Sparks Flying: and Interview with the Author of Creative Spark
The adult industry, in all forms of media, has many preconceptions. Taking lengths to normalize adult content is Patricia Hudson, author of Creative Spark, an e-book focusing on a woman in the romantic novel business having an exciting adventure with a man from the adult film industry. I caught up with her and asked her a few questions about the book and her thoughts on the industry. Take a look at our exchange.
You took lengths in the book to convey how stereotypes in the adult industry are skewed. Explain how you see these in the real world and why you wanted to include it as an important aspect of the book.
Those I have networked with and interviewed that write, film, or otherwise contribute to the adult market have mainly had good experiences. They have supportive fans, a large and growing market, and most are still able to maintain a healthy private life. However, any examination of legislation, mainstream media, or the like shows a somewhat different picture depicting questionable morals, promiscuity, or worse. Sex sells, but it is also condemned once it leaves the confines of a relationship and the bedroom. Romance novels, whatever their content, are associated with women and assumed to be less tawdry than visual porn that is associated with men or infidelity. I think Creative Spark touches on these issues in a way that broaches the stigma and invites conversation.
What are some essential elements that you like to keep in your fiction writing? (Adult or otherwise)
Two things, really. First, I think it’s important that readers, whether or not they like a character, can understand where a character comes from. Like myself, Samantha and Christopher are doing well at something that wasn’t initially their plan. Many of us can relate to sticking with something that may have only been intended to be a filler, because it pays well, earns us praise, or somehow just seems to work or fit. If we can connect with a character in some way, we will maintain interest in their story. Second, many people believe it has all been said and done; nothing is truly original anymore. I like the idea of taking something familiar and looking at it in a way that makes familiar feel new in any genre I write.
What has been your favorite part of writing in this genre?
I enjoy when unexpected, organic things happen that I haven’t prepared for. Sometimes I have things outlined one way and, as I write, characters do something completely different and unexpected. When I reread the piece, the unplanned developments often feel more natural. It’s nice to write to control and shape your own little world, but those moments when your creations come alive on their own, for a writer, that is really something.
Are you currently working on anything new?
I have a few solid notes and outlines for future releases, but I still write freelance and have a variety of articles on the calendar, so I schedule carefully. I hope to have another e-book out before Halloween, followed by something for the holidays.
I don’t know about you, but I’m certainly looking forward to seeing what Patrice has in store for us next. Read some of her other works here and stay tuned for some more great content from this up-and-comer.