Wednesday, 4 January 2012

Interview from The Crypt: Tessa Wanton

Welcome, once again, my creatures of the night to another Interview from The Crypt. And today do I have a tasty treat for you for today's vic... I mean visitor is the amazingly talented and wonderful Tessa Wanton.

First of all I would just like to say welcome to The Crypt and thank you for stopping by today.

Why don’t you introduce yourself to my creatures of the night and tell us a little about yourself.

Tessa: Thanks for inviting me into *looks around* erm, this lovely... *coughs uneasily* damp Crypt. Well I am a new author, new to writing and certainly new to writing erotica. I’ve predominantly been a composer until now, dabbling now and then in performance, and it just seemed natural to extend my creativity into the written word!

When did you first begin to write? Was there a specific moment or did something happen to make you think ‘I could be a writer’?

Tessa: Earlier this year I was made redundant, and to keep my mind sharp when I was looking for work, I started to write and test out snippets on a fetish website. People seemed to like what I did, and the rest is history!

What are you currently working on? Would you mind giving the readers a quick synopsis in 100 words or less?

Tessa: I’ve just submitted one book for consideration called ‘Tickled Pink!’ which is essentially a passionate love story with a dark beginning, and a large helping of contemporary kink. When Ellie, my protagonist, is saved in the most unexpected of ways by her boss, she finds out he’s a lot more complicated than he appears on the surface. Will she be able to forgive him his appetites? Will she be able to reconcile the deep dark secret he’s been hiding for many years?

Where do you draw your inspiration for your stories, characters and settings?

Tessa: Inspiration for me comes from my life. I think if you want people to connect and resonate with your stories you have to draw in elements of reality – there’s nothing more exciting than the ‘is it true? Could it really happen?’ Again, with the characters, they are made up with elements of people close to me. Characters have to be human, flawed, imperfect, and of course the settings for me have to be real too. If something exists, it is so much easier to describe the minute details.

Is there one particular genre you prefer writing in and is there a genre you would never attempt and if so why?

Tessa: For the moment I prefer writing erotica. It seems there are many stories aching to get out and be written and explored. Who knows what will happen though, I just tend to have ideas for stories, I don’t decide that I will write specifically in a genre, and at the moment I just seem to be completely fascinated with human interactions and relationships involved with deep emotional contact. And with deep emotional contact, situations of an erotic nature tend to rise to the surface.

If you weren’t a writer/ couldn’t write anymore what would you do?

Tessa: I would definitely pursue my singing and composition. I still spend a lot of time composing and singing now, however if I didn’t have my writing, I would certainly push the performance side of my music, and perhaps develop my acting skills!

If you could become a member of the opposite sex for 24 hours what would be the first thing you would do?

Tessa: Definitely experience what it would be like to climax. Whenever I ask a man to describe the feeling of an orgasm, I never seem to get a satisfactory answer. So if I could feel that for myself, I would hope I could perhaps put some words to the sensation myself!

Which fantasy creature/being do you like the most?

Tessa: *giggles* I know this is going to sound lame, but I love all the Roman and Greek mythology, so the Machiavellian god creatures have to be a favourite of mine.

If you could be your favourite fantasy figure what would be the first thing you would do?

Tessa: Well, if I could be Venus/Aphrodite, the goddess of love, I would cast spells of love and passion over all of the world and just sit back and watch the orgies!

What scares you the most?

Tessa: Losing the ones I love.

Favourite film?

Tessa: GAH! Just ONE? I have so many... So many different genre, different purposes, different aims, I really simply can’t choose one!

Worst film you have ever seen?

Tessa: Black Swan. It was hyped so much, and it may have been artily filmed and critically acclaimed, but just because someone says something is good doesn’t necessarily mean it is. It was terrible. No plotline continuity, silly scenes just designed to shock, I spent the entire time laughing, there was simply no way I even had a chance to connect with any of the characters. I just didn’t care!

Favourite book?

Tessa: I love ‘An Equal Music’ by Vikram Seth – I love it. Such a beautiful book – and of course, you can’t beat ‘Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy’ by Douglas Adams. A true classic and a book everyone should read!

When you go shopping what is the one thing that you always HAVE to buy?

Tessa: Chocolate. What is life without chocolate?

Going back to favourite film write an erotic scene featuring the main characters in 100 words or less.

Tessa: Well, as I couldn’t seem to nail down one particular film, I’ll pick Die Hard for this particular scene. Alan Rickman, Bruce Willis and Bonnie Bedelia. So Hans Gruber has Holly Gennaro hostage... Will John McClane save her in time?

