If you’ve been following Lady Smut, you know that I wrote about some books I read awhile ago—one of which was “Soul Stripper” by Katana Collins. (Here’s that post, in case you’re interested.) I’ve finally tracked Katana down to answer some questions for me. And wow, does she have the best covers or what? Yowzah!
Liz: One question we ask a lot of authors on Lady Smut is how they see their work fitting in to the genre definitions. Do you consider your book to be erotica or erotic romance? And why? (Or is this something you don’t think about?)
Katana: Tough question! It isn’t something that I necessarily thought of initially. I wrote the story I wanted to tell and didn’t necessarily think of what category it fit into until after speaking with my editor. However, ever since being published, it’s definitely been on my mind! Up until about a year ago, I never even knew that true romance required an HEA. Therefore, I think I see Soul Stripper as more erotica. But, I think the romantic elements are definitely there and very strong. Each individual book does not necessarily come with a HEA ending, but I PROMISE that Monica will get hers in the end.
Liz: Since this is your first book, I wonder what has surprised you the most about publishing?
Katana: When I first decided I wanted to write a book, I took a short internship with a publishing house. I wanted to know what was discussed in meetings: why they turned some projects down and why they accepted others; which query letters stood out and why, etc, etc. So, I’ll confess that when I was offered my contract, I didn’t think much was left to surprise me. However–the timeline in which the sequels were needed came as a definite shock. For most of us (I say most, but I know we all vary greatly in how quickly we write and how much time we have in a day to devote to our novels), our first books tend to take a while. Anywhere from a year to several years to decades even for some! But when I signed my contract with Kensington, I had about seven months to finish the sequel and then four months to finish the third in the trilogy. Having never before written on a deadline, that was not only a shock, but also incredibly challenging!
Liz: Why did you choose a succubus, rather than say, a vampire?
Katana: Paranormal is the genre I LOVE to read. All of it. Any of it. I love all the creatures I can get my hands on. When I looked at the genre as a whole, the succubus felt wildly underrepresented to me and also felt like a creature that had so much potential–especially for erotica!
Liz: Can you tell us a little something about your process? When do you write? How many drafts does it take?
Katana: I am so very lucky in that because I own my photography business, I can make my own schedule every day. Typically, my photo sessions are Friday-Sunday. So, I tend to write Monday-Thursday. I am a night owl, so I usually get to the coffee shop (or as I like to call it, my “coffice”) around 11am or noon. I usually write until 3pm, when I go to the gym. In those 4 hours, my goal is to write 2k words daily. Some days, it’s more…other days, I don’t quite hit that quota. But I get my butt in the chair and try my best.
When I have the luxury of time with a manuscript, I’d guess there’s at least 3 drafts. However, I have a critique group with three other fabulous writers. And many times they are reading my WIP as I’m writing. So, I tend to revise as I write, too.
Liz: What’s next for you?
Katana: I’m currently finishing up Soul Surrender (book 3 in the Soul Stripper series) and I’m working on a contemporary series as well. I’m in the process of fleshing out a new paranormal series on top of everything…but it’s still very young. There’s a few characters in Soul Stripper that may warrant their own book, too…
I’ll say! Thanks so much for stopping by our blog today, Katana. I look forward to reading more in your series.
About Soul Stripper
: By day, Monica is a barista in a local café. It doesn’t pay a lot but it puts her up close and personal with her sexy boss, Drew. Unfortunately that’s as far as a succubus can go unless she wants to take his soul. Monica needs mind blowing sex to sustain her and she finds her victims every night at a local strip club where she’s an exotic dancer. But when her powers begin to diminish and her fellow succubi start turning up dead, all bets are off. Monica realizes she’s the one immortal who has a chance in hell of making things right. . .
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