Welcome to my new In Bed With... series. Once a month (or more often if I can squeeze them in) I will crawl between the metaphorical sheets with another author and share a bit of intimate pillow talk about writing, first kisses and lovers. Please let me know what you think. So – let’s enter the boudoir.
The curtains are drawn, the candles lit and slow saxophone plays in the background. The cushions are plumped and the velvet cover is pulled back to reveal someone under black satin sheets. Snuggle up because today we are in bed with Khloe Wren, author of Cinderella’s Guardian.
Welcome to the boudoir Khloe. We’ll start easy with a couple of questions about your writing. What’s the hardest thing about writing a romantic sexual relationship into a story?
Khloe: Honestly, the hardest part is the reaction you get from some people. So many people think you must have done it exactly as you wrote it at some point. Umm – yeah, sure. In Her Guardian Angel one character turns into a snow leopard after the event… sure, I’ve done that!
(Kate: I know what you mean. My partner always tells people all my masterful lovers are based on him. Ha ha ha ha!)
When it comes to sex scenes in your work, how far are you willing to take your readers into the bedroom (or boardroom, or elevator...) and why?
I like to have my sex scenes as part of the story line, so they need to be significant. I’ll take readers as far as they need to go for the story! The scenes in my early books are not as in depth as in my later ones, mainly because I blushed like a school girl the entire time I wrote my first sex scene!
(Kate: You know, I haven’t met an erotic fiction writer yet who doesn’t experience some kind of shame about their writing.)
Tell us about your first kiss – where did it happen and what was it like?
Oh my. Now that’s a story! I was a sweet innocent fourteen year old, staying at a friend’s house for the night. I had the biggest crush on her older brother. Long story short, we pashed out the back of their house while we were meant to be playing ‘Storm the Lantern’ (one person has a torch and everyone else has to sneak up to them without getting caught by the ‘lantern’.) The real fun happened the next day at school. Turns out he and some other boys had a bet going. He got $50 for kissing me. It broke my poor innocent heart to pieces. But to add insult to injury a few weeks later, he spread a rumour around school that he’d slept with me too. Now that mortified me! We lived in a very close knit country community and I was a good Christian girl with the appropriate morals (at the time ).
(Kate: Oh, Khloe, what a story! Let’s hope he got his comeuppance later in life, nasty boy.)
Have you ever had a lover who changed you or taught you something new about yourself, a lover who made a difference in your life?
My beautiful husband taught me that real men care about their women’s pleasure. He’s the first lover I’ve had who cared about whether I’m enjoying myself. After years in an abusive relationship, he was (and still is) a breath of fresh air in my life.
(Kate: Sounds like he’s exactly what you deserved, Khloe. Maybe you should clone him?)
Leather or lace or? What would be your favourite fantasy undergarment to wear in the boudoir and why?
Kind of both! I love corsets (that have both leather and lace). I’ve just bought an awesome one to wear to the Things of the Night Ball at RT in May. I’m more a leather girl in general. I’ve always been a little bit of a tomboy and lean away from all things frilly!
(Kate: Looks amazing! JEALOUS!)
Khloe Wren started writing her first novel in high school, until it mysteriously disappeared from the family computer (her older brother was the lead suspect but nothing was ever proved). She didn't put pen to paper again after that for a number of years but she did keep reading. Khloe has always loved all things paranormal: sexy vampires and sultry shifters have always been her favourites. So when she picked up writing again, it seemed only natural she would write paranormal romance. Khloe grew up in the Adelaide Hills before her parents moved the family to country South Australia when she was a teen. As a young adult Khloe moved to Melbourne, but she missed the fresh air and space of country living so moved to the Murraylands, South Australia with her incredibly patient husband and two young daughters. When she's not sitting at her laptop writing, she's spending time with family or friends, kicking butt at karate or feeding her addictions of reading, eating chocolate and drinking Coke.