Victoria Blisse writes raunchy romances with Rubenesque heroines who are never afraid to explore their naughtiest fantasies. Her latest Xcite novel, Really Cooking, is definitely not your standard ménage story. We asked her to tell us more…
Xcite: Tell us a little about Really Cooking?
Victoria: Really Cooking is a ménage novel with a focus on the kitchen not the bedroom. If you love food and sexy men then this book could be just the thing for you. Here’s the blurb:
Three hot men and one curvy woman, now we’re really cooking.
After breaking out of a truly awful relationship, Paula finds herself floundering until she bumps into Gary. He cheers her up with a much-coveted appointment at Flair, where more than her hair gets pampered. In return, she offers Shane and Gary a cooking lesson to cheer up their ready-meal laden week.
The Friday feast turns into a sex laden success and becomes a recurring weekly date. Paula loves having the sexual attention of two hot bi guys but longs for something deeper.
Shane sets her up with professional chef, Nigel McCormack. Paula responds to his dominant appeal and the delights of all three men together. But how will Paula fare when she takes up a position in Nigel’s professional kitchen – will she capture his heart or will he return to his first love, food?
Xcite: Where did you find the inspiration for the novel?
Victoria: It started out as a short story, but I couldn’t fit everything the characters wanted to do in the word count constraint. So I kept going and boom! I ended up with a novel. The biggest inspiration, though, is my love of food. I find it very sensual and I really loved finding new ways for Paula and the boys to use their meals and deserts in sexy ways!
Xcite: You’ve written a number of ménage stories over the years. What particularly interests you about the genre?
Victoria: Well, who hasn’t day dreamed about being the filling in the middle of a hot hunk sandwich? It is challenging keeping all the body parts straight, nothing worse than getting a spare arm in a funny place and writing a scene with four people, three of which being men, was definitely one of the harder things I’ve ever done. But it’s fun to try something out of your comfort zone now and then, and all the more entertaining when you’re playing with some seriously sexy bisexual men!
Xcite: There’s a lot of humour in the book. Would you say that was an important part of your writing?
Victoria: Humour is incredibly important to me. My Nanna always used to say she’d laugh if her arse was on fire, she never took life too seriously and in fact, died laughing. That’s been instilled in me. Laughter is a great medicine, and wonderful for lightening your mood. My humour always finds its way into what I’m writing, I can’t help it. Plus sex can be seriously silly at times. I quite like to balance the serious, soul-connecting interactions with the light-hearted joyful couplings, just to keep the reader guessing.
Xcite: The heroine of Really Cooking, Paula, is from an ordinary background, and the men she meets are successful but not ridiculously so. Is part of the attraction of the story for the reader the idea that what happens to Paula could possibly happen to them too?
Victoria: Sometimes it’s fun to play around with characters who have bags of money, when it’s no object you can conjure up some amazing, fantastical scenes. I think you can get fed up of that a bit when it’s all you read. I enjoy writing about the kind of folk you might bump into walking down the street. I do like to think that I could walk into a hairdressers’ and walk out with two hot, bi sexy toys…I think the readers enjoy imagining that too!
Xcite: Who is your favourite character out of all the ones you’ve created?
Victoria: I love all three of my guys in Really Cooking but I can’t pick a favourite. Paula is brilliant, though. She’s a sassy lady with gorgeous curves and some incredibly awesome cooking skills but at the beginning of the book, she’s seriously downtrodden. She blossoms as the tale unfolds and as she is lavished with attention and appreciation, she grows in confidence until she starts doing things that she’d never have dreamt of before. She’s a superb heroine and I loved writing every moment of her story.
Xcite: What are you reading at the moment?
Victoria: I’ve just started on Terry Pratchett’s Raising Steam. I got it at Christmas, but I was in the middle of writing a novel so I couldn’t let myself start it. Now the novel’s done I’m having a Discworld treat. I gobble up all the Discworld novels greedily. Terry Pratchett is an amazing author.
Victoria Blisse is a mother, wife, Christian, Manchester United fan and award-winning erotica author. She is also the editor of several Bigger Briefs collections, and the co-editor of the Smut Alfresco, Smut in the City and Smut by the Sea anthologies.
Victoria is also one of the brains behind the fabulous Smut by the Sea event taking place at Scarborough Library (UK) on 14th June 2014. A day dedicated to erotica with lots of author readings, fun giveaways and exciting talks.
She is equally at home behind a laptop or a cooker and she loves to create stories, poems, cakes and biscuits that make people happy. She was born near Manchester, England and her northern English quirkiness shows through in all of her stories.
Passion, love and laughter fill her works, just as they fill her busy life.
To find out more check out http://victoriablisse.co.uk