Meet The Author: Sadie Thatcher

Sadie Thatcher grew up in a small conservative town (think Footloose). Spending all that time in a sexually repressed place has led Sadie to need to explore her sexuality through prose. Sadie has been a long time writer, but has now become confident enough to share the explorations of her deepest and darkest sexual fantasies.

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

I wrote my first erotic story in the summer of 2012. I had read about people making serious money through self publishing of erotica and romance (more the former at the time). The story was a proof of concept, but I did nothing with it for months. It wasn’t very good and it was too short, but it was a start that allowed me to launch my writing career in January 2013.

How would you describe your preferred niche? 

I consider myself primarily a bimbo transformation author. I also lean into gender transformation and dollification occasionally, but I made my name in bimbos and that’s where most of my sales come from. I might as well also mention that I write fantasy romance novels under the pen name Libby Feron through a small indie press.

What was the first book that you wrote?

The first book I published was Class Is in Seduction. It was short and part of my throw everything at the wall phase, before I honed in on bimbos being my niche. 

My first bimbo book was Tales from the Bimbo Ward: Tegan. It was the initial success of Tegan that pushed me into writing about bimbofication fully, which, admittedly, I had the most fun writing.

Why did you decide to become an author?

My career as an author came out of a severe bout of depression in late 2012. In reality, my mood had been slowly sinking for years, but I hadn’t noticed until late in 2012. I made several changes to my life going into 2013 and one of those was the decision to do something I could control. I couldn’t control much in my day job at that time, but publishing erotica was something I could control, and I consider that to be a powerful part of my recovery from depression.

What has been the high point of your career?

I prefer to think that my highest points are still ahead of me, but top of the list of past high points has to be when I went full time in March 2020. I had made the decision before COVID was widely known, but I continued at the everyday job until the start of March. It left me well positioned when everything shut down. Not that I was self-sufficient from the start of that. I loved off of savings for four to five months before I finally made enough money to support myself. It was hard work, but definitely worth it.

What is your favorite book that you have written?

My favorite changes so much, especially when I publish so many books. My favorite books from this year have come from the Promo Team Series and the At His Service Series. The Promo Team books were fun to write, because they take place in Japan and I studied Japanese in high school. I never developed fluency, but it was still fun to add some of the cultural aspects I learned into the books. The At His Service series was a trilogy of short novels following a single woman who meets a billionaire and is swept off her feet by him. She slowly turns into a bimbo under his guidance, much of it without her immediately noticing. There was definitely some personal fantasy self insertion with that series.

What are your favourite stories to write?

I have three types of favorite stories. The first is simply one with a big dichotomy between the character at the start and the character at the end. This has been what has sustained my prolific output in the past almost four years. The second is when I can include whatever fantasies have been working through my head into my stories. And the third is when I can put some of myself into the story. I’m nowhere near being a bimbo, but I can have some fun with them nonetheless.

Who do you think are your biggest fans, your core readership? How would you describe them?

This is something I am not very good at tracking. I generally find myself with a diverse cross section of people reading my books. It’s hard for me to pin down a specific demographic. But I love all my readers, no matter who they are. And just as a demonstration of what I mean, I have polled my readers or social media followers about various ideas I’ve had and most of the time I get pretty equal responses across the board, which is frustrating when I’m considering making changes to my process.

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

I came into erotica as a reader with a kink for mind control. From there I found bimbofication. But mind control continues to hit my buttons, even in non-erotic genres, especially when the mind control causes the character to act against their best interests. However, those situations can push me beyond my limits, keeping me up at night. This happened with a book I was reading two years ago and it kept me up all night and forced me to abandon the book. Lack of sleep kills my creative process. So I’m all about moderation. And while mind control and similar ideas can be too much for some people, I almost always try to end on a positive note.

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

My best selling book ever was Side Effects, which is a gender and bimbo transformation novella from 2015. However, it has fallen out of favor with readers and only gets a handful of sales per year now. I assume it sold so well early through a combination of luck and being my first book with both gender transformation and bimbofication. My best selling series this year has been The Magic Collar Series. It’s a trilogy and omnibus following a woman who uses a magic collar to improve her sex life with her husband. The mix of a type of mind control, along with a collar makes this a popular one.

How do you keep your ideas and stories fresh?

I am always looking for inspiration. I read a lot. When I watch tv and movies, I’m also looking for inspiration. Since I started writing professionally, the way I consume media has changed. I am far more cognizant of story structure and pacing, even if I can’t always apply what I learn to my own work. And whenever I do have an idea, I write it down. Sometimes I can’t remember what a note I’ve left for myself means, but usually the act of writing it down helps solidify it in my head. I also poke out into new directions.

I am currently writing a dollification story as a Ream exclusive that features darker themes and extreme body modifications. The book is too extreme for Amazon, but it lets me explore ideas that I wouldn’t otherwise and it allows me to come back to my bread and butter bimbo stories with a fresh perspective.

