About Alicia Stills:
Alicia Stills is a busy wife and mother who has always wanted to get into writing stories. Most of her writings are focused in the romance and erotica genres, and she has a particular affinity for men and women who find themselves attracted to sexual situations involving one woman and two (or more) men. Being able to put the dirty thoughts that exist inside her head into written form to share with the world has been both exciting and challenging.
Most of the stories she writes are purely of her own imagination, although many are inspired to some degree by the experiences she has shared with her husband. She’s felt lucky to have him by her side for so long and willing to share in the good, the bad, and the weird. After growing up in an environment where sex was seen as immoral and too taboo to even think about, being given the support to express herself via writing has felt very freeing.
It took Alicia several years after finishing grad school to start writing on a part-time basis. Even then, she only began putting pen-to-paper after receiving encouragement from her husband. Perhaps he really believed in her. Perhaps he was turned on by the sight of her furiously pecking away on her keyboard. Or perhaps he just wanted her to have some other outlet after finding himself unable to keep up with her pitching her various stories as roleplay activities. The world may never know.
What inspires you to write?
I enjoy writing erotica that I, personally, enjoy. In particular, I strive to create characters that are both realistic and relatable, which is something that I think is largely lacking in the world of erotica right now.
Tell us about your writing process.
While I do fly by the seat of my pants at times, I definitely prefer to outline my stories before I start writing. I like to have at least a loose outline, knowing I have to get from Point A to Point D while going through Points B & C first.
I also tend to sketch out a few paragraphs about the characters before I start writing – their personality type, background, their history with each other, relevant dating history, and anything else that sticks out to me as something that would be significant for the story.
Once a story is written, I go back and read through it on the computer, editing as I go. I generally make a substantial amount of changes at this point. Once I finish that portion, I set the project to the side for several weeks or several months before printing a hardcopy and editing again. I find that this break is helpful because the story is no longer fresh in my mind and the connections I had made mentally that didn't make it onto the page stick out much more prominently.
How did you decide how to publish your books?
I decided to self-publish due to greater ease and having more control over what I write. With how easy places make it now to self-publish, I never even really considered trying to work with a publisher.
What do you think about the future of book publishing?
I think that self-publishing will continue to increase in popularity until that bubble pops. Well, not really "pop" as much as deflate. Anyone can publish anything, and I generally support that. But there are also a lot of books out there that are pretty low quality, both in terms of story quality and quality of the writing. Eventually, I think there will be a push-back against allowing people to self-publish so freely. If Amazon and Barnes & Noble and other larger retailers add another layer of quality control check, I think it will reduce the number of items that are currently being self-published.
What genres do you write?: Romance and Erotica
What formats are your books in?: Both eBook and Print
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