SU Author Inteview – AmeryMarie

AmeryMarie is the author of Bad Habit

How did you come up with the idea of Bad Habit?

I don’t really know. Honestly. I had been reading for several months, and I wanted to try my hand at it, but I didn’t really have any ideas, and I thought I would suck at it regardless. I had written a lot when I was younger, but it’d been years since I had done any creative writing.

I had sent what I can only assume was a random as hell review to Serendipitydooda (formerly SendMeAnEdward), who writes Something Wicked This Way Comes, she replied, and she became my first friend in the fandom. When I told her that I really wanted to write something, she encouraged me. Encouraged is probably a bit of an understatement, it was more like insisted.

I tried to write an outline, but I couldn’t come up with anything. Ab-so-lute-ly nada. Instead, I just started writing. One of the very first things I wrote was actually the Lauren scene in what ended up being chapter five. I sent it to S to get her opinion, she liked what I had, and I ran with it. The rest of the story was fleshed out in a series of rambling, disjointed emails between the two of us that I copied and pasted into a document. With very few changes, it’s still my working outline.

Why did you separate your story into different books?

It was getting really long, and I had this idea to do a NM type thing that worked better that way.

What is your inspiration for your characters?

Is it weird that I don’t have any. They really shaped themselves. Renee’s general character – none of the specifics, just the feel of her – was based somewhat on my biological mother, but everyone else really did just form.

Was it hard to write smut? Were you shy about it at first?

It was easy to write, but harder to share. Chapter five’s kitchen scene (not smut, per se, but apparently it’s really hot), and the dream at the end of it were the first smutty things that I ever wrote. I had to have both Serendipitydooda and goldenmeadow (Comeuppance, and Dead Confederates) read it, and then force me to run with it because I was so worried it sucked. I still worry now, but less than before.

Where did you learn to write smut?

I don’t know. I read a lot of it, and I’m naturally pervy with an overactive imagination?

How do you write smut? How do you visualize it?

I picture it in my head like a movie, and when I write it, I combine the visual with the emotions and sensations until it jives. I keep a lot of the specifics vague unless its relevant or something else depends on it. For example, I rarely include direction tags, i.e. left or right. I’d like to say that there is some brilliant reason I do this, but it’s just laziness. I don’t want to keep looking back going, ‘Now which breast was he palming?’ Also, I don’t want it to start reading like a Porn-ish Twister game. Middle finger of right hand, insert in vagina. Right hand, jerk him off.

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