I'm always in awe of today's guest. She's a stunningly prolific and accomplished writer, penning stories, novels and novellas for Juno, Harlequin, Berkley, Virgin, Cleis ... you get the idea! Somehow, though she must be a whirlwind of work, Saskia is always warm, friendly and supportive too. Ah, the lady's got grace, style and talent ... Saskia, how d'you do it??!
Why do you write?
It feels like the most natural thing in the world for me to do. I
think it's because I've always had stories knocking around my head,
and that came from being an only child with an active imagination. I
read a lot, and my parents travelled constantly. I'd always be running
an interior commentary on things I saw and heard, making my own
stories up when I wasn't actually reading. I'd invent whole histories
for people who caught my eye.
As an adult, writing those kinds of ideas down and letting my imagination grow through that medium was the next logical step. It was a dream to make that my career, but I honestly never believed I'd be able to make it happen. I feel very privileged to be able to write every day, and that there are readers who enjoy my work.
Is there something in particular that you'd like to express?
I just want to write stories that succeed, stories that are a good
read. I don't get too philosophical about it. My enduring goal is to
be a good genre fiction writer, and that means writing solid,
successful stories that entertain. I see myself very much in the long
tradition of storytellers rather than having literary aspirations, and
I'd like to think I take readers away to another place for a while
—and that they enjoyed it!
What is the most successful piece or work you feel you've written, and why?
That's a tough one… It's hard to measure success in terms of what I
feel about it, because I always feel as if I have so much to learn! I
can only hope that each thing is better than the last because I'm
moving forward on this huge learning curve. I suppose I measure
success by reader's responses, and what new challenges I've risen to
in the process of writing. I think I've had more mail from readers
about my 2008 novel, RECKLESS, than any other piece of work, and the
comments were often about the combination of story elements with the
romantic and erotic elements. That felt good. That was what I wanted
to achieve, so I guess that's the one.
Please name a recent thought, event, person or whatever that inspired you:
So many things inspire me! Two things that always get me turning ideas
over are wild weather, and sunshine. Yesterday was a wonderful, crisp
and sunny winter's day, and I had a new story idea. Magic.
Saskia Walker is a British author who writes erotic fiction across
genres. Her short stories have been published in over forty
anthologies and her novel-length work spans from contemporary erotic
romance to ancient fantasy. Saskia lives in the north of England on
the windswept Yorkshire moors, where she happily spends her days
spinning yarns. She has lots more stories to tell.
A thousand thanks for joining me, Saskia!
I'll now be having a bit of a break from Writing that touches - I seem to have deadlines piling up like snow at the moment!
Writers, if you'd still like to take part, please feel free to send your interview responses and a photo and bio to me at nikki dot magennis at googlemail dot com. The series will continue at some point.
Meanwhile, thanks to all my fabulous guests and visitors - it's been wonderful!