Meet The Author: Katya Cumming

Katya Cumming is a gurl from Edinburgh, Scotland, who writes steamy, erotic fiction. Her favourite themes are crossdressers being caught, feminisation, humiliation, and sexual curiosity at any age. She’s published novels, and novellas, and her short stories are contained in two anthologies.

I am so honoured and thrilled that Katya has become the  latest author to share her thoughts. Please meet the utterly divine Katya Cumming.

When did you start writing erotic books, and what was your inspiration for it?

My first titles appeared in 2019, but I’d been writing stories for quite a long time before publishing anything. I also write longer versions of the genre than many other authors. Inspiration came from recalling past events, and considering the type of thing I’ve dreamt of doing in the future.

What happened in Amsterdam, Geneva, and Berlin?

Due to my job at the time, I was lucky enough to live in Berlin for a few months when I was in my mid-twenties. I attended a fancy dress party dressed as a girl, as a dare. I got drunk, and fell deeper into character than I intended. When a young man kissed me on the dance floor, I responded, but left soon afterwards worried about what I’d done. He hadn’t known my true identity or gender.

A few years later, I went to Amsterdam with my best friend for a break, and we visited the places where guys go together. In the UK before the trip, while drunk (again), I’d told him about my Berlin experience. On our second night in Amsterdam, we returned to our accommodation after a lot to drink. My friend produced lipstick, a nightie, stockings and high heel sandals he’d borrowed from his girlfriend. He dared me to dress up, and I refused at first. The temptation was too strong, so I did it, and learned that when presenting en femme, I had an urge to do things I’d never normally consider. Apart from kissing, I swallowed more than saliva. We never discussed that night again.

A few months later, I got married, but I was sent to Geneva for three days doing my job. I packed a few items secretly borrowed from my wife, and prayed that nobody asked to check my luggage. I went out one evening en femme. I didn’t look great, but it was the most terrifying and incredible feeling, and I’ve never been able to do it since.

What was the first book that you wrote?

The first book I wrote and published as Katya was Neighbourhood Watch which I worked on for months. I used some of my own experiences to make it feel like a true story, and I’ve done that with several of my books since.

What are your favourite stories to write?

Crossdressing and discovery by a wife or partner, is without doubt my favourite. Feminisation of a young man by an older woman also gives me a tingle, and though it’s meant to be ‘forced’, it’s usually accepted without much protest. I like my main character to enjoy submission.

Who do you think are your biggest fans, your core readership?

I’m sure that my biggest fans are men who either already crossdress, or would like to. I think they’re mostly like me, and are unable to dress-up regularly because of domestic circumstances. It’s important to know a wife or partner’s opinion of such things before risking a marriage or relationship.

What makes your heart race as a reader, and also a writer?

The slow and steady build up to transformation. My heart pounds when I’m reading or describing the circumstances and the anticipation. I’ve never been hairy, but I’ve shaved all over for quite a while now, so I’m smooth. I love to read or write about the magical thrill when sliding sheer nylon stockings up legs and caressing them afterwards. I get the same feeling when I tuck away my package to leave a flat front, and I can tug sexy panties up, holding me snugly. There is also the anticipation and build up to imagining physical pleasure in the company of someone who is the same as me, but is better endowed.

What is your favourite book that you have written?

My favourite book until recently was Girls with Extra: Part 1, but that has now been overtaken by Crossdressing, which is my latest offering. The latest is also close to my personal circumstances.

What is your best selling book, and do you know why it sells so well?

My best selling book until a few weeks ago was My Feminine Side: Part 1, but it’s recently been outsold by Crossdressing. In both of them I was absorbed in the transition from guy to gurl, and I believe that in Crossdressing, I’ve created one of my best characters and scenarios so far.

How do you keep your ideas and stories fresh?

One method is to alter the age range of the main character when I start a new story. For example, if the one I’ve just published has a person who’s just graduated, then the next story will feature a more mature character. I also try to change the professions, the pastimes, and the number of liaisons.

