Lucy Felthouse’s first Xcite novel, Stately Pleasures, will appeal to fans of hot ménage situations and feisty, Rubenesque heroines. Naturally, we love both those things, so we asked her to tell us more about this very saucy book.
Xcite: Tell us a little about Stately Pleasures?
Lucy: Stately Pleasures is a M/F/M erotic romance novel. It’s set in a fictional British stately home, where the heroine, Alice, just bagged a temporary role as property manager. She’s a BBW/Rubenesque chick who doesn’t have much luck with men. So when her new boss, Jeremy Davenport, makes an indecent proposal, she’s shocked for more reasons than one. It’s not really a spoiler to say she accepts his proposal, and lots of kinky fun takes place in Davenport Manor thereafter. But that’s all I’m saying ;)
Xcite: What was the inspiration behind the book?
Lucy: It grew out of my love for stately homes. I’ve always enjoyed exploring them, getting a glimpse into how the other half live, how people lived in years past, and how the houses were constructed. The more erotica and erotic romance I wrote, the more I found inspiration practically everywhere I looked. So I guess it was only natural I’d pen a novel featuring a stately home and many of the props it presented to the characters. I had lots of fun writing it!
Xcite: This is the first novel you’ve written for Xcite. How did you find the writing process differed from putting together a short story or a novella-length work?
Lucy: Personally, I needed to plan. I don’t plan short stories, and I sometimes plan my novellas. But it was absolutely essential for a novel. I needed to know exactly what I was going to write about, how the book would begin, what would happen in the middle, how it would end. I needed to ensure it stayed interesting, that everything was relevant, needed, and moved the story on somehow. Because it was my first novel it was a really steep learning curve, but giving up was never an option. The more I wrote, the more I got sucked into the world of the characters, and the more I wanted to see it through and give them their happy ending.
Xcite: You’ve written erotic fiction in various different genres, but which do you find most enjoyable, and why?
Lucy: I enjoy it all. Each new story is a new challenge, regardless of the genre. I get to play with new characters (unless I’m writing a series!), new scenarios, new smokin’ hot sex scenes, emotions and much more. What’s not to love?
Xcite: Of all the characters you’ve written, who is your favourite?
I’m a real sucker for Jeremy Davenport and Ethan Hayes from Stately Pleasures. They kind of come as a package, so I’m justified in naming both. They’re both so much fun, so cheeky, so sexy, confident and devious. I had a great deal of fun writing those two. The fact that they resemble two of my favourite hot male celebrities has nothing to do with it… honest ;)
Xcite: Which is your favourite short story out of the many you’ve written for Xcite?
Probably Fantasy Assignment, which appears in my mini-anthology, The Best of Lucy Felthouse because it was my first published work. I have very fond memories of writing it, and how my writing came to happen.
Xcite: What are you reading at the moment?
I’m actually between books at the moment, but I’m getting ready to read the Accidental trilogy by Portia Da Costa. I’ve adored her books for years. Her work was amongst the first erotica/erotic romance I ever read, and she was very encouraging when I first started out writing.
Lucy Felthouse is a very busy woman! She writes erotica and erotic romance in a variety of subgenres and pairings, and has over 100 publications to her name, with many more in the pipeline. These include several editions of Best Bondage Erotica, Best Women’s Erotica 2013 and Best Erotic Romance 2014. Another string to her bow is editing, and she has edited and co-edited a number of anthologies, and also edits for a small publishing house. She owns Erotica For All, and is book editor for Cliterati. Find out more at http://www.lucyfelthouse.co.uk. Join her on Facebook and Twitter, and subscribe to her newsletter at: http://eepurl.com/gMQb9