10 Questions: Addison Saxy
Welcome to 10 Questions! Each month, we’re going to talk to a different member of Passionate Ink and ask them 10 questions about their writing and interests.
Today we’re talking with Addison Saxy, a recent convert to the wonderful world of erotic romance writing!
Addison, before we get started on our 10 questions, tell us a little about yourself.
AS: I’m a dabbler with words, but have been told I have a knack for writing naughty. I’m working on a couple stories, but probably won’t look into publishing until later this year. I have another name under which I write contemporary and urban fantasy, and I’ve been concentrating there lately.
1. Does writing energize or exhaust you?
AS: Both. I love it, and when I’m rocking, it flows. But when I get to a stopping point, I could use a nap.
2. Does a big ego help or hurt writers?
AS: I think it’s okay to think you write well. You’re a writer, after all. But if you think your writing is so much better than others, you could alienate yourself. I’ve seen it happen recently. It’s not pretty.
3. Did you ever consider writing under a pseudonym?
AS: My erotic/erotic romance is a pen name, Addison Saxy. I write under my real first name and my last name from my first marriage. I guess that’s kind of a pen as well.
4. How did publishing your first book change your writing process?
AS: I published contemporary with a small new press. We all learned publishing as we went. That was 2012. She closed in 2016. I have learned so much from that experience. I learned my writing wasn’t as good as I thought. I’m hoping it’s better now. I learned I was lucky—she was an honest woman. Sometimes that’s hard to find in this industry. I also learned you need to be careful what you wish for. The bigger you become, more is expected of you. Be ready.
5. How long were you a part-time writer before you became a full-time one?
AS: I’m still a part-time writer. I’m still working toward the moment I can write full time.
6. What period of your life do you find you write about most often (childhood, teenage years, young adulthood, adulthood)?
AS: Mature adult—35 and up. I don’t remember those young virgin days very well. They were a long time ago.
7. What’s your hardest scene to write?
AS: For me, it’s the end. I want to just leave it hanging. I hate to give it a “the end.”
8. Do you Google yourself?
AS: Of course. It’s important to see if you’re on the first page and how many times. You want to be seen!
9. What’s your favorite childhood book?
AS: I don’t remember the name of it. It was a nonfiction, in the aftermath of the atom bomb in Japan, from the viewpoint of a little girl who lived though it. It was fascinating.
10. How long on average does it take you to write a book?
AS: I only write a couple hours a day. I have a full-time job, a five-year-old and a husband—among other things. It usually takes me three months for a complete first draft. Editing usually only takes a month to six weeks. I have a girlfriend who’s a great content editor for me. She reads fast and thinks of things I leave out. So a complete book would be about five to six months.
Thank you, Addison! It was great talking with you.
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We look forward to talking with more PI members in the months ahead. If you’d like to participate in 10 Questions, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.