- Introduce yourself! What experience do you have with writing?
I’m Pandora Spocks, and I write literary erotic romance. I’m a sassy ginger and hopeless romantic, living my happily ever after in South Florida. I LOVE reading and writing literary erotic romance.
My ‘spicy vanilla’ books include a three-novel epic erotic romance/law drama called RANNIGAN’S REDEMPTION. Set in New York City, it’s the story of hot-shot bad boy Manhattan attorney Michael Rannigan, and his complicated relationship with Maggie Flynn, the smart red-haired lawyer he hires straight out of law school to join his elite practice.
In addition to RANNIGAN’S REDEMPTION, I wrote a naughty little romantic novella, JUST ONE NIGHT. At 99¢, it’s the cheapest Caribbean vacation you ever loved. And CHASING ORDINARY is the modern-day adult fairy tale I’ve always wanted to write.
I am the also the author of the Dream Dominant Collection, a series of light BDSM stand-alone novels featuring sexy Alpha males and the strong red-haired submissives who can’t resist them. Currently, the Collection includes LUKE & BELLA, LOST & BOUND, FOR SPARROW, and the newest one, WARRIOR MINE, but more are in the works. Since they’re stand-alone novels, you can read them in any order. Each one is completely self-contained.
Permit me a tiny happy-dance moment—FOR SPARROW, Dream Dominant Book 3 is the 2017 New Apple Medalist in Literary Erotica, but it was just named a 2018 Golden Flogger FINALIST for Best BDSM Book (BDSM Light). Okay, I’m good now. 😊
- Does writing energize or exhaust you?
I think sometimes it can be both energizing and exhausting. There are times when I feel like I’ve spent all day writing and just poured myself out. But other times, when the plot or some dialog takes an unexpected turn and it feels like the story is coming together, it can feel incredibly energizing.
- Do you think someone could be a writer if they don’t feel emotions strongly?
Can someone be a writer if they don’t feel emotions strongly? I wouldn’t say no. I just think it would be a different kind of book.
- If you could tell your younger writing self anything, what would it be?
I would tell my younger writing self to just start. Don’t wait, don’t put it off, take the chance.
- What authors did you dislike at first but grew into?
I’m not generally a fan of paranormal/fantasy like vampires and werewolves, but I read A.M. Manay’s She Dies at the End for a review and was utterly hooked. It’s not my go-to genre, but her November Snow trilogy is fantastic, and she has a new series out called Hexborn, and I’m loving that as well.
- How do you balance making demands on the reader with taking care of the reader?
I try to think of myself as a reader, what I appreciate from other authors. I don’t think readers like to be babied. I think we can explore a topic without dumbing it down, and we can trust the reader to keep up.
- What do you owe the real people upon whom you base your characters?
I suppose I should thank them for being themselves, and for allowing me to borrow from their personalities. And I need to thank Michael Rannigan from East Brainerd Elementary School for the use of his name in my Rannigan’s Redemption trilogy, LOL.
- What does literary success look like to you?
For me, literary success is putting out books that I’m satisfied with, and that end up being meaningful to other people. I get emails from readers who have been deeply touched by my work, and that’s immensely more gratifying than an award or a best-seller status. It wouldn’t suck to sell enough books to pay the bills, though, LOL.
- What’s the best way to market your books?
I think that making personal connections with readers is the best way to market romance books. I’m all over social media every day, and I do a lot of takeover parties on Facebook. If I can make a connection with a reader and they read just one of my books, odds are they’ll be interested enough to try another one.
- Where can readers learn more about you?
I’m on Facebook and Instagram every day, and I’d love for you to join my Facebook group, Pandora’s Passionista Paradise—it’s a great group and we have lots of fun. The Passionistas always hear everything first.
Here are a few more places you can find me as well. And just between you and me, you can read RESISTING RISK, the first book of the Rannigan’s Redemption trilogy, in its entirety and for FREE at both Book+Main Romance Bites and Bellesa.
Book+Main Romance Bites: https://bookandmainbites.com/users/18186
Bellesa: Porn for Women: https://bellesa.co/story?id=216/rannigans-redemption-1-resisting-risk