1) Why Romance? Did you choose this genre or were you ‘chosen’ by it?
My mother introduced me to the genre when I was young. She had a huge
collection of romance novels she kept under her bed that she would re-read
and we went to the library twice a week to check out more! So I was no
stranger to the genre. What woman doesn’t love reading a love story? We’re
hardwired for it. So I guess, in some ways, I was chosen by the genre. It’s
a natural fit for me!
2) Is there a romance author, living or dead, who inspires you particularly?
I read a lot of Jude Devereux when I was younger but strangely, I’d say
V.C. Andrews was my introduction to the genre, and while they were twisted
sorts of romances, they were, still, romances. Her Flowers in the Attic
series was so shocking and taboo, I found myself absolutely fascinated by
it. Which is probably why I push the boundaries like I do in my own writing!
3) Please, tell us about your latest book and, if you can, about your
I just re-covered and re-released three of my books–Forbidden
Yank <http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00EVBYYC4/?tag=wwwexcessicac-20> and
“new adult” readers. Funny, I was writing new adult before they called it
that! It’s nice to have a niche to fit into. I’ve noticed traditional
publishers doing the same thing. They even repackaged Flowers in the Attic
for the “new adult” audience! Honestly, I have actually been working on
several more mainstream books for another pen name lately, but I do have
quite a few of Selena Kitt’s Modern Wicked Fairy Tales (from the masculine
perspective this time!) that I’m going to release this year, including
Aladdin, Jack and the Beanstalk, Peter and the Wolf, Pinocchio,
Rumpelstiltskin and The Frog Prince.
4) How was your writing journey? Was it difficult to find an agent and get
I don’t have an agent, never have. I’ve always been self-published and I’m
not sure, if I was approached now, if I would take a traditional publishing
deal. A part of me would still like that validation, but I honestly don’t
think they could afford me! Back in the beginning, when I was first
self-publishing, maybe. I started back in 2006 writing for StarDust Press
(now defunct) and then Phaze and Samhain. But I started
Excessica<http://www.excessica.com>in 2008 because I had taboo
material that the small ebook publishers
wouldn’t publish. I got a bunch of writer friends together and we formed a
publishing co-op of sorts so we could get our books on Fictionwise and on
Amazon through their Mobipocket system. Those were the days before Kindle
came along. Really, I did it so readers would have access to my more taboo
material and because, at the time, Fictionwise was the biggest name out
there in ebooks and they wouldn’t accept individual authors. It was really
when Kindle took off though that I started really making a ton of money. I
remember my first $10,000 month on Amazon, I nearly had a heart attack
looking at those numbers. And it was all uphill from there, at least until
Amazon started its corporate censorship of erotica. The past year has been
hell for erotica authors as the noose has done nothing but tighten around
our necks. Amazon’s stated guidelines are uselessly vague and they do this
so they can continue to restrict whatever it is they don’t like. They’ve
decided they don’t like erotica and they’ve slapped it down again and
again. It’s become exhausting and frustrating, as an erotica writer, not to
mention how furious it makes me to have my career jeopardized because they
won’t tell us what the rules are. The good news is, just like when I
started Excessica, I’ve pushed back by starting my own store.
www.excitica.com) will be open to everyone, publishers and self-published
authors alike, and we will offer primarily erotica, erotic romance and
romance. I hope it will become a home for both erotica writers and
publishers–and readers too. It would be nice for readers to have a place
where they can find exactly what they want to read, which is why I’ve made
our categories as specific as I could, to cover every niche I could think
of. If there are any authors or publishers out there tired of Amazon’s (and
Barnes and Noble’s and Kobo’s) constant haranguing of erotica authors,
apply for a seller’s account with Excitica. We promise you’ll be welcome!
5) What’s your opinion about this Ebook revolution?
I’ve been publishing ebooks since 2006 and things have changed
monumentally since those days! When I first began, I didn’t even consider
myself really “published” because it was “just an ebook.” These days, with
print-on-demand available, there’s just not much of a difference. The
barriers to publishing your own work have disappeared and the stigma of
being “self-published” just doesn’t exist anymore. I’ve based an entire
business and writing career on ebooks, so I have a pretty favorable opinion
of the ebook revolution now. It’s my bread and butter!
6) Nowadays many publishers expect their authors to use Social media a lot
to promote their books. Many authors, on the other hand, would prefer to
write only, without being distracted by digital trivialities: what are your
I think authors, traditionally published or not, still have to do the same
amount of marketing and social media. The key to staying alive in this
business is staying connected to readers. Readers boost your visibility,
and that’s what will keep your career afloat. The world of the introverted
writer who published a book a year and did a ten city book tour to promote
it doesn’t exist anymore. Now there’s Facebook and Twitter. Readers can go
to your Facebook page and ask you questions, follow you on Twitter and
interact with you. If writers don’t keep up, whether they’re traditionally
or self published, they won’t be around for long. You have to balance
things though–if you spend all day on the internet, you’ll never write the
next book! In the end, whether you’re traditionally or self published, it’s
all about managing your time wisely.
Info about the author:
Selena Kitt is a TOP 15 NEW YORK TIMES and USA TODAY
bestselling author of erotic fiction. She is one of the highest selling
erotic writers in the business with over a million ebooks sold!
Her writing embodies everything from the spicy to the scandalous,
but watch out-this kitty also has sharp claws and her stories often include intriguing
edges and twists that take readers to new, thought-provoking depths.
When she’s not pawing away at her keyboard, Selena runs an innovative publishing company (www.excessica.com)
and in her spare time, she devotes herself to her family—a husband and four children—and her growing organic garden.
She loves bellydancing and photography.
She also loves four poster beds, tattoos, voyeurism, blindfolds, velvet, baby oil, the smell of leather, and playing kitty cat.
Her books EcoErotica (2009), The Real Mother Goose (2010)
and Heidi and the Kaiser (2011) were all Epic Award Finalists.
Her only gay male romance,Second Chance, won the Epic Award in Erotica in 2011.
Her story, Connections, was one of the runners-up for the 2006 Rauxa Prize, given
annually to an erotic short story of “exceptional literary quality,” out of over 1,000 nominees,
where awards are judged by a select jury and all entries are read “blind” (without author’s name available.)
To know more: http://selenakitt.com
To buy her latest book, simply click on the cover below:
Selena Kitt for Lost in Romance!
1) Why Romance? Did you choose this genre or were you ‘chosen’ by it?