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The oh-so-talented and funny Ashley Lister interviewed me this month at Erotica Readers & Writers, one of the best (if not the best) sources out there for anyone who’s interested in sexuality and the written word. Ashley writes a wide range of things, from non-fiction about swingers to hysterical sex-poetry about Viagra to partaking in the blogging world at Oh Get a Grip! So, to say I’m honored to be interviewed by him is putting it a little mildly.

Here’s a small snippet:

Ashley Lister: I’ve noticed that in your fiction you seem to prefer using the first person perspective.  Does this allow you to create a more intimate relationship between yourself and the reader?  How far removed are you from the personae of the story?  Is it always a fictional character that you’re writing about or do you sometimes get yourself caught up in the identity of that character?

Shanna Germain: Oh, wow. That’s a doozy of a question to start with. I love it!

I think it has more to do with the fact that I’m very character driven. Most stories start because I hear this person talking in my head, saying something in a voice and a language that’s wholly theirs. A recent story started because I heard this woman say, “It was my first death party, and I was late to it,” and of course I had to follow her along and see who died and why she was late. Another piece started when I heard a young man singing this old Scottish song. I find that I can get into a character’s head more clearly when I write in first-person, I can tell their stories as they would tell it, which in the end, hopefully does create more intimacy, not just between myself and the reader, but between my character and the reader.

To me, first versus third person is like driving versus riding in a car. In writing, I like to be behind the wheel (although not in life nor in sex – I hate to drive, and I’m very much a submissive). But in writing, driving lets me get closer to the action and the emotion of the character. That being said, I do try to be true to the story, and some stories just demand third person.

As to how close I am, I’d like to say I’m very close to my characters (and there are some characters I’d like to be very close to!). But, while they all have a bit of me, they are never actually me. I can’t write non-fiction, although I’ve tried about a bazillion times. I enjoy lying far too much to tell the truth.

You can read the whole thing here, including how he managed to make me blush, not once, but twice.

Kiss kiss bang bang, s.


PS — Stunning open book imagery by this artist.