Tell us about yourself and how many books you have written.
I was born in Bangladesh and raised in Bangalore, India and Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. I appreciate just how taboo it is for a woman raised in such a traditional culture to write about sex. I joyfully embrace that dichotomy and hope it inspires my readers to express their intimate desires more openly. I speak fluent Hindi, Bengali and Urdu. I hold dual degrees in Psychology and Theatre & Performing Arts from the University of Toronto.
Aside from writing I’m a model and performer. One of my proudest moments was winning the People’s Choice Award in the Miss Universe Canada competition… yes I am a Miss Universe gone bad! I’ve had roles in independent films that have graced the screen at film festivals worldwide. I’ve appeared in Maxim Magazine, commercials, music videos, short films and television shows including HBO’s erotic series Lingerie. After starring in the cult comedy Sweet Prudence and the Erotic Adventure of Bigfoot I was inspired to further develop the film’s characters in my first novella SEDUCED BY THE SAUCERMEN. My second book THE KEYHOLE explores the taboo world of underground sex clubs from a woman’s perspective.
I suppose moving from acting in erotic films to writing erotic books makes me a partially reformed harlot… and proud of it.
I’ll continue exploring the world of literary erotica because I’ve had my fair share of challenges with relationships and being a very passionate lover I understand that struggle. I find Women think more creatively when it comes to sex and if you unleash her mind and senses, there is no such thing as boring sex and faking orgasms.
What is the name of your latest book and what inspired it?
My inspiration for writing my two erotic romances THE KEYHOLE and SEDUCED BY THE SAUCERMEN came from my growing up in an extremely conservative environment. I was raised in Bangladesh, India and the UAE in a mix of traditional Indian and Arabic culture. Sex was a taboo topic so women rarely expressed their desires or explored their sexuality. Through my acting appearances in erotic films and by writing erotica I want to inspire women to explore their boundaries and express their desires. If I can do it so can they. THE KEYHOLE is about a woman doing just that… it’s a sensual odyssey.
My path to writing erotica was very unique.
As an actress I had appeared in the Cinemax television series LINGERIE, and then was one of the leads in the erotic cult movie SWEET PRUDENCE AND THE EROTIC ADVENTURE OF BIGFOOT. After some initial awkwardness I really enjoyed doing these projects, and considered them to be acting out erotic fantasies. I want to point out that the sex is all simulated in those projects – they are erotica, not pornography.
In the same breath I’d been writing film and theatre projects as part of my curriculum – I have degrees in Theatre Arts and psychology from Toronto University. Writing was something I found creatively fulfilling, almost more than acting.
After SWEET PRUDENCE was released I was amazed at how many women really loved the film, in part because they could see that the cast was enjoying themselves. Then I sort of stumbled upon the huge number of erotic EBooks that was written be women, for women and thought, hey, maybe this is something to explore.
I mentioned that to the director of SWEET PRUDENCE, suggesting that he write a follow-up book, but he turned around and said, “Well, why don’t you write a book?”
Since I knew the two main characters so well it was an interesting opportunity to take the ball and run with it. Knowing the characters took some of the fear out writing my first book, and allowed their voices to flow. The film’s director encouraged me to be creative and not worry about what anyone else, including him thought.
My second book THE KEYHOLE is an entirely original concept, without the crazy humor. I think writing SEDUCED BY THE SAUCERMEN gave me the confidence to make that leap.
Do you have any unusual writing habits?
The most unusual thing is that there is no rhyme or reason. I’ll suddenly stop what I’m doing and start scribbling. Then I notice six hours have passed. I work with piles of yellow note pads that have little rhyme or reason to them. I also have a bad habit of switching to Hindi mid paragraph and switching back to English a few pages later. It makes transcribing my stuff a bit confusing.
What authors, or books have influenced you?
I have always been a voracious reader, so my influences go way back. I mean I can thank Nancy Drew for making me a book junkie. By the way you’ve never read Nancy Drew until you’ve read it in the original Hindi. At a very young age Vonnegut paved the way to Murakami both of whom taught me there’s no such thing as normal, and who needs normal anyway. Other authors like Harry Crews have shown how darkness and light can coexist in even the most horrible situations. All these authors are like roads on a giant map that takes you wherever you wind up in life.
What are you working on now?
Well, clearly I’ve lost my mind because I’m creating an erotic fantasy series, which I’m sure people will say “Ala Game of Thrones,” But it is very different and unique. There are identical twin sisters battling for a throne, a former slave in love with the princess, intelligent dinosaurs forming their own society, demons that want to take over the mortal world, plenty of dry humor… oh, and lots of hot erotic love triangles. Right now the first book consists of about twenty pages of notes in my tiny handwriting. It’s a challenging piece to wrap my head around. I may start work and say, “Oh lord, what have I done?”
What is your best method or website when it comes to promoting your books?
Having only written two books I’m still too green to really know. My best answer would be “ask me in two months,” by then I’ll be a grizzled veteran of the EBook publishing realm. At the moment I am hitting every possible venue and learning something new every day. Any advice out there?
I will also be doing some interviews in Hindi and Urdu to help spread the word.
Do you have any advice for new authors?
As a newer person my only insights would be to keep writing constantly and become comfortable with the process. Don’t set insane goals for yourself because that will only lead to frustration. Also don’t hesitate to contact other writers and ask questions. You would be amazed how many successful writers, especially in our erotic niche are open to discussion. Oh, and destroy all passive verbs! Learn to hate those little buggers.
What is the best advice you have ever heard?
Why aren’t you writing? That’s the best advice you can get. The only advantage a writer has is that most people that want to write don’t have the patience to sit and actually write. Actually sitting down and doing it really thins the herd.
What are you reading now?
Well, I’m warming up for my fantasy sword and adventure erotic series, which means research, research and more research. So I am deep in academic books about the medieval era as well as the Greek and Roman empires. But it’s not all work because I stumbled across Canadian author “Christian Cameron” who writes very manly period novels like “The Long Sword,” that are amazingly well researched and total page-turners. He’s also a reenactor who owns the armor and weaponry he writes about. And he’s very hot. So Cameron if you want to drop by my place feel free, but wear that armor from your Amazon author page… you know the one I’m talking about. I take my research sessions very seriously.
What’s next for you as a writer?
My goal is to keep working on my fantasy series, while also giving attention to the followup stories for SEDUCED BY THE SAUCERMEN and THE KEYHOLE.
THE KEYHOLE 2 will introduce new characters exploring their sexuality at the Keyhole Club, while continuing Debra’s personal journey. The followup to SEDUCED 2 will showcase Prudence defeating the alien menace through a little bit of time travel, though I haven’t decided what bygone era she’ll be heating up.
What is your favorite book of all time?
PAT THE BUNNY- It began my lifelong love affair with books. Many of my favorite books would be lost on anyone who doesn’t read Hindi. Favorite is also a difficult term because every book touches you at a moment in your life. As a child KING ARTHUR made me cry because it created such a wonderful idylic world, and then we watched as it fall apart through pride and jealousy. In my gangly adolescene when I was too tall, too skinny and too ethnic to fit in I read EMILY DICKENSON and shouted “thank god someone understands me!” Does poetry count? Maybe it’s TO THE LIGHTHOUSE by Virginia Woolf, after a dozen reads it still calls to me.
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