Would you please introduce yourself and tell us what made you decide to write erotic romance?
Hi everyone! First of all, thanks to We Really Dig Romance Novels for Interviewing me. I appreciate the interest and support.
My name is Bridget Midway. Some authors and readers have called me The Bridge, Bridge, Brit, Brid and Brat. Not sure about the last one. I'm an Aquarius if that means anything to anyone. I live in Virginia Beach, Virgini Most of my stories are centered around this town. I also tend to write interracial romances.
I started writing sexually stimulating works when I was junior high school. Even though at the time I, personally, hadn't gone all-the-way my characters had. Ahh, thank goodness for cable! *LOL* But I love writing erotica and erotic romances. I think they're fun to write. And you have to get deep into your characters' heads to write really great sex scenes.
Have you always wanted to write?
Yes! Always! I don't remember a time when I didn't want to see my name in print. It's nice to see my dreams come to fruition.
What is your favorite thing about writing? Do you have any fears about your writing?
My favorite thing about writing is getting that great story idea in my head, especially the one where you can see the full story, beginning, middle and end and not one or two of the three.
Conversely, my greatest fear is that the ideas will stop coming. But I'm knocking on wood. So far so good.
How do you come up with the ideas for your books?
It's a mix bag how I come up with story ideas. Sometimes they come to me in dreams. I can get an idea from watching the news or reading an article on the Internet. My science fiction erotic romance novella 'Adam and E-V-E' came from me thinking about the line "Make love, not war". I thought "What if two people could make love and stop a war." I think I made it work.
Has any of your books been easier to write than another? Why?
My contemporary erotica, 'Walls', just flowed. I could clearly hear the main character's voice in my head. I tell people that I kind of compare her to Holden Cauldfield, the protagonist in CATCHER IN THE RYE. But she's an African-American version. Just like with Holden, you're captivated by what she says but you don't know if you necessarily believe her. But it's okay because she's taking you on a fantastic ride with a strange ending.
Do you usually outline your stories before you write them, or do you "go with the flow"?
I used to be able to sit down and pound out a story without an outline. But now I do a loose chapter-by-chapter outline and I follow that. I used to think that outlines took away from my creativity. What it does for me now is keep me on target so I'm not going off on a tangent and can't get back.
Of the stories you've written, do you have a favorite?
That's like asking if I have a favorite child if I had children. *LOL* They are all my favorites for one reason or another. I love 'Adam and E-V-E' because it was my very first contracted work with a publisher. I love 'Walls' because it was my first erotica I had ever written and publish. I love 'Chances', my contemporary erotic romance novella coming soon through Erotique Press because I based it on someone very special in my life. I love 'Suburbia', a short erotic work coming soon through Phaze, because although I'm divorced, I love the idea of married erotic sex. And that leads me to my full-length novel coming up through Venus Press called 'FASCINATION STREET'. That's a fave because it's the first full-length story I have contracted to be published...and it has A LOT of married sex in it.
What are you working on next?
Although I missed the deadline for Phaze's erotic horror series called Shivers coming up in October, I'm working on an erotic horror romance called 'Clowning Around' that deals with a woman's fear of clowns. A friend of mine said I couldn't write a story like this so I had to prove her wrong. *LOL* Then I'll work on the four prequels to FASCINATION STREET. I'm hoping readers will want to find out about the 4 couples who live on the street and how they all got together.
When away from writing, What do you enjoy doing in your spare time?
I am a movie freak. I love watching movies of all kinds. And when I'm not doing that, I read, of course.
Any tips about writing and getting published?
I'm sure aspiring writers are all tired of hearing "Just keep at it. Don't give up." Of course they know that. A true writer always writes and will never want to stop even if they get rejection after rejection after rejection.
My best advice is don't sell yourself short. When you're offered a contract, and I say when and not if because if you're passionate about your work it'll show in the writing and you will succeed, don't sign away your rights because you're so excited to finally get accepted. This is your baby. Treat it that way. Ask questions. Dare to challenge authority. And there is no shame in walking away from a contract. None.
Thank you, again, for Interviewing me. This was a blast! If you want to know more about me, please come visit my website at www.BridgetMidway.com. And I'm always interested in hearing from writers and readers so feel free to write to me at Bridget@BridgetMidway.com.
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