t – about what I’ve written. So feel free to tweet me, comment on my blog or Facebook page or drop me a line. I’d love to hear from you!
Holly: What is your favorite quote, by whom, and why?
Kyoko Church: I think it was Nathaniel Hawthorne who said “Easy reading is damn hard writing.” It’s so true. The greats make it look easy. And make you think, I could totally do that! Then you try. And find out… not so easy!
Kyoko Church: Gotta love a quickie! J
Holly: Pepsi or coke?
Kyoko Church: Wine. J
Holly: Favorite kind of chocolate?
Kyoko Church: Chips. (Jeez, I’m a difficult guest, aren’t I?)
Holly: Cats or dogs?
Kyoko Church: Dogs!
Holly: Do you read more than you write?
Kyoko Church: Um, I think it’s about equal.
Holly: Favorite book to movie?
Kyoko Church: One Day (even though Anne Hathaway butchers the British accent)
Holly: Favorite book or author? Yeah we know it’s hard to choose! ;)
Kyoko Church: The Way the Crow Flies by Ann-Marie MacDonald
Title: Sapphic SecretsBook Description:
Series: Draper Estates Trilogy #2Author: Kyoko Church
Genre: Erotica Romance
Publisher: Xcite BooksFormat: Ebook
Purchase: Amazon US | Amazon UK
Labelled a nymphomaniac because of her passion, Lillianne Draper is forced to spend her days restrained. She has managed to banish the nefarious Dr Samms only to begin to question the motives of her scullery maid, Celeste. Charged with the task of monitoring her mistress’s illness, Celeste seems to enjoy her new responsibility a little too much. Lillianne must try and control her body’s responses or her husband will order the return of the doctor who tormented her. But being left every day at the mercy of Celeste is arousing desires in Lilly she didn't know she had.
Lillianne awoke with the now familiar aching throb between her legs.
Oh! It seemed now there was never a moment’s respite.
The air of the master bedroom was cool, almost cold and she hunkered down under the bedclothes and savoured the warmth they held. She was alone. Blessedly alone.
In the soft, warm confines of her bed her hand sought the ache at her centre and cupped it, pressed down on it, tried to assuage it. It felt like that, like a comfort, at first.
Of course, the more she kneaded and pressed it, the more the ache grew, like a fire being slowly stoked. She pressed the covers to her mouth to stifle a groan and rocked herself back and forth in anguish. She shouldn’t. She knew she shouldn’t. Because of Dr Samms she was constantly monitored. Who knew when someone could come in? James. Celeste. Her darling Ewan who’d arisen from their marital bed but ten minutes earlier. But the ache persisted and once she’d started touching she felt powerless to stop.
It felt so good. Ah, god, so good to have pressure there. Her body needed it. Craved it. And it wasn’t really so bad, was it, to just hold herself there? That’s really all it was. But after a few moments more her mind flitted back. To thoughts. Oh, nasty thoughts. She shouldn’t be thinking them! Especially not in this way! But they were insidious little things, those perverted thoughts about what her housemaid Celeste had done to her.
Celeste! Not only her housemaid but her confidante. Her best friend. What had the shy little blonde creature been thinking? What could have possessed her? But as the pressure and the pleasure mounted where Lilly held herself between her legs she couldn’t help but remember again how it felt to have Celeste do what she did.
It’s the affliction, Lilly thought. My affliction makes me think these things! It will drive me mad! But once the memories took hold they cemented themselves there. Celeste, shaving Lilly bare between her legs per the doctor’s orders while Lilly’s arms and legs were pinned and powerless, leaving her skin exposed and oh so sensitive. And then. Oh god.
Her housemaid put her mouth there.
Her tongue! Right on the burning centre of her need, the pounding pulse of what drove her madness. And the worst part, the absolute worst part was what Lilly scarcely allowed herself to acknowledge. That to have Celeste’s slick tongue licking and licking that tortured bud of flesh was the most exquisite bliss.
Out of her mind with lustful thoughts Lilly parted her legs wantonly, all thoughts of propriety and repercussions gone. In her mind her finger was Celeste’s tongue on her again but this time, oh this time it would finish what it started.
The first touch of her finger on the sensitive tip of her clitoris was like heaven. Lilly gasped out, her starved body grateful, hungry and eager at the sensation of wonderful firm pressure directly on there again, just like Celeste had done with her talented tongue. Giddy now, she slicked her finger up and down fast and hard, feeling the paroxysm build, not slowly like the evil doctor forced her to endure, but quickly like her body wanted. ‘Oh god!’ she cried, as her body bucked beneath her hand. Her eyes squeezed shut, she couldn’t help but imagine her sweet friend’s blonde head between her legs, moving and working, that tongue laving. ‘Yes! Yes! Please! I need it. Please, Celeste. Please!’ Lilly whispered her tortured pleadings into her bedclothes as she frigged herself hard.
Just as her body began to thrash over the edge of the most powerful paroxysm she’d ever endured, the bedroom door opened and then … Celeste was standing there.
For the next 18 years she hid her naughty thoughts in shame. Until she found a community where they were once again appreciated for the well-imagined smut they are. Her short stories have been published in anthologies by Black Lace, Rubicund Publishing and Xcite Books. Book One, Nymphomania, and Book Two, Sapphic Secrets, in her Draper Estate Trilogy were published by Xcite in 2012. For Her Pleasure will be published by HarperCollins Mischief in March 2013.
A Canuck by birth, she has recently made
She is currently learning to drive on the left and say G’day convincingly. Australia