Meet The Author: Vickie Vaughan

Erotic author Vickie Vaughan uses every day fantasy scenarios she has either experienced or would like to experience to build her narratives, mostly focusing on hotwife and cuckold scenarios.

Her foray into erotica started many years ago with award-winning submissions to web sites like Literotica as early as 2004, and she was encouraged by her success over time to start widely publishing some of the stories she created.

Proud Canadian author, mother to two fierce little girls and two fur babies. She loves good food, excellent wine and fabulous, flowing descriptive sex.

Please meet Vickie Vaughan.

When did you start writing romance and erotic books, and what was your inspiration for it? I see you started 15 years ago?

I began by writing short stories quite some time ago for Literotica just because I enjoyed writing. The feedback I got was great, in fact one of my stories is still in the top lists fifteen years later. Deciding to write books and sell them was just a way to make spare pocket money at first, and now it’s morphed into another job that I really love!

What was the first book that you wrote?

It was a multi-part short story series called Steps Taken that is not available anymore, but was rewritten under the title Student House Seduction. When I published it there was zero traction because I didn’t know anything about publishing, so I learned and redid it and got some better results. The made me shift into other areas and the rest is history!

Why did you decide to begin publishing on sites like Amazon?

Amazon seems to be the best place for new authors. I also liked the fact that you could do everything yourself, which forced me to learn how to do it all from publishing to marketing. I love to learn new things! When I thought about going wide onto other sites, the headache honestly wasn’t worth it. Amazon is by far the easiest and most lucrative site out there.

What has been the high point of your career?

When I hit #1 in a niche for the first time, that was a big accomplishment especially with all the spam books and compilations that seem to hit the top of the charts. I’ve done it three times in my career, and it’s always a great feeling. 

What are your favourite stories to write?

I enjoy writing stories about complex, non-traditional relationships which is why the hotwife and swinging niche tends to be a focus of mine. I have done commissions in various other niches as well, but I always seem to come back to that topic.

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

I love my readers! On social media it is really fun to correspond with them. There seems to be a good mixture of male and female readers who enjoy my writing. I’d like to think they enjoy very steamy sexual encounters and also a bit of spicy topics in their literature.

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

When I get into the groove and have a really good scene in mind, getting it onto the page is a big thrill, especially filling in the gaps and sometimes coming up with something unexpected. It’s not unusual for me to churn out 5000 words if I’m really flowing. As a reader, I enjoy reading really descriptive and excellent writing where you can fall into the page and really see what the author is trying to convey.

What is your favorite book that you have written?

That’s a difficult question. I don’t think I can pin it down to any specific book, although my Sharing the Bride series was a lot of fun to write.

Do you have a writing routine? What’s the secret to a strong title and great cover art?

I try to get in about 3000 words a day (part time) and usually have about 4-6 projects on the go at any time. So my daily writing takes me a couple of hours and then I spend some time editing and doing other aspects like making covers. When it comes to titles and covers I look at what is popular in the genre and try to focus on that, but also make it consistent for my brand.

Do you enjoy hearing from readers?

I love it! Hearing from readers with feedback is part of how I guide my writing. When I hear enough about something from people who enjoy my work, it makes me want to give them more of what they are looking for.

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

I’d say about 90% fantasy and 10% personal experience. If it was any more than that my husband might have something to worry about!

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

Recently, it has been Learning To Hotwife (published in June of this year), and honestly I have no idea why it sold so well. I’m sure it has been a good gateway for people to find my writing, which I’m grateful for.

How do you keep your ideas and stories fresh?

Inspiration comes from odd places sometimes. Usually it will hit me when I’m out or thinking about something entirely different, and I’ll look at a possible scenario and wonder if it would make a good story. For example, one of my previous works Paradise Island was inspired when I was on vacation. One of my stories about lifeguards came from my kids at swimming. I also try to look at what is popular and write to market.

Which authors inspire you?

I don’t read a ton of erotica or romance beyond what’s currently popular. I prefer thrillers and harem fantasy for my own reading, so the authors I enjoy reading the most are Stephen King and people like Logan Jacobs.

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

I tend to keep it fairly quiet although some of my family does know about my writing, and select friends who I feel are open minded enough to accept it. Some of them buy my books regularly!

What mistakes have you made in your career?

Definitely not writing to market and jumping around niches trying to find out what works. One thing I tell authors is pick a path and stick with it, and there’s always a chance to try out something different but you might need to use another pen name.

What have been your personal triumphs?

Paying my rent with my writing was a big one. It hasn’t happened often, but when it does the effort seems really worth it. I have also gotten one of the highest erotica ratings on Goodreads over time, and getting positive reviews keeps me motivated.

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

The fact I enjoy it so it doesn’t feel like a chore, and also that it can be done literally anywhere I have my laptop. I’ve written entire books while on vacation before. The residual income is also a big bonus.

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

Publish, learn, publish. It is a marathon, not a sprint and often you need to have 1-2 dozen releases to see any significant results. I also tell new authors to learn as much as they can so that they don’t have to spend significant amounts on things like editors and cover artists right off the bat. And your best way to get better results is publish another book.

Women in charge an erotic collection by vickie vaughan.

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