Interview with Chrissie Bentley
Q. What was your childhood ambition?
To be a writer… I just hadn’t decided what I wanted to write.
Q. How did you end up being an erotic writer?
Initially (seven years ago) to relax, and to take my mind off a failed relationship… revenge therapy. But then I discovered how much I enjoyed the writing process, and began publishing stories online.
Q. What are the most important components that go into making good erotic fiction?
It has to be believable, and it has to be passionate. For me, motives, observations and thought processes are just as important as the actions themselves.
Q. If you could have any celebrity pictured carrying one of your books who would you choose and why?
Robert Downey Jr. He played a great Sherlock Holmes in the Guy Ritchie movie, but he’d be a far better Ambrose Horne.
Q. How do people who don’t know you react when you tell them you’re an erotic author?
Women tend to laugh and ask if they’ve read anything I’ve written; men shuffle their feet and mumble something indistinct.
Q. How do you like to relax when you’re not at work?
I love reading as much as I enjoy writing; I also collect pre-1970s porn films, the old-time “stag” reels. And I’ve just got into creating perfect playlists on my new i-pod.
Q. What makes you laugh?
I’m afraid my sense of humor is rather juvenile and slapstick-oriented.
Q. What makes you cross?
Politics, current affairs, the new Doctor Who and people who leap to immediate conclusions about things they know nothing about. Or does that come under “politics” as well?
Q. What’s the best thing that has happened to you in the last 12 months?
Discovering that there really IS a pot of gold at the end of the rainbow.
Q. What’s the best piece of advice you’ve ever been given?
Go home, put your feet up and listen to a Shangrilas CD. You’ll feel a whole lot better if you do.