Thursday, 8 November 2012

Interview with Kay Jaybee

Today I'm delighted to be hosting the fabulous Kay Jaybee's blog tour.  Not only that, Kay kindly agreed to take some time out to answer some of my questions. 

How and why did you start writing erotica?
I started writing erotica entirely by accident seven years ago. My youngest child had just started full time school, and I was sat in a cafe (I am always in a cafe somewhere- even if only spiritually!), day dreaming, when an idea for a story came into my head that was so risqué it shocked me.  However, it wouldn’t budge from my head, and I had a compulsion to write it down, which I did onto the only paper to hand- a cream napkin.

That very first story, after I’d built up the courage to send it to a publisher, became my first entry into an erotic anthology (Lips Like Sugar, Cleis Press) Since then it has been like a drug- I can’t get enough. I also can’t quite believe how lucky I’ve been-  for since that initial tale, I have written over 70 short stories, 3 novellas, and third novels, the latest of which, Making Him Wait (Sweetmeats Press) is just out.  An extract is below.....

Maddie Templeton has always been an unconventional artist. Themes of submission and domination pulse through her erotic artwork, and she’s happily explored these lustful themes both on and off the canvas.
But, when Theo Hunter enters her life, she is presented with a new challenge. Maddie sets out to test his resolve as she teases, torments and toys with him. But, as Maddie drives Theo to breaking point, she soon becomes unsure whether her own resolve will hold out!
At the same time, Maddie must put on the exhibition of a lifetime. As the hottest gallery in town clamours for her best work, Maddie pushes her models harder and higher until they are physically, sexually and emotionally exhausted. Will Maddie’s models continue to submit to her, or will she push them too far? And will she be ready for the exhibition in time?
The only way to find out is to wait and see…and the waiting only makes it sweeter! 

Where do you draw your inspiration from?
I get my ideas from everywhere and anywhere. I like to people watch, to listen to every lyric in a song, to consider why a hairbrush has been left on the floor not the dressing table... Literally anything can set my imagination buzzing!
What’s your biggest writing achievement?
That’s a really hard question! Every single time I get a story accepted by a publisher, be it long or short, I feel a sense of massive achievement- I swear I’m addicted to the feeling of receiving an email that says ‘yes, we want your story!’
If pushed though, I guess it has to be having both Xcite and Sweetmeats approach me to write for them, rather than me beg and plead for them to take my work.
In the case of Xcite it was to write the novella A Sticky Situation for their Secret Library range, which turned out to be my best selling piece, and an Amazon UK top 5 seller in their erotic chart.   Then, when Kojo Black approached me to write for him and Sweetmeats, first with a novella (The Circus) and then a novel, Making Him Wait, I was blown away- I’ve been very fortunate to have people invest so much time and trouble in my work.

Do you have a favourite erotica genre?
I love to write stories which involve tying up, spanking, bondage, submission and dominance- simply because there is so much scope in them. Not only do I enjoy being able to include the different objects required for such stories, ropes, cuffs (or paintbrushes in my latest novel!), but the challenge of exploring the huge range of quite complicated emotions that come from the characters involved.

What are you working on at the moment?
As well as promoting Making Him Wait, I am currently finishing off a new novella for Xcite, marketing the re-launch of my first ever book, The Collector, and plotting and planning novel number four.

Which erotica writers do you enjoy reading?
I am very picky when it comes to reading erotica, but you have to go a long way to beat KD Grace, Shanna Germain, Donna George Storey or Lily Harlem- each has a very different style- but all of them write with excellence and intelligence.

How do you relax when you’re not working?
I’m never not working- I’m a workaholic- I wouldn’t know how to relax- wish I did!

If you were not a writer, what other career would you like to pursue?
I trained to be an archaeologist back when I was a student, and if I hadn’t picked up the pen, I would have gone back to picking up the trowel once my children were big enough for me to leave all day- maybe I still will!

What’s the most useful writing tip you’ve ever been given?
The best piece of advice I was ever given came from a writer friend who kindly read through one of my non erotic stories some years ago. It was very early in my career, and I hadn’t realised how much I was using, and re-using, the same few words and phrases- he kindly pointed it out. Bless him, he thought I’d be offended, but it was excellent advice, and now I keep a list of words I have a habit of repeating so I can check I haven’t over ‘littled’ or ‘huged’ or ‘longed’!!
Thank you!
If you would like to buy Making Him Wait, it is available in print format from Amazon UK and Amazon US, and Kindle format from Amazon UK and Amazon US, as well as Sweetmeats Press.

Kay Jaybee wrote the novels Making Him Wait, (Sweetmeats Press, 2012), The Voyeur (Xcite, 2012), The Perfect Submissive (Xcite 2012), and Not Her Type: Erotic Adventures With A Delivery Man (OCPress, 2011). She has also written the anthologies Tied to the Kitchen Sink, Equipment, (All Romance, 2012), Yes Ma’am (Xcite e-books, 2011), Quick Kink One and Quick Kink Two (Xcite e-books, 2010), and The Collector (Austin & Macauley, 2008). Kay has had over 60 short stories published by Cleis Press (inc. Best of Best Women’s Erotica 2, Best Women’s Erotica 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2012; Best Bondage 2012, Sweet Love, Smooth, Gotta Have It, Sweet Confessions), Black Lace (Sexy Little Numbers), Mammoth (The Mammoth Book of Lesbian Erotica), Xcite (inc.Ultimate Sin, Boy Fun, Power Play, Threesomes, Finger Music, Tricks For Kicks), Penguin (Oysters and Chocolate; Erotic Stories of Every Flavor), Seal (Oysters and Chocolate; Nice Girls, Naughty Sex),and Sweetmeats Press (Immoral Views)
Details of Kay’s work, past, present and future can be found at

To celebrate the release of my brand new novel, Making Him Wait- A Tale of Denial, Discipline and Reward, I am delighted to announce that, courtesy of Sweetmeats Press, I have a copy for you to win for your Kindle (or as a PDF download if you prefer). All you need to do is leave a funny, thoughtful, or inspirational comment on one of sites hosting my tour over the next few days- the one I like the best wins! Make sure to leave your email address in the BODY of the comment so I can contact the winner when the tour finishes!
Have fun!!


  1. Many thanks for letting me bring my Making Him Wait tour to your great site today Elizabeth! xx

    1. Hi Kay - apologies for delayed response, have been out of action past few days. I'm so pleased to have you on my blog, and thank you for sparing the time to do the interview. I hope you will make a return visit in the future! btw, I love your photo!

    2. No worries at all Elizabeth! Thanks for kind words about the photo. Had a shoot with Vanity Studios in Soho- was so much fun!! Nice not to look like the real me for a while!!

  2. Great interview, it's always so fascinating to read about other writers. Thanks Elizabeth, and thanks to Kay! (I can never make the 'comment as' box work with my wordpress account address,but it is!)

  3. Thanks Linda! I also like reading about how other writers started out. xx