Do you have a writing routine?

I don’t have a specific writing routine. I keep that aspect flexible, since I don’t have time requirements forced upon me anymore. But I do keep a publishing routine. As a full time author, I track the ebbs and flows of sales and have found it necessary to publish multiple times per week. I aim for every three days, and that puts me on a deadline and I do what I need to so I can meet it. I get breaks when I publish an omnibus edition of a series, or that gives me a chance to get ahead for the next deadline. I treat being an author like running a business and less like a job now.

What’s the secret to a strong title and great cover art?

I like to keep my titles short when I can. That is mostly because I can make the font on my covers bigger and show off more of the image on the cover. But there’s also something streamlined that I like with short titles. Other than that, I’m now at a point where I sometimes have to check to see if I’ve used a title before. With over 400 titles published, I’ve had a few that are similar before. And I’m getting close to filling out the alphabet with titles. There’s just Q, X, and Y left. As for covers, I try to make them match the book as well as possible. Writing about bimbos often requires some focus on breasts, so bigger breasts are important, when possible. Also, getting the lighting right is huge. I’ve got the process down pretty well, but it can still take me a couple hours to produce a cover. I still do all my own erotica covers. But I now have such a brand with my fonts and cover style, readers will know my books even without being able to read the title. My covers are unique that way.

Do you enjoy hearing from readers?

Absolutely. I love hearing from readers. When someone likes one of my books and chooses to tell me about it, it definitely girly helps stroke my ego. But hearing from readers also helps me better develop my craft and story ideas. Feedback is important to making future books even better. However, I should note that I’ve also had a reader cross boundaries I have set out. That was definitely a new experience for me, but it hasn’t stopped me from interacting with readers since.

Which authors inspire you?

This is always a tough question, because I never want to leave someone out. As far as writers in the bimbo niche, I’d have to go with folks like Downing Street, Limerick, and The Sympathetic Devil. They all have stories available on the EMCSA (Erotic Mind Control Story Archive at mcstories.com). 

As for non-erotic authors, Douglas Adams is at the top of my list. His humorous science fiction is wonderful.

The cover of choosing sides 3 by sadie tacher.

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

In real life, I’m a pretty vanilla person, with far less experience in the things I write than most people would assume. Therefore, most is fantasy. There are moments where I insert a part of myself into a character, but even then, it is usually through a fantasy. I definitely do my research on what I write. I’ve interviewed people who have breast implants to get a better understanding of recovery times. Some of my internet search history would confuse anyone trying to track me. But I also avoid getting bogged down in the details when it’s the vibe of a story that matters.

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

A few people know, both friends and family, but I’ve kept the number small. I wrote a book under my real name at one point, so I can point to that as proof that I’m a writer. Often, when people ask what I do, I’ll just say I’m in publishing. I get fewer follow up questions that way. Those who do know are people I trust and they were accepting of it.

What mistakes have you made in your career?

I wouldn’t say I’ve made mistakes, but looking back, there were things I missed. I missed out on Kindle Unlimited when it first started. The original rollout of that program would have allowed me to jumpstart my writing career much sooner. I also would have pushed into non-erotic genres sooner. And I would have pushed to publish more regularly during the first seven years of my career. But those are all hindsight observations and they aren’t worth dwelling on, other than to be prepared to pivot when the market requires it. No matter what happens, people will buy books. I just need to make sure I’m positioned to have books people want to read.

What have been your personal triumphs?

The biggest triumph has been being able to fully support myself and my future with my writing. Along the way, I’ve used even just the rumor that I was a writer to get hired for journalism assignments that have let me travel around the country and even the world (just once on the latter). And there was also the recovery from severe depression at the start, along with all the cool people I have met along the way.

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

The best way to start is to start writing. But it really all comes down to what your definition of success is. For me, success right now is making money from what I love to do, to support myself and my future. That means making business decisions with an eye toward maximizing income. 

But for someone who wants to have a story recognized in a writing contest or just to see their work on the internet, those are valid and have different requirements. But they all begin with writing (or dictating or other methods of creating). Along the way, it helps to read a lot, and not just erotica. Seeing how others do it is huge. 

However, it’s important to define what success looks like. When I started, I didn’t know what writing success looked like. I just needed something to control and I dreamed about making a full time income this way, but those dreams were just dreams, because I didn’t do anything to make them real. But my definition of success changed over time and that is fine. It’s good. I met my initial goal and then made new ones. And that led me to where I am now.

The lesbian cheerleader experience by sadie thatcher.

2 thoughts on “Meet The Author: Sadie Thatcher”

  1. It’s good to see a prolific author who has developed a working system and has a good knowledge of her subject matter. Too often, an author in any genre can fail by not researching sufficiently.
    An impressive back catalogue, and some beautiful covers, which, at a glance prove that Sadie understands the importance of branding too.

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