Interview – Scarlett Metal

During the Official Launch Party for Jode Unforgiven, I had the pleasure of interviewing several other authors over the course of the evening. Since some people might have missed the party, I’m bringing the interviews over here.
As before, the lag on facebook leaves an interview a little discordant at times. So, I have moved comments around to better fit into a flowing conversation. No words are edited or changed. (Yes…even the typos are left in.)

Scarlett Metal

Let me introduce Scarlett Metal. She’s writes on the steamy side of things. Her latest work is “Finally” and it’s definitely for the adult genre.

Her bio: Scarlett lives in the Midwest with her family. When she’s not busy writing steamy stories, she can be found with her nose in a book, camping, or geocaching with her family. She loves Diet Coke, Tina Fey and Amy Poehler, and 80’s hair bands.


So without further ado, here’s SCARLETT!

– I feel like I’m on the Price is Right or something…Thanks for having me. Congrats on the release.
– Thank you. This is about you, now. Tell us the inspiration behind “Finally”.
-I don’t know. I just thought about what it would be like for two people that had been flirting forever to finally have their chance to be together. Not very exciting I suppose.
– Well, sexual tension is a huge deal. Every sitcom with sexual tension survives until that tension is broken. So, you were more interested in that one seminal moment that says “Screw it…let’s do this!”
-What drew you to writing erotica to begin with?
– I used to write sexy stories for my husband back when we were dating.
– Nice! And if they worked for him…might as well make some money doing it! Okay, I’ve always wanted to ask this, but never had the chance.

As a writer, we desperately try to avoid repetition of words or phrases. How do you do that when penis, vagina, and a couple of other words are really the best ones to use? I mean, otherwise you end up with ‘meat-missile’ and ‘love canal’… Seriously…I would be the WORST erotica writer EVER!
– It’s really hard to NOT use the same words over and over again. I try not to be like some of the Harlequin romance authors that use weird words we would never use in real conversation. I try to write like I would talk if that makes sense. So I guess I do use a lot of repetition, but I try to space it out. lol
– I remember snagging a Harlequin book as a kid and was too busy laughing at the language. I remember thinking, “Is that how people are supposed to talk?”
– Right. I don’t want to write that way. I think that’s what people like about my writing. It’s real. Like you could see the scenarios happening in real life. I dunno. Maybe not.
– You are a pretty prolific writer. What format fits your writing best? Short story? Novella? Novel? Epic? Haiku?
– I like novellas. I have no patience and can crank out a 25k novella in no time and get it out for release. I am working on my first novel right now and it’s been tough.
-Novels are harder than most people realize. It’s easy to get lost in the middle of it. You lose site of the beginning and you can’t quite see the end. That’s been my hardest thing to get over. And my books aren’t full of the sexy sex!

Now, do you think that romance and erotica (yes, I know, they’re not really the same beast) are strictly a woman thing or do you think there’s a market for men to read as well?
– I think there’s definitely a market for men to read them. Mine aren’t overly romantic so I think they are good reads for men. But I’m not a guy. I know that TL likes them.
– Okay…book covers. Romance novels have been notorious for having Fabio on the cover. I’m a dude, I don’t like that. BUT, your cover for Finally, was actually one of the first I’ve seen that didn’t focus on the ‘mommy porn’ as someone called it. Was that a conscious decision to include men into the mix, or was it just a natural representation of a situation in the book?
– I like classy covers. Something sexy but not in your face. My friend had a ripped guy on the cover of one of her erotica novellas and it didn’t do so well. I’m very very picky about my covers. I don’t want Fabio type covers. I admit, my primary audience is the “mommies”, but that doesn’t mean I have to be so obvious about it.
– And with that I have to go get ice cream with my kids. Thanks for having me and congrats again!
– Awesome. Even though, Scarlett has to run, I’m going to post a link to her page etc. Thank you Scarlett!


You can track her down on Amazon as well!