Today I have an interview with Tonia Brown, author of 'The Blooming'. Tonia also has an upcoming novella titled 'Clockworks and Corsets'.
Natasha: Tell me a little about yourself. How long have you been writing? When you’re not writing, how do you like to spend your free time?
Tonia: I’ve always written in one form or another, but have only taken up writing fiction for the last four years or so. I’ve gone through a bit of an un-bottling as it were, producing a lot more work then I thought I would, and I don’t really know if the tide will ebb or just get stronger.
I have a full time job as well as a family, so writing is really a second job for me. But if I do manage to get my hands on some free time I tend to favour video games and playing poker with the guys.
Natasha: Your story, The Blooming, is an erotica zombie novella published by Sonar4 Publications. Can you tell us a little about what it’s about? How long did it take you to write this novella?
Tonia: The Blooming is about a documentary film crew that is hired by a botanist to cover his discovery of a rare plant. The bloom turns out to be an aphrodisiac that turns the craving of flesh from figurative to literal.
The novella only took me about a month or so to pen.
Natasha: What was your favourite scene to write? What was your least favourite scene?
Tonia: My favourite scene is the point in which one of the characters dies from the flower’s effects. He is paralysed from a reaction to the pollen, so he can’t touch himself but is still experiencing the same heightened arousal as everyone else. It’s a terrible and painful death for the poor kid. The whole chapter is inner monologue about his desires and pain and frustrations, as he lies paralysed listening to everyone else getting their smack on. And as sick as it might make me, I found the thing was super fun to write.
The beginning was the hardest to write so if I had to pick a least fave that would be it.
Natasha: You also have other publications due to come out, such as Clockworks and Corsets from Lyrical Press. Can you tell us a little about that? Do you have any other goals or exciting projects you’re working on for 2010?
Tonia: Clockworks and Corsets is a steampunk novella series about an all female airship crew that are just trying to survive. Along the way they meet some dubious characters, make lots of love and have tons of wild fun!
I’m working on a full-length novel in the same world as Clockworks and Corsets that should prove to be sexy fun.
I just finished working on a novel named “Lucky Stiff: Memoirs of an Undead Lover” and am really excited about finding a home for it. It’s another erotic zombie novel, but this time the zombie is the one having a good time.
I’m also editing a steampunk anthology from Sonar4 that will be out later this year. I loves me some steampunk!
Natasha: Do you have any advice for beginning writers that are trying to get published?
Tonia: Read! Know what the market is looking for if you expect to sell your work. If you don’t have time to read then you don’t have time to write.
Natasha: What is the best way for readers to contact you? (e-mail, facebook, twitter, etc)
Tonia: You can find me on the web at various places: