1. What does “vanilla” mean to you?
It means the same thing to the leather or BDSM (bondage/discipline/sadist/masochist) crowd as “straight” means to the GLBT (gay/lesbian/bi/trans) crowd or “mundane” means to members of the Society for Creative Anachronism (medieval-role organization) or “Muggle” means to the magical folk in the Harry Potter novels. It means someone who seems more conservative & less imaginative than oneself. I don’t use those terms if I think someone in earshot would be offended, partly because they’re confusing! A person can be “vanilla” in one context and flat-out kinky in another.
2. Is there any moment from your life that you remember in slow motion?
The funerals of both my elderly parents, who died within 6 months of each other in 2009. I was glad they were at peace, but it felt like the end of an era.
3. What’s the most unsettling movie you’ve ever seen?
Probably The Exorcist, which I saw in London, England, when I lived there in 1973-74. I knew it was supposedly based on a true story of demonic possession, which is why it seemed more disturbing than the average horror movie. I was living with the man I later married, and the relationship had a creepy undertone. (He was a hard-drinking refugee from the civil war in his country.) I think the general flavour of my life influenced my reaction to the movie. London was quite a dirty city (literally). After coming home from work on the Tube, I always had soot on my face.
4. If you had to get a tattoo on your face, what would you want it to look like?
A tiny dragonfly. This is how I want my next tattoo to look, even though I don’t plan to have it on my face! I’ve seen them mating in mid-air, and they look beautiful. Dragonflies eat mosquitoes, so they are my heroes! Saskatchewan, where I live (Canadian prairies), has a lot of stagnant water in the spring, so mosquitoes lay their eggs there and then we have swarms of them in the summer.
5. How many monkeys jumping on the bed?
6. Which of the books or stories you’ve written is your favourite?
I always like my latest book or story best!
Here is a description of my second collection of erotic stories, Each Has a Point and Other Stories, released by Love You Divine in February 2011:
Some points are logical reasons, some are weapons of self-defence, some are pins to hold things together, and some are tools to scratch an unbearable itch. Let Sarah and Gavin, the characters in the title story, introduce you to the sharp edge of desire and the clash of points as two people become very well acquainted. Meet women who crave a man’s strong arms, men who find women mysterious but compelling, women who prefer women, and characters who can’t be confined to a single gender. Let them show you their hard points and their soft spots. If you watch carefully, maybe they’ll show you your own.