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I write lush, sensual stories set in Victorian England. They skirt the edge of gothic eroticism and dark romanticism giving them a rich, moody feel.

I am strongly influenced by fairy-tales… not the Walt Disney kind, but how they used to be told, the old ones that held real darkness to overcome, were often darkly sexsual and where the rewards for undertaking the journey were often not what you expected.

The first series in the Velvet Basement Series holds elements of Sleeping Beauty (The Veiled Heart), Cinderella (The Bound Heart), and Beauty & The Beast (The Painted Heart). They are not retellings, they hold the deeper pattern  or themes of these stories.

I chose the Victorian era because it is very suitable to that moodiness and deep seated sexsuality.

There were some very eccentric things going on with those Victorians that drew me to write in their time. On the surface they had tight social protocols and yet under the surface there was a mass of sexual liberties and activities.  It was a world on the brink of change, advancements being made all the time and social layers were slowly dismantling. Freud was mapping out the human psyche and enmeshing it in sexual drives and  foundations.  Men arriving from the country created a demand for erotic photographs as they were unable to pay for physical comforts. There were disproportionate numbers of flagellation brothels and the Contagious Disease Act made prostitution manageable under the law triggering the first recognized fight for Victorian feminism.  

There was a morbid fascination with death where families had photographs taken with the recently deceased and pinning for the loss of a loved one was seen as amazingly romantic. It was a time when science was making wild steps forward sometimes in bizarre and frightening directions. But never the less opening a dialog where science and the endeavors of men & women were being held up against long held beliefs like the great debate of creationism and evolution.

The expansion of the British empire brought  multicultural citizens to London. Other parts of the world were growing like the opening of Japan and it’s massive rise from a feudal nation to one that was a modern driving force, and with it the cultural influx which became known as Japonism. There were so many elements that brought the world and its treasures to Briton that allow for great story telling.

I think you get the idea. It was exciting, turbulent and a incubator for the future.

In this world, with these kind of back drops, I think the Victorians explored and grappled with many of the things we still do in a modern society. I think the themes that come out are relevant to us as contemporary readers, simply presented in a world that showed its contradictions, foibles and eccentricities more clearly.

Having said that I haven’t endeavored to make a social statement … I simply like to write about love, sexuality and relationships.

On another note. In my blog I have endeavored to take steps to be sensitive to creative ownership. If I have shared something of yours which is not covered by the steps I have taken and you would like me to remove it or change the way I have sited it, please email me.

Thanks again for your interest!

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