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Meet The Author: Vanessa Lockridge

Vanessa loves silk, lace, and all things feminine, and her stories are about boys discovering those joys — with the help of a dominant woman. Transgender romance, feminization, chastity, and domination all combine in her thrilling books.

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Meet the fabulous Vanessa Lockridge…

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

I couldn’t find anything that tickled me just the way I wanted, so I decided to write my own. I was (and continue to be!) headstrong enough to believe that if I was looking for it, someone else probably was too.

What was your first book that you wrote?

The less said about that dreadful thing, the better.

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

I couldn’t find anything that tickled me just the way I wanted, so I decided to write my own. I was (and continue to be!) headstrong enough to believe that if I was looking for it, someone else probably was too.

What was your first book that you wrote?

The less said about that dreadful thing, the better.

Why did you decide to become an author?

Goodness, is that what I am? Writing has always been a very natural way of expressing myself. I was big into RPing back when I was younger, so I suppose that laid the groundwork for writing books now. I write an enormous amount in my day job, but it’s much more fun to write about sexy girls in lovely frills.

What has been the high point of your career?

Maybe it’s corny to say it — but anytime someone actually spends their money on something I wrote, it gets me excited. How lucky are we that people actually want to buy the things we write?

What are your favourite stories to write?

Denial, arousal, lingerie, frustration, acceptance. I need my character to love the same things that I do, as mixed-up and confusing as they can sometimes be. I want my readers to feel seen and understood and validated. I know I have — and continue to —struggle so much with shame around what gets me excited. I hope, if I’m lucky, my readers can leave any shame and anxiety behind them when they read.

My favorite stories are the ones where I communicated those feelings and then provided a place for my readers to feel accepted and desired because of them. Where a love of pretty clothes or chastity or service are things that make someone special and bring them and the people around them joy. Where the taboos of the world can be explored for fun and don’t have to be a place of pain.

I feel like erotica often gets short shrift as little more than pornography with a whiff of plot. And while we write things that turn people on — that’s our goal first and foremost — there’s still room for artistry and beauty in what we do.

Sometimes, rarely, I feel like I’ve managed to write something that captures all of that. Every time I publish I feel like I get a tiny bit closer to knowing how to do it again.

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

A plan, well-executed.

What is your favorite book that you have written?

My next one!

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

Easily, that’s Feminized by my Neighbor. I feel like I captured lightning in a bottle with that one. If I knew why it sells as well as it does, I’d be a much better author!

How do you keep your ideas and stories fresh?

I get very inspired by music. A lyric, a feeling, a vibe — it makes me want to write something that matches. Many of my books can be fired directly back to a song or an album. I listened to a lot of “Strong” by Romy as I wrote Our Sissy Honeymoon.

Not to let the secret out — but the general arc of my books are the same. It’s the flavor on top that gets changed. It’s always fun to put characters in situations that will get the biggest emotional reaction out of them and then just watch and see what they’ll do.

Do you have a writing routine?

Hah! If only.

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

If you find out, can to share it with me? I don’t know if I’m any good at it. I’ve always been terrible with names and titles. But I do try to make sure you can tell you’re picking up one of my books even before you read the title or byline.

Do you enjoy hearing from readers?

Of course! I’m only doing this to share my fantasies with people who enjoy them too. Any time my work has touched someone in a particular way, I am thrilled to hear about it.

Which authors inspire you?

I read a lot, almost never within the genre I write. Recently I have enjoyed Joe Abercrombie’s First Law series. He has a simple, precise way with words that I find really inspiring. China Miéville’s use of language is so florid and wonderful that it borders on purple but I love it all the same. There are countless others — my shelves are overflowing — but who lives in my brain varies by the month.

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

All of it has a kernel of truth, yes? I want to share what excites me, and give my readers access to feelings and situations they might not be able to have otherwise. I try to keep everything grounded and real, even as it verges into fantasy.

There are lots of messy parts of life and sex and feelings that aren’t any fun to deal with. Being a full-time maid locked in chastity sounds very hot, but I think after a week in reality it would get really boring.

In my books, I can find that spark that makes it so hot and fun and throw away all the parts that are not. The same rooms need dusting every day, just to give people something to do in between all the sexy bits. Nobody has to worry about oil changes and taxes in my books (unless, of course, Mistress needs you to take care of them!)

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

Only the people who need to know.

What mistakes have you made in your career?

All of them and then some. I’m one of those frustrating kinds of people who can only learn by doing. Bumbling into a mistake I should have known better than to make is kind of my bread and butter. At least there’s always a lesson at the end — even if it’s one I could have avoided!

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