“Now Holly” Hans sneered in his heavy accent, “don’t you look pretty this evening? I wonder, would John come running if you were perhaps in grave peril?” He walked slowly around her, taking in her heaving chest and watching her struggle feebly as she sat bound tightly to the chair. He savoured the idea of making her scream, but strangely for him, the need to have her in a carnal fashion was making him ache painfully as a plan finally solidified in his mind. Wrapping his hand around her throat, he looked deep into her terrified eyes, mere inches from her face. “Oh yes Holly, we will make John try to save you my dear, and I can assure you that I will enjoy the method of persuasion a great deal” and he kissed her deeply as he decided the perfect way to make her scream could indeed involve relieving the insistent throbbing that had now started to consume him.

And finally, just for a light hearted end to the interview.

What words would you want etched on your tombstone?

Tessa: Oh, definitely the great Spike Milligan ‘I told you I was ill’

Thank you for joining me today and I would like to wish you all the best in future endeavours.

The alluring talents of Tessa Wanton, making her writing debut with “THE TRAINING OF TESS” A sensual, erotic foray into the world of BDSM.

Tess had always been fascinated with the Dominant submissive lifestyle, and she was – she felt, a very submissive person.  In her real life people knew her as a feisty, headstrong and passionate woman; no one would ever have described her as submissive.  But then she had learned over time that being submissive didn’t mean she had to be a doormat, it meant to her that she wanted to hand over her control, her welfare, her safety, to someone else.  Throughout her life she had maintained an iron grip on her personal control, organized to the extreme in her work and home life, highly respected in her profession as a Personal Assistant, so used to controlling others to ensure success.   But what she truly wanted deep down inside, was a man who could take her to that special place of freedom she had heard and read so much about, to experience true freedom within her mind.
She had signed up to a lifestyle website to learn more about what it was to attain this   ‘sub-space’ she had heard about.  Peppering her profile with photographs she felt were ‘artistic’, and writing a personal passage about who she was had attracted plenty of admirers, but no one she had particularly connected with.  She wasn’t looking to find a soul mate, or even a playmate, just someone to discuss her thoughts and passions and desires with.   It was out of the blue that a message had dropped into her inbox. 
This intriguingly daring and fiery novella describes three encounters experienced by a young woman, who, whilst fascinated by BDSM throughout her life, had not had the courage or opportunity to experiment in the scene, until now...

Excerpt from ‘The Training of Tess’
She couldn’t place when her thoughts turned to Him entirely- it wasn’t long after they had started talking. He had even managed to find out where she worked, and after a few days of messaging back and forth, He called her anonymously at her desk. He had used a fake name to convince reception to pass Him through to her, and when He spoke, He had teased her with His low voice pressed to her ear. “Imagine this voice Tessa, speaking in your ear in person, knowing that whatever I say next, you must submit without question...” At that point Tessa felt the intense pangs of fear and panic that she had been hunted down so easily, what else did this man know about her in but a few days? She did not even know His name.
Two days later she met Him for the first time. She had just had a difficult meeting in the city and had been dropped off at the local car pool to collect her car when she had been pressed firmly against her door from behind.
“Hello Tessa” He had breathed in her ear, “I suggest you get in my car.” Near paralyzed with fear she turned slowly and looked straight into intense sparkling brown eyes, flecked with green, there was no way she would deny Him, all of her life-long fantasies were coming true. They had gone to a local park, where He had run His hands over her shaking body, entwined His fingers in her hair and pulled her to His lips where they kissed deeply and passionately, her body melting further with each kiss and caress. His hands were so gentle, but firm enough to know that there really was no escape. He worked over her clothed body, gradually relaxing her until He slipped His hand under her top and slid His fingers inside the lacy material of her bra, slowly releasing her right breast. Her heaving chest betrayed her fear and lust, a deep red flush creeping across her as He leaned in and sucked her nipple deep into His mouth. She moaned loudly, eyes closing and arching her back to push into Him, taking her so close to the edge of climax then instinctively stopping His exploration of her body. Pulling away from her, He held her gaze, fingers once more tightly wrapped in her hair.
“I am going to enjoy you,” He uttered as she gasped to regain her composure. Every word He spoke to her was like a lightning bolt straight to her sex. Deep and powerful, she had to know more about Him whatever the cost.

'The Training of Tess' is now available!!! Anticipation is over-rated... So - buy now!!!!

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Naomi said...

Wow amazing interview. What an interesting person you are Tess. Can't wait to have you guest for me

Tessa said...

Thanks Naomi I:m looking forward to that too :-) and thanks Julez for hosting me, *ahem* I must remember to wear more sensible shoes for cobble stones next time though, they've absolutely *ruined* my stilettos...

Phoenix Johnson said...

Wow aren't you little miss busy and talented? Lol hehe keep up the good work honey!!

gemma parkes said...

Great interview Tess, looking forward to reading your new book when it's finished. You're right about those cobble stones! Smells a bit funny in that crypt too doesn't it!