The only thing I like more than supporting an indie author I met online is supporting one I know in the flesh! Tori Catherine, today’s Spotlight dweller, is someone I knew before I knew I was Eliza David. We met in college in the late 90s, talking about boys every chance we got. It’s no surprise to me that my college buddy has dipped her toe into the pool of saucy words. Tori, a Chicago native, has been writing contemporary erotic romance for two years. Her latest, #MilkTheHoney, dropped last month and she’s already got her pen rocking on a new novel.
Read on as Tori talks about cathartic writing, how she weaves her real life into fiction, and how her unconventional convos with her husband make her a better writer!
In a few sentences, tell us a little about yourself.
Other than being a mom of two and a pretty awesome wife to my hot husband, I am a writer. I’ve been a writer since I was a child but I really owned the term when I published my first book in 2015. I am an unapologetic uber-liberal who is hoping to incorporate the inclusion of all cultures, sexual orientations, and disabilities into my words. I want readers to explore the adventures of sex from all aspects.
What do you love most about the craft of writing?
Doing what the hell I want. There is such a cathartic feeling to letting go and letting the characters guide me and the story. When I blog, writing allows me to voice my opinions and either defend them or have great back and forth dialog exploring other’s ideas.
Tell us about your latest project.
My latest project is #MilkTheHoney. I chose to label it with a hashtag as an inside joke with my husband. I was trying to build my brand on Twitter and I kept hashtagging the hell out of everything. I thought it was fitting.
The book is a compilation of erotic scenes from several different stories I have written, along with poetry from over the years. One of the stories, #ClareandNathan, is so personal for me. While the plot is fictional, the feelings of inadequacy with Dante are very real and non-fiction. Those raw feelings helped build me and while it hurt like a bitch at the time, it was just what I needed.
When did you first consider yourself a writer?
For years, I considered myself a poet but once I published in 2015 with One: Sex & Lies I felt like a bonafide writer and author
What drew you to writing romance/erotica?
I was born to do it. I’m a romantic sap with a kinky heart. I want flowers and candles with a person whoisn’t afraid to explore ALL aspect of sexuality. A fluid love must be written.
Which book(s) have influenced your writing style the most?
The Story of O and Return to the Chateau by Pauline Reage a.k.a. Anne Desclos and The Tangled Series by Emma Chase. They are my goddesses. Two completely different eras which grabbed me in different ways.
Share a piece of your work that showcases our writing style best.
From Two: Dirty Laundry
In the middle of my grand speech, Naomi has decided the best way to shut up my grasp for dominance is by nonchalantly sitting on my face. Her tight pencil skirt hiked up over her thighs, exposing the thin strip of garter. Her cunt smothering my mouth and nose; her thighs velvet earmuffs.
I lap and lick at her deliciousness like a hungry dog. Grabbing at her garters, snapping them out of place as I am determined to bring myself some dominance. The memories flood back to me of just how filthy Naomi and I could be. I slip my thumb into her ass and finger deep into her pussy. Fucking her furiously, stiffening my tongue grazing its roughness over her clit. Growling into her pussy taking it as mine. I love the smell of her, my knees weak with every velvety lick of her flesh.
I am fucking going to town until I hear the click clack of a phone. I can’t see anything but I know what I’m hearing. Is this chick on her phone?! Dafuq? I notice now, she hasn’t uttered a single moan or moved an inch since I began.
I grip her thighs and toss her the fuck off of me. She tumbles to the floor letting out a sick laugh.
She takes an exaggerated breath “Well, that muffled your ungrateful mouth for a little but, you’ve lost your touch dear boy. I was so fucking bored from your lackluster tongue skills I figured I’d reply to some emails.”
I toss her panties in her face. “You are one sick and twisted cunt.”
I sit up, fully prepared to kick her ass out of my office when she verbally punches me in the gut.
“Eric, don’t ever try to dominate me. I know about you and that kink agency girl. It was cute but this, me and you, is grown shit. You thought ramming your unmanicured thumb in my ass would somehow make me meek? I could walk around with a mandingo sized dildo in my ass all day and not miss a step.”
She stands up, fixing her outfit and stands over me. “Don’t ever think I don’t know you, don’t ever think you are in control of this.” Her voice softens as if her pussy wasn’t just on my mouth and she wasn’t just insulting me. “Now, sweet boy. have all the papers I need to sign at my home by 7am tomorrow. Don’t bother with a messenger, I want you there yourself.”
With that, she saunters out of my office leaving me and her panties fuming on the floor.
Name three of your best writing tips.
- Take time to free write. Just write anything. You’d be amazed at the treasures you’ll find in there.
- Record yourself reading your work; it helps with grammar and flow.
- Pace yourself. I take forever to get a project out and others can write and publish like the wind. Find your own pace.
Dead or alive, name the writer you wish were your mentor and why.
Warsan Shire. I’ve been in love with her well before Beyonce’s Lemonade album and I would give anything to pick her brain and learn how she makes her art so dynamic and stealthy. Her poetry makes me feel…I can’t describe it. Beautiful is simply not enough. She made me love a Beyonce album when I wasn’t a fan of hers before. That’s talent!
What would you say is your own interesting writing quirk?
I talk with my husband a lot. I despise sex scenes where the character’s body transition is unrealistic. Like, he was just hitting her from behind – how is she giving him a BJ? Many times, after writing a scene, I will act it out with my husband (LOL, clothes on!) to make sure it flows correctly.
Shout out an indie writer whose work you love.
Is Selena Kitt still considered indie? I know when I first began reading her work she was still kind of unknown but now she is an indie success story. Her stories are filthy and even make a girl like me blush. They can be so far out there but what draws me in is her courage to put it out there with no shame.
Do you have any specific writing goals in your radar?
Yes! I recently came out of a very boring closet as bisexual (or sexually fluid). I am married to a man and have no plans to cheat on him so after I came out, nothing changed. It’s not like I ran out and started dating and hooking up with women again. I’m a 36-year-old wife and mom and there was no glitter or Donna Summer welcoming party for my “discovery”, which I found hilarious. I am writing a screenplay based on such a woman whose friends give her a crazy fun-filled, closet-shattering night out.
Thanks for joining us today. Readers, feel free to stalk this sexy author at the following links:
Website & Blog: http://www.victoriacatherinewriter.com