At AFWB we absolutely love getting to know our authors. One of our awesome authors is the awesome Pandora Spocks. If you haven’t read anything by her then you need to! But for now, let’s just find out a bit more about Pandora. Pandora Spocks is a sassy ginger and hopeless romantic, living her happily ever after in South Florida. She enjoys reading and writing literary erotic romance. She is the author of the three-novel epic spicy vanilla romance Rannigan’s Redemption, and a naughty little romantic novella, Just One Night. The Dream Dominant Collection, a series of light BDSM stand-alone novels, includes Luke & Bella, Lost & Bound, and For Sparrow.. When she's not reading or writing, Pandora can be found binge-watching her favorite programs: Game of Thrones, Breaking Bad, The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel, The Handmaid's Tale, Westworld, The Walking Dead, or Naked and Afraid. Pandora is currently at work on her next steamy romance.
Hi Pandora, let’s start with the obvious questions… so what genre do you write?
I write contemporary, erotic romance.
What was the title of the first book you ever wrote?
Luke & Bella
Do you have a tag line?
Smart, Sexy Romance
Give us five words that describe you best.
Redhead, romantic, optimistic, determined, blessed.
Tell us about your current work in progress.
I'm writing the 4th Dream Dominant book, a spin-off of Lost & Bound called Warrior Mine.
Sexy Dominant Scott Nielsen quits his job as a wilderness counselor to start his own outdoors survival school. He heads to his friend Blake Walker's family's guest lodge to see about leasing space from them for his school. That's where he meets Blake's sister Jackie, a strong single mom who runs the lodge.
Their attraction is immediate, but Jackie's not interested in ceding her power and submitting to Scott. Can he earn her trust and soften her warrior princess soul?
When will you be releasing it?
No current release date, but fingers crossed, sometime in June.
Of course, everyone knows that to be an author you have to be a reader, so what was the first book that made you cry?
Have you ever gotten reader’s block?
Not really. Although I don't always write in a linear way. Sometimes I stop where I am and head to a different part of the story. Then I work to bring the ends together.
What was your favourite childhood book?
I always loved A Wrinkle in Time. I'm afraid to see the movie. I'd rather just stick with the way I saw it in my imagination.
If you could have been the original author of any book, what would it have been and why?
I wish I had written the first chapter of Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood. I aspire to write something that beautiful.
We want to know all about your author habits. What was the best money you ever spent as an writer?
The best money I ever spent as a writer was on professionally-designed book covers. I'm not a graphic designer, and my first covers were awful.
What advice would you like to give writers who are struggling to write their first novels?
I would say, Don't quit. Keep writing. Even if it's crap, write it. You can always go back and fix it later. Just get it out. After that, find someone who can help you avoid the mistakes they already made.
What is your view on co-authoring books, have you done any?
I respect people who are successful with co-authoring. I tried it once and it's not easy. My partner had wonderful ideas for how the story should go, who the characters should be, and I couldn't figure out what I added to the mix. We never finished, and I recently told her that she should take the story and run with it. I hope she does.
Writers are often associated with loner tendencies. Is there any truth in that?
I think writers are inherently people-watchers. We're constantly collecting ideas and details. And writing is a task you perform alone. So yes, I can see that.
Being an independent author, you of course belong to the extended book community on social media. Do you participate in it? Share your thoughts?
I'm fortunate to be a member of the Wicked Pens, a Facebook community of erotica and erotic romance authors. Other members include Nia Farrell, Felicity Brandon, Patient Lee, M.S. Tarot, Reed James, Linzi Basset, Isabel James, and others. They are my support system, available day and night, to advise and encourage. Together, we run a large fan group and we host takeover events and support up and coming writers. Without social media, most of us would be going this road alone. It's a great tool.
Where do you interact most with your readers?
I love to interact with readers and I do it mostly on Facebook, although, social media-wise, I'm all over. On Facebook, I have a reader group called Pandora's Passionista Paradise. I also run a Facebook online book club called the Sizzling Hot Romance Book Club. Every month, we read a book together (sometimes my book) and we discuss it.
Now tell us all about your other books. Did you ever think you would be unable to finish your first novel?
No, because when I started out, I never imagined it would be a novel. I started out posting a chapter at a time on Wordpress. Suddenly one day, I realized it could be a book.
Do you want each book to stand on it’s own, or are you trying to build a body of works with connections between each book?
My books are intended to be stand-alone, with the exception of Rannigan's Redemption, which turned out so long, I divided it into three books. But I DO categorize my books to make it easier for readers to find what they like: my Dream Dominant Collection books all feature a light BDSM theme, while the other ones are what I like to call 'spicy vanilla'.
Do you hide any secrets in your books that only a few people will find?
Yes, I do. I know I enjoy that in the books I read. It's like a little reward for being a loyal reader.
Do your novels carry a message?
I don't know if you'd call it a message, but all my leading ladies have red hair. I think gingers are sexy, and underrepresented in erotic literature.
Who are your books mostly dedicated to?
I always start with my love. All my heroes have their beginning in him.
Thanks so much Pandora for answering our questions and letting our readers get to know you a little better.
Readers you’ll be hearing more about Pandora Spocks here at AFWB because she’s one of our authors and we love her. But to make sure you never miss out on a book release or giveaway make sure to stalk her:
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