Author Pynk was our author for the month of December. We read her books “Erotic City: Miami” and “Erotic City: Las Vegas”. Pynk is based in Atlanta, GA. This was my online interview with her.
1. What is your name and/or pen name?
My name is Marissa Monteilh (Mon-tay), but I write erotica under PYNK. I also write novels under two pen names that will be announced in 2015.
2. What type of books do you write?
I write women’s fiction and erotica, and I’m venturing into interracial romance.
3. What does your writing process look like?
I prefer to write late mornings until late afternoon. Early mornings are reserved for emails, marketing, etc.. Early evenings I nap. Once I’ve come up with an idea that moves me to no end, I develop a plot. Then I write a short synopsis. I develop the characters by writing character resumes, and then I write a 30 chapter outline as my roadmap. The outline can be as long as twenty pages. I then take a blank document and add the 30 chapter headings. I consider each chapter a scene. I then tackle whichever scene I’m in the mood for. It doesn’t even have to be sequential. This can take anywhere from two months to six months. My rewrites take a few months as well.
4. Do you have any strange writing habits?
Not necessarily strange writing habits, but I do have writing necessities. I must have an outline, I have to write in complete silence (not even music), I prefer to set a goal before I sit down and I try not to get up until I meet it, I prefer to write on my desktop, in my office, at home (not at a coffee shop or airport). Oh, also, I prefer to use a mouse. Okay, maybe that is strange.
5. What authors inspired you to write?
Terry McMillan showed me through her writing that there are people out here who look, and think, and act like me. She inspired me to try my hand at writing back in 1998. Her stories seemed so real to me that I believed I could create characters who could live out loud like hers did. That was my goal. So I sat down to give it a try and ended up with a major book deal two years later.
6. What do you consider your best accomplishment?
My best accomplishment is that I published my granddaughter’s book called Bailey and the Bully. To be able to publish her story using my knowledge and experience has been the icing on the cake of my career.
7. Where do you see yourself in 10 years?
In 10 years, I see myself retired, looking back and seeing that my book-babies are still entertaining readers. Yet I know that a bit of me, deep down in my soul, will be itching to create a new document of 30 chapters based upon some idea or title that I dreamed up. By then, I’ll hope that I’ll talk myself out of it before my characters talk me into it.
8. What is your least favorite part of the writing process?
My least favorite part of the writing process is getting to the point where I have 3/4 of the first draft done, yet I find that things have changed from my outline because the characters have driven the story, not me, and I must tie it all in before the next phase. Filling in those gaps and blending in those unexpected transitions is tough. But after that, it’s smooth sailing.
9. Is there one subject you’ll never write about? What is it and why?
I’ll never write about horror (I never go to see horror movies, I’m a chicken) or westerns or medieval romance. I like contemporary stories that focus on relationships and family.
10. How many books have you written?
I have written thirteen titles under Marissa Monteilh, seven under PYNK, and so far, one interracial romance under a pen name, so a total of 21.
11. When you write, how is your writing atmosphere?
My writing atmosphere is completely quiet. I sit at my desk and I face a window (in case I need to look out and further envision my characters). I usually have a bottle of water and a bowl of fruit on nearby. Later in the day, maybe even a glass of wine.
12. How long have you been writing?
I stared writing in 1998, so nearly seventeen years.
13. What are you working on right now?
Right now I’m finishing up my second, non-fiction ghost writing project, and I am very proud of it.
14. What suggestions do you have for new authors?
New authors: Keep writing, study the craft, be willing to do your own promotion, develop a tough skin, and be patient.