It is my absolute pleasure to bring you an interview with one of the writer’s as well as the editor and cover designer of the latest release from Sexy Little Pages, Torrance Sené.
Recently, I was able to ask Torrance a few questions about the salaciously sinful Sacred & Profane as well as some about herself. Take a look at what she had to say…
What intrigues you about this particular combination—the sacred and the profane, sin and saintliness? Juxtaposition and dichotomy. Opposing forces combined. The taboo of playing in an area that deems sex as shameful and dirty. There’s power and rebellion in claiming otherwise.
From where did you draw your inspiration for Temptation Follows? My own fantasies of what pulls me to the theme of sex and religion. I tried to explore what I find most sensual about it—how submission in D/s being not that unlike submission to God, submission to something outside of oneself, and I even give a brief shout-out to things like the ecstasy of St. Teresa of Ávila, how the fire of God was so painful it made her moan with pleasure. There can be a spirituality to D/s that’s not too dissimilar to that within a religion. (Not saying everyone experiences it that way, but personally for me I enjoy that angle.)
Not only are you featured in this anthology, but you were also responsible for editing the successful submissions. What was your favorite part of getting to be a part of that process? This was the first anthology I’ve worked on from the angle of editor. So, finding the best layout of the stories so they flowed and complemented one another well was fun. I also enjoyed designing the cover and all the promotional graphics.
Is there a particular fantasy that you’ve yet to delve into with your writing? What about any untouched genre that you’re anxious to try? If I told you that, I’d spoil any future surprises *wink* As for genre, I would like to do more in the southern gothic, paranormal romance, and/or urban fantasy areas eventually.
What would be your most idyllic writing setting? Where I write now is pretty idyllic. I have no kids. I work from home. My roommate is gone half the day. So, I’m completely alone and that’s what works best for me. Kudos to those who write in coffee shops, but that distracts me too much. I wouldn’t say no to a seaside cottage, though.
Which is more fulfilling for you: writing or editing? I don’t think one is necessarily more fulfilling than the other. They merely fulfil me in different ways. Being creative is hard. It takes a lot of energy and brainpower to plot and write, as you know. Editing, being more methodical, offers me a reprieve from that when I need it. So, when my right brain is exhausted, editing lets the left side run the show for a bit.
What is your favorite piece of literature? Oh boy. Uh. This honestly depends on my mood. I’m just going to go with Shakespeare. My love for him never wanes.
What book is on your nightstand? At the moment, it’s Cheeky Spanking Stories by Rachel Kramer Bussel.
Pimp yourself. What’s up next for Torrance? I have two sooper seekrit anthologies in the works—one with Sexy Little Pages and another with a group of friends that’ll be self-pubbed. Then in late April, I’ll be releasing my first novel, A Firm Touch (Southern Doms, #1). It’ll be the first in a series of standalone books.
Torrance Sené (www.dieromantic.com) resides in the southeast USA. When not writing, she can usually be found feeding her addictions to tea, British telly, Marvel, and books. Her other work is found in Best Erotic Romance 2013 (Cleis Press), Paranormal Erotica (Mischief Books/HarperCollins UK), Love Slave: Passion and Love Slave: Heatwave (Lit Select), Exchange of Power (Torquere Press), and Love of the Game (Sexy Little Pages). She is currently at work on her first full-length novel set to be released in spring 2017. Torrance also freelances as an author assistant, editor, and cover designer under the name Teresa Conner (www.teresaconner.com).