Do you have a writing routine?

I’ve been fortunate enough to reduce to part-time work, so I sometimes get to spend an entire day writing. I always have at least half a day. When I write erotica, if possible, I fully transform. It’s peculiar how inspirational it can be tasting lipstick, or looking down at bright red fingernails as I type. Being en femme is not usually an option, so I wear something sexy under my regular clothes.

Whats the secret to a strong title and great cover art?

At first I found it difficult to judge the best cover art. I soon found that I can be prompted by the right picture to write a story. I tend not to use gorgeous girls with big chests. For some titles I’ve used a beautiful woman, because that might be the supporting character’s description. On other occasions I want my cover to look like a guy who has worked at transforming. I give my stories a working title and by the time I’ve finished the first draft, I know what to call the story.

Notably, with only a couple of exceptions, I’ve created the background for most of my covers using photos taken around the house or when in a hotel on holiday. My wife wonders why I photograph furniture and bedrooms. I use two different programmes to create my covers.

Do you enjoy hearing from readers?

I love to hear from readers, and it gives me a thrill when someone gets in touch and tells me how much they like my work. I’ve had private messages from guys who dress-up occasionally, and they wish they could be like my characters. I’ve also heard from more than one who’d like to get together with me to play out a scene they’ve read. Those messages are quite arousing.

What has been the high point of your career?

The high point of my secret career so far has been the number of guys who read my stories, check out my website profile and believe I’m the woman on the homepage. Oh, I wish ….

Which authors inspire you?

There are a few, but Stephen King must be at the top, although he’s not an erotica author. I’ve read other erotica authors, and I’ve enjoyed their work, but they didn’t inspire me. I’m mainly driven by desire.

How much of your work is based on personal experience versus fantasy?

I’d like to say that most of it was personal experience, but sadly, most of it is what I’d love to do if given the chance. As time goes by, I accept that I’ll probably never relive those magical moments I had before marrying. I sometimes wish I’d gone further when my best friend wanted to do so much more with me. Kissing while en femme aroused me, and we were both surprised at how easily I was able to do more for him.

Do your friends and family know that you are an erotic author? If so, how did they react when they found out?

In recent years I’ve let friendships slowly end so my only friends are online. My wife knows about the books written under my real name, and hasn’t read any of them. She’s strait-laced, and has no idea about my secret erotica stories. It would be the end of our relationship if she ever caught me in a wig, lace panties, stockings and heels. Fortunately, we have no children, and our extended families all live a long distance away from us so we don’t have visitors.

What mistakes have you made in your career?

The greatest one has got to be not trying my hand at writing erotica earlier. Although not a mistake, I’d loved to have had the opportunity to be transformed and be with another gurl so we could appreciate each other.

What have been your personal triumphs?

I’d been married a few years when I was home alone one day, and gave into temptation. For a long time, I’d been in denial about my desire to crossdress. When I was wearing a nightie, stockings, heels, lipstick and nail polish, I realised I was in denial about something else … I didn’t want to be a woman, but I had a strong desire to be treated like one by a man or other crossdresser.

While briefly a member of Fetlife, I had lots of compliments on my picture gallery, and a large number of private messages from friends asking for a meet.

What’s the best thing about writing erotica for you? 

No matter the age of the main character, it allows me to live out my fantasies in the story. I might not be able to go fully en femme, but I always wear one or two items. Right now, as I complete this interview, my wife is downstairs. She’s seen my tracksuit, but she’d be horrified to know that underneath, I’m wearing black lace panties, and sheer black hold-up stockings with sexy lace tops.

What advice would you offer a writer who wants to embark on a successful erotica career?

If in a relationship, try to sound out your spouse or partner’s attitude to the topic. If they’re okay with it, let them know your intention, and they might want to help. If, like me, you can’t afford to talk about it openly, still go ahead, but create another story as your ‘alibi’ for writing. Embrace your desire to write erotica, and treat it as a fulfilling secret life. Above all, read widely in the subject.

Katya xx

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